Some Must-Have Beauty items!

Do you ever say to yourself, “I wish I had known about this sooner?”  I definitely have.  These are some must-have beauty items I absolutely love and I thought I should share with you!

First on the list are “Tweezerman” tweezers!  They are by far one of the best tweezers I own.  I always have that one stubborn hair when I’m plucking my eyebrows that is impossible to pull out.  In the past, it would take forever to pluck those stubborn strands out with my cheap tweezers.  But with Tweezerman tweezers, you’ll never run into that problem because it gets them all:)
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One of my girlfriends had a destination wedding in Cuba, and I had left my Tweezerman tweezers in my carry-on.  When the lugguage got scanned, the custom’s agent said they had to toss them.  I remember thinking, “Oh no…not my Tweezerman tweezers!”  It was too late to put them into my check in 🙁  The reason why they are so amazing is because they have an award winning slant which doesn’t break my hair and gets right to the roots which makes plucking effortless!

Whoever invented dry shampoo…I could kiss you!  Unlike every gal in my household who was  born with straight silky hair, I was born with frizzy wavy hair.  I learned recently that my dad use to have wavy hair and grew it out in his early 20s.  I’m only now learning to embrace it, but growing up it was sometimes difficult to tame this mane;)

I use to wash my hair every evening.  To my dismay in the morning, my hair would be out of control because I had showered the night before.  It was frustrating  because I had taken all that time to straighten my hair, only to enjoy straight hair for one day.  My hair would get greasy if I didn’t wash it everyday.  Now, instead of washing my hair, I just spray dry shampoo into my hair.  I can wash my hair every two or three days rather than everyday.  When I use it, it feels like my hair is freshly washed:)

The two products I use are Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo and a Swedish brand “Edge Natural Haircare” dry shampoo in “Dark Haze.”  Sorry you may have to hit “Translate” to be able to read the information on the website.  I find that I get the best advice from my girlfriends and my favourite hair salons/hair stylists.  If I had to choose between the two,  Joico gets my vote:)  I gave you the amazon.com link to look at the reviews because there are at least 20 reviews giving the product an overall score of 3.5 stars.  Amazon.ca only had one review of only one star.  I completely disagree, I love this product.  I just wished it cost $12.99 like it does in the U.S. and not $30.00 CAN.

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My girlfriends who are blonde swear by “Batiste Dry Shampoo“.  You can get a can under $10 at Shoppers Drug Mart.  Or you can click on the tab “Where to buy” on the link I provided:)  I’ve tried it, but it left my dark hair looking like there were faint white streaks in it.  I recently found out that Batiste created a product for dark and deep brown hair for $15.  I’m not sure why the list price is $79…crazy!  I’m excited to try it out!

Now that I’m embracing my wavy hair more, I sometimes leave it au-naturel.  I just mist a little water on my hair and scrunch a little bit of mousse into it and ta-da!  However, I still prefer my hair straight, even though I get compliments when my hair is wavy or curly.  The grass is always greener on the other side right;)

I love this eyelash curler by Shu Uemura!  I won it at my cousin Becky’s shower (best Sephora prize table ever!)  Everyone had been raving about it and when I tried it, I loved it!  I don’t have many eyelashes to begin with, but when I use this eyelash curler, it curls it to perfection.  Unlike other eyelash curlers, it very easy to use and the silicone pads do not stick to your lashes.  With a little bit of mascara, I end up with pretty curled eyelashes.   You can also purchase it at Hudson’s Bay.  It’s award winning for a reason…good job lash curler engineering team!

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Crazy enough though, I found a decent eyelash curler at Forever 21 for $5.90.  I initially bought it because it was in a pretty rose gold colour and I thought I could use one in my back up makeup case.  I wasn’t sure if it would work very well, but it’s actually not bad for an inexpensive purchase:)

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Last but not least, are my favourite base coat and top coat polish: Seche Vite and Seche Clear.IMG_3128

If you want a fast drying, top quality base coat and top coat for your nail polish, these babies are for you.  I don’t always get a chance to get manis and pedis as often as I would like, so when I need to do my nails at home, these are my go-to products.  Not only are they fast drying, but I find that my nail polish will stay on longer and not chip as quickly when I use them!  Last year, my best friend bought all the girls a bottle for Christmas and we all started squealing in delight!  That’s how much we love this item 😉

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Do you have any must-have beauty products that you can’t live without?  Let me know in the comments below:)

Last minute stocking stuffers! Guaranteed to make any gal swoon!

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PINCH – MINIMERGENCY Kit

If you are still on the hunt for stocking stuffers that will surely trigger an “Ohhhh” reaction…I have the perfect stocking stuffer ideas for you.

How absolutely adorable is this Emergency PINCH Kit for her!  Not only did mine come in the chicest bag, but the contents are actually droll worthy!  If you are ever in a “Pinch” or in a bind…this kit can save you:)  Makes for a great bridesmaids gift too!

It comes in different colours and can be found at both Indigo and at Sephora.   I believe my girlfriends mentioned that at both places it retails for $22.  If the site that you’re directed to has it for less, it’s more than likely quoting you in U.S. dollars.  I loved receiving this as a gift, and I’m sure a special someone in your life would love it too!  Something to keep in mind for next year…it goes on sale on Black Friday!

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How amazing is its content!

Below is another tumbler to add to my ever growing collection.  Starbucks tumblers fit nicely in a stocking, however it may feel like you are receiving a sack of coal 🙂  Head to your nearest Starbucks now because they are currently 30% off.  It retails for $21.95 but with an extra 30% off, you can’t go wrong!  I actually bought this for a girlfriend when it wasn’t on sale a few weeks back.  She loved it!  I believe it’s a part of their Wall Travel collection.  What’s note worthy is the extra rockstud-like accent…droll.  I have this habit of buying myself the same things I buy for my girlfriends.  I told myself this year, I would break that habit.  But who can resist a sale!  Now that it’s on sale, I had to snap one up!

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So pretty…black tumbler/mug from Starbucks!

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My sister bought me this beautiful white beauty below…thanks sis!  The retail price for this one is a little bit higher. With a gold rim and a quilted body, it’s only fitting that it is a part of their “Brilliant Collection”  Good job Starbucks and your design team for creating these luxurious looking tumblers/mugs.  I think the team must have been channeling Valentino and Chanel for their inspiration…love!  And the fact that it can hold caffeine goodness inside, I couldn’t be happier 😉

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Part of Starbucks’ “Brilliant Collection”

Here’s some pink prettiness to share with you all:

Who wouldn’t want to feel pampered with this gold manicured set.  The “IT” colour this season is rose gold.  This regal looking set also folds into the prettiest gold purse.  This can be found for $14.99 at Winners.  Unfortunately it’s not allowed in your carry on, but if you’re checking in a bag, it should definitely come along on the trip!  Fits nicely into a stocking 🙂

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Rose Gold Manicure set – Winners Find!

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This pink PocketBac hand sanitizer is only $1.00 and on sale at Bath and Body Works (Outlet).  I love throwing these babies in each purse I carry.  My sister, my sister-in-law and I spent a whole day Christmas shopping and it was so nice to get a bit of my Christmas shopping out of the way.

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How adorable is this Moet look-a-like air fresher below from Bath and Body Works?  It’s 75% off,  making it a steal for $1.50!  Bonus: There is a good selection of different scents (inserts) for 4/$10.

Perfect for my sister, but it’s not happening in my car.  My husband and I share a car and I’m already pushing it with all the pink presents under my tree.  I used the argument that it’s highlighting the launch of my blog so I think that’s enough cause for a pink, gold and black celebration 😉  Unfortunately, my husband may not feel the same about these sentiments.  He’s super supportive, just not a big fan of pink lol!

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If you would like to see where I got some great deals for the decorations for my tree and where I purchased the boxes and the wrapping paper (Gold accent wrapping paper was as low as $1.50/roll!), stay tuned for my next post!  I still have some shopping left to do for Christmas so I still have a lot of wrapping to do;)  Happy last minute shopping everyone!

Naked Palette – Urban Decay Basics

This beautiful little Naked Basics palette was a part of an early Christmas gift from a few of my fav gals in my life.  So far I’m loving the neutrals on my eye lids.  The colours are subtle which are perfect for work, but add some “crave” to the mix, and you can create the smoky eye for an evening of fun.   Bonus: it fits into the tiniest of clutches…perfect for any last minute touch ups at weddings or any big event!

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Compact version of the NAKED palette.  As Sephora puts it, “a matte palette by Urban Decay, featuring six gorgeously Naked neutrals—including four never-before-seen shades.”

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Stay tuned for the unboxing of the Naked Urban Decay Smokey palette.  I’m not very good at waiting until Christmas to open some of my gifts so even though I know this palette is under my tree, I’ll wait until after Christmas to experiment with it 😉  I’ll make sure to take photos of the “sultry, smoky, neutrals” on my eyelids!