Beauty enthusiasts of all ages have one thing in common: they love getting spoiled over the holidays. Face it, your skincare routine can be costly. And while winter promises to punish our pores, many beauty boosters are fit for waiting in the wings. Stock up on a few goodies for your girls, and pile a few away that grab your eye while you’re at it.
BEAUTY BOOSTERS FOR EVERYBODY
It actually wouldn’t feel like Christmas without LUSH scents wafting from the tree. The perennial favourite for anybody who enjoys a good soak, LUSH (lead photo) brings the fun times, literally, with their array of feel-good finds. This season we’re coveting their 12 Days of Chrismas Advent Calendar, the festive and fizzy bath bombs and body sprays. Hot Toddy shower gel? Is that even a question?!
Canadian Willowherb is clinically proven to reduce redness, so of course, our skin is soaking up this made-in-Canada skin cure. Province Apothecary’s Nourishing + Revitalizing Moisturizer is formulated with carrot oil and rose hip seed oil that’s packed in vitamins E and C to restore and reset parched skin and revitalize the skin’s texture.
99% plastic-free is a testament to Hey Humans ethos of a better world for beauty lovers. Priced right and with pretty scents like Apple Matcha, HH’s line of skincare includes natural deodorants and body lotions and washes come in aluminium packaging that is easier to recycle. Suited for all skin types, these super gentle formulas make for lovely stocking stuffers for your teen. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Founded by Azran alongside her mom, Heather, Amandine Sol Botanicals boasts made-in-Canada PETA-certified cruelty-free skincare. The Inner Glow face oil is sensational, packed with omega 3+6+9 and super rare omega 7, this aromatic blend of rose, lavender, and bergamot instantly calms the mind and body, setting the stage for inner beauty. The consistency is like silk, this is a drink for tired skin. The Dew Dream is science in a bottle, with its Dual-Hyaluronic Complex of both low and high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid.
Maybe it’s a hint. Or a suggestion. Either way, there’s science backing how important oral health is. And a good routine is a perfect gift, especially considering the advances that have been made, like Philips Sonicare Toothbrush 9900 Prestige that brings AI to your bathroom. Not only will it remind you when it’s time to change your brush head, it will also adapt should you be pushing too hard, which is tough on your gums. SenseIQ adapts to your twice-a-day ritual, and with the Sonicare app, you can get progress reports and personalized recommendations (don’t forget far back!) daily.
BETTER WITH AGE, OUR TIME TO SHINE
Skin therapist and make-up artist Victoria Radford is the brains and beauty behind Radford Beauty — an impressive Canadian line of skincare and beauty. The line is clean, vegan, and cruelty-free. Holiday bundles are always well thought out. We love the 24K gold Hydrogel face masks and the FACE moisturizer keeps our skin hydrated all year round! The latest DEW The Everything Oil not only hydrates your skin and gives you a healthy glow but you can literally use it from head to toe.
Available in skincare clinics across the country and directly on their site, Vivier Skin consistently delivers the latest in beauty research and advancements for results-driven skincare. Some of our favourites include the Vitamin C Body Scrub — ideal for our cold dry winters to help slough off dead, dry skin and offer up a healthy glow. If you’re a fan of Retinol or just starting they offer several options as well for every stage of comfort and Retinol journey. It’s been a favourite to help with so many skin issues (fine lines, uneven skin tone, dullness) but go slow and low to start – and make sure you use sunscreen during the daytime.
We’ve tried many serums and AlumierMD EverActive C E Peptide Serum is hands-down one of our favourites. This potent antioxidant serum helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing. A unique delivery system ensures the 15% vitamin C complex is always optimally active. The vitamin C crystals are kept separate in a unique cap and only mixed into the bottle of serum when you are ready to use it. Sold in three’s (each bottle lasts about a month). AlumierMD purposely require users to activate the ingredients for each bottle to give full benefits.
Award-winning and completely cruelty-free, the sumptuous line of skincare from Graydon brings adaptogens and superfoods into the fold for their illustrious offerings. We’re smitten with this dual kit of Moon Boost and Fullmoon Serums, designed to bring out the best in your skin. Moon Boost is turbo-boosted with 7 vitamins to infuse skin with hydration. The Fullmoon Serum water-based natural retinol alternative promises to revitalize skin with bio-retinol + collagen + peptides + hyaluronic acid. Pair it with Graydon’s Face Glow tinted moisturizer primer boasts raspberry seed oil to brighten skin and soothing pumpkin seed oil to soothe weathered and tired skin.
Bringing active natural ingredients to bolster and tame every tricky skin concerns (mask-ne anyone?) Stoic Beauty is formulated in Toronto by a mom-and daughter-team with a passion for bringing the best out of each ingredient to derive the highest quality with the most minimal impact. Water preservation and safety are a top priority, without sacrificing results. We love the Chryso Regenerating Serum that features Bakuchiol, Ceramides, and very Christmas-y Frankincense Essential Oil. It’s a drink for your skin that is refreshing, light and smells wonderful. Mini Body Butter is a stocking stuffer gem, as is this Eos Morning Mist turbo boosted with Co-Enzyme Q10 for a good morning wake-up call for skin that’s like stepping into the sunshine.
LOCKS OF LOVE: HEALTHIER HAIR CARE
DYSON continues to be on top of many wish lists and with good reason. Technology and engineering are at the core of every product they create with optimum health and efficiency in mind. Yes even for hair. The Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener was designed to not just for one obvious style but can be used to create many looks and with less damage. How? It’s technology responds to the texture, thickness and length of your hair and automatically adjusts the temperature for optimal styling results. It’s cordless too so you can take it on vacation. Also great for creating waves and curls. For this holiday season Dyson has released two limited edition colours: Vinca Blue and Rosé.
For a more budget-friendly option for styling your hair, we’ve been impressed with the latest SHARK FlexStyle AirStyling & Drying System. This uniquely shaped hairdryer has a swivelling top head for drying and then reconfigured easily for attachments like round brushes and curling barrels. By using airdry technology this handy hair tool can dry fast with less heat. Great for travelling too.
If you’re looking to achieve more body and shine to your hair new The Knot Dr All-in-One Oval Dry Brush is an affordable option. With advanced Ionic Conditioning Tourmaline Ceramic FlexaliteTM Bristles great for detangling this works well as a fuss-free and healthier dryer.
Styling those luscious locks is effortless with this wonderful tool from amika. The Smooth Talker kit is a double threat, safely drying hair AND styling at the same time. If you’re all thumbs for blowouts, this magical wand promises frizz-free looks in a fraction of the time. The kit comes complete with The Kure shampoo and conditioner, the wizard primer, flash instant shine mask and a perk up dry shampoo.
TRICKED OUT SKINCARE THAT’S ON TREND
boscia has long led the pack for innovative plant-based solutions for almost any skin condition. The Daily Duo follows a simple rinse-and-repeat format. If you’re shopping for someone who doesn’t enjoy a twelve-step beauty regimen, knock their socks off with this easy combo. The kit includes the best-selling Purifying Cleansing Gel, a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser perfect for all skin types and the Cactus Water Moisturizer in a handy travel size, perfect for your purse or gym bag.
boscia’s Triple Hyaluronic and Honeydew Moisture Boost Gel Eye Masks are a staple. Too many late nights, not enough sleep, a glass of wine too far or even just flying can all wreak havoc on your eyes.
LET THEM CHOOSE- OUR FAVE GIFT CARDS + BEAUTY TREATMENTS
Splurge- gift card for a customized facial at Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto. You will get a bespoke facial, designed just for you.
Holiday party prep – high-tech facials at Formula Fig like the Lift & Tone for mature skin or the Hydrate & Glow. This gorgeous space on Ossington offers an extensive menu of treatments for every age and skin type. They also sell a variety of high-end skin care products as well.
Our friends at FORM Face and Body have a stellar offering of treatments and packages for the holiday season. The Ultimate Holiday Glow-Up includes a minimum of two Syringes of Filler at 15% off each Syringe, a minimum of 50 Units of Neuro Modulator at 20% (any remaining pre-purchased units can be used up to six months after the first treatment) and a Complimentary IPL ($250 Value). Starting at $1,460.
Their Ultimate Eye Package includes one Syringe of Redensity II Under Eye Filler, one AluminEye, and one Retinol Eye Gel for $725 (15% savings on the package). The Face Refresher Package is a must for anyone who needs a little extra intervention. With three Skin Pen Microneedling + three IPL treatments for $1500, a savings of 15% off.
Amp up your collagen for months after your first treatment. Sofwave is a new-ish technology to support collagen stimulation by generating heat at the skin at 1.5mm to trigger a response and therefore tricking your epidermis into creating more collagen. swiftly targeting droopy eyelids, sagging necklines and crow’s feet. All in one go! Get your gift card from Pearl MD on Yonge Street.
MAKEUP MAVENS UNITE
Kylie Matte Lip Kit in Dashing This limited edition lippy is a great holiday party lip duo, with a smooth pencil and a matte liquid lip colour. It’s a bold, beautiful red and super long lasting. It’s available at Shoppers for $41
Impress press on nails are perfect for the holiday season in a pinch. These artificial nails don’t require extra glue so easy to apply and easier to get off so you can change it up.
Snowflakes for the family gathering and switch to gold glitter for NYE! You can find them at Walmart and Amazon but you can also order from them directly with a flat shipping rate of $9.50 for up to 11 sets of nails.
WHOLE BODY EXPERIENCES
This is a gift you’ll want to gift or receive. For the person who enjoys beautiful experiences, the Elmwood Spa in Toronto offers several signature spa offerings including the Li’Tya Whole Body Ritual. Based on Australian Aboriginal treatments this helps to rejuvenate, focus and refresh you from head to toe beginning with a smudging to help clear all negative energy and thoughts. You can read more about the incredible experience here.