The best beauty stocking stuffers of 2015

It’s beginning to look a lot like … the time to start stuffing those stockings! Stockings are my favourite part about giving and getting Christmas presents. And when they’re beauty stocking stuffers? The best. This morning I featured my favourite beauty stocking stuffers on CHCH Morning Live. You can watch the segment here, or skip down for the full rundown of all the products, prices and where to buy them.

These Joe Fresh Smokey Eye Palettes come in three palette shades – gold, cool neutrals and modern smokey — so you can pop one in your purse to get your best smokey eye on the go. The tiny mirror, an oft-overlooked detail in mini palettes, and the price (just $5) makes this one a must-buy. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Soap & Glory knows how to make body butters and this mini trio called Three Times Butter  will make sure you’ve got great skin all winter long. Give two for your besties and keep one for yourself. $15 for the set of three, at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Everyone loves a cracker to break open on the holidays – and these from Quo are filled with cosmetics!  Each cracker contains a mini lip gloss and eye shadow.  Quo Cosmetics Cracker Set, $20, at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Oils are your skin’s best friend and Lipidol (from the creators of Bio-Oil) has created this After Shave Oil for the guy on your list. I can tell you my husband has been using this for months now, and loves it. Just a few drops replaces all the oils he’s stripped out of his skin from shaving. $8.97 at Walmart.

If your guy hates going to the drugstore to get replacement blades for his razor, give him this: Gillette Shave Club. Starting at $5 through Amazon.ca, you can get your favourite Gillette brand of blades, razors or shave cream delivered to your door every month.

Also good for the guy, but pretty enough that any girl will love this for a DIY pedi is the Dr. Scholls Express Pedi Foot Smoother. The roller sloughs of dry, dead skin in just a minute, and leaves your feet super soft and smooth. $49.99 at drugstores and mass market retailers.

OK, so this isn’t quite small enough to fit in a stocking, but it’s what’s inside that counts, right? And these 12 mini beauty items or 12 mini nail polishes are definitely small enough for a stocking, and will delight any girl on your list — whether she’s 7 or 87 — when she gets to open a gift every day for 12 days. Hard Candy 12 Days of Beauty or 12 Days of Nail, $9.97 at Walmart.

Could these Sephora Babushka dolls be any cuter? I don’t think so. Hang it on the tree, top a present or slip it in a stocking to give this set of three mini makeup sponges, which aren’t just fun, but very functional for getting foundation or concealer into those tricky spots (around the nose, under eyes). Available at Sephora.

Foolproof and fun! (And if these stick around til spring, how cute would they be for an Easter Egg hunt? But don’t wait — I’m sure these are going to sell out fast).  Sephora Super Kisses set of 3 Kiss Me Balms, $23, at Sephora.

Great for the little girl on your list, this Delectable Limited Edition Hair & Body Mists in Sugar Plum, Strawberries & Cream and Coconut & Cream are made for spritzing on your hair or body. They’re all free of chemicals so ideal for kids, and a steal at $14 for the set. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers. 

Happy stocking stuffer shopping!

Fall Beauty Trends — easy easy easy looks from The Social

Eek! First time ever on The Social. Love those girls. They are so fun.

This fall is all about easy, easy, easy. And the looks I showed were easy to achieve because they take almost zero time in the bathroom, easy on the wallet as every product I showed was under $20 and most were under $10!, and easy to buy because everything was available at Wal-mart. One stop shopping. #Doneanddone

So let’s get to it. First up: Oils, oils, oils.

I love oils, and Lipidol (who created Bio-Oil, which is a miracle worker when it comes to banishing scars and stretch marks) has created an entire line of oils for face and body that cleanse, moisturize, hydrate, and leave your skin nourished and glowing. Typical cleansers that foam contain harsh agents that strip skin of moisture, and in the fall after a summer of sun and heat, we need to replenish skin. Lipidol Face and body cleansing oils turn into creamy goodness on your skin and wash away impurities while adding the nourishment your skin needs. The after shower body oil hydrates your skin deep below the top layer of the skin, and the overnight facial oil feels luxurious and when you wake up, your skin looks like you’ve had a facial while you were sleeping. There’s also a fantastic after shave oil you can use yourself, but I like to leave it on the counter for my husband to use, since the petitgrain essential oil gives off an excellent just-enough-manliness scent.

Next up is a clean, “what makeup?” face.

My go-to item in this group is the Physician’s Formula Super CC+ Kit. For $28, you get three standout products – cream, concealer and powder – which is ultimately everything you need to get flawless skin. It stays put all day, which is so key in this fall heat!

And now, the eyes.

I love playing up the eyes, because it means that you can toss a lipgloss in your bag and you’re good for the day – no retouching required! I am loving this double-cat-eye look, and to get it, you’ll need a skinny minny liquid liner like the one I featured today on the show from Rimmel. The point is just 0.1 mm, which means it’s practically fool-proof.

For mascara, nothing beats this Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit. A sweep of the mascara gives you a base to add these tiny fibres to your lashes to make your lashes look like they’re 3x thicker than they were five minutes ago! They won’t flake off during the day, but disappear with the addition of a little eye makeup remover at night.

You can read about all the products I mentioned on the show, and watch the segment, too.

Thanks to CND & Ritual (www.ritual.ca) for my nails and Kirsten McIntosh, Revlon Professional (RevlonProfessional.com) for my gorgeous hair.

Questions? Tweet at me @chantelguertin or leave a comment below!

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