Posts Tagged ‘Holiday 2010’

  1. December 23, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Last-Minute Gift: Fabulous in Fiji by Stila

    You’re really cutting it close if you haven’t finished your shopping just yet because Christmas Eve is tomorrow!! Luckily, Stila can easily solve your problems. Avoid the uber-packed malls and head over to Pharmaprix / Shopper’s Drug Mart or one of their Beauty Boutiques for the Fabulous in Fiji Travel Palette from Stila ($13).

    With three shades of blue eye shadow, one silver must-have shade and a plum cream that can easily be used as lip gloss or blush, your giftee will be over-the-moon when she unwraps this. If these colours don’t work for your friend, don’t fret. There are five different Limited Edition Travel Palettes for you to choose from.

    The best part? Stila’s top-quality products (that are sure to make your on-the-go pal praise you) is easy on the budget. Finding an amazing gift only two days before Christmas without breaking the bank? You just can’t ask for more than that. At this price, you may even want to pick one up for yourself.

    Happy Holidays beauty lovers! Thanks for making this year a success for Beauty Booty 4-1-1. Best wishes for 2011!

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  2. December 22, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    The Ultimate Age-Defying Gift from Neostrata

    Tick-tock: only TWO days left to shop! Still looking for a gift but don’t have time to head or the motivation to brave the packed mall? No problem. Head to Pharmaprix / Shopper’s Drug Mart instead and pick up an incredible value Holiday Set from Neostrata.

    Made for women of all ages, Neostrata’s Instant Renewal Gift Set retails for $72.50, but is actually valued at $143.50! That means your ever-so-lucky giftee will be getting way more than she ever expected. The gift set includes Skin Renewal Peel Solution, Skin Resurfacing Duo and Anti-Wrinkle Lip Enhancer.

    Basically, this kit contains everything a gal needs to keep her skin looking impeccable this winter. Skin care is my biggest obsession. I think I may even apply more creams to my face than makeup. But with all the harmful environmental factors out there (like UV rays, pollution, dry air, humidity, etc.) our skin takes a beating out there. And no one wants to spot wrinkles a second too soon.

    No, you can’t prevent aging altogether, but you can always take the proper steps to make sure your skin looks best for your age whether you’re 25 or 65. Taking care of skin properly now means greater looking skin when as you age. Plus, with Skin Renewal Peel Solution, you’ll see results after the first use so you know it’s working.

    Give your beauty-conscious gal pal the gift of gorgeous skin this holiday season with the Instant Renewal Gift Set from one of the world’s leading skin care brands, Neostrata.

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  3. December 21, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Clinique Click and Be Happy Gift Set

    Still in need of one last stocking stuffer (or two)? Clinique’s got you covered. This holiday season, they’ve got these adorable gift sets that are easy on the budget and chock full of goodies.

    The Click and Be Happy Gift Set (about $30) comes with three lip glosses and three mini fragrance bottles. What makes this kit spectacular? Each fragrance can be connected to a lip gloss and dumped in your bag for quick and easy touch-ups all day long. Plus, all 6 of the items are interchangeable so they sky’s the limit when it comes to pairing up a gloss and scent to fit your mood.

    What I like best about Clinique lip glosses is that they stay put all day long, give that shiny lacquered finish but aren’t sticky or heavy. Plus they’re super moisturizing and they each have SPF 15 for added protection.

    The mini fragrances include Happy, A Hint of Citrus and A Wealth of Flowers. Judging by the diversity of aromas, I’d say this gift set would have any gal covered from A to Z.

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  4. December 17, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Get Voluminous Hair for the Holidays

    Unfortunately, I suffer from a condition I like to call Nasty Flat Hair Syndrome (NFHS). If you aren’t familiar with my made-up term, then you probably don’t have flat, lifeless hair. But if you feel my pain, then today’s blog is going to make your day!

    I am a little bit ashamed to admit that before I started my beauty blogging career and didn’t receive countless products at home to try out, I spent obscene amounts of money on any sort of hair products that promised me volume. It’s taken me many years of product testing to separate the good products from the useless ones but I now know products inside and out. So trust me when I say, this is a good one!

    Herbal Essences is not the fancy salon brand many of us look to for glamorous locks but I’m telling you, I am in love with Body Envy Shampoo and Conditioner. At less than $10 per bottle, it’s a steal considering the results.

    If you’re looking for ultra-glam locks for the holidays, start your process with Body Envy. The nectarine shampoo gives hair more than just volume. It gives it body, which is different. It gives my hair a thicker look and makes it appear as though my hair is flowing (kind of like Kim Kardshian’s).

    The conditioner is lightweight so it won’t flatten your ‘do and to top it off, it’s extra-nourishing. I am all about soft hair. If my hair feels like hay, I could care less about the volume. So a product that does both without breaking the bank is definitely blog-worthy.

    You can find the entire Herbal Essences Body Envy collection at most local pharmacies. Hurry, the holidays are starting next week. Besides, there’s never a wrong time for voluptuous hair.

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  5. December 16, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Last-Minute Holiday Gifts from LUSH

    If you’re not finished your Christmas shopping yet, here are a few more ideas to help you out. After all, Christmas is next week!

    If you’re in need of an affordable stocking stuffer for a gal who like sweet scents, Have a Sweet Christmas ($14.95) from LUSH may be the perfect option. It contains a sweet vanilla-scented Candy Cane Bubble Bar and a chunk of the Snowfairy-scented Godmother Soap.

    If you’re looking to spoil someone a touch more, I suggest the Christmas Star ($34.95). Packaged in a festive box, this gift set contains six of the top-selling LUSH bath bombs. Every now and then, I like to indulge myself in a bath with one of these bombs and it’s so soothing, relaxing and calming in every way. It’s my way of treating myself to a mini spa day. If you know someone in need of her own mini spa day, this is the way to go.

    While LUSH offers dozens of holiday gift sets this year to suit every budget and every lady, one of my favourite ultra-luxe gift sets is Winter Wonderland ($114.95). It contains all of my favourites and the items are practical and fun at the same time. This set contains shower and body treatments, soaps, scrubs and gels, all with a different fragrance. It’s sure to satisfy any gal’s pampering needs.

    To pick up one of LUSH’s coveted holiday gift sets, head to a LUSH store near you or lush.ca. For online shopping, you better hurry if you want delivery for Christmas! Plus, they’re offering free shipping until December 19.

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  6. December 15, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Holiday Beauty from YSL

    With all the holiday parties coming up this season, you can’t afford not to look your best. With YSL‘s new holiday 2010 collection, you definitely won’t have that problem. Thanks to YSL‘s top quality products that are always one step ahead of the latest trends, I’m finding myself unable to make it through my day without at least a little YSL makeup.

    As you can see in the photo, the all-new YSL End of Year 2010 Collection is all about shimmer. The collection, while glam and trendy is also discreet and understated. Let’s start with the blockbuster of the collection: the Limited Edition Palette Metallic Colorama ($78).This pearly face highlighter is the most coveted of the season. I like to dab it onto my cheekbones, nose and brow bones. It adds an instant runway-ready finish to any look and it can be substituted as blush, eyeshadow and more.
    In the above photo, you’ll also notice a few other holiday gems. Rouge Pure Shine Lipstick in Metallic Pink ($35) is the ultimate holiday lipstick. While it has a shimmering finish fit for the season, it’s also a very classic colour that won’t take you too far out of your comfort zone. It’s a great daytime colour, plus it’s creamy, hydrating and feels comfortable on the lips. For fancy evenings, turn to Golden Gloss ($34) in one of four shimmering shades. Its rich texture is sure to not only last for hours, but keep lips plump, hydrated and smooth.
    Touche D’Or Face Highlighter ($46) is different from the Palette Metallic Colorama because it really is meant only to highlight key areas. Sweep the super soft brush over your eyeshadow, on the brow bone or in the inner corner of the eye for an illuminating look that’s sure to make you look fresh and well-groomed at all times.
    For the mascara junkie, I must encourage you to try Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils ($36). I received my sample in a dark plum shade and while the colour turned me off at first, I quickly realized the beauty experts at YSL knew what they were talking about when they introduced this. The colour doesn’t really show, so don’t fret. However, the purple leaves lashes with a more natural, less intense finish than black while still maintaining the extra thick, plush look you want. I’m hooked! Black mascara who?

    And finally, the YSL La Laque Nail Colour ($24 each). Available in three ultra-trendy shades (Gold, White Gold, Pink Gold) they are bursting with colour and they totally represent the season. If you’re looking for that picture perfect makeup look for the holidays, you can’t go wrong with the new YSL collection, available Holt Renfrew.

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  7. December 14, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Last-Minute Gift Idea: Love, Chloé

    An elegant, feminine fragrance is always the perfect indulgence for the glam gal on your holiday shopping list. For the girl who has everything and is leaving you stuck in a last-minute shopping situation, Love, Chloé may be the gift you’ve been looking for.

    Just released in October of this year, this radiant, feminine scent speaks to the spontaneous, charming and graceful woman. I’m a fan of Chloé fragrances and if you are, too, you’re sure to love this utterly chic new addition.

    This gift is definitely a luxe purchase but it’s totally worth it for someone who really deserves to be spoiled a little bit (like perhaps…you?). Love, Chloé Eau de Parfum ($90, 50mL) comes in a trendy bottle that’s inspired by the same beauty as Chloé’s leather goods. Plus, in case you don’t already know, eau de parfum’s are much more concentrated than eau de toilette fragrances. That means you only need to apply a touch of the fragrance to benefit from its beautiful aroma. It’s more expensive but will last much longer. (I like to save my eau de parfums for truly special occasions.)

    If you’re looking to purchase this seductive number for the holidays, you should head to Holts. In January, the fragrance will be available at Murale stores, as well, along with the body lotion and shower gel.

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  8. December 13, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Holiday Gift Idea: Make Your Own Beauty Basket

    The holidays can sometimes have you stumped for gift ideas. Often times, we’re at a complete loss for the perfect gift. But what if the perfect gift was really several gifts? I love the idea of making your own Christmas baskets. All you have to do is get yourself a wicker basket at the Dollar store, fill it with tissue and load it up with products your gift receiver needs and uses.

    A gift doesn’t always have to be some huge surprise. Giving the beauty-addicted gal a basket full of goodies shows thought. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to open people up to new products that they may otherwise never try on their own.

    Makeup baskets are always good, but I’m a big fan of skin care baskets. It’s the most important part of our beauty routines yet it’s the part most people pay the least attention to.

    I love this cute Olay Gift Set ($12.99 — pictured above). It comes with a cleanser, toner (very important!) and a face washcloth. It’s affordable, useful and actually essential. I have this set myself and it makes my skin look and feel clean and fresh in no time.

    A basket only works if it has several products, so use your imagination and add a few more goodies you think your gal pal might need. I’m a sucker for the Olay Thermal Pedicure Treatment ($15.99 — pictured above). It’s an amazing product that hydrates the feet during the harsh winter weather. Hard, dry feet? Not hot!

    This holiday season, don’t wrack your brain thinking of what ONE gift will please your friends and family. Put a touch more effort and make your own basket…and keep your budget happy at the same time.

    What would you want your gift basket to include if you received one? Give me the deets on what you would like your basket to include in the comments below and I may just send it to you. Happy holidays!

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  9. December 10, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Get an Oil-Free Complexion for the Holidays

    You know about it, we all do. That minute where you go to washroom and take a look at yourself after being at a party for a few hours and wonder what the heck happened? Unfortunately, with all the makeup, partying, eating and greeting, most people tend to get oil build-up on their face by the time the clock strikes 12. That can make your face shine and your makeup look like it’s melting off your face.


    I actually have dry/combination skin and when I am wearing my SPF moisturizer and evening makeup, I sometimes get oil build-up, too. It doesn’t just happen at parties, it happens everywhere, including work. Before I discovered Lise Watier’s new Mineral Compact Powder ($35), I would start my day off with matte, flawless skin and end the day with shiny skin.

    This new product is one of the best mattifying powders I have ever tried but I must warn you, it’s extremely potent stuff. The first time I applied it, I applied the way I would any other powder. Big mistake! This powder is made to dry out oil so it will severely dry your skin if you put too much or apply where you don’t need it.

    I now apply it with a blush brush and only to my T-zone, which is where most oil build-up is. Just a quick sweep and no matter what the circumstances, my skin stays shine-free all day…even through to the evening. It’s incredible.

    It also has oil blotting sheets so if you keep this compact with you all day, you can dry up any excess oil that sneaks up on you. Given all the holiday parties and pictures that will be taken in the next few weeks, I suggest you arm yourself against a shiny complexion with this. You can find Lise Watier’s new Mineral Compact Powder at Pharamaprix / Shopper’s Drug Mart locations.

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  10. December 7, 2010 by Beauty Booty 411

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    WIN a Goody Gift Set Today, Tomorrow and Thursday

    Contests just got a whole lot better! Instead of one prize, Goody and Beauty Booty 411 have teamed up to give you three chances at winning. One lucky winner will be chosen each day to receive a FREE Goody Gift Set or Goody Bag, filled with loads of hair accessories, brushes and more for the next three days!

    Today I’m giving away the Goody Gift Set pictured here. It has a paddle brush, comb, round brush, hair elastics, pocket mirror and mini hair clips. Packaged in an adorable box with a satin ribbon, this Styling Solutions Gift Set could make the perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

    In spite of all the high end products I receive to test everyday, I always turn to my affordable and dependable Goody paddle brush to give my ‘do some extra volume when I blow dry it or to brush out any knots and tangles before bed (super important to do, btw! Necessary for silky smooth hair).

    Here’s how to enter:

    ***You can do any ONE of the following. Not necessary to do them all :)

    - Comment below and tell us why you love Goody

    - Tell us why you want this Goody Gift Set on the Facebook Fan Page

    - Get one new member to join the Facebook fan page. If that member posts a message on the wall saying that YOU referred them, you’ll be automatically entered.

    - To make things simpler and accessible for everyone, you can also enter by sending an email to mbarillaro27@gmail.com with the subject line “LOVES GOODY!

    - Each day until Thursday, December 9, 2010 contests will close at midnight.

    Hurry, contest ends at midnight tonight. If you don’t win, don’t sweat it. You can try again tomorrow and Thursday, December 9. Good luck, beauties!

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    *Prizes will be shipped to your Canadian mailing address. Winners name and city will be announced on the Facebook Fan Page and Twitter Page.