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A beauty lover never says no to new brushes. Especially when they’re kitted out with playful graphics by illustrator extraordinaire Ana Strumpf. Plus, these five full-size brushes (and travel-friendly brush roll) are all the tools required to master a smoky eye, glowing cheekbones and more.
Smashbox Multi-Use Brush Set, $48 at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique locations.
The beauty rule-breaker in your life will die for this! The latest fragrance from the coveted Italian design house mixes old with new, exuding notes of Tuberose and jasmine, as well Rangoon Creeper from South India which has never been used in perfume before. This trio treats her to a full-size of the lovely soft pink porcelain bottle of juice, plus scented body lotion and a roller ball pen so she can refresh on the go.
Gucci Bloom Deluxe Gift Set, $170 at thebay.com.
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Packed with scents she’ll love and formulas that’ll love her back, there’s all kinds of winning combos to be found here. Matching duos of shower gel and body butter in White Blossom, Guava and Yoghurt are made with soothing vitamins, almond oil and shea butter – all 90 per cent or more natural ingredients, and zero parabens, mineral oil, silicone or other nasties.
Korres Total Body Indulgence, $44 at beautyboutique.ca.
An artful offering from every angle, this nail polish set will thrill a dedicated mani-ac. Deliciously dark hues and a seasonal must-have hit all the right notes for something classic, something edgy and something sparkly.
Clé de Peau Beauté Nail Lacquer Trio, $85 at Holt Renfrew and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
Eyebrows – they’re the backbone of a successful beauty look, because without them everything else falls down. Equally ideal for a novice or pro, this jackpot of five full-size products includes volumizing gel, cream-gel eyebrow colour and a shaping kit from a beloved brow-focused brand.
Benefit The Great Brownanza, $79 at sephora.com.
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Meet ’n’ Treat
Insert heart-eyes emoji here because whoever you choose to bestow these luxury skincare goodies to will never look at you the same way again. Utilizing the soothing thermal waters and deep cleaning Moor mud of Hungary, everything from the award-winning line is swoon-worthy.
Omorovicza The Discovery Kit, $120 (approximate with exchange rate) at omorovicza.com.
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Shopping for someone loves a statement lip? This will help put your money where her mouth is. Delivering weeks of fun and fabulousness, behind each door awaits a gorgeous intensely pigmented lipstick or high-shine gloss.
NYX Lippie Countdown 24 Days of Lips Advent Calendar, $65 at Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
Do the Wave
If achieving tousled waves are her crowning glory she’ll want to get her hands on this. Powered by brushless motor technology, hair is gently drawn into the ceramic-coated chamber where it’s transformed into a wavy texture. Bonus: the 2-in-1 tool can also straighten hair to deliver smooth results, and is equipped with an auto-off feature.
Conair Metá e Metá (Half & Half) Curl Secret, $150, amazon.ca or at these retailers.
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The perfect match if her beauty motto is ‘no eye look is off limits.’ From the renowned French makeup artist, comes a palette of a dozen must-have hues that balances warm bronze, soft pink, rich charcoal and (ohh!) burgundy in matte and shimmer finishes.
Laura Mercier Exotics Redefined Eye Colour Collection, $76.19 at nordstrom.ca.
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Time to Shine
Glowing skin times two? Yes, please! These cult faves work to amp up radiance on any skin type. Powered by glycolic acid, a swipe of Glow Tonic exfoliates and purifies skin while hydrating with aloe vera. And the multi-purpose face mist contains 13 natural oils that nourish, and can be used to set makeup and/or add a dewy finish whenever it’s needed.
Pixi by Petra SkinTreat Duo Glow Tonic & Glow Mist, $49 at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
Not only will this stack of masks keep her skin looking top notch all year, each one is like taking a mini-vacay to a faraway locale. Relish the brightening power of Brazilian acai berry, dip into the detoxifying benefits of Japanese matcha green tea or pump up hydration via the essence of British roses.
The Body Shop At-Home Facial Mask Experience, $99 at The Body Shop stores.
So. Much. Cat-titude.
A must-have if her love of beauty is only outmatched by an affection for felines. The printed pouch is just the start of the cuteness overload – yes, that’s a cat face imprinted on the lipstick! – and these shimmering goodies will light her up inside and out.
Paul & Joe Beauté Holiday 2017 Makeup Collection, $64 at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
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