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Top 5 – February

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February was a pretty makeup-less month. The blah’s really caught up with me and I fully engaged in the Canadian winter hermit mode; you know, when it gets to the point that you just can’t handle the sun-less days and freezing temperatures. Yeah, that was my February. So as I sit down today to take a look at my Top 5 of February I draw a blank….give me a moment to go scrounge up a few things I actually used this month.

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Smokey Weekend Face

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Cause who says you can’t crack out a smokey eye on an uneventful Sunday? I’ve been playing around with my makeup stash recently and have been creating a few new looks that I’ve been absolutely loving, so it’s about time I shared a few of those with you. So today we’ll start with my favourite and most simple of them all, the easy smokey eye featuring my coveted Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye palette.

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Blogmas Day 16: Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

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You’ve got the luxury gifts, you’ve got the budget gifts, so today it’s time to share the mini-sized best of both worlds; the best Stocking Stuffer items!

Stocking stuffers don’t necessarily need to be in a certain price range, but I like to stick with items that come in a smaller size! Everything has to fit in that stocking, right? Sephora is amazing for travel essentials and mini, sample sized, products. The aisle of doom I like to call it. You know, that aisle that you stand in as you wait to pay for your purchases, doubling your subtotal between the aisle and the counter. Yeah, that one. It’s perfect for your stocking stuffer shopping.

To start, check to see if there are small sample sizes or travel sizes of the products that you already love, or that you know your friends and family love. For me, that would be the Glamglow Mud to Foam Cleanserwhich I absolutely adore and want to share with everyone! I’ll shove this guy in as many stockings as I can reach. Or, as you saw in my Pamper Gift Guide, you can gift the joy of Peter Thomas Roth with the Mini Mask Trio or individual travel sized masks. Whether or not your friends and family have tried them before, I know they’ll be hooked.

Next, take a look at the great brands that you love and trust that come out with great stocking stuffers and minis specifically for the holiday season! Things such as the Formula X Clix which you can see above in the sets The Match and All That Matters. These are great gifts for those who love nails and polish, or even those who are hard to shop for. The cutest little collection of amazing colours from a great brand. Or, not holiday specific but still mini and amazing, the NARS Mini Lip Pencils in either Velvet Matte or Satin. Tons of colours to choose from for my absolute favourite formula and brand of lip pencil. Someone please fill my stocking with more of these!

You can even try some non-mini but still small sized products. Check out the sale items on Sephora if you wanna stick in a “stocking-esque” budget. That’s where I recently found the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette which is perfect for that flawless holiday face with a warm flush. And is still the perfect stocking size! Or the makeup tool that should be in everyone’s arsenal, the BrushEgg. The most perfect tool for brush cleaning. Anyone who owns at least one makeup brush needs this.

What are your ideas for stocking stuffers this year?

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