I know what you’re thinking. It’s March. We’re (nearly) out of the woods when it comes to winter. But my friends, Canadian winters are ever-unpredictable, and I felt I owed you one last mid-winter pick-me-up post, aka the best gift ideas for folks that are just suffering through our subarctic months. To recap, we’ve covered shoes, hair, skin, and hands…but somehow I forgot to zero in on the face. So today’s finds are for your kisser, to get you buffed and beautiful to accept a wee bit of Vitamin D as the snow finally begins to melt this month..or next.
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator – $34
Sometimes when I do posts like this one, it occurs to me that this is *not* a beauty blog. But for reals? This product is ON MY GIFT LIST. Not only to want, but to give, because I am a complete and total convert and I want you to be as well. Teeny tiny crystals similar to those used by dermatologists for microdermabrasion treatments and papaya enzymes slough off dead skin particles while various oils smooth things over, leaving you with skin that feels like its just had a spa treatment.
Bonus! The brand is Canadian, meaning they’ve already won a bigger spot in my heart.
Buy It For: Seriously get yourself a bottle of this stuff first, then buy some for your girlfriends, your sisters, your mom – they will love you.
Frownies – $19.95 – $29.95 USD
Think of Frownies as the anti-Botox. They do the same thing…only without injecting poison into your skin. Simply apply a patch to your skin and let it keep your muscles locked in place overnight to reverse muscle memory and smooth out your skin. Your giftee will be seriously glad they can show emotion once they see how amazing their skin can look with regular use (and a helpful Vitamin E-based moisturizer).
Bonus! You can stretch the results of these productive patches – they’re reusable! Suddenly that box of 60 has the potential to last your lucky pal months and months.
Buy It For: Your best friend (or mom), that’s earned every wrinkle on her face with a life full of love and growth.
The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops Of Youth – $30
If you ever walk down the aisle of a drugstore skincare section, you may be wondering what gems exist amongst the snake oils of the planet. If you’re skeptical of bargain beauty buys when it comes to your skin (as you should be), consider this organic alternative to commercial anti-aging potions, made of 98% naturally derived ingredients. Using stem cells harvested from the coastal plant criste-marine, a single drop of this potent formula stimulates your skin to shed its top layer and reveal new, young-looking skin cells – day or night. Talk about instant gratification in a tiny little bottle!
Bonus! Yay for fair trade – Drops Of Youth includes organic babassu oil from a Brazilian co-operative. Your purchase is giving 150 women a steady income, and a more prominent position in their society.
Buy It For: Your world-weary sister, that’s just starting to take your constant sunscreen nagging seriously. Your fair trade lovin’ cousin, that’s always introducing you to third-world plights next to first-year goodies.
GLAMGLOW Mud Mask – $78 (CAD)
Truth be told I got to try a sample of this through my Glymm box – one of those monthly beauty product sampling services. It’s *definitely* an indulgence – after all, the product is inspired by Hollywood – but I couldn’t help but include it as a luxury beauty buy for a very special person in your life (yup, it’s unisex). With bits of volanic pumice rock and intense nutrients, you’ll feel completely connected to the elements when you smear this stuff on and almost instantly feel your skin tighten up. The sleek packaging is dead on: you’ll shine like the stars after using this powerful mask. For the record, you can buy this at a bunch of Canadian retailers. Try BeautyMark.ca, eBeauty.ca, or Glymm.com.
Bonus! It’s vegan. Which in my nerdily pseudo-vegan heart, makes me excited.
Buy It For: Treat the rents to a day at the spa without stepping outdoors: hook them up for Mother’s or Father’s Day.
Weleda One-Step Toner & Cleanser – $24
As much as I’m for pampering your epidermis, I also recognize that sometimes the best treatment is the everyday way you take care of your skin. Enter Weleda’s One-Step Toner & Cleanser, which speeds up your nightly cleansing routine, and if I’m being perfectly honest, does a frighteningly good job at doing so – you’ll be stunned at what it unearths from your pores. Olive oil soap breaks down the daily grime, while earthy witch hazel immediately tones the skin. Add to that an electrifying citrus scent and you feel scrubbed clean and ready to slumber.
Bonus! I’ve rhapsodized before about Weleda’s all-natural goodness but let me reiterate: this stuff is free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colorants, and raw materials derived from mineral oils. In other words? It’s better-than-good for your skin.
Buy It For: Your harried new mommy friend that could use a helping hand when it comes to keeping wrinkles – laugh and worry alike – at bay, or your constantly traveling best pal that knows every inch counts in their luggage space (the bottle is exactly airplane friendly).
There you have it! Five pampering treats designed to prime your skin every single day – and every single special occasion that someone decides to take a time out for themselves. I particularly love stuff for your face as gift ideas because they often have a spa-like feel, but a completely practical purpose to go with. Trust me, anyone on your gift list will flip for one of these last few mid-winter pick-me-ups!
And I’m sure you’ll flip for today’s sweeeet prize package on offer. One very lucky winner will have a glowing complexion year-round thanks to Weleda, who is giving away a one-year supply of skincare products customized to your skin type, valued at over $150. You’ll get a goodie basket filled with the One-Step Toner & Cleanser, lotion, day cream, and night cream. To enter:
1) Leave a comment below by April 8th at midnight, answering this simple question, in the spirit of the One-Step Toner & Cleanser: what do you do to save time in your busy day?
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around April 9th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Simple! Leave a comment on any new (i.e. published after today) non-contest post over the contest period, and tag it with #cgg. For every tagged comment, you’ll earn a bonus entry into the big draw. Intrepid commenters will note, you’ll be earning double entries into the Alex Story and the Weleda contest for the next few days…
Love prizes? Check out what else you can win through the Canadian Gift Guide by visiting the Winner’s Circle.