More At Sephora

I – and this blog – are no stranger to Sephora, aka beauty mecca. But here’s what. A lot of people I talk to really don’t know what all they have in store at Sephora. After scouring the shelves (and swooning), I picked out a range of products to demonstrate what all they’ve got, and how you can easily please a few of the ladies in your life if you choose to do your holiday shopping there. With nearly 30 locations across the country and easy peasy online shopping (order by the 10th and you can still guarantee your order via regular shipping!), as long as the person has the slightest inkling or interest in beauty products, you’ll be set! And without further ado, here are my awards for the best of the best in Sephora shopping this season!

Note: all prices are quoted in Canadian dollars. If you see any price discrepancies on the website, this is likely why.

Best Stocking Stuffer: Sephora Color Wand $12

Why I Love It: The price, naturally. You get six glitzy, glimmery glosses in one convenient wand, making it easy to adjust your look while you’re on the go. Plus there’s four choices – go for subtle, shimmery Hydra (nudes),  gorgeous, girly Sacred Heart (pinks and purples), cool berry Blue, and warm, sunny Yellow.
Who It’s For: Your girlfriend, daughter, nieces, best friends. This is a sweet gift that gives you a serious amount of bang for your buck.

Best in Makeup: Benefit The Big 10 $38

Why I Love It: Hands down I’d say this is probably the most beloved beauty brand out there right about now. If I raided the makeup cupboards of my friends, I’d expect to find at least one thing from Benefit, who’s known for their incredibly innovative products as much as their cutesy, girly branding and packaging. This set combines ten of their most beloved products in luxury sample sizes, making them easy to throw into your purse, bring when traveling, or use to simply introduce yourself to one of the best beauty brands around. Personally I’m loving the pretty pink Dandelion blush and the shimmery High Beam highlighter for your cheeks and brow bone – grab the set to find your faves among two blushes, two lip / cheek stains, three primers, two highlighters and a concealer.
Who It’s For: Makeup junkies will flip out for this set – it’s great for on-the-go goodies or the chance to experiment. The price point makes it ideal for your closest friends and siblings.

Best in Nails: Nails Inc. Glitterati Collection $30

Why I Love It: If the person your buying for doesn’t have the dosh to spend on a weekly manicure, then give them the next best thing with luxury nail polishes like this limited edition set that’s 100% exclusive to Sephora. The British brand is beloved by both models on the runway and fashion editors, so if your gal pal is serious about her cuticles, this glittery three-pack is just the ticket. Layer ’em with other shades or let ’em shine on their own with clear & silver Halton Garden, Midas-inspired Chelsea Embankment, and berry-licious London Bridge.
Who It’s For: Your fashionista friend that can be found her nose buried in a fashion mag – when she’s not out shopping of course. Or buy the set and split it up among three of your besties.

Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set $47

Why I Love It: Um, this should surprise approximately no one. Philosophy is, hands down, my favourite bath company. Their food-inspired scents are so damn realistic you’ll be hard-pressed not to smear the Peppermint Bark lip gloss on your lips and gobble it down, and morning showers with the heavenly scent of fresh-baked Sugar Sprinkles Funnel Cake wafting in the air is pretty hard to beat. So is the price of this amazing set, which features four matching sets of body washes and lip glosses in the most festive scents the brand has – with vanilla-infused gold-tinted Old Fashioned Eggnog, girly and sparkly pink Sugar Sprinkles Funnel Cake, luxe and crisp Peppermint Bark, and star-of-the-party dramatic Pomegranate Bubbly.
Who It’s For: The lady in your life that loves to lather it up – and shine all day long. Again, this is another super idea that can be split up for each of your closest friends, cousins, siblings, etc.

Best in Fragrance – tokidoki Mini Rollerball Set – $22

Why I Love It: Naturally, the cuteness factor comes into play here. tokidoki actually has Italian origins, but it’s definitely Japanese inspired with the anime line of characters that adorn everything from a glittery eyeshadow palette to charm-laden brushes. I also love that you get six purse (and plane!) friendly fragrances for whatever mood you’re feeling. No matter what, all of the scents are light and crisp with fruity notes from peach skin and pear blossom through to classic, earthy tones like sheer jasmine petals and crystallized woods.
Who It’s For: The gal on the go, the fairweather friend, the in-love-with-cute sister or daughter.

Truthfully I was hard-pressed to pick just one fragrance gift idea from tokidoki. They’ve got one of the most expansive fragrance lines I’ve ever seen from a (primarily) cosmetics company, with full-size rollers, solid perfumes, scent sticks and more. If you’re curious to try ’em for yourself, you’re in luck: I’ve got two tokidoki solid fragrance keychains to give away (valued at $31 a piece) in dark and devillish Adios and pretty-in-punk Ciao Ciao. Wanna win?

1) Leave a comment below before December 16th and tell me which gift idea above you love the best. Be sure to use a valid email address when posting so I can contact you if you win!

2) Entries are limited to one per person per email address (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 15th 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 Time: You can earn daily bonus entries on this one. Simply Tweet about the Canadian Gift Guide once per day, and post the link back here in the comments.

As always, you’re free to email me if you feel like you need to fall asleep reading the full rules & regs by emailing canadiangiftguide -at- gmail – dot- com. Crossing my fingers for you (and you)!


111 Responses to “More At Sephora”
  1. cathy says:

    I love the metallic nail polish. It’s great for the holidays.

  2. Holly Sproule says:

    The color wands look awesome!

  3. Karen Ham says:

    i like the sephora colour wand

  4. tina lagrotteria says:

    My favorite gift that I would like to win is the
    Best in Fragrance – tokidoki Mini Rollerball Set.

  5. Rhonda Scales says:

    I love the BIG TEN!! It is everything you would need for the holiday season and beyond!!

  6. Lynda Larsen-Baldry says:

    I love “Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses and Merry Wishes Set”

  7. myra says:

    everything looks awesome

  8. Rosemary Breschuk-Chiu says:

    i’m smitten with the Big Ten!

  9. Erin says:

    I would LOVE the Benefit The Big 10!

  10. Erin says:

    I tweeted!

  11. MANUEL VIZCAYA says:

    I like the Glitterati Collection

  12. Marlene Viau says:

    I love the fragrance key chains … cute cute cute !

  13. nikki robak says:

    I love the metallic nail polish

  14. Amy Brown says:

    I personally would love the Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set $47

  15. Amy Brown says:

    I tweeted:


  16. Marlene says:

    I would love them all though the Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set catchs my eye a little more. 😉

  17. samantha h says:

    I love Philosophy, so the Best in Bath Philosophy sweet kisses & merry wishes set would be my top choice.

  18. Susan says:

    OOOH — such lusciousness! I would choose the Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set!

  19. Shannon says:

    Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set …. it sounds dreamy

  20. Stel says:

    I love the colour wands and the glitterai nail polishes!

  21. Teresa says:

    My favorite is the Philosophy bath treats. I love my bath time 🙂

  22. Jamie Anne says:

    I think the nails inc. polishes are fab!

  23. Ali G says:

    I love that Sephora colour wand in Hydra. Might just have to make a trip to the mall for one of those.

  24. belinda m says:

    The Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set would make a perfect gift

  25. belinda m says:


  26. Glogirl says:

    I like the Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set gift idea. Looks like a great set!

  27. Jeannie Smyth says:

    I love, love, love the Best in Makeup Benefit the Big 10! What an awesome gift! I want to run out to Sephora and buy myself and everyone I know one! Thanks for the awesome article.

  28. Monica S says:

    Oh, what to choose! Sephora has so many great gifts. I really love the tokidoki rollball set. It is just too cute.

  29. Malithi says:

    Color wands! yes! best stocking stuffer ever!

  30. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    Really like the Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  31. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  32. Debbie F says:

    I like the color wands.

  33. Susan says:

    tokidoki mini rollerball set

  34. Debbie Petch says:

    This is a really cool idea! Just beautiful!

  35. sharon says:

    Benefit The Big 10 $38 because of the box set with the variety of items and benefit is a great brand!

  36. darci paice-bailey says:

    Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set! wow that stuff sounds good enough to eat, it would be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in a tub with a book and a hot tea!

  37. Amy Brown says:

    I tweeted today:

  38. crescenza2 says:

    I love the Sephora Color Wand.

  39. Elaine R says:

    Benefit The Big 10 looks like a great present-everything you would want for makeup.

  40. Deborah says:

    I would love to try Sephora!

  41. I like the mini rollerball set the best as I’m a fragrance lover and I think they are charming as all get out.

  42. Christine says:

    I like the Big Ten.

  43. STEPHANIE says:


  44. cher says:

    I love the Best in Bath the best.

  45. deanna boocock says:

    The Benefit the Big Ten set. I bought one of these for my daughter a few years ago and I want one too.

  46. I love Benefit’s big 10, so much to choose from!! But the others are fab too!

  47. Erin says:


  48. Evelyn says:

    I like the Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set the best, I think!

  49. Jenny says:

    I love the tokidoki Mini Rollerball Set!

  50. sherry k says:

    Mini Rollerball Set

  51. Karen says:

    Love the tokidoki fragrance sets!

  52. Karen says:


  53. Eileen says:

    I like the tokidoki mini roller set.

  54. Rebby says:

    I think the Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set would be a great gift for a friend!

  55. Rebby says:


  56. Amy Brown says:

    daily tweet


  57. Ryan Betesta says:

    Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set would be a great gift for all the ladies on my list!

  58. Milena says:

    Philosophy bath treats = happy bath time : )

  59. ginette4 says:

    I love the Sephora Color Wands

  60. Tammy D says:

    Personally I like the Best in Bath Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set! That would make an awesome gift! Thanks for the giveaway.

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  61. A Vanya says:

    Tough one: you seem to have picked the stuff from Sephora that I like most. I’d have to vote for the tokidoki set, just because I know that my 12-year-old anime-loving niece would love it, and she’s very hard to buy for.

  62. Halifax says:

    I like the Philosophy set the best, body and lips all together

  63. Amy Brown says:

    daily tweet

  64. sean pynaert says:

    my daughter would love Nails Inc. Glitterati Collection

  65. Debora Dufresne says:

    Sephora products look very interesting, i have never tried before; would love to try.

  66. Dreena B says:

    The Philosophy Bath Set – their scents are fantastic!

  67. sandy says:

    I’d love the tokidoki mini rollerball set!

  68. nm says:

    Benefit The Big Ten looks awesome..A great way to try out some of their highly rated products!

  69. Amy Brown says:


  70. tanya says:

    I have yet to try Sephora would LOVE to!

  71. I like the Best in Bath: Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set the best,
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  72. I tweeted

  73. Amy Brown says:

    daily tweet

  74. Donnas says:

    The Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set. I LOVE anything that has to do with body wash or shower gels.

  75. Donnas says:

    I tweeted a message; here’s the link:

  76. Kiki says:

    I love the Philiosphy line, so my fav is the “Philosophy Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes Set”…. I only wish that they tasted as good as they smell!

  77. Sarah says:

    I would love to try the …

    Best in Makeup: Benefit The Big 10

  78. ellen chevarie says:

    beauty junky,beauty junkie,beauty junkie, can you guess what is on my christmas list? sephora covers it all

  79. Carley L says:

    My favourite gift idea is the “Best in Makeup: Benefit The Big 10.” I’ve wanted to try Benefit out for a while, so I think this would be a great introductory kit. Plus, since it comes with so many items I could share some of it with my BFF.

  80. Tammy says:

    I love the Philosophy set the best. Their scents are amazing.

  81. Amy Brown says:



  82. Carol Gomez says:

    So hard to choose just one — they’re all amazing!
    But since I have to, I’d got with the Benefit The Big (Best in Makeup) because I love Benefit Cosmetics! Been a fan for quite some time.

    Thanks for hosting!

  83. Christine Carson says:

    Best in bath… I’d need some of that after this holiday season

  84. Donnas says:

    I tweeted a message:

  85. Amy Brown says:

    daily tweet


  86. lisa bolduc says:

    I was just thinking my nieces would like the colour wand!!

  87. Heather says:

    I love Philosophy stuff!!! The bath set would be amazing!

  88. Stacey says:

    I like the Philosophy set.

  89. Amy Brown says:


  90. Donnas says:

    I tweeted the contest message

  91. Christa says:

    I LOVE Philosophy and would love to try the gift set!

  92. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  93. marj blais says:

    i love sephora,it’s the best for make-up!

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