Tinsel & Tresses

I write a fair bit about beauty and body care products on this blog, simply because they’re so gosh darn covetable. The one area I sometimes feel like I could give a little more attention to is your hair. The average woman spends $1,000 a year on her hair – from salon appointments to at-home treatments to styling products to accessories to special occasions. Before your balk, do the math and you’ll see it adds up. If a lady on your shopping list is all about her hair, then do her a favour this holiday season and shave a few dollars of her mane spending with one of these sensational hair care ideas.

Rita Hazan Root Concealer – $24.99
Maybe your girlfriend underwent a crazy change from coffee brown to iced blonde, or harvest gold to rich auburn. Or maybe your mom or your sis is just battling the grey blues. Whatever the case, Rita Hazan’s amazing new touch-up formula is a great in-between-treatments solution to keep your roots looking pristine, particularly if say, you’ve got a special holiday gathering on the horizon, like New Year’s Eve! With two formulas for full coverage or highlights, this is a great surprise for your born to dye gal pal.

Verge Bubble Wand – $120
If you’re trying to capture that soft, beachy waves look, this uniquely-shaped curling iron is a must-have for perfect that uneven, fuss-free style. Use the mini clamp at the bottom and simply wind your hair up like you would around a clipless curling iron, and within minutes you’ll have a gorgeous, lioness mane of hair. Also good to know – the Bubble Wand is made of ceramic so you’ll minimize heat styling damage on your locks.

Ted Gibson Hair Sheets – $16.50 for ten @ eBeauty.ca
If you’re a fan of the soft-spoken and always sweet hairstylist Ted Gibson on TLC’s What Not To Wear, then you’ll definitely want to check out his line of hair care products designed to get your tresses in tip top shape. I immediately gravitated toward the pretty packaging and unique concept behind these ‘hair sheets’ that are meant to revitalize extremely damaged or winter-weary hair. Whenever you’ve got a case of the frizzies, simply unwrap a sheet and gently rub it over your hair to smooth it out and shine it up. Consider teaming this up with a cosmetics bag or purse, and tucking it inside as a gift within a gift.


Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush – $15.99 @ Drugstores / Mass Market Retailers
If you’re the type of person that’s scrambling to get out the door in the morning, this new paddle brush from Goody might be your saviour. It features towel-like strands between regular bristles so you can dry your hair while brushing out knots and smoothing your locks. Simply brush your hair as you would normally and be amazed as the brush soaks up excess water, meaning you can actually cut down on blow drying time (and the subsequent damage) as well. Love it as a stocking stuffer!

Giovanni 2Chic Collection – $7.99 – $8.99 each @ Drugstores / Mass Market Retailers
I have an entire category on this blog dedicated to ‘Eco Chic’, so naturally I was drawn to a brand that labels themselves as ‘Eco Chic Cosmetics’. Giovanni is known for their commitment to producing eco-friendly and fair trade products, including their new 2Chic body and hair collection which incorporates ethically sourced Moroccan Argan Oil alongside equally nourishingย Brazilian Phyto-Keratin. Start off by lavishing your locks with the Ultra Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner, and follow it up with your choice of styling products including heat styling sprays, a leave-in conditioner, and a dual-purpose body and hair potion. What I find particularly interesting about Giovanni is the fact their formulas are so natural, the general make-up of them can generally be applied to your body as well, as demonstrated with the 2Chic body wash and moisturizer additions. The result? Immensely smooth skin, totally touchable hair, and a super affordable gift idea that works wonders as stocking stuffers, or packed together for a fun gift set.

If you’re looking in the mirror today and feel like your hair (or skin) could use a good pick-me-up, look no further: I’m giving away a Giovanni gift set including a Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion & Styling Elixir to a lucky winner. Here’s how you can enter:

1) Leave a comment by December 4th with which hair-related gift idea you’d most like to see under your tree (whether gifting or receiving).

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 December 5th 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: Subscribers rock. If you are one, let me know in the comments below and you’ll earn a bonus entry. If you aren’t one, what are you waiting for? Enter your email and click on the ‘Gift Me Please’ button in the righthand column.ย 

131 Responses to “Tinsel & Tresses”
  1. JENNIFER HART says:


  2. Dreena says:

    I’d most like to see this: Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush under my tree. Looks neat!

  3. Dreena says:

    Email Subscriber.

  4. April Campbell says:

    Verge bubble wand

  5. Taps says:

    I am trying to be all green and natural so Giovanni it is.. discovered your blog when looking for a true canadian blog.. love it.. and am now subscribed ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Debbie Petch says:

    I like the Verge Bubble wand. Thanks!

  7. Holly Sproule says:

    I cant decide between the Verge Bubble Wand and the Paddle Brush! I want them both! And im an email subscriber.

  8. Leah M says:

    The verge bubble wand! I also love the goody brush for a stocking stuffer

  9. kittypride says:

    I like the Goody paddle brush, it looks very interesting ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. kittypride says:

    Yes, I am an email subscriber

  11. Judy van Ryn says:

    I would love to have the Giovanni 2Chic Collection. I am a subscriber.

  12. leah says:

    I’m hearting the root concealer and would love to try the bubble wand(hope it doesn’t burst mine!)
    I’m a happy subscriber. xo

  13. Jayne M. says:

    This is a tough decision because I like everything. If I had to choose one item I would like to try the Rita Hazan Root Concealer. I am a subscriber.

  14. stellar says:

    I would like to find the Giovanni 2Chic Collection under my Christmas tree!

  15. Donna L. says:

    I like the Goody paddle brushes.

  16. mousecat says:

    I’d most like to see the Verge Bubble Wand under the tree for me!!

  17. I would like to have the Goodie Quickstlye Paddel Brush in my stocking! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. mousecat says:

    I subscribe!

  19. Im an email subscriber
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  20. Victoria Ess says:

    I am in love with curling wants and I’d love to try the Verge Bubble Wand!

  21. Debbie f says:

    Verge bubble wand

  22. angela mitchell says:

    I’d like to see the new Goody Quickstyle Paddlebrush under the tree.

  23. angela mitchell says:

    I’m an email subscriber

  24. LINDA says:

    I like the Goody paddle brush.

  25. I would love to have the Giovanni collection, I am a subscriber =)

  26. Sean Pynaert says:

    my daughter would like the bubble wand

  27. MissT says:

    The Verge bubble wand because it looks interesting lol and I’d like to see how it would work on my hair.

  28. MissT says:

    I’m a Subscriber

  29. Jeannie Smyth says:

    I would love to receive the Goody Quick Style Paddle Brush. Anything that would speed up the drying time would be great!!

  30. henglish says:

    I’d love to see the verge bubble wand under my tree.

  31. henglish says:

    I’m a subscriber

  32. I would be interested in the bubble wand for my daughter for Christmas…she is 13.

  33. Donnas says:

    I’m fascinated by the Verge Bubble Wand. What a unique styling tool.

  34. Donnas says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  35. Susan says:

    So many fabulous new products. The Verge Bubble Wand intrigues me! #CGG

  36. Susan says:

    I am a subscriber!

  37. The Paddle Brush or the Bubble wand would be great for my daughters!

  38. Brenda Penton says:

    I’d love to see the Verge Bubble Wand under my tree.

  39. Brenda Penton says:

    I am a subscriber.

  40. Silvia says:

    The Verge Bubble Wand would be nice!

  41. Linda Chaput says:

    The verge bubble wand looks interesting.

  42. Gina says:

    The Goody Paddle Brush is what I would like to see under my tree (or maybe in a stocking) for my daughter – she’s definitely getting one of these for Christmas. Good luck everyone. P.S. I’m a subscriber.

  43. I’m notorious for leaving the house with wet hair. Which then freezes solid 9 months of the year (I live in Northern Ontario). Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but I’d love to win the quick dry brushes.

  44. JM says:

    I’d like the root concealer

  45. Julie Palmese says:

    I like the bubble wand!

  46. I would love to see under the tree the Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush. It is a great innovation!

  47. Wendy Dickinson says:

    I’m forever needing brushes so i’d like the Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush under the tree.

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  48. Wendy Dickinson says:

    I’m a subscriber to your site.

  49. marlene says:

    iced blonde = under the tree
    Iโ€™m a subscriber.

  50. jenna3967 says:

    I like those Ted Gibson hair sheets. It’s a cool idea for the winter.

  51. Barbara Hickey says:

    I would like the root concealer because at this point, I fortunately don’t have to die all my hair just yet.

  52. kathy wilson says:


  53. I would love to see the beach wave iron under my tree. I have never seen an iron like that before. Though, I do live in a hibernated area ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. I already subsribe by email. Thanks
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  55. Anne Derkat says:

    I need something that will add a bit of volumn/height to my short hairdo.

  56. Brenda says:

    I would love to receive the Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush.

  57. Brenda says:

    Email subscriber.

  58. nikki robak says:

    I would love the quikbrush paddle brush

  59. Joan G says:

    I love the concept of the Goody QuickStyle Paddle Brush – saving time drying my hair is fantastic.

  60. Lisa Morrison says:

    I would love to try the Bubble Wand.

  61. Adina H. says:

    I would like a Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush.

  62. Burcu says:

    Verge Bubble Wand looks awesome

  63. Terri h says:

    The Verge bubble wand is fantastic! It gives the beat curls without damaging your hair.

  64. Jayne Cameron says:

    The verge bubble wand would be what I would like.

  65. I would like to try the root concealer!
    rebthecatsitter at gmail dot com

  66. Sheila S says:

    I’m a subscriber:)
    The Verge bubble wand looks pretty interesting ๐Ÿ˜› haha would be nice to test out

  67. alisonm says:

    “The Verge Bubble Wand โ€“ $120” would be the hair-related gift idea Iโ€™d most like to see under my tree for receiving – hopefully it does work ‘cos right now I’m twirling & tying. Iโ€™d most like to give the “Ted Gibson Hair Sheets โ€“ $16.50 for ten @ eBeauty.ca” – everyone could use these & they would make great stuffers

    Bonus Entry: Iโ€™m an email subscriber ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you

  68. lucy says:

    would love to try the brush

  69. Cindylyall@gmail.com says:

    I would love
    womething that would leave my hair soft and silky. My hear tends to get dry
    on the ends.

  70. trista says:

    subscribed ๐Ÿ˜€

  71. My hair if fine..would love any help I can get…

  72. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

    My hair is so super thick it needs some new tricks/styles Giovanni 2Chic Collection or the Verge Bubble Wand (looks super neat)!

  73. intensev5 says:

    I really like the Giovanni 2Chic Collection

  74. I would love that curling iron!! I am always trying to recreate a blowout at home!

  75. TanMano says:

    I would love to receive a verge bubble wand!! It look amazing and I love curly hair.

  76. Vivian D says:

    the Rita Hazan root concealer would be great it it works

  77. Vivian D says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  78. Natalie says:

    I would like to give the bubble hair wand to my straight haired friends, they deserve a little curl every once and a while. For me: I’d like to see if the hair sheets can tame my coarse frizzies.

  79. shell smith says:

    I have easily persuaded hair and would love to try all the great ideas and products here. I tweet, like and love you!

  80. marlene purcell says:

    love the bubble wand

  81. patti lovecky says:

    love the bubble wand

  82. beewbedard says:

    Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush โ€“ $15.99 @ Drugstores / Mass Market Retailers

  83. beewbedard says:

    I am a subscribed

  84. pacificnxnw says:

    I’d love to get Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush!

  85. Maddie says:

    I would love to try the Verge bubble wand, see what it could do.

  86. Glogirl says:

    I’d love to have the Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush.

  87. Glogirl says:

    I am a subscriber.

  88. Sherri F says:

    Love the Verge Bubble Wand!!

  89. stacey h says:

    Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush

  90. stacey h says:

    email subscriber

  91. Ali says:

    The Verge Bubble wand!

  92. Kelly P says:

    The Verge Bubble Wand looks fantastic! I’d be interested in trying out the QuikStyle Brush to see if it really works though!

  93. Nancy says:

    I’ld most like to see the bubble wand for me

  94. Dallas says:

    I would like to get the Verge Bubble Wand โ€“ $120

  95. Kiki says:

    I’d love for Santa to bring me the “Verge Bubble Wand”

  96. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush

  97. christinadragan says:

    the Ted Gibson hair sheets for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  98. christinadragan says:

    bonus entry: subscribe to the emails

  99. Melanie D says:

    Since I’m ALWAYS running late to work, the Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush looks most appealing. A towel in a brush!? My hair would be dry in no time. No more frozen ends in the winter time.

    I am an email subscriber!!

  100. Sunshine G says:

    The Goody Paddle Brush – my hairbrush needs to go into retirement!

  101. sandy says:

    for my daughter, the goody quikstyle paddle brush; she is always running around with wet hair.

  102. sandy says:

    and i am a subscriber too!

  103. sarah snow says:

    If I could, I would try Ted Gibsons Hair Sheets

  104. sarah snow says:

    I forgot to mention, I am a subscriber. oops

  105. julia g says:

    I would like the bubble wand.

    I am a subscriber.

  106. joyce s. says:

    I like the paddle brush.

  107. I would love the verge bubble want

  108. Pat B says:

    I’d like the Goody paddle brush for myself

  109. Sophia says:

    I would love to receive the Verge Bubble wand. As someone with natural straight hair, it would be nice to change things up with soft, beachy waves from time to time.

  110. darlene boyle says:

    goody paddle brush

  111. Trina V says:

    Giovanni 2 Chic Collection would be my pick

  112. aimee says:

    the paddle brush is nice

  113. Myra says:

    I moved from western canada to the east this past year. It is so humid here – all the time. I have the worst hair days ever and sometimes it doesn’t even feel like hair! Its always curly, frizzy, dry – I could use some hair treatments! Hair sheets please! ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush will be in my daughters stocking. She has such long thick hair and Goody is the only kind we use !

  115. I , of course am a subscriber .. my pocket book dislikes this fact ! but my friends and family will love it come Christmas present opening time !

  116. Sandy says:

    I think the bubble wand would make the perfect gift for my little sister ๐Ÿ™‚

  117. prairiebelle says:

    I would love to find the Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush under my tree


  118. prairiebelle says:

    I am an email subscriber


  119. zahra premji says:

    I’d like the Verge bubble wand. My hair is already slightly wavey so being able to play that up would be wonderful.

  120. Catherine says:

    The paddle brush sounds like just what I need.

  121. Stacey says:

    I would like to try the bubble wand!

  122. Mandy Rogasky says:

    The Verge Bubble Wand!! Looks so neat and fun to use and try on others!

  123. Maegan Morin says:

    I could really use a new flat iron AND I always love getting hair ties in my stocking (can never have to many of those!)

  124. sarah p says:

    I am a simple kind of gal, that paddle brush would be great! I have been using the same broken half brush for a couple years now lol I am also a subscriber ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. 3angels3 says:

    I would love to receive a new flat iron or a hairdryer.

  126. Sandra says:

    The Verge Bubble Wand

  127. lori butler says:

    The Verge Bubble Wand

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