Make the Season Bright
I’ve noticed a lot of you really loved my big beauty gifts giveaway, so naturally I knew I had to feature some more beautiful gift ideas! Today’s gift guide highlights some of my favourite picks from Quo Cosmetics’ holiday line, available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. Well-priced and delivering great performance, this awesome collection is great for last-minute gifts (there are thousands of Shoppers locations across Canada), affordable stocking stuffers, and fun beauty gift ideas your makeup maven friends and family will adore. Here are my five favourite gift ideas from Quo Cosmetics this holiday season!
Hidden Treasures Cosmetic Crackers – $18
I featured another set of crackers this season already (and spotted some others still on sites like DAVIDsTEA) – I’m calling it now, fun crackers sans party hat and lame toy are the new branded advent calendars. Quo Cosmetics’ take on the trend consists of three equally covetable sets of lip gloss and eyeshadow duos. I don’t want to spoil the surprise (although really, the back of the box does it for you) but the hues are all pretty universally appealing – think, neutral pinks and plums – and your friends can totally swap for their faves upon opening!
Best of Quo Discovery Set – $65
If you’re already a bonafide Quo Cosmetics fan or you’re introducing someone to the brand (or makeup in general for the younger set), you can’t go wrong with this sampler set. It features some of Quo’s bestsellers and beauty staples, including a hydrating pressed powder, a potent mascara, a blush stick (great for travel), a lip gloss, eyeshadow, eyebrow set, eyeliner, and a shadow brush. It’s everything you need to create a neutral face, and will help you easily (and cost-effectively) pick out some new go-to products from Quo.
Quo True Artist Eye, Lip & Cheek Palette – $45
I love the studio makeup artist look of this slim and sleek palette. It folds open so you don’t have to prop it or constantly flip it open, and keeps a mirror pointed at your face at all times. The colour range is pretty impressive too – we’re talking 24 shadows, six lip colours, and six bronzers / blushes. The shadows are all refreshingly matte and have good colour payoff – the range of highlighters in the lighter end were particularly of note so you can find the perfect one to go with your look. In fact, you can view each vertical row of this palette as a single ‘look’ – blend the shadows for a contoured eye, slick on some gloss with the included brush, and finish with a dusting of powder on your cheeks.
Quo Tools of the Trade Brush Set $29
This might be the most travel-friendly makeup brush set I’ve ever laid eyes on. Quo’s makeup brushes are beloved by beauty insiders for their affordable price point and soft bristles – I’m a disciple and I can tell you I see almost no breakage or warping of my brushes, plus I don’t feel guilty when I do replace them because I know I got my money’s worth before buying a new one. This particular travel-friendly kit comes with four double-sided brushes to help create every look you can imagine – and a handy tote with a rose gold zipper to keep things organized.
Quo Lip Gloss Bar – $20
Finally, who doesn’t love lip gloss? This cool set offers major value – eight glosses for $20! – making it an ideal choice for a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa swap. You can even break it up amongst your nieces or daughters or friends. What I love most is this set encourages you to be a little daring and try out glosses you might never normally pick up – like a neutral taupe or a dramatic plum. When the price is this great, you can truly afford to give the collection a ‘gamble’, looking perfectly primed for a kiss under the mistletoe!
If you can believe it, I am lucky enough to be giving away my favourite gift ideas from Quo Cosmetics to one lucky reader this holiday season. You read that right: everything I featured in this post I am giving away, for a prize package valued at over $175. Want to win it? Here’s how to enter:
1) First and foremost! You must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just find the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, leave me a comment by December 19, 2016 telling me which of these fabulous holiday collection items from Quo you’re most interested in trying out.
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 20, 2016 to select the winner(s), 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 for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entries: Follow @ShopprsDrugMart and @cdngiftguide on Twitter and send out a Tweet that links back to this post AND includes one of the following hashtags: #QuoCosmetics or #Quo. Leave a link back to your Tweet in the comments below.
You can also do the same on Instagram! Follow @ShoppersDrugMart and @cdngiftguide on Instagram and either Regram one of their photos or share a photo of your favourite holiday gift idea from Quo featured in this post, using the hashtags above and mentioning CanadianGiftGuide.com Link back to your post in a separate comment below.