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MASK (AND THEN MASK SOME MORE) | Dr Jart+ and The Body Shop

The holidays can be tough to get through, so today, I’ve put together a fun (if rather indulgent) survival guide. Here’s what’s been getting me through the winter months, aside from lots and lots of kitten cuddles.

My first beauty-related survival concern is my flaky winter skin, but luckily, face masks are in right now. I’ve been using three in particular, two of which are photographed here: the pink moisturizing mask from the Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay Trio ($31 CAD at Take Good Care; use NOTICE15 for 15% off), The Body Shop British Rose Plumping Mask ($28 CAD), which sinks in and feels like a total treat, and (not photographed) the SkinFood Black Sugar Honey Mask ($14 CAD) from Take Good Care – which is MAGIC.

POLISH & SHINE | Make Up For Ever and Inglot

I also go a little nuts with the highlighter in the winter always, and my go-to this month has been the Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion in 01 Golden Pink ($48 CAD), which I reviewed recently. My nails are currently bare, but I’m thinking of doing them up in a classic red like the Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel in 652 ($19 CADbefore my next holiday party.


BREATHE IN | Saje and Sudio

December isn’t just dry: it can also be really stressful. To combat that, I’ve been enjoying the Saje Natural Perfume Collection ($42.95 CAD; reviewed here) when I need a pick-me-up and blasting my holiday tunes through my gorgeous Sudio Vasa Blå in Rose Gold Earphones ($140 CAD).

The Vasa Blå earphones are wireless and come with a built-in microphone, so you can stay plugged into your music without a) getting broken up with because you won’t “turn off the damn Christmas music already, Rae, goddammit,” or b) getting tangled up in a mess of ribbon and earphone cords, and quietly starving to death in front of a plate of gingerbread that you can’t quite reach. (For 15% off on their site, use code “thenotice”!)

RELAX | Vixen and Inception

I’d be lying if I said that a bit of aromatherapy and holiday music was enough to take my stress levels right down. For everyone out there who needs a little extra to clear their mind, may I suggest a bubble bath, a bottle of wine (this is the fruity Inception Irresistible White 2016, which comes with an adorable apple-shaped lip balm), and some quality time with the Vixen Creations Maverick ($105.99 USD at SheVibe)?

If you have a great holiday survival tip, come share it in the comments below!

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  • shireenplatt

    I am with you on the MUFE highlighter, I can't stop using it. I kept telling myself that I need to show some love to my other highlighters but ermahgaddd, Golden Pink is too beautiful.
    My recent post Stay Flawless All Day With CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Concealer and Matte Finishing Powder

    • Right???! I have worn nothing else in weeks. I don't think I've EVER been this loyal to a highlighter before!

  • I've been going ham with the face masks lately! I can't tell if my skin or soul needs it more… Of course, a drink is always necessary when surviving tricky times. (Normally I love the holidays, but it's been a rough year and I work retail so I have no time to just breathe… so, yeah, a glass of wine sounds GOOD.)
    My recent post Empties: October to December 2016

    • Eep. The holidays are a super tough time for anyone working retail or food – hope you're getting through it ok!

  • Desiree

    Ooooh what caught my attention was the Skinfood Black Sugar Honey mask… I” definitely putting that on my own wish list :P
    – Desiree

  • I'm loving the green Dr.Jart mask right now! Those headphones are adorable!

    My recent post My Current Favorites

  • Team MUFE highlighter! My tip for the holidays is to not let the stress get to you, and remember that the holidays wont last forever. Signing off, CEO of "Rae's Bae's".

    • Yeah!!!

      Oh my god, I totally forgot about Rae's Baes. You are my FAVOURITE.

  • dude. the products are clickable. that is /amazing/. mind blown in terms of tech quality. teach me your ways. and yes the first thing i clicked on was the penis. ha.
    My recent post My Current Skin Routine

    • Hah! Thanks, love – and yeah, I totally could have called that one. ("Who, Jenn? Oh, she'll go straight to the dicks. Yup, every time. Yes, I'm sure.")

      Most of my editorials are clickable, and they have been for the last couple of years. You've been missing out! :P

  • I love my Saje for when I am stressed, I am never as stressed as during the holidays. Your guide is spot on in every way possible. :)

    • Glad it rang a bell for you, Jill! Sending you calming vibes <3

  • Jen

    Yes- so many lovelies! I need to try that SkinFood mask- sounds amazing. And yes, Saje products are perfect for keeping grounded and calm over the holidays :)
    My recent post Glam, Festive Holiday Makeup with Inglot!

    • It's really, really good! I'll be reviewing it in Jan — I don't think I'll have time before then, but I've been trying to make the time just because it is THAT good. (And it's cheap, too!)

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