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    Saje Natural Perfume Collection + Goddess, Ananda | The Gift Guide

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    The products: Saje Natural Perfume Collection; Goddess and Ananda Perfumes

    You know how I shared my top holiday splurge recommendation on the blog last week? Well, Saje’s Natural Perfume Collection is my top budget pick. This review is all about the why (and I have plenty of reasons!)

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    Saje Natural Perfumes

    I LOVE everything Saje, and the Saje Natural Perfumes ($29.95 CAD) are no exception. They’re absolutely beautifully designed products, and they feature something that I have never seen on the market before: gemstone rollerballs.

    Each fragrance is based in jojoba seed oil and has a different gemstone associated with it. While I don’t fully buy into mysticism, part of me loves it. (Yes, I still go to witches’ markets a few times a year.) I adore the idea of associating fragrance with a goal, and I love the mindfulness that each gemstone brings.

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    Take, for instance, Ananda: a sweet, floral citrus with notes of grapefruit, juniper berry, and ylang ylang. It directs the wearer to “embrace your truth,” and features a tiger’s eye gemstone to guide the wearer into identifying their needs versus their desires. (Tiger’s eye is said to be extremely grounding, and enhances willpower.)

    I love Ananda–it may be my favourite of all five–but it’s a very “bright” scent. For an earthier floral that’s still very popular, there’s always Goddess: a floral citrus with a vanilla base. It features strong notes of rose otto and jasmine, and its gemstone is rose quartz.

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    The Saje Natural Perfume Collection 

    There are a lot of similarities between all of Saje’s scents, which is why I love the concept of their Saje Natural Perfume Collection ($49.95 CAD). It’s just as delicately made as their full sizes, but it allows you (or a loved one) to try each scent on your own schedule. Each one will last for weeks of use, so don’t be wary of the smaller rollerballs!

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    For instance, if you didn’t love Goddess and Ananda you’re insane and we can’t be friends, because Ananda is perfection, perhaps you might like Shanthi. Its rollerball is made from white marble to inspire mindfulness, and it smells like an herb garden – lots of lime, lemongrass, basil, and nutmeg. Smelling like an herb garden isn’t my thing, but I have to admit: it smells bloody tasty. 

    For a very “incense-y” scent, there’s Yoga, which smells a bit like an alt clothing store or meditation studio. Its gemstone is an amethyst, and it smells mostly of michelia champaca oil.

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    If you’re looking to get busy, there’s always Tantra, too.

    Tantra is weird for me, because it does NOT smell like a sexy fragrance to me. I like it a lot, but… mostly it smells like incense and ginger ale: delicious, and also like diabetes. Its gemstone is a cheeky jade sphere (you know, because jade is lucky), and it’s a really complex scent. It has notes of champa, like Yoga, but it gets its “ginger ale” vibes from sweet palmarosa and spicy ginger.

    Even if you’re not planning on buying, I’d suggest going into a Saje someday just to give Tantra a try. Olfactorily*, it’s a lot of fun!

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    The verdict?

    Saje’s natural perfumes are one of my top gift picks for so many reasons. I love the concept of gemstone rollerballs, but more than that, I love that they’re made from essential oils. Anyone who has worn a purely essential oil perfume before will know two things: they wear very close to the skin, and they fade quickly.

    For that reason, they hit a middle ground between “perfume” and “self-care” that sits so well with me. They can most certainly be worn in conjunction with a favourite perfume, and they’re very inoffensive – whether you were to gift someone one or the entire set, there is something in each to appreciate.

    Especially in Tantra.

    Availability: Single perfumes are $29.95 CAD at Saje; the set is $49.95 CAD. (Get 20% off everything until the end of today!)

    *Autocorrect and I are having an argument over this one, but I KNOW WORDS. If the OED says that I’m allowed to say it, I’m allowed to say it. 

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    Lustworthy: Lacy lingerie with Hopeless & Agent Provocateur | The Gift Guide

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    This holiday season, I’m featuring the most enticing items from my Gift Guide in a column simply titled “Lustworthy.” Tune in every Saturday from now until Christmas for your weekly dose!

    Aha! I bet you thought that this series was going to be all beauty, didn’t you?

    Well… this week, here are just a few other things that I’m lusting after, from cult-followed lingerie brands Agent Provocateur and Hopeless Lingerie. For me, these two brands occupy opposite spectrums of the same space. One is a wildly profitable luxury lingerie line and the other is a massively popular indie brand, but both produce unique silhouettes, oftentimes in unexpected fabrics.

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    At the top of this post is the Mia Top ($114 USDfrom Hopeless; just above are the Eliza High Neck Bra Black And Blue ($215 USD) and Ismerelda Bra Black ($275 USD) from Agent Provocateur. At the bottom of the post are the Hopeless Lingerie Carrie Knickers ($61 USD).

    (And yes, I’m having a moment with sheer tops right now. How did you know?)

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    What’s on your wish list this week?

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    Holiday hair with Kérastase | Win a free year of hair care!

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    I’ve got a big holiday giveaway planned this year, and I hate to admit it, but… mine hasn’t even gone live yet and it’s already been shown up.

    The folks at Kérastase are giving away not one holiday gift set, but one ENTIRE YEAR of free in-salon hair careTo enter, you simply have to go through their hair quiz (through the link; Canada only). There are 10 prizes to be won, from the aforementioned year of hair care to a personalized at-home product regimen.

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    Kérastase always comes out with the most gorgeous holiday sets, and this year’s is no exception. Their gift guide is detailed with gorgeous illustrations of glamorous hair, outfits, and bloggers, and each one is linked to a set.

    My recommended set is the Nutritive collection, but I’ll tell you a secret – the Densifique kit is silicone-free from start to finish. So if you, like me, are ‘cone-free, there’s still a Kérastase holiday set for you!

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    L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Youth Oil | A holiday treat for yourself!

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    The product: L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Youth Oil

    This season while I was planning out my editorial calendar, I asked myself one question: if I could treat myself to only one expensive makeup or skincare item this season, what would it be? 

    I was surprised by my answer: the L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil.

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    The L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Youth Oil ($108 USD/$110 CADis a product that doesn’t quite work for me, which is why my selection of it is so odd. It’s a little too dry-finish and not quite hydrating enough, and yet… I love it.

    It’s an all-natural, silicone-free oil that works well for an enormous range of skin types. Yes, it’s designed to be anti-ageing, but that’s not why I love it. (I’m far too young to be boasting about the effectiveness of anti-ageing products!) But this oil feels velvety, not oily, and it sinks right into both dry and oily skin alike.

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    On top of all of that, the Divine Youth Oil leaves the skin with a satin finish and is beautifully perfumed – perhaps the most beautifully perfumed skincare product I have ever owned. I’ve been using it sparingly simply to extend the lifetime of its scent, and every single person who I’ve let share my bottle has loved both the oil’s scent and finish.

    Because my skin is so dry, I use this oil in one of two ways: the first, mixed in with a moisturizer; the second, mixed in a 1:2 ratio with rosehip seed oil. Both methods mean that I get the moisture of the second product, plus the scent and satin finish of the Divine Youth Oil. It helps me extend the life of this oil while still getting all of its benefits, which makes the $110 price tag a little easier to swallow.

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    The verdict?

    The L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil comes with a hefty price tag, but if you’d like to treat yourself (or someone else), I think it’s worth it. No other oil that I’ve ever tried has smelled so beautiful and luxurious, and no other oil has been quite so soft and velvety.

    Currently at L’Occitane, if you buy the Divine Youth Oil in a duo with their Immortelle Cleansing Oil, you essentially get the cleansing oil for $5 with free shipping!

    Availability: $108 USD/$110 CAD at Sephora, L’Occitane CA, and Nordstrom.

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    Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion 01 Golden Pink

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    The product: Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion in 01 Golden Pink 

    When Make Up For Ever released their Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige ($39 USD/$46 CADreview here) earlier this year, us makeup addicts begged them to release the highlighter on its own–and guess what? They did.

    The Pro Light Fusion highlighters are single versions of the Pro Sculpting highlighters, and this review will cover both what makes them amazing and how they’re (very minutely!) different from the originals.

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    Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion 01 Golden Pink review, swatches, photos

    What they say about it: The Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion ($39 USD/$48 CADhighlighter is said to have a “soft-shimmer gel formula” in powdered form. It uses mica reflects for a really lovey glow, paired with spherical powders for staying powder and a soft-focus finish.

    If you were a 01 Pink Beige in the Pro Sculpting Duo, your Pro Light Fusion shade is 01 Golden Pink. If you were an 02 Golden, your Pro Light Fusion shade is 02 Gold. As they’re highlighters, though, I say screw it: wear whichever one you like more!

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    Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion “Golden Pink” swatched 1x/2x; Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo “Pink Beige” swatched 2x

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    Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion (bottom, middle) and Pro Sculpting Duo highlighter (top)

    What makes this highlighter so special: The Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion highlighter isn’t my favourite highlighter ever, but I love it. It really delivers on its promises of a soft-focus glow, and it wears well.

    It’s easy to apply and hardly even needs to be blended, and like all highlighters, it really “pops” in artificial lighting. It’s glowy without being glittery, and for a more full-on effect, it responds well to being used with a dense brush.

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    What makes it different: While this product is supposed to be identical to the Pro Sculpting Duo highlighter, I noticed a few very subtle differences. As a consumer, I think they’re completely unremarkable, but as a blogger, I felt the need to point them out. (So yes, if you find your duo and single highlighter to be a tiny bit different, you’re not crazy!)

    The base colour in the Golden Pink is just a little bit more gold (and less platinum) than that of the highlighter in Pink Beige. It’s also a little more firmly pressed, so the formula feels less buttery and applies with less density. Both products have a finely milled gold/pink shift and are quite solid.

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    The verdict?

    The Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion highlighter in 01 Golden Pink is an absolutely stunning product, and it delivers a soft, fairy-like glow.

    It’s not an exact match for the highlighter in my Pro Sculpting Duo, but the differences are so tiny that I’m not confident that Make Up For Ever changed the formula at all. They may have simply received a new batch of mica from their supplier, or used a differently calibrated make up press.

    If you loved the Pro Sculpting highlighter but didn’t like the contour, I would absolutely recommend buying a pan of Pro Light Fusion. Now get on – go kill it in those holiday photos.

    Availability: $39 USD/$48 CAD at Sephora.

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