Holiday Gift Ideas for Him

December is here and we all know what it means! Twinkling lights everywhere, the soft glow of the tree, the smell of gingerbread and pine, hot cocoa and... presents of course. Whether you are giving them or getting them, presents are always fun. I love putting gift guides together, I find them so helpful when I need inspiration. Let's jump right into it with the men's edition.  

1. No, I am not suggesting you buy a pair of socks for your dad, husband, brother, partner. I am suggesting you get them a subscription for the Sock of the Month club where they'll get a new, fun pair of socks every month. I just love this idea! 

2. I just love the stripes and leather on this iPhone 7 case.

3. My husband can't get enough of his noise-cancelling Bose headphones (I wonder why?). These would be perfect for a commuter, too. 

4. My brother gave me the graphic novel 'Saga' for my birthday. I have yet to find a moment to read it but it seems pretty incredible and I'm sure any graphic novel lover would enjoy it. 

5. A good bottle of Scotch. Enough said. 

6. A nice set of easy-to-use, efficient, high end skincare. I love Vichy and so do my husband and brother. 

Stay tuned for more gift guides! 

Desktop Dress-Up #26

Happy December! The best time of the year is finally (yet already) here. To celebrate, I created a glittery desktop wallpaper because if you saw this post, you know I'm slightly obsessed with all the rose gold things, and that is also true during the Holiday season. 

Christmas Traditions: Tree Hunting

You may remember from this post from last year that we love to hunt for the perfect tree as a family. This year was no exception and we had the best day picking out our tree. The weather was just perfect and Arthur had a blast playing in the snow and hiding behind the trees. 

Mittens (his)Mittens (mine, similar - yes, I wear kids size gloves)

Holiday 2016 Makeup Sets: Quo

I have to admit that I'm a little biased with this one because Shoppers Drug Mart is my favorite drugstore. I don't like to shop anywhere else for drugstore and pharmacy items. They have the perfect mix of high end and drugstore brands, a fantastic skincare selection (including all my favorite French brands) and they nailed the atmosphere with their Beauty Boutique rebranding a few years ago. So naturally, it shouldn't surprise you to hear that their own beauty line, Quo, is, much like the store, the perfect balance between quality and affordable. 

Their holiday collection is chic, pretty and perfectly on-trend with the rose gold accents. The prices are great and they would make the perfect Christmas presents and stocking stuffers. Here are my top picks from the collection!

The Soft Focus Highlighting Palette ($30) is simply stunning and comes with two great quality brushes. 

The middle shade is the most intense and gives a beautiful glow. It is a little chalky but nothing I can't handle. The first shade is more subtle and reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders. The last shade will be perfect on sunkissed skin and warmer skin tones.

The Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe ($30) is probably my favorite of all! The four lipsticks come in gorgeous rose gold packaging and feel very luxurious. They are matte but creamy, comfortable and not drying. They are super pigmented and last for hours!

Raspberry Red (red with a hint of pink), Fig (dusty rose), Orchid (baby pink), Creme (nude)

This All About Color Eyeshadow Palette ($20) is a great choice for small budgets: you get a ton of beautiful matte colors that will look gorgeous on every skin tone and eye color. I also love that it comes with an actual brush on top on the sponge applicator. 

Last but not least, the Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted 12-piece Mini Nail Lacquer Set ($35) is the perfect present for your teenage sister (or in my case, stepdaughter!). I just love that it comes with so many very different colors. I, for one, have never finished a bottle of nail polish, ever. I like having a lot of options and mini sizes are perfect for that. 

Which one is your favorite?

Holiday 2016 Makeup Sets: Benefit

Benefit Cosmetics always has the absolute cutest packaging and this year's holiday sets are no exception! These gals are three of the six adorable limited edition value sets Benefit launched for the Holidays this year. 

Drumroll please... Meet Girls Gone Wow!, Sassy Lassie and Girl-A-Rama. Featuring Benefit cult products and brow collection, there's a lady for everyone!

๐Ÿ’๐ŸฝGimme Brow (full size)

Loooove this adorable set! I mean, how cute is that box? And the fact that you get 3 full-size products?! Yes please. You pretty much get a complete beauty routine for your whole face with this one.

Sassy Lassie ($34)

๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿป‍♀️ the POREfessional face primer (full size)
๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿป‍♀️ Roller Lash mascara (full size)
๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿป‍♀️ Hoola matte bronzer (mini)
๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿป‍♀️ Ka-Brow! eyebrow cream-gel (full size)

This is such a great set! It's a $77 value for $34. Ka-Brow! is my favorite brow product, a full-size mascara is always great and Hoola and the POREfessionnal are such cult products!

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป They're Real! duo shadow blender in brazen bronze (full size)
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป Roller Lash mascara (mini)
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป Benetint Cheek & Lip stain (mini)

This is probably my least favorite set for a couple of reasons. First, while I love the idea of eyeshadow, this duo is not nearly as pigmented as I wish it was. Second, I don't like the fact that you can't take the eyeshadows and the blushes out of the metal box. The boxes are super cute and would be fun containers for a lot of things in my house, but I'd have to wait until I use up the blushes and the eyeshadows... and that will likely never happen. It's also very bulky to use on a daily basis! 

Which one would you choose?

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