Sade’s Beauty Holiday Gift Guide

With December finally here, Christmas is right at the tip of our tongues. The days are flying by, but if you haven’t put a dent in your shopping list yet, don’t bust your brain — I’m here to help. If the true loves in your life happen to be makeup junkies, take a look at beauty treasures. (They’ll impress way more than a partridge in a pear tree, anyway.)

NYX Highlight and Contour Palette


The opening of NYX Cosmetics at Square One was a huge success, to the point where products were constantly selling out. One popular item that every girl had to get her hands on was the NYX Highlight & Contour Palette. It comes with four highlight shades and four contour shades, letting users play around until they find the perfect combination to brighten and sculpt their face. And it’s affordable to boot, considering how contour kits usually cost a small fortune.

NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow


Another foolproof pick from NYX is their Prismatic Eyeshadows. These highly pigmented hues really make the eyes pop, and it stays on the entire night. There’s a total of 12 beautiful, shimmery shades — a handful of them makes for the perfect stocking stuffer.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Treat Box

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One can never go wrong with a gift from the Body Shop. Who doesn’t adore a nice body scrub to indulge in after a long day, or a thick body butter to quench dry winter skin? The Body Shop’s Holiday Collection is in full swing, so you can choose anything from candles to beauty essentials for the beauty gurus on your list. Tip: if it’s a stocking suffer you seek, reach for the Frosted Cranberry Treat Box, a mini gift set that includes a luscious cranberry-scented shower gel, body butter and little crinkle bath lily. Cute!

The Body Shop Advent Calendar

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The Body Shop’s Advent Calendar is also a holiday must-have. It’s great if you’re one of those people who can’t stand waiting until the 25th for your friend to open the gift you got them — this way, they can open a little something every day leading up to Christmas. The mystery gifts inside are way better than your average chocolate version.

Perk Citrus Mistress Body Scrub


Some products just aren’t for everyone, and because of that, people will go the natural way. Natural beauty products are just as good, if not even better, than regular beauty products. Perk Citrus Mistress Body Scrub is an all-natural, vegan product. Made by Toronto’s own Perk Naturals, the scrub bans dry and flaky skin, acne, and eczema (in other words, it’s your all-in-one winter beauty remedy). Bonus: the delicious citrus smell will make you believe you’re on a tropical island instead of icy Toronto.

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths

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Another all-natural Toronto based company is Kaia Naturals, which is known for its Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths. These hydrating cloths are ideal for removing makeup or excess dirt on the skin, and they smell divine.