Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2016

Christmas will officially be upon us in only a few short weeks, so it’s crunch time if you haven’t already put a dent in your holiday shopping. Everyone needs a little help when it comes to gift giving. If you’re unsure what to get the beauty guru and makeup junkies on your shopping list, have no fear, Novella is here to help. From makeup to skin care, to scents and body treatments, we’ve got gift or stocking stuffer ideas for everyone on your list. These treasures are sure to please the beauties in your life.

Mèreadesso Clear/Tinted Lip Treats

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These are an awesome gift for someone who loves lip colour and chap sticks. Not only are they lightweight, but they are also a great primer for any lipstick, gloss, or liner. Plus, they’re perfect for the winter because they are super moisturizing! Can someone say mistletoe?

Available at Nordstrom: $28

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

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This powder is the holy grail in the world of beauty bloggers. If the YouTube beauty guru in your life doesn’t already have this, it’s the gift that will make their Christmas.

Available at Sephora: $47

The Good Bar Soap “Goodie Bag”

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This little bag of body treats contains the perfect variety of soaps and body care to give your special someone the chance to dabble in a variety of Good Bar Soap products (so they can pick their favourite). Not only are The Good Bar’s soaps handcrafted, and all-natural, but they are also made in Toronto.

Available at The Cure Apothecary in Toronto or at TheGoodBar.ca: $12

L’aromatica perfume “Dapper” Eau de Toilette

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This is the ideal gift for the tomboy in your life who doesn’t necessarily wear a lot of makeup or use a lot of beauty products. This unisex scent is one of L’aromatica’s most popular. This fragrance is masculine, woodsy, and spicy, but sexy nonetheless.

Since it is made from alcohol in Oregon, it can’t be shipped to Canada. However, you can find it at The Cure Apothecary in Toronto: $30

Doe Hair Pact “Bora Bora” hair mask

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For the person that is always colouring and changing their hair, gift them with this moisturizing mini escape. The “Bora Bora” hair pact mask contains coconut and avocado oil and is meant to nourish the driest and dullest of hair. Plus, it smells like a mini vacation.

Available at The Cure Apothecary in Toronto, Urban Outfitters, or DoeIt.ca: $17

Kunye Nourish Face Mask

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Known as the “green smoothie for your face, this organic vegan face mask is perfect for the health conscious, all natural, beauty lover. Its gentle formula combined with wheatgrass, neem, spirulina, sea kelp, and Canadian bentonite clay is great for all skin types.

Available at The Cure Apothecary in Toronto or Kunye.ca: $38

L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

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I know drugstore mascara seems like a rather unconventional gift for the holidays, but mascara is arguably one of the most important items in any girl’s makeup bag. This mascara is the gift that keeps on giving, but without the scary price tag.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: $15

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Top 10 Beauty Instagram Moments

Summertime beauty regimes are currently glowing all around the world. “No-makeup” makeup looks, surf-sun touched lobs, and a bronzy tan may be the key rules dominating your summer beauty guides, but we are always seeing a new dimension of beauty on Instagram. These ladies are redefining beauty images- From makeup, skincare, nail trends and hair ideas, here are the top 10 beauty moments from Toronto and beyond.

1. @ireneisgood

This shot is an outfocus from her iconic rainbow hair. K-beauty sensation and model Irene Kim is rocking the dewy makeup look with a touch of glitter.

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2. @justcodi

Aussie beauty label Dr. Roebucks is taking over the Toronto beauty wave, seen at Way Home. We love that their products are packed with natural ingredients- happiness (baby soft lips) guaranteed all summer long.

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3. @jamiejchung

White shirt and denim paired with bold berry lips- a signature Jamie Chung look that we can’t have enough of. xoxo

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4. @melissaandre

Quite possibly the best way to spend a Sunday downtown with your girlfriends. Princess treatment at Her Majesty’s Pleasure on King West- manicures✔️ cocktails✔️ blowout✔️

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5. @biancavenerayan

We know that Toronto’s Bianca Cavenerayan of Kastor & Pollux always has her face on check, and in simple terms, we’re talking about- strong brows, a few freckles, highlighter, and muted lips. Flawless.

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6. @nail_unistella

Rising nail artist Eunkyung Park of Unistella proves that Gucci vibes doesn’t only belong on bag or shoes.

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7. @p1m_toronto

Gwyneth Paltrow made an appearance at Holt Renfrew‘s Bloor Street flagship store to launch Juice Beauty. We are loving the sleek hair and soft makeup!

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8. @thecureapothecary

The Cure Apothecary is definitely one of Queen West’s gems. All organic shelves at this beautiful beauty boutique kindle our hearts for new products.

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9. @jodiblk_ 

Toronto’s blogger babe Jodi shares her YSL Beauty favourites. Take note from this beauty flatlay + dazzling packagaing!

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10. @flawlessbeauty_1

Sneak peek of this bold look on model India for our upcoming Fall issue. Stay tuned, as we are currently in the works of the best issue to date!

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