The holidays call to mind cheerful sounds and nostalgic sensations that just don’t resonate any other time of year: car karaoke with your fave seasonal album, breaking out your epic faux-fur coat, and, of course, battling the crowds at outdoor markets with gifts galore. Sure, working your way down a seemingly never-ending wish list and attempting to find
the perfect buy for each BFF, fam member, and work spouse is tough (we get it), but you know what's even harder? Inevitably parting with your newly acquired haul.
That said, just because we're feeling generous this year, doesn't mean we haven't fully realized the importance of pampering ourselves like the queens that we are. So in that spirit: Take an extra-long nap, whip up your favourite meal for one (and eat it in your pajamas, duh), and get that spa pedicure with all the extra accouterments. And maybe even keep a couple of this season's hottest gifts, like Clinique’s game-changing
Pop Party Gift Set, for yourself. After all, 'tis the time to treat yourself.
We're all accustomed to the traditional scents of the winter months: fresh snow, warming spices, and oven-baked confections destined to be eaten in one sitting. But sometimes, something a little less wholesome is in order for a brisk Saturday night. Enter: these sultry mini perfumes curated by your favourite celeb twins (you know the ones). Each of the four fragrances subverts classic profiles with cozy yet unexpected notes like bourbon, oakwood, and vetiver. Bonus points for the crazy-chic bottles.
Elizabeth & James A Little Bit of Nirvana Fragrance Collection, C$62.00, available at Sephora.
It might be impossible to see the future, but this much is clear: When the temperature drops, your skin will
probably most definitely throw at least one hissy fit in the form of dryness, redness, or an angry breakout. The solution to your face’s newfound rebellion? Dr. Jart’s “deck” of best-selling masks for every skin emergency, all wrapped up in a totally adorable box. Dr. Jart+ Masking All The Way, C$46.00, available at Sephora.
A bold lip is a tried-and-true holiday staple, but one shade may not fit all occasions; family dinner calls for a subtle rosy flush, while an office party cries out for some berry-hued drama.
Clinique's Pop Party Gift Set contains four universally flattering colours in sheer and matte finishes, all of which are infused with a built-in primer (!) to keep your lipstick in place all. night. long. Call off the search, because we're willing to bet you’ve found every shade you’ll need this season. Clinique Pop Party Gift Set, C$50.15, available at Hudson's Bay.
You know the drill: Bundle up, chill with friends over one or two (okay, three) glasses of vino, and wake up groggy with your skin as dry as the frigid air outside. Before you reach for the ibuprofen, show your face some TLC with this soothing set. Natural powerhouses like anti-inflammatory arnica extract and calming calendula will ease puffy eyes and drench a dry complexion with a surge of much-needed moisture. Now, back to bed.
Tata Harper Winter Wonders Set, C$159.21, available at Net-A-Porter.
There’s a certain level of bounce and smoothness our hair achieves after a salon blowout that seems to elude us all at home. (Seriously, is it the scalp massage? Something in the water?) Luckily, Bumble & Bumble’s new trio delivers equally killer results: The shampoo and conditioner moisturize and strengthen brittle strands, while the lightweight Invisible Oil sinks into your hair for silkiness and shine you’ve only seen after a sesh in the stylist’s chair.
Bumble & Bumble The Hairdresser’s Set Sp(oil)ed Silly, C$49.54, available at Ulta Beauty.
'90s babes, prepare to swoon. Luxe Japanese brand Shu Uemura has collabed with Super Mario Bros to deliver the nostalgic collection of your dreams. This hair oil (just one of the many crazy-cute creations) is adorned with Mario Universe’s iconic characters and provides a super-nourishing camilla-oil power up to combat dryness and UV damage. BRB, we're digging up our old N64.
Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros Essence Absolue, C$69.00, available at Shu Uemura.
'Tis the season to be extra. With 14 stellar eyeshadow shades, this is perhaps
the most epic party-look palette we’ve ever laid our eyes on. But don’t sleep on its versatility. In addition to its bolder, glittery options, there are iridescent topcoats that can transform and elevate practically any color and even be worn on their own for a touch of sparkle. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette, C$69.00, available at Sephora.
Check. Steamy cup of herbal tea? Check. Sophisticated cozy candles in a celestial-inspired box? Check x5. The art of nesting is a nuanced one, and Diptyque’s atmospheric scents aptly set the mood for a night of #selfcare. Our faves? Ambre (an elegant potion of incense, aniseed, and tonka bean) and santal (a heady ode to sandalwood). Inhale, and exhale. Diptyque Mini Candle Set, C$99.78, available at Nordstrom.
The holographic trend isn’t going anywhere this season. And for good reason, considering there’s no better time to rock a glitzy mani than a holiday or NYE soiree. This polish duo includes a stunning sparkle-packed option and a dreamy, iridescent rainbow shade for whatever vibe the occasion calls for. Plus, the formulas are super long-wearing, which means your flashiest friend can stay chip-free for days — if you decide to part with the set, that is.
Nails Inc. Unicorn Nail Polish Duo, C$16.00, available at Sephora.