I have a pretty “motley crew” – meaning each one of my dear friends is pretty different. A great and fun bunch, I thought hard about what to gift each of them for Christmas based on their fun personalities. I thought this would make a fun Holiday-oriented post too, and hopefully inspire each of you needing Holiday gift ideas!
I have a girlfriend who takes a luxe bubblebath every night before bed in the winter, as it’s a lovely way to relax and de-stress before hitting the sack. She also loves rich moisturizers, so I’m hitting up Origins Canada for some treats for her.
One of my faves that I know she’ll appreciate is the Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Wash and Bubblebath. She can wash away the day’s stresses with this hydrating cleanser that is super sudsy.
Next up? This Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream is a dream (I’m a poet!). The ginger clove scent is totally intoxicating! I won’t lie, I may keep this one for myself – it smells so damn good.
I know she’ll also love the Precipitation Continuous Moisture Recovery for Body lotion. Full of good stuff like sunflower and soybean oil, ginseng, gentian root and clary sage, it hydrates all day without leaving a greasy residue.
Lastly, the Smoothing Soufflé Whipped Body Cream is to die for. With its lovely peppermint, rosemary, orange and spearmint scent, she’ll feel revitalized along with supremely moisturized from tip to toe.
The “I Only Use Exotic Skincare” Friend
Her skin is like porcelain. She doesn’t know what a blackhead is. Most of her salary goes towards snail slime-based skincare. She wants to visit Asia strictly for the face creams. She is that friend…the one who’ll jump out at you wearing a sheet mask and scare the living bejesus out of you.
What do you get her for Christmas? The latest offerings from For Beloved One. This Taiwanese line of skincare is superb with their products being so effective at brightening skin and lightening dark marks, it will leave her speechless.
For Beloved One’s Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s key Jelly will brighten and even out her skin tone, while the formulation’s white rose extract calms and soothes any irritation.
If she has any fine lines she’s stressing over, offer up For Beloved One’s Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules GHK-CU Moisturizing Serum. Fragrance and pigment-free, this serum delivers moisture deep into the skin’s layers, thus plumping up any fine lines and hydrating skin.
For Beloved One, in my opinion, makes the BEST sheet masks on the market. This award-winning company’s masks are made of bio-cellulose, therefore adhering to the skin really well. This allows for better delivery of its top-notch ingredients. I use these weekly, and they leave my skin bright and beautiful. Your friend will thank you.
My favourite? The Puffy Elimination Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask. Great for the day after a wicked holiday party. Banishes “alcohol puffy face” very, VERY effectively!
I’m completely obsessed with Darphin…so much so, that my skincare snob friend MUST benefit from this brand. She doesn’t use just any moisturizer or face oil – only the best for her. She is French, after all!
Darphin has knocked my socks off over the last year. My skin has never been better since I started using this French brand. The Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream is nothing short of “exquisite”. Exquisâge boosts skin’s moisture while heightening luminosity. One thing in particular that I love about Darphin is that they are all for aging gracefully. Exquisâge promises to protect skin and block pollutants while softening lines and wrinkles. They want you to enjoy your age, not mask it completely.
This year, Darphin is offering the Exquisâge Holiday Gift Set which includes the Beauty Revealing Cream and Serum, along with a sample of the Jasmine Aromatic Care Oil.
A perfect complement to the Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream is the Essential Oil Elixir Set. These oils are completely luxe – the best I’ve ever used. This set contains the Jasmine, Chamomile, and Tangerine Aromatic Care Oils along with the very luxurious 8-Flower Nectar Oil. Perfect on their own to boost your skin’s dewy glow, or mixed with Darphin’s awesome moisturizers, these oils are completely sinful.
And since I love you guys so much, I have a little Darphin discount code for you. Use code “DARPHIN15” at www.darphin.com and receive 15% off any purchase until December 19th!
The Perpetually Horny One
We all have that friend who’s overly amorous, whose idol is the inimitable Samantha Jones and who has guys lining up around the block to date her.
My friend is a babe, oozes sex appeal and is totally in tune with her body. Her favourite quote is a Samantha Jones’ism too – “I love you, but I love me more.” Since she’s adventurous in the sack, I’m gifting her with what I call the “Big O Box” from Durex. This Holiday, Durex is putting the “O” in Ho, Ho, Ho (lol – omg) with their Intense Orgasmic Gel, Intense Orgasmic Condoms and Intense Sensual Stimulation Vibrating Bullet…for those special times when she wants to romance herself.
This will go really well with the crotchless panties she wants and Chris Hemsworth lookalike she’s asking Santa for. A girl wants what a girl wants!
Ahh yes. This super-achieving friend is the one who is always early…who taps her watch furiously at you when you are your standard 10 minutes late for dinner.
She’s chic too. Always put together, she loves her jewelry and favours a good watch over a designer bag. Gift her with a modern yet classic timepiece from Daniel Wellington.
These are my faves! Their offerings are super chic, come in a bunch of different looks (interchangeable straps, yo!!) and look great with everything! She will thank you after berating you for being constantly tardy.
Here’s another little treat for you too. Buy a Daniel Wellington Holiday Bundle (watch + a cuff or strap), and receive 10% off your order. Get an additional 15% off using code “STYLEDOMINATION15” at checkout at www.danielwellington.com!
Happy shopping and have a wonderful holiday!
*A big thank you to Origins Canada, Darphin, Durex and Daniel Wellington for providing press samples for this post in exchange for my honest opinion.