SummerxSkin Holiday Gift Guide: Everything Under $100 (+ giveaway)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Alas! The annual SummerxSkin Holiday Gift Guide is here! If this is your first time on my blog or checking out this guide, I love curating items that are practical, can be utilized throughout the year, and work well as stocking stuffers or wrapped gifts under the tree.

Continue reading to see gift ideas from some of my favourite brands, and stick around until the end for a HUGE giveaway!

wet n wild Beauty goodies, Under $100 CAD: This brand has really impressed me this year, and I'm certain there are many people who still don't know how wet n wild re-branded and re-formulated a lot of their products to be better quality, highly pigmented, yet still affordable. Another nice thing is that everything they have is cruelty-free; you don't have to think twice about whether the person you're gifting is careful about that or not. When it comes to makeup, I always recommend putting a "look" together for your friend or loved one, and here we've picked:

Decleor Surprise Christmas Cracker (Hand Cream)Kiss Dryness Goodbye (Lip Balm), Under $25 CAD each: Surprise items like these are my FAVOURITE!!! They're pretty to look at and fun to open. However, Decleor makes great skincare which makes this type of gift an absolutely joy.

Inside the cracker is the Decleor Nourishing Hand Cream; it is moisturizing, smells great, and comes in quite handy during the colder months. The ornament features Decleor's Intense Nutrition Lip Balm, which is enriched with marjoram essential oil, shea butter and macadamia oil to melt onto your lips and provide softness and comfort.

Roger & Gallet Neroli Fragrance 30 ML, $43 CAD: Right after the holidays I always gravitate towards things (makeup included) that are refreshing and uplifting, making me look less tired than I may feel. Enriched with orange blossom and cedarwood, this perfume is calming and soothing. The mini bottle is a great size for someone who travels a lot or enjoys perfume and would keep it in their everyday bag or purse!

Tangle Teezer Winter Frost Compact Styler, $25 CAD: This is totally one of those items that a person would want but wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves. Great as a stocking stuffer or present, a Tangle Teezer makes hair maintenance much easier, whether your hair is thin or thick! This is definitely on my list to give to my niece, who always gives me a tough time when I'm doing her hair because of all the tangles.

Secret Outlast Clear Gel Completely Clean, $5 CAD: Whenever James and I put lists together for each other, we always hint at essential items we need (underwear, socks, household things)... deodorant is no exception! Of course, I wouldn't recommend putting this in any stocking because someone could get offended, but if you know the person well, this is a clear gel anti-perspirant that I've been loving lately! Feels so good and cool to apply multiple times a day, especially after a shower or workout.

Estee Lauder Holiday Nights, The Red Lip 3-Piece Set, $40 CAD: Whether your friend is new to makeup or a huge fan, this cute set is the perfect gift with an excellent price-point! Besides the packaging being gorgeous, Estee Lauder lippies are long-lasting and the colours are always incredible. The Holiday Nights collection comes in a couple of variations, this one focuses on the bold red lip, but you can also look for the nude lip one if that's more of your or your friend's taste.

Soap & Glory Wait on Hand & Foot Kit, $12 CAD: Cutest essential gift, wrapped in a small box like an ornament! I've recently started using a lot more Soap & Glory products and let me tell you, they are super affordable and mighty. The Heel Genius is to moisturize and soothe your toes and soles of your feet, while Hand Food is to hydrate and add softness to your fingers and palms. Both work remarkably well, and are packaged in this kit for a great price.

Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco Collection (Shampoo, Conditioner, Creme), $8 CAD each: I discovered this line earlier in the year, and loved how it made my hair feel after every wash. Similar to a couple of the other items listed in this guide, this collection is another essential that your friend or family member would enjoy!

Joe Fresh Holiday Jewelry, Under $20 each: I recently talked about the value of gifting jewelry and truly stand by how universally likeable it can be! Joe Fresh has amazing accessories for you to choose from (available at Shopper Drug Mart), whether you want to give that as your main gift or add it to a collection of things. I love the studs; I lose mine ALL the time and am always appreciative when I get them as a gift. Bold statement earrings are on trend these days, and these black beaded ones fit the bill. Can't go wrong with the colour either!

QUO Liquid Lipstick Bar, $20 CAD: QUO, available at Shoppers Drug Mart, has some of the best holiday collections I've ever seen and this year is no exception. They've got kits that consist only of lipsticks as well as lip glosses, but this deal is SUCH a steal that you'll want it for yourself. Liquid lipsticks in 8 different shades to inspire lots of looks throughout the year!

KORRES Pomegranate Mattifying Primer, $43 CAD: Known to work well with both normal/dry to oily skin, this primer works to fill in pores to help create a smooth surface to apply the rest of your makeup. It would make for good gift if your friend or loved one hasn't used primer before, but if they have, this is a brand that isn't extremely well known in the market yet but works amazingly well! It smells really good too.

Yves Rocher Skincare, Under $100 CAD: I've had the opportunity to try a lot of Yves Rocher products in the last year, and the White Botanical collection is something I can't live without anymore! Besides the smell and feeling being extremely refreshing, you will begin to notice a glow + brightness in your skin within the first few days of using it.

I always believe that if you're going to switch skincare then you should give it a proper chance by using complementary products; here we have Yves Rocher White Botanical Exceptional Toner, Hydrating Cream, Cleansing Mousse, as well as 2-in-1 Hand Cream to complete the set. While Yves Rocher has great holiday collections, I recommend picking something that your friend or family member can pick up again and again, especially when it comes to a skincare item they love.

OGX Hydrate & Revive + Argan Oil of Morocco Miracle In-Shower Oil, $10 CAD: This has been saving my hair lately! The more I dye my hair, the more dry and damaged it feels. I recently started incorporating a few drops of this in-shower oil, before AND after shampoo, for an added boost of oil that my hair needs. This is great for any of your friends that constantly complain about their hair being damaged or if you know they actively dye it, they will appreciate it a lot!

OGX Extra Strength Damage Remedy + Coconut Miracle Penetrating Hair Oil, $10 CAD: Another great stocking stuffer, this product is a nice blend of coconut oil, essence of tiarre and vanilla bean which helps make your hair soft and silky! It also smells REALLY good, you will feel like you are at a tropical resort whenever you smell your hair.

Vichy Mineral 89, $40 CAD: You might be a little sick of me talking about this product (see previous mentions here and here) but honestly, there are SO many amazing uses for Mineral89 that I've discovered since I began using it earlier this year that I can't remove it from my beauty routine. If you ever go for a facial or a skin assessment and they tell you that you need more hydration or hyaluronic acid, GET ONE OF THESE! It will begin to do it's thing and save your skin immediately from dryness or dehydration. You can use it in the summer, winter, on your face, lips... I even rub it on my hands.

Wrap it up with a bow and gift it your mom or bestie, she will thank you for it... I promise!


Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist, $11 CAD: In case you can't tell by now, I clearly love hair products and want you to live your best hair life! I keep this mist with me in my bag to give my locks a boost if they look dull, as it is good to use on wet/damp or dry hair. The blend of coconut milk, guava oil and mango butter helps nourish your hair from the harsh cold weather.


I'm so excited to be partnering with all the brands mentioned above to offer ONE very lucky reader all of the items in the 2017 SummerxSkin Holiday Gift Guide!

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No purchase necessary. This giveaway contest is open to legal residents of Canada and USA, who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence as of the date of entry. Entries for the giveaway contest must be received between Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM EST to Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

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