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Make Up For Ever Holiday Beauty Giveaway

Make Up For Ever Beauty Pack

Every single item in my “2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Her”, is either an item I currently have and love or one that is on my own wish list this season. I have been recently testing out some products from Make Up For Ever in preparation for the holidays and have religiously been using some of the products that come in the gift set pictured above. To help you achieve your festive beauty look this season, I am giving away one Make Up For Ever “Beauty Kit” to a lucky follower. To be eligible, you must follow both me (@SashaExeter) and Make Up For Ever (@MakeUpForEverCA) on Twitter and tweet the following, “@SashaExeter I want to achieve my festive beauty look with @MakeUpForeverCA’s Beauty Kit! #SoSashaxMakeUpForEver“. Contest begins Monday December 1st, 2014 at noon EST and ends on Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 at 10pm EST. *Contest open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide & Giveaway

So Sasha Valentine's Day Gift Guide

I may not truly buy into the whole idea of Valentine’s Day, but let me be clear, I have never been mad at the idea of receiving prezzies from someone I’ve fancied. Any man I’ve ever dated knows I am not a huge fan of the usual “Hallmark Holiday” gifts that us girls usually receive on February 14th, such as chocolate and lingerie that come after an overpriced prix fix dinner at some midtown restaurant. The way to this unconventional chick’s heart are items that don’t necessarily only need to be used in the bedroom and can be gifted on any day of the day of the year…and really, if you’re in love it should be Valentine’s Day everyday, no? I’ve rounded up some of my fave items (some I actually own) and others that are on my current “Lust List” in hopes to put some cool alternative gifts on your radar…

1. Diptyque Mini Candle Set – $84

There is nothing I love more than a beautifully scented candle. I have purchased all of the cult candle brands from Byredo, Jo Malone, Hotel Costes to Bond No. 9, but I always come back to the classic fragrances made by Parisian company Diptyque. The brand’s website allows you (or your beau) to create your own 3 mini candle set, which are the perfect size for the bedroom, bathroom or when traveling.

2. Charlotte Olympia “Monroe” Pumps $695

Every girl needs a pair of Charlotte Olympia’s in her closet and this classic “Monroe” pump in red suede is a fun and sexy alternative to a traditional black heel. The slight platform increases the comfort level and goes well with both denim or an LBD.

3. Jabra Solemate Mini $100

I have been ranting and raving about Jabra’s wireless options for playing music on the go both on the blog and social media. I use both the Revo Wireless headphones and the Solemate daily when I’m working out and at chilling at home. Just in time for the “Day of Love”, Jabra has introduced the new Solemate mini in red. So mini in fact, it’s practically the size of an iPhone 5 – which means you can literally carry it in your handbag! Small speakers…with a big sound!

4. Miu Miu Biker Quilted Leather Clutch $1,020

Miu Miu, quilted leather and moto inspiration…three of some of my favourite things all rolled into one handbag. The colourblocked red and white colour is super luxe and for a clutch it’s spacious enough to hold all your V-Day date essentials. A snap-fastening pocket on the back of the bag in black is perfect for conveniently storing your ID, credit cards and cash.

5. Birchbox 12 Month Membership $110

I’ve always loved the idea of beauty box memberships – they are the BEST for those of you who are commitment phobes when it comes to investing in an expensive beauty product. It is the perfect way to test out all the latest and greatest products on the market before committing and buying the full size (and often expensive full price) version of a product. Cannot think of a beauty gift for a beauty fanatic.

6. Nadege “Je T’aime” Box of 12 Macarons $26.50

Nadege Patisserie makes some of the tastiest macarons in Toronto. The boutique shop’s almond mini meringue wonders have a delicate crunch to the outer layer and filled with the most delish ganache, flavoured buttercream or jam. It’s a little piece of heaven and if I could eat them everyday without compromising my waistline, I totally would!

7. Cutler and Gross Round-Frame Acetate and Metal Mirrored Sunglasses $565

Aviators are a thing of the past. Get into 2014 with round framed sunnies from Cutler and Gross. Each of the brand’s sunnies are made by hand in Italy. The entire process to make these beauties takes approximately a month with over 30 steps. What better way to look at your lover than through these chic lenses. Taking it to another level, the arms are leather wrapped and the frame is adorned with pearlescent acetate.

8. Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Fire Engine Red $319

Latte and coffee drinkers will LOVE waking up to a fresh cup made with this ultra chic machine. It allows you to make a wide variety of hot beverage options that require frothy milk such as latte macchiatos and cappuccino and the machine looks stunning displayed on your kitchen counter.

I am giving away the cute and powerful Jabra Solemate Mini wireless speakers as a Valentine’s Day gift to one lucky follower. Entering the contest is easy…you must follow both @sashaexeter and @Jabra_US on Twitter and tweet the following to me, “@SashaExeter I want to enjoy my music with @Jabra_US’s wireless Solemate mini #SoleMateMini“. Contest starts February 10th, 2014 and ends Thursday February 13th at 9 PM EST. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday February 14th at noon.

*Contest open to Canadian and US residents only*

Canada’s Best Beauty Boxes Revealed

Canda's Top Beauty Boxes

The latest craze in the beauty industry has to be beauty boxes, which are customized delivered packages of deluxe makeup and skincare products for a set monthly price, which has been all the rage in the U.S. for quite some time now, but until only recently has it been gaining traction north of the border. Although we do not currently have cult beauty fave Birch Box here in Canada (who has recently expanded to the UK, Spain and France) there are still some pretty cool options for monthly beauty boxes for us Canucks. This is hands-down the optimal way for beauty product addicts to be able to try the latest and most popular products on the market in a cost effective way. Conversely, it’s a great way for beauty novices’, such as myself, to get to test out products without having to make the commitment of having to purchase the full sized products. To help make your life easier and a bit more “beautiful”, I’ve rounded up the best beauty boxes in Canada, that you may be interested in subscribing to…

1) Glossybox

Glossybox likes to think of themselves as a  globally inspired beauty box company, with exclusive access to beauty brands from across the world. If you choose to subscribe to Glossybox, you can expect to receive five samples each month (all high end drug store beauty brands). Lucky for members, the company is very transparent about what’s going to be placed in their boxes every month on their website and they always provide a good mix between makeup and skincare products. I love the fact that they have beauty box collaborations or themes such as January 2013’s “Man Repeller” (one of the top fashion blogs online) box.

Glossy Box

2) Top Box

Ummm, Top Box is pretty damn awesome if you ask me, and for just $12/mth you can receive four deluxe beauty brands that have heavy cult followings; Stila, Clinique, Skinceuticals and Benefit. To help the company narrow down what exactly they should send to you, subscribers can fill out a beauty profile – however it is not required or necessary. Also, they send out a pretty good mix of skincare and makeup each month. For those who are more into makeup than skincare – this is the optimal choice for you. The one downfall – and yes, there is a slight downfall – there is a wait list for subscriptions, however it is only 30 days.

Top Box Beauty Box

3) Glymm

In between the price of Glossybox and Top Box’s subscription charges, you will find Glymm for about $15/mth. For that price, beauty feens will get four to five luxury beauty brand samples from companies like; Cargo, Caudalie, Anastasia and Butter London. Seriously, I would be more than “A-OK” with just receiving a box full of Caudalie products every month. Another company with a beauty profile to be filled out – for optimal satisfaction with the monthly deliveries. For those of you who are “points whores” (love collecting Sephora beauty points or airmiles), will also love Glymm as they give you the opportunity to fill out surveys on the samples you get each month, which earns you points that go toward their online shop – double score! There is nothing better to be getting to try samples for next to nothing and then to be able to buy the full sized product at a discounted price. And if that’s not enough, Glymm also has a program specifically for men; Glymm Man. The downfall, if you are looking for a fair share of makeup, this is the wrong choice for you and most of the beauty products are anti-aging.

Glymm Beauty Box

4) Loose Button’s Luxe Box

Luxe Box Is the creme de la creme of beauty boxes – I must say it’s quite posh in the world of sample product boxes in Canada. They offer seven to eight samples monthly from premium/luxury brands such as Prada and Valentino. In addition to high end brands, each box is monogrammed with the subscriber’s initials (very dope) and they also receive free shipping at the Luxe Boutique, access to private events, product launches, beauty tutorials and tips. Membership costs are the most cost effective due to the fact that memberships are only charged every three ($26), six or twelve months – but you must commit to a minimum of three months. I love the fact that members can also prick and reserve products so that they appear in their next box.

Luxe Box

Are you currently subscribing to any monthly beauty boxes? If so, which one(s)…

XO,

S

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