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Now that the holidays are almost here, this beauty writer is ringing in the season with much-deserved self-gifting. With in-person gatherings and family dinners back on the calendar for 2021, wanting to shock my loved ones with my post-lockdown glow up is a pretty valid excuse to update my beauty routine and stock up on some newness.
If you had the same idea, browse through my personal wish list to help inspire your next haul. I've included everything from splurge-worthy products and tools to new makeup launches, as well as lots of winter skin essentials, damage-proof hair styling tools and accessories.
This limited-edition gift set includes Charlotte Tilbury's brand new, exclusive Pillow Talk Colour Chameleon, along with three full-sized and nine travel-sized celebrity-approved skincare and makeup products. In other words, it is the ultimate beauty advent calendar of 2021.
SHOP IT: Charlotte Tilbury, $250
ILIA's Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 has been on my radar for a long time — so when the brand announced its Canadian launch, I immediately added it to my mental wishlist. The lightweight, the dewy formula blends seamlessly on all skin types—even blemish-prone—all while being safe for sensitive skin.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $62
Balms have changed the way I remove my makeup and cleanse my face (no more stripping hydration and life out of my skin), and because I'm such a huge fan of double cleansing, I'm always looking for the next best balm. This innovative cleansing balm is infused with nutrient-rich oils, superberry antioxidants and fatty acids.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $45
If we're being honest, all I want for Christmas is my healthy hair back. And while reducing heat styling is a proven and effective factor in my hair restoration journey, realistically, I know I couldn't dare to be seen with my naturally frizzy hair. This is why I think the Dyson Air Wrap is worth the splurge. Designed with Coanda technology and intelligent heat control, this one-of-a-kind styling tool is powered to curl, wave, blowdry, smooth and volumize your hair with air, preventing hair damage.
SHOP IT: Dyson Canada, $700
Perfect for candle lovers like myself, this trio of votive candles is presented in ombré matte-glass tumblers that double as versatile decor for any room.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $58
A set of best-selling tinted lip oils, each lippie is formulated with rosehip oil and omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids to encourage healthy barrier function and provide antioxidant benefits. Shea butter and grapeseed oils are also infused to condition and soften lips, while jojoba oil creates a protective barrier to help to lock in moisture.
SHOP IT: Merit, $96 (originally $122)
You've likely come across the magnetic falsies brand on Instagram and TikTok. The results are stunning, and the social media posts make the application look so easy (far from anything I could do create even with measuring my lashes, tweezers and some perfect glue.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $39
Because of silk's smooth texture, hair glides over it without causing friction which means you'll be less likely to wake up with frizzy hair, tangles, or split ends, whereas cotton can snag hair overnight. These pillowcass are made with 100 per cent natural mulberry silk and available in two sizes and four versatile colours to mix and match with your beddings.
SHOP IT: Hudson's Bay, $98
As an amateur (and stubborn) pimple popper, the biggest woes are the dark spots that are left behind, so I'm always looking to restock my supply of skin brightening products. My go-to has always been Caudalie's Vinoperfect line. This limited-time set includes a visibly brightening trio that I love, formulated with patented Viniferine and glycolic acid to combat dark spots quickly.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $95