Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Best in Face and Body Skincare Sets

For stuffing stockings to show you care

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream ($16) or Skin Food *($20). Winter is coming, and that usually means dry cracked skin. Weleda’s holiday offerings contain soft moisturizing gloves with your choice of hand moisturizer. Sea Buckthorn is naturally healing, while Skin Food’s rich texture eliminates dry patches overnight. These are great stocking stuffers for frequent hand washers, as well as eczema sufferers. Available at Weleda online, Whole Foods Market, natural independent health food stores, Planet Organic Market, Nature’s Fare, Noah’s Natural Foods and Rexall Pharma Plus stores.

Pure + simple Super-plump Lip Kit ($34.95). Stay away from the petroleum-based lip balms, which actually dry out your lips in the long run, and go natural. This kit contains soothing Lavender Lip Oil and the Collagen Elasin Eye + Lip Concentrate, which keep your lips plump and protected for all the smooching you’ll be doing this season, amirite? 😛 Available at Pure + simple spas in the Greater Toronto area and online.

For the one who is hard to please (Glitter Geek’s TOP PICK)

Thann Jasmine Blossom Set ($50). Is your mother-in-law hard to please? Yes? This set is perfect for anyone you want to spoil. This actually makes me want to get out of bed and hop in the shower in the morning. Oh, and my lazy self has been putting on the lotion everyday, too. This is the most beautiful green that smells like crushed up jasmine buds. Both the body milk and the shower cream moisturize the skin incredibly. I cannot recommend it enough! Available in the flagship Thann store (in Ottawa) and online.

For anyone, anytime

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-usage Dry Oil ($42 for 100ml). Although not technically a gift set, NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is a champ at multitasking and so luxurious that it makes a fabulous gift. It keeps skin and hair beautifully moisturized and also doubles as a fragrance. It’s a cult product for a reason. Available at Shoppers Drugmart and Beautyphica (get a bonus 50 ml Huile Prodigieuse OR for a limited time here!).

For the new mom or hard working gal who truly deserves a spa day

Pure + simple Super-hydrating Intensive Kit * ($99).  It’s no secret that I’m a Pure + simple junkie, and my newest discovery is the Cellular Repair Face Cream in this set. I’ve been using this medium weight face cream both for day and night and it is a dream to put on.  The Collagen Elastin Plus serum and Skin Restoration Cloth Mask are must haves for a home spa day.  Tip: do the mask in the dark or risk scaring your significant others or pets. 😉 Available at Pure + simple spas in the Greater Toronto area and online.

For those who are nice… ‘kay maybe the naughty, too

The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Bath and Body Products * (from $4 to $18 each).  The Body Shop is one of my go-to shops for holiday shopping because of their holiday scents.  My favourite is the Spiced Vanilla, which smells divine and is available in different bath and body products.  If you must have just one for a stocking stuffer, the Body Butter is a no-brainer (and on sale for $10 right now!). Available at The Body Shop stores and online.

Philosophy Sweet Kisses and Merry Wishes Set ($47).  If you have never tried Philosophy shower gels, you’ve been missing out.  Philosophy makes the best shower gels in the scents of the season.  This set contains four (FOUR!!!) shower gels and coordinating lip shines.  Gift it to one special nice person, or break it up as separate stocking stuffers for the naughty ones. 😉  Available at Sephora stores and online.

Anything catch your eye?

What will you be gifting from these sets, and what will you be keeping for yourself? 😛

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  • FB @

    I need to read more magazines and get an idea of how to layout these images the way you do. Mine look amateurish compared to yours! :)

    • Arianne

      LOL you’re so silly your layout looks good! 😛

  • Kelly – Glitter Diaries

    Hmm.. I might pick up that Philosophy set for a friend and you’ve got me wanting to check out The Body Shop for that Spiced Vanilla.. My ears perk up whenever I hear someone talk about vanilla scented products lol And I don’t think I’ve ever seen/tried it before so that’s on the must-see list when I go to the mall on Friday!

    • Arianne

      Hey Kelly, let me know what you think of Spiced Vanilla! It’s soooo good! :)

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)

    Great picks!! I’m so getting that THANN jasmine set, I love jasmine flowers, the smell is amazing! Is it bad that I see your gift list and only think about how much I would like them all for myself and I’m not even thinking about who I know that would like them? LOL!

    • Arianne

      Haha Elaine I like how you think!

      I’m the same way; I personally believe that what I’d love for myself always makes for a good gift. 😀

  • Danielle

    That Philosophy set is SO calling my name. I’m naughty because I want it for myself, but should get it for someone on my list!! Tee-hee! Great job Arianne!

    • Arianne

      LOL naughty nawty indeed! Just like Brinkleface! 😛

  • Tracy@BeautyReflections

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about THANN. I want to try out something so bad now! If I’m not a big fan of Jasmine, what else could I get?

    • Arianne

      Anything THANN just talk to Jane of Daly Beauty. :) I trust her.

  • Liz (Beauty Reductionista)

    Man, I’m ALWAYS looking at that Nuxe body oil and just can’t do it because the bottle looks so small. Maybe next year… MAYBE! (Hopefully!)

    • Arianne

      The 100ml is not small!!!! Liz I’m going to hit you I swear 😛

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