It is that time of year when we show our loved ones and co-workers alike a gift – a symbol of appreciation. Whatever your budget is, I have curated a list of local brands and brands I cannot live without to help you find the perfect gift for anyone and everyone.
Over this holiday season, I am offering the gift of a makeup session, whether virtual or in-person. In attempts to find a way to adjust to this new temporary way of life. This gift is excellent for someone learning about makeup, or someone who feels like their makeup style is dated and wants to update their routine or straight out has questions to be answered about anything makeup.
Offering 2 options, both of 1 hour in duration:
- In-person (when we are Covid safe) 1 Hour Makeup Session.
- Virtual session where you will receive a one of one tailored lesson.
Please email INFO@LISAVELLA.COM with Gift Receipt in the subject line, and I will get you sorted with rates and your unique gift certificate code. Remember to SUPPORT LOCAL.
BOXING DAY SALES
BIODERMA MICELLAR WATER
This cleansing and makeup remover for Sensitive Skin is my go-to makeup remover. I use it daily to remove my eye and face make up and then go in with a foaming cleanser. Sensibio H2O is the first and only dermatological micellar water perfectly compatible with the skin. The micelles in Sensibio H2O, very similar to the skin’s natural composition, are unique. For maximum tolerance and comfort, these micelles feature a dermatological active ingredient very similar to the skin’s composition that immediately capture impurities leaving clean and comfortable skin.
Vitamin C 20% Vitamin C Serum
I purchased this coveted Vitamin C serum to try because of the over 12,000 reviews on Amazon and of course being made in Canada. It has Certified Organic Ingredients + 11% Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E Moisturizer + Anti-Aging formulation, Excellent for Your Skin + Includes Pump & Dropper. It’s a win win all around. Just make sure the serum is securely closed after each use to avoid it spoiling faster than you want it too.
These two Canadian female entrepreneurs are powerhouses in the industry. The perfect gift for anyone who takes pride in caring for their nails. Their revolutionary formulas are CRUELTY-FREE, VEGAN, 7 FREE, and NOT tested on animals. Using a 100% vegan brush, MOOV’s creamy texture goes on smooth and stays put through wear and tear. 100% vegan and cruelty-free. The quality nail lacquers do not contain toxins and contain a UV-inhibitor to ensure long-lasting results.
They are offering the cutest Holiday Set, which includes 1 MOOV Polish Remover, 1 Garlic Base Coat, 1 Top Coat, two colours Yukon Gold Rush, and True North(as seen in photo), $75.00.
After using this all-natural skincare line – I am in love. Founder, Lisa Mattan has worked hard to create an evidence-based natural skincare line based on Ayurveda’s 5,000-year-old science. I have used almost every product offered and am blown away by the results. Expect an aroma within the natural products that is not overpowering but relaxing. Quite simply, the smell of the Balance Toner is divine.
My number one recommendations are:
- Sahajan’s Balance Toner, which balances and exfoliates my skin without drying it out.
- Radiance Face Serum, with Triphala, Gotu Kola and Hyaluronic acid, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Another gift to enhance relaxation, which just launched is their Bath Soak – Sleep Well, blend featuring Jasmine, Sandalwood, and Nutmeg revered in Ayurveda.
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ILIA BEAUTY – LIMITLESS LASH LENGTHENING MASCARA
I have been using this mascara for 6 months and it quickly became a favourite. If you have not tried it to date I highly encourage you to do so. Mascara that goes to extremes—naturally. This clean mascara weightlessly lifts and lengthens with a dual-sided brush that catches and separates every lash. Made with beeswax and shea butters for flexibility and hold, this flake-free formula lasts yet comes off easily with warm water at night. It is 99 percent natural and 100 percent safe.
WELEDA SKIN FOOD
This moisturizer is definitely a secret weapon in my skincare arsenal. Being compared to the iconic and beloved La Mer Crème de La Mer cream. Skin Food has a super thick—almost balm-like—texture and a little goes a long way. I’ve been using the original version on my skin during the colder weather on areas I tend to feel dry and on my clients I use it as a natural-looking highlight, adding a touch of the product to the high points of their face. Some find the original Skin Food to be a little too dense—especially if you have oily skin—but fortunately, there’s a light version to try if you find this to be the case. They have also an amazingly priced bundle that I, myself just purchased to help my skin through this cold winter. This noteworthy skin cream is easy on the pocket and worth every penny.
ARMURE BEAUTY is a locally crafted skincare line created in Toronto! A mother and daughter team, creating amazing high quality products that work for all skin types! Here I spoke with them to hear more about their personal story :
“Working together side by side naturally we got a lot of compliments, especially on my mother’s skin and her youthful appearance! We thought to ourselves often if only we could bottle up her youth then we would hit the jackpot! One day we decided to formulate our first ever product which has become our signature best seller, formally introduced as Body Decadence which is a luxurious rosehip based body oil great for boosting collagen and vibrancy in your skin!”
A couple of their star products are The Glow Kit along with Youth Dew, and Body Decadence.
TATA HARPER – RESURFACING BHA GLOW MASK
I was exposed to Tata Harper through a good friend of mine. I am so impressed I would say words that come to mind when thinking of Tata Harper are LUXURY coupled with PHENOMENAL results. This mask banishes dullness and refines the look of pores to reveal healthy-looking skin.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY – LUXURY MAKEUP
This blush is a go-to in my makeup collection for two reasons:
- It suits a multiple of skintones
- The colour brightens up all complexions
- A little bit goes a long way
Colour-rich pigments are rolled into finely crushed pearls that buff & smooth your skin for excellent blendability & flawless colour uniformity and the formula is builable.
IT COSMETICS – YOUR SKIN BUT BETTER CC CREAM SPF 50+
This is a perfect gift for anyone looking for full, flawless coverage with anti aging skincare while protecting your skin with SPF 50. Since SPF is TOP in my must have’s for everyone I had to share this find!
Although it is full coverage it does not crease or crack which is a relief for anyone who enjoys a full coverage foundation.
It is not often you will see a foundation with SPF 50 so this is a winner!
We are all experiencing dry lips this year, especially when wearing a mask all the time – and forgetting to drink water. This holiday season, we’re satisfying our agave craving at the source: the desert. Indulge in this succulent self-care routine: Smooth with award-winning Agave+ Lip Scrub, deeply hydrate with Agave+ Lip Mask and nourish with Agave+ Lip Therapy.
✔CRUELTY FREE ✔GLUTEN FREE
As an artist, this colour makes me scream for joy! All skin tones are welcome! Lips have something powerful to say: This high-performance, easy-to-apply clean lipstick, supercharged with superfoods pomegranate oil and wild African mango, has the bold, one-swipe color you’ve been waiting for, with a comfortable, creamy matte finish.
✔CRUELTY FREE ✔GLUTEN FREE
DERMAE REDUCE ACNE SCARS SET
Acne scars can occur no matter what your age or skin type. Use the Microdermabrasion Scrub twice a week to help remove surface cells and revitalize skin. Apply the Scar Gel immediately after the scrub and up to 2-3 times daily to the affected area. The Acne Rebalancing Cream will help balance skin moisture and may be used morning and night. Over time, these products will help promote soft, smooth, healthy, clear skin.
THE ORDINARY – NIACINAMIDE 10% + Zinc 1%
My niece had some acne concerns this past year and this serum helped with balancing her skin and reduced breakouts. I also, use niacinamide to help control acne breakouts which is why I HAVE to put this serum on this list. For anyone of any age who is struggling with acne this may just help you find the balance with your skin and reduce breakouts. With over 3,000 positive reviews and a price you just can’t say no too.
T3 is for those with luxury in mind. Being exposed to their products while comparing their irons to others I’ve used as a hairstylist, I knew they had something special. Not only are their products built to last and produce outstanding results, esthetically, they are quite sexy. The plates protect your hair, leaving you with the most polished hairstyle. With the T3 Lucea ID Flat Iron, you will eliminate the guesswork with personalized heat that delivers smooth, shiny results and less damage in a single pass. Worth. Every. Penny.
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Mark Woolley, is an award winning hair stylist, international creative director and the entrepreneurial force behind the exclusive Electric Professional product line. I have been using his products in my hair styling kit for over a year now and I can honestly say they changed the way I style hair. They deliver on their promise and help bring my hair creations to life.
A few of the many products that I cannot live without are:
- P – 4 Preparation Spray – Like a primer for your hair, this product is packed with nourishing oils combined with intelligent UV and heat protecting ingredients. This multi-functional spray will optimize the performance of your styling products while protecting hair’s integrity and colour.
- C – 8 Invisible Volume Chalk – Perfect for creating amplified, voluminous hairstyles, instant grip, hold and volume without the usual grittiness of powder. 100% magnesium free!
- C -7 e Spray – A high-performance finishing spray, which is alcohol free. Extra dry session hairspray, with cotton oil extract, jojoba oil, bamboo extract and shea butter for use on photo shoots and on the catwalk. Defines movement and fixes naturally, yet with strong hold. Easily brushed out with no residue.
The greatness about gifting hair products are – everyone uses them and when they find products they love then they will love you forever! I would like to pass on this amazing line to you!!
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REVLON ONE-STEP HAIR DRYER & VOLUMIZER HOT AIR BRUSH
There’s a reason why this blowdryer has a cult-like following and nearly 12,000 five star reviews on Amazon: not only is it cheap, but it also gives you that sleek, salon-quality blowout—even if you’re completely incapable of blowing out your own hair. The brush attachment is literally idiot-proof. I love using it since using a hair dryer is not my strong point – makes life MUCH easier!
PHYTO BOTANICAL POWER
I wouldn’t feel right not including this hair care line in this guide. It has CHANGED MY LIFE and my hair! I have been a loyal user for years and have admittedly gotten others hooked. Born in France you know this hair line will not disappoint. Especially, if experiencing the stress that has come along with 2020 and have resulted in hair loss. This serum is for you. It has completely changed the integrity of my hair and others. One last note, my hair stopped falling out after using the serum which was huge WIN for me!
I admittedly also use a bunch of other products from this line including shampoos, conditioners and styling treatments.
LIFESTYLE GIFT IDEAS
We live in a time when we have to take extra care with every move we make, most importantly, everything we touch. When I came across this gadget, it was a no brainer. So let me introduce you to Untouch – Proudly Canadian – Designed, so you never have to touch a shared surface again. The hook & conductive rubber tip enables you to open doors, press buttons and use self-checkouts & ATMs to avoid germs—a practical and inexpensive gift for your loved ones.
DAILY ROUTINE – PROBIOTIC/PREBIOTIC
Routine is a clean, complete probiotic for women delivered with minimal eco-impact – the gift of good health. Good for you and the planet. I have been using this probiotic for months and have noticed an improvement in my gut & vaginal health that I can speak to. This prebiotic-probiotic also boosts immunity and promotes a healthy weight.
Read up HERE on signs of an unhealthy gut.
ADIDAS STAN SMITH SHOES
This classic Adidas shoe is forever in style for anyone and everyone! When you are not sure what to get that someone, Stan Smiths are always the right answer. Suited for any age, and all genders.
They come in a variety of styles and sizes:
REIF ESTATE WINERY
The gift of wine is always a happy thought, and an even better one is that it is local. One of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s founding family wineries, Reif produces wines from its vineyard first planted in 1977. Our 125-acre farm is located in the Niagara River sub-appellation, where sun-loving grape varieties grow best. My visit to Niagara is not complete without Reif -it is one of my favourite wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake that I visit multiple times throughout the year like clockwork. They are offering specials for the holidays and ship wine to your front door. My favourites are their Red wines (Cabernet Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Meritage) and Icewine (Vidal, Riesling Icewine). Their “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” HOLIDAY SALE is happening now!
APPLE AIRPODS PRO
I am a Apple user all the way and these Airpods do not disappoint. I literally use them daily because of convenience and the quality they present. AirPods Pro are the only in-ear headphones with Active Noise Cancellation that continuously adapts to the geometry of your ear and the fit of the ear tips — blocking out the world so you can focus on what you’re listening to.
CONAIR EXTREMESTEAM HANDHELD FABRIC STEAMER
I’ve had this steamer at home for years and it is by far the best – trust me I have tried my fair share. It has Extreme Steam Dual Heat Technology which creates concentrated steam, up to 30% hotter, to penetrate heavier fabrics and release wrinkles 5x faster than other steamers. This steamer includes 3 removable attachments: fabric brush, creaser, and soft cushion brush and has an easy to fill removable water reservoir and 9 ft. power cord and also kills dust mites and bed bugs. Plus a 1 year warranty. I use this steamer on clothes, masks, my duvet cover and curtains. It is so durable!
GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM
JACK BLACK SKINCARE
This men’s line I use on set and have a constant flow in my makeup kit. This holiday set combines three essentials for good-looking skin and hair. Men, like women, have to take care of their skin and hair throughout the years to keep their situation on point. This set does not complicate things for them. Love me some Jack Black!
A COZY PLUSH BATHROBE FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE
With just under 1,000 positive reviews you know this robe has to be all it looks to be. Your guy will want to be warm and cozy day and night in this comfortable housecoat. It is practical with two front pockets (always say yes to pockets), yet luxurious. He can wear it when he comes out of the shower or when he wakes first thing in the morning or has no excuse other to be comfortable. This robe is available in many colours.
JACK BLACK SHAVE ESSENTIALS
This kit contains shaving essentials for keeping face clean, smooth looking, and hydrated. The Supreme Cream Triple Cushion® Shave Lather creates a protective cushion between the skin and blade for a close, comfortable shave. Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 provides lasting hydration and broad-spectrum SPF protection for freshly-shaved skin. This kit is cruelty-free.
JASON MARKK ESSENTIAL SHOE CARE KIT
I swear by this shoe cleaner by Jason Markk. It is the best shoe cleaner I have used to-date. I’ve been using it for years to keep my kicks clean and its never let me down. Just make sure your man doesn’t make you clean his shoes for him!!
CLARINS MEN – EXFOLIATING CLEANSER
I’ve been a fan of Clarins from years ago when I worked in retail and tried out the line and kept going back to its products. This 2-in-1 creamy exfoliating face wash for men deeply cleanses embedded impurities and removes excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells that make skin look dull and tired. Formulated with gentle exfoliants—including natural lava powder and salicylic acid microbeads—this daily face scrub for men helps clear out blackheads and clogged pores, and will help to rid ingrown hairs, leaving skin soft, purified, and shine-free.
FACIAL FUEL ENERGIZING MOISTURIZER FOR MEN
My guys loves this moisturizer and it is also a Kiehl’s favorite, this men’s face moisturizer awakens dull, fatigued skin and revitalizes the complexion for a healthy look and feel. He also loves it’s non-greasy feel so it doesn’t encourage his forehead to be shiny.
UGG – HANK TRACK PANTS
If he wants to dress casual, then he may as well look good when he does! Crafted from lightweight double-knit fleece, this cozy jogger pant is perfect for any season. Welcome to the world of comfort lounging.
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