Blogmas 2016: The Smells of Christmas

You’re thinking to yourself, “that Stashy is really running out of ideas for this Blogmas thing, isn’t she?” 😆  Well, hear me out!  I think we focus so much on our sense of sight that we sometimes neglect our other senses.  For previous Blogmas posts, I’ve already focused on the sense of hearing (Christmas music) so why not talk about how Christmas smells?
Yes, there will be talk of food… but also some fragrances too!

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Blogmas 2016: Holiday Mani – OPI Red Fingers & Mistletoes

I went fairly standard this year for my Christmas mani – a shimmery red polish. That’s normally what I think of when I think of the holidays!  I chose this one partly because of the name, Red Fingers & Mistletoes:
This was part of the 2014 OPI Holiday collection collaboration with Gwen Stefani, which I got earlier this year at a discounted price.

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Blogmas 2016: Beauty Bay and Sephora Haul (Gifts to Myself?)

I’m going to pass these hauls as early Christmas gifts to myself because I’m not above blatantly cheating on my low-buy. 😆
I ordered the Beauty Bay items on November 24th and it finally arrived on December 16th!  The Sephora haul is from the VIB coupon – for VIB Rouge, the coupon is $25 off $50 minimum spend. I wasted no time in placing my order! 😀

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Blogmas 2016: Chit Chat Tuesday – Do You Regift?

I haven’t done a Chit Chat Tuesday in ages and I miss them!
Today’s chat is a quick one: What are your thoughts on the practice of regifting?

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Blogmas 2016: The Christmas Beauty Tag

Even though I decided to do a shortened Blogmas this year, I was quite challenged as to what topics to write about, since last year’s Blogmas pretty much covered all the major Christmassy topics like Christmas music, movies, gift ideas, etc. So I was excited when I spotted this tag on The Life of Kristyn blog. 😀 Problem solved! Well, for one day at least…

1. Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skincare routine?
I’ve been NICE! I always wash my face before bed (ahem, A!). I wear sunscreen. I exfoliate.
I even did IPL this year. So I’ve been GOOD! 😀

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Blogmas Day 24: Who would you kiss under the mistletoe?

It’s finally Christmas Eve! 😀

Today is the final collab Blogmas topic, and again, we have Kaily to thank for this one:

If you could be under a mistletoe with anyone who would it be? [and you can’t say your SO]

Well, ok then! 😉

Instead of listing hunky Hollywood men, I’m going to do something different (would you expect anything less from me?) – I’ll list some lady crushes of mine.  For some reason all of my recent girl crushes have been from spy films released this past year – here goes:

Alicia Vikander
She appeared in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and at the time the only thing I knew about her was that she was dating Michael Fassbender (they’ve since broken up). She is currently starring in The Danish Girl, and she just received TWO Golden Globe nominations. One of the things I like about her is her voice – it’s so sultry.
I had to find a still from the movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E. that included Henry Cavill, because… hello nurse! 😛

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Blogmas Day 23: Gifts to myself – Sephora VIB 500 pt perks

I’m a hoarder of Sephora points. Their 100 pt perks are often laughable, and even their 500 pt perks are often not worth it. But recently I came across two 500 pt perks that I felt were worthwhile to finally redeem my points for:
Urban Decay Urban Vices, and Josie Maran Josie’s Best and Brightest Argan Oil Essentials. I redeemed for the UD during the VIB 20% off sale, and the Josie Maran was during the VIB coupon sale.

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Blogmas Day 22: Favourite past Christmas gifts

This is the tale of the gift exchange between my SO and I, for our first Christmas together. 🙂

We started dating in September, so that official first Christmas doesn’t count since we’d only known each other for 4 months (I think that year I gave him a card and that’s it).  Fast forwarded to the following Christmas, we had been together for just over a year, we were in a committed relationship but not serious serious, ya know?  So we set a dollar limit to exchange gifts – $100 each.  Sounds fair.  So I set out to buy a bunch of smaller presents for him that seemed practical.  I knew that he liked long sleeve t-shirts so I went to Roots and the Gap and got him a few of those:
(not the exact ones I got him, but very similar)

And at Roots they had these really nice thick sports socks that were the perfect length (he’s picky when it comes to sports socks and doesn’t like the really tall ones or the ankle style):
(again, not the exact ones – and they weren’t cheap either – around $20 for the pack of 3 pairs)

The total was just slightly over $100 and I was proud of myself for stretching the dollar limit to the max. 🙂

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Blogmas Day 21: Christmas store windows & displays

One of the best things about the Holidays is seeing all of the store windows dressed up with festive displays. In Toronto, the Hudson’s Bay always put on an extravagant display in their windows which is highly anticipated when they’re unveiled in November.  I happened to be walking by when I noticed a van delivering this year’s holiday props:
Canada geese!  The windows behind them were still covered up at the time.

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Blogmas Day 20: BBW Wallflowers holiday edition

You may remember that I like to collect the BBW Wallflower nightlight plugs – the last time I mentioned them, I’d bought a few from the summer collection.  Today I’m here to show my recently acquired holiday edition Wallflower plugs:

This was the first winter one I bought this year and I just love him! I was informed by the BBW SA that the penguin featured in the stores has a name: Waddles. 😀 They even sell a stuffed version of him!  Here’s a giant Waddles the penguin cookie jar at the store:

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