Around the holidays, everyone is constantly creating lists and gift guides: what to get a significant other, the most popular gifts of the season, and which gifts to ask for. Instead of purchasing loved ones another fruit cake, or a DVD that they’ve never heard of, try getting a practical gift that solves winter fashion and beauty conundrums.
Problem: Dry Skin
Solution: KORRES Basil Lemon Body Butter – $33
The holiday and winter season wreaks havoc on our skin, wallet, and healthy eating habits. While I’m still developing a coping strategy for the wallet and eating habit issues, I’ve got the dry skin problem down to a science.
KORRES is known for the science behind their health and beauty products, and have a rich company history of homeopathic pharmacy and an environmentally friendly focus. Available in Canada at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart, KORRES Body Butter combats dry skin without being greasy.
I’m always searching for products that contain as many natural ingredients as possible, and work just as well as traditional products. KORRES Basil Lemon Body Butter is made out of so many quality ingredients that you’ll be tempted to spread it on a cracker: sunflower oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and red grape polyphenos. With all of these natural ingredients included, it’s also important to note what is excluded: parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan. Although that list may be hard to pronounce, it’s music to a beauty lover’s ears.
Problem: Slouchy Socks in Winter Boots
Solution: Spanx Trouser Socks - $15
There’s nothing more frustrating than a lazy, good-for-nothing slouchy sock. They always seem to strike at the most inopportune moment, like when you have a tray full of steaming hot coffees, when you’re running to catch a bus, or when you decided to wear your favorite boots that take 15 minutes to put on.
Spanx trouser socks are a breathable and comfortable sock that won’t let you down. Made by the famous body shapewear company, a special knitting technique and contour fabric is used to create them. Spanx socks have a snug and comfortable fit, but don’t pinch or dig into your leg. Available in a number of different colours, it’s time to kick those lazy socks to the curb.
Know someone with cold feet? Columbia’s Men’s Bugathermo Original Electric (left) and Women’s Heather Canyon Electric (right) waterproof boots will keep those tootsies warm all winter. Equipped with three electric temperature settings and built-in rechargeable batteries, these high-tech boots can provide electric heat for up to four hours. They also include Columbia’s famous Omni-Heat insulation, which creates a warm but breathable environment.
Problem: Chapped and Peeling Lips
Solution: Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment – $5
No one wants to kiss under the mistletoe with chapped lips. Blistex’s Medicated Lip ointment is clinically proven to elevate lip moisture and heal dry, chapped lips. It instantly soothes, and can also be used as a lipstick base to create a smooth look. Priced around $5, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer that will make anyone want to pucker up.