Just 12 Awesome Things You Should Try This December

Just 12 Awesome Things You Should Try This December

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1.

A NARS Velvet matte lip pencil that will give your lippies the vibrant, defined colour you want, without fading sloppily throughout the day and night.


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“I found this NARS matte lip pencil entirely by accident after I received a sample of it years ago, before I was even old enough to appreciate a good red lippie. I got it in the Cruella shade, and it has undoubtedly stood the test of time. It’s one of the only cosmetics I repeatedly buy, because it looks just as great with a tanned, summer complexion, as it does with my ghostly winter skin. My personal favourite feature, though, is that it fades into a wonderful, crimson stain on the lips after longer wear, and doesn’t leave that annoying lipstick ring that looks like I sloppily drank Kool-Aid (you know the look I’m talking about). And because it’s a lip pencil, it’s so much easier to apply than a traditional lipstick, so you don’t need to be a makeup artist to apply it. And it’s non-drying!” —Victoria Kuglin

Get it from Amazon Canada for $35 (available in 15 shades).

2.

A pair of Cougar women’s winter boots that look like high-top sneakers, but they’re warm — and, more importantly, WATERPROOF — like winter boots.


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“I hate winter, and not just because of the cold, but because I’ve never been able to find a pair of winter boots I really loved. Either they weren’t warm enough, or they gave me blisters, or they were hideous, or they weren’t nearly as waterproof as they claimed they were. But then I found THESE SNEAKER-LIKE BOOTS and I am in heaven. Where have these been all my life? They look like high-top sneakers, but they’ve got a faux-fur lining to keep my tootsies warm, they’re comfortable as heck, they look awesome, and they are ACTUALLY WATERPROOF against the slush and snow. They even have side zippers so I can easily slip them on and off. This coming winter doesn’t stand a chance.” —Kat Angus

Get them from Amazon Canada for $129.99+ (available in sizes 6-11)

3.

A KeepCup reusable coffee cup, which will help keep you caffeinated while also being friendlier to the environment.


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“I, like most millenials, drink a lot of coffee. While mugs are great at home, they’re not awesome when you’re on the go (I know, this is nothing new), and my eco-friendly soul dies a little every time I order a grande Americano in a paper cup.

That’s why I love my KeepCup. This lil’ guy is a bit of an investment, but in my humble opinion, it’s worth every cent. It’s made of durable, dishwasher-safe glass that can withstand super high temperatures (I like my drinks scorching, so this is essential). It also has a permanent, thick cork sleeve, so that you won’t burn your digits while you’re sipping (it’s a lot comfier to hold than a cardboard sleeve, too). As for leakage, I’ve never had any tea or coffee escape its lid, even when I toss it in my bag.

P.S. If you’re into all things environmentally-friendly, this is the reusable mug for you. The company uses eco-friendly practices to make everything from the cup itself to the packaging it comes in.” —Alice Prendergast

Get it from Amazon Canada for $29.78+ (available in three sizes and three colours).

4.

A pack of Matcha Ninja that’ll give you all the things you love about coffee without aggravating your itch for caffeine.


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Matcha Ninja has been a total life saver with trying to kick my serious coffee habbit! Matcha is made of green tea leaves so it’s all the best things about coffee without the caffeine crash. Most matcha teas I have tried taste super bitter and leave a weird after taste, but I find Matcha Ninja super refreshing. All I have to do is pour it into my water bottle, give it a shake and we are good to go.” —Liza Hicks

Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.99.

5.

A Garnier Moisture Bomb sheet mask that will moisturize the heck out of your face, making you look like the radiant unicorn princess you’ve always known you were.


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“I love a good sheet mask, and the Garnier Moisture Bomb sheet mask is one of my absolute favourites. Unlike other masks that are made of microgel, cellulose, or foil, this mask is made out of cotton, which is not only super soft, but more environmentally friendly. The cotton has a bit of stretch to it, so it’s easier to fit it around my face, nose, and lips than other masks. It’s also very gentle on the skin and less irritating than other mask materials, so it’s great for anyone with sensitive skin.

I have oily/combination skin, so my cheeks and chin tend to be drier than the T-zone. I love using the Pomegranate sheet mask to boost the moisture levels in my skin, but all the different types of masks are equal when it comes to hydration. I can just sit back and relax while my skin soaks up all the liquid goodness. Even after I remove the mask, there is so much product left on my skin and in the package that I use it the excess serum on my neck. I can immediately see brighter, smoother, and more hydrated skin after just 15 minutes on my face. I use them a couple times a week before I go to bed, so I wake up with my skin at its best.” —Kaysey Davis

Get it from Amazon Canada for $3.28 (as an add-on, also available in other types).


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“I love all things witchy, so it should come as no real shock that I am the proud owner of a tarot deck. When I was on my search for the perfect one, I saw everything from classic designs to cartoonized versions, but this one really stood out for me because of the artwork. It’s far from traditional and is so pretty you’ll definitely want to display your cards somewhere everyone can see (I’ve given many impromptu readings because friends have spotted them on my bookshelf). If you’re not versed in tarot but want to do a bit of dabbling, it even comes with a handy guide that explains how to lay out, read, and interpret your cards so you can sail through your first full reading (and every one after that).” —Alice Prendergast

Get it from Amazon Canada for $33.85.

7.

An over-the-door mounted basket that’ll hold all your styling tools and save you valuable, valuable space in your bathroom.


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“My apartment bathroom is T-I-N-Y, and does not have a ton of storage space. The area under my sink is already a mess, and the situation was not helped by all my styling tools. This wire basket has been a godsend — it fits my hair dryer, my straightener, and my John Freida hot air styling brush, and it just hangs on the back of the cabinet door. One day, I’ll get a bigger bathroom, but for now, this organization basket is helping a lot. Now I just have to worry about what to do with the rest of the cabinet.” —Kat Angus

Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.99+ (available in two finishes).

And for BuzzFeed’s full review of the John Freida hot air brush, check out “Your Hair Struggles Are Over Thanks To This Magical Hot Air Brush.”

8.

A Himalayan cashmere throw blanket that can double as a super-warm scarf to keep you toasty through the fall and into the winter — and it’s super portable, too.


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“This blanket can be used as a cozy scarf, a luxe throw, or a meditation rug. I really love it as a super soft layer during the transitional seasons! Literally the only downside is that cashmere, like other natural fibres, can leave behind a little lint, so I would advise thinking about what you plan to use it for or wear it with before you choose a colour. I knew I planned to use this as a full-on blanket scarf with my black peacoat in the depths of winter, so I purposely chose a darker colour. It’s also an AMAZING travel accessory, especially on freezing airplanes when the tiny airline blanket just won’t cut it! And it rolls up pretty small, so I can tuck it into my purse or carry-on easily. It was a bit pricey, but for a totally unique, fair-trade cashmere blanket, it’s still a steal.” —Victoria Kuglin

Get it from Amazon Canada for $115 (available in eight colours).

9.

A leakproof Yeti Rambler that’ll keep your drink as cool as you are (i.e. VERY cool). And it’s a snap to clean up when you’re done with it!


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“Like everyone on planet earth these days, I’m trying to drink more water and stay hydrated throughout the day. But here’s the thing: I can’t stand room temperature water. (It’s gross. Fight me.) Enter: The Yeti Rambler bottle. I’m obsessed with this thing. It’s super durable and keeps my water cold ALL DAY LONG. Before I leave for work, I fill it up with water from my fridge, and by the time I’m commuting home, it’s still super cold. I also love that it doesn’t have that weird, plastic-y taste like other bottles do.

Unlike my previous water bottle which had a narrow opening, my Yeti has a wide mouth, so it’s super easy to put ice cubes in and clean. I don’t need a special brush to get inside to clean out all the grime. It also has a wide handle that’s comfy to hold and makes it easy to clip it to my backpack with a carabiner if I run out of room in my backpack. And when I do put it in my backpack, I feel 100% sure that it won’t leak over my laptop. It has a super-strong screw top that will keep the coldest of waters and the hottest of coffees sealed inside. I now bring it everywhere and, yes, I have to pee every five minutes, but that’s a good thing, right?” —Sarah Aspler

10.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay Hybrid, which is both a camera AND a photo printer, so you can instantly develop snaps of your friends, family, pets, and (most importantly) yourself.


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“I grew up in the ’90s, when instant cameras were all the rage, and I was so excited when they became super popular again. So when I heard about the Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay Hybrid, which is a camera AND a printer, I just about lost my mind. It combines the best of both worlds: an instant camera and a Bluetooth printer that I can use to print all the photos from my Instagram.

The camera has a bunch of features that you would normally only get on a digital camera, like built-in storage, cool filters, and fun, animated frames. Plus, it has a tiny mirror on the front, so I can take selfies. Using the printer is super easy, too. I just have to download the app on my phone, connect to the camera, and then press print on my camera screen. I love that I can print multiple copies of the same photo for friends and family, so everyone has the same quality photo. It’s also more compact than my other camera, so when I have to choose which camera to bring, I go for this one.” —Kaysey Davis

Get it from Amazon Canada for $199.99 (available in three colours, and in film pack combos).

11.

A bottle of Honest hair detangler, which will make combing through your damaged and processed hair a breeze — and it’ll make your hair feel great and smell amahhhhzing.


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“To put it bluntly, my hair is an absolute wreck. It has been bleached, dyed, straightened, and curled waaaay to much, and, honestly, it’s mad at me. It was literally a nightmare to comb through after every shower (picture one of those tumbleweeds in a vintage Western movie) until I purchased this detangler. Now combing through my fine, knotty locks is a breeze. It’s packed with hydrating argan oil, so I don’t even have to add any extra serums to it after, which is a nice treat for my wallet. The cherry on top is that it actually smells like creamsicles, so you get a healthy dose of nostalgia, too.” —Alice Prendergast

Get it from Amazon Canada for $3.49 (as an add-on item).

12.

And a pair of Jaybird Vista earpods that sound amazing, and they actually won’t fall out of your ears — and even if they do, you can track them using an app.


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“I’ve never been an earbud person! They always felt weird in my ears, would hurt after an hour or two, and I would constantly lose them. I didn’t mind my bulky headphones — that is until this winter. In Canada, it gets cold. Like, really cold. So on my way to work, I would wear a beanie with my headphones overtop. This worked fine until I got on the subway and would feel so overheated. I decided it was time to give earbuds another go. I obviously wanted to try the most popular brand because of all the ~hype~, but I felt like they were falling out half the time and just overall, weren’t for me.

That’s when I tried Jaybirds Vista earbuds. They’re mostly designed for athletes and runners (because they are waterproof and sweatproof), but I find that they’re perfect for my daily life. These bad boys stay in all day long, don’t hurt my ears, and have great battery life. They have six hours of charge and can recharge in their case for another 10 hours. They have passive noise cancelling and I’m not a big tech nerd or audiophile, but these things sound GOOD. The case is super compact and has a really strong, satisfying magnet to keep everything in one place. When it comes to price, these were definitely an investment, but they were an investment that I feel good making. Especially because if you drop or lose an earbud, you can track it using the Jaybird app. The future is real!” —Sarah Aspler

Get them on Amazon Canada for $239.99.

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