Burt's Bees Holiday 2014_Burt's Bees Endless Shine Trio of natural lip gloss

Burt’s Bees is so great about putting together a super-affordable range of holiday gifts. Packaged in planet-friendly materials — 60% post-consumer recycled paper and non-petroleum-based plastic film for the windows — the collection consists of more than 15 sets, and the biggest price tag is about $19.99. Some are less than $10. Here, look:  [geek on]


pink ribbon beauty_2014

Oh hey, just before the end of BCA month, here’s a quick round-up of some of this year’s pink ribbon beauty releases that contribute funds to breast cancer organizations. (And if you missed it, click here for the scoop on Causemetics, a new collaborative collection by a group of Canadian natural-beauty brands that raise money to assist women living through breast cancer treatment now.) Some of these are available only until tomorrow; others are available until they’re sold out. And there’s still time for qualified organizations to try for one of Avon’s $100,000 grants. [geek on]


psoriasis torpedoes sexy time story_this art photo by Diane TisseurOn the subway one day this past summer, a slender teenage boy wearing shorts and a t-shirt was standing nearby. There was nothing unusual about his clothing unless you took into account one thing: his exposed skin. A redhead, the boy’s complexion was very pale in a few spots. The rest — on his neck, all over his arms and all over his legs — was violently red and patchy and scaly and looked so painful that I wanted to cry (and take him shopping for soothing skincare). I wondered whether a girl with such an angry case of psoriasis like his would be out in shorts and a tee. Probably not. In fact, a new survey conducted by the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients reveals psoriasis devastates self-esteem in afflicted women, and affects their relationships too. [geek on]


NARS holiday 2014 nail polish Color CollectionNARS holiday 2014 ’n me go together like nails ’n polish. Weird, right? But you know what’s different this time? The bottles. Ooooh… the bottles. The shades — Algonquin, Sherwood and Barents Sea — came with their own surprises too. [geek on]


dry lips dream team_fresh sugar lip serum advanced therapy and bite beauty agave lip mask in champagne pearlI realized the other day that I’m not just wearing lip balm when I’m not wearing lip colour. Instead, as we head into chillier months, I’m consciously preparing my lips with my favourite dry lips dream team for the next time I wear bold or matte lipstick, whenever that might be. [geek on]


Helen Mirren_L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect_photo©Simon EmmettDame Helen Mirren, 69, has joined the lineup of celebrity beauties representing L’Oreal Paris. The actress is reportedly the new spokesface for L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect, their line of skincare for mature skin. It’s her first cosmetics contract. [geek on]


MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show_lipsticks_Sin on lips and cheeks_Oblivion_SinWhile very cool people get all intense about mind-blowing Halloween costumes, some of us who might be only a little less cool can look to the MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection for a bit of timely vamp-beauty.  [geek on]


OPI Holiday 2014 Glams in the BagOooh! OPI Holiday 2014 Glam’s in the Bag? Okay! I love OPI holiday special edition offerings simply because most of the time, I don’t already have the fun stuff that’s packed in ‘em. [geek on]


Funky Fingers Solar ColorFunky Fingers Solar Color is pretty sweet and also darned near impossible to get here in Canada. But if you can get your hands on it, you totally should! [geek on]


Formula X Paint The Town TumblrSqueeee! Formula X Holiday Gift Sets! I want all!!

Dear Santa,
Here’s a list of stuff to bring me. I’ve been good. I promise.
Love always,
ManiGeek. [geek on]