Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Makeup Monday: Bumper Christmas Edition!

It's that time of year again...decorating the Christmas tree, visiting Santa at the local shopping centre (hey, you're never too old!), eating way too many rum balls and completely freaking out over what presents to buy your family and friends. Let's admit it, apart from the stress-fest that is preparing Christmas dinner, figuring out what to buy your loved ones is the next most anxiety inducing part of the silly season. That is precisely why I decided to have a special bumper edition of Makeup Monday devoted to picking out the best of the beauty related present bunch. All of the products can be bought online too, so there's no need to subject yourself to the inevitable parking rage that occurs at shopping centres in the holiday season. And no one will blame you for adding a few of these goodies into your own stocking cause hey, you deserve it for all your hard Christmas preparation, right?

Cult nail brand Ciate has finally hit our shores so why not get one of their Caviar Manicure Sets ($36) to spoil the nail-art freak in your life? Or get them a copy of Kester Black's The Hand Book: A Guide to Nail Art ($29.95) which is filled with super-pretty and modern nail art ideas.

A Beautiful Life's Honey'Do Shampoo and Conditioner ($20) are hands down the cutest hair products I have ever seen. Filled with organic honey goodness and no toxic nasties, these will leave your recipient not only with super shiny hair but also have them squealing with cuteness-induced excitement. Lush's Captain Bubblebeard Bubble Bar ($8.90) will make bath time super fun for everyone and is fully on trend with the mo craze too.

Does that title sound dirty or is it just me? Anyways, this adorable Heart Ducky Lip Balm ($4.95) by Natural Products will go down a treat with kids and the young-at-heart alike. Kit Cosmetic's limited edition Glitter Nail Polishes ($15.95) are also the perfect super-sparkly treat to pop into stockings. Grab a few of Lush's Snowcake Soaps ($5.90) as little super-delicious smelling gifts for anyone in the family or those friends who are just so damn hard to buy for.

Can't get enough Chrissy decorations on the tree? Then snap up a few of these pretties! Mecca Cosmetica's Painted Beauty Holiday Nail Baubles ($22) are a super cute gift for the nail polish obsessed. Philosophy's Hands of Hope Ornament ($12) is a handy purse sized hand cream that's also a subtle way of telling someone that they really need to start moisturising those man hands of theirs. Or deck the halls with the Turbo Balm Beauty Ball from This Works ($22). This pretty bauble holds a pot of their famous multi-purpose balm so you can wait for Santa to arrive with your fabulously moisturised complexion.

Nab the tree huggers a Jingle Bells gift box from Lush ($10.95), containing their Dream Cream moisturiser (great for problem skin) and the tasty Snowcake soap. Everything is chock-full of naturally derived ingredients, is suitable for vegans and not tested on animals. Aesop's Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser ($23) smells absolutely divine with the essential oils of geranium paired with mandarin and bergamot rind. This super relaxing and moisturising product is a real winner! For the beauty minded spoil them with Inika's Precious Metallics Gold Collection ($85) filled with two shimmery loose eyeshadows, lipgloss and three makeup brushes. All Inika products are certified organic, cruelty free and vegan friendly. Plus their colour range is gorgeous and on-trend. Total score.

Does your dad/hubby/brother/son/boyf need a bit of help in the grooming department? Then look no further than Kiehl's! They really do make the greatest men's products and one of their best sellers is the Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream ($28). Pair it with the Facial Fuel SPF 15 ($34) and the man in your life is sorted. Plus he can't complain about the totally manly, vintage style packaging can he? Natural Product's Gnome Soap on a Rope ($14.95) will delight any guy due to its plain awesomeness- it's a soap, but it's also a gnome! I think I'll get one for myself actually... 

Spoil the makeup obsessed lady in your life with Napoleon's Allure Brush Collection ($139) which features six of his amazing makeup brushes in a super adorable owl embossed pouch. It's expensive but the brushes will literally last a lifetime. Bobbi Brown's Pretty Powerful Coffee to Cocktail Set ($140) will take any working girl (um, not that kind of working girl) from the office to beyond with its two long wearing Cream Shadows, Long Wear Eye Pencil, Lipstick, and Long Wear Mascara, all in a posh looking purse. Bobbi Brown's Pretty Powerful Stories book ($39.95) also makes a fab gift for its handy makeup application tips (where real women are actually used in the makeovers, not models) and for emphasising that real beauty is on the inside, not the outside.

Here are my favourite picks of the latest fragrances to hit the counters (always in time for Christmas of course). Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy La Fleur ($145) is a delicious floral-tinged-take on the original best selling fragrance. The popular Stella by Stella McCartney ($82) fragrance is currently available in three limited edition Print Collection bottles which would look gorgeous on any dressing table. Nicki Minaj's new Pink Friday ($69) perfume will no doubt appeal to many not only for its scents of caramelised pear, jasmine and vanilla but also for the hilariously egotistical bottle it comes in. 

Any men out there, if you're completely clueless about what to get your wife/girlfriend/daughter start at the Clinique counter! You can't go too wrong here as Clinique are the masters of the Christmas coffret. They have a huge range of cute cosmetic gift sets to choose from, from fragrance to skin care. My faves are the Whole Lotta Colour Chubby Stick gift box ($60) which comes with five delicious shades of the cult fave lipcolour and the Black Tie Violets gift set ($95) where you get a quad eyeshadow compact, two mascaras, eyeliner and moisturiser.  Even better, shop online and save yourself the parking rage at the local Westfield!
Two words: Gift Card. Mecca Cosmetica or Kit Cosmetics gift cards will always go down well with those beauty obsessed gals in your life. The cards even come wrapped in a gift box with a free mini nail polish. Sorted!

Are you wishing for anything in particular this Christmas?

Happy Holidays!



  1. Oooo, these are great tips! I'll definitely be checking some of them out.

  2. What a great round-up of presents! And your blog is looking lovely! Following now on GFC! Take care, Joann

  3. This is an awesome guide!! I'm going to Sephora later...I will definitely keep these ideas in my head! =)

    Ergo - Blog

  4. I am swooning over that Stella perfume bottle...might have to snap that one up!

  5. Nicely compiled! We are stocking stuffer's to the max!


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