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Move on over wedding planning, it’s time to start present planning! I’ve found the sweetest Christmas gifts for everyone in your life – presents so perfect, there’s no need to include a receipt…
For the beauty junkie!
Mac Cosmetics? Check
Limited Edition? Check
Guaranteed to sell out..? Definitely! Don’t delay
Okay, let me just begin by saying that my Nutcracker Sweet collection was delivered by the cutest ‘Christmas elves’ imaginable, three Nutcracker dancers as sweet and pink as the collection itself.
Next… I took the collection to Hong Kong, where make-up practically melts off my face, and my used the Nutcracker Sweet for a night-out smokey eye. It still looked great at 6:30 am the next day when we were finally ready to go home. If that’s not reason enough to snap up this collection for the Christmas season, I don’t know what is.
Lancôme‘s 2016 Holiday Collection Paris en rôse, pictured here with the suitably sweet J’aime les Macarons, is the first Christmas collection with Lisa Eldridge (Makeup artist, author and YouTube star).
Pink is the new happy
According to Lisa so it’s no surprise that it’s the star shade of the party-ready collection, that’s sweet without being too girly. Inspired by the city of lights, its precious jewel-like cases are the perfect gift.
“For Lancôme’s new collection, I featured dusty rose pink and mink colours with a deep cyclamen lip – Christmas make up can be cool. For party dresses, I adore the new rich jewel colours and styles with high necks, mid calf lengths and long sleeves. It feels sexy to cover up and wear chic, bold makeup.”
“I like glitter when it is undone – dab it on with your fingers and use sticky tape to take off when it’s gone awry. I do like eyeliner in a wing flick, shading in the socket line and I love separate eyelashes that I buy in drugstores in Hong Kong and Japan – they are light, feathery and look fantastic. The new way to wear blush is the old fashioned ‘80s sculpted way but perfectly blended.”
I couldn’t agree more. I’ll be wearing Kohl duo “Paris la nuit” from morning til night with one of the four glitter eyeshadows – inspired by sequinned dresses. See Lancome eye colour.
My annual Christmas gift used to be a new fragrance set. If yours is too, Georgio Armani’s Si is an elegant choice – a simple scent featuring blackcurrant essence, a hint of patchouli, rose and freesia with a light musk undertone. In true Armani style, the fragrance is feminine and sophisticated, offering a bit of mystery to the wearer while still creating a presence through scent. On sale for $103.
For something sweeter, you can’t go past Bon Bon by Viktor & Rolf – packaged in a pink bottle shaped as a wrapped candy, it’s the sweetest.
Sticky sweet and super fun, Benefit Cosmetics does some of the cutest Christmas gifts year on year, and this year is no exception! This one’s called ‘Pinky Galore‘ – the collectible doll-head tin is filled with flirty faves to keep you radiant all season long!
For the bridesmaids…
MOR‘s beautiful boxed sets make stunning gifts (that don’t need wrapping paper!)
These two are from the Mon Amie beautiful gift set – vibrant fruity scent of Monique. Containing a Shea Butter enriched Hand Cream and refreshing alchol-free Fragrance Mist, for just $24.95, you can’t go wrong.
NZ just got its own luxurious sleepwear company, Esalare (es-uh-la-ray) – bringing together opulent sleep and loungewear from around the world.
For the clean, green eco-friend
When only the most natural will do, these are the gifts that’ll do it.
I returned from Hong Kong to find the loglogy Repair & Protect with Rosapene™ Christmas Gift Set, featuring a full-size Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, winner of the prestigious CEW (UK) 2014 Beauty Award for Best New Certified Organic Skincare Product, together with cream cleanser and vital moisturising cream.
I wrote about the wonderful company back in Spring, and it only gets better – Trilogy will donate $2 for every product sold on its website for the entire month of November 2016 to Orangutan Protection Foundation (OPF), so do a little Christmas shopping early!
I’ve been using Manuka Doctor for a couple of years now, and I’m loving the Drops of Crystal skincare range – Kourtney Kardashian loves the Manuka Doctor replenishing facial oils, I love the super luxe Crystal Cashmere Touch Cream.
Three divine colours of Karen Murrell come together in this gift set – Coral Dawn, Rymba Rhythm and Poppy Passion – $70, or buy the 20 piece collectors set for $500.
With avocado oil, evening primrose oil, candelilla, carnauba wax, cinnamon and sweet orange your lips are treated with every application and the condition of your lips will improve the longer you wear our lipstick.
It’s a whole month since I began trying Tailor Skincare‘s new range, and I’ve been loving the moisture and serums, I lived on the moisturiser (mixed with Dermalogica phyto replenish oil) in Hong Kong and my skin glowed. Tailor is a successful grassroots company based in Wellington made with natural ingredients, environmentally friendly packaging and vegan ingredients.
You know I love Go Healthy... and everyone needs a healthy boost during the party season so these are the perfect stocking stuffer! P.S. if you don’t want to indulge too too much, you could try Go Healthy’s Garcinia Cambogia to support appetite management and cravings!
If you like Linden Leaves (and who doesn’t, it’s a beautiful Christchurch-based company, produces natural based skincare and supports ethical and sustainable business practices) then you’ll LOVE the Bloom collection – pictured here the Green Verbena candle and Pink Petal Christmas Cracker handcream – P.S. The crackers are perfect for pretty table settings!
I love Linden Leaves too, and this month I’m partnering with the company to officially launch the little white book! Watch this space to be the first to know (and win tickets to the party!)
For the bride to be…
It can only be the little white book – the only wedding organiser and diary you need to get on with wedding planning, while also getting on with life – I promise!
For the girl who has everything…
Because there’s no such thing as too many diamonds, The Diamond Shop‘s latest drop has gone straight to the top of my wishlist!