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30 Nov, 2011 Beauty Blog

The choice is endless when it comes to finding your loved ones the perfect Christmas gift; a present that is beautiful, thoughtful, yet also useful. Im sure you have all experienced the feeling of opening up a gorgeous box only to find something expensive & lovely to look at, yet completely useless!! Personally, my favorite presents are luxury items that you dont often buy for yourself… things like expensive perfume, scented candles & of course- makeup. I consider myself a pretty good shopper (my friends & family will all agree!) so here are a few gift ideas that may inspire you on your Xmas shopping journey.


Bobbis new Xmas range is totally irresistible & there is so much to choose from. I love the ‘Party Shimmer Brick which is pressed gold & silver powder, embossed with a quirky martini glass & cocktail shaker. Then theres the ‘Party Eye Palettes which come in cool & warm tones & contain six powder eye shadows that can be used for night or day. But my favorite is the super cute ‘Classic To Go Palette’ (see picture above), a mini palette that houses two lip colours, three eyeshadows & a tiny gloss. At $85 its the perfect girly gift.


One of the most luxurious & useful presents would have to be an expensive face cream… something that you dont buy for yourself due to the hefty price tag. A good night cream is indeed a luxury item so if your budget exceeds the $200 mark, why not treat your mum/grandma, sister or best friend to a pot of Prevage Night Cream. This is my ultimate favorite rich cream as it really does deliver results, smoothing the skin & helping to fade pigmentation & discolouration. If you are feeling really generous Prevage also do an indulgent body cream & a beautiful eye cream. Im just visualizing a Prevage gift basket….


My mum just loves to get hand cream for a gift, particularly when it comes with an accompanying foot cream. When Im last minute shopping I often Head to L’Occitane (in St Lukes or New Market) as they always have stunning gift boxes at very reasonable prices. Their hand cream is rich & effective, plus the made in France label makes it all the more impressive for the gift receiver. Im also a fan of the Body Shop as everything is so bright & fragrant, plus it wont break the bank! To make your gift of hand cream even more useful, create a gift box with a couple of OPI nail polishes in summery colours, then add a nail file & some cuticle oil for a complete gift of hand care.


A beautiful scented candle is an ultimately useful & luxurious gift. A good quality candle will burn for hours & fill the room with fragrance, but I have learnt from experience that some brands are way better than others. At the top end of the market you can head to WORLD & purchase a Cire Trudon candle, (around $140) this comes in a gorgeous dark green glass votive that you can reuse afterwards & the different scents available are truly divine. A personal favorite are the Anthousa candles (around $79) from Mecca Cosmetica in ponsonby, these American candles last forever & I absolutely love the Vanilla & Blood Orange fragrance. I would also recommend Voluspa candles from Isabel Harris (around $70) as they have a high oil content which means they burn longer, plus they have lovely Hawaiian inspired scents like Frangipani & Gardenia. If you want to spend around $40 my best kept secret (that I am now revealing!) are Tigerlilly candles. The Tigerliily store in New Market sells mainly resort wear, but they also make stunning candles that change flavors each season & they are only about $40.


If you like a one stop shop then look no further than the KIEHL’S counter at Smith & Caughey in New Market & Queen St as well as Ballantynes in Christchurch. Keihl’s make products for women, men, dogs & babies, so you can be sure to find the perfect gift for all the family. Many of their famous products such as Creme de Corps body lotion have limited edition holiday packaging, so its the perfect time to buy. I love Kiehl’s products for their originality & effectiveness, but as well as being awesome Kiehl’s is also really well priced.


How I love a gift voucher for Xmas & the best voucher possible would have to be from Smith & Caughey’s. The choice is endless when the time comes to go shopping & of course S & C have all those fantastic makeup brands that we know & love. My next most perfect (& useful) gift voucher would be from Timeout in the Mt Eden village, my favorite book store. There is nothing better than browsing in Timeout- especially when you have a voucher to take up to the counter with your pile of books!

1 Comment

  1. Nikki, love reading your site and I have picked up some fabulous tips thanks for sharing your knowledge with us…

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