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Heres a few more of my ideas for tempting Christmas gifts!


Makeup for Christmas… now theres a great gift, but what do you choose when it comes to colours? My advice is to stay away from buying products like foundations, BB Cream or powders for a gift, as these are very personal & need to be matched to your skin. However I think the best makeup gift is an eye shadow palette, so look no further than Bobbi Brown for this treat. Bobbi is famous for her versatile palettes that often include up to nine eye shadows in varying shades. Her current Old Hollywood palette is every girls dream & with such an extensive range of tones it will suit literally any colouring. Another beautiful gift & one of the most useful things a woman can have in her makeup purse is a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (see pic). They come in several different shades ranging from Bronze (the most versatile) through to pink. I recently gave my cousin Sacha the Rose Shimmer brick -which is a mix of beautiful muted pinky taupes- & she wears it every day on her cheeks & eye lids. Shimmer Bricks last for ages, in fact I use my Bronze one all the time & I have had it for well over a year & its still going strong. At around $90 they are good value for money.


If you like a one-stop shop then look no further than the KIEHL’S counter- & if you have never experienced Kiehl’s before, be prepared to become addicted to this iconic New York brand. 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 compared to what you pay in the States (which is always less). My favorite Kiehl’s products include the versatile Ultra Facial Moisturizer (which is on my dads Xmas list this season), their Ultimate Strength Hand Salve  which is quite possibly the best hand cream ever & then of course their gorgeous Body Moisturizers  & shower gels which come in a range of tempting botanical fragrances. You can find Kiehls’s at Smith & Caughey in Auckland, Ballantines in Christchurch, plus the newly opened flagship Kiehl’s shop in Britomart. Believe me, go to Kiehl’s & you can do all your Xmas shopping in one hit!!!


How I love a gift voucher for Xmas & the best voucher possible would have to be from the Auckland department store 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- as well as fabulous underwear & some great clothing labels too. 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. But a word of advice…. spend your voucher as soon as possible as Im sure everyone has a story about being turned away from a counter due to the fact that your valuable voucher has expired!


Readers- please feel free to comment in the Disquis box below. I LOVE comments & its good to share ideas this way… Happy Christmas shopping! X NIKKI


  1. Great ideas Nik. You have given me inspiration.


  2. So glad to hear I have inspired you! We all need a bit of help out there amongst the Christmas madness… Nx

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