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11 Dec, 2016 Beauty Blog


There is nothing nicer than receiving a Christmas gift that you really love. A luxurious treat that you can get excited about… Makeup, skincare, body cream & even good sunscreen- all these things make fabulous presents & its even nicer when you receive a gift box contained several (or many) luscious products. Here are a few of my favorite things that are not only great for Christmas, but any time of the year. Happy holidays & thanks for reading my beauty stories… plenty more to come in 2017! Nikki x

This Christmas Bobbi Brown celebrates the holiday season with an edited collection of luxe makeup including lip, eye & cheek palettes in a range of golden, nude & sparkly shades. These all make fantastic gifts & you cant go wrong when you buy neutral colour that suits everyone. They also offer on the go skincare & makeup sets that are perfect for traveling. For extra indulgence there is also the latest Wine & Chocolate makeup collection- Im currently using the Wine eye palette (pictured) which has all the shades you need to a create a natural or smokey eye. There are also limited edition rich toned lipsticks & nail polishes… Divine!


I cant rave enough about Coola suncare & you only have to read my blog entitled The Suncreen that really works! to find out how good it really is. Not only is Coola super efficient when it comes to ultimate sun protection, it also has packaging so beautiful that you really need to display it on your bathroom shelf (especially if you have turquoise theme running!) With the New Zealand sun being so harsh, Kiwis go through bucket loads of sunscreen, so who doesnt need a Coola gift pack in their Xmas stocking. Coola make it easy for you with their fabulous ‘Mineral Suncare Travel kit’ which values at $99 & contains a quartet of sun products including their top selling Sport Mineral sunscreen. Head to their Facebook page or Ph 0800223288 to find your nearest stockist.


The World Organics brand have a wide range of pure & natural beauty products. Their luxury River Veda organic spa & skincare line has products to suit all skin types, along with a beautiful selection of the most amazing essential oils (Breathe is my favorite) Their other brand is The Organic Skin Co & along with good-for-you body & skin care, they also have an extensive organic makeup range that keeps on getting better. I have been a fan of their mineral eye shadows for awhile now & Im loving the new pressed eye shadow palettes which come in an eco-friendly woodgrain palette containing four shades of intense mineral pigment. Twilight Star is my current fave & Im obsessed with the rich & shimmery gold shadow that works as a stand alone colour across the eye lids for an easy party look. The great thing about World Organics is that you buy all the products online- you just need to sign in & create an account. They also have a great range of makeup & skincare Gift Sets so you can do your Xmas shopping with the click of a mouse pad. Love it!


If you dont have a fortune to spend but would like to put together a nice makeup gift pack for under $50, then why not check out Australis. Im currently having a play with their latest summer High Life range & Im suitably impressed with Illuminating Strobe powders, which come in three opalescent shades of pearl, gold & pink. The highly pigmented micro pearl particles create a soft shimmer on the skin which works well combined with a bronzer for a lovely summer glow. At the moment they have a trio palette of all three shades for only $16.99! Add to your gift basket a waterproof liquid liner (in black, green or brown)  & ‘Bright Eyes’ pen concealer, both for $14.99 & you have a perfect summer makeup kit. Australis is not tested on animals & the entire range is under $29- ideal for beauty obsessed teens (& you can grab it at Farmers)


 KIEHL’S  make beautiful skincare & body products for women, men, dogs & babies, so you can be sure to find the perfect gift for all the family. I love Kiehl’s products for their originality & effectiveness, but as well as being awesome Kiehl’s is also really well priced. 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- all for around$50-$70 each. If you are feeling generous, Kiehl’s have gorgeous gift boxes that you can fill with products, plus I just love how they happily give away luxury samples- some of which can last for up to a week (great for summer camping trips!) You can find Kiehls’s at Smith & Caughey in Auckland, Ballantines in Christchurch, plus the flagship Kiehl’s shop in Aucklands Britomart & now Sylvia Park


  1. Great ideas Nikki i also think Xmas gifts along these lines makes for a useful present not one to put in the back of the cupboard and your suggestions sound perfect !!!!!!!

  2. Its nice to be indulged with a gift you may not buy for yourself! A real treat x

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