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Super Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Despite telling myself every year to get my act together and start my Christmas shopping early, I never do. I always tend to leave it until the last minute so here’s a gift guide for the beauty lovers in your life :)

The first stop for any beauty lovers is Sephora, located in Sydney and Melbourne.

Some great gifts are available, like:-

Sephora Christmas Gift Guide

Sephora Christmas Gift Guide

Sephora Color Around The World 4 x Eye and Face Palettes $49*
Each palette features four matte and iridescent eye shadows, one blush, a mirror, and a tutorial with exclusive tips and tricks. There’s a neutral, bright, night time and everyday palette – perfect for all occasions. Reasonably priced at $49 for four palettes, that only works out to be $12.25

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set $24*

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set

A travel size pack of four of Tarte’s Amazonian butter lipsticks. These are hydrating and sheer making them great for Summer beach days which are just around the corner! Comes in four wearable shades – Punch, a mauve-pink, Bellini, a pinky-peach, Mimosa, a warm peach-brown and Sangria, muted berry. At only $6 a pop, these are great value for money. You could even buy the set then divvy it up as stocking stuffers.

Beautyblender Original and Mini Solid Kit $33*
The beautyblender really is the ultimate make up sponge applicator. It allows for flawless application of liquid concealers, foundations, BB creams e.t.c. and this comes with the mini sold cleanser to ensure your beautyblender is in great shape all the time, after every use.

NudeStix 3 piece Magnetic Eye Colour in Moon, Spirit and Angel $69*

NudeStix 3 piece Magnetic Eye Colour in Moon, Spirit and Angel $62

NudeStix 3 piece Magnetic Eye Colour in Moon, Spirit and Angel $62

Make up crayons and pencils are a lazy girl’s best friend. This limited edition set by NudeStix includes 3 mini eye pencils in a matte off-white (Moon), bronze taupe (Spirit) and a shimmery peach tone (Angel). As with all NudeStix pencils, these come in a pencil case with a sharpener – great for throwing in your bag.

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics palette $78*

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics palette

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics palette

Containing 14 gorgeous silky matte shadows, one transforming pearl shadow and a double ended brush, it is a palette that contains an interesting range of colours. The varying shades and the transforming pearl allows for endless creations of looks!

Marc Jacobs Le Marc lipstick $43*
I love the Le Marc lip creme lipsticks from Marc Jacobs. They are long-lasting and hydrating and are luxe! I have Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, deep rose and Infamous, a medium-rose pink. The colours in this range are so wearable – you can’t go wrong!

Kat von D Studded Kiss lipstick $31*
For another great range of lipsticks, you can’t go past the Kat von D Studded Kiss. The packaging is so bad ass! The two shades I have, La Femme, which is a bright coral and Lolita, a matte, muted rosy-brown. Both long-lasting, lightweight and wearable shades.

Formula X $17*

Formula X

Formula X

Pictured here are Euphora, from the Quartz collection, a shimmery pink on a black base, and Extreme, a copper red from the Classics collection. These are cheap and there’s so many shades to choose from. Great as stocking stuffers or have a look at their kits as a gift!

Sephora Let It Snow bubble bath and shower gel*
This year, Sephora’s Holiday offering is this snowflake themed. The range includes a My Fragrance to Roll, this bubble bath and shower gel, fizzing bath balls, moisturiser, hand creams e.t.c, these are also great for stocking stuffers :)

And here are my picks for a non-Sephora gift:-


Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set $79.99* – available at Priceline

Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set $79.99

Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set $79.99

This gorgeous gift set comes with 4 brushes: a multi-tasking brush, tapered foundation brush, angled highlighter brush, base shadow brush and fine line brush and a white clutch – great for the party season!

Furless Cosmetics Couture Body Contour Kit $99.99* – online at Furless Cosmetics
If you’re in no rush to have presents under the tree by Christmas Day, these may be an option. There’s also currently a 20% off promotion before Boxing Day! These brushes feel so SO soft. The sleek black handles and gold writing just screams luxury and looks great on any vanity. Whilst it says it’s a body contour kit, I am able to use all brushes for my face. I can see how useful the biggest brush would come in handy for an all over body shimmer application though.

Sleek i-Lust palette and Solstice highlighting palette* – Target, online ($11.49USD for the eyeshadow palette and $14.99USD for the highlighting palette)
Just in time for Summer, where my make up goes straight to glowy looks, this i-Lust palette contains four shimmery shades and two cream shadows which can help you create day and night time looks.
The Solstice highlighting palette contains four different shades of highlight, two baked powders, one cream and one shimmer powder. The shades range from a warm rose-gold to a warm orange, all to help you achieve that glow of your life.

Glasshouse Mini Christmas Candle trio $46.95online, stockists here

 

Glasshouse Miniature Candle Trio $46.95

Glasshouse Miniature Candle Trio $46.95


My default product for any female are candles. You just cannot go wrong! Glasshouse has released a limited edition trio of three mini Christmas candles for the price of one large candle. These have the best throw, lasts as long as it says it does and smells amazing.

The product/s marked with * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

If you’re a last minute person like me, here are some last minute Mother’s Day gifts I’m sure your mum would love! Whenever I post these guides, I always keep my mum in mind. She is the most difficult person to buy for! If my sister & I ask her if there’s anything she has her eye on, she would always say no. She is the most selfless person I know & she is so independent – if she likes anything, she’ll just buy it herself.

With that in mind, I am sure these gifts will please even the most difficult of mums to buy for!

Glasshouse Candles
Each year, Glasshouse & McGrath’s Foundation release a limited edition Birds of a Feather scent for Mother’s Day. This year, it’s Pink Sorbet, described as a blend of grapefruit, watermelon & lemon. It also comes in a neon pink jar and would make a great storage container once you’ve used the candle. The price is slightly higher than the regular range ($42.95 v $39.95) but 5% of the the RRP (minus GST) will be donated to the McGrath’s Foundation. With the price tag, they are a slight splurge & definitely something my mum wouldn’t buy for herself.

Glasshouse Birds of a Feather Candle

Glasshouse Birds of a Feather Candle

If Pink Sorbet doesn’t float your boat, Glasshouse also has other amazing scents available in their range with my personal favourites being Tahaa, Rio De Janeiro & Montego Bay.

You can purchase Glasshouse candles online, or for local stockists, click here.

LUSH*
LUSH has released a number of great limited edition products & gift sets for Mother’s Day. Some of these include:

LUSH Limited Edition Mother's Day products

Yummy Mummy body conditioner – $32.50/500g
A strawberry scented cocoa butter, great for the upcoming winter. It’s heavy duty enough to combat dry skin & smells delicious!

Yummy Mummy Shower Gel – $9.95/100g; $16.95/250g; $29.95/500g
This purple shower gel contains silver lustre & smells like flowers. It contains seaweed extract to leave skin soft & lathers up nicely.

Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb – $6.25
This gorgeous smelling bath bomb is a beautiful blend of soya milk powder, rosewood & Turkish oils which ensures that when mum gets out of the bath, she’ll have the softest skin.

Mother Superior Bubble Bar $9.95
Smells like cherry blossoms, this cute bubble bar bubbles up well & has a refreshing ocean-like scent. Great for mum to take a relaxing bubble bath!

Hand Creams
My mum is addicted to hand creams. She goes through them like crazy so I always like to ensure that she has a never ending supply of hand creams. Lanolips has 3 hand creams available:

Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream

Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream

Antibacterial Hand Cream ($15.95/50ml) – this hand cream is great for everyday cleanliness as it works as both a hand sanitiser, instantly killing 99.9% of germs but with added hydration with the aloe vera & lanolin meaning no dry hands no matter how many times this hand cream is applied.

Lanolips Intense Hand Balm

Lanolips Intense Hand Balm

Intense Hand Balm ($15.95/50ml) – as its name suggests, this is more of a heavy duty hand cream if extreme dryness is a concern.

Lanolips Everyday Hand Balm

Lanolips Everyday Hand Balm

Everyday Hand Balm ($22.95/50ml)  – a great everyday hand cream aimed at maintaining everyday softness.

Lanolips products are available online, Priceline, David Jones, Terry White chemists, & Mecca.

Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set

Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set

For a beautiful hand cream gift set, you can’t go past the beautiful packaging of Molton Brown. This year’s limited edition gift set, Beautiful Hands ($45), contains 3 beautiful scented hand creams – orange & bergamot, gingerlily, & rhubarb & rose. You can purchase the trio online, and at Myer and David Jones.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea range*

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter

The Body Shop products make great gifts, but I thought I’d focus on the new Fuji Green Tea range. The range is infused with green tea leaves from the Mount Fuji region, for healthier, smoother & softer skin. With Winter coming up, the body butter ($23.95/200ml) would make a great gift. I love The Body Shop’s body butters as they don’t feel too heavy once applied but they do provide long-lasting moisture protection.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub

The body scrub ($29.95/250ml) would also make a great gift (maybe create your own gift pack?!) with Winter coming up. The body scrub contains little microbeads for gentle all over body exfoliation and smells very refreshing!

If creating your own gift packs doesn’t appeal to you, The Body Shop has got your back. There are 3 pre-made gift packs ranging from $13.95 – $84.95.

The product/s marked with a * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Christmas Gifts Under $50 For Her

With the silly season slowly creeping up on us (22 sleeps left!), here are my picks from the abundance of Christmas gift sets etc that won’t cost you more than a fiddy dollar bill ( cos times are tough, yo!) for the females in your life.

Benefit Goodies A Go-Go

Benefit Goodies A Go-Go

Benefit Goodies A Go-Go

Benefit Goodies A Go-Go is a limited edition Christmas pack containing a complete eye kit. The kit is made up of: longwear powder shadow in call my buff, thanks a latte, gilt-y pleasure and kiss me I’m tipsy, stay don’t stray mini in light/medium and they’re real! mini.

RRP: $43.00 (AU)

Clinique Chubby Colour

Clinique Chubby Colour

Clinique Chubby Colour

Clinique Chubby Colour is a set containing Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon and Super Strawberry and Chubby Stick Intense in Broadest Berry and Curviest Caramel. Valued at $55.

RRP: $42.00 (AU)

Crabtree & Evelyn Ornament Tins

Crabtree & Evelyn Ornament Tins

Crabtree & Evelyn Ornament Tins

Crabtree & Evelyn Ornament Tins are limited-edition tins for Christmas. The tins house two Hand Therapy creams of the same fragrance. Creams are infused with macadamia nut oil and shea butter to nourish the hands. Choose from fragrances Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed; Citron, Honey & Corriander and Avocado, Olive & Basil.

RRP: $19.00 (AU)

Glasshouse Christmas Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Christmas Collection Miniature Candles Trio

Glasshouse Christmas Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Christmas Collection Miniature Candle Trio is a trio of three candles: Night Before Christmas (60g), White Christmas (60g) and Winter Wonderland (60g). The New York-inspired packaging is designed by fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

RRP: $44.95 (AU)

Glasshouse Destination Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Destination Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Destination Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Destination Collection Miniature Candle Trio is a trio of three candles: Cuba (60g), Amalfi Coast (60g) and Montego Bay (60g). The New York-inspired packaging is designed by fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

RRP: $44.95 (AU)

Lip Smacker Disney Frozen Fun Photo Frame

Lip Smacker Disney Frozen Fun Photo Frame

Lip Smacker Disney Frozen Fun Photo Frame

Lip Smacker Disney Frozen Fun Photo Frame is a photo frame that features Frozen character lip balms. Flavours include: Kristoff ice Pop, Anna Strawberry Shake, Elsa & Anna Chilled Cranberry Grape, Elsa Cool Vanilla Mint, Olaf Coconut Snowball, and Sven Berry Slush.

Exclusive to Target.

RRP: $15.99 (AU)

Lush Elves Workshop

Lush Elves Workshop

Lush Elves Workshop

Lush Elves Workshop is a Christmas gift set containing Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub (75g), Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (45g), Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion (45g) and Olive Branch Shower Gel (100g).

RRP: $32.50 (AU)

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

So it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and you’ve left the gift shopping until the very last minute – you like to the on the edge! Here are a few of my picks for some last minute Mother’s Day shopping –

MOR Marshmallow Duet $19.95 {available at Myer, David Jones, gift boutiques and pharmacies}

MOR Enchanted Marshmallow Duet $19.95

MOR Enchanted Marshmallow Duet $19.95

This comes with a 50ml handcream and little soapette (60g) in their marshmallow scent which smells like those musk stick lollies. Spend an extra $10 and you get a free Enchanted umbrella gift – 2 gifts for mum! … or one for you, one for mum. Whatever works for you.

MOR Enchanted Umbrella is a gift umbrella that is a gift with a purchase over $29.95.

MOR Enchanted Umbrella is a gift umbrella that is a gift with a purchase over $29.95.

People for Plants Love Your Lips $19.95 {available at Priceline, David Jones, Terry White, selected pharmacy and health food stores}

People for Plants Flavour Your Lips $19.95

People for Plants Flavour Your Lips $19.95

A lip balm gift pack – great for the upcoming cold season – containing 3 x 4.5g lip balms in pink grapefruit and sweet fennel, tangerine and juniper berry and vanilla and cocoa butter. All are organic and made with natural ingredients.

Estee Lauder Pleasures Simple Luxuries*$80 {available at Myer, David Jones, selected pharmacies..for local stockists, contact 1800 061 326}

Estee Lauder Pleasures Simple Luxuries $80

Estee Lauder Pleasures Simple Luxuries $80

A perfume gift set that contains products my mum would actually use – what a nice change! This Simple Luxuries set contains a 30ml Pleasures EDP, 75ml body lotion and a nicely sized cosmetics bag. Pleasures has a refreshingly sweet-floral scent which isn’t too cloying nor offensive.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Mother’s Day 2014 Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is once again upon us and here are some products which I would pick for my mum..

Where possible, I’ve included links to the brand’s website, which, in most cases, offer online shopping. In regards to the fragrance set, I’m sure you all know where to purchase it from!

Chloe Signature Mother’s Day Set $170

Chloe Signature Mother's Day Set $170

Chloe Signature Mother's Day Set $170

To me, this brand and scent is what elegance and timeless beauty should be. It’s a pretty fail safe gift. This gorgeous set contains Chloé Signature Eau de Parfum (75L), a mini EDP (5mL), and a Chloé Eau de Parfum Body Lotion (100mL).

Ecoya Mother’s Day Gift Pack $29.95

Mum loves her hand creams and is always applying them! This would make a nice gift – you get a Sweet Pea and Jasmine scented Hand Cream (75ml) and Mini Metro soy wax candle, all in a limited edition gift pouch.

Molton Brown Hand Cream Trio $40

Molton Brown Hand Cream Trio $40

Molton Brown Hand Cream Trio $40

Continuing with the hand cream, this trio set comes with Gingerlily Replenishing Hand Cream, Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream and Pink Pepperpod Replenishing Hand Cream, all 40ml in size.

My mum has a set routine re: her morning and night routine and wouldn’t ever stray from them so I always avoid gift sets containing skincare products because I know she’ll never use them.

She’s been getting into home products lately and she recently purchased a new display cabinet for the front living room so these products I know she would appreciate for their beauty and ability to be displayed!

Glasshouse Birds of a Feather Pink Lemonade candle $42.95

Not sure whether this would be for me or her! This is on my birthday wishlist but I think mum would appreciate it just as much. Scent description is “top notes of cherry, pink grapefruit and berry, middle notes of rose, lily and lemon, and base notes of musky vanilla”, this limited edition candle, released just in time for Mother’s Day, helps support and promote breast cancer awareness – 5% of the RRP less GST will go to the McGrath Foundation.

Circa Home Florence Broadhurst 1922 Shanghai Nights Classic Candle $34.95

Circa Home Florence Broadhurst 1922 Shanghai Nights Classic Candle $34.95

Circa Home Florence Broadhurst 1922 Shanghai Nights Classic Candle $34.95

Scent description – “notes of cherry blossoms, thyme and violet leaf”. The candle jar is a limited edition design and looks very pretty!

Pacifica Passionfruit, Papaya and Honey room diffuser $38.95

Pacifica Passionfruit, Papaya and Honey room diffuser $37.50

Pacifica Passionfruit, Papaya and Honey room diffuser $37.50

How stunning does this diffuser look? The flower has a wick which you drop into the scented solution and the scent is then soaked up through the wick and petals.

ASM Liquor Tequila Blu $49.95

ASM Liquor Tequila Blu

ASM Liquor Tequila Blu

She isn’t much of a drinker but loves displaying cool bottles. ASM Liquor recently released Tequila Blu with a Day of the Dead inspired design on the bottle.

Christmas With Jo Malone

This Christmas, look no fruther than Jo Malone if you want to be playing Good Santa.

With gift packs ranging from affordable to very high range, everyone is covered this Christmas at Jo Malone.

With each pack exquisitely packed in their signature cream and black boxes with striped ribbons, I guarantee that these packs will not be re-gifted!

Christmas Ornament $40
This cutely packaged set comes with English Pear & Freesia body creme (15ml) and Pomegranate Noir cologne (9ml). Perfect for a last minute gift or even to hang on the tree.

Travel Candle Collection $160
This pack includes 3 x 60g candles of English Pear & Freesia, Sweet Almond and Macaroon and Pine & Eucalyptus. My favourite scent is the Sweet Almond and Macaroon, a very comforting scent of vanilla and coconut.

English Pear & Freesia is a light and fresh fruity scent with Pine & Eucalytpus is a very warm home-y scent. These make a fab addition to any household and each scent would have a different room in my house – bedroom, kitchen, hallway, respectively.

Home Collection $320
The mother of all gifts – you get a room spray (175ml) in Lime Basil & Mandarin, nice, zesty and fresh for the house; Blackberry & Bay home candle (200g), English Pear & Freesia fabric satchet for nice smelling linen and/or clothes and a diffuser in Pomegrante Noir (165ml). I think this would make for a nice gift for someone who’s just moved out, purchased their first home, celebrating their first Christmas in a new place etc

Jo Malone’s 2013 A Season of Magic Christmas collection – definitely one that you should take a peek at especially if you’re stuck for a gift for that person who’s difficult to buy for. These make great Christmas gifts or even housewarming gifts.

For stockist information, call 1800 661 062 or shop online at jomalone.com.au

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Christmas Beauty Gift Guide – Secret Santa

Christmas Beauty Gift Guide - Secret Santa

Christmas Beauty Gift Guide - Secret Santa

Doing some last minute Christmas shopping? These selected gifts won’t break the bank and will make the gift receiver very happy!

Sanctuary Spa Little Luxuries $12.99 (available at Priceline)

Body wash 75ml
Body scrub 50ml
Foaming bath soak 75ml
Body lotion 75ml
Luxury bath float 75ml

After the silly season, the best thing to do is to soak in a relaxing bath with a glass of wine.

In Essence Embrace Luxury $19.95 (available at Myer, David Jones and leading pharmacies)

Lavender oil (100% pure)
Rose body bar
Citrus body bar

Lavender to relax and two different body bars to suit your mood.

Manicare French Manicure collection $19.95*

Manicare French Manicure collection $19.95

Manicare French Manicure collection $19.95

Comes in a houndstooth print cosmetic case, this pack comes with all the polishes you’ll need to create a flawfless French manicure – Cuticle Trimmer, Miracle Shiner, French Tip Tapes, French White, French Beige and French Finish

I love that this comes with the french tip tapes. Makes it veryeasy to quickly do a French manicure. Some people think it’s tacky but I love French manicures. It looks polished and neat.

LUSH (available online at www.lush.com.au or at LUSH stores nationwide)*

LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub $9.95 and Golden FUN $9.50

LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub $9.95 and Golden FUN $9.50

Santa’s Lip Scrub $9.95
Golden FUN $9.50

I think these two gifts make the perfect gift for the child within all of us! The lip scrub smells like cola and is edible; smooth lips here I come! And Golden Fun? It’s like play doh! It’s scented like Honey I Washed the Kids and you can make all sorts of shapes with it before you run it under some hot water and it starts foaming up. Love.

 

Scandal Cosmetics (currently has 30% all cosmetics online www.scandalcosmetics.com.au; head into their warehouse – 15 Silverwater Road, Auburn NSW)*

Scandal Cosmetics

Scandal Cosmetics

Crystal Soul Eyeshadow Duo $15
Glam lipstick $17
Modeling Masks $2.50

Great quality cosmetics, with an average price tag. The Crystal Soul Eyeshadow duo is baked and offers great pigmentation; it comes in 5 shades (I received Gold/Dark Brown).

The lipstick is the bomb. Glides on so easily and heavily pigmented! Stays on great too so I think it makes the perfect companion on a night out (shade shown is Romantic Rose). Comes in 10 different shades to suit everyone’s taste.

For the face mask fanatics (me!!), these modeling masks are very cool. It comes in a powder form, you mix it with some water, apply and then it’ll harden which means time to unpeel the mask. It’s like plaster!

Scandal Cosmetics Glam Lipstick in Romantic Rose $17 and Crystal Soul Eyeshadow Duo in Gold/Light Brown $15

Scandal Cosmetics Glam Lipstick in Romantic Rose $17 and Crystal Soul Eyeshadow Duo in Gold/Light Brown $15

Product/s marked with * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Christmas Gift Guide – Part 2

This is part 2 of the Christmas Gift Guide {For part 1, click here}

Can you believe Christmas is nearly here??

For some last minute hectic dash to the shops for some gifts, how about some of the following …

BENEFIT (available at selected Myer stores nationally and at the Benefit Boutique in Paddington, NSW)

This year, Benefit’s Christmas offerings has a travel theme. Combine that with Benefit’s retro packaging and you get cute packaging overload.

She’s So Jetset kit $89AUD*

Benefit She's So Jetset $89AUD

This is a nine-piece makeup set that’s ideal for the travelling makeup addict looking to consolidate a number of makeup products into one palette. Comes with: four eyeshadows (7g) (Champagne Please, Gold Card, Pretty in Mink, Elegant Espresso), The POREfessional (7.5ml), They’re Real! mascara (4g), Life on the A-List lipgloss (5.2ml), First-Class Face Powder with own brush (3g) and a dual-ended sponge-tipped applicator.

Benefit She's So Jetset $89AUD

While the colours are not unique or exciting by any stretch of the imagination, they are neutral and ‘safe’ and have the ability to be used in both a daytime and night time look. The products are great at helping you achieve a great ‘bright eyed’ look even after flying long haul. I like that all products are travel size and can be carried onto a plane without risking confiscation – definitely perfect for flight attendants or travelling business professionals etc

BURT’S BEES (available at David Jones, Harrisons Pharmacies, Kleins Perfumery, Terry White Chemists and selected retail outlets. Also available online at www.burtsbees.com.au)

Bee Good $29.95AUD*

Burt's Bees Bee Good $29.95AUD

Everything a girl needs to keep her skin in tip-top shape and well moisturised. Burt’s Bees Bee Good gift set comes with a cocoa and cupuacu butter body lotion (170g), shea hand cream (50g), lemon butter cuticle cream (17g) and a mango lip balm (4.25g). They’re all full-size products so it’s definitely value for money. The products have a lovely refreshing citrus honey scent which I find really welcoming especially in Summer.

DERMALOGICA (available at salons nationwide. For your nearest salon, check the Dermalogica website here to locate one)

I class Dermalogica as a ‘treat’ for my skin. It’s one of those brands where when I can afford it, I purchase. My skin loves it! This Christmas, Dermalogica has released three value-for-money packs whereby you pay for one full-size product and you receive two free gifts in the sets:

Special Cleansing Gel Set $53AUD

You get the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and receive the Skin Prep Scrub (22ml) and PreCleanse (30ml) for free.

Multivitamin Thermafoliant Set $90AUD

This set includes the Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermofoliant and receive the Antioxidant Hydramist (30ml) and Skin Resurfacing Cleanser (30ml) for free.

Daily Microfoliant Set $83.50AUD

I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the Daily Microfoliant. So much so that when they were offering it for free with a magazine, I grabbed two copies!

So this set is going on my Christmas wishlist! You get the Dermaolgica Daily Microfoliant (75g) and receive the Gentle Cream Exfoliant (10ml) and PreCleanse (30ml) for free.

The product/s marked with a * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Christmas Gift Guide 2012 – Part 1

Another year, another gift guide.

My favourite time of the year is Christmas because all the amazing gift packs are released. They are gorgeously packed, comes with great products and are amazing value.

Here is part 1 of my picks for this year’s Christmas Gift Guide either for some last minute shopping or last minute adding to your Christmas list 😉

NUTRIMETICS (available from the Nutrimetics website or your local Nutrimetics seller)

Nutri-Rich gift pack $74.90AUD*

Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Gift Pack $74.90AUD

A luxurious golden gift pack including three amazing products:

1. Nutri-Rich Oil Golden Orb 40ml – high concentrates of apricot kernel oil, carrot oil and vitamin E to moisturise, soften and smooth your skin. It’s a solid balm in the pot but it’s quite easy to just swipe your finger over the solid balm for some product.
2. Nutri-Rich Luminous Body Lotion 125ml – exclusive product introduced for the Christmas period, this is a light body lotion with a beautiful shimmer which gives off a glowy look. I like using this when I am going out.
3. Nutri-Rich Foaming Bath Oil 260ml – all you need is a couple of drops of this bath oil when you’re running a bath and the whole room is filled with a nice relaxing scent.

Fragranced soaps*

Nutrimetics Fragranced Soaps

(a) Citrus and basil scented body soap $12.90AUD – a block of soap which is Tiffany-blue in colour and smells divine. I am usually not a fan of citrus and basil scents but this combination really works. It’s a calming scent which lightly lingers after you step out of the shower. The inclusion of cocoa butter left my skin feeling so soft and moisturised. Best thing about this is the beautiful wrapping! Saves you from wrapping it yourself.
(b) Frangipani and bergamot aromatherapy massage soap $10AUD – now, this is a fantastic stocking filler. It’s called an aromatherapy massage soap due to its scent PLUS the moulded nodules which is meant to help circulation and emphasise a ‘massage’ sort of feeling. I loved using this after a long day at work. So relaxing. Again, this is already in a pretty box ready to gift.

Sole revival gift set $39.90AUD*

Nutrimetics Sole Revival Gift Set $39.90AUD

A set to soothe and give some TLC to the often forgotten feet!

1. Foot scrub 100ml ($20) – ingredients include pumice, to exfoliate the dead skin, and peppermint oil to soothe and invigorate
2. Foot bath 100ml ($25) – it is what it says it is. A foot bath. Pour some into a ‘bath’ of warm water and immerse your feet. I don’t know how else to describe it other than it feels really nice!
3. Foot balm 100ml ($20) – contains peppermint and lavender, the foot balm creates a cooling sensation when applied and makes your feet feel soothed after a long day.

All the above products are available separately but this set is much cheaper. Despite it saying ‘sole’ it can also be used for your hands.

THE BODY SHOP (available for purchase at The Body Shop stores nationwide)

The Body Shop gifts are great for the beauty addict that is mindful and selective of only ethical companies to buy from.

Some great gift ideas for these holidays are:

The Body Shop Christmas Gift Packs - Strawberry Scoop Bowl $25.95AUD and Mango Drops Tin $19.95AUD

Strawberry Scoop Bowl $25.95AUD*
This cute gift pack comes packaged in a cute dessert bowl which is perfect for holding ice-cream or lollies. In the bowl, packaged beautifully, are three strawberry scented products – shower gel (60ml), body butter (50ml), strawberry puree body lotion (60ml).

If strawberry isn’t a preferred scent, these cute dessert bowls are also available in shea and chocolate, with each bowl colour coded depending on the scent – white for shea and brown for chocolate. Yum!

Mango Drops Tin $19.95AUD*

The Body Shop Mango Drops Tin $19.95AUD

Similar idea to the scoop bowls, this is a gift pack presented in a tin case which can be reused to hold various bits and bobs. What’s included in the Mango Drops Tin are: shower gel (60ml), mango whip lotion (60ml) and soap (100g). Now these are also appropriately scented mango (duh) but The Body Shop also offers these adorable tin cases in strawberry as well.

As you have obviously noticed, both these gifts come in reusuable ‘holders’. There is no waste here. Additionally, the products included in the gift sets are travel sizes which make it perfect for a couple of uses to know whether or not you’ll like it. As you can see, these are beautifully wrapped all ready to take their place under the tree!

CLINIQUE (available at Clinique counters nationwide)

Clinique always put out a number of great value for money Christmas gift sets but this year, my pick would have to be the Whole Lotta Colour set $60AUD. You get five mini size Chubby Sticks in the shades: Richer Raisin, Super Strawberry, Chunky Cherry, Oversized Orange and Curvy Candy. To put the size into context – a full size Chubby Stick is 3g/$35AUD and these are 1.2g. The colours available in this set make it a great gift as there is a colour for every occasion.

Clinique - Whole Lotta Colour Set $60AUD

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Part 1

Mother’s Day, Christmas and mum’s birthday. I am always stuck on what to buy my mum to show her my gratitude. She has been through a lot and she’s a tough cookie. She’s taught me so many life lessons. I love her.

Here are my picks for Mother’s Day pressies.

First, we’ll start with one of my mum’s favourite brands, Clinique.

Aromatics Duet - $78

Aromatics Duet – RRP$78

Aromatics Elixir Perfume Spray 25ml
Aromatics Body Smoother 75ml

Totally Happy - $79

Totally Happy – RRP$79

Clinique Happy Perfume Spray 50ml
Clinique Happy Body Cream 75ml
Clinique Happy Rollerball 6ml

Bold Eyes To Go - $59

Bold Eyes To Go – RRP$59

Bottom Lash Mascara Black 2.5ml S
High Impact Mascara Black 3.5ml
Cream Shaper For Eyes – Black
Diamond .8g
Colour Surge ES Duo – Champagne & dark Shade from Like Mink Duo 3g

My pick from Clinique would be the Bold Eyes To Go for my mum who has slowly been learning how to use eyeshadow, mascara, eyelash curler etc lol so this would be a great pack for her.

However, if the above aren’t quite befitting for your mum, you can always head into Clinique and purchase something great from them. If she’s a lippie kind of person, I recommend their lipsticks (review here) and Chubby Sticks (read about it here)

Purple Mother's Day tote

And as always, I love Clinique’s GWP. For their Mother’s Day promotion, spend $100 or more and receive Clinique’s Mother’s Day tote bag free!

Or, available exclusively at David Jones, spend $60 or more and receive an amazing gift with purchase pack that includes:

Clinique David Jones GWP

– All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage 5ml
– Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector 15ml
– Youth Surge Day SPF15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer 15ml
– Deep Comfort Body Butter 40ml
– Liquid Facial Soap Mild 50ml
– Rectangle Eye Shadow Quad
– High Impact Lip Colour SPF15 Nearly Violet 3.8g
– High Impact Curling Mascara in Black 2.5ml
– Cosmetic Bag
From May 2nd – 20th exclusively at David Jones stores nationally.