There are 10 days till Christmas!! Unbelievable! If you’re a last minute shopper like me, you won’t panic until the 24th of December. And if you’re buying for females, it’s pretty easy – think jewellery, cosmetics, perfumes, skincare, spa treats…(unless they’re of the tomboy variety and cannot stand anything beautifying…and in that case, you don’t have to read this!)
Guys have a weird tendency of buying gadgets for me!!! For example, when the then-boyfriend-now-husband and I celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together, he bought me…wait for it…a CD drive for my laptop. I looked at the thing and I was like, “What the…??!!” Don’t worry, he has since learned!!
Anyway, if you’re stuck about what to buy for a female friend or family member, or if you’re looking for ideas to add to your Christmas wishlist, you’ve come to the right place. I had a look into my beauty cupboard and here are my top 10 Christmas beautifying gift ideas for females, from least expensive to most expensive :-
1. Skin79 BB Cream Miniature Set [RRP $10 from Asian stall in Chadstone]
This pack comes with 4 deluxe samples (5g) of Skin79 BB Creams : Diamond Collection Pearl Luminous Beblesh Balm, VIP Gold Collection Super+ Beblesh Balm SPF 25 PA++, Super+ Beblesh Balm Triple Functions SPF 25 PA++ and The Oriental Gold BB Cream SPF 25 PA++.
My Thoughts : Apart from wishing their names were shorter and less complex, this is a fantastic gift for a beauty junkie! The pink shiny packaging appeals to teenagers as well as older chicks like me in the 30+ age range.
2. Miller & Moore Luxury Footspa Set [RRP $20 from Coles]
Click here for the Miller & Moore Footspa review and see what’s in the box
Relax at the end of the day with a footspa! This set comes with delightful treats to soothe your feet after a long day at work or after Christmas sales shopping.
My Thoughts : Fantastic gift for women who love to be pampered – and at a great price.
3. OPI Dynamic Duo [RRP $24.95 from Salon Style]
This pack comes with a full-sized OPI Nail Lacquer from The Muppets Collection along with a matching lip gloss. There are 3 shades to choose from : Designer, de Better!, Divine Swine and Meep-MeepMeep. OPI have come up with loads of Christmas gift packs and it also includes OPI Glamour Toes featured yesterday.
My Thoughts : Great stocking find for teenagers and girls who love to coordinate colours in their make-up. Have you seen the shades in The OPI Muppets Collection? Absolutely drop dead gorgeous with glitz and glam!!!
4. Bloom Classic Mini Nail Polish Collection [RRP $24.95 from Bloom Cosmetics]
This comes with 4 mini sizes (9ml) with the shades : Millie (rich burgundy), Kim (taupe), Edie (cherry red) and Toni (pale pink).
My Thoughts : Classic and work-friendly colours to suit women of all ages. They are so dinky and cute!
5. Crabtree & Evelyn Wisteria Traveller V10 [RRP $28.95 from Crabtree & Evelyn]
This comes with Bath & Shower Gel (50ml), Body Lotion (50ml) and Perfumed Bath Soap (40g) from the Wisteria range.
My Thoughts : This set is purely for floral fans. In my opinion, it’s catered more for the mature woman – something for the Mother-in-Law, perhaps? Which makes it funnier when I tell you that my Sister-in-Law bought this for my birthday this year! But I like it!! This is actually the 2nd Crabtree & Evelyn gift pack I have received as a present – the other one is from La Source.
6. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre [RRP $50 from Myer]
A luxurious gold encased lipstick in a multitude of shades. And ooh, look at the YSL embossed on the lipstick bullet. Pictured is 110 Fuchsia Symbole and you check out my swatch here.
My Thoughts : Lipstick is not just for old women! That’s all I’m going to say!!
7. Jurlique Purely White Starter Kit [RRP $69 from Jurlique]
This comes with Purely White Skin Brightening Essence (15ml), Purely White Skin Brightening Day Cream (15ml) and Purely White Skin Brightening Treatment (15ml).
My Thoughts : Jurlique have actually got a few Christmas gift packs which are great value for money. This pack is great to give as a gift because it doesn’t say “anti-ageing” on it which could be seen as insulting!! As your beauty blogging guinea pig, I will eventually get round to testing this on myself and I will let you know my thoughts at a later date.
8. bareMinerals Get Started Kit [RRP $84.95 from Kit Cosmetics]
This pack provides a great introduction into the mineral world of make-up. You’ll be swirling, tapping and buffing in no time!
My Thoughts : It’s amazing what mineral foundation can do for those who suffer from rosacea and acne scars! Perfect for women of all ages – but just make sure you get their shade right.
9. Balenciaga L’Essence EDP [RRP $145 for 50ml from David Jones]
When I think of Balenciaga, I think of their classic handbag – but not many of us can afford the $$$$. So what’s the next best thing? Their perfume in this beautiful pentagonal luxe glass!!! L’Essence is a strong and sexy scent with a mixture of violet leaves and leather. It’s intense so a light spritz is all you need to make this your new signature scent.
My Thoughts : Perfect for women who ooze style, confidence and sensuality. It’s divine!
10. Diamond earrings [RRP $$$$]
It’s true what they say, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!” Just make sure you’re buying certified diamonds and not some cheapo cubic zirconia passed off as real diamonds! And remember, every piece of jewellery tells a story – read mine here.
My Thoughts : Perfect for every female at ANY time of the year! Always welcomed!!! (If you’re not a diamond lover but you receive one and you don’t like it, feel free to pass it on to me and I will show it plenty of love!!!)
Are any of these gift ideas on your Christmas Wishlist?
P.S. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 – are press samples – but I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t like them myself.