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15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For 2015

The countdown is on!  There are now 3 weeks till Mother’s Day in Australia so you better get your skates on if you are planning to surprise your mama (or the mother of your child(ren)) with a gift or two.

Or maybe you need these gift ideas to drop BIG HINTS to your loved ones.

mother's day gift ideas 2015

Here are 15 gift ideas to help you out :-

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6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Beauty Lovers

Beyonce & Katy Perry perfumes

1.  Perfume & Album Combo!

Last Friday, everyone was buzzing over Beyonce’s surprise self-entitled album complete with some fierce videos.  Great gift to give the perfume and album combo together.  You might not be able to sing like Queen B but at least you can smell like her 😛

Of course, there are plenty of singing celebrity perfumes out there which include Katy Perry Killer Queen – spray and sing “You’re gonna hear me ROARRRR!” at the same time, Lady Gaga (although her latest album was a flop IMHO) and if you’re into teeny boppers – 1D and Bieber…

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10 Fantastic Beauty Gifts For Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2013

There are 2 more weeks till Mother’s Day in Australia!  If you’re a Mummy, it’s time to drop some heavy hints to your partner and kid(s) and if you’re not one (yet), don’t forget to treat your Mummy – she deserves it!

To be honest, my Mum isn’t a beauty lover…and neither is my Mother-in-Law!!  Must be that generation 😛  So if I bought any of the following gifts for them, they’d go WTF?  Okay, maybe not WTF? since they don’t use that terminology either 😛  Instead, I am pretending what my future kiddies would have bought me if they jumped into a time travel machine – think Back To The Future meets Terminator.  Confused?  Yes, that was 2 of the movies I grew up watching in my generation 😛

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Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

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.

OPI Divine Swine, OPI Designer, de Better, OPI Lip Gloss

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.

YSL lipstick

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.