Beautiful Beauty Gifts

Christmas time, a time for connecting with family and friends, eating, drinking and being grateful for our wonderful lives...AND all the beauty brands release their holiday collections. I LOVE the holiday collections, they are usually packs of adorable minis, limited edition prints, products and colours, makeup bags and general awesomeness. That's totally a word! Here are a select few of my favourite gift sets this season. Plus a giveaway for one lucky reader. 1703_xmas_30_adventcalendar_12_siloAdvent calendars are so much better when filled with Jo Malone minis. Am I right or am I right?! The House Of Jo Malone is so lust worthy, just look at that packaging!

In all those gorgeous little boxes is a mixture of travel candles, bath oils, hand lotion, body creme, hand wash and cologne. Jo Malone can't put a foot wrong in my book, so you know you will LOVE each and every treat awaiting you on your lead up to Christmas.

$380 available at Jo Malone.


While we are on the Advent calendar bandwagon how about this bad boy of surprises from Clinique? Such a vast array of products and perfect for any Clinique lover.

The 24 days of Clinique is RRP $169


I'm a Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream addict, have always loved the original and this year became obsessed with the oil. If you haven't tried it, you need too!

Eight Hour Cream Beauty Set is $85 and comes with Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Original 50g (full size), Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15 (full size), Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment 30ml, Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil 30ml and Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturizer for Face SPF15 15ml

I couldn't choose between these two from the M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet collection. The warm eye compact comes with 3 beautiful shades that covers you for all your holiday looks and comes in a compact with a mirror and double ended eye shadow bash for $96. Love.

The Pigment and Glitter kit also come sin at $96 but the M.A.C pigments have so much bag for your buck. I seriously have pottle of these that I use regularly that are over 5 years old and are still 3/4 full, a little goes a long way! I love the red colour in this set, so beautiful. And you can remove the plastic insert and use the drawer container it comes in for storage.


Too Faced Let It Glow Highlight & Blush Kit $39 from Mecca Maxima.

Christchurch were bestowed upon them a a Mecca Maxima last week and they get a raft of goodies that aren't available here in Auckland's Mecca Cosmetica, like this gift set here. But little tip, you can stalk their products online and if you must have it ring and make a purchase over the phone and they can send it direct to your door. This trio kit comes with "mini glow-granting, cheek-flushing and bronze-bestowing goodies" aka deluxe Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo in Rosy Glow, deluxe Love Flush 16-Hour Blush in Love Hangover, deluxe Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer and a heart-shaped flatbuki brush.

I love the sample sizes, a good options to try the colours before committing to a full sized product and perfect travel sizes to pop in your handbag whilst away or out and about.

One lucky reader can win the above Too Faced kit. All you have to do is comment in the section below, Instagram or on my Facebook page about what's on your beauty wish list this Christmas.

Loving Liquid Assets

When the Liquid Assets range from Elizabeth Arden landed on my door-step I was pretty excited to see it contained a limited edition highlighter. As you may know from my million snap chats about it and blog posts I am a MASSIVE fan of the last highlighter that Elizabeth Arden released. So much so I went and bought a few back ups as it's limited edition and I want it in my make up life for a looooong time! This time the highlighter is liquid rather than a stick and rounds out the collection of liquid lipsticks and eyeliner.

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A Unique Hair Cut

I wear a Freedom Wig which is custom-made to fit my head, it's pretty amazing and looks like real hair. You would have a hard time picking it as a wig.  I can surf, roller coaster ride or bunny jump and it won't move off my head as it's custom fit means it creates a vacuum when I put it on. They are made hair in NZ and are sent all over the world for others that have Alopecia, it really makes me proud that a kiwi owned and operated company is leading the way in wig technology for those with clinical hairless. Anyway I digress, when it arrives I affectionately call it "Cousin It" as the hair is the same length all the way around. Its' a big job for a hairdresser to cut as it's very different from your average hair cut, it takes a lot of time and can be nerve-racking as once you cut it won't grow back! IMG_8452

It can look "wiggy" if you tie your hair up and see the line where the hair stops at the edge of the wigs cap and my real skin appears. To combat that I cut whispy pieces of hair along the hair-line to mimic those baby hairs everyone has, that way when pull my hair up I can have those pieces down to hide the edge of the cap.

I filmed a little stop motion video of my latest wig cut, as I'm often asked how I go about styling them, Chloe Zara is who I trust to cut my treasured wigs and does a great job. Here is my latest cut, 2 hours into 1 minute. You can see she has to take a long time cutting in the "baby hairs" around the wigs edge.

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Anti-Aging Foundation

I remember being gifted some PREVAGE during a fashion week one year. I was a lot younger so it wasn't something I was using at that stage, but I remember how beautiful the packaging was, all the shiny silver and yellow accents. I'm always drawn to things that not only are amazing products, but look great on your shelf. So it's not surprising that Elizabeth Arden's PREVAGE range has garnered such a cult following over the last ten years, and now they are putting all that technology into makeup! Makeup that's actually working to make your skin better whilst wearing it! And yes, the packaging looks just as great as the rest of the PREVAGE line. P1010060

PREVAGE Anti-Aging Foundation SPF 30 is a light to medium coverage foundation that is super silky smooth to the touch. I loved how dewy this foundation felt on, very youthful and it didn't sit into any fine lines, which I imagine is down to the Hydra-pigments as they blur skin imperfections for that flawless finish.

Idebenone is the main ingredient in the PREVAGE line that packs the anti-aging punch, with a little help from an Antioxidant complex and Vitamin C. So whilst you wear this foundation, it will be working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles throughout the day.

I personally am on a huge mission to wear sunblock each day, I never used to wear it on my face when I was younger as I thought being olive-skinned meant I was less likely to get sun damage from the sun. But after a course of Clear + Brilliant  I'm determined not to go backwards in my skin health. So I have been layering this foundation the past week with the new PREVAGE City Smart SPF 50 that I wrote about here.  So far its been a winning combination and my skin has been feeling great.

Also to note, if you buy the new PREVAGE Foundation you receive a free Dual End Contoured Foundation Brush* which I LOVE! The contoured brush head makes applying powder or foundation to the cheeks and jaw line so easy as it hugs the curves of your face.

PREVAGE Anti-Aging Foundation SPF 30 - $106



*Offer available 1-21 August 2016. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. One gift per customer, while stocks last.