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.

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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

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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.

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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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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

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

Bali Beauty Bag

We are taking a long overdue, baby free relaxing holiday to Bali for my 30th birthday, I am counting down the hours till I touch down in one of my favourite places in the world.  I leave today and like all things in my life recently, I have had little time to write this post/ any blogs so this is a little rushed job  from the airport lounge of what some of the key items in my Bali beauty bag  are.   P1000708

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Ultraceuticals travel pack - For the majority I use Dr Murad, Ultraceuticals and Environ on my skin. But who has space to take all your full-sized products when traveling abroad? Enter the Ultraceuticals x The Lust List travel sized collab. All the skin care basics I need and in handy travel sizes. Perfect!

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Estes Lauder Glow cream stick blush - anything i can put on with my fingers and is long wearing is perfect for holiday mode. This blush is a beautiful colour to give the right amount of pink to my hopefully soon to be sun tanned cheeks.

Elizabeth Arden Sunset Collection Highlighter - I have written about this highlighter before, it's currently my favourite product to use! Gives you perfect bronzed glow, which is the type of look you wan tot go for on a tropical holiday.

Ciaté London Double Lines - a two ended liner, one end a felt tip and the second your pencil. I wear liquid liners on my top lid and pencil on my bottom waterline. I love a product that I can chuck in my bag and know I have everything I need to create or touch up my eyeliner for the day.

Marc Jacobs eyeliner - I wear eyeliner everyday to give me the illusion of lashes and I don't want it running in the pool. This gives the right amount of black to my upper lids and is waterproof too!

MAC face and body - hands down my favourite foundation to wear in warmer weather and around water. Its water proof, very light, has a dewy finish and doesn't ever make you look like you have caked on the foundation - which we all know is a bad look at the beach or pool.

P1000702Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF 50 - This a first of its kind sunscreen that not only protects you from harmful UV rays, but blocks pollutants from entering your skin with an invisible anti-pollution skin shield. Since 80% of ageing concerns originate from the environment, this is a great step to take to help prevent the ageing process whilst protecting your skin from the sun.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Oil - the same famous 8 hour cream formula but in a multi use oil. You can use this on your skin, hair and face. Once again, products with multi uses are always in my travel bag and this is one of my favourites. My skin is always so hydrated after a mist of this.

Kai - The most beautiful frangipani body oil. I know it's a slight double up but I like to wear this instead of perfume as it has a heavenly scent and leaves my skin nourished after a day in the sun.

Murad C Toner - I use this toner morning and night and swell as balancing out the oil on y face it's also hydrating, so it's perfect to have in my carry on to combat the dry cabin air.

Coola Setting Spray - This product launched over summer and it has been a great addition to my summer beauty bag. It sets your makeup so its doesn't slide off your face int he heat but also has a SPF 30. No one wants to put creams unblock over their face if they have makeup on, so a SPF spray designed to go on your face is what I had been waiting for! Once again, one product with two uses is always appreciated!

Pure Fiji Dilo Rescue Gel - Rescue and help repair skin with this gel that is filled with skin replenishing Dilo and Aloe Vera. Great for sunburnt skin and for soothing insect bits and a list of other skin aliments. Fingers crossed I don;t need it but this travel sized bottle is always with me when away.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair - Miracles in a bottle, this bad boy is Estee Lauders number 1 selling serum to fight the signs of ageing and it's something I will be using more of now that i'm 5 days shy of the big 3-0. Always nice to feel like I'm helping combat any damage I am doing to my skin during the day whilst in the sun on holiday too!

Redken Diamond Oil - Since I wear wigs my scalp doesn't naturally nourish my hair with oils so I try to hydrate "my" hair where possible. I have been using Diamond Oil for a few years now and I love it. The full-sized product is really big and heavy as it's a glass bottle so this little travel sized bottle is awesome for the Bali beauty bag.

Charcoal Tablets - We have travelled to Bali quite a lot and the first two times I came I got the dreaded Bali Belly. Yuck! Someone told me to take charcoal tablets as apparently it acts like a filter and removes toxins from your body AND it helps reduce hangovers! Winning! Ever since taking the Charcoal we have never had another case of Bali Belly so we are sticking with it.

Tan Babe - My favourite organic tan! It drys super fast, is not sticky and smells like coconut. Before I get my real tan in Bali I applied this all over and it give you such a natural olive tan. No orange in sight!

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