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.

Master Your Makeup

A few weeks ago I got to attend a M·A·C Technique class and it was all kinds of amazing. I learn visually, which is why the new interactive app and class is a game changer for those who want to see and experience the best tips and tricks in an intimate setting with the best M.A.C Makeup Artists. There are 13 different technique focuses and I'm sure their is something that someone starting out to a seasoned pro will enjoy.

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Download the app and search for classes near you to book directly. Once you're signed up your App will unlock the face charts and tips and tricks for you to study up on before your class.

Voila!

M·A·C Technique app features: 

1. FIND - Explore the 13 technique focuses and locate the closest M·A·C Technique class

2. BOOK - Once the class is booked, a face chart with interactive tips and tricks, along with an outline of the workshop will be sent

3. LEARN - During class, use the App to take photos and videos of each step, add notes and tips, and list favourite products

4. SHARE - Refer to saved notes and list of products to recreate new looks at home. Looks are shareable across all major social platforms

5. DOWNLOAD – iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/app/technique/id1088385692?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elcompanies.mac.technique

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS 

1. GOING NATURAL 

Master the “No Makeup-Makeup” trend. Learn tips from prepping and priming to choosing the right shades to create the perfect, flawless looking skin.

2. DAY TO NIGHT 

Double duty looks - makeup that can be taken from day to night. Learn how to amplify features to give an instant refresh to the skin, or go for a whole new look.

3. THE STYLED EYE 

The styled eye covers all types of eye makeup look - sultry, smoky, glossy, and graphic. Learn techniques from shading to highlighting, lining to defining, blending, lashes and brows – this workshop has it all.

4. BEAUTY BASICS 

Makeup application is all about technique - this workshop is good for both beginners and artists looking for an update. M·A·C Artists show how to enhance features and learn a fresh new perspective on beauty.

5. ALL DAY FABULOUS 

Keep makeup looking fresh all day - M·A·C Artist give tips on creating looks with staying power. From long-wearing formulas to secret techniques for achieving extended wear.

6. FRESH, LUMINOUS, LUXE 

Makeup should feel comfortable and be good for the skin. In this class learn application tips on mineral-rich textures for looks that are fresh and luminous.

7. LIGHT AND BRIGHT 

Learn how to create clear, even, radiant skin using M·A·C’s Lightful C collection.

8. SCULPT AND SHADE 

Proper contouring can completely change the face shape. Learn how to emphasize flattering angles by creating dimension, symmetry and definition through shading and highlighting.

9. STUDIO READY 

This class is all about makeup with maximum impact. Learn techniques tried and tested by M·A·C Artists on the runway and in the studio.

10. CELEB CHIC 

Create celebrity inspired looks – personalized with tips from M·A·C Artists.

11. ON TREND 

Find out the season’s latest looks from the artists creating the trends backstage, at over 500 shows each season. Play with new techniques and learn more about makeup’s current direction and products.

12. SPECIAL OCCASION 

This class teaches techniques for creating standout looks for special occasions.

13. GROOMING BASICS 

Learn about all the ideal products, tools and techniques for flawless grooming for men and women - from skincare and priming, to tone and texture and brows. These simple tricks can refine any look.

Liptensity -The Coolest Inspiration Behind A Collection I have Seen In...Forever.

A lipstick collection designed with a tetrachromat...sounds scientific right?! Well it is, but not in the way you would imagine. What is a tetrachromat?  A variation in a gene means they can see up to 100 million colours! The average person can see 1 million, so this means they see shades between colours we would think are identical. Also the only tetrachromats confirmed through DNA testing have been women, pretty cool! Maureen Seaberg is the tetrachromat behind Liptensity and helped M.A.C make the shades "true" to the shades she sees. 

Which means Liptensity is the most pigmented lipstick yet with "high-frequency tetra chromatic pigments". That means the colour stays true to what you see in the lipstick tube, it doesn't change once applied to your lips as often your own colouring can change how a colour reads on you.

You have to admit, it's the most original inspiration behind a lipstick collection you have probably heard of right? I love it.

Check out all the colours on their site here, some of them have such a slight difference!

Available in 24 shades from the 10th of October with a of RRP $50.

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Liquid Compacts Are A Big Thing

Everyone seems to be about makeup on the go, something portable and easy to take with you to touch up during your day. Liquid compacts have been around for a little while now and they don't seem to be trend on it's way out...all the big players have been releasing them, so I thought I would show you a few of my favourite ones available. As let's face it, we are all busy and makeup that we can apply when in your car, Uber or out and about is very appealing!  M.A.C Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact

I love the Matchmaster foundation from M.A.C and the fact that it's be re-delivered to market in a new and exciting way is what first got me excited about this whole liquid compact trend! This foundation is sheer, it smooths imperfections to skin tone but doesn't completely cover what makes you, you. I love sheer foundation, I don't want to look fully made up during the day! But if you do need a little bit more coverage then you can build up to a medium coverage.  it comes with a handy sponge so you can use that to apply it on the run but I prefer to use a bristle brush when I'm at home.

Matchmaster has the Shade Intelligence Technology in it, which means it sit seamlessly on your skin as it reflects your true skin tone - in layman terms, if you skin colour is changing you aren't going to have to run out and buy a new shade to match! I find this time of year particularly hard for matching shades. I'm definitely not in my summer foundation, but I'm just not quite pale enough for my winter shades, I can buy this one and it will happily take me from autumn to winter without ever looking too dark or too pale.

Another win, you can buy refills so you don't have to replace the entire compact!

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Estée Lauder Double Wear To Go

In terms of delivery this compact is ahead of the game; with the push of a button it delivers the perfect amount of foundation for sheer coverage. The cushion compacts don't lend to wastage either, but for some reason this delivery method stands out to me as simple, waste proof and really easy for touch ups in the back of your Uber!

A sponge applicator sits right on top, so it has everything you need to use to keep your makeup looking legit all day or to throw in your clutch for a night out.

The trend amongst all these foundations is they are all on the dewy, sheer, hydrating scale. Double wear hits this mark and promises 8 hour coverage too!

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L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique Cushion

Another cushion but on the more affordable scale. L'Oreal always provide quality products that are great value and this compact does just that. It's a lightweight foundation and is SPF 25 too! It's not quite as dewy as the other compacts, so I feel it sits on my skin a bit more but it definitely doesn't feel chalky and it doesn't crease in fine lines.

L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique Cushion RRP$33.99

So if you are looking for something ultra portable to add to your makeup bag then check out one of these compacts, as they really are foundations that are going places!