Welcome to The Gift Guides 2018! I bloody love Christmas and gift buying so a comprehensive beauty gift guide was a no brainer. As with my regular blog and Instagram recommendations, everything featured in my gift guides I have held in my hands and would purchase for my own gal pals, family and special people. All links are to Australian websites but all products are available world wide. Prices are also in Australian dollars.
This guide covers everything of absolute decadence and luxury; a round up beautiful, thoughtful pieces for recipients you want to treat to something special.
1. Lancome La Rose A Poudrer- Starlight Sparkle – $100
It’s hard to believe this beauty is even a highlighter. This iconic powder has returned in 2018 in a limited edition gold after everyone and their mum went crazy for it in 2017. It’s a stunning soft gold powder that you aren’t going to want to use but you really should because it is beautiful on the skin. This is the ultimate in luxe makeup and the perfect gift for the beauty lover. Shop here.
2. Byredo Hair Perfume- Blanche – $89
For the fragrance lover that has it all. Byredo Hair Perfume is a new way to wear fragrance and comes in seven scents including the best selling Gypsy Water and Bal d’Afrique. Byredo is also releasing a limited edition trio of mini hair perfumes for the holiday season. Shop here.
3. Diptyque Holiday 2018 Candle – $55/$104
Would this be a Christmas gift guide without a Diptyque candle? Every year Diptyque nails the holiday candle and this year’s are absolute winners. The outer packaging is decorated in patterns referencing folkloric stories that inspired the collection. As always, the holiday candles are available in three scents and two sizes.
(Launching November 8th at mecca.com.au and Mecca Cosmetica)
4. Fornasetti Bacio Candle – $270/$430/$770
Fornasetti candles are the height of decadence and a really special gift. They are housed in stunning illustrated ceramic cases and are a work of art for the home once the candle is finished. The handcrafted candles are made from vegetable wax and come in three sizes. I adore the Bacio candle with notes of thyme, lavender, cedarwood, incense and labdanum. 300 g candle offers 60 – 80 hours burn time, 900 g candle offers 100 hours burn time and 1.9 kg candle offers 180 – 200 hours burn time. Pictured is the Bacio 1.9kg candle. Shop here.
5. Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette – $120
This is the latest eyeshadow offering from Charlotte Tilbury and it is a winner. 12 eyeshadows with amazing colour payoff divided into four gorgeous looks carefully curated by the Queen herself. I adore recreating the Love Look with its rose quartz inspired hues, perfect for any occasion. The shades all layer beautifully for sheer washes of colour or intense pay off. This is such a divine gift with a universal selection of colours and foolproof application tips. Shop here.
For the lipstick addict! Bobbi Brown have curated a wardrobe of their beautiful Luxe Lip Colours in 10 purse size shades. The Luxe Lip formula is a full coverage, creamy texture that leaves the lips feeling hydrated; perfect for the holiday season. My favourite shades are Almost Bare (a gorgeous soft beige) and Raspberry Pink (a blue based fuchsia). This set is $330 value for $250. Shop here.
7. NUFACE Trinity Mini – $292
NuFace devices have been a game changer in the skincare world. This microcurrent device works to improve facial contour and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with regular use. This is the mini, travel friendly version which I use and find super handy. Also available in the full size with various attachments. Shop here.
8. Foreo Luna Fofo – $149
Luna Fofo is unlike any cleansing device I’ve tried before. Not only does it effectively cleanse your skin with antibacterial silicone bristles, but it analyses your skin and it’s hydration levels in order to determine the perfect cleansing routine. Each skin analysis is saved to a profile in your Foreo app and syncs to your Fofo device for a custom routine. The skin analyser is made up of hypoallergenic, 24k gold plated sensors embedded in the back of the device. This is the perfect gift for the skincare junkie in your life. Shop here.
9. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4 – $117
Can Hourglass do any wrong? I strongly believe the answer is no. This year’s Ambient Lighting Edit is housed in a metallic pink compact and features four best selling powders and two exclusive powders. All six powders are formulated with the Hourglass Photoluminescent Technology to capture and diffuse light for skin that looks lit from within. I adore these powders and have too many to count. This palette is also cruelty free, vegan and gluten free.
(Launching November 8th at mecca.com.au, Mecca Cosmetica and Mecca Maxima)
10. Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence – $224
For a super luxe, universal gift of skin, you can’t go wrong with this divine essence from Amore Pacific. This essence contains Amore Pacific’s legendary fermented green tea which is rich in antioxidants and prebiotics. This is an easy step to incorporate into your routine for clear, plump skin. Shop here.
Thank you to the brands who made this gift guide possible-
Mecca Brands, Bobbi Brown, Tailormaid PR and Lancome