2016 MEGA CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE


Welcome to the third annual LNL Christmas Gift Guide. This has got to be the biggest ever!

The purpose of this list is to share with you some of the best value and most exciting special editions, gift packs and new releases that would make great gifts for your loved ones (and lets be honest – yourself)

Considering the sheer number of releases this year it has taken a long time to sort through the emails, catalouges and jammed pack shelves of the stores to come up with my favourite holiday picks.

What you’re about to see/read about are a number of products I have purchased for the beauty lovers in my circle of family and friends as well as some of the best items that were sent to me for my consideration (as a side note, all items that were gifted to me are marked with an asterisk) The following is organised into the following categories; Bath & Body, Skincare and Makeup. There is something here for your Grandma to your little sister and everyone in between.

BATH & BODY

From luxurious bath products to help you soak away the stress of the holidays to shower products to get you  into a lather, bath and body products extend further than the traditional soap and candles that every woman over 40 tends to receive.

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The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar*

What – A giant box of seasonal offerings  as well as makeup and tools from The Body Shop to surprise you every day of December. Hurry as these will sell out fast. At the time of publishing this mega gift has already paid out a mini shower gel,  body lotion and face cream amounting to a value of $15

Who –  Perfect for a bath lover or a traveller (all the minis are great for bringing on the road)

How Much – $139

Where – Your best bet is purchasing online at The Body Shop 

LUSH Two Turtle Doves gift set*

What – A gloriously fragranced box, with a surprise under the lid. The box contains items to get you feeling feeling perfectly soaked, scrubbed, washed and moisturised. Limited edition items such as this households fave shower gel “bubbly” this pack will leave you and your bathroom smelling like a dream

Who – Designed for  couple, there is no reason you cant do this one alone. Perfect for bath lovers.

How Much  $74.95

Where – Call your local store for availability or shop online at LUSH

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The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Picks*

What – A boxed gift set featuring iconic products in everybodies’ favourite scent; strawberry! This juicy line was so covetted by every teenage girl Australia wide when I was in highschool. Soap, bodywash and a giant poof make this a great all rounder for someone who loves sweet scents.

Who – A great The Body Shop Introduction for your little sister as the scent is perfect for younger ones.

How Much  $39.95

Where – Your local store on online at The Body Shop

 

Soap & Glory Take Your Pink gift set

What – A gorgeous holo box containing 4 mini Soap & Glory greats in their signature “Pink” fragrance. Keep hands smooth and body buffed with cult status products.

Who – Its super good value for money makes it perfect for your office Secret Santa. (anyone particularly smelly at the office?)

How Much  – $18

WhereMecca Maxima

 

MOR Destiny Hand Cream Trio

What – Easy, Trio of beautiful, rich hand creams in lovely assortment of fragrances in a reusable tin. Perfect to keep in your handbag, pretty enough to put on your dressing table.

Who – Personally, I picked this one up for my grandmother. I knew she was after a new hand cream and the MOR formula is always good.

How Much  – $29.95

Where – Selected department stores such as Myer

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Rituals Happy Buddha Gift Set*

What – A zesty, citrusy scent from one of Europes most well loved brands. Containing a fun foaming shower gel, scrub and body oil to leave your skin feeling and smelling fresh and your mind feeling all relaxed and happy.

Who – This is perfect for the more sophisticated bath-o-file, the packaging is perfect for displaying in the bathroom next to your mini zen garden.

How Much  – $59.95

WhereBrands Exclusive and Rituals stores

 

SKINCARE

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GlamGlow Gift Sexy Set

What – An awesome foursome of the lusted after GlamGlow masks. Good skin days in the form of firming, brightening and clearing masks. This pack is an excellent way to try out four of the best selling masks before settling on your favourite and buying the full size. Also perfect for the hot new trend of multi masking.

Who – Treat yo’self. Youre totally worth it.

How Much  – $98

WhereMecca Maxima

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LanoLips x Net-aPorter 101 ointment*

What – Your favourite do every and anything balm. In both the strawberry and peach variety in limited edition pack for Net-A-Porter.  Made with Lanolin it holds 200% its own weight in moisture.

Who – Get this, split it in two and give one to your bestie. Stick them in your handbags so one of these nail, lip, elbow, cuticle ointment is always within reach.

How Much  – $26

WhereNet-A-Porter

 

ITcosmetics Mini Confidence In A Cream*

What – An itty bitty jar of the best selling moisturiser Itcosmetics. Confidence in a cream is super hydrating and keeps your skin feeling amazing all day long. Plus its mini.. its mini!

Who – Everyone and anyone! This cream is amazing, Perfect for the traveller for some uber hydration on the road.

How much – $24

Where – Available online and instore at Sephora.

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Philosophy Radiant Celebration Gift Set*

What – A great value gift set of some of Philosophy’s best skincare items. From the cult favourite 3 in 1 Purity cleanser to the amazing Micro Delivery Peel This set helps reveal your freshest skin yet.

Who – A great first skincare set for a teenager who is battling against uneven, bumpy skin

How much – $55

Where – Department stores and online at Adore Beauty

 

 

MAKEUP

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OPI Infinite Shine Set*

What – Everything you need to get a gel like, super shiny and long wearing manicure in the iconic Tiffany & Co. Blue. Base coat, colour polish and high shine top coat.

Who – Give your busy mum something to treat herself. THe look of a salon manicure without having to visit the salon

How much – $45.90

Where – Department stores such as Myer

OPI Breakfast At Tiffany Style Icons Set*

What – A set of four mini shades of OPI polish from the Breakfast at Tiffany collection

Who – Cute little polish bottles for a friend.. if youre lucky she will give you a manicure

How much – $24.95

Where – Department stores such as David Jones

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Ciate Paint Pot To Go

What – A cute duo of coordinated shades of polish from Ciate London. As always everything is always better in mini form (unless its chocolate) Different shades are available but I went with the gorgeous soft pink and glittery shade.

Who – Hang this one on the tree for yourself! Its too good to giveaway

How much – $18

Where – Mecca Maxima

LanoLips Tinted Balm

What – A tube of super moisturising balm with a wash of rosey colour. Lanolips balms are some of the best on the market. Formulated without any nasties

Who – Who wouldnt want a wash of  subtle colour with lots of  moisture. These make great stocking stuffers, especially in their hanging packaging (from Mecca only).

How much – $14.95

Where – Priceline, David Jones and Mecca

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Maybelline Merry Kissmas Baby Lips Collection

What – A trio of Maybelline’s best selling baby Lips products. Sheer cheek and lip colours with a boost of moisture

Who – Perfect for the young or young at heart. Cuties who want to wear lipstick like mum!

How much – $14.95

Where – Target and Priceline

 

Chi Chi Meet the Girls fragrance set

What – 8 mini fragrances in tempting scents like Blueberries, Warm Vanilla Spice and Coconut Lime. Fun and colourful theyre perfect to keep in a handbag or school bag to keep you smelling sweet and fresh

Who – Perfect for the little sis, the sweet, sugary fragrances are young and the packaging is cute and bright.

How much – $25

Where – Target and Myer

Chi Chi Make Up Sponge Set

What – Four different shaped beauty blending sponges. Affordable and perfect for the beginner.

Who – Your younger sister who is just starting out with makeup.

How much – $15

Where – Target and Myer

 

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TheBalm Meet Matte Hughes

What – One of the most underrated liquid lipsticks on the market in a set of teeny little gift set. Perfect for the liquid lipstick lover. This formula is outstanding; comfortable, long wearing and completely matte. The lipstick tubes are tiny! So cute!

Who – You will be tempted to keep this one for yourself but give it to your bestie so she can get instagram lips on fleek.

How much – $45

Where – Check instore at David Jones or online at Sephora

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Tarte Tarteist Kiss Bliss Deluxe Lip Paint and Crayon Set

What – An amazing set for the lip lover. With five super wearable shades in the super comfortable, moussey Tarteist Lip paint formula. They all come with their matching lip liner. These are great for sticking in your handbag for touch ups.

Who – Get this one mum or your older liquid lipstick lovers. This formula is great for more mature lips as it wont emphasise lines. The matching lip liers can be switched up so you can play around with colour.

How much – $71

Where – Instore or online at Sephora

Tarte Clay Paint Liner Duo

What – A cute little tin containing two of the best selling Tarte Clay Paint Liners. The black is a makeup wardrobe staple but the brown is something out of this world. The set also comes with a ini fine liner brush

Who – Keep this one for yourself. These liners are awesome!

How much – $29

Where – Tarte is sold exclusively in Sephora

 

 

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Too Faced Merry Macaron Palette

What – A gorgeous vanilla scented palette inspired by the wintery wonderland of New York. This is a winner as the tones are super wearable and the texture unbeatable. Stand out shades include banana cream and honey lavender. This is a great neutral palette with a couple of pops of colour. Check out my full review here.

Who – From young to old this is a beautiful palette which is easy to use and contains gorgeous shades. This is a must for beauty junkies.

How much – $57

Where – Currently unavailable online. Selected Mecca stores have stock.

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MAC Cosmetics NutCracker Sweet Gift Sets

What – Beautifully packaged sets  of smooth pigments and glorious glitters in mini sizes which are perfect for even the most lit of personalities. Shades of gold and bronze with red and copper accents are perfect for the party season. Mini lipsticks in basic but beautiful shades.

Who – hardcore MAC fans and Makeup junkies will love the mix and match nature of these products. Treat a new makeupjunkie convert to their first MAC products and see their eyes light up

How much – $69

Where – Instore or online at MAC

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SmashBox Light It Up Mini Palette Set

What – A travellers dream set. Three mini palettes containing Smashbox staples in the Be Legendary lipstick, eyeshadows and face powders formulas. With the super bright packaging these are impossible to lose in your luggage. Bring these along for lots of makeup looks from super wearable to glam.

Who – Your older sister who is never in the same spot for very long.

How much – $66

Where – Check your local Mecca store or online

 

NYX Lip Vaults*

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What – Mega lip gift sets! These amazing lip vaults feature AAAAAALLL the shades of the NYX Liquid Suede Cream or NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in one big box. With 36 Soft Matte lip Creams and 24 Liquid Suede Cream lipsticks thats 60 days of lipstick without repeating once.

Who – These sets (particularly the Liquid Suedes) are great for the adventurous lip lover with some striking shades of blue and purple!

How much – $79

Where – Check your local Target or Priceline.

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NYX Wanderlust Advent Calendar*

What – A must for any NYX lover, Everyday of December you get a cute little gift! The suitcase shaped box contains 24 lip products and eyeshadows in corresponding shades. This is another gift great for a traveller as the minis are perfect for bringing with you as you jetset to all the exotic destination that inspired the cosmetics.

Who – The temptation to keep this for yourself is soooo real!

How much – $99

Where – Available exclusively at Priceline (keep an eye out for discounts now that December is in full force.

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ItCosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Set* and Face Palette*

What – ItCosmetics’ two best selling lip products in one pack! These give you the ultimate pink flush and stain to the lips for a natural look while giving a boost of moisture. The face palette is the ultimate accessory for soft and impossible to mess up makeup.

Who – Give mum something pretty and easy to use to help update her makeup look. With the revolutionary Bye Bye Pores formula in a range of coloured face products this palette is a no brainer for a beautiful soft look. Top it off with something to put on her lips for that ultimate “no makeup” makeup look.

How much – $34 and $62

Where – Get this online at Sephora

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ItCosmetics Brush Roll*

What – A set of the most luxurious face and eye brushes in their own leather look brush roll for convenient portability. These brushes need to be felt to be believed. This bundle represents excellent value compared to buying these brushes separately.

Who – For the luxe lover in your life

How much – $100

Where – Sephora

Sephora Collection GeoMetriColor Palette*

What – An entire makeup collection in one palette! featuring 80 eyeshadows as well as lip colours, eyeliners, face products and more this palette can create endless looks in one convenient case.

Who – Your little sister will have hours of fun locked away in her bedroom applying some of those bright colours to her face

How much – $69

Where – Visit your local Sephora store.

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Elizabeth Arden Bright Lights Big City Collection

What – One of the best value sets on the market from this classic brand. In one leather look makeup case you get an entire update your your makeup wardrobe in a range of modern yet classic neutrals with a touch of colour.

Who – Perfect for that aunt that still insists on wearing glittery blue shadow all over her lids.

How much – $99

Where – Department stores such as Myer

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3 Comments

Michelle Morchella
Reply December 8, 2016

I wish I had the chance to get my hands on Lush advent calendar. It stole my heart, because the products inside are perfect. Anyway you did amazing job with this post. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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A Pair of Ones
Reply December 12, 2016

The strawberry body butter from the body shop is our all time fave!

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Rachel Walker
Reply December 12, 2016

So many awesome recommendations! I want all of the above! Santa are you hearing me?! ;)

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