Crowded. Human Traffic. Late night trading hours. All the boxes have been ticked – Christmas is approaching. In fact, its gonna be here within a blink of an eye. WHO’S EXCITED HERE? I know I am. THREE MORE DAYS till 3 weeks off work and a short trip to Malaysia and Singapore. Damn straight I am.
I know many of you would have probably came across heaps of Christmas Gift Guides posts over the blogosphere over a month ago. And yes, yours truly is good at being last minute and there’s no exception to Christmas shopping this time. #awesomeatprocrastinating
So, here you go. A Last Minute Christmas Shopping Guide.
Remember, you don’t have much time to “decide” whether a green dress is better than that pink blazer. Or having to choose between a fuchsia lipstick or an electric blue nail polish. A list is essential if you’re doing your shopping this time of the year – head to the respective store and BAM grab your stuff and head to the next store.
Your list should consist of:
1) WHO are the pressies for? Is it your bestie, a work colleague, your family/ siblings, partner or even Kris Kringle?
2) WHICH “categories” do these people belong to? This is why Step #1 is important. Is your bestie an eyeshadow person? Your work colleague is obsessed with hair products? Your sister has a wide accessories collection or your KK has always wanted to try the new Sports Girl lippie? Simply categorise them under “hair, “make up”, “gadgets”, “nails”, “fragrances” and so forth – whatever you think is suitable.
3) WHAT gift to choose? Once you have categorised the “receivers”, its gift planning time. Unless he/she is a super close friend of yours and you know specifically what he/she wants, most (if not all) brands offer Christmas gift packs for hard times like this. :P
a few quite a number of beauty-related gift packs ideas (sorry blokes!), which hopefully will be useful for you to complete your final, last minute shopping. :D
Illamasqua Midnight Bite
($55 available at Illamasqua counters)
Create your own Midnight Bite duo for your loved ones with your choice of any Illamasqua lipstick or lipgloss. Have I mentioned how much I love their lipstick? (and I love collecting their gloss). Check out my FOTD wearing Illamasqua Corrupt HERE and my Intense Gloss haul from IMATS HERE.
Benefit Limited Edition Ticket To Glossytown
($49 available at all Benefit Counters)
This six glitzy shades that enables you to paint the town pink, berry, coral or any colour you fancy. Super adorable packaging, six gorgeous shades at the best thing is value for money (less than 10 bucks per gloss!), what more can you ask for?
Benefit Limited Edition I'm Glam Therefore I am Kit
($69 available at all Benefit Counters)
Get the Christmas/ New Year party started with this essential kit! At $69, you get a 4 shade eyeshadow palette, glamming face powder with brush, Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl, lip gloss in Life on the A List, a little bit BADgal lash mascara and a double-ended sponge applicator. This kit just screams bargain!
Jane Iredale Chocoholicks Lipgloss Palette
($50 available at Margifox - Jane Iredale)
Chocolate and Lipgloss? YES PLEASE. Craving for chocolate but that waistline is getting a tad out of control after all the festive food? What's better than Jane Iredale Chocolaholicks Lipgloss Palette? This palette contains lipglosses in Blood Orange, Espresso, Very Berry and Chilli Pepper, along with a retractable lip brush.
Remington’s Style Collection
($53.95, available from all leading electrical retailers)
With a powerful hair dryer (with 6 heat/speed combinations), straightener (with ceramic plates to lock in moisture) and a tong (with a 19mm ceramic barrel), this styling pack is the ultimate gift for your (girl) friend/sister/mum if she enjoys styling her locks. Who said you need to be a celeb to have ever-changing hair style? All you need is Remington’s Style Collection for Christmas. :D
KMS California REAL LIVES. REAL PEOPLE. YOUR STYLE Christmas Sets
($54.95 available in salons nationwide)
With 13 varieties of gift sets to choose from to compliment your individualised style and hair care needs, combining MOISTEREPAIR, COLORVITALITY, SILKSHEEN, ADDVOLUME, CURLUP, FREESHAPE, HAIRPLAY and HAIRSTAY.
Goldwell Color Christmas Sets
($39.95 - $44.95, available in salons nationwide)
Designed with a difference and an element of "Christmas Chic", Goldwell Duo, Trio and Quad Sets come with a sleek and versatile clutch in either Gold or Classic Black.
Loccitane Delice des Fleurs (Rose & Violet) OR Loccitane De´lice des Fruits (Lemon & Clementine)
(Eau de Toilette 75mL - $49.95; Solid Perfume 10gr - $9.95; Shower Jelly 250mL - $24.95; Body Milk 250mL - $34.95; Hand Cream 30mL - $9.95; Rose Lip Gloss 5gr - $14.95; Violet Lip Gloss 5gr - $14.95; available at Loccitaine stores and http://au.loccitane.com/)
These two new collections introduced by Loccitane specially for this festive season offer a wide range of irresistible scent and delicious body products and even candles! *smells self* LOL
Soap & Glory Limited Edition You Cube
($39.95 available at Kits Cosmetics or www.kitcosmetics.com )
This travel-sized favourites consist of Righteous Butter (150mL), Flake Away (150mL), Clean On Me (75mL) and Shower Puff. I purchased a full-sized Righteous Butter, Clean On Me and Flake Away a while ago (hauled HERE) after finding out how awesome Flake Away is after my Asia Haul last year. This is definitely THE gift for someone who is a sucker for anything that smells good.
MoR Lip Macaron in French Kiss and MoR Luxuria
(Lip Macaron: $12.95 and Luxuria: $19.95 available at selected David Jones/ MYER or www.morcosmetics.com )
MoR carries a HUGE range of body, face and lip products, which by the name of it sounds absolutely delicious. You Had Me At Marshmallows, Lychee Luxe, French Kiss... you get the drift. Simply headover to www.morcosmetics.com to find out more about the awesomeness of MoR.
Illamasqua Bespoke FREAK Gift Set
($200, available at all Illamasqua counters)- $200
Included in the gift set are the intoxicating first fragrance and your choice of any shimmering Pure Pigment, awards- winning Nail Varnish and Sheer/Intense Lip Gloss. You are getting the best of every world. :P This Limited Edition Gift Set would be the perfect gift for your girlfriend (IF and only IF you know her favourite scent well though).
($19.99 for a Housewarmer small jar or $37.99 for a Reed Diffuser. Available online at www.yankee.net.au )
Christmas At The Beach reminds you of summer heat with its delicate, aromas of exotic summer fruits with a twist of pina colada.
Happy Christmas encapsulates the scents of a European holiday with a blend of evergreen pine trees, sugared fruits and warm hearths.
Christmas Cookie is a recipe of spices, eggnog and buttery rich icing. (Sounds like something I would put into my mouth :P)
I hope this Last Minute Guide helps you lovelies who leave shopping till last minute. :D
Have you done all your Christmas shopping?
What are your favourite picks this Christmas?