It’s the most wonderful time of the year …. or is it? Time off from work/school, fancy feasts and receiving gifts from loved ones sure does sound like a lot of fun, but there is also the headache of finding the right gift for others that can make the holidays a particularly stressful time of the year as well. Don’t fret though, we all go through the same worry and that’s why gift guides and be a blessing from above. Or from me. In this case, it’s my blessing to you because I’ve collated the BEST gifts to give to any makeup lover. No matter your budget, I’ve got you covered.
I adore Tarte and there is little they can do to make me love them any more, but hey, thanks to the Limited-Edition Gallery Gals Deluxe Tarteist™ Eyeliner Set I think I do love them a little bit extra. Cruelty-free. Vegan. Two deluxe sized, creamy tarteist™ clay paint liners in Black and Bronze. A travel-friendly angled eyeliner brush. Adorable packaging. And no one would ever believe you spend LESS THAN $30 on these!
The Colour Kisses lipstick set from Designer Brands (aka DB Cosmetics) contains 5 creamy lipsticks in shades of red and pink. The certified cruelty-free and vegan formula is boosted with nourishing oils to deliver a perfect pout. I love the book-style case is an adorable packaging idea that will fool anyone into thinking their gift is another boring book, especially if you spend weeks dropping misleading hints to trick them!
Australia $19.99 from DB Cosmetics
Who doesn’t love a dramatic eye? Perfectly manicured brows. A bold eyeline. Long, dark fluttery lashes. It’s a classic look that suits everyone so the Gaze set from Natio is an ideal gift these holidays. The limited edition set contains the Mechanical Long Lasting Eye Liner in Black (0.3g), Brow Kit (5.6g), Dramatic Lashes Mascara in Black Rose (11mL) and Eyelash Curler all housed in a travel perfect cosmetic bag.
Australia $29.95 from David Jones
Kat Von D
Liquid lipsticks are a dime a dozen this year but the never-fail favourites for me are by Kat Von D. This Christmas you can get the Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set which will contribute 8 mini versions of Kat’s top sellers to your lipstick wardrobe, including an exclusive preview of two newly released shades, Plath and Roxy. The fact they are all vegan and cruelty-free is a hidden bonus.
UK £38 at DebenhamsNARS
It’s really hard to pass up a gift from NARS. I don’t know a single person who wears makeup that doesn’t love NARS. The man can’t put a foot wrong as far as makeup lovers are concerned. One thing I love about NARS in particular is the ease of pick up a set or palette and knowing without a doubt that everything will work together, and the Survival Kits this year are no different. You can choose between the pretty neutral hues of Survival Kit 1 or the smouldering sex appeal of Survival Kit 2. Each contain a palette of 2 eyeshadows and 2 blushers, a mini lipgloss and a mini mascara.
Australia $85 from Mecca Cosmetica / Maxima
USA $59 from Nordstrom
UK £59 from SelfridgesNapoleon Perdis
Two of my favourite Napoleon Perdis products come together in this set. Arguably the best performing products from NP, your face will thank you for prepping it with Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer and adorning it with Light Switch Luminizer Palette thanks to the Jet + Set kit.
Australia $99 from David Jones
One of the Australian beauty industries proudest exports is Becca Cosmetics. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try them yet (or even if you have) you could really do yourself a favour by grabbing the Best of Becca kit. Available in your choice of Light-Medium and Medium-Dark skin tones, each set contains 5 universally flattering makeup products.
Australia $120 from Sephora
USA $50 from Beauty Bridge
UK £55 from Cult BeautyLaura Mercier
The Iconics Collection: Celebrating 20 Years of Iconic Artistry has it all. Open the trunk to reveal the limited-edition collection of Laura’s 12 iconic, must-have products each stashed away in their own little draw. The mixture of full and deluxe sized products delivers more than every product you’ve ever wanted to try from Laura Mercier.
Australia $220 from David Jones
UK £135.00 from Harvey NicholsZOEVA
A hot brand on the rise across the globe is ZOEVA and one of their top performing products are their Graphic Eyes pencils. Want them all in one hit? You need the Graphic Eyes+ Box Vol. 2. That’s 16 Graphic Eyes+ pencils and 1 pencil sharpener all for one low price.
Australia $153 from Sephora
USA $94 from ZOEVA
UK £40.00 from Beauty Bay
What do you get when you combine exquisite perfume, sultry red lipstick and glamours red nail polish? You get some seriously classy cosmetics! The Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Set is a neat little package of decadent beauty, containing the Jasmin Rouge 50ml Eau de Parfum, a selection of lip color in Cherry Lush and nail lacquer in Carnal Red presented in a signature Tom Ford box.
Australia $423 from David Jones
UK £210 from HarrodsUrban Decay
Love lipstick? Need the Vice Lipstick Stockpile. The limited edition set is loaded with 30 of UD’s deliciously rich, creamy shades of Vice Lipstick. Colours of all shades and various finishes, there is sure to be one for any and every occasion that comes your way.
USA $325 from Sephora
We are in awe of this extremely limited edition release. Victoria Beckham has imparted her exquisite style onto the team at Estee Lauder and together they have birthed this wonderful set. The Victoria Beckham Collection Daylight Edition starts with a limited edition Light Box, featuring a removable lighted mirror that provides perfect portable lighting for applying makeup, as well as eight hand-picked signature items from the Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Makeup Collection.
Australia $1600 from David Jones
UK £850 from SelfridgesHave you started all your gift shopping yet? Do you plan ahead or do you leave things to the last minute? Let me know by commenting below!
The following brands are certified cruelty-free:
Designer Brands / DB Cosmetics, Natio, Urban Decay, Tarte