Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

last minute christmas gift guide

With Christmas just under two weeks, some of you may be panicking about what to purchase as gifts! I thought I'd gather up some of my favourite items and show you which gifts I have loved receiving (and bought myself!) to give you an idea!

First and foremost, I love how some brands do sets that contain minis of their most popular items. This is a sure way to play safe as then the gift-receiver can try out the items, without there being a risk of them not liking the item and with £20+ down the drain. Benefit do gift sets all the time. How To Look The Best at Everything is one that I received for my 19th birthday. I have it in the shade 'deep' but the set is also available in 'medium' and 'light'. This set is perfect as it covers all the bases (primer, powder, foundation and concealer) so it's good for travelling or on-the-go touch ups! One I've bought recently is their Operation Pore-Proof which contain Benefit's best items for oily skin! I'm currently trying this out but so far I am loving their Porefessional License To Blot. I was the most excited to try out their Agent Zero Shine, so I'll do a more in-depth review of this kit in a month or so when I've tried out all the products in it.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit is a limited edition palette that's exclusive to Space.NK so it's best to buy it now before they run out of stock! This palette was a lot bigger than I expected it to be and it's just so pretty! A cult classic is Too Faced's Soleil Bronzer! I have this in both Chocolate and Milk Chocolate. Milk Chocolate is almost my skin colour (NC42-44) so I use this as a crease shade. However, Chocolate is the perfect colour for contouring! In my opinion, I find the packaging a tad tacky but most people tend to love the packaging as it's slightly girly.

Urban Decay is well-know for their Naked Palettes (which I don't own and currently am not planning to). But their Naked Basics Palettes are the best! I received the Naked Basics 2 Palette for my birthday and during Black Friday last month I purchased the Naked Basics Palette. Both of these palettes are perfect for creating any looks and they're also travel-friendly! Urban Decay's Single Eyeshadows are also such great quality! I bought this shadow on Black Friday too (can you see a pattern of my spending now, lol) and although it was a bit smaller than I expected it to be, I don't regret this purchase! I love the packaging for the single shadows, and all of their eyeshadows have such great colour pay-off! The last item I've tried from Urban Decay (but not for too long, ;)) are their Matte Revolution Lipsticks. I have the shade 1993 and it's the most perfect brown-nude colour which doesn't wash me out! These lipsticks are very creamy and I mentioned this lipstick here.

Another brand that I want to try more from is Zoeva. I've only tried their Cocoa Blend Palette so far and am in love with it! Their brushes look very promising, and I've read reviews after reviews of how excellent their brushes are, so they will very soon go into my shopping basket! Two brands that have become very popular because of instagram are Gerard Cosmetics and Jeffree Star! Gerard's Lipstick in 1995 is a very unique shade but is very much on trend currently. These lipsticks do smell a bit like orange chocolate (at least in my opinion aha) but they pretty much last all day! Jeffree Star is a brand that I've been wanting to try for ages but they're always out of stock because of their popularity. I picked up two of his Liquid Lipsticks in Androgyny. The limited edition packaging is gorgeous and I can't wait to pick up more from his permanent line! Any makeup lover would, for sure, love any of these as they're just to die-for!

MAC Lipsticks are another cult-classic which I'm kind of on the fence about! Whilst I do admit that I love the shade range, I'm not keen on the formula as they can vary a lot. During the holiday period, MAC tend to release collections after collections (as if they don't already) and most makeup lovers love their lipsticks, especially if it's limited edition! They go out of stock very quickly on their website so if you are planning on buying these limited edition lipsticks for someone (or for yourself) be sure to ready so you don't miss out on them

Last, but not least, is a brand that I have recently fallen in love with: NARS. Their packaging is so simple yet chic and, in my opinion, they're underrated. Although I secretly love how they're underrated as then their products don't go out of stock that fast and there's more for us! A cult-classic is their Laguna Bronzer which is raved about everywhere and anywhere! It's the most perfect contour shade for most skin tones. NARS even released a bigger version of this with a tiny ITA Brush called the Tahiti Bronzer. The bigger version is definitely worth the money but I hope NARS created a bigger version of Casino soon! This bronzer doesn't suit me unfortunately as it's a bit too light for me. I could layer it up, but I'm too lazy to do that all the time so I much prefer Casino which is crazy pigmented! They recently bought out a collection with Steven Klein which can be purchased from feelunique and NARS. The palette that I have (pictured) is their One Shocking Moment Palette which can only be purchased from NARS and Space.NK. This palette has a few blush shades, a contour and highlight shade, and a bronzer too, meaning that it's well worth the money and will definitely make the receiver happy!

What do you hope to get this Christmas?

Nazia xo


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