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[LIVIA'S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2016] GET UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST BEAUTY STOCKING STUFFERS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER!


Hello everyone!

Christmas is just around the corner and what better way for the gift giving season to begin. Stuck with ideas? 
Check out my Christmas Guide 2016 below!

If you're involved with either Kris Kringle or simply feel the need to gift a special someone a little something, then have no fear because this Christmas Guide for 2016 I've put together may help to some degree? I was so excited to collate my XMAS ideas together and bring a guide of recommendations for all of you guys to check out. So grab a drink, sit back and enjoy the read. 

Some of you may be stuck with ideas and maybe wanting a gift idea that can fit your own budgets (Thanks to Kris Kringle budget allocations, it can get a little tricky...but there's tonnes of ideas that can help you). I've made it easier for you by providing a little run-down of the gift suggestions that might get your creative juices thinking.

So I hope you do enjoy this guide and if you have any questions, feel free to shout out either by commenting below or via email. 

Happy shopping guys and....let the Christmas spirit begin! 




Gift #1: For Her 


Shalimar Robe Gift Set - RRP $32.94,on sale now for $26.98

The Shalimar Robe gift set is perfect for partners, girlfriends or wives. The quality of the fabric feels soft and wearable. It's made from a decadent charmeuse fabric that makes it feel super comfortable to wear all night long. This set contains a babydoll chemise as well as a matching kimono-style robe - perfect for a home nightie. The set comes in four colours - jet black, white, purple and red. I love how the kimono is designed as the sleeves are not too long and they come with three quarter sleeves which are very flowy to wear (Reminds me of when you're on vacation on always rocking a robe when you're lounging around). The chemise nightgown features a low-cut design on the back and deep v-necklines which definitely makes this absolutely gorgeous to wear. The material is 100% polyester and is so easy to hand wash - just make sure that you don't throw it into the washing machine. Not only that, once you do receive the Shalimar Robe Gift set through the post, it comes packaged with a padded lingerie hanger and plastic protector - already to go. 

Gift #1: For Him


V76 by Vaughn - 
The perfect stocking stuffers. 

  • V76 by Vaughn - Conditioning Gel - These make the perfect stocking stuffers for HIM as it's designed by Celebrity and Editorial Grooming Expert Vaughn Acord. The conditioning gel is a hair styling product for a flexible hold. To use, simply work a small amount into damp hair and then look to either air dry or blow dry the hair. What you will notice is that his hair will start to feel healthier, softer and smoother once again. The product also looks to de-tangle which helps if his hair is constantly in knots or messy. It also looks to strengthen and thicken the hair by keeping it hydrated all day long. 
  • V76 by Vaughn - Energizing Conditioner - This is a revitalising conditioner that looks to hydrate the hair, leaving it full, shiny and perfect for styling afterwards. The product also contains Saw Palemetto (which promotes the hair and skin's health), Green Tea (My favourite ingredient as it's full of antioxidants and protects the hair ), Peppermint Oil (stimulates and encourages circulation), Lavender Extract ( anti-inflammatory which balances and soothes the scalp) and lastly smells of natural desert lime which is very refreshing and relaxing. 

WHERE TO PURCHASE:
  • Prices range from $13-$28 for the V76 Vaughn hair care products, 
  • V76 by Vaughn is available at select salons and luxury retailers nationwide and V76.com and roguebeauty.com.au

Gift #2: For the hair


bhave Professional Hair Care Limited Edition Body Guard Christmas Gift set. 

This season why not check out bhave's range of hair gift combos such as their Professional Hair Care Limited Edition in Body Guard Christmas Gift set. Their stunning range consists of high quality and performance based hair care products which I have personally tried out myself for some time now. I am impressed by how effective it has been on my hair, for example, I have noticed my ends has been looking very naturally smooth and shiny. Just in time for Christmas, they've launched FOUR Limited Edition Christmas Gift packs that are made for women who have all sorts of hair type (so that is thick, fine or unruly hair). 

What makes their Limited Edition Christmas Hair Care Combo so attractive this year is that they all come beautifully boxed and they have included a stylish glam gold clutch which feels amazing. You can accessorise with this gorgeous clutch with any occasion out there. Plus, with Christmas and New Years coming...why not rock a gold looking clutch? 

So with their Professional Hair Care Limited Edition Body Guard Christmas set, it includes: 
  • 1 x Magnify Shampoo, 1 x Condition (300ml each) - I have reviewed this particular range a while ago and feel in love with how much volume it has given to my hair. It's a lightweight type of hair care product that does not weigh your hair down which is good to know. The formulation looks to add a little bit of body and bounce to the hair, whilst also looking to restore damaged ends. Overall, this shampoo and conditioner will look to add a fuller, softer and silkier look for your hair. 
  • 1 x Super Nova Leave in Elixir (120ml) - I recently spoke about this product on my blog, if you missed then make sure you check it out here. Just to give a quick run-down of their new Super Nova Leave in Elixir, it's similar to a hair serum that's of a light and creamy mulit-purpose spray that leaves your hair looking super replenished. It helps to fight frizz and repair any brittle or unruly ends (such as the nasty split ends). Additionally, it helps to promote new hair growth which is good because if you're wanting healthier hair, then you definitely need a product that can help to balance that out for you. 
  • 1 x Bespoke Glam Gold Clutch - Purse (Valued at $49.95) - It's a nice bonus for a Christmas gift set because I'd definitely make use of the clutch itself. It's glam and chic making it perfect for the holiday season. 

WHERE TO PURCHASE: 
  • RRP $99.95 (Valued at $159.95) 
  • bhave is a proudly Australian brand of salon professional products that never test on animals, 
  • Their entire collection of the bhave Limited Edition Christmas Gift Packs are available NOW from selected hair salons nationally. 
  • For more information, check out www.bhavehair.com



Gift #3: Mindful moments


Aromatherapy Associates London - Star Jewels 


If you want to soak up in the bath (spa experience style), then you really need to check out the range from Aromatherapy Associates. They are available at leading hotel and destination spas, worldwide. 

This is an exquisite gift selection as it includes three bath and shower oils being: 
  • 1 x 9ml Deep Relax Bath and Shower oil, 
  • 1 x 9ml De-Stress Mind Bath and Shower oil, 
  • 1 x 9ml Revive Morning Bath and Shower oil. 

The gift set is gorgeously packed into a star shaped box making it perfect for the season of gift giving. Of the Bath and Shower oils being included in the pack, they're an award-winning range which already makes them at the top end of the spa end. I have personally tried out Aromatherapy Associates Bath and shower oils and I have to say that they really relax you and definitely brings a spa experience to your home. The aromas of each bath and shower oil are just breathtaking and my bathing experience has always been peaceful and relaxing ever since I started to use them. The Star Jewels by AA is a worthwhile gift set to purchase for yourself or loved ones as it comes beautifully boxed/ 

WHERE TO PURCHASE: 


Gift #4: Deep Euphoria 


Calvin Klein, Deep Euphora EDP, 100ml

Feeling liberated, empowered and provocative? This luxurious fragrance features a chypre floral which opens with notes of cascalone and black magic rose. The scent is definitely sexy and strongly scented which is good because it lasts longer on the skin. 

Deep Euphoria definitely smells more fresh as its top notes of pepper and cascalone definitely remind me of summery garden party. The freshness keeps going as the lighter florals of rose and peony give of a lighter scent. The base comes in heavier of a patchouli, mineral wood and good ol' musk. 

The fragrance is mostly suited for an evening or night occasion and perfect for Summer right now. The notes are definitely pleasant and really does give you a feeling of euphoria. It's relatively a fun fragrance to explore if you've been loving the Calvin Klein perfume range. Overall, it settles down to a nice floral scent of which I like and can see myself wearing everyday. 

WHERE TO PURCHASE: 
  • RRP $120 (100ml), or $90 (50ml) 
  • Can be purchased at David Jones, Myer & selected pharmacies. 


Gift #5: Breakfast at Tiffany's


OPI, Breakfast at Tiffany's I Believe in Manicares Pack 

This is a Breakfast at Tiffany's edition by OPI which features two OPI nail polishes that make the best chic combo with classic elegance. It's ideal for all of the nail lovers out there as it features a gift set containing the 'I Believe in Manicares' nail lacquer which is of this gorgeous sky blue colour. And then there's the 'Black Dress Not Optional' elegant nail lacquer which is a must have for every girl out there. Additionally, the gift set also comes with a cosmetic bag which is ideal for storing your make-up or nail polishes whenever you're on the go. So ideally for the price itself, it would make an adorable and affordable Kris Kringle gift for the special recipient. 

WHERE TO PURCHASE: 
  • RRP $29.95 
  • Available at leading salons and David Jones and Myer stores Australia wide.

Gift #6: Snow angel



Philosophy Snow Angel, 3 in 1 Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath.

This features a sweet and girly scented 3 in 1 bath product by philosophy. It's the perfect combo for washing the hair, body and even as a bubble bath product. It's amazing what a multi-purpose product can look to do because it looks to reduce on the need to use three different types of product, but instead you're only using the one product. (Greatest idea ever!) 

Furthermore, it makes such a lovely stocking stuffer or gift for your friends and family because how can anyone say no to philosophy's snow angel? I found this product so gentle on the skin and absolutely refreshing. The shampoo formula leaves the hair feeling SUPER soft afterwards and what better way to achieve softer and healthier looking hair once again. 

The scent is so light and wonderful for the skin - it may be my favourite 3 in 1 bath product by philosophy. It's ideal for anyone, even those with sensitive skin and I would definitely recommend this product. 

WHERE TO PURCHASE:
  • RRP $30 (480ml) 
  • Available at David Jones, Myer and Sephora stores. 


Gift #7: Another stocking stuffer


Photo by Bondi Sands

Christmas stockings stuffers with Bondi Sands. 

  • Self Tanning Foam in Ultra Dark - Bondi Sands - Bondi Sands has become a popular brand in Australia among the self-tanning range. I love how you can achieve a nice, dark tan within minutes..and with the Self Tanning Foam in Ultra Dark, why not try something new? The Self-tanning foam is in a foam based form which makes it easier to apply onto the body. It absorbs easily onto the skin and smells of refreshing coconut. The tanning foam is also very lightweight that really develops into a dark Australian tan. Now you can rock that sexy top or dress, without having to worry to go to the beach for a nice tan. Since we live in Australia, we spend Christmas in summer - which is the perfect time to rock a sexy, bronzed glow. 
  • Self Tanning Mitt - Bondi Sands - The mitt complements the Self Tanning Foam well. We all know that a self-tanning mitt is the way to go whenever it comes to tanning at home. The mitt feels super soft and allows you to apply on an even, streak-free finish tan for your legs, arms and body. It's a reusable self tanning mitt which is perfect because you can look to re-use for another time after washing it properly. 

WHERE TO PURCHASE: 
  • RRP $24.95 (for the self-tanning foam); $9.95 (for the self tanning mitt). 
  • Available at Priceline, otherwise can be purchased online here.

Gift #8: Brows & Lashes


Ardell's Brows & Lashes essentials. 

Ardell Pro Brow Defining Kit

This is the perfect brow kit for Christmas coming. Whether it's for your family, friends or yourself, it's going to be an awesome gift! The brow kit is designed to fill, shape and highlight the brows. 

What you get in the kit includes: An eyebrow palette (with three shades that can be either used alone or blended to create a custom colour and a highlighting shade). There's also a wax grooming pencil which is perfect for blending in with the other three shades, in order to create that perfect brow. Lastly, it comes with a full sized brow brush and a spoolie brush on the other end. 

Overall, this the is ultimate brow kit to get if you haven't got your hands on these babies. The brow powders are very natural looking and blend in so well for my brows. I find that the Eyebrow Palette, Brow Grooming pencil and the Brow Brush all make the perfect combo for all of your brow needs!

WHERE TO PURCHASE: 
  • RRP $19.99 
  • Available at Priceline Pharmacy and selected pharmacies nationally.



Ardell Fashion Lashes Starter Kit (101 Demi)

Here's another one for your Stocking Stuffer, featuring Ardell's Fashion Lashes Starter Kit. It's so perfect for the lash beginners and they're reusable too. Included in the starter kit, you get 1 pair of lashes (which are in 101 Demi - which are so easy to start with). Then, we have a 2.5g sized of LashGrip Eyelash adhesive along with the Lash Applicator (which makes life easier for you!) 

These make the perfect stocking stuffer for lash lovers because you just can't get enough of lashes! However, it's a starter kit so it would mostly suit the beginners. (A good motivation gift perhaps?) 

WHERE TO PURCHASE: 
  • RRP $14.99 
  • Available at Priceline stores nationwide. 

Gift #9: Lip essentials




Carmex Lip essentials - Stocking Stuffers 

  • Carmex Moisture Plus, Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm (In Peach and Pink Sheer Tint) - RRP $8.99 - Perfect for the stocking stuffers, make sure you guys grab one for yourself too! This is a super moisturising lip balm with a hint of sheer tint to it - hence it's perfect if you're wanting a little colour for your lips but also that moisturising factor to it too. It contains Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and SPF15+ which all work to protect the lips. I love how the tip is slanted which makes it easier for application. If you're choosing between peach or pink, choose both because they make different options for each day and they are extremely moisturising. Both go on smoothly and lovely onto the lips leaving a clear satin gloss finish. 
  • Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm (Lime twist and Vanilla) - Featuring an ultra moisturising formula that really looks to hydrate the lips. The flavours of Lime Twist is very refreshing and the Vanilla flavour smells very addictive. These lip balms are AMAZING as they do not leave my lips feeling dry or cracked. It's such a nice lip treatment to use if you're suffering from dry lips. 
  • Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm in 7.5g pot - This lip balm formula has been inspired by lanolin, theobrama, cacao seed butter, beeswax and methanol - where it blends well to help provide healthy looking lips and leaving them soft and smooth. This lip balm works amazingly well to relieve dry and chapped lips, so this is definitely the perfect pick-me-up for whenever my lips feel dry. I've only recently started trying out the Carmex lip products and already I am so impressed with the effectiveness of it all. My lips are always protected, nourished and moisturised after applying the Carmex lip balm. 

Gift #9: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics



Give the gift of LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics this year as there is loads to choose from. You can find all of the exciting bath soaps, bombs, moisturisers, lip scrubs and even gift boxes too. Most importantly, all of the LUSH products smell amazingly GOOD which is why I always find myself ending up at the LUSH store for all of my bath bomb needs. 

Curious to see what's HOT for Christmas by LUSH this year, check my selections below: 


Luxury Lush Pud (Catch 40 winks)  - RRP $7.95 

This LUSH Bath bomb contains a calming lavender scent - along with soothing pastel colour that float to the top of the water. There's lots of pink fizz that arises from the bath bomb and smells of a relaxing floral scent. This is a great Christmas bath bomb to select from as the design of the bath bomb is really colourful and joyful! 


Rose Jam (Be kissed by a rose) -  RRP $10.50 for 100g

If you love the scent of roses, then you'll surely fall in love with Rose Jam. Rose Jam is definitely back for Christmas and has been a popular body wash among fellow LUSH customers. Rose Jam is free from any synthetic formulas as it has totally been reformulated. I would describe the Rose Jam as a decadent, lemon rose shower gel that incorporates vanila, goji berry juice and nourishing argan oil. After using this body wash, it has left my skin feeling soft and hydrated. 


Santasauraus (Christmas, uh...finds a way) - RRP $10.95

This dinosaur figure is inspired by a British comedy classic, Santasaurus. This is actually a reusable bubble bar which means you can get at least 2-3 uses out of it for a bubble bath. You only need to swish this in the bath two or three times until you've achieved the level of bubbles you desire. The scent is uplifting and inviting which makes this a lovely bubble bar to use. 


Ruby Red Slippers - RRP $8.95 

Featuring a bubble bar that can be either swishes, crumbled or held under running water. The bubbles will start to pile up and you'll see how fun this bubble bar is to use!  



 Sleepy Body Lotion (95g) - RRP $16.50 

This is a hand and body lotion which features a nice, sweet lavender and tonka perfume. It will help you to relax and is the best lotion to use right before bed. It includes soothing almond oil and cocoa butter lotion which will seriously leave your skin feeling silky smooth. 


Shooting Stars Soap 
($7.50 per 100g) 

This soap smells of zesty lime and lemon which is super refreshing. It's full of antioxidants (starfruit juice) and leaves your skin smells fruity, sweet and squeaky clean


Gift #10: Hand creams

Lanolips, For Perfect Hands, The Ultimate Care Pack (Limited Edition)- RRP $19.95

When it comes to hand creams, they are the most useful essentials especially when you're stuck with ideas for Kris Kringle. Hand creams are important if your hands and nails tend to be dry. The Lanolips hand cream range is super effective where they leave your hands and nails feeling soft and hydrated. Plus, they smell super nice and fresh. 

With this trio hand cream pack, it's the truly the ultimate gift for those who constantly use their hands. 

From the pack, you receive 1 x Rose Hand cream in Intense (25ml), 1 x Lemon Hand cream (25ml) and 1 x Rose Hand cream for Everyday (25ml). 

Also, the hand creams do not contain any artificial fragrances, parabens or nasties which makes using the hand creams safer in the long run. 


Gift #11: Quirky new beauty essentials


Starting off with New Body Fantasies, Kissing in the Rain (Fragrance Body spray $7.99) 

You can check out Chemcorp's online beauty website here for purchase of the Body Fantasies Signature range. This features a young, clean and fruity type of spray that consists of orange, honeysuckles and spring rain. This retails for $7.99 for 94ml and is Made in USA for those wondering. The spray is adorably looking and makes a such a cute travel spray for your handbag essentials. 

The Body Fragrances spray is available on its own or within a 6-pack set. There are other ranges to choose from Vanilla, Sweet Pea and many more. 


Real Techniques 6 Miracle Sponges Set - RRP $49.99 


Available at your nearest Priceline store, you can now easily find the Real Techniques 6 Miracle Sponges set. It's absolutely great value for the price you pay as you get 6 essential sponges for the face. The sponges are useful for your make-up application as it helps to create a smooth base for your final finish. 

The 6-piece set includes of the below
  • 2 x Miracle Complexion sponges, 
  • 1 x Sculpting sponges,
  • 3 x Mini Eraser sponges 


New REVO Lip balm TWIST!
 - RRP $4.99 each 

You can now easily find these cute stocking fillers at your local Woolworths. The flavour pictured is in Watermelon and it smells super fruity and fun. Simply, twist up to reveal the lip balm which is a creative way to moisturise the lips every day. The lip balm leaves the lips feeling softer, smoother and hydrated. It's a fun product and it's not to be missed. The product also contains Vitamin E, conditioning natural oils and Aloe Vera for that extra hydration for the lips. 

There are also more flavours including Coconut, Cherry and Strawberry. What a brilliant way to arrange a small pick-me-up gift for your friends, family or yourself. 


Gift #12:  Make-up Tools


EcoTools Boho Luxe Travel Duo Brush set, Limited Edition - RRP $49.99 

This Limited Edition Luxe Travel set by EcoTools is available at Priceline stores. It features 6 travel size brushes with a lovely boho inspired cosmetic bag. It's the perfect gift for beauty lovers out there, or even with your family members. There are 6 brush heads (so three brushes with a brush on each end) ideal for creating your favourite make-up look. 

The 6 piece travel set includes: 
  • 1 x Concealer brush, 
  • 1 x Powder brush, 
  • 1 x Eye shading brush 
  • 1 x Angled liner brush 
  • 1 x Foundation Brush 
  • 1 x Blush brush
  • 1 x Cosmetic bag 

This is the perfect travel set because there are all of the brushes I'd use for my face. It neatly packs all into the cosmetic bag making ideal for a Christmas gift. The fact that they're duo brushes makes my life easier because that means you don't have to carry 6 different type of brushes, but instead there's only three duo brushes. It's lightweight, convenient and handy to travel when you're on vacation too. 


Gift #13:  The Evodia Christmas collection


Byron Bay Frangipani - RRP $24.95

Fancy Australian made products for this Christmas? Evodia's Christmas collection is inspired by luscious Australia botanicals and iconic destinations. Their Beauty Essential Duos make a sweet gift for your loved ones and family because in the pack you get two products to try out by Evodia. So I tried out their Bryon Bay Frangipani which contains a Body Mist (200ml) and a Nourishing Soap Bar (180g). It's also a good deal as it's valued at $39.90, but it's only retailed priced for $24.95 (which is of amazing value guys). 

The Frangipani mist reminds me of a beach getaway as it's freshly scented and the vegetable based soap bar (which has been enriched with Gippsland Goats Milk and Organic Shea Butter) feels very nourishing for the skin. It does not dry out my skin which is essential! 

Furthermore, the products are all made in Australia and owned. There are no nasty chemicals included in the products as it is completely free from parabens and harsh chemicals. 

Overall, Evodia offers a lovely range of skincare products that feel good on the skin. I love how they're free from any chemicals and nasties which means that it's better for you in the longer term. 


Whitsunday Coconut & Lime
 - RRP $19.95 

Also known as the 'Everywhere I Go Duos', it contains a hand cream (100ml) and a Fragrance Roll-On (15ml), is available from Evodia or Myer stores for $19.95 as it is valued at $30.90. If you love Coconut and Lime, then you will definitely fall in love with this freshly, tropical scented range. The Whitsunday Coconut and Lime hand cream really leaves the hands feeling silky and smooth. It contains Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Avocado Oils and Cocoat Butter which all help to really hydrate and moisturise the hands. Perhaps you're looking for a Kris Kringle present? Definitely try out the Evodia Christmas collection because they are of amazing value. You also get a Fragrance roll-on which is perfect for on the go purposes. 

Once again their range is Australian made and owned. It is free from nasties and is cruelty free. I love the Whitesunday Coconut and Lime range as it reminds me of a spa collection that you'd find at holiday spa resorts. Their gift sets are packaged with adorable designs which all relate to the theme of Christmas. 


Gift #14: Weleda Holiday Collection


Birch Cellulite Pack - RRP $39.95 

Give a thoughtful gift to your family and friends this Christmas by checking out Weleda's Holiday Collection for 2016. All of Weleda's products are green and ethical which makes them a wholesome gift pack to consider. 

Weleda's Holiday collection is available from David Jones, selected health food stores, online stores and also via their official website at www.weleda.com.au

The have a vast range to select from and in this case, what stood out for me was their Birch Cellulite Pack which retails for $39.95. 

What's included: 
  • 1 x Birch Cellulite oil in 100ml, 
  • 1 x Birch Body Scrub in 150ml. 
Essentially those wanting to check out the oil and body scrub will be aiming for healthy looking skin. Weleda Birch Body Care range uses fair trade silver birch which is important for purifying and detoxifying properties. The organic Silver Birch looks to stimulate the circulatory, lymphatic and detoxification systems. 

How to really detox the body....
  • Step 1 - Use the Birch Body scrub to gently exfoliate any dead skin cells. 
  • Step 2 - Use the Birch Cellulite Oil to massage the areas so that it can look to revitalise

How the Birch Body scrub works is that it looks to stimulate, eliminate any toxins and exfoliate away all of the dead skin cells to help leave the skin feeling invigorating. The Birch Cellulite Oil looks to stimulate your skin's metabolism and leaves the skin looking smoother than ever. 


Gift #15:ESSANO Essentials


ESSANO Essentials Gift Box 
- RRP $19.99 

Priceline stocks this amazing gift box called the ESSANO Essentials Gift box. It's an ideal skincare essentials box for those who are new to the ESSANO brand as it is perfect for Kris Kringle ideas. It would also make an ideal travel kit as well as it contains two 50ml bottles of shampoo and conditioner. All of the products come in travel size which makes your load lighter and more convenient. So whether you're thinking of getting this gift box as a present or simply for yourself, you can't go wrong with it! 

In the box includes: 
  • 1 x Mini Facial Cleansing Micellar water (100ml), This micellar water has been highly raved on social media and popular at Priceline stores. I find that this micellar water effectively removes all of my make-up really well and I don't even need water. Simply swish an amount onto a cotton pad, and then look to pat this all over your face ensuring that you remove all of the make-up. 
  • 1 x Regenerating Facial Moisturiser (20ml), This facial moisturiser contains active natural botanical extracts where it helps to really moisturise your skin and leaves it feeling hydrated. It's a nice moisturiser which has worked wonderfully well on my skin and I can't seem to fault it at all. 
  • 1 x Hand creme (20ml), For a mini hand creme, it's quite a good hand creme to use! It helps to hydrate and protect your hands every time you apply it on. It contains organic Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter which makes the hand creme smell seriously refreshing. The hand cream is not thick or heavy which is great because I am always on the lookout for a hand cream that absorbs easily onto the skin. It's non-greasy and for a hand creme, I'd recommend you to purchase the full size as well. 
  • 1 x Argan Oil Nourishing shampoo (50ml), a beautiful formula that looks to cleanse your hair effectively and it has been developed using only natural ingredients (which is always what I like to hear and see on products that I use for my hair). 
  • 1 x Argan Oil Nourishing conditioner (50ml), same like the shampoo above, the conditioner looks to treat dry and unruly looking hair. After using the conditioner, you can easily tell a difference of how it has benefited your hair. Hair feels so much smoother and softer. 


Gift #16:
Give the gift of Braun

 

Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa 
- RRP $299

If you're in the market looking for an epilator that offers a wet and dry option, plus an exfoliation system, then have you checked out Braun' Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa

It features a 4-in-1: where it looks to epilate, shave, exfoliate and refine the skin. For an epilator, it works amazingly quick and is able to epilate more hairs within one single stroke. This cuts down on the time spent needed to epilate your legs and giving you more time to do other things in order to get ready for events as an example. The fact that you can essentially look to achieve two treatments (such as their exfoliation brush and their epilator), is already a unique idea that brings the ultimate beauty solution together. It's an essential need that everyone needs to have in their beauty cabinets. 

Furthermore, the new Deep Exfoliation brush uses a Sonic Exfoliation Technology (which uses more than 3,000 micro-vibrations per minutes), leading to a 6 times more effective exfoliation than a manual treatment. The exfoliation brush also helps to significantly reduce ingrown hairs. There are two types of brushes provided being the Deep Exfoliation Brush and their Gentle Exfoliation Brush. The Gentle exfoliation brush is made for those with sensitive skin as it helps to sweep away the dead ski cells around the delicate areas of the skin such as around the neck. 

I tried out the epilator (which also works in the bath or shower for that extra comfort) and was so impressed by how quickly it looked to remove my shorter hairs on my legs. It left my legs feeling silky smooth and soft which really left me feeling highly satisfied about this product. Potentially, after epilating you can expect long-lasting and smoother skin for up to 3-4 weeks. I've stopped waxing recently because it's time consuming and can get quite messy. And sometimes the wax can't help to remove the shorter hairs which can be a pain! Nevertheless, thanks to Braun's Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa, I can now look forward to silky and smoother skin.

Benefits of using the new Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa: 
  • There's pulsating active vibrations which look to stimulate your skin and provides a gentle epilation process. (I experienced no pain during my epilation treatment due to the gentleness of the device). 
  • There's micro-grip tweezers which can help to remove the shortest hair (0.5mm), which is ideal because sometimes using wax alone isn't sufficient. 
  • The device has a skin contour adaptation, which means that it smoothly adapts to your body contours, giving you a comfortable beauty session. 

The epilator and exfoliation device fits snuggly into the hands. It has a useful light and you only need to scroll the main button to activate and disable the device. The fact that it works in both a wet and dry environment, already stands out for me as a top Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa product. It feels durable to hold and it works to remove all of the hair on my legs (including the shortest strands). My skin is always left feeling smooth after exfoliation and if I were to rate this product, I'd definitely give it a 5/5 stars as I was highly impressed with the bonus exfoliation brushes that it came with in the box and the effectiveness of the epilator (which is mostly important to consider when shopping around for epilators). 

WHERE TO PURCHASE:
  • RRP $299 
  • Available from the ShaverShop, Harvey Norman, Myer and David Jones. 
  • For more information, check out Braun's official website here
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So what did you guys think of my Christmas Guide for 2016? 

Thoughts anyone? Has it been super helpful? Let me know! 


Happy shopping! 

Cheers,
Livia x

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