Last Minute Gift Guide 2017


Hello Friends! I know we all get so busy at this time of the year, everyone is rushing to get their work done before the Holiday break. So here is my last minute gift guide! I've organised my gift guide by starting with the smaller items to bigger ones. There is also a section each for palettes; value sets; skincare; fragrances and candles. Most of the items shown here are 2017 limited edition holiday items.


If you are on a tight(er) budget, I note that a fair few items are going on sale now. For example, Priceline in Australia is starting their Boxing Day sales on 23rd December 2017 where there are lots of 1 for 1 deals: across Australis, Models Own, Rimmel, Bourjois, Nude By Nature and Revlon. Some skincare items are also going at a discount of 40%: selected skincare and suncare products across Manuka Doctor, Dr. LeWinn’s, Skin Replublic, B.Tan, Olay, Nivea, Reef, Jergens, Swisse, PureTan, Olive Oil Skincare, Invisible Zinc, Sukin, St. Ives, Natural Instinct and Beauty By Nicholas. There are also 50% off deals on brands like Alpha Keri, Avene, Vaseline, St Tropez and Innoxa. Some other stores like Sephora are starting to give discounts on certain items here too.

Some families like to do purchase their gifts after Christmas during the Boxing Day sales. Unless you desperately want a product that is limited edition and you know it is going to be sold out, you could wait.

SO, THERE IS ALWAYS THE OPTION TO GET A GIFT CARD FROM YOUR FAVOURITE STORE FOR YOUR LOVED ONE FIRST, SO THEY CAN SHOP THE AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES.

SHOP AND BOX IS A GOOD WAY TO BUY ITEMS ON SALE IN THE US WHICH MAY NOT BE DISCOUNTED IN AUSTRALIA (http://www.shopandbox.com/)

If you are looking for Shu Uemura's Shu X Mario collection, I have a separate post on that. Go here http://www.teacupofmakeup.com/single-post/ShuXMario-Collection-Super-Cute

Guide to Gift Guide

In Australia, the major places I shop at are Priceline, Mecca Cosmetica/Maxima and Sephora. There is also Myer and David Jones. So to read my guide items from:

  • Priceline are marked with (P);

  • Myer are marked with (MY);

  • David Jones are marked with (DJ);

  • Mecca are marked with (M); and

  • Sephora are marked with (S).

For some of the items, I have included prices in AUD. For the majority of the items, in term of price range, there are items from as little as $5 - over $500, items are denoted as follows:

  • Under $50 - Budget (B);

  • Under $100 - Affordable (A);

  • Under $250 Luxury (L);

  • Over $250 Extreme Luxe (EL)​

SO IF YOU ARE SEARCHING BY PRICE OR STORE; YOU CAN SEACH FOR THEM BY FOR EXAMPLE "(M)" FOR MECCA OR "(B)" FOR BUDGET

Photo Credit: Except for the photos that you see my watermark on, I've done screen grabs of the items I've picked BELOW. I simply can't afford to buy all of them! However, I have tested them in-store. I also bought some and was kindly gifted some. I've taken photos of the ones I have bought and gifted and shown/demo-ed them on my Instagram/Instastories (follow me on Instagram @teacupofmakeup)

Plan of Action

I actually do like the hustle and bustle of shopping last minute. It makes it all the more exciting. I would recommend creating a list and then going to each store in the order you prefer. A lot of stores/malls will have extended shopping hours, so do check their websites. Some of them also provide complimentary gift wrapping, so that can save you a lot of time (just dropped them off to be wrapped and continue to shop away).

Weblinks to each stores to check hours:

Stocking Stuffers

From the top left to right:

  1. KRIS KRINGLE Kris Kringle Nail Polish & Glitter Pot $5 (P)(B)

  2. KRIS KRINGLE Kris Kringle Brow Get & Brush $5 (P)(B)

  3. KRIS KRINGLE Kris Kringle Lipgloss Duo $5 (P)(B)

  4. KRIS KRINGLE Kris Kringle Lipstick & Lip Liner $5 (P)(B)

  5. SALLY HANSEN Color Therapy Trio Pack Bold 3 pack $29 (P)(B)

  6. RIMMEL SETS (P)(B)

  7. REVLON Christmas 17 New Year, New Nudes Kit 3 pack $29

  8. SEPHORA COLLECTION Small Fox Pouch (Limited Edition 2017) (S)(B)

  9. TOO FACED Matte Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Collection (M)(B)

  10. URBAN DECAY LITTLE VICES SETS (M)(A)

  11. TOO FACED Tis The Season To Sparkle (M)(A)

  12. LIPSTICK QUEEN Frog Prince Lip & Cheek Duo (M)(A)

  13. REN Atlantic Kelp & Microalgae Stocking Filler (M)(B)

  14. LIPSTICK QUEEN Sugar, Spice & All Things Nice (M)(A)

  15. LANCOME Surprise Cracker (M)(MY)(A)

  16. CLINIQUE Bright All Night Set (M)(MY)(A)

  17. BILLION DOLLAR BROWS Jet Setter Kit (M)(B)

  18. BareMinerals SOMETHING TO TALK A-POUT (M)(B)

  19. THIS WORKS Sleep Tight (M)(B)

  20. Mecca Max THE GLOW SHOW ILLUMINATING MAKEUP DUO GOLD (M)(B)

  21. Mecca Max THE GLOW SHOW ILLUMINATING MAKEUP DUO BRONZE (M)(B)

  22. Mecca Max PASH & DASH LIQUID LIP TRIO BRIGHT (M)(B)

  23. Mecca Max PARTY TO THE MAX EYE AND FACE PALETTE (M)(A)

  24. NARS LOVE TRIANGLE (M)(B)

  25. STILA WRITTEN IN THE STARS – GLITTER AND GLOW LIQUID EYE SHADOW SET (M)(B)

  26. STILA Star-Studded Eight Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set (M)(A)

  27. WINKY LUXE MINI LIP PILL KIT (M)(B)

  28. TARTE Lash Delights Lash Essentials Kit (Limited Edition) $34 (S)(B)

  29. BECCA Wake Up Call Kit (Limited Edition) $25 (S)(B)

  30. BEAUTYBLENDER Midas Touch Kit (Limited Edition) $38 (S)(B)

  31. KAT VON D BEAUTY Rock Candy - Mini Studded Kiss Lipstick Set $65 (S)(A)

  32. HUDA BEAUTY Contour & Strobe Lip Set (S)(A)

  33. BECCA Champagne Dream Lip & Highlighter Duo (S)(A)

  34. HUDA BEAUTY Lip Strobe Minis Winter Edition Set $59 (S)(A)

  35. BEAUTYBLENDER Gold Mine Set (Limited Edition) $60 (S)(A)

  36. FENTY BEAUTY Match Stix Trio $79 (S)(A)

  37. TARTE NATURAL ARTISTRY GIFT SET (S)(B)

  38. STILA Star-Studded Eight Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set (M)(A)

  39. STILA Star-Studded Eight Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set (M)(B)

  40. Too Faced Under The Kissletoe The Ultimate Liquified Lipstick Set (M)(B)

  41. CLINIQUE Chubby Treats (M)(A)

Palettes

From the top left to right:

  1. BOBBI BROWN PRECIOUS METALS PALETTE (M)(MY)(DJ)(L)

  2. BOBBI BROWN Highlighting Powder Moon Glow (M)(MY)(DJ)(A)

  3. Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder Trio (M)(MY)(DJ)(L)

  4. SEPHORA COLLECTION Maxi Wonderland Gift Set (S)(B)

  5. SEPHORA COLLECTION Wonderful Stars Eye and Face Palette (S)(A)

  6. SEPHORA COLLECTION Winter Queen Palette (S)(B)

  7. SEPHORA COLLECTION Winter Magic Eyeshadow Palette (S)(B)

  8. ARMANI HOLIDAY EYE AND FACE PALETTE (S)(MY)(DJ)(L)

  9. HOURGLASS Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette (M)(A)

  10. HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Vol. 3 (M)(L)

  11. URBAN DECAY Vice Metal Meets Matte Lipstick Palette (M)(L)

  12. URBAN DECAY MECCA20 Lipstick Palette (M)(A)

  13. BAREMINERALS The Hidden Treasure Ready 18.0 Palette (M)(L)

  14. NARS LOVE GAME EYESHADOW PALETTE (M)(A)

  15. NARS The Veil Cheek Palette (M)(A)

  16. NARS Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette (M)(A)

  17. CHANTECAILLE L'abre Illumine Palette (M)(L)

  18. CHANTECAILLE Les Paillettes (M)(L)

  19. BY TERRY PRECIOSITY FLASH DUAL COMPACT HIGHLIGHTER (M)(L)

  20. SMASHBOX SHADOW HIGHLIGHT PALETTE & SHADOW BLUSH CONTOUR PALETTE: each (M)(A)

  21. TOO FACED MECCA20 Funfetti Birthday Palette (M)(A)