Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Affordable christmas gift ideas! :)

Hey guys,
With christmas approaching (rather quickly I may add) there is only just under two weeks to get all your christmas gifts wrapped and ready :) I have really enjoyed watching & reading all the christmas gift guide videos and blogs, however being on a budget this year all I can do is lust after most of the amazing (but expensive) gift suggestions! So I decided to make my own budget gift guide with some cute little presents for beauty lovers, all of which are under $50.
Assorted BYS Palettes $5.00-$12.00
($11.95 palette pictured)
I really love these BYS palettes, they are one of the few bargain makeup brands I feel does not sacrifice formula or pigmentation to make their products affordable. I own two myself, and for the price they are good quality, really pigmented and gorgeous! I love them because you get such a large variety of eyeshadow colours with a relatively large pan size so they are a great way to expand your eyeshadow collection in an affordable and compact way. The palettes range in price from 5$ for the 6 pan diamond shadow palette to $12 for the 36 or 48 pan assorted colour palettes. There is a great range of colours and sizes to suit anybody and they make a great kris kringle or little stocking stuffer gift :)
I purchase my BYS palettes from GLOSS stores, but I believe you can get some of their products from bargain variety stores such as GO-LO.
Other eyeshadow palettes by brands such as Models Prefer, Loreal, Rimmel & Australis are also nice and can be purchase from Priceline.
Lip Smackers 4 pck Shimmer Set or Lip Smackers 6pck Coca Cola Set $14.99 ea
Cute gifts for younger beauty lovers or the young at heart. Each kit comes in at 15$ which makes them a cute kris kringle present or stocking stuffer :)
The first Shimmer set contains two shimmer balms and two shimmer glosses, and the second Coke set contains 6 Coke theme Balms (in coke, sprite, vanilla coke, fanta, grape fanta and raspberry fanta)
Available in-store at priceline, or on the priceline website.

Chi Chi body essentials summer gift set $19.95
This gorgeous body essentials kit contains some lovely summer themed body products. A great gift for aussie christmas as lots of christmas themed giftpacks you can purchased are aimed at the American 'white' christmas. For $19.95, you get a Musk Noir body scrub, Coconut Vanilla body wash, White Flower hand cream, a Watermelon body butter, and a loofah, to leave your skin smooth & hydrated for summer :)

You can purchase Chi-Chi products in-store at target and myer, or online at:
MOR marshmallow gift set $19.95
A gorgeous luxury MOR set with an incredible value of $50! Included is the Marshmallow Body Butter, Hand Cream & Perfume Oil. MOR products are on the pricier side for bath&body products, and when I saw Jodi K mention this in her christmas gift ideas video I could not go past including it here. The Marshmallow scent is beautiful and is suitable for all ages, not too sweet nor too mature which is another thing I love about it. Comes in really pretty packaging too
You can purchase this set in-store at Myer or online at:

David Jones Smokey Eye Kit $29.95
This is a really lovely kit for beginners as it contains 3 looks inside, each with seperately labelled eyeshadows and instructions for each to make things simple! It also contains an applicator, defining eyeliner pencil and a volumizing mascara to finish off your look. I think this is also a great palette for those travelling or on the go as it has all you need to create 3 eye looks in one little palette!

You can purchase this kit in-store at David Jones or online at:

Models Prefer 'Very Sexy' Colour Palette $29.95

Contains a whopping 64 eyeshadows, 32 lipcolours & 8 blush/bronzer colours. I really enjoy the Models Prefer range of cosmetics! They had a demo of this kit at my priceline and I swatched some of the eyeshadows/blushes, were really nice shades, not powdery, very nice for the price you can't go wrong :) great value present for somebody starting out in makeup or someone who wants to expand their collection without spending an enormous amount of money.
Can purchase this in-store at priceline or online at:

They are also having a 3 for 2 deal on selected cosmetic gift sets at priceline, which is a good opportunity if you need to pick up a few for different people :)

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butters Set $29.95
This trio set contains the Revlon Colourburst Lip Butters in the colours Peach Parfait, Lollipop and Sugar Plum (a nude, a pink, and a dark plum colour). I love these lip butters! They are extremely hydrating and glossy and give sheer but buildable colour. I think this is a pretty amazing deal considering ONE of these lip butters retails here in Australia for $21.95! Also comes with a cute little compact mirror, all packaged up in a cute box.
Available in-store at David Jones.


Burts Bees Head to Toe starter kit $29.99
Another great value set! This kit contains a collection of Burts Bees best products to naturally cleanse and nourish the skin. Included are: Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream 0.75 oz, Hand Salve 0.3 oz, Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Lotion 1 oz, Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash 1.8 fl oz, Coconut Foot Cream 0.75 oz and their Beeswax Lip Balm. A great gift for someone who maybe has sensitive skin or likes more natural products.
You can purchase this kit in-store at priceline or online at: 


Philosophy: The Bake Shoppe $30.00
This pack contains a Christmas cookie 3-in-1 shower gel (240ml) and a Sweet creamy frosting body lotion (240ml), both delicious sweet smelling scents! A great gift for somebody who loves bath and body products, or a beauty lover who wants to try out the philosophy brand. Comes in a gorgeous festive box with a little bow on top.
Can be purchased in-store from David Jones, or online at:
OPI Best of the Best Mini's $39.95
Nail polish is a great gift for those beauty lovers who are hard to buy for or seem to have everything! Brands like OPI are reknown in the beauty community for being great quality and are really nice polishes to work with, however with OPI retailing for $20 PER BOTTLE in australia (crazy!) you really will not get far on a budget. I think this set is a great value gift as it contains 10 mini shades to try out for just under $40, the price of 2 full size bottles. These 10 are a collection of OPIs best sellers: Alpine snow, Bubble bath, Tickle my France-y, Strawberry Margarita, Cajun Shrimp, Big Apple Red, I'm not really a waitress, You don't know Jacques!, Russian Navy and Lincoln Park after Dark. These colours range from blues to neutrals through reds, so there are shades to suit everybody's taste. I also prefer mini bottles of polish to full size, as the full size normally dry up or go gluggy before you can ever finish them up which is such a waste! The great thing about this set is it is suitable for any age beauty lover due to its range of colours.

You can purchase this set in-store at Myer or online at:


  1. These gift ideas are great! The OPI mini's set and MOR marshmallow gift set are adorable, I want them for myself :P

  2. Thanks!
    Yes I am loving the OPI mini set I think I will definately pick one up! Sneaky chrissie present for myself!

  3. Would LOVE the OPI minis set... I've got a problem with hoarding nail polish.

    1. Me too! I don't even use half of mine.. oops :P

  4. The Revlon Lip Butter and OPI set looks amazing :)

    1. They are both such good value given the price of cosmetics in Australia!