Friday 9 May 2014

Mother's Day 2014 Gift Guide

Since it is almost Mother's Day in Australia I decided to put together a bit of gift guide. These are all things I would buy my Mum, if she was actually interested in candles, body care products, makeup and perfume. She is however not. So I am not actually buying her anything this year, but here are some ideas for your (hopefully less difficult) Mum!

Glasshouse Fragrances - Birds of a Feather Candle $42.95
This is a beautiful candle in a beautiful pink glass jar. The scent is Pink Lemonade and is described as 'a delicious blend of grapefruit, cherry and lemon'. The scent is gorgeous and quite refreshing. The best part of purchasing this candle? It is helping charity! Yep, 5% of the retail price goes to the McGrath Foundation which supports those with breast cancer. 

Palm Beach Collection - Violet Candle $39.95
Violet is a really classic scent that can be considered old fashioned. Not in this candle, it just smells really beautiful and feminine. This candle has a really good scent throw too, it can well and truly be smelt throughout the house. The glass jar has a simple elegance to it, it looks very clean and stylish. 

Lush - You're the Best Gift Set $18.95
Lush has a great range of affordable gift sets for Mother's Day, starting at $14.95 for a small gift pack. The gift set pictured contains Rockstar soap, Secret Garden bath bomb and Wonder Woohoo bubble bath. I think Lush would be a great place for younger kids to pick up something cute and lovely smelling for Mum. 

Jurlique - Delicate Rose Precious Collection $40
To me, Jurlique is a perfect brand to gift to Mum's and Nanna's at Mother's Day time. Jurlique has a really elegant air about it and would be great for the sophisticated Mum. There is a range of gift sets available starting with this one at $40 that contains Rosewater Balancing Mist and Rose Hand Cream. 

The Body Shop - Strawberry Heart Tin $39.95
Another perfect brand for Mother's Day gifting, though to me The Body Shop is perfect for the younger (or younger at heart) and a little bit hipper Mum. This heart shaped tin is perfect to show Mum your love and contains Strawberry Body Polish, Strawberry Shower Gel, Strawberry Body Butter and Born Lippy in Strawberry. FYI: They all smell delicious. 

Estee Lauder - Mother's Day Makeup Collection $75
This gift set is amazing (and I am really tempted to buy it for myself) and is a bargain at $75. It contains an eyeshadow palette, a lipstick, a lip gloss, nail polish and more. A perfect gift for a make up loving Mum! 

Chloe - My Little Chloe's Trio Set $120
Another one I am tempted to buy for myself. How cute is this set of miniature Chloe perfumes? If your Mum is a perfume lover she will love this set! Bottles can also be purchased individually for $40.

That is the end of my quick gift guide for Mother's Day 2014. I think Mother's Day is a great day to show your Mum (and Nanna), how much they mean to you and how thankful you are for everything they have done (and still do). I don't believe you have to spend a lot of money, just buy a card and spend some time with them - it will most likely mean more to them than an expensive gift. 

This year I am not actually buying my Mum and Nan a present, they don't 'need' anything and they both have their birthdays in June (so I need to keep my gift ideas for then). On Sunday I am taking them to the Halls Gap Zoo (weather permitting) which is something we have wanted to do for ages. My Nan is really looking forward to going in the enclosure with the Meerkats (one of her favourite animals), I told my Mum I'd pay for her  to hold a snake. Needless to say, she was not impressed with the idea. Then I'll take them out for lunch, it will be a nice family day. 

What are you buying your Mum this Mother's Day? 
Anything special planned?

Monday 5 May 2014

Birthday Wishlist

As it is my birthday on Wednesday (May 7th), I thought I would post a quick wishlist of sorts. I definitely won't be getting gifted everything on my list and would never expect that. I have a habit of splurging on myself for my birthday, it is a bit of a tradition I started a couple of years ago and I do it at Christmas time too. I am a big believer in rewarding yourself. So I will end up buying most of these things for myself over my birthday month. 

Emporio Armani Watch
I saw this watch in a jewellers window and fell in love. I think it is actually a mens watch but I love the simplistic and elegant style of it. I will have to wait a few weeks to actually purchase it though as I don't like buying jewellery without trying it on first and I won't be near a jeweller or store that stocks Emporio Armani for a while. 

NARS Contour Blush
I have wanted one of these since seeing one of the YouTube "Gurus" use it a couple of months ago. I think the Olympia shade would be best suited to my skin tone but of course that is the only one sold out on the Mecca Cosmetica website. 

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour
I am not even sure if this is out in Australia yet but I will be giving the Chanel Beauty Boutique a call in the next couple of days to try and track down this and the next two items on this list. I love the Les Beiges powders and am intrigued by this product. 

Chanel Summer 2014 Collection Illusion D'Ombre
You should know by now that I LOVE the Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadow formula. The Summer collection from Chanel sees three new shades released; New Moon, Mirage and Utopia. I know I definitely want the other two but am unsure about Utopia (the pale lavender) at this stage.

Chanel Summer 2014 Collection Le Vernis
These three nail polishes look absolutely gorgeous and I MUST have them. The collection actually includes five polishes but these three stand out the most and will be a perfect way to fantasize about summer whilst winter is coming.

Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette
Because I need another neutral themed eyeshadow palette like I need a hole in the head. I have no power to resist them.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
See above...

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
I have wanted at least one of these blushes since their American release but my spending ban stopped me. I am not even sure which one I want but I love the powders so I am pretty sure I will love the blushes. 

There is just a bit of what is on my current and never ending wish list. It has gotten pretty long over the last couple of months due to my ten week spending ban which coincidently ends tomorrow. I will let you know how I have gone tomorrow. I am such a tease. Haha! 

What is (or was) on your birthday wishlist?

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