LUSH Stardust

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I am surrounded by the heavenly, very pink, scent of bubble gum at the moment and I think I just found the ultimate gift completer for girls everywhere. The one I have in mind is a Miss 8 but this would be perfect for girls of all ages.

If you know a girly girl that likes a little pampering, a princess that loves to be pretty in pink then this is a gift worth checking out. I am so glad I found it because I was fast running out of ideas.

The Stardust Gift from Lush comes packaged in a pretty pink box -  covered in stars of course – and made from recycled paper, and filled with a biodegradable filler. Not even any need to wrap and you can’t ask for much more than that.

Lift the lid and be carried away on waves of fragrant bubble gum, inside the box you will find 7 glorious girly products for pampering and prettiness.

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The colours are vibrant, the scents are intoxicating and the shapes are eye catching. My very first thought was about how much that would make a little girls day. The more I thought about it, the more I could think of some big girls who would be just as excited.

The Stardust Gift contains:

Space Girl Bath Ballistic – a fruity fragranced fizzy bath bomb shaped like saturn that will leave skin soft and scented all day.

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar – vanilla and fairy floss solidified into a bar of bubble bath. Now that’s innovative.

60g Angel’s Delight Soap – a soap containing orange and tangerine oil for a fabulous fruity fragrance in a Chrismtassy star shape. And it is cut from a multicoloured block so you will never know what colour you are going to get.

100g Magic Wand Re-usable Bubble Bar – another solid bubble bath, fairy floss favoured, but this one is on a stick so you can cast your spells in the bath and have hours of enjoyment from your magic wand as it makes new bubbles the more you wave it.

110 Snow Fairy Shower Gel – Fairy floss pink and smelling like bubble gum this shower gel is a girls best friend. But for that added hint of excitement you can shake it up and feel the benefit of the purple glitter.

Shimmy Shimmy Glitter Bar – this glitter infused bar needs simply to be smoothed over skin to cause an all over sparkle. A great way to get glittery without the mess.

25g Bubblegum Lip Scrub – Innovatively awesome! This one may end up in my handbag. An exfoliator for your lips that smells and tastes great. Rub a small amount of lip scrub across your lips  and then lick off the excess. It tastes great and leaves your lips feeling very soft.

The contents are very pretty, very pink and very appealing. I can just see someone’s reaction now; but if the pink factor is not going to be the one that sways you there are more reasons to buy gifts with LUSH this Christmas.

Lush pride themselves on their environmental policy and doing all they can to ensure that at every stage of their production the ingredients and packaging are sustainable, their processes are as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. They are against animal testing and put suppliers through a rigorous screening process to ensure that they subscribe to the same philosophies.

All the products in this pack are vegan! Lush work hard to ensure their products can be fresh, organic and free of preservatives. I think I am going to try these out on my little person with the sensitive skin.

The Stardust is available online and in stores across the country for an RRP of $55.95. For your nearest stockist call: 1300 5874 28

You can check out the Stardust Gift and the entire Christmas range at: www.lush.com.au

Christmas with Innoxa

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The beauty of Innoxa is that the products look and feel like they should be expensive, but in reality the prices are very affordable. For Christmas the Australian made brand has a selection of gift packs including my two picks, Pamper and Polish and Invigorate.

Innoxa Pamper and Polish is a little set made for nails and I can’t think of many females who don’t like a bit of nail TLC. Inside this cylinder shaped gift box there is:

* Exhilarate Hand Cream (50ml) to keep hands feeling silky soft
* Nail Colour in Pomegranate, a vibrant pink shade that will lift your mood for summer
* A cute, 4 piece manicure set which contains scissors, nail clippers, nail files and tweezers. It’s compact enough to fit in your purse too

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This would be a good one for Secret Santa too! The set has an RRP of $19.95 and is valued at $32.20

Innoxa Invigorate has four body loving products in generous sized containers, and are packaged in a reusable bag. We have:

* Exhilarate Body Scrub (350ml), has tiny beads inside which not only look pretty but work to get rid of those dead skin cells.
* Exhilarate Body Lotion (350ml) compliments the scrub and helps to give your skin a bit of wow.
* Exhilarate Hand Cream (150ml) is for one of the most neglected, and most used, parts of our bodies – the hands.
* Bath and Body Brush which ties it all together and really works to stimulate and soften the skin.

Invigorate

A complete body set, the Invigorate gift pack has an RRP of $24.95 (valued at $39.80).

For your nearest stockist please phone: 1300 650 981

Where’s Asterix

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It’s a very good thing I like to do a little research before I put pen to paper because I was very almost going to make a silly comment and embarrass myself. I was going to say, being a child of the 80′s I am familiar with – though I never actually read any myself – Asterix. He was all the rage with the boys my age. It actually turns out that Asterix was created in 1959! Therefore he would be familiar to a lot more people than I ever would have thought.

I had the new Asterix book in a bag next to my computer, just waiting for when I would have the time to write this. Hubby walked past earlier and spotted it in the bag “Ooh Asterix, cool!” I had to laugh, even a grown man who does not read got excited at the tiniest glimpse of Asterix.

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This Christmas then, it is safe to say, that every man you know would gain at least a little excitement at finding Asterix under the Christmas tree.

After the initial excitement at finding Asterix in their stocking this Christmas the boys will find that the excitement doesn’t end there. They can continue searching for Asterix in the pages of Where’s Asterix.

Think Where’s Wally combined with the distant past. The year is 50 B.C. and Gaul has been almost entirely taken over by the Romans, except for the small village home to Asterix. Your mission, if you think you’re man enough, is to scour the twelve action packed scenes inside this book to discover the hiding place of Asterix and various other characters in his entourage.

Asterix cartoons are cute yet still manly in that they are set in violent times – where it was all about clubs and swords so they are depicted here in very non-confronting violent times.

This book is bright and colourful, amusing and entertaining and sure to test the powers of observation. I predict it would be a hit with a demographic older than you would probably expect, until you get to the point where the eyesight is failing maybe, as well as with younger people. Males of all ages would get caught up in the fact that it’s Asterix I think.

Available where you get your books for an RRP of $24.99

The recommendation for this book is 9-12 year olds which sounds about right to me – but I still stand by what I said. I think this would be a hit with a much older crowd too – all the boys that remember growing up with Asterix.

Benefit Limited Edition Kits

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Benefit Cosmetics know how to package their products, and their Christmas offerings look so good you won’t want to wrap them up. A couple of favourites this year will be the “I’m Glam…therefore I Am” and “Crescent Row” gift packs.

I’m Glam…therefore I Am (RRP $69) is a limited edition and made for party perfect makeup. A retro box with a decent sized mirror and some of the best Benefit beauties inside. We have Girl Meets Pearl for a pretty glow, Glamming Face Powder for defined cheekbones and Life on the A List lip gloss in light pink.

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Your eyes are also taken care of with BADgal Lash Mascara and four shades of eye shadow. Applicator brushes and instruction sheet are included making this your one stop makeup kit.

Crescent Row (RRP $59) is a set of four mini Benefit fragrances and is also a limited edition. The awesome foursome is made up of Laugh With Me Lee Lee, My Place or Yours Gina, Garden of Good and Eva and Ring My Bella.

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These eau de toilettes are for the indecisive perfume wearer who wants to mix up her scent whenever she likes. The box has a lift up lid and see through “windows” – vintage glam.

For your nearest Benefit stockist please phone: 02) 8353 5000

Ambrosia Luxury Scented Candles

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Ambrosia

If you love candles as much as we do, then you need to visit Ambrosia Luxury Scented Candles. This is a relatively new Australian online store which is dedicated to selling beautiful candles, and features brands such as ECOYA, Aquiesse, Floris London, Ortigia Sicilia and Votivo.

The collection in store is a mixture of local and international candles, and Ambrosia have taken great care in the presentation and information they provide on the candles to make purchasing easy.

How do they choose which brands to stock?

Ambrosia Candles assesses each brand upon the following attributes:

  • Aesthetics – The product must look as good as it smells with both boxed packaging and the styling of the candle vessel being considered
  • Level of fragrance throw – All candles must be heavily fragranced, lit and unlit.
  • Uniqueness – The website seeks to supply interesting and complex fragrance combinations
  • Type of wax – All candles are made from soy wax or other safe natural waxes. No paraffin wax candles are available.
  • The Brand’s story– Every product presented has a great story to tell, whether it be a unique philosophy, rich history or guiding inspiration

Red Currant

Christmas is almost here and Ambrosia have a gift idea for every woman including the beautiful Red Currant natural soy wax blend candle from Votivo (pictured).

This is the perfect festive scent which is described as “A savoury blend of tart red currants and golden fruit glaze ladled over coarsely ground vanilla bean ice cream and served along side of raspberry filled sugar cookies… the original Red Currant.” Suitable for both males or females, this will certainly set the mood for Santa’s arrival! The Red Currant candle has an RRP of $60.00 and has a burn time of up to 60 hours.

You can see more Christmas gift ideas at Ambrosia Candles in their special Christmas section, which includes limited edition designs. The site’s founder, Rachel Zerner, recommends taking a candle as a thank you gift for the hostess when you attend those Christmas dinner parties.

Ambrosia Candles delivers Australia-wide for a flat rate shipping charge of only $5. Delivery is free for all orders over $100. Order online at www.ambrosiacandles.com.au

Secrets Shhh Friendship Bracelets

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Friendship bracelets have come a long way since I was younger and we plaited wool and clumsily tied our creations around each others wrists.

A beautiful, more adult friendly version has been created by Secrets Shhh and these bracelets will be truly cherished by the recipient.

There are three different pieces in the range and each one has it’s own meaning…

Circle of Friendship

Friends of the Heart has a heart shape design, this symbolises a friend who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.

Eternal Friendship is for a friend who nurtures the spirit, and soothes the soul.

Circle of Friendship is an unbroken circle, which represents an unbreakable bond between friends.

Each bracelet has a black woven silk cord which can be adjusted to fit and the special shapes are made from sterling silver with diamond simulants.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell your friends how you feel with words, so giving them a friendship bracelet from Secrets Shhh will say how much you care this Christmas.

Priced at $95, the new Secrets Shhh Friendship Bracelets will be in stores from December 2011.  You can find more details in store or online www.secrets-shhh.com

Loreal Professionel Gift Pack: For Blonde Hair

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Blonde hair can be high maintenance and needs to be taken care of with the right products. If you know someone with lighter locks you can give them a pamper this Christmas with the limited edition Complete Regime set for Blonde Hair by Loreal Professionel.

The pack is valued at over $100 and has an RR$59.95 so if you wanted to you could even buy one for your own every day use and benefit from the massive saving!

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Inside you will find:

Serie Expert Shine Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner. These help to brighten hair that has been highlighted and helps to fight that dreaded brassiness. They work hard to neutralise yellow tones and products like these are essential in maintaining the right blonde shade.

Techni.Art Styling Liss Control. A finishing gel-cream product which gives you lasting shine and helps to combat the frizz. Ideal for blonde hair that is feeling a little dry and dull.

Cricket Professional Bamboo Brush. This is the extra gift which is valued at $29.95. A natural bamboo brush that is the perfect blowdrying companion. Easy to grip and hair friendly!

Packed in a striped purple box (with tissue paper inside too), the Loreal Professionel Gift Pack For Blonde Hair looks gift-worthy and will be appreciated by blonde haired angels this Christmas.

Available from selected salons.

Stocking Fillers: Australis Kits

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What teenage girl wouldn’t like to receive some makeup in her stocking? Australis have three kits in time for Christmas and each is priced under $20.

Face-A-Holic is for the face and has three pressed powder shades with a blush, contour and bronzer. This ultra large compact will give you definition and an even complexion.

Face a Holic Box

It has a mirror and it has instructions, three steps to a beautiful face for $19.95

The Lip Travel Case won’t just fit in her stocking, but it can accompany her on any holiday travel. Five mini lip gloss tubes in one cute case.

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Mirror for application on the go and colours that go by the names of Contemporary, Lambada, Bellydance, Jazz and Bollywood. Snap them up for $14.95

Lip Tricks is a steal for just $9.95, this is a kit with 8 lipstick shades and lip brush. The lippies are all Australis’ award winning formulation of Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick.

Lip Tricks

Samba, Twist, Boogie Woogie, Jitterbug, Flamenco, Honky Tonk, Ballet and Salsa give you a range of colours for any occassion.

For your nearest stockist please phone: 1300 650 981

Oh My Giddy Aunt

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without one of our favourite online stores, Oh My Giddy Aunt! Chief Giddy Aunt, Nikki, has been a friend to Beauty and Lace for years now and the store is one I have personally shopped at and have fallen in love with time and time again.

After having a chat with the whimsical Nikki (who I honestly wish was MY aunt), we have come up with some gift ideas for Christmas 2011. These are just some of the beautiful pieces from Oh My Giddy Aunt but we couldn’t list them all so pop on over and see the entire range for yourself.

First, we have the Inori Range – it’s stainless steel jewellery which looks like platinum but is much stronger and durable. It is also ideal for those with skin sensitivities and doesn’t bend or break. The contemporary stainless steel pendants can be engraved and will be a keepsake that will be cherished forever.

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Next we have the Mother’s Rings. While all my friends are getting their children’s names tattooed on their body, these rings are a less painful way to be reminded of your loved ones whenever you look at them. These custom made rings are set with up to ten birthstones, each stone represents a cherished loved one. A gorgeous gift for mums this year!

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Laser Engraved Rings and Bangles are always a personal gesture, and are especially suitable for younger teenage girls.  Oh My Giddy Aunt give you a range of different design and print options making Christmas 2011 easy!

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The Photo Balls Lockets are 9 carrot yellow gold and are more of an investment piece, but one that can be handed down through the generations. The locket opens and four photographs can be stored inside. These heirloom pieces have that olden day glamour, but will be cherished throughout the lucky recipient’s life. Also available in sterling silver!!

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And last but not least are the My Little Pearls, pearls for your little princess. Made from real freshwater pearls, this is something really special and they are made in small sizes especially for young girls. Each pearl is individually knotted so if one does happen to come off it can easily be saved.

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For these beautiful gift ideas and more, please visit www.ohmygiddyaunt.com.au