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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas: Christmas Shopping Guide (Part 2)

Welcome back to the shopping guide!
- The "Upgrade" Version -

X'mas will be upon us in a few weeks' time!!
i.e. X'mas sales!
And deals :)

For those who have more cash to burn, this post will certainly help you get rid of those extra money.
That said, these are still definitely value for money.

Read on for a list of places to get gifts for her and him!


1. LUSH - Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Personally, I have never owned nor used any lush products. In fact, my allergies acted up the very first time I stepped into the store. The smells, to say the least, are certainly very strong.

Hailing from UK, they are, undoubtedly, most known for their au naturel handmade products.
At minimum $10.50 per 100g of soap, it is high up on my list of "Most Expensive Soap Ever."
 But that's not to say LUSH is not awesome! It is, indeed, very awesome.
From facial masks to soap to perfume, they have what you need to make that gift just that tad extra special for that special someone.

Lush has a men's range too!
So don't feel like you're leaving him out.
If nothing, get the facial masks! He will thank you for his new found baby skin.

If really nothing else, check out the X'mas range.
I'm highly intrigued by Snowcake.

What I would buy for her: Henna hair dye, Mask of Magnaminty, Snow Fairy
What I would buy for him: Mask of Magnaminty, Dirty Shaving Cream, Toothy Tabs

Click here for their online store.
Brick and mortar stores: Wisma Atrium, Suntec City Mall.

2.  MONOYONO - Anything But Ordinary

For quirky and fun gifts, look no further.
Just as it's tagline states, all the items are "anything but ordinary".

From sticky notes rollers to moustache cookie cutters to poo-pourri bathroom sprays, Monoyono is definitely not your average store.

For those with 'tongue-in-cheek' friends, this is definitely a to-go place to check out for x'mas gifts!

What I would buy for her: Poo-pourri, Pumped Up phone stand, Roller Notes
What I would buy for him: Poo-pourri, Beat Bot, a Mug.

Yes, I did write POOPOURRI. Watch this to be mind-blown. No more stink! :O

Click here for their online store. 
Brick and mortar stores: Plaza Singapura, VivoCity, Raffles City.

3. Sephora

Now, THIS is a haven for her and for him.
There are a lot, I repeat, A LOT of gifts to find here.
But more for her.

Just recently, Urban Decay launched Naked Palette 3 - rose gold edition.
So yes, if you are feeling generous this year, why not consider this lovely new eye palette?
(Though beware that it is rumoured to have quite a fair bit of fall out)

The different in-store brands also have X'mas deals for sale.
I chanced upon this while I was whiling time away recently.

For $36, this STILA lip glaze set, Colour Me Glossy, contains 9 different ones.
It costs $31 for one usually. Do the math.
It makes a good gift to someone who's a lipgloss fanatic!

For him, there are the hair and body products.
And cologne.
If you're at a lost, there's always the friendly staff to help you out.

What I would buy for her: Naked Basics, Stila Lipglaze set, gift vouchers (don't be stingy!)
What I would buy for him: Gift Vouchers. (Best to let him decide what he likes)

Click here to go to their online store
Brick and Mortar store: Ngee Ann City, Marina Bay Sands, Plaza Singapura, Ion Orchard, Vivocity, Jem, Great World City, Bugis+, Suntec City Mall.

4. The Body Shop

This is the place to go for all those value-for-money X'mas gift sets.
They are all packaged prettily too!
Starting from as low as $5.90 for a X'mas nail file to $65.90 for a X'mas limited edition body set, there is something for everyone, him or her.

Also, they are having a buy 2 get 1 free offer now.
Whatcha waitin' fer?

(A cheaper alternative to Lush) This is the best fall-back place to get X'mas gifts.

Check out their online store here:
Brick and Mortar store: A LOT

5. Sasa

Sasa has a lot to offer this X'mas season too.
Sasa's in-house brand, Sasatinnie, is having a BOGO deal for their eye shadows and lip range.
Colour pay off is pretty good, although if the receiver is not a big fan of shimmers, you'd do well to skip this.

Also, almost all make-up ranges have up to 20% discount, if I'm not wrong.
This includes TheBalm.
Any make-up fanatic will know about Meet Matt(e), Bahama Mama and Frat Boy.
Now is a good time to buy them, for yourself or for that one friend who's crazy about make-up.

Perfumes and fragrances are on discount too!
They have up to 30% off which I think it's a decent discount for such items.
They have those set of 5 travel-size perfumes, or similar sets, for certain brands.
I saw one from Lanvin. The packaging is pretty cute and sturdy.

Be sure to head down to the nearest Sasa and check out their offers!

What I would buy for her: Meet Matt(e) Nude, Sasatinnie's Beloved eyeshadow palette, Facial masks.
What I would buy for him: Hmm, this is tough. Perhaps facial masks? Or hair gel. Hah. For him.

Find them online here.
Brick and mortar stores: EVERYWHERE. Almost.

6. Kinokuniya

Books are always a wonderful gift to receive.
Knowledge is power after all.
From now till 23rd dec, you get 20% off all purchases if you're a member.
Pretty good deal considering one year's membership is at $21.40.

Here are some authors to consider: Neil Gaiman, John Green and Mitch Albom.
If you're into dark humor, you will love Cyanide & Happiness and Ice Cream & Sadness.
For the poetry lover, why not gift them Sylvia Plath's The Collected Poems?
Or give aspiring polyglots some language books.
Cookbooks are aplenty too for the chefs-to-be.

With more than 500000 books, you are so spoilt for choice.

Check their online store here.
Brick and mortar stores: Ngee Ann City, Liang Court, Bugis Junction, Jem


Have fun shopping X'mas! :D
Don't forget to pamper yourself too.

Till next time.
Christine xoxo

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