The Special X’mas Edition : Gift-Giving! :)

Hello everyone, finally FRIDAY is approaching! Have not been sleeping well for the past few days and i’m glad that i can finally rest this coming weekend! Christmas is coming in 2 weeks and i’m already done with my Christmas Shopping. What about you? 🙂 If you have not, fret not! Christmas shopping might be a headache as you might be clueless on what to buy for your friends and love ones. Therefore,  i have complied a list of gift ideas for everyone so that you can draw some inspiration from this entry. 🙂

1a) Gifts for the Make Up / Skincare Fanatics

From the shore of Korea, VDL (Violet Dream Luminous) a professional make-up brand dedicated in helping women stay beautiful while they achieve their dreams offers exquisite Christmas sets filled with cosmetics, skincare, nail care and body care products. This Christmas, show your love and generosity with 7 different VDL Christmas gift sets and a wide selection of personalized Christmas ideas.

VDL is my secret Santa and has sent me one of their X’mas gift set! Thank you!

Romantic Nails Set

Gift Set 1: Violet Dream Love Story – $64 (Worth $75)

Consists of 3 pc Eyes, Cheeks and Lip Set to create a glamorous festive season look. Create your own VDL story as the eye-shadows are named with different romantic locations while the blusher are named with different action and top it off with the desired lip color that adopts men’s name.

Gift Set 2: Touching Me Softly – $30 (Worth $36)

Contains four perfectly scented hand moisturizer / fragrances to give you velvety Smooth hands this holiday season.

Gift Set 3: Kiss Me Tender – $35 (Worth $42)

Add lovely colors and get kissable pouts with VDL’s 2 pc Love Mark Lipstick Set! With an exciting selection of 25 lip colors to choose from, you can customized and choose the right tone for your love ones.

Gift Set 4: Pucker Me Up – $22 (Worth $42)

Christmas entails several nights of partying and prep your lips to keep it soft with VDL’s Lip Passion Gloss. With 6 exciting colors to choose from, the 3 pc gift set will get your lips ready and healthy!

Gift Set 5: Romantic Nails – $20 (Worth $24)

Show off your lovely nail color this Christmas with VDL’s 4 pc Festival Nail Set. Pick and Choose from a selection 65 exciting colors and personalized your own nail gift set.

Gift Set 6: Romantic Glittery Nails – $20 (Worth $24)

Bling up your nails with VDL’s 2 pc Festival Nail (Glitter) Set. Choose from 10 dazzling colors and enchant your love ones with this glittered gift set.

Gift Set 7: Dreamy Beauty Vacations – $25 (Worth $30)

Give your skin the needed pampering with the 5 pc Beauty Trip Mask Sheet Set. Mix and Match 8 Uniquely designed mask sheets that delivers the best benefit for each special skincare needs.

Personally i feel that these gift sets will make good presents for your sister / girlfriends or simply as a gift exchange present! Not only it looks presentable, i have tried some of the products personally and they are really of good quality. 🙂

For limited time only, enjoy 10% off storewide* on Ala Carte Items (*Terms & Conditions apply). Exclusive for Citibank Card members, receive a $5 discount voucher with payment by Citibank card (minimum purchase of $50 nett from 15 November to 31 December).

VDL is available at Suntec City, Jurong Point, Bugis Junction & Bedok Mall (Opening soon).

1b) Gifts for the Make Up / Skincare Fanatics

Kiehl’s has originated in New York during 1851 as a purveyor of fine  quality skin and hair care dedicated to serving the patrons and communities . Keeping this slogan “We are delighted to serve you” in mind, every employees and members launched a legendary tradition of personalized service which treats customers as their neighbours / friends. From generations to generations, this legendary Kiehl’s experience is passed down as the company continues to delight customers with its efficacious formulations. Formulated using unique natural ingredients, and offering a comprehensive range from skincare, body care to hair  care, Kiehl’s remains popular as a gifting choice for loved ones with something for everyone.

This holiday season, Kiehl’s brings holiday cheer to life with big, bright and colorful gift options that capture the joyful X’mas celebratory spirit. Following the success of previous worldwide holiday partnerships with celebrated artists such as Kaws, Jeff Koons and Kenny Scharf, Kiehl’s proudly announces its 5th Annual Limited Edition Holiday Collection in collaboration with NYC-based artist Eric Haze.

Haze’s work is iconic, including custom album artwork and logos for The Beastie Boys, L.L. Cool J and MTV. He has created limited edition sneakers for Nike and New Balance and has an established clothing line of street wear, with a flagship store in Tokyo, Japan. The Kiehl’s x Haze partnership is the designer’s first time working on skincare packaging. Haze’s work – alternating K letters and stars in cheerful BOLD colors on gift sets, shopping bags, and gift boxes so patrons worldwide can enjoy the complete Haze holiday experience from Kiehl’s

This Christmas, one of the not to be missed gift (which you can buy for yourself or your love ones) would be the Limited Edition Kiehl’s x Haze collection*. Under this collection, there’s the Ultra Facial Cream ($48) & Calendula Toner ($58) which features customized packaging designed by Haze!

*The Limited Edition Kiehl’s x Haze collection includes 2 of Kiehl’s icons, Ultra Facial Cream and Calendula Toner (limited edition only available in December). Shoppers can also choose from a wide range of gift wrapping options which has Haze’s festive designs. 

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Eric Haze’s masterpiece on the Ultra Facial Cream & Calendula Toner

In addition to Kiehl’s individual offerings, customers have the option of customizing their own gift sets with the Kiehl’s products of their choices. You can just approach the always friendly Kiehl’s Customers’ Representatives to customize a unique gift in an array of limited edition artwork  gift wrapping options. There will definitely be an ideal gift for your loved ones this holiday season. For 2013 Christmas Gift Options, Kiehl’s offers the following Holiday sets with limited edition gifting packing to suit different ones and budgets 🙂

Gifts Under $50

Gift of Joy (Retail Price: $17 – $19)

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Lip Balm #1, 15ml (Original, Mango, Also available in Limited Edition – Cranberry, Mint and Pear)

Gift of Love (RSP $35, worth $43)

For your significant other / for your brother as they deserved to be pampered this Christmas.; so bless them with this gift of love to help them achieve healthy clean skin.

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Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, 250ml & Ultimate Man Body Scrub, 40g

Gift of Blessings (RSP $45, worth 79)

All ladies love to smell nice so this Christmas, treat your besties to her favourite scent! Available in Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit, Orange Flower & Lychee, Patchouli & Fresh Rose, Fig Leaf & Sage or Vanilla & Cedarwood.

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Aromatic Blends Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Aromatic Mist, 30ml, Aromatic Blends Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Skin Softening Body Lotion, 65ml, Aromatic Blends Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Liquid Skin Softening Body Cleanser, 65ml

Gifts Under $100

Colleagues play a big part in our work life so this Gift of Thanks (RSP: $52, worth $83) will make  a great gift to show your appreciation.

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Dermatologist Solutions Ultra light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA +++, 30ml,
Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, 5ml, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 4ml

For the men in your life, bless them with the Gift of Appreciation which contains highly raved Kiehl’s products (RSP $75, worth $94).

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Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, 250ml, Facial Fuel SPF 15 Sunscreen Energizing Moisturizer Treatment for Men,75ml, Close Shavers Squadron Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream, White Eagle, 15ml, Calendula Toner, 40ml

Gift of Happiness (RSP $76, worth $107) will be good for your relatives & family members! Available in Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit, Vanilla & Cedarwood, Orange Flower & Lychee, Patchouli & Fresh Rose  and Fig Leaf & Sage; this body hair kit will shower them with love from head to toe.

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Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose Skin Softening Body Cleanser, 250ml, Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose Skin Softening Body Lotion, 250ml, Amino Acid Shampoo 65ml, Amino Acid Conditioner 65ml

Gift of Gaiety! (RSP $85, worth $116)

Pamper yourself as you have worked so hard throughout the year with a luxurious body treat! Give your body some love and pampering today.

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Crème De Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish, 200ml, Crème De Corps, 125ml, Amino Acid Shampoo 65ml, Amino Acid Conditioner 65ml

Gifts Above $150

For the frequent travellers, you can get her the Gift of Consideration (RSP $ 128, worth $172) which is a hydration set to keep her feeling fresh and moisturized from dry and harsh cabin air.

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Ultra Facial Cleanser,150ml, Ultra Facial Toner, 250ml, Ultra Facial Cream, 50ml, Powerful Strength Line, Reducing Concentrate, 5ml, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 4ml, Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA +++, 5ml

 All I am I owe to my mother – Present your mummy with the Gift of Youth (RSP $188, worth $256) and bless her with the elixirs of youth.

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Dermatologist Solutions Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, 50 ml, Super Multi Corrective Cream, 50ml, Ultra Facial Cleanser, 30ml, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 4ml
Dermatologist Solutions Deep Wrinkle Filler, 5ml, Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense
SPF 50 PA +++,5ml

A true beauty fanatics will never say no to the Gift of Wonder which is made up of comprehensive Kiehl’s classics products (RSP $230, worth $313).

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Dermatologist Solutions Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, 50ml, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 30ml, Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA +++, 30ml
Clearly Corrective Cleansing Cream, 30ml, Clearly Corrective Toner, 40ml, Clearly Corrective Deep Moisture White Cream, 7ml, Ultimate Strength 24 hr Hand Salve, 30ml

Guys, if you are looking for the perfect gift for the ladies, you can also consider the newest addition to Aromatic Blends Collection –  Patchouli & Fresh Rose.. The collection includes fragrance, body wash and body lotion which has robust floral scent that captures the creamy, woody scent of Patchouli and the fresh, petal-like aroma of Rose Centifolia.

The Kiehl’s original Aromatic Blends range of fragrances and formula have been a success world-wide since its launch in 2012 as it consists of pure scents from around the world and are designed to take patrons on a wonderful journey to the source of Kiehl’s ingredients. In keeping with Kiehl’s apothecary heritage, the Aromatic Blends products are formulated with inspiring fragrance blends, utilizing sustainable sourcing methods, natural ingredients, and the latest in science and technology.

Aromatic Blends Collection – Patchouli & Fresh Rose (pouch not included)

As Christmas is a season of giving, Kiehl’s has additional treats for ‘Friends of Kiehl’s members with GWP. ‘Friends of Kiehl’s’ members will receive a Limited Edition Holiday Pouch with min purchase of $120.With min purchase of $200, members will receive a Limited Edition Holiday Pouch and Bag.

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Available in 3 colours, black, red and purple. Limited quantities only.

While doing your X’mas shopping at Kiehl’s, do take a break and check out the Designer Store Window filled with colourful window illustrations specially designed by Fanny Gentle for Kiehl’s. Fanny Gentle is a Swedish-born artist and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. Her first solo show was in New York at the 31 Grand Gallery, and in 2009 she had her second solo exhibit at the Jonas Kleerup Gallery in Stockholm. Among her clients are Barneys New York, Free People, Anthropologie, and NYLON.

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Artwork by Fanny Gentle

Kiehl’s – One of my favorite brand and also many of my friends’ favorite! Therefore, it will be worthwhile to check out Kiehl’s products / Gift sets as they will make awesome gifts whereby one will enjoy using it. 🙂

Kiehl’s Since 1851 is available at:

Robinsons Raffles City t: 6338-3457 | VivoCity #01-11/12 t: 6376-9017 |TANGS Beauty Hall at TANGS Orchard t: 6732-5394 | Tampines Mall #01-29 t: 6785-7610 | Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, #B1-33 t: 6732-9695 | ION Orchard #B3-54 t: 6509-8941 | Plaza Singapura #01-66 t: 6454-3457 | Parkway Parade #01-19 t: 63461276 | Bugis Junction #01-13 t: 63369022| Great World City #01-16 t: 67353755 | Suntec City #01-321 t: 63369338

2) Gifts with the surprise element 

If you wish to surprise your love ones with X’mas Gifts, you consider ordering the exclusive themed Black Box online and it will be delivered to their doorstep! 🙂

To refresh your memory, Black Box is created in 2012 by Splash Media, a one-stop creative agency specialising in branding, social media campaigns and print. Black Box is the first free unisex lifestyle sampling box in Singapore and the brand want to encourage responsible sampling, introducing products by sending subscribers the latest or tried and tested products by the Black Box Team for sampling! For the first time ever, Black Box has released its first ever Exclusive Black Box – the K-Beauty Secret Black Box & Persian Rose Exclusive Black Box

K-Beauty Secret Black Box is a result of a collaboration with 3 of the hottest Korean Skincare & Makeup brands: VDL cosmetics, Belif & THE FACE SHOP. This exclusive will be a hit among the Korean skincare lovers as it contains all the must-try Korean beauty products.

Black Box in collaboration with Persian Rose, an established UK brand that just reached Singapore, to release the Persian Rose Exclusive Black Box. Rosewater and rose oil have been highly valued for many centuries not just for complex healing properties and this exclusive box will be highly suitable for those with sensitive skin and for people who love rose scent!

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Persian Rose Exclusive Black Box (Left) & K-Beauty Secret Black Box (Right)

First up, the K-Beauty Secret Black Box contains pampering treats from The Face Shop + VDL + Belif and when you first open the box, you will find discount card / Gift with purchase card for your next purchase.

THE FACE SHOP:

1. Real Nature Mask Rice (1 Sheet)

An exfoliating mask that removes dead skin cells and smoothen rough skin. It provides brightening effects to dull skin

2. Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam [30ml]

Organic Yeoju Rice Water and Moringa Oil provides superior brightening, hydrating and detoxifying effects. Its soft, creamy lather cleanse skin gently yet thoroughly, leaving skin soft and supple

3. Flebeaute White Crystal Damond Microderm Exfoliator [5ml]

The flebeaute White Crystal Diamond Microderm Exfoliator contains super fine Diamond Power and Micro Mineral Powder that effectively exfoliates dead skin cell

VDL:

1. VDL Festival Nail x 1 (assorted colors, full-sized)

A handy nail color (available in 65 colors) with a quick dry formula that allows you to have beautiful and well-groomed nails.

2. S-VDL CC Cream [1.5ml x 2 pcs]

VDL CC Cream SPF 25, PA++ is a color control cream with a 3-in-1 formula – primer, foundation & pact all in one. The CC cream is long-lasting as it helps fights off perspiration and oil, generating a lasting and radiant look.

Belif:

1. The True Cream – Aqua Bomb [10ml]

Formulated with Lady’s Mantle, this gel cream supplies instant moisture and is clinically proven to increase skin’s moisture by 18%

2. Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner [20ml]

For normal to combination skin, this toner has a readily absorbent formula with a lightweight feel. its watery gel system is enriched with Bergamot extracts which lock in moisture, leaving the skin supple and refreshed

3. S-First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask [3ml]

This leave on moisture gel eye mask lightens dark circles, reduces puffiness and supplies needed moisture to dry eye rims. Its main herb, Mimosa, also prevents the formation of fine lines by strengthening skin’s resilience around the delicate eye area

4. S-Velvety Coat Hand Cream [3ml]

A hydrating hand cream, formulated with Napiers hand formula, shea butter and Hyaluronic acid which is easily absorbed without stickiness

K-Beauty Secret Exclusive Black Box ($18) is available from 8 November for purchase via this LINK. Do note that there’s only 300 boxes available. This beauty box will sure bring a smile to people who loves Korean skincare / makeup products as many of the products inside the box are highly raved by many.

The highly anticipated Persian Rose Exclusive Black Box contains the Persian Rose Pampering Kit. Persian Rose products contain only the finest rose oil sourced from present day Persia where the roses are handpicked at dawn and distilled with pure mountain stream water. The methods of farming and distillation have not changed in this region for hundreds of years, producing a totally organic and authentic rose oil of unrivaled quality. Not only it is effective & gentle on skin, the romantic and soothing fragrance from the Persian Rose products is simply heavenly.

This exclusive black box contains the Persian Rose Pampering Kit with the following full-sized & sample sized items:

i. Organic Rosewater Mist [100ml] –  ($50 for 100ml, full-sized)

The finest organic rosewater distilled from the petals of organically growth roses from present day Persia. Making it a wonderful facial toner due to the finest ingredients, this toner has also been certified by the Soil Association.

ii. Rose Hand Cream [10ml] –  ($48.50 for 50ml)

Handcream is subtly textured and easily absorbed, enriched with shea butter and exquisitely scented with precious rose oil

iii. Rose Day Cream SPF 15 [10ml] – ($66 for 50ml)

A light and delicately scented day cream with SPF 15 containing rich shea butter, rosehip seed oil and an infusion of rose oil

iv. Rose & Aloe Vera Gel [10ml] – ($40 for 50ml)

This soothing gel is formulated with aloe vera, sweet almond and pure organic rose oil. For use on face and neck, it retains moisture and protect against pollution

Persian Rose Exclusive Black Box ($50) is available from 22 November for purchase via this LINK

Do note that only 300 pcs are available and while stock last. Perisan Rose Products are available exclusively at http://persianrosesg.weebly.com. The products inside this beauty box smells so divine (you can detect the rose scent once you open up the box!). With nourishing and healing essence of roses, get this beauty box if your girlfriends / sister has sensitive skin and will want something to pamper their delicate skin.

3) You can still bless your love ones if you don’t have time to shop 

If you don’t have the time to visit the stores or you wish to avoid crowded places, you can shop at the comfort of your own home (24/7) and get your purchases delivered to your doorstep by visiting ZALORA Singapore, the largest online fashion retailer in Singapore.

With over 500 brands and thousands of products, there’s something for everyone at ZALORA.sg. Be it international cult brands exclusive to ZALORA.sg, your favourite high street label or the hottest local designer, ZALORA.sg redines the online shopping experience at attractive prices.

At ZALORA.sg, every shopping experience will be easy and fun as there’s a great team of local customer service consultants on stand by via FB message, hotline, or email to assist you if you need them. You can also enjoy perks like free shipping and free returns (subjected to terms and conditions) are available!

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Printscreen from Zalora.sg

This Christmas, Zalora is holding a Christmas campaign whereby you can do your Christmas shopping conveniently online. Via the christmas page, you will find a wide selections of products and choices for everyone. I love how Zalora makes shopping even easier with different categories so that you won’t have to strain your eyes browsing through the extensive product selections.

The 6 different Christmas Gift Guides for different ones:

Looking for a gift for your husband / boyfriend, click on this LINK
Looking for a gift for your wife / girlfriend, click on this LINK

Looking for a gift for your buddy / Brother, click on this LINK
Looking for a gift for your BFF / Sister, click on this LINK

Looking for a gift for your Daddy, click on this LINK
Looking for a gift for your Mum, click on this LINK

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Photo from Zalora FB page

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Printscreen from Zalora.sg (Christmas campaign)

If you really cannot think of what to get or afraid that your choice of gift is not what the recipient will like, you can consider getting the Zalora E-Gift Card as her/his Christmas gift! This E-Gift Card will be good during Christmas Gift Exchange as you don’t know who will be the lucky one getting your gift and he/she can use it to get something appropriate for his/her lifestyle.

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To make a bang for the buck, simply sign up for Zalora newsletter and you will be entitled to a S$10 cash voucher as well keeping track on the latest info on Zalora’s deals and promotions.

Also, from now till 31 December 2013, you can stand a change to win over $10k worth of prizes this X’mas. More details over at Santa’s Gift bag page. Good LUCK to my readers!

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Printscreen from Zalora.sg

Even its just less than one month away from Christmas, it’s never too late for you to do your Christmas shopping over at Zalora!  Be it buying a gift for your annoying little sister, your best buds or your loving parents, there’s bound to be something for everyone. 🙂

Before i go, you can also refer to these posts for more Christmas Gift Ideas – Clinique & Body Shop. Hope that all my X’mas gift idea posts will be beneficial in one way or another… 🙂

Have a blessed week ahead!

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from VDL / Kiehl’s / The Black Box/Zalora’s website & Presskit

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