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Christmas gift guide: The best local buys from New Zealand beauty brands


Christmas gift guide: The best local buys from New Zealand beauty brands

Shopping and supporting local is easy when we are blessed with such a range of fabulous and efficacious beauty brands created in New Zealand.

From simple items that elevate a daily skincare routine to something more enjoyable – not to mention skin glowing and bright – to easy makeup made with natural ingredients, there is plenty of options to shop in time for the big day.

Choose from simple stocking fillers to more dramatic luxury buys and delight the beauty lovers on your list.

Linden Leaves

Perhaps one of the largest selection of beauty gifts available from a local brand, Linden Leaves’ range covers off everyone you might be buying for. The iconic NZ beauty brand uses natural ingredients and unique essential oil blends for sensorial products that work beautifully too. Our picks include the In Bloom Hand Cream Selection Tin , an easy buy for almost anyone or the Pretty In Pink gift hamper that includes a selection of body products as well as a diffuser with a floral-fruity scent. 

Karen Murrell

It’s always exciting when New Zealand’s lipstick queen Karen Murrell launches something new, but the just-arrived  ‘Island Goddess’ Collection of Lip Tints really are exceptional. The sheer, shiny hues perfectly hit the trend for hydrating colour that isn’t too overwhelming and is easy to wear on hot summer days. Also worth checking out? The gentle lip scrubs that buff away dry, flakes to create a perfect canvas for colour.

Living Nature

Getting out the door with a full skincare routine ticked off can be a challenge, but if there’s one thing we can’t afford to miss, it’s sun protection. Thankfully New Zealand natural skincare brand Living Nature’s new Daily Protect Facial Lotion SPF 20 makes things easy, and it’s so useful to gift a daily essential. The broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection is contained in a hydrating, serum-like formula that also includes hyaluronic acid, organic aloe vera and antioxidant Vitamin E. The one-and-done formula is perfect on its own but also performs beautifully under makeup. 


Though we always pick on performance, this brand really hits the spot if you know a skincare lover that’s also a bathroom aesthete too. The clean lines and dark glass holds a stunning range of skincare that takes the best of nature and transforms it into easy-to-use skin-loving treats. The Superdose Pro-Facial Kit is perfect to indulge skin taxed by the summer sun and gives the opportunity to undertake a nourishing facial in the comfort of your own bathroom.

Emma Lewisham

If you know someone that hasn’t yet tried the Emma Lewisham brand of skincare, the Emma Lewisham Essentials Mini set makes a great introduction, offering a selection of its best products. Better yet, the mini set is refillable so once they’ve decided what they love, they can re-use these in the future for travel or weekend getaways.

Manuka RX

Based around the power of East Cape mānuka oil and its nourishing and anti-bacterial properties, this brand is perfect for a nature-lover wanting a selection of simple skin solutions. The Manuka RX Everyday Essentials includes a balm skin ointment and hand sanitiser as well as gentle cleansing soap and lip balm.


Retinal is the new skin must-have, gaining much attention this year. New brand RAAIE makes the most of its pro-aging power along with Vitamin C in the must-try RAAIE AM/PM Skincare set.


Staying abreast of the latest skincare developments Antipodes has developed some fantastic products of late, all while making the most of local native ingredients. The Antipodes Hydrate healthy set focuses on helping skin hold on to much-needed moisture with plant hyaluronic acid and manuka honey to soothe and hydrate, while New Zealand native mamaku black fern targets skin clarity.


This easy-to-use, multi-tasking range of vegan makeup is perfect for someone that loves a touch of colour, but doesn’t want to spend hours meticulously applying it. The Aleph Buffer Bundle includes a Cheek/Lip Tint and a Radiance Balm in the shades of your choice as well as a dense Buffer Brush to apply them with.


A great gift for someone that wants to embrace an entirely fresh skincare routine, Jeuneora’s Essential Seven Gift Set has all the best items from a great range that includes all the latest and greatest ingredients in fun packaging. The products include what you’ll need for a well-rounded morning and evening skincare approach.


For the person who has everything, indulge them with this divine bodycare brand’s latest arrival. Tronque’s Vitamin C Body Oil helps restore radiance, prevent fine lines, tackle pigmentation and slow skin ageing as well as offering  smoothing and hydrating properties.



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