Looking for a unique gift this Christmas for someone who is obsessed with all things beauty? The city centre is the place to come - we've got you covered - from brow experts to stores covering all kinds of make-up and cosmetic needs, to blow wave professionals and more.
Best place for international beauty brands | Sephora, 152 Queen Street
Sephora's official opening on Queen Street didn't come with unprecedented fanfare (lines for hundreds of metres!) for no reason. With their unique, open-sell environment features an ever-increasing amount of classic and emerging brands across a broad range of product categories including; makeup, beauty tools, skincare, haircare, fragrance, and bath and body for both men and women, Sephora offers a unique beauty experience and is sure to deliver an inspired gift for those beauty fanatics.
Best place for a makeover | MECCA, 203 Queen St
Treat yourself with the ultimate beauty experience at MECCA. Book an expert make up application, including a one-on-one sit down for a personalised makeover as well as a redeemable voucher of the same value, on products. Whether it’s for a glamorous event or a pick me up en-route to work, MECCA have the experts that will help you rise to the occasion.
Pocket friendly makeup brands | Farmers, 210 Queen Street
Featuring brands including NYX, Revlon and L’Oréal, Farmers is the ideal intersection for high quality, affordable and cult-favourite brands. With the benefit of using your Farmer’s Club Card, feast your eyes on the vast range of products that makes one of New Zealand’s first department stores, among the best beauty retailers in the central city.
Best place for fragrances | Jo Malone London, 37 Te Ara Tahuhu Walkway Britomart
Shopping at Jo Malone London is a great place to look for a gift for someone special but to also have an undeniably sensual experience while you're there! At their Britomart store you can browse the famous Tasting Bar, learn how to combine fragrances to create your own bespoke scent and enjoy a luxurious free hand and arm massage. Friendly Jo Malone London ‘stylists’ provide expert guidance on selecting the right fragrance for you or your home, to give as a gift or for special occasions such as weddings.
Best place for brows | Benefit, Smith & Caughey’s, 253 -261 Queen Street
Fully equipped with brow products to wow and services to perfect your pair of arches, Benefit is known to put your best brow forward. For the month of May, Benefit is putting 100% brow wax proceeds towards local charities for women and girls - so that you feel even better about your new brows.
Long lasting lipsticks | Bobbi Brown, Britomart
When it comes to lip colour, Bobbi Brown are leaders in creamy and rich formulas that last throughout the day. Whether it is their long-lasting range or their nourishing lip colours, Bobbi Brown lipsticks are every woman’s must have and hand bag companion.
Complete with a full cut/colour menu, Dry & Tea makes for the top salon to experience an unwinding opulence. While the stylists work their magic, enjoy a cup of tea provided by the in-store teahouse.
Most variety of high end makeup | Smith & Caughey’s, 253 -261 Queen Street
Smith & Caughey’s is home to cult favourite brands such as Clinique, Estée Lauder and Shiseido. Providing the A-Z of top beauty brands, this is your one stop shop to indulge in a luxurious abundance of products.
Best glam makeup | M.A.C, Britomart
M.A.C is renowned for its trendsetting powers, vibrant palettes and its talent collaboration. Being backstage at fashion weeks around the world, M.A.C is synonymous with high glam and bold makeup looks.
Best hair products | Toni&Guy Salon, B/102 Chancery St
From shampoo to hair polish, Toni&Guy offers a wide range of products to meet the needs of a range of hair types. They are the go-tos at the forefront of the hairdressing industry and can be relied on to maintain a rich chocolate brown, prolong the healthy ends of a fresh cut and to cool down a beautiful blonde.