Fabulous Department Store Pick Ups!


Post by Portia


AAAARRGGGHHHH! Are you still left with a HEAP of shopping to do? Running out of time & ideas? Want to get something with a WOW factor but just can’t cope with another screaming run around? I get it. Today I wandered around a suburban department store beauty section to see what was still available in regular stores that will give whoever you’re shopping for a thrill. Don’t be afraid, we’ve got your backs…

Fabulous Department Store Pick Ups!

Bottege Veneta Shower Gel Bottega VenetaPhoto Stolen Bottega Veneta

Bottege Veneta Shower Gel 200ml: If you are anything like us then you can’t get enough of the original Bottega Veneta fragrance. Jin has already flown through a big bottle and a small one, he’s getting another for Christmas. The matching Shower Gel is AUD$60 at David Jones.

CHANEL le-vernis-nail-colour-18-rouge-noir CHANELPhoto Stolen CHANEL

CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Colour 18 Rouge Noir: Dark plummy, lavish and elegant. Who can resist the double Cs of CHANEL? Only AUD$39 at David Jones so it’s all the glamour and only a little of the price.


CHANEL Hydra Beauty Nutrition Lip Care Balm: This is the gift that keeps giving. Every time the recipient pulls their CHANEL Lip Balm out in public they will feel like a superstar. The ultimate in nonchalant luxury, and then they can say it was a gift. Cool kid. AUD $54 at David Jones.

Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime Shave Soap In Wooden BowlPhoto Stolen David Jones

Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime Shave Soap In Wooden Bowl: I love the lather and the ease of shaving when I use a brush. My skin feels more ready and is less prone to cuts and abrasions. Great gift for the clean, or partly, shaven AUD$34 at David Jones.

DIOR Addict Lipstick Gotha 967 DIORPhoto Stolen DIOR

DIOR Addict Lipstick Gotha 967: Deepest darkest mulberry red, enticing enough to make a priest blush. Every time they reapply this you’ll be thanked quietly but fervently. Gotha 967 is AUD$52 at David Jones

DIOR Hydra Life Beauty awakening rehydrating mask DIORPhoto Stolen DIOR

DIOR Hydra Life Beauty Awakening Rehydrating Mask: 10 minutes to better hydrated skin! Who doesn’t need this gorgeous DIOR gem. This is a good one to gift the guys who care for themselves too. AUD$75 at David Jones.

Guerlain La Laque Coque d'Or Christmas GuerlainPhoto Stolen Guerlain

Guerlain La Laque 400 Coque d’Or: Shimmering gold for Christmas, Guerlain is for the discerning gift receiver. A little less well known and all the more luxurious because of it. AUD$30 at David Jones.

Guerlain Cils dEnfer Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara GuerlainPhoto Stolen Guerlain

Guerlain Cils dEnfer Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara Marine: A little hint of navy blue on the tips of your lashes will make your eyes pop whiter and brighter, giving the effect of larger more doe like peepers. AUD$48 at David Jones.

Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil Neroli PortifinoPhoto Stolen David Jones

Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil Neroli Portifino: Bearded men are EVERYWHERE! It’s as if suddenly in 2005 the razor became anathema to the cool kids and by 2011 the whole world had caught up. Tom’s on the bandwagon and David Jones has 50ml/AUD$72

Yves Saint Laurent Kouros EdT YSLPhoto Stolen David Jones

Yves Saint Laurent Kouros EdT 100ml: Kouros is still gorgeous. Not the urinous, screechy, sexual monster it was originally but now even more wearable and men still smell great in it. I love the new look packaging and it’s AUD$69 at David Jones.

All this from a quick zip around the beauty area in my local David Jones department store. No, not affiliated with David Jones but I wanted to show you that even if you’re running late, or out of money, that there are a few affordable luxury items left within reach.

What’s your last minute gift buying advice? What did I miss?
Portia xx

15 thoughts on “Fabulous Department Store Pick Ups!

  1. Aramis cologne and soap on a rope at Amazon (hurry, hurry!) 3.3 $34 US soap $20-$27 US. If you have Amazon prime, it should be there for Christmas. I have not checked out Sephora, I bet they have the cologne, most likely more $. It’s not as strong as in the 60’s, but it’s still very pungent and spicy.


    • Thanks Marion. I like their body products, they smell like the old Aramis. There is an Invigorating Body Wash too. SO GOOD!
      Portia xxx


  2. Ah, that Bottega Veneta shower gel is tempting. I’m resisting the urge (gift for me!) because I’m all spent out now, and BV is more of a winter scent for me. Glad to know about it though!

    Here’s a VERY inexpensive ($2.50) idea for a stocking stuffer: Mysore sandalwood soap from the Indian grocer. These soaps don’t look luxurious, but for the sandalwood lover in your life they are the best. The most beautiful STRONG sandalwood imaginable. You can use them to scent the linen cupboard, or, if you are very committed, even tuck one into each of your bath towels. The towel will smell of sandalwood until you change it.



    • Great idea annemariec,
      I have one of these out and ready for my next bathroom soap. Funny you should mention it.
      You can usually buy the three pack of BIG ones around $8.
      Portia xx


  3. I’m all shopped out and I still have to go out at least one more time for a few odds and ends. My best advice for last minute shopping is to try to avoid having to do it and shop early and get it over with. Normally that’s my goal but this year it didn’t quite work out that way.


    • This year it’s almost zero shopping around here. Some stuff for kids, Jin & Kath, a family Kris Kringle and that’s about it.
      I like doing that amount of shopping and finding beautiful or useful things for people.
      Portia xx


  4. is Kouros recognizable now..i mean can you call it light version of original kouros or the urinous feel is completely gone? i love original kouros formula


    • Definitely Kouros light. There are hints but little deep growl Fazal.
      If you didn’t know the original and like designer fragrances then you will probably like it.
      Portia xx


  5. Hi gorgeous.
    You cracked me up at”…enticing enough to make a priest blush.”.
    I think?? I’ve done all my Xmas shopping besides something for moi and the BV shower gel is enticing.
    (Mind you I still have truck loads of pressies I haven’t started using from past year so I really don’t need any more).
    Seconding RuthF on the Aesop goodies.
    XXX… Tim


    • It’s always extra glam when you pull a designer lipstick out TaraC, don’t you think. It even makes re-applying in public a bit more fabulous.
      Portia xx


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