What to Wear on Christmas Day by BrandsExclusive

If there’s one day of the year you want to look and feel a million dollars, it’s Christmas Day. Apart from your birthday, of course – you want to look pretty damn good then too. But there’s something about Christmas that’s special, so you’ll want to wear something special as well. We break down some festive style suggestions to help you get ready for the big day.

Consider your location

Deciding what to wear on Christmas Day will of course be hugely influenced by where you’ll be celebrating it. Will you be toasting Yuletide by a pool or on a beach? Or perhaps inside with air-conditioning pumping? Wherever you plan to be, your location will play a big part in determining your festive style.

Wear something new

There’s nothing like slipping on a brand new frock that you’ve never worn before, and Christmas Day is the perfect time to do just this. If your tradition is to wear a brand new dress on Christmas Day, why not mix it up this year and rock a printed jumpsuit? Or perhaps you rarely wear a dress, which means Christmas is the perfect opportunity. Wear whatever it is that makes you feel as great as you look!

Brighten up

If there’s one day of the year where it’s OK to ditch your black staples, Christmas is it. Opt for something bright and colourful to spread the festive cheer, or play with prints to make a fun style statement. Red and green are obvious hues to go for, but even plum or burnt orange will brighten up your Christmas outfit and instantly put a smile on your face.

Keep it chic

Despite the above advice, there’s also nothing wrong with keeping your look chic and simple on Christmas Day in monochrome hues. Whether you opt for black and white separates or an all-white number, monochrome shades breathe effortless festive sophistication and style. Just be careful with the mulled wine if you opt for an all-white ensemble…

Add some sparkle

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little sparkle, and we’re not just talking about the bubbly (although we’re certain that will be flowing too). Whether you opt for a pair of glittery heels or go all-out with a shimmery metallic dress, more is more when it comes to what to wear on Christmas Day.

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Summer Blues Edit by BrandsExclusive

The festive season has got us feeling blue… in the best possible way! Stock up on this cool hue for effortless Summer style. Here, our buyer’s have curated their top picks to get you feelin’ blue…

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1. Women’s Ritz Watch by Michael Kors 2. Romance Flared Top by Shilla 3. Turnlock Crossbody Bag by Coach 4. Luminous Hairspray – Medium Finish by Moroccan Oil 5. Fun Ring by Swarovski 6. Ticking Stripe Gathered Halter Bikini 7. Silk Scarf by Versace 8. Women’s Sandals by Baldowski

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Christmas Makeup Looks by BrandsExclusive

You know that shimmery party dress collecting dust in your closet? Well it’s time to dust it off, slip it on and pair your festive frock with these glamorous Christmas makeup looks.

Christmas Eve: Bold Lips & Winged Eyeliner

Perfect your Christmas Eve pout with a bold matte lip this season. When choosing a shade, opt for one that will stand out beyond doubt. Right now, we’re crushing on fire engine reds, pretty plums and candy corals. To complement your luscious lips, pair this look with winged eyeliner (also known as a cat eye). For best results and easy application, we’d recommend using liquid eyeliner over a pencil. For extra wow factor, switch your black liner for a white one. Check out this YouTube tutorial for visual guidance.

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Christmas Day: Pretty in Pink

Because who doesn’t like pink? The perfect look for Christmas Day with the fam; achieve that soft and pretty summer look with a pop of pink! For the lips, we’re lusting after pearlised baby pinks and bright strawberry tones. On a fresh canvas (think clean, radiant and fresh skin), apply a sheer peach blush to the apples of the cheeks for that natural, pinched cheek look. For feminine and flawless eyes, add a touch of black mascara and smudge of pink or a sheerer coral shadow on the lids. Add the finishing touches with an illuminator on the upper cheekbones, brow bones and bridge of your nose.

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Christmas Night: Frosty Snow Princess

If you’re not at home nursing your food baby, Christmas Night is a great time to meet up and get merry with friends, exchange Kris Kringle gifts and so on. To prolong the festive vibe, try a frosty sparkle look. Basically we’re giving you free reign to go to town on the glitter. For the lids, opt for a matte eye shadow infused with glitter or sparkles and blend well. Apply a generous coat of mascara to the lashes, and a touch of illuminator to the cheeks and brow bones. Pair this look with a deep red lip for extra impact. If you’re after something a little more low-key, switch the shadow for a single glitter stripe right above the cat eye.

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Christmas Gift Guide: For Her by BrandsExclusive

Got a special lady in your life your looking to spoil this silly season? Our expert buying team have curated their hot picks from across the site to have your gift list all wrapped up this December!

 

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1. Cardinal Small Necklace by Swarovski 2. Embossed Small Wristlet by Coach 3. Small Sloan Padded Shoulder Bag by Michael Kors 4.Gold Pave Heart Earrings by Michael Kors  5. Solitaire Pierced Earrings by Swarovski 6. Lotus Flower Bathroom Gift Set by Ecoya 7. Nude Velvet Lip Plumper Kit by Mirenesse 8. Slim Logo Metallic by Havaianas

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Summer Holiday Edit by BrandsExclusive

Sea breeze in your hair and sand between your toes, is there anything quite as good as a summer holiday? Check out our latest edit featuring the best on sale right now to get you swinging into vacay vibes.

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1. Flower Festival Tie Front Bikini Top by Seafolly 2. Women’s Sunglasses by Celine 3. Leather Luggage Tag in Tan 4. Flower Festival Ladder Detail Bikini Bottom by Seafolly 5. Maties Tunic by Dioxide  6. Christmas 2017 Travel Essentials Kit 1 by Grown Alchemist 7. Wild Thing Short Kaftan by Lila & Lily 8. Leather Passport Holder in Tan

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Your In-Flight Beauty Kit by BrandsExclusive

While long haul flights can be a delight for some (yes, Miranda Kerr we’re looking at you!); most of us find them more of a dread. Any mode of transport can wreak havoc on your skin, but flying tends to be the biggest culprit of them all.

Smooth, supple skin soon becomes dry, cracked and dehydrated skin an hour after take off – not a great look for your holiday snaps. Never fear, these in-flight beauty essentials will ensure that you arrive at your next destination looking positively radiant!

Cleansing Wipes

Whether you decide to brave the airport bare-faced or waltz in with a full mug of makeup; you need to cleanse your face no matter what. Cleansing wipes are perfect for flying – especially if you’re wedged in your seat slash can’t get up. Simply wipe away any makeup, dirt and impurities on your face, and wallah, hello you fresh-faced beauty!

Facial Spray

After you’ve removed your makeup and cleansed your face, apply a spritz of facial spray to your face. This will soothe your skin, ward off any irritants or itchiness and add an extra hint of hydration to dry skin.

Moisturiser

While you may board your flight feeling fabulous, more often than not, you depart feeling the total opposite. Not only are you squinty-eyed and tired, your skin feels tight and uncomfortable. This is due to low levels of humidity in the pressurised cabin. The solution? Hydration! Slather on a great moisturiser and follow up with your go-to under-eye cream.

Lip Balm

Protect your precious pout and keep chapped lips at bay with a good lip balm. You have to be liberal with the reapply, so opt for something that absorbs quickly, doesn’t smell like plastic and feels sensational on. A good lip balm will create a nice protective layer on your lips, and keep them nourished throughout your journey.

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The Best Christmas Punch Recipes by BrandsExclusive

Move aside eggnog. Apart from it being a tad too hot in this hemisphere to guzzle milk-and-egg-based beverages all Christmas long, punch has been the ultimate crowd-pleaser since the dawn of parties (read: sometime in the seventeenth century when punch was introduced to the western world from India).

It might seem like the kind of retro relic that shares its heyday with the likes of lime green kitchens and pleather lounges, but punch can be so much more than fruit salad drowning in juice and lemonade. It’s the chameleon of the cocktail world; adapting almost unnoticeably to its time and place. For example, did you know sangria is a type of punch? No-one would ever accuse sangria of being daggy! If it’s delicious and served from a communal bowl, you can go right ahead and call it punch. Mulled wine? Punch! Mimosa? Breakfast punch!

If you still don’t believe us, here’s a few of the most scrumptious punch recipes from around the web that we think will make your Christmas just that little bit merrier. Bottoms up!

Festive Flavour

The Australian Christmas meal is basically the northern hemisphere Christmas meal… only everything is served cold. Cold cut ham and turkey, seafood and plenty of crisp salads.  Elements of a traditional roast are there, and the same is true of this swill-able spiced wine punch by Valli Little for delicious. Cinnamon, star anise, orange and a fruity red wine – yep it’s Christmas in a cup – ice cold! Find the full recipe here.

Tip: Keep kitschy punch bowls behind closed (cupboard) doors and serve from a decorative salad bowl with modern stemware instead.

Summer Fruits

Punch is all about experimenting and making the flavours all your own. And with the bounty of fruits available at the moment, there’s no shortage of inspiration for your own signature tipple. Think pineapples, melons, mangoes, cherries, peaches, plums and gorgeous summer berries. Check out Jamie Oliver’s punchy opinions here. The man knows his stuff, and what’s more, his is a family-friendly non-alcoholic version.

Tip: Keep your punch cold without diluting the flavours by floating frozen bricks of juice in the bowl to slowly melt. Use 1L tetra packs of juice so you can easily cut away the packaging.

Tropical Fizz

Why fix what isn’t broken? In this classic punch recipe, pineapple, passionfruit and the coconut flavours of white rum mingle to create, well, a tropical paradise… in your mouth! Switch out the fruits if you like and use ginger beer instead of lemonade for a zesty change of pace. Check out the recipe by Emma Braz from Super Food Ideas here.

What are your favourite punch recipes?

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