Christmas was remarkable this year. I got to celebrate it with my cousins for the first time in years, as well as my Aunt and my mum and my brother. I was so lucky to be surrounded by family and good food and warmth. There was one sad note to it…it was my very first Christmas without my old dog. He used to get so excited at Christmas time. One year, he found his own gift under the tree and unwrapped it himself while we were eating!
I was also lucky this year in getting some amazing gifts from my family. Some are really interesting beauty items that I wanted all year, and some are complete surprises! Either way, they were all clearly bought with my exact wants and needs in mind, so I thought I would share them all with you!
This first one actually wasn’t a Christmas gift. I bought it for myself the day after Christmas! It was only 6 dollars, and I thought it was so cute, I just had to. I’m not a huge believer in boxing day shopping, but I just happened upon this when out and about, and there’s no harm in one little purchase!
This was an actual gift. This is the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. I got 5 individual masks in my stocking. I’ve been interested in this mask all year, so I put it on my Christmas list and Santa delivered! It’s a very intense mask, and I find it takes quite a bit of scrubbing to get off, now that I’ve tried it. However, the results are worth it. My face feels like a newborn baby’s.
These gorgeous eye-shadow brushes are too wonderful to describe! I haven’t used any of my other eye-shadow brushes since receiving these. Number 3 is the all over shadow brush and Number 4 is the crease brush. They make so many different looks so effortlessly, it’s really transformed my makeup routine.
This is the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush. If you have never heard of it, listen close. This is the best thing you could do for your face when applying foundation. It doesn’t matter whether it’s powder foundation or liquid, this brush does it all. If you’re really in love with your beauty blender or some other method of applying foundation, that’s fine. I haven’t tried a beauty blender yet, I can’t judge. Use this then for setting powder. Or you could easily use it to apply some beautiful bronzer. Just use it…it’s the softest thing I have ever put near my skin, and everything it applies turns out incredibly flawless.
This was on every makeup enthusiast’s wishlist this year. Every single one. Not many got them though, as they sold out within two weeks. That of course naturally made me assume that I didn’t get one. There was no way. But as it turns out, my mother came through. I got the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit for Christmas!!!! I’m so overwhelmed by this I haven’t even started using it. I know I’m going to be using it so much this year though. I can’t wait to test it out!
This Tartlette Palette was on my Christmas list this year for two reasons. Firstly, I had heard lots of raving reviews about it, and second, I lack matte eye-shadows. Now I have lots! I love the natural browns and pinks in this palette and the pigments are so beautiful. They apply so so easily and so beautifully and I am so grateful to my aunt for getting me this.
This perfume I have been in love with all year. It’s the Kate Spade Walk on Air perfume. Every time I’m in a Kate Spade, I always almost buy it, then talk myself out of it at the last minute. Most of my scents are body sprays and lotions, not expensive perfumes. Most days those do just fine, but when I’m going out, or going to a nice event, I sometimes want to be wearing something a little more high end. This is my new go-to for times like that.
This was from one of my cousins, and wasn’t on any wishlist of mine. This particular cousin is a 13 year old boy with a nose for scent though, and he picked me up a Body Shop set of the most beautiful mango scent I have ever smelled. The set came with a body butter, a body scrub, and a body wash. I am actually almost through the butter and scrub, and the body wash has become my new go-to in the shower.
This is a Kate Spade Commuter Bag! The black is very toned down, which is unusual for me, but I really appreciate that in a professional commuter bag, especially because I like to play up colours in other aspects of my professional outfits. I think it will be my new go-to school bag, but I may still have to bring a backpack on days where I have a lot of textbooks and binders to tow around with me. This bag will last me years though. The material is so soft and so high quality that I can easily see this still being my main work bag 10 years down the road.
I won’t go over every bathbomb, bubble bath, and bath melt that I got from Lush, because I got a LOT. This should satisfy my obsession for a good long time. Believe it or not, this photo actually shows less than the total amount I got, as I had already used 2-3 by the time I took this photo!
This is a Kate Spade Elephant Bangle. I love it…it’s gold and sparkly, which suits me perfectly! I’ve already been wearing it a lot, but it will probably mostly wait until spring or summer, as I don’t tend to wear bracelets with long sleeves that often. Either way, I love elephants, I love sparkles, and I love gold!
This was my gift from my brother. It was something that was on my list last year, although I didn’t get it, but this year I didn’t put it on my list, as I had so many beauty item wants. It was a really pleasant surprise, and I can’t wait to start decorating my walls with Polaroids!
Lastly, I received three lipsticks from Santa. From left to right, I got:
–Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in colour 28 – Rose Boheme
–Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy in colour 08 – Iced Plum
–Tom Ford in Bruised Plum
I have been using all of these colours obsessively since I got them, especially the Tom Ford colour. My latest manicure even matches the Tom Ford colour perfectly!
And that is everything I got for Christmas. I left out a few things that wouldn’t really interest people reading this blog, but that I still loved. A few books, a picture of my old dog, etc. I loved everything I got, and I feel really blessed and happy headed into this new year!
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