Hello Everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas. Mine was a bit hit and miss as whilst it was lovely relaxing at home with my family, unfortunately my Nan was poorly so missed out on Christmas Day due to being in bed instead. It was a real shame and felt odd opening presents, eating our yummy dinner and playing games while she was upstairs but it was still a nice day and we tried to make the most of it. On Boxing Day I also spent some time with my boyfriends family so had a second Christmas Day filled with just as much food and fun.
Before delving into the presents I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas this year I just want to add a small disclaimer because I know some people dislike these kind of posts. I'd just like to say the aim of this post isn't to brag about the gifts I have received. I am grateful for every single one I have and am writing this post as I have received a number of requests to do it. I also thought it may be useful to some of you who are hunting for things in the sales as you may like some of the treats featured here.
Let's get started...
Body and Beauty Products - Being a beauty blogger, you can imagine I got some beauty treats for Christmas. The first being the stunning Limited Edition eye shadow palette from Chanel. As soon as I saw this palette in the shops and swatched it I loved it. The shadows are creamy soft, the perfect colours for a neutral girl like me and and the packaging is adorable (keep an eye out for a review post in the near future). I also got the popular Soap and Glory Yule Monty kit which is full of loads of goodies as well as the French Connection Body Trio Collection kit and some Lush goodies. All of these gifts were from my Boyfriend. Also, knowing I'm a big Soap and Glory fan, one of my best friends, Gemma bought me this amazing Soap and Glory kit. It includes eyeshadows, mascara and eye liner which I can't wait to try! They look gorgeous!
Candles - I've been wanting to own a Jo Malone candle for a long time and am forever looking at them online or smelling them in stores. I'd never bought one because of their high price tag and I felt I couldn't really justify spending that much on a candle for myself, especially when there is a limited time you can use it as obviously when the wax is burnt away that's it. My mum and dad, however, kindly bought me the most popular scent, Pomegranet which is absolutely gorgeous! I can't stop smelling it and looking at the stunning packaging.. it has pride of place on my dressing table. I also received my first ever three wick candle for Christmas from my boyfriends Grandma which has the scent of Wild Raspberry.. it smells so good!
As well as a candle, my parents bought me a candle making craft kit so I can make my own. I have actually already given this a sneaky try and it's so fun and easy to do! I can imagine I will get quite addicted to making my own candles!
Hair Styling Tools - Both my mum and dad and boyfriends brothers bought me hair styling tools from Babyliss this year. They know how much I love my curls so I got recently released Curl Secret Styler (it is so unique!) and Waving Wand. Both are amazing!
Tiffany and Co Necklace - Another gift from my Boyfriend was this stunning heart Tiffany and Co necklace. You can imagine the look on my face when I opened this! I haven't stopped wearing this beautiful necklace since Christmas Day.
Baking - I love baking as I find it really relaxing and enjoy creating new treats for my family and friends. My mum and dad bought me a set of silicone cake pop makers which I can't wait to use. Cake pops are so pretty and you can make so many variations I am going to be using these a lot over the coming year. I'm sure there will be some blog posts on them! I also got this adorable pink 'Bake' tin which includes the ingredients to make mini Victoria sponges and will be so cute to store things in.
Clothes - I got a gorgeous selection of clothes from a variety of people which I love. The first are pajamas from my mum and dad which has become a Christmas tradition as well as the softest, fluffiest dressing gown in the world. As I feel the cold easily I also got a grey and black Leopard print bobble hat (which I wore in the living room on Christmas day) and plum mittens. One of my best friends, Emma also got me a stunning silver and pink scarf. As you can spy in the picture I also got a super soft and fluffy grey jumper from New Look which has pretty jewels across the shoulders. This was also from my parents.
DVDs and CDS - Another set of gifts from my parents were the Breaking Bad Box Set (I've heard this show is amazing and I can't wait to watch it!) as well as a One Direction and Now 86 CD. Whoop whoop!
Other - Some other bits and bobs I got were a Juice Cube which is a fab gadget you can use to charge your phone of the go. Anyone who owns an Iphone 5 will know this is an essential and is something I expect will get used every day! This gift was from my mum and dad as well as the adorable 'A Spoilt Dog Lives Here' pillow. Anyone who knows me well will know I have a Jack Russell who I love to bit and is spoilt rotten! I also got some treats from Whittards from my boyfriend that include a tub of Luxury Hot Chocolate and Dream Time Tea. My brother and niece know I'm a big fan of Dan Brown so kindly bought me his latest book 'Inferno' as well as some pretty bracelets I have already worn a couple of times! One of my best friends gave my boyfriend and I a bottle of Proscecco and my first ever item from Le Creuset! I was also lucky enough to get the latest Just Dance Wii Game which I will love! I've got others in the series and they are not only a fun but good exercise too! Lastly, I got money from my nan and some members of my boyfriends family which I'm thinking of spending on another Jo Malone candle and some new knee high boots... maybe!
I've been told there are another two presents on their way that didn't arrive in time for Christmas as they got lost in the post. I can't wait to see what they are! A big thank you to everyone who bought me my Christmas pressies if you are reading this.. I LOVE them ALL.
What did you get for Christmas?
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