Monday 2 January 2012

Christmas and December Gifts and Purchases!

Its a little late but as I was away visiting various family members for the past 2 weeks, I haven't had a chance to show you these yet.  I was very lucky at Christmas and received quite a few lovely gifts. I've also made a few purchases recently from Buyapowa (again!) which are also included above.

I will be doing reviews of some of these products soon when I have had a chance to test them out properly, but please let me know if there are any in particular you would like to know more about.

I tend not to buy perfumes myself so had asked for several of these as gifts.
Prada Candy  - I love this!  It is very sweet but not in a sickly way and the bottle is gorgeous
Tom Ford Violet Blonde - I had a sample of this and promptly fell in love with it.  I had been leaving hints for hubby about this and amazingly it appeared under the tree on Christmas morning!
Jo Malone Honey and Nectarine - another one I had a sample of and loved.  I adore  sweet smelling perfume, and pretty much everything Jo Malone makes I like!
Jo Malone Cologne Collection - this was a surprise present from my parents which I was really pleased to receive.  It contains minis of Grapefruit, Red Roses, Vanilla & Anise, Pomegranate Noir and Wild Bluebell.  I already have Pomegranate Noir but I am looking forward to experimenting and combining some of the others and creating my own bespoke scents.

Make up
Bobbi Brown Anniversary Lip Palette  - a gift from my mum.  I am in love with this, and love every colour I have tried so far.  A review on this will be up soon!
Chanel Smokey Eyes Palette - I bought this just before Christmas.  This is my go-to palette for a smokey eye look and it is the 3rd time I have bought it!  I  never hit pan on any make up but I have been purchasing this for years!
Mac Lipglass in Pink Clash - Another purchase by me.  I hadn't tried any lipglasses before, previously being more of a fan of Mac's lipsticks.  I've been pleasantly surprised by this.
Mac Sheertone Blush in Blushbaby - an impulse purchase but I have been enjoying using it so far.
Eyelure individual lashes - I have slowly been getting used to applying and wearing false lashes and these will be great for a more natural look.
Bobbi Brown dual ended liner in Chocolate and Bronze - a gift from my mother in law who apparently had major difficulties finding this as it was sold out everywhere at the time.  It is so soft and easy to use.
Maybelline The Smoother Skin Retexturising Primer - I've only used this a few times so far but I am quite liking it and you only need a tiny amount for your whole face.

Bath and Body products
After mentioning to everyone how much I love bath bombs I got quite a few for Christmas!  This is fine with me though as I love a relaxing bath and its great fun experimenting with all the different bath bombs, although not as much fun when you have to clean the bath out afterwards!

I received several Christmas-themed lush bath bombs, including the cute Little Christmas Pud and the melting snowman which I am looking forward to trying.  I also received a number of Bomb Cosmetics bath bombs and melts which are also super cute.  

I didn't receive many gift sets this year, but I did receive one from my boss.  From Marks & Spencer it contains hand and nail cream, body lotion, bath milk and shower gel.  Marks & Spencer always do good quality products so I am looking forward to trying these.

I hope you all had a fab Christmas and New Year.  



  1. I love Prada candy too :)all your Lush things look gorgeous x

  2. BB lip palette is beautiful. I want one!!

  3. I got pomegranate noir for my birthday but would love honey and nectarine for the summer! and desperate to try tom ford violet blonde :)


  4. you got some gorgeous gifts - love the BB lip palette too! x

  5. RubesScoobs - Thank you, I had one of the cinders bath bombs tonight and it left a gorgeous scent in the bathroom.

    Alex - I'm falling in love with the BB lip palette more every day!

    Hayley - Pom Noir is a gorgeous winter scent.

    Sandra - The BB lip palette is exquisite! I've never really been a lip palette person before, usually not having the time to apply with a brush but I'm really enjoying using this and the colour lasts for a good 4 hours on the lips. Its making me try some new shades too!