What I Got For Christmas | 2017

I can’t believe Christmas is over already!!! The season seems to have gone so quickly, but I’ve had the best time with my family and friends. I’m so ridiculously full of chocolate right now that all I’m craving is fruit and salad!

While Christmas is all about being with friends and family, and the experiences, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for presents too. I absolutely love reading and watching ‘What I Got For Christmas’ posts and videos. I find it so interesting to see what everyone received, and it gives me some ideas to buy in the sales and gift ideas for next year, so I thought I would share some of the bits I received with you all too! (Just a disclaimer: I am in no way bragging about what I received, I am extremely lucky to have gotten these things from my family, and I am so grateful for everything I got.)

So this year I received A LOT in the way of bath/face products, which I am definitely not complaining about! I had a huge selection of bath bombs from Bomb Cosmetics, which are quite the work of art. These bath bombs are so pretty looking, and I cannot wait to use them! As well as Bomb Cosmetics, I also received some Bath Bombs from The Body Shop. The Festive Cranberry ones smell absolutely incredible!

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From my brother I got a gift box from LUSH. I didn’t get any bath bombs in this, but it included dome of my favourite products, such as; Sleepy Body Lotion, Twilight Shower Gel and Rose Jam Shower Gel. I also got a huge box of Sanctuary goodies, which all smell incredible.

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I think my favourite present was this big box of Kiehls goodies. Kiehls is my absolute favourite brand for skin care, and my mum did well with what she chose for me! I received the ‘Ultra Facial Cleanser‘ which is my favourite cleanser, the ‘Daily Reviving Concentrate Oil‘. I use the night oil all the time so I’m really excited to try this out, and I also got the ‘Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado‘ which is perfect as I had just ran out of mine a few days prior. I also got a couple of mini’s to try out too.

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Where I live in Cardiff, we recently had an Oliver Bonas open, which I was so excited about! I still haven’t had the chance to go in yet, but my mum got me a couple of cute bits from there. The first being this initial mug. I don’t know what it is about initial mugs, but I absolutely love them! She also got me this really cute eye mask. I’ve never used one before, but this will be so cute in an instagram post!

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The last thing I’m including in this post is this bag from ‘Kendall and kylie’. I really love this bag, as the size is so perfect for everyday wear. Its a good quality bag, and I can wear it comfortably across my body. Its plain black, with silver hardware, so it will go with practically everything.

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Blogger Secret Santa

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Myself, and my three best blogger friends, Darcy, Katy and Lauren decided to do a Secret Santa this year!

We used an online secret santa website to choose who we had, meaning we got sent emails of our chosen person. This worked out really well, and no-one found out who had who until the gifts were sent and received, which I think is pretty rare for a secret santa! We also set a budget of £15 each, and we could get anything we wanted in that price range. I absolutely suck at sticking to a price, so it was a guarantee that I would go over, regardless of the price limit.

So for my secret santa I had Katy, and you can see her post HERE, to see what I got her.

I received my gifts from Darcy, and she got me such a cute variety of things. Firstly can we appreciate how cute the little box everything came in was?! I’m a sucker for a well wrapped present, which you can probably tell from my Gift Wrapping Guide post.

So inside the box, the first thing I pulled out was this super cute reindeer hair wrap. I’ve never used one of these before, but since receiving it I’ve used it when washing my face, using face masks, and just when my hair is generally in my way.

Next up was an Ariel sheet mask. I haven’t used this yet, but anything Disney related and skincare related is a win for me!

There was also a LUSH bath bomb. if you know mw you’ll know how obsessed I am with LUSH and bath bombs in general, so this was a great gift for me! This was the Sweater Weather bath bomb.

Lastly there was a NYX Liquid Suede liquid lipstick, in the shade ‘Pure Society‘ which is a gorgeous deep purple/red metallic shade. Perfect for the festive season!

I loved everything in my package, and I can tell that Darcy really thought about what she was buying for me. So thank you so much Darcy, I absolutely love it!

If you want to see what the other girls received I have put all of their links below!

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Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and get some lovely gifts!

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The Gift Wrapping Guide.

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I absolutely love wrapping gifts. I love the whole process of choosing a theme, going to loads of shops and picking out my favourite bits. Finding the perfect wrapping paper, and spending an afternoon in my room, with a hot chocolate and making everyones gifts look really cute.

This year I’ve gone for the classic gold and red theme, and I’m decked out in ribbons, bows and glitter.

My gorgeous wrapping paper is only £1 from Home Bargains, and I’ve collected a variety of ribbons and bow from Wilko and Home Sense.

I love to take my time on each present, making sure it looks perfect to me, and I love making every present slightly different.

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For this particular present, as I was posting it to a friend I used a box. This box is super cute from Home Sense, and I’ve added red shredded paper to keep everything safe in there, but to also add to the theme. I also love including gifts within my wrapping. I always add a candy cane to presents, and this year I’ve also bought chocolate coins, and bells to attach to the ribbons.

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For the rest I’ve used a variety of ribbons and bows, and I’ve layered them up to add different textures. I’ve again added candy canes and bells to some to add an extra little gift. the huge bow is from Home Sense and I think it looks absolutely gorgeous!

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The Christmas Gift Guide.

I absolutely love buying my friends and family gifts during the Christmas Period. I love the whole process of writing my list of who I’m buying for and coming up with ideas for each person, and finding things that really suit their personality.

For this post I’ve collected a variety of gifts that I will be giving to my friends and family this year, including some really cute personalised bits. Theres something for practically everyone here!

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For the ones who love to smell good! 

The Body Shop is always a great place to shop for Christmas gift sets! They have such a large variety to suit practically any price point. The variety of scents are also incredible! My mum absolutely loves the Shea scent, so I’ve bought her this gorgeous set including a shower cream, a body butter, a body scrub, soap and a loofa, and all for only £20!

Another option is buying a shower gel and body butter in the same scent to gift as a set. My absolute favourite scent is the Satsuma scent, and I cannot wait to cover myself in this body butter!

For the Makeup Addict/Newbie

Being a makeup artist myself, I love buying makeup and makeup accessories as a gift for others. These Morphe brushes are such good quality for the price point, and are the perfect size for travelling. These are also great for someone who’s just getting into makeup, as theres not too many to overwhelm them, but enough to create a full face of makeup with. Such a cute little set, and I cannot wait to gift these to someone!

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For the blogger/stationery lover

This personalised notebook from Etsy is so cute! I have one of these myself and I couldn’t resist buying my friend Beky one too! Super useful for taking notes, but it also looks so cute in flatly photos! The gold calligraphy is so gorgeous! Perfect for a blogger like Beky!

For the Interior Designe/fashion lover

I love little books that look really cute on display. The ‘Dior’ by Dior book is an autobiography written by Christian Dior. This is a great read for those who love fashion, but is also a cute gift for someone who loves interior and would appreciate a really nice looking book for their coffee table!

For the squishy little babas 

I absolutely love buying clothes for babies! Not to sound too full of myself, but I think I’m pretty damn good at it! This adorable t-shirt is from Etsy, and paired with some pink leggings, or even some dinosaur print ones, will look so cute on Maddie! Can you tell I love personalised gifts?!

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For the chocolate lover

For one of my secret santa’s this year I’ve created a hamper of Reese’s chocolate! My friend absolutely LOVES Reese’s so I know she will appreciate this so much! Who wouldn’t want to receive a huge hamper of their favourite chocolate at Christmas time?!

For the book fan

Tanya’s Christmas is such a good book for this time of the year! This would be a great gift to give at the beginning of the month, to someone who would appreciate all of the Christmas tips and recipes included in the book.

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For the Gadget fan

My dad and brother are the most difficult people to buy for! They have practically everything they could ever need, and they also have such expensive taste! A remote control helicopter/car is such a great gift idea for someone who loves to play with toys and has everything they could need already! This is a great gift for your dad/brother to use on Christmas day, and it will keep them entertained all day!

The Christmas Tag

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As I love pretty much anything about Christmas I thought I would do a Christmas tag! I found these questions over on MakeupSavvy’s blog, but I thought I would add some more questions of my own too!

  1. What is your favourite Christmas film?- The Grinch! I absolutely love it!
  2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?- So normally always on Christmas day, but we would have one present to open on Christmas Eve, although last year we actually opened all of our presents on Christmas Eve. I’m not sure why, but yeah that is what we did.
  3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?- Honestly I don’t really think Christmas day is all that memorable, so no I don’t really.
  4. What’s your favourite festive food?-Mince Pies!
  5. Whats your favourite Christmas gift you’ve ever received?- I don’t really have a favourite to be honest. I’ve never asked for anything big for Christmas that I can remember, so I’ve always just had little bits and bobs.
  6. Whats your favourite Christmas Scent?- Spiced Orange candle from Yankee Candle, although I do burn this all year round.
  7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?- Yes! Christmas Eve is my favourite part of Christmas! My family and I always go to the cinema and see whatever Christmas film is out that year, and then we always go to TGI Friday’s after for dinner, and we’ve done this for years, and I couldn’t imagine Christmas Eve any different to this.
  8. What tops your tree? A star!
  9. As a kid what was the one present you always asked for but never got?- I always wanted a Baby Annabelle! And still to this day I never had one.
  10. Whats the best part about Christmas for you?- The build up to it, decorating the house, lots of festive baking, Christmas Markets, Michael Buble, Buying gifts, wrapping gifts, and winter.
  11. Have you ever had a white Christmas?- Not that i can remember, we’ve had slushy Christmases if that counts. I once broke my arm on Christmas day and ended up in hospital because of the slush and ice.
  12. Whats your favourite Christmas treat?- Mince Pies!
  13. Do you prefer giving presents or receiving them?– Both! I love spending the time to buy things that I know people will love, but I also love opening presents from friends and family.
  14. Have you ever built a Gingerbread house?- Yes! it was massive and turned out amazingly!
  15. Whats on the top of your Christmas list?- Its something small, but I really want one of those Scratch maps for my wall! I love to travel and I really want to keep track of my travels.