It feels quite strange writing this post as Christmas was only about ten days ago, yet it feels like a lifetime away! Isn't it weird how fast time goes by and what a difference a week or so can make? Ten days ago I was living the life eating chocolate for breakfast and now I'm completely bogged under with piles of university work, but hey ho!
For today's post I thought I would share the beauty bits and bobs I received for Christmas this year. With virtually no income as I study for the next year it was so nice to be treated to some lovely makeup gifts. As a beauty blogger I'm forever lusting over makeup palettes and eyebrow kits, and now I have some lovely bits and pieces to add to my ever-growing makeup collection.
Crown Brush HD Brush Set | I've wanted to get my mitts on a new set of brushes for absolutely ages. I love my current Real Techniques Brush Set but I've had them for so long that they're starting to get a little worn, and the Crown Brush had been on my wishllist for so long. My boyfriend, Dan, treated me to this gorgeous set, complete with a carry case and compact mirror, and offering an array of brushes to help me buff on my everyday makeup effortlessly. The brushes themselves are really soft and smooth to evenly distribute product and I am so looking forward to using them in my daily makeup routine.
Soap and Glory Bright and Bubbly Gift Set | My lovely friend and blogging buddy, Eve, (who blogs at Haia Eve) bought me this lovely gift set for Christmas and I'm so happy with it! I've not actually tried many Soap and Glory products before so it's always refreshing to try some new brands and products and I am absolutely loving using them so far! The Hand Food Hand Cream has been a life saver; after just one day my sore, dry hands were feeling moisturised and smooth and the Original Pink scent is like a breath of fresh air in these cold, dark days. A massive thank you to Eve for this gift, and make sure you go check out her blog!
Clinique All About Eyes Gift Set | a gorgeous little gift set was bought for me by my mam featuring some of Clinique's must-have beauty products; the High Impact mascara, All About Eyes eye cream and the new Skinny Stick eyeliner. The High Impact mascara has been one of my favourite products for the past year and now I'm completely stocked up for the next few months thanks to the two I was gifted for Christmas. I have also been loving the All About Eyes eye cream, which has left the skin around my eyes feeling so soft and refreshed.
So Eco Brush Set | my mum and Dan always seem to buy me the same products. I guess they know me too well haha ;) but this is another beaut brush set that I received for Christmas, also featuring a little carry case. I haven't heard of So Eco before but having read up on them I'm super excited to add them to my makeup collection. The brushes are 100% ethically sourced, with sustainable and bio-degradable packaging, and they are made up of bamboo brush handles and recycled aluminium ferrules. I'm very much looking forward to using these.
Best of Clinique Gift Set | how pretty is that floral makeup bag? During November/December Debenhams gave these little beauties away when spending over a certain amount of money on Clinique and I was given this lovely set for Christmas too, filled with the very best products Clinique has to offer. First up is the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturiser, which helps to plump up the skin and provide up to 12 hours of moisturisation. I haven't actually tried this one yet because I need less moisture, but I think it will be great in the summer time after days out in the sun. It offers the Liquid Facial Soap and the Take The Day Off Makeup Remover which I have been using to remove my makeup (especially my eyes and lipstick) on a daily basis. There's also the All About Shadows Duo in Strawberry Fudge, which will be perfect for spring-time makeup looks, the Long Last Lipstick in Matte Magenta and the trusty High Impact Mascara. A great combination of products that I'm sure will be used many times by myself!
MAC Antique Velvet Lipstick | I'm a sucker for a dark lipstick and have really started to get quite daring with my lip colours of the past year, so Antique Velvet is the perfect shade for me and I've worn it constantly since I opened it on Christmas Day! I've been really impressed with the matte finish and the longevity of the lipstick so far. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a full review on the blog very soon!
Kiko Color Fever Eyeshadow Quad in Coral Burgundy | my first Kiko Cosmetics products and I am seriously in love with them so far! I created a smoky eye look using this quad on Christmas Day and was so impressed with the bright pigmentation and long-lasting finish I achieved. The shadows are soft and velvety and smoothly blend onto the eyelids. I really like how they have a hint of shimmer in them too, making them great for party eyes.
Kiko Eyeshadows in 131 and 178 | I also received two of these singular eyeshadow pots from Kiko. 138 is a gorgeous matte brown. I wear eyeshadow on a daily basis and I feel like this will be perfect for taking a look from day tonight as it's quite deep in shade and pigmentation. 178 is a gorgeous charcoal shimmer. I feel I will be using this a lot for evening makeup looks over the next few months.
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Kit | I've loved using Clinique's Anti-Blemish solutions range for the past few months and use it religiously - every day both morning and night - so to have a top up of product is always great for me. These are the smaller bottle sizes but still filled with product that help to keep my skin oil-free and feeling super smooth and squeaky clean. I couldn't live without using these products and will continue to use until its time for me to start looking into anti-wrinkle creams!
So these are just some of the lovely presents I received from my family and friends for Christmas. I also got some money to go towards a dictaphone, some fitness gear and gadgets, Pandora earrings and lots of snuggly pyjamas and socks (yes, thirteen pairs of bed socks!) for which I am truly grateful. I feel very lucky that I received such gorgeous presents and I hope everyone in my family liked their gifts too!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have a happy and healthy new year!
Lots of love,