Christmas & New Years seems like it was forever ago but because I was sick after Christmas, I didn’t have a chance to share what I received, so I thought better late than never! My birthday is on New Years Eve, so I’m combining both sets of gifts into one post. I was pretty much spoiled this year by everyone so I’m very thankful to everyone for gifting me such wonderful things!
Receiving perfume, in the words of Buddy the Elf, is my favourite! I love trying and discovering new types and changing up what I wear on a daily basis – so I like having lots of options. Which is probably why I received these 3 bottles for Christmas!Fantasy – Britney Spears:This is one of my favourite perfumes so I was very happy to receive another bottle of this. Yes, it’s Britney Spears but I’ve worn this for years and it smells sooo good! And the bottle is really pretty too.
Seductive – Guess: My MIL gave me this and it’s not one I would have picked up on my own, but it’s a nice addition to my collection. I really like the classic design of the bottle.
BonBon – Viktor & Rolf: Okay, first can we talk about this glorious packaging? It’s a BOW. As if that isn’t enough on its own, it also included a special edition rhinestone encrusted bow around the top. Not only is the bottle itself gorgeous, the perfume is beautiful too – it smells sweet and slightly fruit, with a slight hint of muskiness. This was a gift from my parents and it’s essentially me in perfume form.
Foreo ISSA Toothbrush: D bought me this and before I opened it, he told me that it was a last-minute gift and I can return it and he didn’t know why he bought it? I didn’t really know what to expect so I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it and discovered this toothbrush. I had seen these in Sephora before and thought they looked cool but gawked at the price tag. Unfortunatley the reviews I’ve read on this aren’t that great…so I might return this. I haven’t used it yet so that’s still an option. Still deciding.
Rocky Mountain Soap Lavender Bath Salts, Vanilla & Ginger Bubble Bath (no longer available), Vanilla Mint Soap, Root Beer Lip Butter: I’m a HUGE bath person so I really enjoy receiving bath products. I’ve used Rocky Mountain Soap’s products before so I’m familiar with several of these. I’ve been using the Bubble Bath for a week now and I like it – it foams up nicely and it smells pleasantly of ginger ale (unfortunately it’s limited edition). The Bath Salts are heavily lavender scented which I personally don’t mind – I like using these before bed. The lip balm smells exactly like a glass of root beer which is right up my alley; I haven’t tried the soap yet but I’ve placed it near my bathtub and will soon.
Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette: My parents gave me this for my birthday which was fantastic because I’ve been coveting this for a while. I’ve only had a chance to use it twice since I received it (due to my pink eye) but so far, I’ve been really impressed. The shadows are very pigmented, super buttery and blend so easily. And they smell amazing! Full review to follow.
Bite Beauty Mauvember Luminous Creme Lipstick (no longer available online; not pictured): I can’t believe I forgot to include this in the picture above because I adore this lipstick! The colour is gorgeous, the formula is beautiful (silky smooth) and it has convinced me that I need more Bite Beauty lip products in my life. Although it’s no longer online, the last time I was in Sephora I still saw a few of these left near the checkouts so snatch this up if you can as it’s (sadly) limited edition!
Sephora Look Color in the Eye Brush Capsule: My mom included this in my stocking and I think this is a great gift for any beauty-lover. This is perfect little set to throw in your travel bag or purse; plus they come in great colours.
Precious Moments Snowman Snow Globe: Despite having Rubbermaid bins on top of Rubbermaid bins of Christmas decor, one thing I did not have was a snow globe. I’ve been looking for a nice one for a while, and my parents surprised me with this Precious Moments one for Christmas. Sometimes the figurines in snow globes can look kind of cheap so I like how carefully crafted this is. It also plays music – the song being “Vivaldi’s Winter.” Definitely one of my favourite Christmas gifts.
Kate Spade New York Cornelia Pave Bezel Watch: This was a birthday gift from D but I knew I was getting it. I’ve been eyeing this watch for months and when we were in New York in the Fall it was on sale at Macy’s for a really good price. So he bought it for me and stored it away for my birthday. Honestly, I can’t stop staring at this when I wear it – it’s just so pretty and sparkly! One thing I didn’t notice until today is that the back is engraved with “In a New York Minute” – if I didn’t associate this with our New York trip before, I most definitely will now. <3
Swarovski Megan Pendant: Another gift from D, this time for Christmas. I wasn’t sure about this when I first opened it because it seemed a little large for my liking but I wore it on Christmas Day and received lots of compliments. I think it’ll be a great special occasion necklace, which is something that I actually don’t have a lot of.
I also received gift cards to Sephora and the mall which are burning a hole in my pocket! I really want to go blow them all this weekend but I’m trying to be more mindful of my purchases this year and make sure I’m buying things I REALLY want and love. We’ll see how long that lasts.
What did you get for Christmas? Let me know below!
Have a beautiful day!