Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas Haul 2013

Hey everyone, hope you had an amazing Christmas Day and Boxing Day. I like to see what people got for Christmas as I love a good haul post so I wanted to show you my gifts too. I'm not trying to show off in any way, I'm super grateful for everything I received and I love it all. Well, I did choose a lot of it myself... ;)

Starting with the surprises I got for Christmas from my brother. He knows me well so got me some Soap & Glory and Lush goodies! I'm really looking forward to using my Melting Marshmallow Moment luxury bath melt as I haven't had one for years and it has a super sweet scent that I love. The bubble bar is Dorothy, which I haven't tried before but it smells lovely and relaxing and the rainbow design (see here) is so cute.

I've never had Ghost perfume before but I'm really glad he got me the original one that I think smells a bit like Turkish Delight and the Moonlight one smells like a fab evening fragrance. The Cranberry & Orange candle in the style of Yankee Candles is so good too. The scent is so powerful and it's great value from B&M too. 

My parents gave me money along with some things I picked out myself; Clinique Whole Lotta Candy Chubby Stick set, I Heart Christmas book by Lindsey Kelk (read all of the others in the series so had to get this!) and the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual which I've fancied getting for years. They also got me some surprises like PJs, cosy socks, candles, nail polish, and Hugo Boss Orange perfume. 

Lastly I have the gifts from my fiance. We decided to choose our own gifts this year and set a rough budget before we began to choose things. It was our 10th Christmas together this year (celebrated our 9th anniversary in November!) so it gets pretty hard to pick unique gifts every Christmas/Birthday etc! A lot of the things I'm about to show you are from Space.NK where they had a fantastic deal on - spend over £150 and get a super generous goodie bag with a £50 voucher to spend on anything so although all this stuff is pretty expensive, I maximised the money as much as possible!

I'd been eyeing up the NARS Promiscuous Lip Pencil Coffret as soon as it hit the Space.NK website so I knew that was my first choice. It is a cute set of 5 mini lip crayons (4 velvet matte, 1 velvet gloss) contained in a lovely little makeup bag. It's really good to try all of those colours for £30 as I would never use the full sizes up anyway. I had to go for the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation after hearing Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie raving about it. I went for the cult NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna as I had to see what all of the fuss is about. Hope it's not too dark for me! Another massively raved about product is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer so that wasn't a hard choice! I also picked up 3 NARS Blushes in the shades Deep Throat, Luster and Gaiety. A nice range of shades there I think.

Also added to my basket to make up (no pun intended!) the £150 order was the Stila Colour me Pretty set of Convertible Colors for Lips and Cheeks, something I've wanted to try for a long time so to get a range of them for only £19.50 was a good deal for me. I also got my first bottle of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir to see if it lives up to the hype. You don't actually hear much about that anymore to be honest! The picture below is the goodie bag I got with my £150 order. (The £50 voucher was spent on two of the NARS blushes and the Caudalie Beauty Elixir)

Goodie bag contents

REN is a brand I've tried samples from but never bought any full size products so when Kate at Ghostparties had a fab 20% offer on her blog I decided to get the Invisible Pores Detox Mask and the No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. I've tried a sample of the mask before and loved it. It really does reduce pore size! I was in the market for a new cleanser and thought the balm sounded like a nice treat.

My final gift is the product you are probably sick of seeing right now! The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette just had to be purchased though. I love the original Naked 1 palette and have pretty much used it every day for the past few years but for some reason never ended up buying Naked 2. As soon as I saw the rose gold tin and the pink based nudes of the Naked 3, I fell in love! 

I'm really looking forward to using all of my Christmas presents and I'm very lucky to have received so many nice things.

What did you enjoy most about Christmas this year?
What were your favourite presents?


  1. Ah wow you got some amazing bits!!! You are going to loveeeeeeeee the creamy concealer and foundation, they're the dreamiest duo! xxxxx

  2. The Chubby Stick set looks so nice!! Brilliant choice of book as well, I've nearly finished reading it and it's brilliant.

  3. Amazing presents I got a couple of NARS goodeis to try too, can't wait x

    Catherines Loves

  4. looks like your a very lucky girl! :) Ive just started that book :) Hope u had a lovely Christmas xx

  5. You got lots of lovely pressies! :)
    I hope you had a good Christmas!
    I got the Ghost perfume and some S&G products too!

  6. You got such lovely presents!!

  7. I am swooning over your gifts! So many lovely NARS products.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas


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