Thursday, 4 January 2018

Christmas Presents and Sale Bargains

There has been a little controversy about people posting about what they got for Christmas. But one thing I have learnt in 2017 is no matter what you do, you will probably piss someone off so just do what you like. Life is too short to worry about what other people 'might' think.

I personally really enjoy seeing the blog posts on how people spent their Christmas, all the family events they went to, the arguments over board games, their own little traditions - it's really interesting.


Social media means we get a real glimpse into people's lives and Insta Stories have provided a lot of entertainment to me over the last couple of weeks. It's so nice seeing people happy and if that is because somebody has bought them an iPad, then that's great! It's important to remember we don't see the other side of social media, like a photo album we only really show the good times so all might not be as it seems so just take everything with a pinch of salt and just enjoy life. Don't let what others are doing get you down, Live and Let Live.

This year we were lucky enough to have two Christmases, one at my parents the day before Christmas eve with my brother and sister (my youngest brother is travelling and in Bali at the moment). Then Christmas day was the first time it was just the three of us - and the first Christmas day since I was about 11 where I didn't apply any makeup or even properly get dressed! It's all about much more than presents, we like to spend real time together playing, watching films and making amazing food. This time of year is the perfect excuse to spend a lot of quality time with the people that matter.

Along with the 'gift of time' with my family I was lucky enough to get a few lovely presents and I picked up some great sale bits too. We all love to be a little nosey at times, don't we? So I'll share some of them with you.

I'll start with the bits I got in the sale just in case anything is still in stock and you want to go and grab one for yourself! I get asked 'what would you like for Christmas?' by my family and there are a lot of things I like but wouldn't ask for as I know after Christmas they will be so much cheaper and I wouldn't want them wasting their money on me. This is where my Boots points come in handy, I save them up and at Christmas I like to treat myself so these next two gift sets were essentially free. 


I mentioned the Benefit Galifornia Love Set  in my Beauty Lovers Wish List post and I said it was a bargain at the original price of £24.50... well imagine how I felt when I picked it up for a mere £16.33! Pretty pink dome packaging aside, there are 3 products, all of which I love. A full size Roller Lash mascara is usually £20.50 on it's own so you're essentially 3 products for the price of one. Along with the mascara there's a full size High Brow pencil (perfect for highlighting the brow arch an really defining the brows) and a mini of Benefit's newest blush 'Galifornia' which I've been tempted to try. I'm rather pleased with this, I must say! 

My beloved Cleanse and Polish had just ran out so I was planning on purchasing another. When I noticed it was inside the 'Liz Earle -Make Every Day Radiant'  set I added it to my basket straight away as it meant I could try out some new products. I've already got the Instant Boost Skin Tonic so it's always good to have another in my stash, it's lovely to use after removing my make up. The best thing about this set was the moisturiser, another product I was slowly running out of and I wanted to try something new. The reviews on the Superskin Moisturiser with natural neroli were excellent and the scent of this is divine! Alone this moisturiser would cost me £39 and it's a full size tub too. This lot, along with 2 muslin cloths cost me £28 of Boots points when originally the set was £42. ABSOLUTE BARGAIN MATE.


Another one on my wish list was the Stila 'Play It Cool' Stay All Day liquid lipstick set. Sam actually tried to get this for me for Christmas but he couldn't find anywhere that had it in stock that would deliver in time. Typically he left his shopping til last minute. I'm kind of glad he did as it went down to £14 from £20. There's 3 gorgeous mini lipsticks and I've been wearing the middle one 'Patina' constantly since I got it. They really stay put and are so lightweight I will definitely be picking up some full sized ones over the year. 


I never think to look at shoes in Marks and Spencer but as I was cutting through to get to the car park I saw these boots on a mannequin and I was drawn in by those red laces! I kind of forgot about them til boxing day when I thought to check online to see if they had gone in the sale. I was delighted to see they were now only £25 and in stock just down the road from me. I popped out and picked them up- I made sure I got in and out quickly though, there were some determined looking bargain hunters and after a day of far too much cheese, turkey and chocolate I was in no mood to wrestle for a bath bomb. I was home with a coffee, wearing in my new boots before my boys were even out of their pjs. 


Now on to a couple of bits I was lucky enough to be given for Christmas. My best friend got me a whole host of goodies including a bag of Yankee votive candles. She knows I like to chop and change and can't commit to one big candle (what that says about my character, I don't know!) so she picked out a selection of scents. She told me she was sniffing around the shop like a sniffer dog picking them out and I adore every one of them - girl did good! 


This Sainsbury's mug sums up a lot of people I know (including me!). I love the colour of it too. 


Sam did some research and spent  a fair bit of time chatting in the art shop and got me some lovely new Brush Pens to play with. Anyone who knows me knows I'm into my drawing and I'm really excited to get creative with these.


Sam also got me these pretty glittery shoes from Schuh. It's a kind-of tradition that I get shoes for Christmas and you can't go wrong with sparkles! My parents got me a big bottle of my signature scent Dior Addict, it's been my favourite perfume since I was about 18 - I love it. 


Christmas came and went so quickly as always and I'm so grateful to have such lovely generous people around me. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I'm really looking forward to an exciting 2018!


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