For today's post I'm going to be sharing with you all the goodies I received for Christmas this year! I did one of these for my 18th birthday back in October and it was received very well, so I was asked to do a Christmas edition. As I always say here on my blog, I'm incredibly blessed to have two amazing parents, and I'm so grateful for all the gorgeous gifts I received (and also all the food I ate!). I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and wish you all the best for 2015! So let's dive in:
I'll start with the gifts I received from one of my best friends Leah. She got me some gorgeous beauty products - she knows me so well! She got me two Soap And Glory products - the Butter Yourself body butter and the Pulp Fiction body scrub. I love the Righteous Butter, so I was so excited to try some more of their body butters. I've tried both of these out and they're incredible! I'd definitely recommend checking them out! She also got me a little baby Bath And Body Works Country Chic body lotion, which smells absolutely divine! Leah knows I love my lip products, so she got me a pack of two little lip balms and two lip duos from Model Co. I didn't realise we even had Model Co here (apparently I'm the only one!) so I can't wait to share these in some posts in the future. Finally, my favourite gift - an Olaf keyring! You'll see a pattern developing from here on in - I'm a huge Frozen fan and Olaf is my favourite character!
Now onto my Santa presents. This year I only asked for one specific item, because I was in New York last month and I got absolutely everything I could have asked for, so there wasn't much left to buy!
I've really wanted the famous Ikea Alex drawers for the longest time, so I asked for them for Christmas. I chose the Alex 6-Drawer as my dad and I resolved that they would be the best fit for my bedroom. I'm so in love with them! I spent Christmas day organising them and I couldn't be happier with them. My make-up collection post will be coming in January, so keep an eye out for it!
The next thing I unwrapped was the One Direction Where We Are Live From San Siro Stadium tour DVD. I had hinted to Mum that I really wanted it, so I'm so glad she got it for me! As you all know, I'm a massive One Direction fan and Dad actually surprised me with tickets for their first night in Croke Park about three hours before the show began - it was amazing! It also came with a One Direction festival-style wristband, which I was so happy with as I wanted one at the tour but the queue was far too long when we went to the merchandise stand! I watched the DVD on Christmas night and absolutely loved it - it was a lovely reminder of the night I saw them!
My next gift actually came straight from New York! While in New York, Mum and I went into CVS and I saw the One Direction Our Moment perfume gift set, and I had been considering buying the perfume for a while but I decided against it. Mum sent my brother and dad back to the shop after we left to get it for me, and the box got a bit squashed in transit! It comes with the shower gel, atomiser and body lotion, so I'll be smelling like the ultimate 1D fan!
The final 1D gift I received was this One Direction make-up mirror. I had wanted a make-up mirror with lights on it for ages, so naturally the best option was to get me the One Direction one! The lights are so bright I'm actually using them to help me take pictures for my blog! I absolutely love it, and it also has a little tray to store make-up in.
This was one of my favourite gifts as Dad chose it specifically for me, which was really nice as normally Mum does the Christmas shopping! My brother has one of these Abercrombie and Fitch sleeveless jackets, and I steal it all the time because it's just so cosy! So Dad thought it was about time they got me one of my own! I was so surprised as I hadn't asked for it, but I absolutely adore it! I love going for walks, so I'm delighted to have this to keep me warm on my journeys!
I got these foam dumb-bells from Pineapple for my workouts. I love doing kettlebells but I've wanted to try some different exercises with different weights, so Mum got me these pink ones! I can't wait to try them out.
As you'd expect, Mum also picked me up some Frozen goodies! This is most definitely my favourite - it's an Olaf pillow! It's quite funny because I saw this on Instagram about two weeks ago and showed it to her, but she told me she hadn't seen them, however she informed me on Christmas Day that she'd bought this for me back in October! He's so cute on my bed and actually suits my bed perfectly.
She also got me this adorable Frozen jumper! It's just a simple grey jumper with Olaf on it, which is super cosy and actually looks really nice on! I'm sure I'll get plenty of wear out of this!
I got this really cute Frozen make-up bag that has Anna and Elsa on it, and inside Mum had put some beauty items for me. The first is a Frozen shower gel! It smells like bubblegum, so it'll make me smell delicious! I also got a Frozen hand wash, which has the same scent. There were two lip products inside too. I got the Rimmel lip liner in East End Snob, which Amelia Liana recommended as a fantastic dupe for Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. I wore it on Christmas Day and I love it! There was also a lip lacquer from Soap And Glory in the colour 'Charm Offensive', which is a stunning mauve. I've never tried Soap And Glory make-up so I'll be sure to report back!
Make-up wise, I didn't really get much as I have so much already! I did get this make-up kit from Model Co, which I love. It's the Peach Bellini colour collection that contains a beautiful blush, a nude lipstick and a peach gloss. The blush is identical to Orgasm by NARS, so expect some comparison posts soon!
Mum also got me a new MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NC15, which is my absolute favourite concealer. I've even been using it as an eyeshadow primer recently!
The final present I received is by far my favourite. For years I have coveted a Tom Ford lipstick, but I could never justify the price. I was so shocked when I unwrapped this beautiful black box on Christmas morning! My parents bought me a Tom Ford lipstick in the shade Spanish Pink! I was speechless when I unwrapped it - it's perfect! I wore it on Christmas Day with my Rimmel lip pencil and it looked beautiful. There will be a full in-depth review on my new baby very soon!!
So that is everything I received for Christmas this year! I had a lovely day with my family and I'm so grateful for everything. I hope you also had a great day, and be sure to let me know what you got in the comments!
Zara :-) x