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Sunday, 6 January 2013

What I Got For Christmas (2012)


Just wanted to start with a quick apology for being so slack with my posts throughout December! Christmas is a time for friends & family which (in between work) is what I've spent the last 31 or so days indulging in so please excuse any absence! Normal service will now resume & I'll start by saying I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and equally wonderful New Year!


I love 'What I Got For Christmas' posts for no other reason than the fact that I'm incredibly nosy! Plus I always like to see if there are any products that I fancying searching the sales for in hope of a post Christmas bargain! So with that in mind I thought I'd share with you some of the amazing gifts I received this year while also taking the opportunity to thank everyone profusely for them! I feel very lucky & am incredibly grateful. 


Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some beauty products for me to obsess over & Santa didn't fail to deliver! I've been lusting after a bottle of the YSL Le Teint Touché Eclat Foundation ever since I finished the 7 day tester I had! My friend Becky generously treated me to this & I've been using it pretty much every day since I got it! Naked by Urban Decay is undoubtedly one of my favourite eye shadow palettes but my only complaint has always been that they didn't have enough matte shades in it. The UD team answered my prayers with the release of the Naked Basics palette which contains 6 gorgeous matte shades. My mum doesn't miss a trick & had this waiting for me on Christmas morn! Mac pigments have always intrigued me but I've never got round to buying one which is why I was over the moon when my brother & his girlfriend bought me my first Mac Pigment in 'Tan' - a gorgeous shimmery copper gold colour! This looks stunning packed onto the eye & is perfect for a glitzy evening look! Thanks guys :) Next up was this cute mini Benefit Besties Duo from my friend Lucy - it contains 2 travel size Benefit favourites - 'That Girl' brightening primer & 'Some Kinda Gorgeous' which is an lovely cream to powder foundation. This was perfectly timed as I was off to France with her a few days later for New Years & I was able to leave my full size primer at home! It's also a good excuse to test out these sample size products to see if I'd be interested in buying the full size!

I was delighted to receive the Chanel Collections & Creations book as had been eyeing it up in Selfridges for a while prior to Christmas. Chanel is undoubtedly one of my favourite designers together with Mulberry, Marc Jacobs, McQueen & Vivienne Westwood. This book is an absolutely stunning testament to all the various collections that the label has created over the years. It features everything from jewellery and fashion to make up and artwork from some of their very first advertisements. Something to flick through on a rainy day or just when you're in need of a bit of inspiration. The ultimate in coffee table books! 



Moving on to nails! The Essie Winter 2012 Collection was my Secret Santa present at work & I love it. The colours are gorgeous (particularly the dark berry glitter) and as always with Essie polishes they last for ever without chipping or wearing much. The copious amount of Woo Woo Nail Wraps (there are 12 designs in all) are also from Lucy (in addition to the benefit duo) & they couldn't have come at a better time as I've been obsessing over nail wraps pretty much ever since I had my gel nails removed (I'm currently wearing the left middle ones). They're easy to put on, they look great & although they don't last an age (average 5 days) they are great for creating a fun look for an event or night out etc. I'm stocked up til Summer 13! 


It was love at first smell with Jo Malone's Blackberry & Bay Cologne. I've been lusting after this for an age & was so pleased to find my mum had it wrapped up beautifully under the tree waiting for me! Combining 2 of the best things in life - Jo Malone & scented candles my friend Abi hit the nail on the head when she gave me their gorgeous Red Roses Candle. I think it'll be a good year before I actually allow myself to light this! Last but not least in the divine smelling department & also from Abi - a gorgeous Rose & Geranium Bath Melt filled with essential oils! I'm a big bath product fan so can't wait to use this!


The hands down winner of my most thoughtful Christmas gift of 2012 has to go to my brother & his girlfriend. Not only have they month spent the last couple of months helping me redesign my blog but I was next to speechless when I unwrapped my present from them! They had designed & ordered approx 300 personalised Business Cards from Moo for my blog. They'd even gone as far as to make sure the colour identically matched the background of my blog & that the font used was the same. My friends wallets are already stocked! I adore these & even more so them for such a great Christmas present!


From the girl who keeps on giving! Abi treated me to my other personalised Christmas present of 2012 - this cute little Travel Mirror with it's own pouch. It's gots my names on it! Everyone needs a mirror in their bag for when they're on the go & having my name on it just makes it that extra bit special. There also happens to be another (rather weird) reason why I love this. Y'know when you're a kid & you go into ANY kind of gift shop they always have those random products with your name on? Like key rings  bookmarks, mugs, pens etc. Well, don't get me wrong, I love my name & would never change it but they NEVER EVER had my name :( Caroline yes, Carol yes, Charlotte yup, even Carly but never Carla! So there really aren't many keepsakes in my life with my name on so basically this little mirror probably means a lot more than it was ever intended to!


Ah last but never least. The pièce de résistance. Enter the Mulberry Oversized Taylor. This was by far the star on top of my Christmas tree this year. I won't bore on about how long I've wanted a Mulberry bag for. Just times my excitement from when I got Mulberry purse by a million (see here). I adore Mulberry bags but there has only ever been about 3 that I have absolutely fallen in love with & this is definitely one of them. I love the simplicity of it. It's not garish, it's just effortlessly classic. I love that you can wear it 3 different ways - as a shoulder bag, a long messenger bag or in the crook of your arm. I love the unique design & zip detail and don't get me started on the softness of the leather! It's the kind of bag that I know I will use for years to come & it will go with pretty much anything. In short, I love it & am overwhelmed by my parents generosity. I definitely don't take getting a gift of this scale lightly & I feel very privileged. I must have been on Santa's nice list this year ;)

I hope you all received some lovely presents, had an amazing Christmas & New Year and are looking forward to seeing what 2013 throws at you - I know I am!

xCx

16 comments:

  1. Wow you got some amazing presents.

    I really want to buy a Mulberry, I think I will treat myself next Christmas, hopefully pick one up in the Sales :)

    I much prefer the taylor to the alexa or bayswater styles.

    www.hiddenfreckles.com

    xxx

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    1. Definitely look at the Mulberry sale next year, a load of their bags are reduced by around 50%! I'm with you on the Taylor - it's by far one of my favourite designs! xCx

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    1. Thanks Rita - I was very lucky this year! Hope you had a good Christmas! xCx

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  3. WOW amazing pressies, i love the bag and those business cards are SO fab!

    Sophierosehearts x

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    1. I know! I love my brother for getting them done. I think they're from a company called Moo (if you're ever looking to get some done)! xCx

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  4. I love your mulberry bag! It's so classic!

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  5. That handbag is amazing! I love it :) also my favourite thing about Christmas presents are the beauty bits :) x

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    1. I know - is it wrong to be in love with a bag? Beauty treats are by far the best. I unwrap and in my head I'm thinking 'ah can't wait to blog about this...' haha. Hope you had a fab Xmas hun. xCx

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  6. I want everything! Lucky girl :)

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    1. I know - I feel super lucky! Hope you had a good Christmas/New Years! xCx

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  7. I love your Mulberry bag I got one for Christmas too!!I just recently found your blog and love it, check out mine if you have a few minutes...

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    1. Ah snap! Haha - ooh will have to have a look. Thanks lovely! Glad you like it :) will definitely pop over & have a gander xCx

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  8. Your Mulberry is just stunning! Such lovely presents you received :) xx

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I know - I'm a bit in love! xCx

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