What i got for xmas 2013…

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Hello my lovely readers…. (if there are any of you left?!)

I've been really slack with my blogging the past few months. What with working away in India for such a long time and trying to get back into the swing of things back here I haven't found the time.I know excuses excuses. But… all is not lost. January, like for many people, is a long long month and rather than going out spending my money its going to be a quiet one so i thought I'd use the opportunity to get back into the world of Tea and Blush!

So.. this year I spent xmas in Yorkshire, my family rented out a HUGE house so all of the clan could spend the festive season together and we had a beaut of a time!

I also was a very lucky girl and got some lovely pressies… heres a few of them-

 Wow where to start…..

The big yellow candle was a gift from my brother and his lady. They each have a shop on etsy-

Little lily pod shop                    PastCarings

Freshly baked shortbread candle (£8.99 frombestkeptsecrets)

Sushi rice cube (£9.99 from Firebox)

Monkey tea infuser (£9.86 from Amazon)

I love lists notebook (similar from ASOS)

Loverdose Tattoo by Diesel  (£38.95 from The Perfume shop)

Last year I bought the original Loverdose for my mumma for her birthday and loved it so much myself I was considering buying it. As usual I didn't get round to it and whilst on holiday in france this year i happened to find the newer version of it and OHHH am I glad i did.

Its a beaut of a smell, just addictive. I'm no scent expert so i googled what makes it smell so gorgeous; top notes of bergamot, mandarin and cassis. Middle notes of rose, orange and jasmine. Base notes of vanilla, tonka bean and milk. Mmmmmmmmm. I think for me its the vanilla part that draws me in.

I've been wearing it for about a week now and I keep finding myself sniffing my scarf at work! For me it works both as a night and daytime fragrance. Can you tell i can't get enough of it!?

No7 illuminated makeup mirror (£15.99 from Boots)

Didn't think I could be impressed so much by a mirror! This is a great must have for all beauty and makeup lovers… it has a magnifying mirror on one side and a normal one on the other. Great in my apartment as the lighting is pretty poor but this little gem has its own light built in!

MAC sheertone blush in Sincere 

Since being in India I've become addicted to bloody MAC. Its a bad habit… an expensive one. So it was great to get some vouchers for xmas! I fancied a new blush but one that moved away from the pinky girly that i would usually wear. I love Sincere.. its a muted warm peach with a hint of brown. I think it really suits me at the moment whilst I've still got a bit (a teeny bit should i say) of a tan left from travelling. It would look amazing on asian skin too!

MAC cremesheen lipstick in Hang up

I adore this lipstick.. so much so I've worn it everyday for the past week. My lips however haven't enjoyed it quite as much. I suffer with extremely dry lips and this doesn't seem to help but bugger it it looks good. Its smooth and thick to apply, lasts a good 5 hours or more,
 smells rather divine and really works well with my new blush.

Vanilla orchid matchbox candle ( from Anthropologie)

Cute, clever and smells deliciously of vanilla, orchid, blackcurrant and a hint of choc! A tray slides out of the 'matchbox' to reveal a 2 wick white soy candle.  On the top (where the little bunny is sitting) is a handy striking surface to light your matches on!

Los Pollos Hermanos mug

Im so sad that I finished all of the Breaking Bad episodes…. so this mug is here to remind me every morning when I have a cuppa! You can get these from Ebay or Amazon.. and i'm sure another bazillion places!

Glamping break for two (from Experience more)

How amazing is this gift from my brother?! We get to choose where we'd like to go in the country and stay in a little pod for the weekend! There are tons of sites all around the UK too!

Porcelain and silver bunny necklace (£40 from Me me me shop)

So so so cute!

Collard Manson fire ring  (£18 from Collard Manson)

If you are ever in Sheffield make sure you pop to Collard Manson on Divison Street. One of my fav shops! They have amazing pieces and all at really good prices. This ring was chosen by my fella and i love it! Proper knuckle duster!

Topshop gold ring ( got this in the sale for £2!)

Take two tickets

Another amazing gift from my parents for me and the Mr. Vouchers for a local cinema that includes a meal for 2, bottle of wine and 2 cinema tickets! Its the type of place that shows independent films as well so we are going to keep our eyes out for one we fancy in the new year!

I also got a lovely new coat from Topshop from the Mr……..

(Excuse the crap background… I got bored waiting for the bus and decided to do some posing!)

Phew that was a long list… i hope you enjoyed reading about the lovely things.  I said i didn't really need anything this year and its always great as all my pressies were complete surprises!

There are two more pressies i got but I'm going to blog about them separately as they are both SO special!

What did you all get for xmas? Any horrendous gifts?

I hope you all have a fantastic NYE! I'm going for a huge burger with the fella and some friends later on.. MMM burger!


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