Happy New Year everyone!
I hope the first few weeks of 2018 have treated you well. So far, this year is shaping up to be a good one for me, despite being SO busy. I’ve been planning some new content for this year and I’m so excited to share it with you…. do stick around! But for today, I’m back and kicking it off with five of my favourite Christmas gifts. Personally, I have loved reading these, so I really wanted to write a post of my own. I think that recently there have been so many interesting things in the shops and I’m always intrigued to hear what others received during the festive season. And these are just a small selection of my favourites.
Makeup Revolution Soph X Eyeshadow palette
If you read my Christmas wishlist post last month, you may well know that I had my eye on this palette (Pun intended). Given that I am mentioning it again, it shouldn’t come as a shock that I was gifted it for Christmas. But I just couldn’t not include it as its honestly one of my favourite things I received this year. I used it for the first time on Christmas Day and I was completely taken aback. The shades in it are as gorgeous as I had hoped, and I’m having great fun trying them out. This year, I’m determined to become more experimental with my makeup, so I’ve been mixing a few of the shades together and found some to die for combinations. I’m surprising myself by how much I am loving the matte shades too – usually I’m more of a glitter gal, so this is somewhat of a revelation! I’m often catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror when I’m wearing it and can’t quite believe it’s me, because I’m using shades 2017 me would not even consider. So far, I’ve been able to find a shade for every occasion. At the moment, I’m waiting for just the right time to try out the shade Mixed Berries…
I’m so excited to finally have this palette in my possession and there is no doubt in my mind that it will be used a lot. It’s just amazing! I’m planning to do a few more makeup looks on my blog this year, and I am dying to use this palette in it, so if there’s any particular look that you would love to see, please let me know in the comments or tweet me @ceelavieblog!
Ok, so admittedly you have had a sneak peak of this next gift over on my Instagram. This hat is a part of Zoella’s latest Christmas range and I love it. I have struggled with hats in the past – both finding one that I like and one that actually suits me. But luckily, this one I was gifted at Christmas ticks both of those boxes. I hate the cold weather normally, but right now I am loving it, because its presenting countless chances to wear it. I’m not exaggerating when I say that since Christmas, I’ve worn it at pretty much every opportunity. For those of you that know me, this fact alone is enough to prove how much I like it. It’s a complete bonus that it works well with most of my wardrobe too. The colour combo is great and I have quickly become a fan of this green shade. The bobble is also a huge winner for me! Who knew I could love a hat so much?!
As you all know, I love a good pun. Considering I use them in most of my blog posts (this one being no exception), probably too much. Combine this with cute animals and you’ve won me over. That’s exactly why this gift was one of my favourites. I mean, do I need to say much more?! It’s just adorable. And however silly the pun may be, I can’t help but have a little chuckle to myself whenever it catches my eye. I’m all about these things so it was the perfect gift for me. Even more aptly, my own dog is half Shih Tzu so every time I see it, I’m reminded of her – even more reason to love it.
Another animal themed gift – is it obvious that both of these were from my sister? This time, we have cats. And I’m pretty obsessed with them. So, the fact that this phone case has three on it pleases me a lot. They really resemble my own cat too, which is so lovely. It’s also been personalised with my name, which I love as it adds a special touch. Plus, I’m forever losing my phone, especially in my house. At least now, it will be easier to find – I hope!
Dot Creates Stationary
Another thing I mentioned in my Christmas wishlist, surprise surprise. But its proving super handy. Last year, I didn’t have a blogging schedule. I just prepped the post from start to finish before publishing it. But, I actually want to have some form of schedule this year. Which is what makes the ‘post date’ section so useful! Seeing a date there will be a real incentive for me. Also, I have a classic blogger problem whereby I can’t write a post in daylight. But in the evening when I want to relax, or at 12am, when I want to sleep, I have a lightbulb moment. Honestly, that’s how I write most of my posts. And I’ve had many annoying moments where I’ve thought of something completely brilliant but by the time I actually come to write it down, the idea has slipped away. So far, for both of these instances, its worked a treat! The other great thing about it for me is that I can see exactly how much I am progressing with a post, and what I still need to do. It’s helping me stay super motivated in 2018 because I just love the satisfaction of ticking a box or tearing the page off when tasks are complete. If that wasn’t enough, I adore the design, how flippin cute is it?
I also got some pencils with some adorable quotes on, because who doesn’t need those in their life? As a self-confessed stationary nerd, I know that these are going to be my best friend. So now there’s no excuse, with this I can really start getting up there in the blogging game.
That’s just a snapshot of some of the lovely things I received at Christmas time. If you were gifted any of these, do let me know what you think. What did you love most in your stocking?