When you're little Christmas means lots of sweets and toys, visitis from Santa and lots of fun and games. But, when you get a little bit older it's, if you're not religious, like me it's all about spending time with your family. One of my favorite parts about the festive season (apart from decorating the tree in the hallway in my parents house with my Mum) is shopping for presents for my close friends and family. Though, it's also lovely to receive presents from your friends and family too!
I actually got Fifi Lapin's book What I Wore Today a few days earlier than December 25th because my Mama (my maternal grandmother) wanted me to open it a few days earlier, but it doesn't make the illustrations any less beautiful - it's a wonderful book that I really wanted - and I didn't even ask for it!
I've wanted to try coloured mascara for quite a while, but as I'm allergic to most eye makeup I was very excited to find that Benefit, who's mascara I can use brought a line of them out. I have blue eyes and I wear brown eye makeup so I thought plum would make my eyes pop. I've already tried it and I'm already in love. Also, if you have unruly eyebrows Benefit's Speed Brow is an absolute lifesaver. I've been out for ages so this has to win the prize for the most useful present I received! Also, Miss Dior Cherie perfume. My official new scent. It's just a massive bonus it's in a pretty, pretty bottle too!
As worlds biggest bookworm I was over the moon when Santa got me a penguin classics book bag (now I have a bag to obsess over as much as I do my penguin classics mug). Even better it was full of four books I really wanted to read; The Red Queen, the new historical novel by my favorite author Philippa Gregory, The Confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn, another one of my favorite historical fiction authors. Also, I got the first four Vampire Diaries books. I foresee I'm going to become as hooked to them as I am the TV show!
I'm a bit boots person so I made sure to ask my mother for some thick grey Scottish wool long socks to wear inside my boots. Also my mother got me this striped pink and purple Joules beret style hat. I tried it on when we were in Fenwick and fell in love with it - she also got me the matching scarf and hand warmers. I love my Mummy. My Grandma also got me a white fluffy beret hat. They know I love my hats!
My Mama also brought me a makeup lesson at Benefit, and their 'Her Name Was Glowla' kit which is absolutely amazing. It contains their black Bad Gal mascara which I use and love but had run out of, Highbeam face highlighter which I love and use, a pallet of brown eyeshadows (I was runing out!), lipgloss, a Moonbeam highlighter and Coralista blusher - all of which I wanted to try! In case you haven't noticed I'm a bit of a Benefit junkie!
In my stocking I also got a set of nail pens because my nails are so bad - a nail polish correcting pen, a nail nourishment pen and a cuticle softening pen. I've already started using them - if they work I think I'll ave just have found my new favorite set of beauty products.
Finally I'd like to introduce you to Brutus, the puppy I found hiding in the top of my Christmas stocking. All I can say is he's absolutely adorable, isn't he! My parents also got me the entire 7 seasons of The West Wing on DVD. I know 112 hours worth of a TV show about White House politics may not be everyones cup of tea, but it's my idea of heaven!
What did you get for Christmas?