The year is nearly at an end and as I promised for this beautifully rainy morning I will be sharing with you what I received for Christmas this year from family and friends. I just wanted to start off by saying how truly blessed I am for those I have in my life and for how fortunate I have been. I wanted to repeat that this is in no way a "bragging" post and would love to hear how you spent the holidays and what your favorite present was this year wether it be a physical tangible thing you can hold in your hands or something emotional, a trip, anything because its all special.
Without further ado lets get into the haul shall we?
What we see here is a little bit of everything across the spectrum from room decor to make-up and fashion! I'm really excited about it.
The larger items here are just things I've been needing to get as well as a couple luxury products to feed my video game side. These two games I've played the earlier series and am so glad to keep following the plot lines. For those who also love video games these two immersive story lines are great and a high recommend from me. Asassin's Creed Syndicate and Fallout 4, check them out!
Also a quick mention is the mattress pad which makes all the difference in the softness of your bed if you are like me and like the softer comfier way of sleeping instead of a more stiff mattress. Some Gold colored and black cotton sheets to round off my obsessive need to coordinate the sheets to my room decor and wall colors.
I wanted to start with one of the bigger items I received as a gift from one of my dearest friends. She was so beyond generous to not only be coming for a visit but had purchased me the AMAZING Crosley record player in Mint, it is so adorable and retro that I am just in love. This record player gets a lot of mixed reviews, so far I haven't had any problems playing older records or newer records, you do have to fiddle with the settings to make sure its for the correct type of record you want to listen to, but for a portable record player it has great sound. It comes in many colors and variations, you can find them here.
Since I had this new amazing record player, what do you need? records of course! So while I still await my trip to go to a used record store, I had bought myself the Halsey Badlands album which has become my chill and read go to background noise.
I have been really obsessing over candles this fall/winter. I love my room or office filling with calming and soft scents. Because of this I received this really cute Candle holder that reminds me of the succulent plant atriums I have been lusting after. Along with this candle holder I got this amazing smelling candle, both from Anthropolgie. They are currently sold out of mine which is the Oasis Blossom, but honestly any of the scents are just heavenly. Find the candle here and the holder here.
Also pictured here we have Fresh Sparkling Snow from Bath and Body Works and the smell is absolutely heavenly, feminine and light. Not to mention that the body mist lasts which I am so glad because I had been needing a good sent for winter and leading into Spring. It's so fresh with an undertone of fruit smell that its great for a transition.
I've been transitioning through different make up lately. I normally have always been MAC obsessed and using make foundation products. However after a lot of youtube make up videos and reviews I did my own research and really wanted to try the Becca Foundation, primer and liquid highlighter. I have such generous people in my life that I was blessed with all three and I am so glad I made the switch in products! The foundation which I use in the color Nude, is so easy to apply and lightweight I forget I'm even wearing make up. I actually pump my foundation and the backlight priming filter on the back of my hand and blend them together applying both at the same time and get the best effect of a natural glow. The highlighter, which I got in Moonstone is nice, I personally after trying prefer the powder just because the highlighter needs a few moments to dry otherwise you run the risk of wiping it off with your hand but it also applies and blends a bit smoother with the liquid foundation. All three can be found at Sephora.com simply just search the names.
Lastly from this photograph is my new leather gloves from Kate Spade which are so soft and warm! The leather is like butter and do not feel that thick but they definitely do the job. They are simple and chic and great to brace the cold in the city. Found similar ones here.
Talking about candles, here we have Winter from Bath and Body Works which is a nice christmasy sent that I'll admit to probably carrying past the winter season. It smells to me just like snow falling, which for me is a combination of that just after rain smell and pine trees. The lower candle I absolutely love the alternative shape to it, sort of off balanced circle, in Night Storm which is from Urban Outfitters. It's the more dominating smell of the two candles pictured here. It is described as fresh blood orange, sugared lemon and white tea. It is part of their Boho candle collection and could be found with many other options here.
This Starbucks mug is absolutely everything. I had lusted after it since it was released in November but couldn't justify to myself buying myself yet another mug. Low and behold after sulking when it was sold out I was served my hot cocoa in this beautiful mug and I was a happy camper all over again. While it is sold out, if you are in love with this mug as much as I am there are still some floating around on ebay.
We also have here a couple more make up items. There is the Make Up Forever primer which I've tried for my under eyes and t-zone area just to even out my skin and it works great as a base and will be investing in a larger size. Next is the NYX dark circle concealer, I have yet to try it out just yet but have read some great reviews on the product. Lastly but certainly not least in the slightest is the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Damned. It is the perfect color for winter if you are looking to sport a bold deep red lip.
Finally for my penguin obsession I got some treats that are penguiny. My penguin sugar cookie as well as penguin gummies that taste like peach rings and deliciousness which will probably be gone by January. Here also is a silver penguin potpourri holder which will be going on my desk and a great addition to my office redecoration project.
I've fallen into the Lush love and must say these products have done wonders for my skin. I recieved the Dark Angels charcoal cleanser, the Herbalism cleanser, D'Fluff shaving cream and the O'Honey face mask. They all smell heavenly and the all vegetarian products plus the recycle program are great incentives. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend this company.
Down to the final three items, This burgundy bowler hat is so cute and matches a pair of shoes that I've been dying to wear. I don't own many hats that aren't black, and to receive this one is making me a believer in deviating outside your comfort zone.
This headband from Anthropolgie is absolutely adorable. It has that wrapped turban look that fulfills my boho fantasies with such beautiful beadwork, I'm already planning my outfits for these accessories.
Lastly but certainly not least is my knee high socks. I know some of you are going to be confused why I'm so excited by socks, I know when I wasyounger they weren't my most treasured present, but trust me, socks can be amazing, especially when you like to run around the house in pjs and don't want slippers.
Ok guys I know this was a long one but I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Haul! Let me know if you want me to keep doing these types of posts and also let me know what you got for Christmas!