What I Got for Christmas and Boxing Day Haul

Hi My Lovelies,
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break and a Happy New Year. Mine was very different; I spent it alone this time around because the bf had to travel home but I enjoyed myself even though I missed him terribly :-((. Sometimes, it's rare to have your alone time because you are always surrounded by people (which is a good thing) but it's good to have your own downtime to be with yourself although I won't say Christmas time is the best time for it. Anyways, I was able to listen to my thoughts, reflect over the past year, plan, pray, praise God in the way I love to do when I am alone and do all the lovely things that make me happy. I just thought to share that... and a Happy New Year to you all; it's wonderful to have you here as part of my blog..x

Back when I lived at home in Nigeria, I did not really get gifts wrapped up and all that jazz but my parents always got us new clothes, shoes, hair accessories and the whole works usually what we wanted and what they also thought was good. Mostly, I got money from my parents as well as my uncles and aunties and any other relatives during the Christmas break and I would spend it on whatever I liked. Moving to the UK was different as I started getting gifts wrapped up and money as well which is really nice for a change. Hence, most of the gifts featured below were either gifts given to me by my loved ones or ones I bought as treats for myself with money received as "Christmas Money". A few were also GWP- Gifts With Purchases which I made earlier in December.Let's get started...

I got a few GWPs (Gifts with Purchase) from Lancome as always who are, to me, the ultimate high end brand when it comes to Gifts With Purchase. They are amazing!!! The first free gift is the Lancome Gel Eclat Pearly Cleanser Set with other samples from their Renergie range. Granted the Lancome Renergie range is mainly anti-ageing so i would be passing that on to my mum but I absolutely love the cleanser, lipstick and mascara included in this set which I would be keeping. I am quite impressed that Lancome have started putting their samples/GWP in sturdy gift-like boxes which makes them feel even more luxurious.

The next GWP is the Party Essential Kit which contains 6 beauty must-haves for the perfect night out and these samples are drawn from different high end brands all owned by L'Oreal of course which include Yves Saint Laurent, Lancome and Giorgio Armani. Again, I totally love the packaging and it has the whole Christmas theme running across with red, white and black colours. It contains samples of the Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara and Dessin Du Regard Eye Pencil, Lancome L'Absolu Rouge 06 Lipstick and Lancome Advanced Genifique and lastly Giorgio Armani Code Femme and Diamonds Rose perfumes. I really, really love this GWP from John Lewis...

My colleague also gave me some Kiehl's samples which I absolutely love and I was really wishing I had more samples of the Kiehl's Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter so i was really pleased (and surprised if I may add)  when she gave me another one alongside the Kiehl's Original Rich Nourishing Cream. I really love this and I think after this is finished I would be investing in the full size because it is so luxurious and smells amazing!!

On to Skin Care, as you all know, i have been trying to get my skin especially on my face really healthy and glowing. I have been lusting after the Clarisonic Mia Cleansing Brush but the hefty price tage has not swayed me off my feet yet. I decided to invest in a cheaper alternative from Boots which is the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush after I read so many good reviews. I really like it and I am glad we have gotten along really fine. I also think it's important to try something cheaper first if you can in case the expensive one does not agree with your skin. I am so glad i treated myself to this and a full review will be up soon.

Still on skin care, I also went back to an old favourite cleanser which is the SK:N Vitamin-Rich Cleanser for Oily Skin. It contains Glycolic Acid, Evening Primrose Oil and Vitamins A, C and E. Teamed with my Boots Cleansing Brush, my skin has definitely made some significant improvement and i am pleased. I would definitely put up a skin care routine in the New Year.

For Hair Care, I still have my hair extensions on and I was using the ORS Anti-Frizz Serum which seemed to be annoying my hair extensions so I switched back to my old love the John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum which I have always used. Why I left in the first place is beyond me but I am so glad my hair is back to its original state.

For Beauty and Makeup, my favourite buy is the Lancome La Vie est Belle set. I have been lusting after this for so long after receiving various samples but the price of this perfume always kept me clutching tight to my purse. On boxing day, I strutted down to Debenhams and hovered around the Lancome counter to see if there were any juicy discounts and they did not disappoint. I saw my beloved perfume Lancome La Vie est Belle was on offer in a gift set with Lancome Nail Polish Madame Tulipe, La Vie est Belle body lotion and Hypnose Masacara sample all for £28!!!!!! I was over the moon and quickly snapped it up. Look at how pretty it looks!! I don't even want to use it...*just joking, I have been spritzing away ever since*. 

I also decided to top up my foundation and went straight to the Clinique counter for the Clinique Anti-Blemish Foundation in 07 (full review up soon) and I also recieved a free Clinique Butter Shine in Pink-a-Boo Lipstick which was pretty generous of them. The only way I can justify spending money on high end brands is getting numerous samples and i cannot stand high end brands who do not give samples.. *side eye, MAC I am looking at you*. I also picked up my MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Stud which is my ultimate favourite and the L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in Magic Croisette 811. Honestly, I should not be buying any more nail polishes because I have quite a lot now.

I saved my favourite for last. My dear friend surprised me with an early Christmas Gift. She sent me a Guess Watch. I was so happy and surprised because I really did not expect this and I am really appreciative and if you are reading this, I really appreciate this..x. Look at how beautiful it is and really good detailing. It's slightly heavy but I am used to it now and I have been wearing it almost everyday. That's it folks. I hope you have enjoyed this post and you had a wonderful Christmas. I was happy to treat myself this year because I feel I have really worked hard this year and I am so grateful to God for seeing me through. See you in my next post.


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    1. Hahaha!! Thanks a lot...i am sending some over to you now.....virtually!! Thanks for stopping by...x


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