03 January 2017

What I Got for Christmas: Collective Haul 2016

Christmas is one of my absolute favourite times of the year! Since moving to Australia, it can be one of the hardest as I am most often away from my immediate family, however I am lucky to have an amazing family through my husband as well as some great friendships I have made here. Of course, presents are the last thing on my mind when it comes to the holiday season, but I love reading posts about other people's gifts/Christmas hauls so I thought I would share mine with you as well in case it may be interesting for some of you. If you would like reviews of any of these items, please just let me know! 

Most of my presents were completely a surprise but there were also some online orders that my husband helped out with and that I wasn't allowed to open until Christmas! I certainly didn't need any more makeup but there were a few items I had my eyes out for that I was lucky enough to receive. 

Tarte were having a big sale so my hubby agreed to let me make an online order which he would collect for Christmas day. I picked up the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara & Waterproof Bottom Lash Mascara which I chose mainly for the bottom lash mascara but I have also tried and loved the lights, camera lashes mascara so I thought this wand would be great for travel as it has two wands/formulas in one tube. I also decided to try the Tarte Fake Awake Eye Highlight, which is a gel highlight in a nude shade, perfect for using on the waterline to make the eyes look more awake. It's an extremely pigmented eyeliner and I have been loving it so far. I picked up the Tarte Pro Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette since I was looking at the full-size palette but wanted a smaller, more travel friendly palette to try out first. I love the packaging, the inclusion of a mirror and the sleek magnetic closure. I think this one will be a big hit. 

Although I love Tarte products, I have never tried any skincare products from the brand, so I decided to give one of them a go and purchased the Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer which is a daily hydrating moisturiser that illuminates the skin. Finally, probably what I was most excited for was the Tarte Limited-Edition Don't Quit Your Day Dream Eyeshadow Palette which is even more beautiful in person than the swatches I saw online. This palette appealed more to me than the Tarte Tease Palette, and I love the addition of a highlight shade which makes it really versatile. I cannot wait to create a few looks with this baby! It is the perfect warm-toned eyeshadow lover's dream!!! Sahhh pretty!!!  

I also snuck in a cheeky BH Cosmetics order as they were also having a huge sale with big discounts. I love this brand and it is so very affordable with cheap shipping to Australia. I picked out the Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale 8 Piece Brush Set, since it looked stunning and I have always loved brushes from this brand. They feel so soft and lush, I can't wait to try them out. I also decided to grab a few random bits and pieces including the BH Bliss Lash Ultimate All-In-One Mascara and the Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Enhancing Lip Gloss in the shade tan lines, which is a gorgeous dusty pink shade. 

The Mecca box contains a free hand cream, which came with a gift card from my brother and sister-in-law in Canada. My sister-in-law knows me so well and knew I would love a Mecca gift card. She is amazing! I have no idea what I will get. I might save it for a rainy day.

Lastly, I was also lucky enough to order the Zoeva Blanc Fusion Eyeshadow Palette, I am absolutely in love with the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette, so I ordered this one along with the Zoeva Caramel Melange Palette, which I got to use pre Christmas and I am just loving. The blanc fusion palette looks stunning and I can't wait to dive right in. The quality of Zoeva shadows is just amazing for the price. 

I received some other gorgeous goodies including a Chromecast which allows me to watch YouTube videos, Netflix and anything else from my phone, laptop or tablet directly to our TV which I am loving! It's so great to skip the HDMI cord and just have this wireless technology. Youtube binge watching here I come! Let me know who your favourite Youtubers are!!! 

Typo definitely provided the goods this year, with so many pretty items that I was lucky enough to unwrap. I love my new 2017 A5 Daily Buffalo Diary, which has daily pages and something I will probably use for work. I also got a gorgeous A4 Spinout Notebook with a lovely, feminine design that I'm excited to use. I received a cute eye mask with eyebrows on fleek written on the front from my Bloggers United AU Secret Santa swap (similar here). Finally, I also recieved a gorgeous Rose Gold Coconut and Lime Candle with a cute wooden top (similar here). I love Typo and think they have some really cool and quirky items so I would suggest going there if you haven't checked them out before!!! 

Finally, I got some Lush goodies which are the best to recieve as they are always so fun to try out and smell! My husband definitely got it right when he picked me up the Christmas Candy Box from Lush which contains a mini Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Rock Star Soap, Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb and a Candy Mountain Bubble Bar. He also bought me a huge 500g size of the Rose Jam Shower Gel as he must have been sick of me saying how quickly it sells out each year and how much I love it. This is the shower gel I used when we were on our honeymoon so it always bring me amazing, happy memories! 

Well, that's a wrap on this year's Christmas haul! I really loved getting a mixture of organisation, tech, stationery, makeup and bath/body items. If there are any more in depth reviews of any products that you would like to see, just let me know! My sincerest apologies for not getting this post up for you sooner, I was hoping to have it up last week but I've had a very sick kitty which has caused me a lot of stress/anxiety and just taken priority.

I hope you all had a lovely break, or maybe you are still enjoying it! 
I will speak to you again soon with my Beauty Favourites of 2016! Stay tuned! 

What did you get for Christmas? What did you get up to during the break?

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