It’s been hard for me to wrap my head around Christmas this year, I’ve just had so much going on between college and family, that I haven’t really got into the spirit this year. I think when my exams are out of the way I’ll be all about it 😝 Is anyone else stuck in study mode at the minute?! I can’t WAIT to be finished this semester 🙈
For this post I’ve put together a little Christmas wish list and it might give you some inspiration for gifts to buy your sister, girlfriend or bestie if you still have some shopping left to do 🎁
I’m definitely not a beauty expert or make up artist, but I love doing myself up and experimenting with make up. My biggest downfall though is my make up brushes – my God, I’m a divil when it comes to them! I’m no good at investing in the right ones or even a proper set so this brush kit by Nima is first on my wish list. The Elite Professional 2 kit contains 10 brushes in a signature Nima tube. The brushes cover absolutely everything from foundation and contouring to eyebrows and brushes to create the perfect smokey eye too. If like me, you need a good set of brushes to begin from scratch with again, these are for you. The set is worth €145 but retails at just €99 which is fantastic value! The rose gold and ivory finish is what swung it for me though 🙈😂
Anyone that knows me will know I looove a good selfie.. Or 100!! So this next gadget is made for me 😂 A good selfie is all about the lighting so the LuMee case will be your new best friend. It’s a phone case that has an LED light around it so your front facing camera has all the light it’s needs to illuminate your selfies in poorly light areas. The Kardashian sisters are all mad about these cases and Kim is yet to be seen without hers in the 11th season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. They’re available in 5 colours; Lime Green, Orchid, Black, White and Rose Gold and has a dimmer switch so you can control the lighting. They make cases for the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6. Prices start at $49.95 (€46) and they ship worldwide too.
Next up is the most coveted make up palette this month – the Inglot Limited Edition Christmas Palette. The colours in this 10 square eyeshadow palette are gorgeous, so rich! Inglot’s products are always super pigmented and have such longevity so you would have this palette forever. It covers all of the shades you need to create a striking eye look. You’ve got your brow highlight and a base colour in there to begin with as well as limited edition brown shades to create warmth and depth. Finally you have some stronger colours like purple and cranberry that will make your eyes *Pop* and especially at Christmas time, the glittery pigments are just what you need. The palette is €75 which some might think is on the pricey side but considering you won’t need much product on your brush with Inglot shadows, you’ll have this palette for literally years!!
On to some fashion next; I’ve chosen this textured weave cape from ZARA. This cream cape will double up as a winter coat and it contains 54% wool so it will be super warm while still ensuring that you look stylish. This is something that won’t go out of fashion, a really classic piece. It’s €59.95 available online or in store now.
Next is a brand that I need all year round, but their Christmas gift sets are too cute to pass up! Cocoa Brown is the most phenomenal success story to come out of Ireland in recent times and Marissa Carter has become the ultimate #GirlBoss, a true inspiration! The Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Luxury Gift set is packed with your tanning essentials – the 1 Hour Tan Mousse, Tough Stuff 3 in 1 Body Scrub, Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturizer and a Pink Tanning Mitt.
I swear by Tough Stuff for great exfoliation in the shower and to remove stubborn tan especially on my elbows and heels. Then pop on the 1 Hour Tan Mousse with the Pink Tanning Glove before a big night out. I find that this tan comes up really well in photos too which is a massive plus! Finally you have Chocolate Whip which smells so good you could eat it!! This will help to maintain your tan so you can get a couple of extra days out of it and it keeps your skin beautifully moistuized. The RRP is €19.99 so this would make a great stocking filler. There are so many fantastic products in the Cocoa Brown range that you could make your own personalised hamper for a friend that you know loves Lovely Legs or the brand new Golden Goddess Oil. Just remember some signature pink wrapping paper 💕😉
The last item on my wish list is the Olympus Pen camera. This is the holy grail of cameras when it comes to blogging, So Sue Me’s Suzanne Jackson herself uses it! The camera oozes glam with its slim, sleek finish and all the fashionable accessories that go with it. The LCD screen flips down so you can take all the selfies your heart desires and with built in Wi-fi you can upload them to Instagram straight away, every bloggers dream 😍 The camera is €619.99 on the Olympus website but maybe if you’re on the nice list this year, Santa will leave one under your tree 🙊😂😂
I hope you’ve got a bit of inspiration from this post for your Christmas shopping and I’d love to hear what’s on your wish lists too! Share it with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and don’t forget to ‘Share’ the love 😉
My next post will be Thursday, so until then…
Love, Denise x