Christmas changes a lot as you grow older. When I was little I was definitely one of those kids who went through the Argos catalogue and pointed out what I liked. Then I noticed it was always what I wanted when I pointed it out to the parents, and then I became more aware of how expensive things were and made sure to pick something that wasn’t too pricey. Then after moving to secondary school I actually had friends and not enough money to get them something nice. Now, the question is what to get. I really hate giving out half-hearted presents and love to give them when I know the recipient will love it.
My parents and I don’t give each other presents often these days, so instead it falls to me and my siblings to get things for each other. We usually just appreciate the food and the days off at home. Good times.
Anyway. Here are the gifts I got this year.
Garnier Micellar Water – believe it or not, I still haven’t tried a micellar water yet and where better to start than the most popular high street choice, in a travel bottle? Q was surprised to hear I haven’t tried one yet, and well… I just never felt the need, but this is great for my lazy self. It’s now offered in a standard bottle, a travel size, and a gigantic jumbo size, as well as many variations of the original formula across Garnier’s other skincare lines.
I’ve already given it a go, and it’s definitely a good option when I get home after work and want to get rid of the makeup but without moving from my desk… I’ll still do the full cleansing routine later on in the evening, though.
Will 2017 be the year I also try a cleansing oil? Probably.
Studio London Makeup Brush Set – finally, I have enough makeup brushes to put them on rotation for cleansing. This is a simple set of the most essential brushes. They look pretty on my stand, are quite soft and do their job when I swish things about on my face. That’s all I want in my brushes, really.
TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones – with the demise of my headphone jack on my phone, these have already proven to be invaluable. I cannot be without my music on the way to work. The battery lasts 6 hours and can be recharged using the same mini USB plug I use for my phone.
Neverwhere: the Illustrated Edition by Neil Gaiman – yes yes yes to the Gaiman/Riddell dream team. This is just gorgeous, inside and out. I’ve read this before, and years ago, so it’ll be lovely to revisit this story with the illustrations.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – this has been one of the more delectable sounding items on my reading list and I’m so glad I have a copy now.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – another item from the wishlist, that is now on the TBR list! I hear a lot of good things about this novel and I can’t wait to read it. Also, all these books have red spines. They look very nice together.
I’m really grateful for the gifts I got this year. How was your Christmas?
Lots of love,