Sunday, December 29, 2013

What I got for Christmas 2013!

I can't believe Christmas 2013 has come and gone. What with training and working non stop it went by in a blink of an eye. I feel like I haven't blogged in ages but that will definitely change in 2014. I thought I'd start off showing you some of the lovely gift I received this Christmas.
2013 was definitely the year of the Yankee Candles everyone knows how much I love burning a nice candle in my room. My favourite scent at the moment is Fireside Treats, it smells amazing! If you haven't smelt it yet in store I suggest you do. From my parents and brother, I got two gorgeous sets that each contain 12 votive size candles, one has all the traditional winter scents while the other has yummy sweet scents. I'm really looking forward to burning the latter.
My Aunty Val picked me up two books that I really wanted. I've read all the Pretty Little Liars series so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. The book series has been going on for a while but I haven't got bored of it yet as its a really good quick read. Gayle Forman is a new author for me I already have the first book in this series, I haven't read it yet but I'm delighted that I have the sequel to look forward to aswell.
Paddy completely spoiled me, I was a really lucky girl this Christmas. He also had to carry all my presents over on the bus on Christmas Eve so I'm sure he got some strange looks here and there. I'm really happy with everything, I get a Soap & Glory box every year and I especially love the one that was released this year. The bag that everything comes in is beautiful, I'm definitely going to use it to store all my makeup products in. Staying with beauty products, Paddy surprised me with two Molton Brown hand creams. I used to work for the company two years ago and my favourite scents are Heavenly Gingerlily and Pink Pepperpod, I don't think that will ever change. So far I've been loving these handcreams alot and there the perfect size for my handbag. Loads of people are surprised to hear that I've never watched Downton Abbey before, I usually just forget when a new episode is on and just fall behind. Paddy bought me season 1-4 so hopefully I can catch up as I hear it is a really good show. Bastille and Kodaline are two bands that I've been loving lately, I've already put both of these cds on my Ipod. I love Bastille's songs, Poet & Laughter Line and Kodaline's High Hopes & Brand New Day. Both albums are amazing in my opinion and definitely worth a listen. Of course I was also given two Yankee Candles Christmas Cookie and Christmas Cupcake, there's no fear that I'll run low on candles anytime soon. A present that was really special to me was the Disney Mickey & Minnie 2013 Christmas snowglobe, I love Disney movies so this was such a perfect gift. I've already made space on my new desk for it. He also bought me another couple of bits and bobs that you can see above, I clearly have a boyfriend that knows me very well as I'm super happy with everything!
My Aunty and Uncle gave me this beautiful Pied a Terre purse which I adore. It fits all my basic cards, a good thing as I always carry too many around with me and this will definitely help fix that problem. I know I only ever use my Boots, Brown Thomas, Tesco and Debenhams reward card so there's really no need for me to have a bulging purse.

Of course it wouldn't be Christmas without pyjamas and festive slipper boots (I'm rocking a pair as I type this). My Mom and Dad also got me a gorgeous new jumper and boots, I've been wearing the latter to death. I'm sure you'll see them both in an upcoming post. Keeping with fashion my sister bought me a gorgeous scarf, snuggly headband and other bits and bobs. My Nanna gave me a giftcard for Dundrum Town Centre, of course I've used it in the Sales already so expect a post really soon on my purchases.
At the end of the day I really love chilling out with my family and friends over Christmas. On Christmas morning we called over to my sister, Lisa's apartment to see her and the family. Throughout the whole month of December my nephew Ryan was so excited to see what Santa would bring, of course he wasn't left disappointed. Above is a picture of Ryan and I playing with some of his lovely Christmas gifts. He is the cutest child ever, it's so nice to have a baby again in the family as it brings all the fun back into Christmas again. He didn't want me to leave and I have a feeling he would of been perfectly happy for me to stay all day playing with his new toys.

What did you get surprised with this Christmas?


Friday, December 13, 2013

Bioderma Sensibio H2O on Farmaline!!

Bioderma is one of those products that us beauty bloggers can not stop talking about. I love removing my makeup with this as it's not harsh on my skin and it's fragrance free. I think it's great for after nights out as my face is makeup free in a matte of seconds. I myself wish they would start stocking it in some stores in Dublin but alas that is not the case yet. When I was in Spain in September I seen a bottle in a pharmacy and they tried to charge me the extortionate price of €28 for one bottle! Of course that wasn't going to happen. I resorted to checking out online when I came across a website called Farmaline. The Belgium based site sells so many beauty products from numerous brands some that are well known e.g Nuxe, La Roche Posay, Vichy etc. and others that are completely new to me. I was delighted that I came across Farmaline as they have so much on offer, they also do pretty good promotions too.Two bottles of Bioderma (500ml) comes in at €25.92, considering I'm a bit of a bargain hunter this gets two thumbs up from me, I love making a saving. The website is really straight forward to use and laid out really well. If your like me you could have your basket filled up really quick there's so much to choose from. I'm already checking out some more products from Bioderma as I write this post.
Everything came packaged really well so I wasn't concerned that anything would be damaged in transit. If you live in Dublin you'll know what I'm talking about, some postmen have no regards to what way your post turns up. I was really impressed with the delivery time, my parcel arrived exactly a week after I placed my order. I've had some bad experiences shopping online and I was expecting it to take way longer so this was a welcome surprise. Now the postage and packaging to Dublin is rather expensive at €13.95 but with so many mailing service now like Parcel Motel that shouldn't be an issue at all. I'm not too worried about these running out anytime soon as I know that there's a website where I can repurchase it anytime without paying an arm and a leg for it.

Have you heard of Farmaline before? Will you be checking out their website?