Ok, I know Christmas is a distant memory at this stage, but I’ve been super lazy on the blogging front, and just haven’t got around to posting anything until today. I thought I’d share some of the lovely gifts I received from my family and friends, as I know some of you are as nosey as me, and will love taking a look at what I received! So if you wanna take a peek then keep on reading!
My boyfriend very kindly gave me the HP Sprocket, and I was thrilled! It is basically a little portable printer that you can use to print out pocket sized photos from your phone, via bluetooth, so no wires are needed. It also uses Zink, so it doesn’t need replacement ink, just slot in the paper and get going. I’d spotted this in a recent Zoella video, and thought it was a nifty little gadget, so I was really excited that my boyfriend surprised me with it. You can buy the paper in little refill packs, Polaroid paper is also compatible with it, once you have an original bar code from HP paper (which comes in the box) Anyway, I think I’ll do a full review on it, let me know in the comments if you’d like to learn more!
Next up, he also got me a Fire Tv Stick, meaning I can watch Netflix and YouTube on my TV now. I’m not gonna lie, I haven’t even set it up yet, but I reckon it’ll get a lot of use. And as far as I know, it works on wi-fi, so you can travel with it, which is great!
Next up, also from my boyfriend, was this Fitbit Charge 2. Now, I won’t lie, I was like ehhh… what am I gonna use this for? I am not the exercising type at all. So I thought oh my god this is gonna sit in a drawer unused. However, I’ve worn it every day since I got it, and I’m starting to really enjoy it. It’s a great way to track how many steps I’m taking each day, and it is a good motivator to get you up and moving, as it gives a little nudge if you’ve been sat on your arse on the couch for too long. It also maps your sleep patterns along with a lot of other neat little functions, as well as acting as a watch, obviously. Again, if you’d like a more in-depth post, let me know.
Next up, my boyfriend got me three beauty books that I had on my wishlist! First up is Pretty Iconic, by Sali Hughes. Her previous book, Pretty Honest is one of my favourite beauty reads, so I’m dying to get stuck into this one! I also got Bloom by Estée Lalonde and Face by Pixiwoo, as I follow both on YouTube and really love them. My Auntie gave me Pippa O’Connor’s book, as I just love her so much, her style is amazing and she seems to have a lovely personality. If you’re not Irish you may not know Pippa, but she’s a hugely successful blogger here, and worth a follow on Instagram and Snapchat!
My little sister made me up this gorgeous little beauty box, which I loved! She filled it with goodies from Topshop’s makeup line, along with a few little bits from Primark. I’m currently working my way through testing and trialling everything, and I’m loving it all so far! Such a lovely gift idea 🙂
Sticking with beauty products, my boyfriend’s mum gave me this lovely set from L’Occitane. I adore their hand creams, so this found its way into my handbag immediately. It also contains a gorgeous gloss and a soap as well, love it!
It’s my annual tradition to ask for the bumper Soap & Glory set from Santa, and this year he did not disappoint. This year’s edition came in a fabulous briefcase style tin, and as you can see, is jam-packed full with 10 of the brand’s best products. I’m particularly looking forward to trialling out the Speed Plump moisturiser! I have plenty of reviews of Soap & Glory on the blog if you’d like to learn more.
My boyfriend also got me this lovely Island Escape perfume set from Marks and Spencers. I adore this scent so much, ever since I got a travel size version in their beauty box last summer, so when I heard there was a gift set featuring a whopper 95ml bottle and a body lotion on offer, I had to add it to my list. This is such a gorgeous summer scent, I highly recommend you take a sniff on your next visit to the M&S Beauty Hall!
Also on my list from Marks & Spencers (am I turning into a granny?!) was this bomber jacket. I love the floral style, and I got so much wear from my Zara bomber, that I knew I needed another one in my collection. I can’t wait to wear this out with a white cami and grey skinny jeans!
My mam got me this lovely Mickey Mouse top. I’m finally getting to visit Walt Disney World this year, so this will be my ‘going on the plane’ top, I’ve already worn it a couple of times, and it’s really comfy and looks cool with jeans and trainers. Love it.
Sticking with Disney, I got lots of socks and pants! The sock sets were from Dunnes Stores, the Aladdin pants from Topshop, and the Minnie Ninnys (as I like to call them!) are from Marks and Spencers kids department. Yup, I have the butt of a 13-year-old girl. I’m not even ashamed to show my new pants off, I think they’re fantastic!
A stocking filler that I was so thrilled with, an iPhone cable! I mean, I’m constantly breaking these things, and my phone battery is so crap it seems my phone is constantly plugged into the wall, so this has already seen plenty of use!
Yup, I got three wallets! So it seems that my sister, boyfriend and my mam all knew I was in need of a new wallet, and each bought me one! I decided to keep all three as I can keep one for nights out, one for day-to-day use, and one for holidays! A girl can never have too many accessories, eh? 😉
More over sharing of undies, and more Marks and Spencers, my mam got me this lovely little vest and pants set. Seriously, you can’t beat M&S for underwear or pyjamas, they’re always so comfy and great quality.
Finding Dory was one of my favourite movies of 2016, so my friend picked me up this 3D jigsaw as a fun gift, we actually sat and made it up with a glass of wine! My little sister also got me the Finding Dory DVD, which I’ve watched twice since Christmas, such a great film.
I love tea, I love afternoon tea, and I love any kind of vintage china. So I was really pleased when my auntie gifted me this lovely set of china mugs. I love the blue and white colours and the lovely floral design. I can’t wait to have a tea party and show these off!
Another book, this time from my mam, a great step by step cocktail book. I love cocktails, and I am always trying to make nice ones at home. So far I’ve used it to make a really nice strawberry daiquiri, and I have quite a few more that I want to try out once Dry January is over!
My final book (I have a lot of reading to do!) is this Disney book from my mam. I’ve flicked through it, and it looks like it is going to be a great read, as it has tons of information on the history of the movies and theme parks, as well as loads of behind the scenes trivia and stories from the different movies. Perfect for a Disney nerd, like myself.
I got tons of sweets! My boyfriend popped the Vodka & Orange boiled sweets into my stocking, what a fun idea! My auntie also does a stocking for me every year, and fills it with sweets and chocolates- as you can see, it was full of goodies!
My auntie also got me this lovely little plaque to hang on my wall above my makeup table. It’s really cute in the shape of a perfume bottle, and I love the little slogan on it. It fits in with my make up room theme perfectly.
My sister got me this gorgeous necklace from Topshop. I had been complaining about never having nice accessories, so I was so pleased to receive this, as it will go with so many outfits. I can’t wait to wear it!
Yup, more Disney, my auntie got me this cute Minnie Mouse pyjama top. I love how the bow is sequined, and the back has a split up it so it is almost completely open. It is so comfy to sleep in.
Also from my auntie, was this lovely vase. I never owned a vase until last summer, so if anyone gave me flowers I used to leave them in a measuring jug or give them to my mam. Terrible, I know. When I was unwell, I received bunches of flowers as get well gifts, so I inherited an old vase from my mam, but this is my first brand new one, and I really like it. She also got me lovely flowers too. I’m going to try to buy flowers more often in 2017, as I’ve realised how they can be such a nice addition to a room. God, I must be growing up.
My parents also got me this really nice hoodie. I love wearing leggings and cosy tracksuits, so this is perfect for me. It’s a really nice slouchy fit and looks great with leggings or jeans and trainers.
A friend of mine very kindly gave me these gorgeous Disney bangles! They are kind of similar to the Alex and Ani style, but each one represents a different princess. The ones I got were Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella and Belle. I think they are so pretty, and I cannot wait to wear them when I visit Disneyworld in Florida later this year.
My little sister got me this Minnie Mouse dressing gown, and I am just obsessed with it! It is so cosy, and I love how the hood has Minnie’s face and a bow on it, it’s really cute. I asked for this to be big and comfy, so she got it in a larger size, and it is perfect. That’s the end of the Disney bits now, I swear!
My parents got me this hoodie as a surprise, and I love it! If you don’t already know, I am from Dublin, and this top is in the Dublin team’s colours, along with my name on the back, in a Disney style font- well once they saw it, they knew it would be perfect for me. The picked it up from a lady at a local craft fair, and I really love it. It’s always nice to receive a personalised gift like this, it seems so unique. I love wearing it when going for a walk with the dog, or while having a lazy day where I want to lounge about in slouchy clothes.
Finally, was this gift from my boyfriend. Sheets. Yeah, he got me sheets. I’m not even gonna lie about it, I was fairly freaked out when I unwrapped these. Yeah, I’ve been told I’m a brat, but I won’t lie, I unwrapped a huge box to find… bedding… hardly exciting is it? I sound like little miss demandy, but as soon as I moved into my house I always asked people not to buy me presents for the house (unless they were pretty accessories, candles etc) because I prefer buying boring household items myself, and receiving fun items as Christmas gifts. My boyfriend on the other hand loves getting housey bits, like kitchen accessories, I even bought him a slow cooker one year! Anyway, they are Egyptian cotton, super comfy, I will admit. But they don’t go with the style of my bedroom, they scream ‘Bachelor Pad’ I mean they’re made by a company called Bro Sheets for goodness sake. Anyway, it’s the thought the counts… and his thought was to wind me up completely. And it worked. Just don’t tell him that I’ve never slept better since these are on my bed!
Well, that’s the lot! You deserve a medal if you’ve actually made it to the end of this post, so well done! I received some really amazing gifts, I am so grateful for everything, and I’m aware that I am truly spoiled rotten.
What did you get for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below! I hope 2017 is going well for everyone 🙂