Shopping for Penny this year has been difficult, sometimes I think that because she's a baby and has no idea what's going on, buying gifts is a little pointless but, then again, I'm like sod it, it's her first Christmas lets go nuts. I think I've done a good job so far of not going overboard. I've bought her a mixture of things she'll love right now (rattles & teethers), personalised toys she'll keep forever (soft toy and storybook) and toys she'll play with in the future.
First up are two items that were very kindly sent to me which I adore and hopefully so will Penny. I'm a huge Disney fan. I have all the Blu-rays that have been released so far, I have downloaded all the soundtracks (you can take this quiz to test how well you know them too) and I made sure to visit Disneyworld on my honeymoon. I am counting down the days until it's acceptable to take her to see Disney on Ice! Anyway, what little girl doesn't like Frozen? I Just Love It is an online store that specialises in personalised gifts for all ages, all year round. Bracelets, candles, wine, soft toys - you name it I Just Love It have a beautiful selection of personalised options that are that little bit more special and thoughtful. This book for example actually has Penny's birthday, baby friends and town woven into the story, plus 'Love Mummy & Daddy' written on the inside. Let's just hope she loves Frozen as much as I do!
Each month for only £12.99 including delivery (don't forget to use my promo code at the end of today's post!) you receive a box full of food products from new innovative brands as well as some old favourites. Last month's box contained tasty treats from Heinz, Hersheys and Robinsons.
I fetched the decorations down from the attic weeks ago in preparation and most of my presents have already been wrapped, to say I'm a little excited is a bit of an understatement. It's always been a tradition of mine to watch my first Christmas film on the first; I can't decide between Elf or Home Alone. To get into the Christmas spirit (even more so than I already am) I've decided to host a giveaway to give you the chance of winning the very cute, Too Faced Cat Eyes Eye Shadow & Liner Palette.
The leopard print tin contains nine velvety soft shades (matte, shimmer and glitter textures) in both warm and cool tones and a mini how-to 'Glamour Guide' with step-by-step application instructions to create 3 cat eye looks.Three shades also have wet-and-dry formulas for intense pigment precision lining and creating a perfect wing tip.
As much as I love Benefit makeup (as a teenager their Badgal mascara was my first ever 'high-end' makeup purchase) I am really disappointed with this year's Christmas collection. I think it looks childish and verging on cheap. I'm also not sure who the collection is aimed at. The design of their 'Girl O'Clock Rock' calendar looks like something straight out of a Jacqueline Wilson novel and even sings a song when opened which includes the lyrics, "Sexy surfer at 9 o'clock, Skater stud at 10, Badboy rocker's at 11, It's 12, Gimmie all the men!". Talk about alienating any customer over the age of 13 and anyone who *shock* doesn't wear makeup to pick up men. At £34.50, what teenager can afford this anyway? The entire message, design and concept behind this collection makes me cringe, however, I do love this little festive treat instead...
Available at Boots (instore and online) you can now purchase this cute Christmas stocking and fill it with four Benefit minis for £15. Minis include; Badgal mascara, Posietint (4ml), Benetint (4ml), High Beam (4ml), Dandelion lip gloss (7ml), Facial Emulsion (9ml), Boi-ing & Eye Bright mini kit, That Gal highlighting primer (7.5ml), Badgal liner, It's Potent eye cream and mini POREfessional primer.