Christmas was good to me this year! I received some great gifts that will help with my New Year’s Resolutions, add to my makeup collection, and some are just plain fun to have!
To go along with the camera I purchased over Black Friday, Jake gave me a tripod! The tripod he got for me was the Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod and I love it. I had thought about purchasing one myself shortly after I got the camera, but I held out to see if it would be a Christmas gift. I’m happy I waited! A tripod will keep me with my goal of being more creative during the new year – check out all of my 2016 resolutions in my A Year Ahead | 2016 Goals. A tripod will be great for taking photos of products for my blog, help me explore photography in general, and will even be good for traveling in state. I’d also love to be able to film some of my backyard workout routines once spring rolls around. Jake also gave me a “Beast Mode” tank top and a pair of running shorts, which I specifically asked for.
I was so excited on Christmas morning when I ripped open a box from my long time, social media pen pal that had the Makeup Forever Mattifying Primer and Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water! I had mentioned both items back in a base essentials post, and I was so happy to receive some items on my beauty wish list. I was also very flattered that she’s reading my blog – thanks Shanee! Definitely keep an eye out for reviews on both of these products in the next few weeks. I’m hoping the Makeup Forever primer keeps my shine down throughout the day, but I also hope the Smasbox primer keeps my skin from looking too powdery after setting with powder.
I waited until after Christmas to purchase these as a gift to myself I purchased my first Makeup Geek eye shadows! I’ve heard so many great things about Makeup Geek shadows from YouTube and they’re so inexpensive, I’m really hoping they live up to their hype. I also purchased a small Z-Palette to store the eight shadows I purchased. Jake gave me a large Z-Palette for my birthday in November, but it’s already full from eye shadows I owned from Coastal Scents.
Jake’s sister gave me the Gwenda Hawkes Aftershave Leg Toner, something I’ve never seen before. It comes in a spray bottle and is full of essential oils and is meant to help smooth your skin after shaving. I’m definitely still testing this out to see if there’s a difference or if it helps with dryness. Jake’s mom gave me a Pyrex 13×9 baking pan – which I’m stoked about, and some recipe books with easy baking recipes which is perfect since I’m not the best baker in the world.
I received my first Influenster VoxBox* on Christmas Eve! To be honest, I was surprised I received products in the first place, but after sifting through the #Influenster on Instagram I started seeing a lot of bloggers that had received some of the same products. When I originally signed up for the website, I thought it would be a cool way to write reviews of products I’m already using and maybe receive some products when I get some badges. Like I said, I was super surprised to have received a VoxBox since I only signed up in November.
The Jingle VoxBox included:
- Cetaphil Moisurizing Cream
- Hallmark itty bittys
- Pure Ice Home Run
- Kiss True Volume Lashes and Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive
- NYC City Proof 24Hr Waterproof Eyeliner
- Biscoff Cookies
- Ore-Ida Tator Tots – manufacturer coupons
So far I’ve tried a few of the items in the box – the Cetaphil moisturizer, Biscoff Cookies, NYC eyeliner, and of the course the cute itty bitty stuffed animal. At first I thought the Olaf itty bittys was a tree ornament, but it’s more of a decorative items and recommended to be a stocking stuffer. The Cetaphil moisturizer arrived at the perfect time, as I was just finishing up a sample moisturizer that I use at night. I’ve used Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Lotion in the past, but the consistency of this moisturizing cream is richer and feels almost like a gel – I’m really liking it so far.
I’ve also been able to use the NYC City Proof 24Hr Eyeliner during the work week and I’m loving it! NYC has really picked up their game in the recent years, and this is a product worth trying out – I’m a big fan of their translucent setting powder. The eyeliner is creamy, opaque, and is great for all day wear. I think this eyeliner is a newer or reformulated product, but once the full liner available in store I’ll be looking for more colors – I’d love to see some bright colors for spring and summer. I definitely recommend the eyeliner. I’m not a big eye lash fan, but I will give these a try along with the adhesive.
Christmas was good to me this year and I was fortunate enough to receive some great gifts over the holidays that I wanted to share them! I have some new products to try out and review for some new posts this New Year, so be sure you’re following my blog for updates!