Friday, 15 December 2017

What's On My Christmas List This Year

What To Buy Christmas 2017

Every year I find it more and more difficult to think of what to ask for for Christmas and this is even more true for my birthday at the start of February. We don't go crazy when it comes to gifts in our household and again, this has become even more true as we've grown up and it's more about receiving a few things that we've had our eyes on throughout the year or that we wouldn't really buy for ourselves such as perfume, DVDs/CDs and all things warm and cosy.

So here's what I'd be so incredibly happy and lucky to receive under the Christmas tree this year;

Soft Box Lighting - I've struggled so much this Winter with the increasingly variable natural lighting, so much so that I've finally decided to take the issue of lighting into my own hands by investing in some soft box lighting. Sure, I'm already struggling for space in my bedroom and I have no idea where I will store it when it's not in use but anything to help take photos in the Winter will be worth it, I think. If anyone has any recommendations or ones that they personally use, I would love it if you could share them with me below. Does it make a big difference when you take photos with them on?

Dollars - Other than some sort of soft box lighting, the main thing that I'm asking for this year is some dollars to start putting aside as spending money for future travels to the US. I'm hoping to go to New York again in March, that's if the prices start to fall significantly and I have a family trip to Orlando later in the year to look forward to as well.

Zoeva Rose Gold Makeup Brushes (Luxe Highlight Brush 105 - Luxe Crease Brush 228 - Concealer Buffer Brush 142) - If you saw my The Best Of The Black Friday/Cyber Weekend Deals blog post, you will have seen that I had my eye on some Zoeva makeup brushes. I wasn't sure which ones to go for which is ultimately why I didn't buy any over the course of Black Friday/Cyber Weekend but I think I've finally done enough research to come to the conclusion that I simply need these three brushes in my collection/life. Has anyone tried Zoeva brushes before? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them.

Annabelle Creation DVD - Okay, so this might not be very Christmassy but I've got a scary movie on my Christmas list this year. As you may have seen in my What I've Been Watching In August blog post, I really enjoyed the Annabelle prequel; Annabelle Creation and it's a movie that I know I will watch many times, especially as I'm a big horror movie fan. The past few Christmases I've received some great horror movies and Annabelle Creation was surprisingly spooky, scary and well acted, something that can't be said for all scary movies so hopefully I will get to watch it again over the festive period.

Modern Romance Paperback Book - I also always like to add at least one book to my Christmas list each year and this one by the brilliant Aziz Ansari is one that I have been meaning to pick up for ages so what better excuse than to ask for it for Christmas. As someone who is forever alone, I'm hoping that it will shed some light on the dating scene for us twenty/thirty somethings or at least provide me with a few laughs and I've got a feeling that it will do just that.

Dr Jart + Ceramidin Cream - I've been looking to treat myself to a heavier moisturiser for a while now and I had hoped to pick up the Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich but sadly I just couldn't get on board with the overpowering lavender scent of it. I did a bit of research and saw that many, including skincare guru Caroline Hirons, had recommended the Ceramidin range from Dr. Jart. It does seem that Selfridges are the only place who stock it in the UK, which is rather frustrating as they charge £5 for delivery no matter what you're buying but if I ask for it for Christmas I don't need to let that mild inconvenience put me off. Does anyone else do the same when shopping online? You're totally okay spending more than you really should but as soon as they charge for P&P that puts you right off?

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Show Girl Liquid Matte Lipstick - And last but not least we have one thing from Charlotte Tilbury. It has been at the top of my wishlist since it was released earlier in the year but I have really done well to resist adding another lip product to my ever expanding lip collection, well until now really. It now wouldn't be Christmas without at least one little treat from Charlotte Tilbury, I say.

So there's what's on my Christmas list for 2017. It is always fun to look back at previous years (see 2014, 2015 and 2016 here) and there's definitely always a theme with my lists I think.

What do you have on your Christmas list this year? What do you think of my wishlist? And are you anywhere near organised for the festive period yet (I still have Christmas shopping to do! Ahhh!)?


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