Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope that you had rad Christmas, watched lots of Christmas music, ate Christmas goodies, and spread Christmas cheer. (Or had a spectacular holiday with all of the holiday cheer!) For the first time in years, I stayed home this Christmas with my mom. Honestly, it was the Christmas I’ve always wanted. In the past, we’ve always taken vacations on Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super grateful for the adventures we’ve been on and the things we’ve seen. But, as Dorothy says, there’s no place like home. Especially, Christmas at home.
This year, My mom and I got matching pajamas, woke up around 8 a.m., and ripped through our gifts. There were quite a few surprises this year. I got everything I wanted and then some. I am thankful to be celebrating my twentieth Christmas in such relaxing and beautiful way.
Whether you are a beauty guru in the making, or you’re still trying to figure out the basics like me, Ulta is definitely the place to look for great makeup deals. Sometimes, I’ve gotten makeup from Macy’s/Nordstrom, etc. and it’s just overly expensive. Yet, Ulta always seems to have some pretty rad deals. To kick off 2018, my mom gifted me a TON of makeup this year. My favorite product has to be Gigi Hadid ‘s Jetsetter Palette because 1.) Gigi is my QUEEN and 2.) I love that this is an all-in-one palette. It’s not just eyeshadow and blush! There’s a hi-lighter, concealer, blush, lip balm, eyeshadow, AND mascara. It also features both a contour brush and an eyeshadow brush. If you’re a little hesitant on spending money on a bunch of different products/brushes, I fully recommend buying Gigi’s palette. (Plus, it’s this super cute blush pink color, and has holographic lettering!)
Skin care is something that I’ve been extremely interested in learning about since coming home from break. As an update, my skin has been looking fantastic since I started taking zinc, and using oatmeal daily on my skin. If you struggle with dry, patchy skin during the winter (or in general) I recommend using oatmeal-based products. My mom picked up this oatmeal scrub from Ulta and I’m SO excited to use this. I also got a Burt’s Bee’s lip balm set that I forgot to photograph! Burt’s Bees is my fave! *Foot Therapy (nail polish, cuticle cream, and foot scrub) set from a local spa*
Last year, I was watching Zoella’s What’s in My Bag 2016 video, and I saw that she was doing a sponsorship with HP in that video. She held up a little white and rose gold device and said that she could print her iPhone photos from it! WHAT? It took me a whole year to find one (last year, they sold out super fast!), but now I am so looking forward to printing memories from my HP Sprocket. It takes inkless photo paper that loads simply, and you print the photos from an app! So, all you need is paper, wifi, and the app. Plus, I’m also obsessed with this super cute case that fits the USB perfectly and the Sprocket nice and snug.
2017 was the year I was serious about reading. I’ve always been a reader, but in 2017, I basically lived at the library Right now, I’m reading Every Day by David Levithan. But I saw Everything, Everything first in the movies, before I read the book back in June. Anyone who I met over the summer would know that I am total bookworm, and Everything, Everything is my favorite story. (I couldn’t stop talking about it.) First, I love that the story is about a modern-day interracial couple, but the story is not about their race. I love that the story is realistic. I find the characters to be relatable, and I often saw a lot of myself in Maddy. Wishing I had an Olly, I rooted for Maddy, knowing she wouldn’t let me down. I also was shocked by the twist at the end of the story, but cheered for Maddy as she made her own decision in reaction to the twist. GO MADDY! Besides Everything, Everything I am a humongous fan of The Peanuts. I think they are so cute. I also love Banksy for his irony.
I’ve said it many times on Twitter, but black booties were my #1 Christmas wish. Specifically, these from Ralph Lauren. They are so cute, comfortable, and waterproof. These boots also match with every outfit! This is my first pair of black booties, ever!!
I cannot get enough of these shoes. I’ve always loved Oxfords, ever since my young elementary school days (but back then, they weren’t as stylish). I love the color of these. Though the outside looks hard, these are probably the comfiest Oxfords I’ve ever owned!
I think these are the cutest Nikes ever. I either first saw these in a vlog or blog post, I’m not sure. But I LOVE these because they remind me of Kanye West’s Yeezys. These shoes are made from this comfy mesh material. THE LACES. AH! So adorbs! But I’m afraid to dirty them.
*I can’t find the link for these anywhere!*
A MOON LAMP?
This is not a Tumblr picture, guys! This is a real deal. It’s a moon lamp. As a lover of the moon, it’s so cool to have my own mini moon. This moon lamp has a little touch button at the bottom that changes the moon light from white (seen above) to yellow to off. It is charged by USB and has different brightness settings!
I am so grateful for all of my gifts and spending this wonderful holiday with my mom in our matching pajamas in our beautiful home!
Comment down below your favorite gift that you received this Christmas or if you have a favorite holiday tradition.
Thank you so much for reading!