What I Got For Christmas 2013

Hello my neglected blog readers!  Sorry for the hiatus, but I have spent the past two weeks in Minnesota visiting with family and friends and enjoying my first Christmas back in the states after spending the past couple in the UK.  So blogging was quite far from my mind during that time, but new year, new start and all that jazz so I have quite a few posts in the works at the moment.

*Standard disclaimer about how I’m not bragging and if this kind of post isn’t for you, kindly click away, etc, etc, blah de blah blah*

Feeling very lucky/spoilt this year, I received so many wonderful gifts!

2014-01-05 11.49.23Candles!  I love candles so much, I received the GINORMOUS Woodwick Trilogy in Exotic Spices from the mister.  And I also received the Bath and Bodyworks 3 wick candles in Winter Candy Apple, Cranberry Pear Bellini, Champagne Toast, and Mahogany Teakwood from my parents.  Considering there isn’t Bath and Bodyworks in the UK, I had to ask for scents based on blogger/vloggers favorites and they are good ones!  I currently have Winter Candy Apple in my living room and Mahogany Teakwood in the bathroom.  I think I did an extraordinary job of transporting these babies in my luggage intact all the way from Minnesota back to the UK!

2014-01-05 11.50.02I also received some books from the family as well.  I am a huge fan of Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series and asked for the newest book, Dust.  Also a HUGE Stephen King fan and got Doctor Sleep, a sequel to the Shining.  Can’t wait to get stuck into both of these, but which one first?? (Also between the books and the candles, I am rather impressed I managed to keep my luggage under weight coming back!).

2014-01-05 11.50.35I was very excited to receive the Teapigs Pick n’ Mix sampler from my brother-in-law.  I’ve already tried the chai (delicious with milk and honey) and the much raved about peppermint liquorice.  I asked for and got a Minnesota mug from my sister this year.  I’ve been trying to get a mug now every time we visit someplace new so someday we will have a nice hodge podge of mugs from all the places we’ve travelled (inspired by Essiebutton) and I had to have one from my home state!  I love this mug, it is covered in all things Minnesotan!

2014-01-05 11.51.42My big gift from the hubby this year was a Kindle Paperwhite.  I love reading, but as you can see by the kind of books I read, they are not really handbag friendly and since I read on my lunch hour/on the bus to work, I am often schlepping heavy old books back and forth to work.  I am one of those people who was not too keen on e-readers at first because I love the feel of a good heavy book, but everyone I know who uses an e-reader raves about it.  Can’t wait to load this baby up with books, suggestions welcome!  He also got me an orange cover (my favorite colour) to go with it.  I also got the DKNY Be Delicious fragrance set from my mom and dad.  This is my original all time favorite perfume, I ran out and bought the Red Delicious one year (the Red ALWAYS seems to be on offer), but it’s just not as good and I am happy to have an old favorite back!

2014-01-05 11.52.57And would Christmas be complete without Soap and Glory?  The bits on the left are from the Relaxstation gift set which I got from work.  It came with a hair turban that I have been using and absolutely love, it really cuts down on hair drying time.  I bought the Yule Monty gift for myself, haha, such a bargain I could not resist.  And I won the manicure set on the end in a Twitter giveaway from Amelia Liana.  So I think I will be well stocked with Soap and Glory for upcoming year 🙂

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday and New Year!  I am back to work on Monday which I think will be a bit of a shock, hope I will mostly be over my jet lag by then!

What was your favorite gift you received this year?  Anyone else fall off the blogging bandwagon over the holiday season?



The Deal of the Festive Season!

Have you heard?  The Soap and Glory lover’s dream deal is on Friday!  This year it features the gorgeous Yule Monty Gift Set will be reduced from £60 to £27 starting this Friday for one week!


I bought the Soap and Glory Gift Set last year, the Best of Them All Gift and I intend on purchasing the Yule Monty Gift Set this year if I can get my hands on it.  I remember last year that it wasn’t at all difficult to get a gift set and my Boots seemed to have a surplus and they were sitting on the shelves for quite some time.  But the year before, the gift set was nowhere to be found after the first few days.  So I’m wondering if Soap and Glory will make it a bit more exclusive after last year?

The Yule Monty Gift Set contains:

-Sugarcrush Body Wash

The Righteous Butter

Heel Genius Foot Mask

Hand Food

Peaches and Clean

Thick and Fast Mascara

-Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer

-Butter Yourself Body Lotion

-Sexy Mother Pucker in Pink Out Loud

I am really excited for all the products in the gift set, except for maybe Heel Genius as I am still working my way through my tube from last year.  Some stand outs are the Sugarcrush Body Wash (delicious scent and lasts ages!), Peaches and Clean (an amazing cleanser), and the Thick and Fast Mascara (one of my holy grail mascaras).  Also I always need Hand Food, can’t get enough of that stuff!

Will you be snapping up this giftset?  Are you going to be first in line Friday or just see if there’s some hanging around when you can find the time?