What I got for Christmas 2013

This year Christmas came early for me as my package from America arrived about a week and a half before the big merry day. I've been waiting to post these items for ages now because I'm so in love and so thankful for my Christmas goodies. Every year I usually have the issue where no one knows what to buy me so this year when my mom asked, I went ahead and made a beauty wish list and man did she deliver. I am so so thankful and am absolutely in love with the products I got. I also received a few other bits and bops such as money and candles but these are my four favourites this year. 

First off, I finally finally got the Naked 2 palette. I know that everyone was gifted the Naked 3 this year but since I usually opt for nude eyeshadow and hadn't yet gotten my hands on one of these palettes I asked for the Naked 2 instead. I absolutely adore it but would recommend that for better color payoff a cream base eyeshadow is necessary. It's definitely worth the hype and has convinced me to pick up the Naked 3 in February during my trip to America. 

Next, I got the NARS Eye Paint in Mesopotamia which is basically a gel eyeliner in a deep brown shade. I have mentioned this before but I've been steering clear of black eyeliners lately and this deep brown is a perfect transitioning color that really glides seamlessly and creates the perfect neutral eye look. My only complaint about this product would have to be that unlike the drugstore gel eyeliners such as the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner it doesn't come with a brush! Since this is my first time in ages trying out a gel eyeliner, I didn't actually own a brush to use and although I've tried different brands such as the Real Techniques Brushes or even the ELF brushes, nothing seems to be as perfect for gel eyeliner as the ones that come in the drug store kits. I'm considering picking up a Maybelline set just so I finally have the perfect brush to create that winged eyeliner look. If you guys have any recommendations for good gel eyeliner brushes please be sure to mention it because I'm on the hunt for the ideal brush. 

I've already mentioned one of these beauties but my mom was kind enough to get me the Nars Guy Bourdin Promiscuous Lip Coffret and it includes some of the loveliest lip pencils I have ever had the pleasure of owning. These lip pencils are supposed to be the minis but they're so large and lasting that there's no way I'm going to get through any of these anytime soon. The set includes four velvet matte shades and one velvet gloss - Cruella, Sex Machine, Dolce Vita and Never Say Never would be the amazing matte finish colours and the little glossy pencil that was included would be none other than New Lover. I am in love with these pencils and really think that the color payoff is so beautiful and flattering for my skin tone. I think that it would be lovely for any skin tone to be completely honest. The only issue I have with these pencils is that they are incredibly drying and I have yet to figure out how to wear them without drawing attention to my chapped lips. Overall, it was a lovely gift and I'm so thankful to finally own some of these Nars Lip Pencils. 

Last but not least, I officially own my very first Mac Eyeshadow Palette. My older brother went to the Mac store and picked up four absolutely gorgeous shades that have made me fall head over heels for Mac's eyeshadows. Their color payoff and lasting power is insane and it makes me truly understand why the price is so steep. I will definitely be picking up more on my trip but for now, I own the beautiful soft shade Ricepaper, Patina a burnt golden brown shade that has just the slightest hint of shimmer, Copperplate which is a gorgeous warm grey matte tone, and Sable which is a burgundy type of brown creating the perfect crease color. I am in love with all these shades and for the last two weeks have found ways to use at least one of these colours everyday to create a new look. Mac eyeshadows really are amazing quality and perfect for a lasting impression on the eyes.

Christmas was bittersweet this year and although these amazing gifts were so lovely and I'm so grateful for them, I couldn't help wishing to be with my family instead. I am literally counting down the days until my trip which will be at the end of January and I am so pumped to go back home and see everyone again. Also, I will be doing loads and loads of beauty shopping while I'm there so get excited for some killer new posts in the new year. There's a Sephora maybe ten minutes away from my house back in Cali and I'll most likely be living in there. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got some goodies that you really wanted as well. 

What did you get for Christmas? Have you tried any of these products yourself? If you've made a blog post of video about your Christmas 2013 Gifts be sure to leave the link in a comment down bellow. I love seeing these kinds of posts and would really enjoy reading yours as well! 
Happy Friday. 

Stefanie xx 


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  2. Those are some gorgeous products and I'm a bit jealous. I'm sorry to hear you weren't able to see family, but I guess that just means you get to extend Christmas cheer for another month! It will fly by, I'm sure :)

  3. Loved the gifts you received, Stefani! I too have the Naked 2 palette and I really like it (although I do like the original one a bit better!).
    I am a sucker for anything NARS, and my eye especially caught that pinkish color in the middle!
    I believe I have that MAC palette as well-lovely shades!

    Also, what part of California are you from? I'm from Yosemite but currently reside in LA. :)

    Shree | porcelainshree.blogspot.com

  4. You got some great gifts! :) I hope your christmas was alright even though you couldn't be with your family :) xx

  5. Great make up gifts, I love the look of that Nars lip set lots of people rave about then there meant to be really pigmented. Hope you had a great Christmas x


  6. Lovely gifts! I've heard so many amazing things about the NARS velvet matte lip crayons and as far as I know there's not really anything else around that's like them!

    It's such a shame you didn't get to spend Xmas with your family but at least you will be seeing them again soon!

    Have a lovely New Year and all the best for 2014! xx

    *International* *TARTE* *Palette* *GIVEAWAY*

  7. The nars lip pencils look amazing! Hope you had a lovely Christmas! xx


  8. Ah, I'm one of the people who want the Naked 3 palette, however I'm almost on the edge of going for the Naked 2, as I do like the shades in it quite a lot! x


  9. I got the naked 3 palette for christmas but I love the naked 2 it has so many gorgeous colours!

  10. You are one lucky girl! Loved the haul! I'm a neutral kinda girl, haha!
    Happy holidays!


  11. This looks lovely! The Naked 2 palette looks gorgeous as does everything! haha!
    Hope you have an amazing new year!


  12. I've heard amazing things about that palette. The lip colors look very lovely.

    Maggie A

  13. ooooh i got the Naked 2 too! I hadn't had one before either. I love it! :) xo


  14. Lovely gifts. The NARS Lip Crayons are just gorgeous & pigmented. Your Mac Quad looks great too. Very wearable shades.

  15. Those Nars lip pencils! Lucky, lucky girl, I would love to give those a try.

    Kelly | secondhandspring


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