When searching for little bits and pieces to add to Christmas presents or simply searching for something small and inexpensive for friends I start to panic, I always like to give people gifts that are quirky girly and something that makes them go “waow” but sometimes it’s not that easy!
However this Black Friday has got me sorted, I found the perfect gifts for friends and family this year!
NO 1 Xmas Gift
Nothing gets me more excited than little colourful notepads and diaries, I am a girl who needs life to be organised and if its not organised day by day i go into meltdown.
These little finds were from no other than Tesco. The journal is more or less set out like a travel diary where you have 365 pages set for the days of the year. I however will probably only use this for my notes and To Do List, I have a weird obsession with To Do Lists, I am that girl who makes To Do Lists of my To Do List, crayyy but I love it!
I have so much going on in my life; the weeks pass like days, its a fast track life I lead. So because I have so much going on in my head and so many appointments to attend I needed a diary set from Day to Day, I do have my beloved Joan and Judy Diary but it is only a week to week diary which is perfect for my personal shit but not when it comes to clients and makeup appointments, but lets be realistic the main reason I picked out these A5 notepads is because of the pretty prints and the fact they are hard back cover books, always feels more professional with a hard back cover.
NO 2 Xmas Gift
So Sue Me just released her very first highlight palette and of course I was on top of that one and straight to the checkout , one of the very first few lucky gals/boys to own one!!
My initial reaction was quite different to how I feel about this palette now.
Initially I opened this palette up and fell in love with the packaging, with a large mirror and the “Glow Baby Glow” written underneath on the flap of the palette. I was so surprised, this mirror I now use everyday when applying my makeup, its so handy and large enough to do a full face with confidence, mirror is of good quality and the reflection is extremely clear, not one of those cheapish mirrors that you would expect. However when i first swatched these shades I had an uneasy feeling and wasn’t 100% sure of the colour pay off , the bottom 3 are very chalky but the top 3 are very buttery powders.
Not only was I a bit undecided with the quality of these highlights but I was unsure of how you were supposed to use all of these shades as highlights, the answer to this is you cant, there are only two shades you can use as highlighters, Shooting Star and Moon Sparkle. Because of this I was quite deflated about my new palette BUT then I actually used this palette when applying makeup and fell in love again.
I applied the highlight to my cheeks on top of my makeup and the pigment was amazing so much better than my Mary Lou, however I did have a lot of wastage with my Shooting Star when dipping my brush into the pan, I don’t think that one will last that long for me especially since its my fave!
So the plus side to my experience is that once I started using this palette on my face I then found uses for the other colours, Unicorn Dust is far too white to be a cheek highlight but is perfect for the brow highlight and inner corner tear duct. Peach Smoothie and Candy Crush are beautiful and I mean gorgeous eyeshadow colours which I have been using everyday. This palette is definitely my most favourite out of all the So Su Products, apart from her lash range, they are pretty amazing.
Above, Colours L-R: Melted Gold, Moon Sparkle and Shooting Star
Above, Colours L-R: Unicorn Dust, Peach Smoothie, Candy Crush, Melted Gold, Moon Sparkle and Shooting Star
No 3 Xmas Gift
My most fave girly purchase of 2017 so far is this little find in the Black Tag Weekend at Currys/PC World. Honestly so happy I spotted this, the perfect Xmas Gift for Every Single girl out there. If you cant guess what this is….. The Pearl is a power bank for your phone but not only is it a power bank it also doubles its use into a hand held mirror.
Oh my love for mirrors is never ending, vain much…..YES.
If that wasn’t exciting enough for you and didnt tickle your fancy maybe the fact that this mirror also lights up will. Like a ring light for your mirror this is perfect for any makeup lovers out there. I got mine in the Black Friday Sale for £23.99, it was originally £35.99 but I believe this little gem is worth it. It has up to 3 hours battery power and also comes in 4 different colours, gold, rose gold, silver and red. I will of course test it and let you know, add me on snapchat ohsofemme to find out more and how I get on with it.
Links to items mentioned (that I could find):
So Su Highlight Palette : HERE
Pearl Power Bank: HERE and HERE
Hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and get sorted with all of your Christmas Gifts this year, let me know how you get on and if you get to purchase any of these items!
Love Ash x