Audrey from audreydao.com hosted a handful of holiday giveaways, and I was the lucky winner to the L'Oreal one. If you guys haven't checked out Audrey's very organized and informative website, you guys are missing out! She does TONS of reviews/tutorials everyday, and follow her tweet too because she always finds the most awesome deals out there! I am so glad to have gotten to know her over the past few months, and she is really a sweet girl and a great friend to have :)
Even though I've tried a few L'Oreal HIP products before, the ones she sent me are ALL the ones I've never tried/seen before! Such as the metallic finish color chrome eyeliner! It really reminds me of MUFE Aqua Eyes or UD 24/7 liners. The shadow paints look really awesome and reminds me of the water colors I used to use in art classes when I was younger :p Audrey told me they work well as eyeshadow bases. The HIP duo shadow has a pretty green shadow that I love (I've been really into green shadows recently!). And the jelly balm is a nice deep wine color.
She also sent me a lovely card with sweet messages that totally made my day, plus a bunch of Shiseido samples she handpicked for me to try, because they are all her favorites! Thank you so much sweetie!
My Secret Santa this year was Jess from Ohh...pretty!. She was the best secret Santa ever! She sent me so much goodies to try out, a hand mask, silk whitia masks (my fav!), lip balm, a Lunasol powder sample, mascara, perfume samples, Essence shimmer powder, and a lock & key charm, plus a cute handwritten note from her! The hand mask is a new concept to me, it's made with similar material as face mask sheets but in the shape of gloves that you put on your hands for about 20 minutes, so the essence could be soaked into your hands, making your hands soft. I loved it! Where can I get more hand masks, Jess??
She knows that I love Hello Kitty, and look what she got me!!! I literally screamed when I opened the package and saw this:
A super kawaii Hello Kitty makeup pouch. The zipper pull is even made in the shape of a pink bow! How cute!!!
Even though it doesn't look so big from the outside (size of a Nitendo DS), but the inside is very roomy with several compartments to make organization easy. It's even got slots for brushes/lipsticks. Thank you so much Jess! I loved all my presents to pieces!!!
If you followed me on Twitter, you would know that my wish was granted by Sephora Claus last month! I felt extremely lucky to have won because Sephora was granting one wish a day, and I was notified of my winning on my first try. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that I had won, because I've been wanting a Juicy Coutour perfume in Viva la Juicy for a long time now.
It was a happy happy day when I saw a big Sephora box sitting on my front porch, and inside was this beautiful Viva la Juicy gift set with the 3.4 Oz perfume plus a jar of body butter in the same scent. It was love at first sight!
Then just when my mom (who was visiting me over the holidays) asked me, how come you get so many packages, I got a surprise package from Diana! She was such a sweetheart for sending me presents. I applaud myself for taking a picture of all the chocolates before they were devoured (dad and bf took each took one too), the candy cane Kisses are the best! The nail polish from Sinful Colors is a pretty sparkly color, and the coffee milk tea was so yummy!
She knew that I was suffering from eczema, and sent me her favorite calming soap that helped with her flare-ups. It is called the Healing Bar, and contains a bunch of really yummy and natural ingredients such as olive, coconut, avocado. I've been using this soap every night ever since I got it. Not only does it fill my shower with a wonderful scent, Diana was right, this soap was really soothing and didn't cause any irritation on my sensitive skin. I've already used up half of the bar (bf got addicted to it too), so the question now is, where do I get MORE once I run out!!!
Right before Xmas, my best friend, Christina came to visit me in California. We've known each other since we were babies, and have not seen each other in over 12+ years, so this reunion was extra special for us. When we were out shopping, she bought me these earrings because she knows I have a weak spot for crowns and bows!
She also got me a pretty box of Godiva. Look at how pretty the packing is!
On the subject of earrings, boyfriend got me these at Forever 21 the other day. I went to F21 to shop for earrings after reading Lisa's hilarious post here. So I was hoping that my ears would get "cheap" too and accept those earrings, but so far, no luck yet :( I'll keep training them, Lisa!
Another very pleasant surprise package came from my dear friend Nic from Spoiled Rotten! I sent her some small presents back in November for her birthday, and she spoiled me back with this awesome package! You totally didn't have to do that girlie! She knew I was looking for MAC HK blushes, and look what she got me!!! She totally spoiled me with all the HK goodies -- jelly beans, HK ornaments because she knew I had put up my first ever Xmas tree in my house. Thanks so much Nic, those ornaments looked really cute on my tree, and it was totally funny to see the bf shaking his head as I was decorating my tree with them :p
My college friend got me these for Christmas, including some MBD masks that she got from Taiwan. I gave her some of my masks to try, so she wanted to let me try these Q10 ones too. She also got me an L'Occitane rose facial mist, smells so yummy, and perfect for bringing on travel. Plus a cake decorating kit, I am super excited about this one. Besides my interest in makeup and skincare, my other passion is baking and cooking! I can't wait to use my decorating kit!
My work involves me going to SF often, which means I get to see the lovely May! She had bought these Kiehl's lip balms around the holidays and told me that she loved it, so she wanted me to try it as well! She also gave me a sample of the Vitacreme B12, I'm so excited because I've been dying to try this product after reading so many blogger girls raving about it! She totally knows I love coconut, not only was the lip balm in coconut flavor, she got me a coconut scented foot cream as well :)
The bf's birthday was right around Xmas time. This year was especially special because my parents and grandparents were all visiting us in our new house, and we invited the bf's parents and grandparents over as well to show them our place for the first time on his birthday! We made dumplings together, it was so much fun just sitting around the table, making food and chatting. Mia was extremely excited too because she's never seen so many people at our home before! She was running around like crazy :)
Bf's grandparents got me these Ghiradelli chocolates. Isn't the packaging adorable?