My first gift. Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Aragonite (151) was given to me by a friend. Given my love of all things glittery at the moment, this gloss couldn't be more perfect. It's packed full of golden white and pink glitter, that looks absolutely stunning when it catches the light. This is the ultimate glitzy new years eve party gloss, and I'd highly recommend it to anybody wanting to add a little extra something to their celebratory look. (Keep scrolling for swatches!)
My second beauty gift I received was from my brother. He joked that my presents each year get smaller, but more expensive! They also get prettier. I'm sure I've mentioned my love of Armani's Lip Maestros before, as they're an incredible formula. A liquid lipstick that drys down to a modern matte finish that last comfortably for hours. Armani's Christmas collection this year looked more to me like a summer collection. A collection filled with vibrant pinks and oranges. I fell in love with the bright pink lipstick (505), and was super happy to find it wrapped up under the Christmas tree waiting for me. The swatches below make it look more coral than it is, but I'm sure that I'll be showing it's true colour off in a look soon.
Next up are a couple of items that I bought using some money I received. I'd had my eye on one of the lipsticks from Guerlain's Crazy Paris collection, and was hoping it would pop up in the post Christmas sales. I was lucky and managed to nab the Rouge Automatique in Illusion for half price! It's described as a 'subtle sparkling plum'. It's a deep pink-fuchsia with pink sparkle. It's sheerer than the Rouge G formula that I'm used to, but it was love at first sight with this shade.
Here's some swatches of the above products. As I said earlier, the Armani Lip Maestro is far pinker than the swatch here looks.
There's not really much point in me posting swatches of this, as those who know meteorites will know how subtle the effect is, and how difficult it is to catch on camera. The effect is a healthy glow from within, a radiance which looks natural, rather than achieved by makeup. For someone like me who suffers from a chronic illness (or two!), and therefore has a tendency to have tired looking skin, this is a luxuary that's well worth having.
My final piece to show you isn't so much makeup related, but continues on the Guerlain theme. I'm not one for perfume, but a year ago I fell in love with Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Eu De Parfum. With notes of black rose, black cherry, and patchoucli, fading down to reveal vanilla and licorice scents. It's sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, and it wears well on my skin. So when I unwrapped a bottle of La Petite Robe Noir shower gel, it was guaranteed to be a hit. I would never spend such a large amount of shower gel for myself, so it was a wonderful present to receive. The smell alone makes it feel so luxurious to use, as it's a far more complicated scent (especially compared the the Original Source shower gel I'm used to!). You don't need a lot for a thick lather, which means it will last me for many washes, and the smell remains on my skin for a good few hours afterwards.
I feel so incredibly lucky this year to have gotten my mitts on so many wonderful beauty items. There certainly was a Guerlain theme! I also received a Remmington Pearl Curling Wand, which I may review once I've had a proper play with it.
I hope you all had a great Christmas, and that you all have a happy new year!