Now that I'm finally home from our Christmas break it's time to tell about all the gifts from this year! On top of that I bought myself a calendar from The Body Shop this year, so I will be going through what that included as well. Let's get started!
The calendar itself was really cute and neat with all the products being in their own boxes. I would assume that they use the same calendar world-wide as there were 25 boxes in the calendar compared to the norm of 24 here. Definitely didn't mind the extra one!
This calendar was the smallest one, so I didn't have too high expectations on the content, but as my sister had recommended it would be worth the splurge. It definitely was worth it as there were only two items in the box that weren't quite my thing and there was a wide range of products. My absolute favorites have to be the strawberry lipbalm and bodybutter as it's my absolute favorite scent! The balm is also the greatest thing ever for winter as my lips crack up like there's no tomorrow in the cold.
In the end the calendar contained: 3 bodu lotions (Frosted Berry, Vanilla Chai and Mango), 3 shower gels (British Rose, Spiced Apple and Polynesian Island Tiaré), 2 lip butters (Strawberry and Shea), Vitamin E moisture cream, Oils of Life sleeping cream, Body butter (Strawberry), hand cream (Pink Grapgefruit), Coconut Soap, eyeliner, lip liner, Camomille eye-makeup remover, tweezers, nailblock, eyelash curler, eyeshadow brush, lash comb thingy, a loofah, face cleanser sponge, a sleeping mask and... a bright orange nailpolish.
Whoever had the idea to put in a bright orange nailpolish in as a random gift should take a long hard look at themselves in a mirror. I do think that there would have been better shades that would suit more people out there.
All in all I am very happy with the calendar and will probably buy another one next year if I have the money as they are quite expensive. It would be interesting to get a bigger one as well to see the difference in products and how many more would be full-sized compared to this one.
I really loved the gifts I got this year as most of them are quite practical. I'm also counting in a few hand-me-downs that I'm excited about: A cast iron pot with a lid that could possibly be used as a pan, a baking springform and a couple of perfumes.
My fiancé and I realized that both of us had thought about things we can do together when buying gifts as I bought miniature building tools for him and he bought me two board games (Dead of Winter: The Long Night and Gloom) and Witcher 3 and all the DLCs for it.
From the rest of my family (and my in-laws) I got: An Iittala tealight cup, tea, a Moomin piggybank, face masks, money (which was spent on lolita items and some new makeup), some warm and fuzzy socks and Russian fortune telling cards. I still haven't had a chance to test the fortune telling cards yet, but I am already excited as a friend of mine did a reading for me in them a few years ago and I fell in love with them.
My childhood friend also got me the When Marnie Was There (Marnie - tyttö ikkunassa) DVD which was still missing from my collection of Ghibli movies so now I'm only missing four movies. Soon my collection is complete(ish)!
We also bought ourselves some gifts this year, but most of mine are still in transit, so those will have to wait for a later date. What I can show now though that I managed to find is the game Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends.
This is a game that we played a lot as kids when we got the Nintendo DS, but our copy has been lost for quite a while. Luckily I found it at a bargain price! Now I have a little male Beagle puppy called Riku and I remember how annoying some of the games mechanics are again!
I definitely didn't name him after one of my favorite characters from Kingdom Hearts... Of course not, that would be silly, right?
I also realized that the camera on my phone is absolutely horrible unless you can take pictures in bright daylight, so I might start saving money towards a proper camera and such soon. Any and all recommendations are more than welcome!
That's all for today and hopefully I can do a lookbook style post as soon as all my clothes arrive. See you in the next post!