Thursday, 31 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

If you are anything like me you will really enjoy this post as I love nothing better than to sit back and take a nosey at what everyone has been given for Christmas. Also I don't in any way think that anyone who writes up these posts is bragging or showing off as every family celebrates christmas differently; some spend lots of money on one another and some don't, some also go abroad while others stay at home and I think that is perfectly fine. I'm honestly so grateful for everything I received this year whether it was chocolates or expensive jewelry and I still maintain that the thought counts more than anything...

From my friends this year I got just a few of my favourite things; chocolate, prosecco, Lush goodies and Victorias Secrets pjamas. I could not have been more thrilled. I normally don't expect much from my friends as we normally get each other very small gifts or otherwise do secret santa but from my friend Lauren I couldn't believe it when I opened the most stunning VS bracelet ever. Its honestly nothing I would have picked up but is absolutely gorgeous and makes any old outfit look so pretty. My mum has already asked if she can borrow it for tomorrow and I'm afraid I might have to put my foot down. I also got some Pandora Rings from my mum; which I LOVE and Lewis' mum and auntie both got me bracelets. I actually never ever get jewelry for Christmas as I can be quite picky so I was pretty thrilled that I got so much this year. 

I also managed to receive quite a lot of my favourite skincare, which is completely perfect as I have not long returned from being abroad and all of my daily skin bits are running seriously low. I got a couple of things from The Body Shop from my mum and boyfriend as well as the Soap and Glory Whole Shebang! I have wanted one of these S&G sets since forever but they always seem to sell out so fast so I got way too excited when I opened it on Christmas morning. My little brother also managed to get me a Liz Earle Skin Care Set with all my favourite products and I'm still astounded that a 21 year old boy managed to do that as well as also getting me the most stunning Carvela Bag! Well done bro! 

It wouldn't be Christmas without new pjamas and as well as a new soft nightie from Victoria's Secrets (which I have been wearing to death) I also got some purple Primark PJ's from my boyfriends mum which are so me and look super comfy. As usual I got some Yankee Candles and a nice one from Next along with all the usual bits and bobs like books, DVDs, and socks. My boyfriend actually got me an amazing Vegan cookbook which I could not be more excited to use!!! Cooking is fast becoming one of my favourite things and I'm building up quite the collection now.I even have my brother and dad eating vegan food at some meals which is a challenge and a half let me tell you. 

I also received some new Doc Martens from Lewis which I can't wait to wear along with other clothes and scarves and all the usual bits and bobs. I can't believe how many presents I had to open on Christmas day and I genuinely loved every single gift I was given. I honestly appreciate smaller things the older I get like chocolates or shower gels and now that I am older Christmas has become much more about giving to other people than the presents I actually receive myself. I had such an amazing day and felt so spoiled and so loved by everyone. Thank you to all of my friends and family for all of your kindness!

What were your favourite gifts this year? Did you get any surprises which blew you away? 


Friday, 4 December 2015

Hello from Lisbon

Hello all! You might be sitting wondering why I am suddenly posting now having not had any content on my blog for about a month now. Unfortunately, moving abroad was a lot more hectic than I'd originally anticipated and I wanted to fully immerse myself in the experience without all of the guilt about not having scheduled blog posts for the week ahead. Also I haven't been trying many new beauty products as I've brought everything I needed from home and am also trying my best to stick to a tight weekly budget meaning no cheeky splurges on things I don't need (I will for sure be raiding Sephora before I leave though). Seeing as my blog is predominantly beauty I haven't wanted to change things up too much so I haven't really been worried about keeping the content flowing but I'd like to fill you all in on what has been happening...

Way back in October (seems like yesterday I KNOW) I was lucky enough to have in the space of three weeks my boyfriend, parents and best friend all-separately-hop on a plane and come and visit me which was amazing! I took some time off classes to wander around the city with them as I knew they would want to see and do a lot of different things. It was also nice being able to go out for meals with them all and catching up on everything that was going back home. We did some of the more touristy things and it was good that I was able to show them around the different parts of the city and offer advice on the best things to do and see. When my parents finally left it dawned on me that I wouldn't see anyone from home till Christmas which is unbelievably close now but back then it seemed like ages away and I was really sad to see them leave. 

I've finally finished the dreaded Portuguese language course which although was enjoyable was also very difficult and not a particularly easy language to learn. I thought I would be okay seeing as I know French and a tiny bit of Spanish but my God I completely forgot the stress of remembering the different variations of the words and still I don't fully understand when the Portuguese speak to me as they speak very fast! I can now communicate with those who don't speak English which is the main thing and I have hopefully passed my written exam which means I can move up to the next level when I return home. I would honestly say to those who want to work, study or live abroad that learning a bit of the language is a really good idea no matter how good the locals English may be as it will help you to 'blend in' and save you the stress of ordering the wrong cup of coffee in the pastelaria.

It's definitely starting to feel like Christmas despite the fact its somehow still almost twenty degrees and the sun is still shining. The lights have been switched on and every shopping centre is now blessed with their very own Santa's grotto not to mention how busy the shops are actually getting. I'm a little bit gutted I can't do my Christmas shopping here if I'm honest (30kg max and all that) as there are so many shops that we don't have in the UK that I have become so fond of including a couple of beauty brands! They also have the most unique shops that sell only Christmas decorations, which I am absolutely in love with! I've even headed to Primark (yes there is one here) to get some Christmas pjamas and an advent calander and its making me soooo excited to come home and spend the festive season with my friends and family! 

Overall, I'm still really in love with Lisbon despite missing my friends and family and I can't believe that its nearly time to go home! I think I'm definitely going to be really gutted to leave this incredible city and all the amazing friends I have made here, and thats not even mentioning how ridiculously cheap it is to live here! Honestly, I think I'll be getting a huge shock next time I go for a meal or a coffee in Glasgow haha!

Is anyone else currently abroad on exchange? Would love to know in the comments how you are coping being away from friends and family and what your experience was like? 

© china doll diaries | All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Created by pipdig