Sunday, 7 January 2018


What I Got For Christmas Haul | Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette
Christmas happened so fast this year, I blinked and all of a sudden it was 9pm. Here are some of Christmas gifts I received. I haven't dived into any of them yet so this won't be a review post but I will go into some detail as to why I wanted or received such a gift. I love Christmas haul posts over gift guides as it gives me much better ideas as to what to give as presents to other people. I will be swatching and reviewing everything on my blog at some point. I hope you like this post, thank you to my family who actually listened to me this year. I am really happy with the gifts I got and feel very grateful but I want to take this time to reiterate that it honestly doesn't matter what you get or how many presents you have, some of these are gifts I have given not received, but because they were cool, even if I do say so myself, I thought why not include them?

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette
Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette (£56) I have wanted this palette for so long. When I saw reviews bashing the shade Amethyst I was not happy. The whole reason I want this palette is for that gorgeous purple shade (ColourPop do a dupe). I cannot wait to create looks with this palette. Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette is my baby, my ride or die, I could wear it every day of my life so I think this one will be a winner for me this year as well. 

Charlotte Tilbury Gift of Goddess Skin
Charlotte Tilbury Gift of Goddess Skin (£39) This was a birthday gift for my sister. She has always been tempted to buy Charlotte Tilbury products because her skin has been extremely confused as of late but that is a hefty price tag without a guarantee of results so this gift set was the perfect present before. I was a little disappointed with how small it is, each bottle is 15ml and it contains Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream and Wonder Glow Primer. Perfect for travelling. I am sure she will take it on the many holidays she has scheduled this year. 

Iconic London Day to Slay Palette 
Iconic Day to Slay Palette

Iconic London Day To Slay Palette (£45) Another present for my sister. It is a gorgeous eyes hadow palette with an array of neutrals and warm tones which really compliment brown eyes. In my culture we have a nonsensical tradition where a new bride should take new possessions with her to her new home. So I am slowly helping her grow/revamp/improve her collection for the time when she can no longer has access to all of mine.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho This gift is something that made me really happy. I also received The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway in a gorgeous hardback book. If you know me you know that I love to read almost as much as I love to watch makeup videos. They are my two vices in terms of entertainment. I don't own any truly beautiful books so I am really pleased with this gift especially as I do most of my reading on my iPhone which detracts from the immersion of reading that I felt when I was younger and engrossed in a book.

Perfectly Flawless LED Light Up Mirror
Perfectly Flawless LED Light Up Mirror ($40) Very much needed, my darling mother bought me this because she knows how vain I am, kidding, I am in desperate need of a good mirror for makeup application because right now I make do with a flippable Revlon mirror which is great but not practical. We all know half the battle is good lighting so I am excited to start using this hopefully it will make filming YouTube videos a lot easier as well.

Pyjamas and Cosy Slippers
Pyjama Set & Slippers Is it even Christmas if you don't get a pair of pyjamas and cosy slippers from your parents? I say parents but I mean my Mum because God knows my Dad has even less of a clue of what I am about to open than I do. From George Asda, both oversized and gloriously soft.

Yankee Candle Lavender and Vanilla
Yankee Lavender Vanilla Candle (£8) Candlelight is so soothing to me, more so than just the warm inviting scent but also just the flicker of a flame it is my substitution for bubble baths in London as it calms a piece of my soul. Lavender, honey and vanilla are my go to scents for anything so this is the perfect candle for me given to me by my lovely Massi (aunt). 

Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr Foundation
Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr Foundation 300 (£26) One more gift I explicitly requested, with my family you could hire a skywriter to tell them what you want and they would still ignore it. It all just depends on their mood. If my family had a motto it would be: you get what you are given and that applies to everything, nor do I think it is a bad motto, but I was pleased as punch when I opened to see they did manage to get this. Another product I have wanted to try since its launch especially with the glowing reviews waxing lyrical about the longevity and finish. I hope it works for me. 

Lindt Teddy Bear MAC Book Flip Up Mirtor
Lindt Teddy Bear Christmas never passes by without chocolate, this, because it is so gosh darn cute, is the only piece that survived Christmas Day. My selection box and coconut toblerone were quickly devoured. It's just so adorable. Lindt chocolate makes me think of the film Chocolat which is one of my favourite films as is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the first one of course) which we actually watched on Christmas Day. 

Apple MAC Flip Up Mirror (£4) A small gift from my other aunt and another completely adorable one at that. I don't think I will ever own a MAC in my life, Lord knows I want Final Cut Pro but truthfully they scare me so this is such a sweet novelty gift. Plus, I imagine at one point someone will think it really is a minuscule laptop, probably my Grandad. 

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
We Should All Be Feminists Extremely short book and a paper back, my sister has several copies of these and is a firm believer that everyone should own a copy so in her quest to make me a better person she gave me one. I will read it soon, please let me know if you have read it or if you have any book recommendations yourself that are worthy of buying hard copies. 

Thank you so much for reading my post. I would love to know what you did for Christmas Day and what gifts you received and traditions you have in the comments. Hope you are having a great first week. I will be back in London tomorrow which could go either way: my mood could plummet or soar. Check back on Monday for a new post. Take care. 

How was your Christmas?


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  1. there is NOTHING better than getting completely and utterly immersed in a good book. i repeat - NOTHING. i began reading the alchemist a little while ago but never actually finished it, need to dig that one out again!

    so many gorgeous presents here, hope you had a lovely christmas and new year!

    katie. xx

  2. I LOVE that palette such a good little stash of goodies lovely! the little mirror is so so cute :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  3. You got some lovely gifts! The makeup bits look stunning and I can't wait to read your reviews on them. The light up mirror is gorg. I'm definitely adding that to my wishlist! x Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

  4. Aww you got some gorgeous gifts. The Iconic palette is so pretty and I need that mirror in my life xxx

  5. Lovely ♡

  6. You received some really great gifts Kiran! Huda Beauty products are on my list to try this year. That's a lovely palette. I've been wanting to try CT for years! Especially that cream. Enjoy all of your gifts. So deserving.

  7. What an amazing selection of gifts, Kiran! I got skincare and Sephora gift cards but the most memorable gift was a diamond ring from my husband. xx

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  8. I really enjoyed this post! The Dessert Dusk post is still on my wishlist. I hope you enjoy the new books as well. My goal for 2018 is to read more, and make it a priority. I've never tried any Charlotte Tilbury products, the gift set looks great.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  9. You got sooo many great goodies! Lucky lady!

    A xx

  10. Wow my fave HAS to be Huda Beauty - her new palette is just LIFE.


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