It's gonna get sappy up in here.
This year I decided to cut the polite bullshit and send my Dad a link to the thing I want with the message, "I’d love this, it’s in stock." Internet shopping is the best!
With Christmas A DAY AWAY and my waistline increasing by the day thanks to ample amount of Christmas treats flying around the office, it’s almost slipped my mind what the REAL meaning of Christmas is. Yes, it’s to write lists to your parents and significant others with wildly extravagant beauty items on it that you’d never buy yourself because a) all your money goes on essentials like ramen and miniature hot dogs and b) because that’s what parents and boyfriends and girlfriends are for.
The Christmas List is a thing of beauty, best written, re-written and submitted months before the actual day so that you have more of a hope of actually getting whatever you’ve requested. Now, I’m not really one for lists, but I go for more of a direct approach. For example, this year I decided to cut the polite bullshit and send my Dad a link to the thing I want with the message, "I’d love this, it’s in stock." Internet shopping is the best!
Now, we’ll have to wait and see what Santa actually brings on Christmas morning, but here are the things I am most lusting after this holiday season:
I love, love, love having baths. Baths are my favorite hobby. Lying in a scaldingly hot tub, with the lights off, candles and reading some good true crime on my Kindle is my favorite thing to do at the end of the day, other than eat. This is the ULTIMATE bath stuff -- and it should be for $40 -- but when I say it smells like heaven I am not joking. OH GOD IT SMELLS GOOD. The shea butter and vanilla extracts leave your skin feeling so soft, like a tiny baby angel. This is the thing I asked my Dad for. If I get this for Christmas I will probably spend the whole of January naked and wrinkled like a prune, but smelling utterly delicious.
The OPI Skyfall Collection -- from $5.50 each
You probably know by now that I spend a large amount of my time painting my nails, because I’m shallow like that. My favorite brands in my extensive collection are Essie and OPI, and this Christmas OPI have smashed the shit out of all new launches with their Skyfall collection. The collection is made up of 12 metallic, glitter and jewel toned polishes that totally capture the elegance and sophistication of the Bond franchise. I particularly like "Tomorrow Never Dies" (a rich, intense purple) and "The World Is Not Enough" (a rosy silver). WANT!
Florabotanica, Balenciaga -- From $95 at Neiman Marcus
This new perfume, which launched in October, has the most incredible bottle I’ve seen in a long time. I love it. But of course, it’s not all about the bottle. It’s the stuff INSIDE we should care about! Well, luckily, the scent is as gorgeous as its packaging. It’s -- as the name suggests -- a complex floral, an intense rose, with hints of mint. It’s a green, fresh scent, which will definitely be a winner for spring. I also got a soft powder on the drydown, some amber. Lovely.
Soap and Glory have really pulled it out of the bag with their newly launched lipstick range, and I have to admit that I already have this but I’m not afraid to ask for more from Santa, goddammit. I was recommended to try it in the shade Man Trap, and it is a GAME CHANGER! The stick applies like a dream -- rich, velvety and soft with no drag, definitely belying the price point. The moisturizing effects from the shea butter, vitamin E and monoi butter lasts hours, and as I write this, it’s been on for four hours with no touch ups and still looks freshly applied. The shade is a rich berry in-between a raspberry and a plum, and suits everyone I know who has tried it thus far. Consider yourselves enabled! Go and buy it immediately!
So these are my four must haves -- have you written your list? Are lists for brats? What is Santa bringing? Share your wisdom in the comments!
I’m tweeting and Instagramming my way through Christmas -- @Natalie_KateM.