The Last of What I Got For Christmas & My Birthday

Today is my kind of day when it is cool and damp and I have more reason to stay inside all day. We've been having rather sporadic weather here in Melbourne these past few weeks, where one day it was blistering hot and dry, and the next it was nice and cool, a breath of relief. Tuesday was awful because I had to leave the house first thing and it was 37ºC/98ºF towards the end of the day. Because I was switching between air conditioned trains and going inside and outside of buildings that were cool, I got a bad headache. I ended up sleeping the afternoon away as soon as I got home.

I've been seeing several of these posts the first two weeks of January, and I thought it was about time that I finally uploaded mine. I was waiting for the last of the gifts to arrive, as Cat was sending me a parcel for both my birthday and Christmas. It arrived on Wednesday, which leads me to this post. As some of you might remember, I had my 25th birthday on the 12th of December, and I did a post on the gifts I received and bought for myself. If you would like to find out what it is that I got, here's the link.

I was surprised to find what was in the package from Cat, except for one of the palettes. Cat isn't exactly the most subtle of folks when it comes to sussing out one's opinion on something. I knew I was getting something from Too Faced, most likely the Chocolate Bar palette, because she messaged me the day or so after Too Faced was sold to Estée Lauder. The exchange went a bit like this;

"Let's say, hypothetically, I got you something from Too Faced, it would be fine because I hypothetically may have bought it before this whole situation with Estée started. So, hypothetically, it would be ok."

Not exactly subtle, my dear.

I really wanted the Chocolate Bar for several months, but because of the sale to Estée Lauder, a testing parent company, I changed my mind. I removed it from my wishlist, as well as other Too Faced products as I didn't want to support the company. After Cat's "hypothetical" dilemma, I had a feeling she would send it to me, so I wasn't surprised to find it in the parcel. However, I'm still pretty excited about it!

What I didn't expect, though, is for Cat to also send me the Grande Hotel Cafe set from Too Faced's 2016 holiday collection. As soon as I saw it, I lost my shit because it meant that she had spent way too much money on me. I didn't think that she would buy it for me because it was too expensive. I've yet to try out the palettes or the mascara as I haven't had the opportunity to put on a face. However, the shadows feel super buttery when I swatch it.

She also bought me the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, and my gosh, it is lovely. I think this happened because I was lusting after the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette for the colours, and then I found out that ABH was cruelty-free and this palette boasted similar colours. The Modern Renaissance palette has been raved about on the blogosphere since its release and it's not hard to see why. She really surprised me with this pretty palette, and I love the names for the shades, as they stroke my inner artist to life with the likes of 'Raw Sienna', 'Realgar', 'Vermeer' and 'Red Ochre'.

She also added a cute little Baby Groot toy that clings onto any type of thin cord, such as earphones, and I love it! Groot is one of my favourite Marvel characters, so I was pretty excited to see this in the parcel. Also included was a little unicorn keyring, as we have an inside joke that I'm a unicorn. It's a long story, but I was so touched! She also included a bag of Popcornopolis popcorn in Cheddar Cheese flavour and I nearly salivated at the sight of it. This, my friends, is the best cheddar cheese flavoured treat known to man AND it's vegetarian. I was never able to find a vegetarian cheese flavoured snack here in Australia that didn't taste like crap. This girl knows the way to my heart, and that is through my stomach.

I received the tea cup from Bed, Bath and Table from Funda and she also gave me the Chi Chi Eau de Parfum in Romantic Flowers. They were on my wishlist, so I was pretty happy to receive them. I love the tea cup, it's almost as big as my head and it is so gorgeous.

My brother's family bought me the Glamorous Sun Kissed Eyeshadow palette from Chi Chi, and some of the shades are amazing, especially the orange one, third from the right. I did a look with this palette, and dude, I was on fire. Sean's mum, Julie, gave me Breakfast at Tiffany's on Blu-Ray, and I look forward to watching it as I've never watched it before. Today would actually be perfect, as I get to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and maybe some of that cheddar cheese popcorn.

I bought myself theBalm's Appetit palette for Christmas. Like the Chocolate Bar, this was a palette I wanted for months, and I didn't get the chance to buy it until I found it at David Jones. The colours are gorgeous, a perfect mix of matte and shimmery shades, the highlight being the coppery shade, Chris P Bacon, in the middle row on the right. The packaging is adorable, and the eyeshadows have names like Mac Encheese, Alfred O'Pasta and Bruce Schetta. Too cute.

After last Christmas, it's safe to say that I have enough palettes to last me a lifetime! I'm actually struggling with figuring out how to store them because my drawer is too shallow to stack them upright, and there's not enough horizontal space to lay them out flat. I don't particularly want to pile them in the drawer because it takes time to sort through them, take out the one I want and then put everything back the way it was. I'm thinking something like a toast rack would be handy to have on my vanity for some of my palettes, while the rest would remain in the wire basket.

 Do you have any of these palettes? What are your thoughts? How do you store your palettes?



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