The Christmas Tag!

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FIVE DAYS until CHRISTMAS! YAY, YAY, YAY!

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! I love Christmas… who doesn’t?!

I’ve seen this tag floating around and I thought it’d be a fun little post for the week of Christmas! Enjoy! xoxo

 

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?

The Santa Clause and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! I love me some Tim Allen 90’s humor and I’m pretty sure Jim Carrey was made to play the Grinch.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

We exchange with my side of the family on Christmas Eve, then Ryan and I exchange on Christmas morning and we exchange with his side of the family on Christmas day as well.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

Yes! One of many funny memories of my dad. One year when I was about 7 or 8, my parents bought all of us kids a karaoke machine for Christmas and we were so excited because we all love to sing. But my dad (who we learned later secretly bought the karaoke machine for himself) sang on that thing all day long and we harldy got a chance to play with it because he was having so much fun with it! We used to tell my dad he couldn’t carry a tune if it had a handle, but that didn’t stop him from singing! I can’t help but laugh when I think of my sister and I sitting in the living room huffing and puffing at my dad singing song after song on the present he bought “for us.”

4. Favourite festive food?

I love homemade Christmas cookies. It doesn’t feel like Christmas without them! I also really like hot chocolate around Christmastime. (Can you tell I have a serious sweet tooth?)

5. Favourite Christmas gift?

I really don’t know! I always love my Christmas gifts, but I can’t think of one that stands out for any reason. I never ask for much; I’m bad at coming up with a Christmas list. So I’m always very pleased and surprised with everything I receive. I’ve never focused on the gift aspect of Christmas.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?

The smell of a Christmas tree! There’s nothing better than the whole house being filled with the pine tree smell. I even light pine scented candles to really fill the whole house with the scent.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

We do our big Christmas celebration at my mom’s house every year on Christmas Eve. I love it! Being with my family makes me so happy.
8. What tops your tree?

A gold, sparkly star!
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

I think I remember asking for a trampoline for a couple of Christmases in a row, but I never got one. That’s probably a good think, in retrospect, because I probably would have broken a bone or something!

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

The best part of Christmas for me is just the happiness and bliss it brings. Getting to celebrate the birth of Jesus with my family and friends while we’re all warm and cozy, laughing and being happy together… there’s nothing in the world that compares to that!

 

Thanks for visiting my blog! I wish you all a very blessed, Merry Christmas. Comment down below and let me know what some of your favorite Christmas traditions are!

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If you’d like to do the Christmas Tag, here are the questions:

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
4. Favourite festive food?
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
8. What tops your tree?
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

xoxo Em

Gift Guide for the Sephora Lover

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Husbands, boyfriends, dads, and friends of all Sephora lovers… this one’s for you!

To makeup lovers, Sephora is like Candyland… seriously! I get all jittery and starry-eyed just thinking about it! Personally, I could live there happily for the rest of my life and never have to leave (I recognize this is probably an issue… not quite concerned enough to do anything about it…). But to most men and non-makeup lovers, shopping in Sephora can be scary, confusing and downright intimidating.

If you have a beauty lover in your life and you’re not quite sure to get her for the holidays, rest assured! I’ve come up with a list of things most beauty lovers would love to open up on Christmas morning. Even if you barely know the difference between foundation and lip gloss, you can use this guide, no problem! I’ve got specific links below that you can use to order these gifts online. (You heard that right – no scary trip into Sephora!) I’ve included some gift ideas for nearly every budget, so you’re sure to find something for your beauty! So without further ado, here is my Gift Guide for the Sephora Lover…

 

  1. Tangle Teezer – $15.00– This thing is awesome. Just take my word for it. You can use this on wet or dry hair and it doesn’t pull or yank, but it still manages to get out all the tangles and makes your hair feel super silky smooth. It comes in a few different colors (and they’re all adorable so you really can’t go wrong). The original Tangle Teezer is for most hair types, but there is also one available for curly/thick hair. This would make an awesome stocking stuffer, too!tan.jpg          The Original Tangle Teezer            Thick and Curly Tangle Teezer

 

2. beautyblender & mini blendercleanser – $25.00 – Your beauty lover is probably already using one of these (or wishing she was) and if she’s not… well, she needs to be! You might be wondering if a sponge is really worth $20.00. My answer to you: Yes. Truth is, this thing is awesome for applying foundation, concealer, cream blushes and bronzers, setting powders, and pretty much everything else. Best part is, even if your beauty already has one (or 10) of these, she can always use another one. They have to be replaced often because of bacteria build up, so it’s awesome that this combo pack comes with a mini solid cleanser. You can’t go wrong with this set!bb.jpg         beautyblender & mini blendercleanser combo        beautyblender only ($20.00)

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Ultimate Glow’ Glow Kit – $45.00 – Highlighting is one of the hottest makeup trends right about now and there are so many highlighting products out on the market! This palette has highlighter shades for a huge range of skin tones and when it comes to quality, ABH is wayyyyy up there on the list. I personally think you cannot go wrong with this palette. Give your beauty the gift of glow this Christmas. She will love it!glow.jpg                                      Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Ultimate Glow’ Glow Kit

4. tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case – $59.00 – This makeup set has a little bit of everything! Plus it’s a collector’s set, so the packaging is gorgeous. tarte is such a good brand – I’ve never tried a product from tarte that I didn’t like! This is over $400 worth of makeup for just $59! Such a steal! (Secretly hoping this is under my Christmas tree!)tarte.jpg                                        tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

5. Clarisonic Mia 2 – $169.00 – This is a 2-speed oscillating facial cleansing brush that unclogs pores and removes makeup, dirt, and oil without irritating the skin. The best part is that your beauty can use this baby with her favorite facial cleanser and it will clean, exfoliate, and clarify her skin. It’s like an at-home facial machine right from the spa. She will definitely thank you for this one! clarisonic.jpg                                                                  Clarisonic Mia 2

I hope this gift guide has helped you pick out some awesome beauty products for the Sephora lover on your list! Don’t forget… when in doubt, a Sephora gift card is always a win!

Let me know what you chose to get your beauty lover this Christmas! I’d love to hear how she liked her gift!

Happy Holidays to all of you!

xoxo Emily