Sunday, 1 January 2012

Mega Christmas News Post!

Christmas has been a blur and so I am a little out of sync with my posts.  I have lumped lots of things into this post to make up for it!  I thought I would start by sharing some of the things I was given for Christmas.  This is not everything but some of the things were not relevant to share (or share on this blog).  I am very grateful for any gifts received, but do not want to endorse saying gifts are essential for a great Christmas.  For many people Christmas is a tough time with no present or family to see.  I never forget that.

Just before Christmas I volunteered to help at an event for old people who are on their own at Christmas.  I gave up my day, missed some tv and socialising time and made about 200 cups of tea in a tiny, boiling hot kitchen.  At the end of the afternoon I was told that an old gentleman had turned up.  Nothing out of the ordinary you say, yet this guy lived on his own and rarely left the house.  No-one really new him, yet he had come along on his own, drunk (my) tea and eaten cake and left with a doggy bag of food, a smile and lots of new friends.  That is what Christmas is about.

As stated in my last post, I did a chunk of my gift shopping in charity shops.  Obviously gifts are appropriate and not rubbish (normally books, DVDs and gift range items).  It's something my family has always done in order to support those who are in need of a helping hand- it's the gift that gives twice.  Also it helps pennies stretch a little bit further- maybe leaving some extra for that special new shop bought gift.  I know that not everyone will share that sentiment, but that's just me :)

So here are a few of the gifts I received from friends and family.

Of course this is a gift so I'm not going to look up prices but if you want to read up on this mirror then check out

No 7 makeup mirror (with a magnifying side and a light!)... so I can see my spots and magnify them :) (Only joking).  Something I have wanted for a while but not splurged out.  I think this will be going on a large chest of drawers, as I am having a shuffle of furniture.

Burt's Bees set.  I have tried one Burt's Bee's product before so this is a new venture (click here to see the post on the other product).  This range is organic and cruelty free :) Have you used any of these products?

L'occitane eau de toilette Verbena.  Smells like Lemon sweets.  Another organic and environmentally conscious brand.

Bottom Left Brule, Right Brun, Top All That Glitters

Mac shadows in Brule, Brun and All that Glitters.  ATG has always been out of stock when I have tried to buy it.  I will depot these (see my tutorial here) and put them into my palettes and do a few comparison posts if you'd like?

Lush Ballistic Fizz Banger!  Smells like toffee apple.  I think I have OD'd on sugar as I can't face using it at the moment.  That and the fact I have quite a bit of birthday, gift and sale Lush still to use....(If you hate lush, please avert your eyes from the following photo)

Urban Decay Primer potion in the new packaging- well I know it's not 'new' having been released several months ago, but it's new to me.  I still have some in the old packaging (which gets 9 out of 10 for cute genie bottle design but 3 out of 10 for practically).  I'll see how I get on with this!  It's the best eye primer I have used to date (perfect if you have oily lids like me).


Taken with my phone, so its a bit dull without the flash.  Think a bit brighter!  I have been wearing my Guerlain Kiss Kiss Strauss lipstick in 321 Rouge Broderie a LOT this festive period.  It seems to be the perfect bright-without-being-too-bright, but with a slight pinky sparkle.  Heavy gold luxurious packaging plus a delicate vanilla (?) scent.  Perfect day or evening lipstick.  (I hope that it's permanent as I see myself repurchasing it. Anyone know?)

Guerlain Gold Packaging.

Rouge Broderie
I teamed this with my Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation (shade 20 applied with a kabuki), Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer (thick coverage to go over a few spots- thanks festive foods!!- Shade NW20), Elf blush in Mellow Mauve (or Meilow Mauve as mine says- I think this was a manufacturer error!).  Then I applied Chanel Epatant illusion d'ombre eyeshadow (post) (these easy to apply shadows have seen me through Christmas and New Year) and a tiny dose of Urban Decay Zero black eye pencil.

The colour can be built up on application.

My earrings are from Accessorize (Gold leaf skeleton earrings featured HERE). Sadly last season.  I've found some similar ones on Etsy HERE.
Necklaces: Lorraine Chain in Rose Gold (Let me know if you want links), Kit Heath Necklace plus personal charms.

Zara Royal blue dress and a blue cardigan with rose gold hearts (clothes show purchase).  Will probably appear on my fashion blog shortly :)

Of course I did hit the sales after Christmas day- but only from the comfort of my computer screen!  I do have a few things to share with you, but I'll probably go into more detail on my fashion blog 5 foot 10 as not everyone is going to want to see lots of pictures here :)  I did pick up so functional and cute jewelry storage.


Thanks so all of you who have entered the Computergirl's 12 days of Christmas Giveaways (I am well aware that the proper 12 days are from Christmas until Epiphany on January 6th :) So seeing as it is still Christmas I will keep the giveaways open for a little longer ;) I still have LOTS of prizes left so I think I am going to do one giveaway a week for the next 12 weeks.  Is that a good idea???

Other posts coming very soon: My Top 11 products of 2011!  Sales shopping posts! NYE makeup!

I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year, however you choose to celebrate.  I tend to make my resolutions in September as there is more chance of setting up habits in the warmer, sunnier days.  I will be making a few plans of things I was to do, places I want to go, people I want to see in 2012.

Thank you to all of you for supporting my blog this year!  Here is to 2012 (the year Computergirl's Musings turns 3 and the UK goes Olympics mad)!

How was your Christmas 2011?  Have you made any resolutions?  Did you receive any special presents?  What was the best present you gave?


  1. My Christmas was calm and with my family this year.I decided not to make any resolutions and just see how life goes :)
    I love your look in the photo and the earrings you have on look so cute!
    Happy new year!

  2. Hi Ria, sounds like you had a good Christmas. Thanks so much for your lovely words. Happy New Year to you too :) xx

  3. Hi Ria, sounds like you had a good Christmas. Thanks so much for your lovely words. Happy New Year to you too :) xx

  4. I got that mirror too!! love it! Hope you have a great xmas and new year :D xxxxx

  5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am supremely jealous of that epic LUSH drawer! I'd like to volunteer next Christmas, I meant to this year and then kind of forgot >__> so bad.

  6. OMG look at that drawer of lush! Well done on volunteering, you will have made a real difference to those people x

  7. The best present I gave was probably the one for myself, I got myself a DSLR!!

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  8. Hi Hannah- I'm getting to grips with it- the x 5 side is a bit scary!! xx

    @SilhouetteScreams Volunteer anytime- perhaps make it a goal of 2012 :) Lush drawer is a bit epic- but there are a lot of other things in there too. It's not all things I bought :) Also a bit mixture of things :) xx

    @Lucy Thanks. And not all Lush, but varioua shower and bath items plus skincare :) xx

    @sofia Oo hope you are getting on ok with it :) xx

  9. I have a makeup mirror just like yours, I love it so much! Definitely a good buy. Looove your Guerlain lipstick, the packaging is beautiful and the colour is gorgeous! <3 :)

  10. the burts bees set looks amazing :D

  11. I have all 3 of those MAC eyeshadows and love them! I need to get the UDPP in the new packaging! Happy New Year :) x

  12. Hi Ria, Recently discovered your blog from Melbourne, Australia. I love Burt's Bees products they are amazing. In fact in two weeks time I will be hosting Burt's Bees week on my blog. Hope you will come on over and share your experiences of them! You are going to love the balm, milk and honey lotion and hand salve. I reviewed the hand salve here

    Happy New Year!

    M x

  13. This is the first time I'm visiting your blog happy and read your post. I really impressed this post. I love the way your product reviews the topics. Thanks!!!


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