Christmas Meal & Secret Santa

When it finally got to the 1st December, I took the plunge and decided to not do blogmas/vlogmas this year. This was for many reasons – mostly because my blog is still really new, and I have copious amounts of revision to do for my January university exams. Therefore actively finding christmassy things to post about daily would not be in my best interests (but blogging in general is such a great procrastination tool). After seeing so many people’s blogmas posts, I have gotten a bit regretful. But I’m sticking to my guns on this one, as there’s always next year if I’m in a better situation. To get in the Christmas spirit I thought I’d share a few of the festive things that I’ve been doing this December!


Since I’m really not a fan of cool tones (due to my brown peepers) I decided to stick to a warm tones golden-bronze look. My lids are covered in metallic gold and bronze shadows, with a cooler-taupe brown in the crease to not over-do the look. Nothing says christmas make up like a bright red lip – my take on this was a deep true red in a matte texture to balance the shimmer on my lids. It’s slightly gothic, and it’s adds a edgy element to traditional festive make up. I kept my base clean and fresh, sticking to a full coverage foundation (to hide my alcohol flush – wine was on the menu), mattifying powder, a defined hollow contour, and a light dusting of champagne highlighter on my cheekbones. As this was just an evening meal, I didn’t go for falsies (either nails or lashes) to keep things relaxed and simple.

PRODUCTS – Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, Milani Pressed Powder in Medium, L.A. Girl Concealer in Porcelain, Sleek Contour Kit in Medium, Mary Lou Manizer in Original, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown, Atelier Paris Creme Eyeshadow* in Sable Or & Bronze, Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow in Foxy & Tease, L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Extra Black, Atelier Paris Longwear Lip Colour* in Prune.

JEWELLERY – Crystal Statement Earrings in Clear (These are my favourite winter earrings and I have been wearing them everywhere)

COAT – Zara – It was seriously cold & drizzly, winter has definitely come to wales…


The girls put on a pretty amazing spread, from Prosecco on arrival, then a Melon & Prosciutto starter, to a chicken dinner with all the xmas trimmings (including seconds of everything, yum!). I swear I left the house feeling 10 times heavier, but it was worth every mouthful. The icing on the cake was the dessert, a gorgeous little strawberry santa surprise & mountains of profiteroles! The girls really pulled it out of the bag, and it was such a fun, girly evening. Sorry for the poor snapchat quality photo – I was so excited and completely forgot to take real shots!


We ended the evening with giving our secret santa gifts! As students we arranged to spend no more than £5-£10 dependant on what we could afford – it’s just a little treat for us all at the end of the semester! The big theme of the gifts ended up being H&M – both beauty and homeware, as we’re all still pretty excited about the opening of the new superstore in Cardiff and there’s such a great range of products to suit every taste. I got a lovely LUSH giftset (my secret santa knows me too well) and I can’t wait to use the products!

Have you taken part in secret santa this year?

What have you bought/been given?





  1. Ana Razon
    December 14, 2015 / 7:24 PM

    Such a lovely post. Those desserts looks delicious and I'm pretty much the same with the secret Santa. £5 – £10 is pretty good budget Ana

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      December 16, 2015 / 8:57 PM

      Thank you lovely! The desserts were stunning 🙂 xx

  2. Kathryn O'Connor
    December 14, 2015 / 8:06 PM

    Your photos are always so amazing. Sounds like you've had a lovely festive month up to now! Loving your eye make up so much. xKathryn | Chapters of Kat ❤

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      December 16, 2015 / 8:58 PM

      That means so much, thank you! It's been loving spending time with my favourite girls too x

  3. Georgia Hope
    December 14, 2015 / 8:07 PM

    The strawberry santas are so cute! Love the Lush present as well, I think £5-10 works really well for secret Santa 🙂

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      December 16, 2015 / 8:59 PM

      They were such a good idea! Lush is always a good choice for me! xx

  4. Jodetopia
    December 14, 2015 / 8:28 PM

    Your secret santa was a lovely gift – I tend to go for jokey presents for secret santa as opposed to nice ones!Your eyeshadow looks so pretty, too!Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      December 16, 2015 / 9:00 PM

      Hehe I know right, my secret santa was good to me this year!Thank you my lovely! xo

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