Saturday, January 2, 2010

CLOSED: New Year Giveaway

Hello beautiful people! I've been gone for a lonnng time & I hate it! So to say sorry for my absense, I'm going to give away a few lovely bits and bobs. You all deserve it & there's nothing better than a late christmas present! Now because I'm at home, home & most of my makeup is back up at uni I don't have any photographs of what I will give away, but here's a hint... it's full of magic, mirth & mischief! Have to note though, for reasons I'm not willing to release fully on my blog yet, these limited edition products don't have packaging, but they are brand new.

The other present/prize is a beautiful necklace from This Charming Girl. I love this site & I rarely go a day without someone asking me where I got my envelope necklace from. If you've never seen her shop before I advise you to have a browse around, prices are so good & the pieces are beautiful. Perfect for presents, many of my friends have received some of these treasures for birthdays. The particular treasure I'm giving away is this beauty, which I thought was very appropriate around the festive period.


As it's only a small give away there will only be one winner & it's going to be an easy one. All I want you to do is comment with the best present you gave this christmas & why it was the best. No cheating, truth only. It might not be the most expensive present, but possibly the best suited/ thoughtful present. You may even throw in a christmas/ new year fotd for good measure, it's not needed but I'm nosey & would love to see some of your festive makeup creations.

Good luck, give away ends on the 10th January so you have a good week to enter. It's open to international followers too, so all are welcome to enter!!



76 comments:

Miss Emma Jane said...

The best present I gave this year would be the bag I gave to my boyfriend's Mum because I searched high and low for something I thought she would love and found a bag that I thought would be perfect for her. When I gave it to her she was super happy and loved it and it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside! :)

MissDollyGal said...

The best present I gave this year was a book journal for my best friend. It's a notebook which you write title, author and then make notes on books. She's training to be an English teacher and was so happy with the present :)

Got a Christmas nails
http://missdollygal.blogspot.com/2009/12/holiday-nails_21.html

and a NYE look
http://missdollygal.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-years-eve-look.html
Glad to have you back!
xx

Caz said...

The best present I gave was a really nice recipe book to my mum because shes really difficult to buy for and she loved it!
xx

madame b fatale said...

Hi!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Doll!!!
My favourite prestent gave this year was to my mum.(well part of her present) And it was the book One flew Over the Cuckoo's nest. This is because it is probably her favourite movie of all time and she can relate because she works in a very similar feild! Oh also its a running joke that we say she's insane/crazy so when she first opened it her first response was are you trying to tell me something!!

Cutiegingerbread said...

the best present i gave was a full size LUSH snow fairy to my mom, she loooves it =]

my new years look:

http://cutiegingerbread.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-years-eve-fotd.html

Laura said...

I gave my mum the S&G hatbox for christmas even though I wanted to keep it for myself, I was too skint to buy two! She loved it on christmas day :)

Jordy said...

I think the best present I gave this year was a backpack to one of my best friends, since she doesn't have that much money to spend on herself and it was in the shape of one of her most favourite characters. The way her face lit up when I gave it to her was worth any amount of money i could have spent on it.
xx

Lydia said...

The best present I gave this year was a handmade scrapbook to my best friend, who I've know since I was 3. It's full of photos and memories :)

LLYMLRS said...

i got my boyfriend a Maneki Neko, which is a japenese beckoning cat, its supposed to beckon money and bring good fortune, seeing as hes had such bad luck with money last year i thought it was perfect.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cf/Maneki_neko_by_fuzzcat.jpg (:

Katy Wilko said...

The best present I gave this year was a try-me men's kit by liz earle for my dad. He uses hand soap on his face with no moisturiser!

Tanya said...

The best present I gave this year has got to be the chocolate lollies from Thornton's that I gave to my Mom, Bf and sister as stocking fillers. They all loved them, yes its kinda a daft pressie but they all smiled when they opened them and thought they were cute. Plus they tasted good apparently hehe. xx

Lucy (: said...

I think that the best present I gave this year, was a fashion and beauty industry related one to my best friend, Sophie. She is a gorgeous girl, who loves make-up, hair care, skin care, nail polish and generally all things beauty related. She wishes to, in the future, take up a career in fashion and beauty journalism, so I thought it'd only be fitting to buy her some items that would help her along the way. I purchased 'The Goddess Guide' - a book, written by the fashion editor of Elle magazine, that "reveals insider information, glamour secrets and a multitude of heavenly recommendations to allow every woman to find her inner goddess". The book is truly beautiful to look at both inside and out, and is jam packed with such a multitude of tips and tricks. To accompany this, I bought her a 'Roger La Borde' pocket journal, which is baby pink and floral patterned. It's the perfect handbag size and will hopefully allow her to jot down notes when shopping, or at a particular event, or in a particular scenario where fashion and beauty tips and tricks may be apparent. There is also a small slot within the journal for magazine clippings and the likes - perfect when she lusts over an item in a magazine. :) To finish off, I got her a year's subscription to Glamour magazine, which I believe offers the right balance of all things girly, gossipy, beauty and fashion related. Needless to say, she was a bit spoilt, but I love her to bits, and just knew she'd love it! :) Sorry for the long long comment, but I was genuinely chuffed with this gift, love the fact that you're back and wanted to take part in this smashing gift! :)
Lots of Love, Lucy xxx

lashaddict said...

the best present i gave this year was a lush gift set for my boyfriend....i was sick and tired of him coming out of the shower smelling like snow fairy shower gel...MY snow fairy shower gel, so i thought a gift set would be perfect for a stocking filler as now he wont smell like a girl and he'll stop nicking mine!!!

Cupcake said...

I hope you had a great Christmas & New Year. My best gift that I gave this year was the Super Mario DS game for my 6 year old son...to go with the DS from nana & papa. There is no greater joy on Christmas than watching him open something he really loves & can't stop playing with!

Lina said...

Ahhh, I so want that necklace - but my family don't celebrate xmas.. so I'll say the best present I've given this festive season is 2 crates of beer for my friends NYE party, from which I myself only drank about 8 cans. I thought that was fairly giving of me. xx

Lauren ♥ said...

I got my daughter her first proper doll and bottle. May not be special to some but to me it meant alot as she is only one :)

Abbie said...

The best present I gave this year was a homemade apple tart for my mum :)
I got her other things, but her favourite dessert is apple tart.. so i made it for her :D

xx

steph0188 said...

The best present I gave this christmas was a big collage of photos in a lovely frame for my mum and dad. we weren't giving a lot of presents this year due to money situations, so something like this really meant a lot to them.
i love giving, and found it hard to cut back this year, but presents that come from the heart and are actually thought about I think are always the best.
Happy new year to you :) x

fashion written with a lipstick said...

the best present i gave this year has to be a silver bracelet with a little charm saying "faith" and it was to my best friend who suffered from cancer and was in the hospital during the holidays.
it may not be the most expensive, original, unique present ever but it really was meaningful and i felt happy as i saw that she really liked it and made her (emotionally) stronger. what made me happier was that she wore that until the last minute and always knew i was there for her. yeah anyway i believe this was the best present ive given in years :)

NYE Look:
http://fashion-written-with-alipstick.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-years-eve-look.html


sorry for the long post and it's good to have you back!!!
xoxo

PurpleRain said...

the best presents i gave were sweaters to my friends. They will think of me when they wear it.

Jewlie McKechnie said...

I think the best present I gave this year was a fancy hot chocolate set for 2 which I got for one of my close friends. She's been feeling under the weather and I knew it would cheer her up and her new boyfriend was struggling with ideas so since the set was for 2 he made her a big facy hot choc on xmas day with cream and mashmallows and I got a big thank you text haha! Shows loads of money doesn't need to be spent on a good present!

confessions of a mascara addict said...

This year I got my dad a new pair of gloves for doing yard work and stuff since our dog keeps chewing them up. He'd told me, my mom and my sister all the same thing. So it ended up on Christmas morning that he got three pairs. The dog's already chewed through one pair xD

Eunice said...

the best xmas present is a DIY stuff of japanese cloth dolls that my bf bought in Japan... it's special because it's from Japan and was bought by my bf... plus I couldnt find it in Europe...

LMD__its love said...

the best present i gave was to my dad, i gave him some slippers.. hes the classic dad and i love how happy he was when he opened them.. the 'perfect present' as he put it for him :)

Lu x

glitter dreaming said...

The best present I gave this year was the hamper i gave my mum :) I filled a bag full of cd's, magazines and chocolates that she loves but never buys for herself because she's too busy thinking of others.

Cat said...

enter me please! the best present i gave this year was a new handbag for my nan and a little thing you pop inside that creates allllllll different sections because she likes to be organised! she doesn't have a huge amount of spare cash and i thought it would be nice to treat her to a little luxury!!

xxxxx

Luna W said...

I gave my kid sister a DS. She loved it and has been asking since she was 7!

Wendy said...

I am really into photography and I wanted my four yr. old brother to become interested in one of my hobbies. I live 14 hrs. from him, so I don't get to see him that often.

I got him a toddler digital camera.He absolutely loves it and takes pictures of everything. Now, he's involved in his "big sissy's" hobby and my mom can upload his pics on the computer so that I can see what he has taken. I feel closer to him and get to see what his little eyes see. <3

Colette said...

The best present I gave? Probably all seasons of the O.C. to my sister since she's obsessed.

Happy 2010!

Tabitha Sheridan said...

I got my dad a 2.5 ft tall lindt chocolate santa, it took us all a week to get through! amazing!
Happy new year x

SimplyNatural77 said...

the best present i gave this christmas would have to be a rolex watch to my dad as he broke his ld one and hes always late so now he has no excuse haha lol .

happy new year vicky
eloise xoxo

melissakaren said...

the best present i gave this year was too my best friend, i got her loads of goodies and a colin firth calender cos she's obsessed with him, even though she's only 16 haha. she loved it xD
happy new year xxx

Bicky said...

Probably a photo album of photos and bits and pieces I've collected up that remind me of my best friend. :D

Nic said...

The best present I gave this year was some jewellery to my sister and friends as I made it myself :)
xx

Laura said...

i think the best gifts i gave this year were help & hugs :). as cheesy as that may sound...i helped my parents set up and take down all the Christmas decorations, and all the food & such from our family parties, and i helped even with everyday tasks like laundry. (i know i should be doing this everyday anyway!)
and hugs because they're hugs! everyone loves a good hug haha :)

Fee said...

The best present I got this year was for a good friend of mine. She can't order things online and is a kpop junkie, so I ordered her a bunch of albums that I knew she wanted but couldn't get. I loved watching her open the gift! hehe

orangeinsanity at hotmail dot com

:)s

Dazzledust25 said...

Thanks for doing this Vicky!
The best present I gave this year was a painting for my dad. He's had a tough year so I wanted to get him something really special but I couldn't find anything to buy that said what I needed it to. After a long think I decided to paint him something representative of his struggle. It was the best present I've ever given and the most rewarding.

Libby said...

The best gift I gave this year was a second chance of life and love to my new adorable 3 year old Chihuahua-Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix, Neener. She was rescued from the local (kill) animal shelter. It was the last day before the shelter was to euthanize her. It makes me feel happy knowing that I rescued a dog instead of wasting money buying one from the pet store.

Rosario said...

It sounds so silly but the best present I gave was to my mom, those huggable hangers. Her closet was a huge mess and being a mom she doesn't usually splurge on things for herself. She loved them :)

Jenny said...

Best present I gave was to my sister. I'm Canadian living in London and have been telling her all about the amazing makeup here that you can get at Boots or Superdrug for reasonable prices. She was quite jealous, so I got her a little goodie bag filled with drug store items she can't get at home and she loved it!

Heartcore said...

The most suiting present I gave was to my best friend, Sofia. I bought her the perfume "Something about Sofia" from Benefit. It really is something about her, she's the funniest, kindest and most thoughtful person I know. And she's always there for me.

The packaging has a really cute poem about Sofia on it and the bottle is shaped like a drink shaker which I think is so cute, especially since she loves to shake some drinks together on our girls night in.

Funny thing is that she bought me the perfume "Redhead in bed", it smells like the drink and the name is funny since I've finally gotten my natural red locks back. What are the odds that both of us will buy perfumes with suiting names, that also is reminiscent of a drink? I truly believe we're soulmates.

Onna said...

The best gift I gave this year was makeup for my mum. I know that sounds pretty standard but she's just left a job she hated because my father now earns enough money for her not to work. She worked so hard in catering and always used to get battered and bruises. So this year we all got her some GORGEOUS makeup to treat herself. Now she finally has time to enjoy life, why not do it looking great. Lucky her, she got some amazing clinique makeup and lots of gorgeous lip glosses. There was also some sparkly body shop body butter and some other bath treats. It was basically a collection on things put together to allow her to feel good and relax. Since she refuses to spend money on herself, we did it for her!!

Emma (girlwiththearabstrap) said...

The best present I gave this year was 'Helping Hands' hand cream from Lush. My Mum suffers with really bad dry skin on her hands and this has really helped her. She loved it so much :) xo

Daisy said...

The best present I gave this year was to my brother and it sounds really boring but he loved it. He's really into writing and all that jazz so I bought him the Hart's Guide to writing. It's full of info on punctuation and paragraphs and noun usage. It sounds really quite boring but it went down a treat!x

Becky said...

I wasn't sure if this was a bit of an odd gift but my brother reassured me it wasn't - I consulted him as it was for his girlfriend. I got her a ZPM 'trolley dolly' bag which contains 21 eco-friendly shopping bags. She really liked it and will use it all the time which to me makes it a really good present.

Nikki said...

Two of my best friends have babies, and it was their first Christmas, so I got them special teddy bears made from the Build-a-Bear factory. The girls were born within three weeks of each other but their looks and personalities are so different, so I made the bears to match that - one was all funky in a leopard print dress, the other all pretty and pink with a bow. And they were named after the little girls, with a heart inside that beats when you hug it. Something nice to keep as a memory of their first Christmas!

BeautyMarked19 said...

The best present i gave this year was to my mum. My mum is someone who doesnt spend any money on herself instead saves all her money to do nice things to our house i.e do up the bathroom and now she is saving for our kitchen. My mum is also someone who isnt happy with the way she looks but seeing as she doesnt spend ANY money on herself i thought the best present would be a whole bunch of beauty products to cheer herself up and make herself feel better about herself and i know she would never buy anything like it for herself! So i filled a box with products for every part of her face..eve lom starter kit, loreal lip plumper, eye cream, loreal age defying cleanser and toner, freederm for when she moans she get blemishes and a few more bits. These products werent exactly really expensive brands but that didnt matter, i wanted to make sure she had something for everything! It was the best feeling when i saw her open these, she couldnt believe her luck! She is now feeling alot better about herself and has even booked an appointment to get her nails done(something she would never normally do)I guess that is what daughters are for hey?!?

Aero said...

My boyfriend got an iPod nano and a funny t-shirt from me. I was hesitant because he's not a t-shirt kind of guy but it described him soooooo well! I think he liked the iPod more though lol

He is fantastic!

raspy said...

Hiii! The best present i gave this year would have to be a coin purse in shape of a camera. I gave it to my best friend who is a photography major; he absolutely loved it :)

stephanie. said...

The best present I gave this year was a 'Marc Jacobs Daisy' gift set to my Mum. It consisted of a bottle of the Daisy perfume, Body Lotion, and body butter amongst other things. Due to the financial crisis, she couldn't afford to splash that much out (around £50) just on a perfume set, however much she longed for it. I knew how much she wanted it, so being me, I sold some of my unwanted jewellery & shoes on an online auction site to save money up, and I finally bought it for my Mum for Christmas :). She was overwhelmed when she opened it, I was glad to see her happy :)

Charlotte said...

The best present I gave this year was paying for my friend to have her hair cut and styled. It wasn't the most expensive salon, but my friend had just broken up with her long term bf, so needed some cheering up and a bit of makeover action!
It was well worth it :) x

Laura xx said...

The best present I gave at christmas this year was a fossil watch I brought from new york for my Dad - he always wears the same watch and it broke, he was quite shocked, especially as i told him i only brought him socks. ha!

i made a photo book for my boyfriend, of loads of photos of us together, i think that was quite a nice present, i told him to make me one next year! :)


oh and my christmas face.. slightly wore off after a bottle of wine! :) http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs128.snc3/17565_411289470384_520485384_10364385_5760266_n.jpg

jobetterdays said...

The best present I gave this year was the Bolt soft toy I gave my Nan. She is 79 and still a big kid at heart, last year she said not to get her anymore soft toys but I knew she would love this one. I was right, she sat there cuddling it all day!

Lush19 said...

The best present I gave this year was a present to my Dad.

I got him a photo frame with photos of the family in, it was really memorable to him because it's been a bad year for deaths in our family. So it means alot to him. I thought it was a really nice idea.

My new year Fotd is on my blog if you want to take a look! :)

xoxo

Diane said...

Hmmmmm the best gift that i gave was probably to my cousins! They still believe in Santa, so I played Santa this year and got them things that they wanted from their wishlist! :)

*jules said...

The best present I gave this year (and my brother exclaims this was the best present EVER!) was a new Logitech G7 Revolution mouse LOL. He loves precise gaming (errr.. not a clue!) for Online Call of Duty gaming.. ( I dunno, I mostly zone out to be honest! Not much of a gamer) it cost a bomb (for a mouse!! A MOUSE!) but he bloody loooooves it and uses it every day, so the cost per use is fabulous. Always great to be able to buy a present for someone who is dear ot you a present that they will use for ages and ages!!

Wooot for nerdy gaming! xxxx

Lisa said...

The best present I gave this year (imo!) was a Topshop Eiffel tower vest I bought for my friend as she used to live there but recently had to move back to the UK. I know she really misses living there so I thought it would remind her of the good times she spent there every time she wears it :)

FAB giveaway btw, so generous!! Happy New Year xxx

Lisa said...

Duh meant to say my friend lived in Paris, not 'there' - sorry lol!

Imogen said...

The best present i gave was a cute book to my mum which i filled with all her favourite recipes which i typed up for her :)

Happy new year!

Makeupaholic said...

The best present I gave was to my mum. She is always borrowing her grandchildren's DS's and moans when they take then back so I got her her own one and now she can play on it all she likes!!!

america <3 said...

The best present I gave this year was a bag to my bff, I knew she loved when she saw mine ( i have the same one) she does not have a lot of money since she is on her own and I decided to get her one.

Sarah said...

What a wonderful giveaway!!!
The best present I gave this year was a Disney Couture Cinderella Swarovski crystal pendant to my sister! Because to me she is a Princess :)

SparklesandBows said...

What a great giveaway!
My most thoughtful and personal gift was given to all of my closest family members this year. I made with my bf, everyone their favourtie cookie (melting moments for nan, gingerbread men for pop, white choc/macademia chip for mum etc...) this cooking took me an entire day in my tiny kitchen and then I wrapped them in clear cellophane and put green and red ribbons around it with a candy cane in the middle!
I just took a photo of the mother in laws leftovers!
http://twitpic.com/x6oew#
And here is my blogpost showing my NYE fotn!
http://sparklesandbows.blogspot.com/2010/01/ringing-in-new-year-and-fotn.html

Great giveaway! :-)

Zoella. said...

Hi Vicky my lovely!
My favourite present was the handbag my mum bought me. It had been in her shop earlier in the year, and everytime i went in there i was like "Omg i want it, im going to save for it, i hope its still here".
Then a few weeks later it had gone! I was sooo sad. I asked if it had been bought but mum told me the lady that had brought it in to sell, had decided she didnt want to sell it and had taken it back.
On christmas day i opened a box and inside was the handbag..shes a sneaky one my mum :)

Miss you lots Vic! Especially our phone conversations at train stations about a group of guys who are always very flirty... ;) LOL xxx

Zoella. said...

LOL. just realised it presents you GAVE! not recieved...my bad!
Best present i GAVE was to my brother...it was Ferngully on dvd..this was his favourite childhood film! haha :) x

Samantha Booth said...

The best present I gave this year was to my boyfriend's mum. I managed to get hold of one of the Soap and Glory Hat Boxes before they sold out. She loved it. The packaging is so pretty. I only wish I had picked up one for myself!

Happy New Year :) x

Nicole said...

the best present I gave was a bunch of my favorite makeup products to my mom. now that my sister and I are so into makeup she is starting to get into it also and she NEVEr treates herself, so i did if for her :)

Christmas eve/day looks: http://idreamofmac.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-eve-lotn-christmas-ootd.html

suzi.x said...

Fab giveaway!!!
The best present I gave this year was to my younger sister. I collected lots of pictures of us both together from when she was a little baby right up until now. There were lovely pics of us & there were right mugshots, which I wrote funny messages next to. She had tears in her eyes while looking through it as it brought back so many good memories. She told me she looks through it almost everyday to make her smile!!! :)

tintin said...

The best gift I gave this year was for my bff that was pregnant (had her baby January 2, a gorgeous baby girl). I was very unsure what I could get for her, as clothes would be pretty hard, due to not knowing what shape she would be in after the birth.
I ended up getting her the new Dan Brown book, because she loves him, and she will have nothing but time to read while the little princess sleeps. Then I got her The Moby Wrap for holding the little one, and lastly some homemade chocolate truffles, because we all know pregnant women loooove their chocolate :) Thankfully she loved all her presents, and ofcourse I got her little girl some pink Hello Kitty clothes too...

glitteryeyesxx said...

I gave my mother the entire line to Laniege skin care kit for Christmas. I have noticed recently that she had been eyeing my bottles. But she's the kind of selfless person who would never ask for anything (esp from her children).

I love her so much and to see that ALL she does is pour her heart and sweat into saving up to put my brother and I through college tuition, she has had to sacrifice many things, such as the basic beauty essentials (cleansing cream and moisturizer, etc).

So for Christmas, it was so exciting to see her open up my presents! Of course she moaned and groaned about how "unnecessary" and she'll "never be able to use it all", but I KNOW that deep down she was floating in happiness. I want my mother to look as BEAUTIFUL on the outside as I know she is on the inside. <33

zachsgran said...

The best present I gave this year was a bicycle. My grandson had been wanting one badly. My daughter's job had down sized recently and she was one that was let go, so it was a bit hard on her this year. My grandson was overjoyed when he walked in my house and see the bicycle there!!
zachsgran1 at yahoo dot com

Emma said...

Ohh good idea.
Ok well the best pressie I gave this year was to my best friend and I made her a little basket of products I use. She doesn't know I blog but when I went to visit her a few weeks ago she was rooting through my make up bag and trying things out. So I took note and then bought her the things she was lusting over. I also threw in some HG products us bloggers use such as the Aldi face cream, Gosh Darling, and Sleek storm : )
It felt so nice to give things I had tried and loved. She isn't really 'in' to make up but wears it daily so I thought this was a good way to share the best of the beauty community’s secrets. Xxxx

Emma said...

The best present I gave this year was a set of hummingbird stickers I gave to my auntie. All throughout my childhood I remember her sticking these stickers to everything - letters, presents etc - and I recently discovered they were d/c'd in the 90's and she hadnt been able to find them for years, despite looking everywhere. I finally found them on eBay and she was SO happy, especially as she calls me her 'litle hummingbird' :)

lorenzo said...

The best present I gave this year I think was a Tom & Jerry DVD to my Dad. I remember when I was younger and coming home for dinner at lunchtimes and he would always put it on and we would watch it together until I had to go back to school. So this year with my voucher I received as a Christmas present last year, I nipped into HMV and bought it for him really as a novel present but I think he really liked it :)

caliowin said...

The best present I gave this year cost me nothing but made my boyfriend very happy. He plays a lot of music, and has always wanted me to take playing the guitar seriously as he believes in me. I want to be able to play well but struggle to improve as I get disheartened when I can't do something. So for Christmas this year I told him I would play a song for him at the folk night in his local pub where he plays every Tuesday in Cornwall.

I couldn't have given him a better gift. He couldn't stop smiling. He didn't want anything material, he was just so happy to see me work really hard and do this for him.

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