Thankfully Santa my friends and family gifted me some amazing fashion, beauty, and blogging items this year. Additionally, I grabbed items for myself during a couple of the amazing Black Friday sales this past year. Please keep reading if you are interested to see what I got for Christmas this year.
Disclaimer: I will not be differentiating what was gifted versus what was purchased. As such, I will list the prices for all products. Also, I will not be including money or gift cards on this list. Although I feel comfortable sharing my purchases, I do not feel comfortable sharing what my loved ones spend on me.
What I Got for Christmas 2019: Beauty
Ami Hearts Beauty | Indie, Cruelty-Free & Vegan
Ami Hearts Beauty is a popular indie makeup brand within the small beauty YouTuber community. Although I purchased from a ton of amazing indie brands in 2019, I never made a purchase from Ami Hearts Beauty.
However, when I saw Amy Loves Beauty‘s collaboration palette with Ami Hearts Beauty, I stopped in my tracks. As a purple eyeshadow lover, the Alma palette was dreamy, pastel, purple perfection. Thankfully my sister purchased this palette for me on the night this magical makeup item released.
As much as I love established brands, there is something so special about supporting an indie brand. P.S. if you use the code, AMYLOVESBEAUTY you’ll receive 10% off your order.
*Photo not included because my palette came in with shattered shades. I contacted the brand after Christmas, but I am waiting to receive replacement shades.
Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette, Power Matte Bullet Lipsticks, and Ruby & Topaz Obsessions Palettes
Huda Beauty | Influencer, Indie & Cruelty-Free
Is anyone surprised that Huda would make it into my Christmas Beauty Haul? Huda Beauty is one of my favorite beauty brands. Not only does Huda make one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas, but the brand’s releases are always well thought out and on-trend. Huda’s mini obsessions palettes set off the micro palette and monochromatic palette trends that took 2018 and 2019 by storm.
Fans of Huda Beauty know that her products are expensive and rarely go on sale, so her Black Friday sales are always one of the most anticipated sales of the season. This year she did not disappoint fans. Nearly all products on her site were 40-60% Off!
Wondering about the Huda Beauty Obsessions formula? Check out my review of the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette here.
NOTE:Huda Beauty is Cruelty-Free. The brand is not 100% Vegan given that some products contain Carmine, Beeswax, and other animal derivatives.
Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade, Saharan II, Warrior II, and Tribe Palettes
Juvia’s Place | Indie, Vegan** & Cruelty-Free
Juvia’s Place offers one of the most compelling sales every holiday season. This year, products were up to 60% Off. Also, the brand beefed up their shipping capabilities this year and was shipping out packages much shipper than in years past. Plus, Juvia’s Place is one of the few brands that allow you to stack influencer codes on top of sale prices.
During sale periods, Juvia’s Place is even more affordable than brands such as ColourPop! Check out my reviews of the Nubian Palette or the Warrior Palette.
**NOTE:Most of Juvia’s Place’s products are Vegan. The only product that is not 100% Vegan is the Warrior Eyeshadow Palette.
Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette
Lime Crime | Indie, Cruelty-Free & Vegan
After finally decluttering my beloved Modern Renaissance Palette, I felt like there was a berry-toned gap in my collection. Rather than rebuying the Modern Renaissance, I wanted to try a new formula. The Venus XL Palette was heavily discounted during Lime Crime‘s Black Friday promotions.
As an Italian American, I always feel a sense of pride when Italian brands are globally recognized. Often times, I feel like Italy is looked down upon by non-Italians. Although I’ve been lusting after NABLA‘s products for some time, the brand has limited retail distribution in the States and is expensive.
Originally, I was unsure if NABLA would make it into this Christmas Beauty Haul. I did not know if the brand would offer any Black Friday promotions or if NABLA would restock the Skin Glazing highlighters. Thankfully, NABLA did both.
NOTE:NABLA uses beeswax in some of their cosmetics products. All of the products I picked up are Vegan.
Natasha Denona Gold Palette and Tan & Glow Palette
Natasha Denona | Luxury, Indie & Cruelty-Free
I’ll be the first to admit that I was surprised by my newfound love for Natasha Denona. After a bad experience with the Mini Lila palette, I had almost written off the luxury brand. When the Sunrise palette released earlier in 2019 I gave Natasha Denona one more chance to impress me. Clearly, I was not disappointed.
Like Huda Beauty, Natasha Denona’s Black Friday Sale was astounding. Select products on her website and at her flagship store in NYC were selling for up to 50% Off! Her highly prized Gold Palette was 30% Off while the Tan Bloom & Glow Palette was 40% Off.
NOTE:Natasha Denona is not 100% Vegan. Neither of the products mentioned above is Vegan.
Pat McGrath Labs Mothership I Palette, Nocturnal Nirvana & Ritualistic Rose Blitz Astral Quads, Star Wars Dark Galaxy & Galactic Gold Palettes
Pat McGrath Labs | Luxury, Indie & Cruelty-Free*
The luxury beauty brand, Pat McGrath Labs has one of the most loyal followings. The extravagant brand rarely ever goes on sale, so fans lost their minds when Pat McGrath launched the 25-30% Off Sale.
The sale caused such a frenzy that palettes quickly went out of stock within 3-4 days of the sale going live. In fact, Pat McGrath OVERSOLD certain palettes. Customers were receiving notice that portions of their orders were suddenly canceled.
Despite placing an order on the launch day, the Nocturnal Nirvana Quad was removed from my order. To say I was angry would be an understatement. I was even angrier when I realized that resellers purchased some of the brand’s most popular releases in bulk for the sole purpose of jacking up the price 3-4X higher than the original retail price.
Pat McGrath Labs offered a 20% Off Coupon for a future purchase AND offered to uphold the holiday discount if they decide to bring back the Nocturnal Nirvana Quad. This makegood left me less bitter, but future buyers should be warned.
Concerned that I’d lose out on the chance to own the Nocturnal Nirvana Quad forever, I found the quad on Selfridges. Note to my fellow US consumers, Selfridges is essentially the U.K. version of Nordstrom.
Persona Cosmetics Season One Lip Glosses in Hibiscus & Shortcake
Persona Cosmetics | Influencer, Indie & Cruelty-Free
Would this really be my Christmas Beauty Haul if I didn’t have at least one goodie from Persona? This holiday season Sona extended the Persona Cosmetics S1 Lip Glosses with two new shades, Hibiscus (Cherry Gloss with neutral undertone) and Shortcake (Mauve with pink nude undertone).
Note:The Persona Cosmetics Season One Lip Glosses, Season One Liquid Lipsticks, and Cali Glow highlighters are Vegan. The brand’s eyeshadows and liners are not 100% Vegan.
Rephr | Indie
Despite wearing makeup for over 15 years, I’ve never tried any natural hair brushes. However, since following more YouTubers in the luxury-sphere of YouTube, I decided that it was time to give natural hair brushes a try. In fact, it was Mel Thompson’s video on how to blend Pat McGrath Labs’ shadows that pushed me over the edge to try prestige brushes.
Rephr is a new, luxury brush brand that creates pro brushes that are hand-crafted in Japan. During the Black Friday weekend they were offering an incredible buy one, get one deal. I purchased three brushes and received three free brushes.
If I like these brushes, I expect that I’ll buy more brushes. The prices are in-line with MAC Cosmetics and other similar brush makers. As of this post, I have not yet received my brushes as there was a 10-week order time with this particular buy one, get one promotion.
NOTE:Brush #12, #15, and #16 are not yet available for individual purchase. These have yet to arrive.
Shared Planet is the only indie brand that I’ve discovered through traditional digital advertising methods. The brand caught my attention with their advertisements featuring Christen Dominique and Nicole Guerrero. Shared Planet currently sells two collections, both of which are inspired by two endangered species, Tigers and Polar Bears.
Like so many of the brands included in my roundup of what I got for Christmas in 2019, Sigma Beauty was offering 30-40% off sales throughout the holiday season. I was sad to miss the Enchanted Palette, so this sale provided an opportunity to try something new at a steep discount. Additionally, many YouTubers rave about the Sigma Eye Base!
What I Got for Christmas 2019: Fashion
Madewell, Doc Martens, Altar’d State, Vans, Free People
Similar to all the beauty buys, these fashion items were all purchased at discount. As you can tell from this post, I love finding deals for myself and for my family and friends when they are gift-giving.
Living in New England, Winter Gear is essential. Hopefully, I’ll get to use this gear to do something fun such as tubing or skiing.
Clearly, my family went a lil’ crazy with socks this year for Christmas. Also, I’m so stoked for the snowman blanket which will live in my car during the cold winter months.
What I Got for Christmas 2019: Blogging, Books & Miscellaneous
Books & Miscellaneous
I received quite a few books for Christmas, including some special edition versions of the Lord of the Rings books. Some of these miscellaneous props may work themselves into future blog posts, too!
Final Thoughts on My Christmas Haul
I realized that to most readers this haul looks excessive, but (1) I am grateful to have received such thoughtful gifts and (2) to have purchased some items at steep discounts. Beauty and beauty blogging is my hobby, so I shouldn’t feel ashamed that this is how I spend my money or that this is what I ask to receive as gifts.
Given the sheer number of sales that were running this season, I was surprised by my own self-restraint. My spending could have easily been way worse and my gifts from family could have ended up being entirely beauty-related (since they offered to buy items for me).
Nevertheless, it is important to stay calm during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness. Countless brands offer wonderful sales during the Christmas season, but a sale shouldn’t justify insane amounts of overspending. To avoid overspending, make a list of the items or brands you’d like to purchase from if they were to offer a sale. If an item or brand wasn’t on your list, don’t purchase from them.