Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Blogger Secret Santa Gift

Monday night, the 19th, we were finally able to open out Secret Santa gifts. Thanks to Sheila who organized the Secret Santa exchange, she also organized a video chat on Google+ for us to open our gifts with each other. It was certainly a lot more fun doing it this way--a virtual Christmas party where we got to see each others expressions as we opened up our gifts. Unfortunately, my webcam wasn't syncing with Google+ for some reason and no one could see me. Actually, those of you in video chat were fortunate--haha!

The people who participated in this year's exchange were:

Ashley -
D -
Evie -
Jamilla -
Jian -
Kat (me)  -
Lulu -
Rosalia -
Sheila -
Vicky -
Yinnie -
Vonnie -

This year my Secret Santa was Vonnie! She said that I was hard to shop for! Sorry Vonnie. I thought that I made it easy since I actually did a wish list this year. Last year, I didn't do any wish list and drove my Secret Santa nuts!

My gift actually was in two parts. The first package that arrived was actually the 2nd part and the 2nd package that arrived was the 1st part. I opened the first package and TA DAAA!

A package full of yummy Lindt Chocolate Truffles! I love those candies! Also enclosed was a Christmas card with a note revealing that she was my Secret Santa.

I then opened up the 2nd package and was surprised by one of the items on my wish list! Tarte's The Starlet Limited-Edition Makeup Vanity! I had actually considered buying it when it got released but then decided not to because it was something that I didn't need. When Secret Santa came up, I decided to put it onto my wish list. It is a 3-layer palette which has 4 different color-themes.

This picture is from the Sephora website as I couldn't get a good picture of the case.
It has a metallic type of finish and the flash just reflects off of it .

The 1st two layers/drawers are eyeshadows and the bottom drawer is Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes, bronzer and shimmering powder. Also in the 2nd drawer is a mascara and eyelash primer. You can click on the drawer pictures to bring up a bigger picture. Thank you so much Vonnie for this wonderful Secret Santa gift! I can't wait to try everything.

Thank you Sheila for organizing this exchange again this year. This year I was Secret Santa for Sheila, which was ironic because she was mine last year. It is through this exchange last year that I got to know Sheila much, much better and we are now good friends. For me, that is the most important aspect of joining an exchange like this. I've become better acquainted with bloggers and the friendships that I have formed are priceless.



chaya bunny said...

That's awesome! Looks like you got a good gift. I'm hoping next year I'll get to do something similar with other bloggers since I won't be so new anymore!

Sheila said...

HAHA it wasn't that bad last year la. I just didn't know you well and we didn't chat as much so I didn't know what to get you. Now if I were shopping for you, I would know what to get =P

I'm glad you enjoyed the exchange! I'm already looking forward to the next one =D

ShinyPrettyThings said...

u got great things!!! that set is so prettyyyy :D i had so much fun doing SS this yr too. glad to hv met lots of new ppl. can't wait for nxt year!!!

Jamilla Camel said...

What a fab gift! Thanks again to Sheila for organizing!

evie said...

ahh its a lovely set!!..this can just be everything a girl hehe XD..yes!! super happy that i did join the exchange as i was not sure if i could handle it(as it was during e sem) but i'm very happy that i participate!

Jen said...

great SS gift!! ^___^ i want to participate in next year's!! This looked like so much fun :D

Anonymous said...

wow the case and palette looks amazing!! happy Christmas Kathy! have a great one with your family :]

Jian said...

Woww! This is an amazing gift! I am sure it would look beautiful on any vanity!! Pretty and functional too (except when travelling I suppose?)

Yes, thank you to Sheila! She is so organised! :)

Happy holidays! What are you doing this year? Do you usually have Christmas lunch of roast turkey and such? I think this year my mum is going all out with roast turkey and all the trimmings, as my brother really wants one. Usually we go with other things like Peking duck, Roast Lamb or Roast Beef instead, since none of us are very hot on turkey! Especially not cold, leftover turkey! XD

Yes, and cheers to the secret santa letting us become better acquainted with others! In fact, I hadn't even spoken to Sheila before I joined it! And I don't think I had spoken to Liz much either! :) It's great to have met new people!

Vanity-Fashionista said...

Yayy for Tarte goodies! hehe. Your gift is so amazing, it has everything lol.

This year's SS has been so fun :D It was such a shame we couldn't see you at the chat, next time Kat! :)

Just incase I don't catch you on twitter before Sunday, have a lovely Christmas!! <3

tiffyama said...

Sounds like the SS was a great success!! (minus the technical difficulties.)

Aw, what a sweet present!! I've seen that Tarte palette too. It's soo pretty!! Ah, and the choccies. Can never have too many of those! ;]

Hope you're doing well and not too stressed. >< Have a wonderful holiday with your family! <3

Sandy said...

Happy New Year, Kat!

Happy New Year to all Hawaiians.

You are so beautiful. :) <3

(I saw the pic.)


galpal.hi said...

Thank you everyone! Secret Santa was a ton of fun and I hope that all of you who want to participate next year are able to do so. The more the merrier!

@Sandy--Thank you so much for your sweet comment!