Last-Minute Christmas Shopping For the Girlfriends

Christmas is arguably the most expensive time of the year, what with the multitudes of holiday parties and exchange gift sessions that you have to engage in and all the inaanaks that seem to crawl out of the woodwork after months of non-contact, asking for their aguinaldo. (This is another story.)

This, plus the fact that road and human traffic during the Christmas season seems to triple, makes Christmas shopping seem more likely to turn you to a Grinch than raise your holiday spirits.

SO. I almost always end up buying something similar (in bulk) for everyone, to save both time and money. I make up for it by getting them something a little more personal on their birthdays. :))

BUT HEY. I TRY not to get anything TOO generic or passe. They may all be similar, but they’re always something passably stylish or useful. Or both. (Err…I hope.)

This year’s panic-shopping haul: statement accessories.

In my humble opinion, accessorizing is something that a lot of Pinays could improve on. Being a third world country, accents and little things like these are the least of our priorities when we have bills to pay and mouths to feed. I’m personally horrified at the idea of spending more than PHP 200 on accessories. I s’pose this is because I’m used to Quiapo-and-Divisoria prices, which are my go-to places for tipid-shopping.

Anyway, sharing with you some of my finds during my last panic-buying session:

1) Statement Necklace + Earrings Set: They’re bright and bold and can instantly add some color to plain outfits.
Wallet Damage: PHP 80-100/set (gift box not included)

2. Charm bracelets: With safe colors and just a hint of sparkle, these bracelets go well with daily office wear or even casual garb.
Wallet Damage: PHP 50-100/piece (gift box not included)

3. Cocktail rings: You see them all over Tumblr and Lookbook. Cocktail rings can instantly make an outfit seem more polished.
Wallet Damage: PHP 25-50/piece (gift-box not included)

Optional: Gift boxes. Yep, Quiapo has ’em too. For people like me who don’t have the skill patience for gift-wrapping, these are perfect for you. Just re-pack the goods and you’re all set.
Wallet Damage: PHP 10-15/box

Ready for distribution!

Bear in mind though, that since they’re not too costly, I couldn’t say much about their durability. That isn’t to say that they will break after a few uses, but they wouldn’t last years either. They’re not too bad for daily use though!

I hope the girlfriends liked their presents! ^o^


Revisiting My Kikay Self

This year is probably the first time I’ve ever heard of a Sodexo.

Oo na, I live under a rock. >_<

Apparently, these were gift cheque-like things that you can use almost anywhere (they have a wide variety of partners stores). I got my first one during our company Christmas party last week.

And this is where I spent mine on:

Cosmo December 2011 Issue, Marionnaud Premium Slanted Blush Brush, Eyeshadow Brush and Slanted Brush, In2It Pink Alert Palette and a variety of accessories

I’ve been a little too petiks lately to really bother dressing up and do my makeup properly. Recent pow-wow sessions with my lady friends have reminded me that I still am a girl, and may need to keep myself looking like one lol.

So, I added some new tools to the trade. Le girl bible Cosmo, Marionnaud Premium brushes, a pretty new palette from In2It and other pretty, shiny things.

Can I just say, I’m a little disappointed with Cosmo; it’s not telling me anything I didn’t already know. Sad, because I used to devour its pages.

But then again, being the Internet troll that I am, hardly anything on printed magazines these days are new to me.

Very happy with everything else. Many thanks to Nicole and Liz for the recommends, the brushes and palette have been very useful! Will be experimenting quite a lot with these babies over the holidays.

Did you get anything awesome recently? 🙂