What I Got For My Birthday | July 2018

What I Got For My Birthday This Year…

Can’t believe were almost at the end of July already!! My birthday was this month and I asked on Instagram if you all wanted to see what I was gifted. The majority of you said yes so I’ve put together this post showing you what I received this time around. Last year I also did a similar post so thought it would be traditional to do it again….

Let’s just say I don’t look my age and never have and what I dread the most when it’s almost your birthday is being asked “What do you want for your birthday?”. I’m usually pretty quick with this and answer it with so many options. However this year it was different. I didn’t know what I wanted, I hadn’t thought about it much and when you try to think of things you haven’t got it’s hard. Yes I am lucky enough to be gifted items through the year from pr companies and even family and friends, so much so that I felt like I didn’t “need” anything. I also buy things for myself through the year too so “wanting” a certain product didn’t really cross my mind…

I didn’t want any fancy gadgets, any fancy handbags, shoes or even makeup because I am lucky enough to be able to purchase items like that without telling anybody else what I’m after (if you get me!). However there were some things I had on a teeny weeny list and to be honest I was happy with what I received and for some reason feel a lot more appreciative of what I was gifted. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older or just because what we have in life doesn’t mean anything at all, materialistic things mean nothing. Having your family and friends around is even more important. When I had opened all my cards and gifts we basically had a lovely day, went for a meal, had some drinks and it was the first time my birthday felt like every other day….is it just me or does anybody else feel like that too?…

Anyhow besides that bit of a mushy paragraph I got quite a mixture of gifts from beauty, fashion and even some accessories, carry on reading to see my thoughts…

Fashion And Accessories

I have always adored blazers and skinny ankle grazer/disco jeans in the summer. I literally live in cami tops, jeans, blazers and sandals for like 3 months just because it’s easy to wear and feels comfortable too. You can dress your outfit up or down and for me owning a staple Black Blazer is a must have in my opinion.  I literally go through black blazers like there’s no tomorrow. I may have 3 or 4 different styles and they all have to be black. I was gifted this one and it’s the  Lipsy Ruched Blazer. It’s an open front blazer and has ruched sleeves. It’s the typeof blazer I would go for, 34 length at the arms and perfect with high waisted jeans too…

Another item I was kindly gifted from this store were the Lipsy Kate Diamante Anke Jeans. Their a mid rise jean in a light wash blue shade. The diamante embellishment are on the lower legs and these jeans look really luxurious.  When I tried them on they went on easily and are perfect for a smart/casual look. Lipsy jeans have always been some of my favourites to wear…

One accessory I love to wear to complement my outfits are watches. I never really wear watches when I’m in work as I’m afraid of damaging them but for off duty days my favourite brand for watches at the moment are of course Lipsy. I must admit Lipsy has been one of my favourites on the high street for many years. I was gifted this Lipsy Bracelet Floral Diamante Face Watch and look how gorgeous it is. It’s one of my favourite designs from Lipsy. It’s a two tone bracelet watch and has a silver face with rose gold flowers on the front. How stunning is this piece though?…

Lastly one gift I was not expecting at all and had no clue about was another Pandora Charm for my Pandora Bracelet. I’m the one that doesn’t have loads of charms on my bracelet and the one I was gifted for my birthday is the 3rd charm. I’m very simple with my pandora at the moment but would like to purchase some more charms for it. My lovely mum gifted me a vintage “L” charm and it’s absolutely stunning. You can’t see it in this photo but if any of you wish to see it let me know and I’ll try and get some shots of it…

Fragrance And Skincare

Recently I kept going into fragrance stores and trying out all their new perfumes.  I must have added most of them onto my wishlist and kept spraying them on my clothes as we were browsing around. There were two fragrances I have had my eye on for a quite a while, one that was released last year and one that’s recently new. Looking at the prices I found them both to be very expensive for just one purchase and had said discreetly how much I wanted to get my hands on them. I never asked for any fragrance for my birthday because let’s just say I didn’t need it. My fragrance collection is a bit like my makeup collection, too much lol 🙂 

When I was sat opening my presents from my partner I opened up one which had the Kat Von D “Saint” perfume. I had received samples of this with some orders I had made in the past and literally used them up in a matter of days. I don’t own anything beauty related from Kat Von D but knew I wanted the full bottle of this scent. I was so surprised to get it. The packaging, the design of the bottle and the fragrance itself is absolutely gorgeous. It’s very different to a lot of perfumes I own and can’t wait to start using it…

Later on in the day when I received my gifts from my mum along with the charm she hd also gifted me the NEW Caroline Herrera Good Girl fragrance. OMG this fragrance smells absolutely divine. I absolutely love the promotion for this “Good Girl Gone Bad” and the perfume bottle is a high heel, how cool is that!! I was gifted a larger size that came with a mini scent too, you can see in the photo..how adorable is that 🙂 Good Girl has jasmine, cocoa, tonka and almond etc. It’s such a sensual and alluring scent too..

A couple of things I did ask for no matter how little in cost they were were two products from the NEW Zoella Beauty Splash Botanics range. I picked up all the collection when it was released and have been literally using these items ever since I got them. Two of my favourites to use in and after the bath are the Lagoon love Bath Milk Powder and the Quench Me Moisturising Body Sorbet. The Lagoon Love is so so nice, it creates so many bubbles and smells insane too! Has to be one of my favourite bath milk powders from her beauty line. I have been loving the Quench Me lotion, it’s so lightweight and a lot more lighter than last year’s Jelly And Gelato Body Pudding. if you haven’t tried any of Zoe’s new range yet I highly recommend them…

Makeup/Cosmetics

Funnily enough I didn’t ask for much makeup this year as some of the latest releases have already been added to my collection. Yes I do have a HUGE beauty wish list but want to be able to treat myself to those items when they are released. Instead I asked for some drugstore makeup as I have recently been loving Makeup Revolution or should I say Revolution Beauty. Yes I was one of those girls who said “I’m never buying makeup revolution products” or “They have no right to dupe higher end products”. As I’ve gotten older I sometimes think it’s not how much a product is, what it looks like as long as you are happy with it’s quality and performance. I do agree with how they are trying to market products to an “everyday audience” and make beauty available and affordable for all. That I agree with but as of yet their quality has been just as good as higher end. Maybe I’m being a bit of a hypocrite but there are no rules in makeup, none at all and no one can tell you what you can’t purchase or not pick up. I still buy higher end products mainly because I CAN,  well that’s at the moment. I always look at it like this ” If your able to then why not because one day you won’t be able too!” or “Life is short, just buy the makeup”.

Two items I received from Revolution were the  I Heart Revolution Violet Chocolate palette and the Revolution Newtrals 2 palette. Im such an eyeshadow palette junkie and must more than I need. I absolutely love mauve/violet toned palettes and wanted to try this one out. I’ve seen so many good reviews for it on Youtube and Instagram. Again the Newtrals 2 palette has shades that I wear all the time and for such a low cost it’s amazing…

I am so thankful for all these gifts no matter what the cost is. I also received some money too and have put this away safe. I always keep the money for something I may want at a later date.  Some of these gifts can be used for inspiration too. Are there any relatives or friends you have that may want a lovely gift for their birthday? Do any of you ask for products for your birthday or do you like surprises and wait and see what you get?…

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