Wednesday, 14 September 2016

What I got for my birthday

So on August the 23rd I turned 23! I celebrated early with my friends and spent the evening with my family and boyfriend on the actual day. Considering we don't really give many presents on peoples birthdays, (we're more of a Christmas family), I think I did pretty well. I got everything I wanted and more.

Everything Everything & We Were Liars
Ok, so I'm chasing. I'm chasing for the love I had for All The Bright Places. These came up on the suggestions so fingers cross I love them just as much. I also loved The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart when I was a teenager so I'm bound to like this book.

The Geeky Chef Cook Book
I saw this on an episode of taskmaster where they had to buy the taskmaster a present for under £20. I loved the idea and had to add it to must list. Basically it's a book full of recipes from films/TV series. Cannot wait to make some butterbeer! 

LA Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System
Do any of you follow Anna Maria (@xammasi) on twitter? Her skin is always looking flawless and she mentioned that she uses this in her skincare routine. If this can make my skin look a tiny bit like hers then I'll be happy. I wouldn't say that I suffer from spots but when I do get the odd one or two they stay around for weeks! So hopefully this will make them go away quicker. This is a 3 step regime. 1. Cleanse 2. Tone 3. Correct + Hydrate. I look forward to reviewing this. 

Origins Mini Mask Marvels
I've never actually tried any of the Origins masks. I just hate the thought of spending £20+ on a product that I might not even like. I feel like mini sets are perfect for this. And it's something you wouldn't really buy yourself so great for gift ideas. Inside you get Original Skin Retexturizing Mask, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask and Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask.

Aromatherapy Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection
Now these really are miniature. I thought they would be bigger but it's one bottle a bath so you get 10 baths in total in this set. I hear so many people rave about bath oils about how relax they make them feel and some have the best sleep they've had in years. Obviously that sounds like heaven and I wanted to experience this myself. You get deep relax, light relax, de-stress mind, de-stress muscle, revive morning, revive evening, support breathe, support lavender & peppermint, support equilibrium and inner strength.

Picnic Basket & Blanket
When I opened this I was so excited. I mentioned ages ago that I have always wanted a proper picnic basket so I have an excuse to go out to places for walks when the weather is nice. My aunt remembered and she get my this basket and blanket! How cute is it. I love the fact that it's white and not brown. Also love that the plates are china and not plastic. Oh and where you put your food it's a cooler bag! How awesome is that?!

I think Joe actually bought this for himself as I know he wanted to watch it haha. But I love animated films I love Disney so I'm not complaining!. I have since watched this film and it was actually really good. I love all the hidden meanings that Disney does that adults can understand/relate to.

Smart Ass
If you didn't know already, I love board games. I am at my happiest while playing then with family. With this game you go round the board answering questions. One person will read out 10 clues from 3 categories (what am I, who am I and where am I). Everyone can answer but you only get one chance. If you say the wrong answer you're out for the rest of the round. We had a game night recently trying out this game and it's actually pretty good. The questions ain't to hard like some trivia questions I've had in the past so it's fair for everyone.

I saw this film in the cinema and loved it. I found it so funny. I've never really liked Ryan Reynold or his movies but in this I really enjoyed him. If you haven't seen the film yet go and watch it now.

Remington Keratin Therapy Pro Dryer 
My trusty hairdryer after 10 years broke on me. This happened a month before my birthday so thought instead of buying one myself I might as well ask for one for my birthday.

Picture Frame
I don't know about you but because I take all my photos on my camera/phone I never bother to actually print them off. I have so many pictures that I would love to print but just haven't got round to doing it. Joe is also paying for the photos to be printed off he just didn't know what ones I wanted.

Benefit Dandelion Wishes
I'm a drugstore girl. I rarely spend much on makeup. This means I actually haven't tried anything from benefit. Even if someone will rave about a product I still oooh and arrr about it. I thought it's about time I adventure out to the other brands and this set interested me the most. You get ultra plush lip gloss in dandelion, roller lash mascara, dandelion blush, high beam & posie lip balm. Again a great set to get someone as a gift if they are yet to try out new products but unsure if they will like it.

Fan Brush
I don't own a fan brush in my collection. I have tried to find one in a store, even in America but everywhere was sold out! I am convinced that the reason my highlighter never blinds people is because I'm not using the right tool. Plus you just look like you know what you're doing when using a fan brush!

Lush Happy Barthday
It wouldn't be a birthday if I didn't get some sort of bath product! Joe liked this because it said 'barthday'. Inside you get sea monster fun, the experimenter bath bomb, blackberry bath bomb, the comforter bubble bar mini, rose jam bubbleroon, dragon's egg bath bomb & a duck banner. Can't wait to use these and the tin is great to store future lush products. So so gutted though that the tin has been dented in the car! If you know how to get dents out please let me know.

Pandora Bow Ring
Joe doesn't mind buying me rings as it's the only jewellery he knows I will wear as I just never take them off haha. I just think this looks so cute and you can layer it with other rings too if you wanted to.

The Spa Hotel
Finally Joe got us a weekend away at The Spa Hotel. You can read all about our experience here.

We also went for a family meal on my birthday that was another present. I really enjoyed my birthday and so grateful for everything I have received. 


  1. The little picnic kit is super cute!
    Kathy x

  2. First of all, Happy belated Birthday!
    You got some pretty amazing gifts. The Pandora bow ring is cute!
    I watched Zootropolis a few weeks ago, I loved it!

    Enjoy your gifts beaut; thanks for sharing!

    Sabah ||

    1. Thank you!!

      Isn't the film great? I'm glad he got it for me as so many people raved about it x

  3. Great presents. I bought myself a picnic hamper this year I wanted a white one but couldn't find one so I went with the boring brown but the inside is super cute.. has the cool bag bit too & space for bottles to stand up.
    That smart ass game sounds good fun.

    I also have the bow pandora ring & I love it. Do you have many other pandora rings?

    Check out my blog (im still learning & trying hard) or I'm on Bloglovin- search cocochatter


    1. Oh man you got space for bottles that totally makes up for the fact it wasn't white. The cool bag is so handy as well.

      It's actually don't have any other pandora rings. I've only recently started wearing rings. Any recommendations? x

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