Wednesday, 30 July 2014

What I Got For my 21st Birthday

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I said i'd be putting a birthday haul some point this week but as I had everything ready to photograph I thought i'd put it up today, as I love seeing what other people have gotten for their birthdays and I thought you guys would enjoy this also. 
This year I hadn't really asked for many things as I just never know what I want, but I did know that I wanted a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, which my Dad and Step Mum kindly got me. I haven't used it yet, but I can't wait to start snapping away with it. Also from my Dad and Step Mum I got the new Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, which I hinted about after smelling this last week and I love it! The bottle, the scent, everything! 

From one of bestest friends Sophie, she kindly got me the Benefit Gimme Brow after a discussion of what Benefit products we owned a few weeks ago, but I never imagined her getting it me. I've used it a couple of times, and my eyebrows have never looked so good! From my boyfriend Will, he decided to get me a few funny presents and one included this Keep Calm Keyring, which I have to use apparently. Also from one of my other best friends Megan, she got me this lovely Wall Hanging, which I will be hanging in my desk area when I finally get around to sorting it all out, but I love the words on it.

I seemed to accumalte mugs on birthdays and this year I managed three. The first one is also another gift from my friend Megan, and this the Biscuit Pocket Mug. She knows me too well as I love dunking cookies in my tea, and she also got me two packets of cookies to go with the mug. Another funny present from Will was this Keep Calm Mug, which I actually really like and i'm currently drinking a cuppa out of it as we speak. 

Another present from Meg, was this lovely Vintage Green Floral Candle from Dunelm Mill and I just love the jar on this. She was going to get me a Jo Malone candle, which i'm glad she didn't as those things are too expensive for you just burn away. My Mum got me this really cute Tatty Teddy, as it's a thing between us to get each other Tatty Teddy cards on birthdays etc, but instead she got me a teddy.

As most people would think, I got a few jewellery pieces for my birthday including a 21st Birthday Pandora Charm from my Mum, and a Vintage Scissors Pandora Charm from everyone at work (which I haven't photographed). From my Step Dad's parents, I got this beautiful Floral Bracelet which I haven't taken off since opening it, it's just so pretty. From one of best friends Abi, she got me this lovely Crystal Bracelet, which are similar to ones I had when I was little and this compliments my Pandora really nicely. I also got this lovely Circle Pendant Set from my Cousins, which is so beautiful.. i've been waiting to photograph them so I can now wear the earrings. Last of the jewellery bits comes from my Grand Parents, and they got me this beautiful Cornish Tin Starfish Necklace. As they live in Cornwall they wanted to give something Cornish to remember them with. 

From another one of my really close friends Abbie, she got me this really nice River Island Bag, which has now become my everyday bag as it's the ideal size for me. I'm not usually one for red bags, but I really like this one. Another fashion item comes from Will, and he got me this Cut Out Layered Tea Dress (£25) from Fashion Union, which he got me to choose a bunch of dresses and then he picked out this one. I love the colours on this and the fit is just perfect, as the cut out detailing on the side adds something to a normal skater style. 

Lastly, from Meg she got a Giant Millies Cookie as i've been saying that I wouldn't be happy if I didn't get one, as I got her one for her 19th birthday. We tucked into it yesterday, as it tastes so good! 

I also received money and some gift cards for my birthday off various people and obviously a few alcoholic presents, but I didn't really want to include those in the blog post.  Again, I want to thank anyone who wished me a happy birthday, and now i'm going to stop waffling as this blog post is getting way too long!

Have any of you celebrated your birthday recently? What did you get?


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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

21st Birthday

As some of you may know it was my 21st birthday yesterday, which is the reasoning for the lack of posts over the last few days as I have been so busy with getting everything prepped and ready.
On Saturday I had a day party with all of my family and close friends to celebrate, and I am so glad the weather turned out as lovely as it was, as I had a really good day. I really wanted to get some photos from the day, but I completely lost track of what was going on and after a few ciders I didn't really want to faff around with my camera so I only got a few snaps but I had a really nice day.

Thank you to any of you who wished me a happy birthday, it really means a lot. I will be posting up a birthday haul at some point this week once i've got back on track with everything and gotten through the mountain of mess that has accumulated in my room. 

Hope you're all well and thank you for being patient with the lack of posts.


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Sunday, 27 July 2014

This Week I #30

This week has been quite a chilled week, however this weekend has been so manic as i've been celebrating my 21st birthday, which is tomorrow. Also the weather this week has just been perfect, especially as i've had the week off work so its safe to say this week has been a fun filled one. (Also, sorry if I give you food envy).
Had a lunch/shopping date - On Thursday, Abbie and myself met in town to have a little mooch and some lunch. I've been loving pulled pork burgers recently and this one was amazing. I also picked up some bits in the Topshop sale and a dress for both my birthday and my graduation. 
Saw Dawn of The Planet Apes - On Friday my boyfriend Will took me out on a little birthday date night, as I won't get to see him on my actual birthday and we had a lovely little chilled evening. The film was so good but a bit emosh in parts, I had to stop myself from crying. 
Had my first ever Bills - As well as going to the Cinema, Will also took me to Bill's, which has recently opened up where we live so it was our first time ever sampling the Bill's experience. I had the chicken and chorizo burger, which was sooooo good and Will had the Bill's burger, which he also really enjoyed. Highly recommend. 
Celebrated my 21st Birthday - Even though my birthday isn't until tomorrow, I wanted to be able to celebrate it with everyone whilst also enjoying the nice weather. We had a little gathering at my house with all my family and close friends yesterday, and I had such a lovely day. I'll be posting a little more about my birthday, and all that next week. 

Sorry the posts are a little lacking at the moment, i've just been so busy as you can see.

What have you been up to this week?


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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

An Ode to Face Oils..

If you had asked my opinion on face oils this time last year you would have gotten a firm 'no, never gonna happen' kind of answer, but over the past couple of months my opinion on face oils has completely flipped, to the point that I need one in my life. 
I used to have major oily skin, so face oils were always something I steered clear of as I didn't want my face to become any oilier than it already was. Even though my skin is no longer oily (more on the dry side), I still was a little afraid of face oils as I wasn't sure how my skin would react and to be honest I just didn't have a clue. 

Rewind to a couple of months ago, and I was going through a horrible rough patch with my skin. It was just so dry, especially on forehead and my foundation would just cling to it so bad, and I just didn't really know what to do. I'd read on a few blogs that using an oil on dry patches really helped to soothe and minimise the appearance, so I whacked out the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil (£30), which I got in a beauty box and instantly my dry skin looked so much better. The oil pretty much sunk into the dry area, and it was almost as if it had disappeared, and since that moment my entire opinion on face oils has changed. 

Since then I have been using a facial oil on a daily basis as part of my skincare routine, usually just in the mornings but if needed in the evenings then i'll also apply a little. I've also been loving the Jurlique Skin Balancing Facial Oil* (£40), and this one is aimed towards dry skin. I've also found that adding an oil cleanser into my cleanser rotation has also helped, but i'll report back on that at a later date. 

What are your thoughts on face oils?


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