So this month on August 10th, I turned 29! I had such a lovely day, although I had to go to work for a few hours it was all good. My husband had the day off, and made me amazing breakfast in bed before he gave me my prezzies, and he then made a beautiful 3 course meal that evening, including an EPIC cheesecake, so quite low key but perfect all the same.

I was very lucky and got a little bit spoilt receiving some things I have been wanting to try for the longest time,(He is the most thoughtful, generous person I have ever met and takes note of things I say I like, yep I know I am a lucky girl!) and because I love watching and reading ‘What I Got For My Birthday’ posts, I thought why the heck not share my own as I am sure a lot of you will love some of the things I received and maybe get inspired for yourself..?

I had previously made a pact with my husband that on my birthday I would rather go away so we can both enjoy my birthday prezzie, or go do something as I way prefer memories and experience over ‘things’, but this year due to work commitments and other things going on in our lives at the moment we were unable to go away, which is why naughty Jason (husband has a name, by the way) went to town slightly on the gift giving! So I have kinda let him off…

Diptyque Baies candle


I have wanted to own a Diptyque candle in so long, and although I had never known which one, I am so happy I received the Baies scent, as the smell is amazing! For those of you who haven’t smelled it before, it has a floral/green kind of scent and almost reminds me of Christmas trees. I have restricted myself to only burning it on weekends though, because I want it to last forever and won’t be expecting to have another one any time soon!

The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald

I adore the film and Jas surprised me with this special edition hard back book which I am absolutely over the moon about! Can’t wait to curl up and read this one day…

 

Byredo Super Cebar parfum


Another ‘birthday only’ kinda prezzie because these perfumes aren’t cheap but my god its worth it. This Byredo perfume in Super Cedar is absolutely amazing I can’t get enough of it. I am rubbish at explaining scents but its a woody, unisex kinda of a scent, and I am addicted.

 

Sol de Janeiro – Brazilian Bum Bum cream


My mum thought I was off my head when she asked what I wanted for my birthday and I replied with ‘Brazilian Bum Bum Cream’! It’s not easy to get hold of in Oz so she sent me some over from the UK. The smell is incredible, sweet and tropical. But so much stronger than I thought it would be! I had heard so many people saying how nice the scent is but never really heard anyone say just how strong it is! I’ve only used it once so far so will report back with results soon…

 

T2 – Tea for one set & White white cocoa tea


So these were presented to me on my birthday morning, on a mahusive white wash wicker breakfast tray (also a birthday prezzie because Jas has to go the whole hog!) and I am IN LOVE! This tea for one set is everything I would ever want in a tea set, the colours are very ‘me’ and I am a tea freak so this makes me very happy! The white tea and white cocoa blend is also Uh-MAZING!

 

Sunday Riley Luna sleeping night oil


A skincare product I’ve been wanting to try for a long time! Loving it so far but it’s early days so will report back with this one in a month or so! Love the packaging, the smell and the blue tinge it has is quite interesting! Excited to see more results as I’ve heard so many great things.

 

Charlotte Tilbury skincare and makeup!


SO chuffed to have started a little Charlotte Tilbury collection! I recently bought myself the look in a palette which has absolutely blown me away so was chuffed to also receive these. I received 2 of the dry sheet masks of which I have used one twice, the Super Cindy lipstick which is a gorgeous nude, and the magic cream which I have heard majorly mixed reviews about so I’ll have to see how I get on with that and let you guys know! The packaging it came in (which I haven’t shown here as I totally forgot so keep an eye out for it on my Insta!) was a beautiful gift box and also came with some minis shown here, a red lippy and the legendary lashes mascara, can’t wait to try those.

 

Next – Tan handbag


My mum in law sent me this tan bag along with some gorgeous M&S pjs and other bits and bobs, (I know where Jason gets his spoiling gene from!!) and I am obsessed with this bag, it’s from Next which is another shop I miss from back home and know I will use this to it’s death!

M&S PJs

 

Clinique moisture surge hydrating supercharged concentrate


Another skincare gift I have been wanting to try for ages. Look how pretty this is!? I love the little bubbles inside. I’ve used this enough to know I LOVE it so I am really chuffed with this.

 

GEL merch! (lol)


Another example of how thoughtful Jason can be right here. He had business cards, a pen (which I clearly forgot to add to this picture but you get the idea) and a mug all printed out with my blog logo on! I was so shocked when these came presented to me on my birthday tray, I don’t know if people particularly like receiving blogger cards, but it makes me feel super important anyway so I’ll hand them out to anyone who wants one, haha!

 

(Epic) Picnic set


I have wanted one of these for the longest time!! Probably one of my favourite gifts as it was the most thoughtful because I have said before how much I would love a proper set but had forgotten about it recently. So as soon as the weather warms up here in Oz, I am going to devote my life to picnicking! Oh and it has a cooler section that fits a bottle of wine, (as demonstrated) YES! I have no idea where he bought this from but if you’d like to know I will find out!

 

Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 cleanser and foaming gel

The 3-in-1 cleanser is my absolute rider die and I cannot not have it in my bathroom, even when I have so many others to use. Because of my obsession, this is something Jas knew he couldn’t go wrong with and had obvs seen I was running low so got me me nice big bottle along with this foaming gel, which I haven’t tried before as I don’t tend to use foaming cleansers but I’m sure I will enjoy it once a week!

 

Forever Living beauty products – a selection of my faves!

My mum has a Forever Living business and we’ve used the products as a family for years! I have quite a few favourite products that as soon as I finish, am asking my mum to send me.. The top 3 in this picture are the lavender body wash, lotion and bath salts (amazing for a pre-bed pamper!). The bottom 3 are the aloe clear gel (which everyone needs in their life, I actually sat with it on my fingers yesterday after grabbing a hot tray from the oven and today it’s totally healed which I thought was not going to happen tbh) the aluminium free aloe deodorant which also works really well, and the bee propolis cream, a thick natural emollient which is another staple for everyones home!

If you’d like to purchase anything of these from my Mum’s shop then click here, she has shops in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada and Newzealand!

 

Half hoop earrings

I received these from my sister in law and I am obsessed! I think they are from Topshop and they are sooo cute and look so cool in. She also got me an amazing pair of jeans from there but as you saw in my handbag & PJ pics I aint no fashion blogger and jeans just don’t look right in a picture unless they are on your actual legs!

 

So there we have the main bulk of my birthday goodies, and I’d like to give a special thank you to my loved ones, especially my gorgeous husband for making my day so special! But It is obviously them themselves that make it so special, not the material things and I certainly do not always get so spoilt but going into the last year of my 20’s I will let them get away with it! I hope you enjoyed my first ever ‘What I got for my birthday’ post. Like I said before I am nosey and LOVE seeing other people’s so I hope mine was as enjoyable for you.. Entering the last year in my 20’s wasn’t so bad and I intend so make the very most of it!

 

G x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello I do hope you are well…! Here are a few makeup bits I’ve tried and loved recently. 2 of them have been things I have literally used every day since I purchased, and to find new HG’s makes me v.v.happy!

Josie Maran Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter ($33AUD)

It’s no secret I am a fan of the Josie Maran cosmetics line. Although I haven’t tried it all, everything I have tried so far is just beautiful!

So from her argan lip sting plumping butters I first tried the clear one, which I love as it gives that tingly plumping feel, nourishes so well and I like to use that one before I apply lipstick (amazing). Then I realised she had tinted/pigmented versions and was curious to try but was worried they wouldn’t be as creamy and pigmented as I would like… I WAS WRONG! This one is called ‘Embrace it’ which is described as a honey nude. I am super fussy when it comes to nude lipsticks as I don’t feel like a lot of them suit me, but this shade is a perfect nude for me. It’s not too brown, not too pink and not too pale.

The formula is what makes it so amazing! It’s super pigmented so goes on like a lipstick but its like a really gorgeous balm that just doesn’t want to move, it just sits there all moisturising and comfy, which makes it look SO flattering. One thing I hate about lipstick, and why I don’t wear it day-to-day is that it never reapplies the same unless you clean the lips. I don’t have time to do that but I do like wear something on my lips during work that nourishes and looks nice. This is something I have used every day and just reapply the couple of times when I need, and my lips just look plump, hydrated and a gorgeous shade! It’s infused with argan oil and Manuka honey, so I know I am giving my lips lots of TLC while looking fabulous. It tingles a little, just enough to make my lips feel alive and juicy! My absolute holy grail lip product as the moment and I will be grabbing the other pinky shade ASAP!

NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette ($85AUD)

As soon as I saw this palette I knew I needed it in my life! It has all the shades I love for smokey or natural looks. I’m sure I have shadows similar in various singles or palettes but this is such a compact palette with all my favourites in 1 it just seemed like absolute perfection to me!


A mixture of shimmers and mattes, in every neutral to black shade you need for a smokey or natural look! The formula for all of them is amazing, they are pigmented, creamy and they all blend well. No complaints with any of the shades whatsoever! It’s been my go-to SO much since I bought it. A perfect compact little palette, thank you for creating this NARS!

NYX Micro Brow Pencil – Taupe ($16.95AUD)

I’ve been using Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products for a good while now and I still love them but I am SO happy I have discovered this little beauty..

I was recommended this eyebrow pencil by the gorgeous Luisa from Lulu’s palette in her ‘All About The Brow’ blog post recently and as they were on sale in Priceline at the time (not that they need to be at this price!) I thought I’d grab one and see how I went as it wasn’t a lot to lose!

At first it was a little dry and hard to use, but once that part of the nib wore off it worked a dream and has done ever since! As you can see the nib is super fine. I have quite coarse eyebrows and while I loved using the ABH brow definer which has that triangular shape, this has been an absolute god send because it just gets right in between my coarse hairs and makes feathering and shaping SO easy! The taupe shade suits my colouring perfectly as I like to use a dark ash blonde. The formula glides on beautifully with the fine nib, and it does not budge! My eyebrows literally have never been easier to do, or better to look at! Another new holy grail..

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Dolce Vita ($39AUD)

So I wanted a really wearable darker reddish colour to wear during winter and this has been perfect for that! The shade is a dusty rose-red and looks kind of muted on the lips but is so flattering. I love the fact that it’s a pencil so is more precise than a proper lipstick but big enough to coat the whole of my lips with ease. It’s creamy, comfortable and long lasting. Absolutely loving it and getting a lot of use out of it. Can’t wait to purchase more shades in the formula and try the other NARS pencils. If you have any recommendations let me know!

 

Until next time.. I’ll keep playing with more makeup!

 

G x

 

**Disclaimer – Everything I talk about in this post was purchased by myself, and all opinions are honest, and my own.**

 

 

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