What I Got For My Birthday – 2017

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!



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











  1. August 21, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Wow you lucky girl!!!! I’m so jealous I literally want everything you got for your birthday! I’ve heard great things about that Brazilian Bum Bum Cream!

    How thoughtful is your husband! So sweet!!!

    Steph xxx

    • gemelizabethloves@gmail.com
      August 22, 2017 / 9:51 am

      Aww I know! He is the best ?

  2. August 21, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Those blogging business cards etc are such a cute addition, how thoughtful! I’d feel super important handing them out to everyone haha! I’ve been wanting to try the Bum Bum cream too so you’ll have to keep us posted!

    • gemelizabethloves@gmail.com
      August 22, 2017 / 9:52 am

      I know they are so cute and I sure will report back on the bum bum cream soon!

  3. August 21, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Love this post, it’s so exciting seeing what you got for your birthday! There’s definitely a few products I want to try in there, hope you had a lovely day xxx

    • gemelizabethloves@gmail.com
      August 22, 2017 / 9:52 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed thanks Hun xx

  4. August 22, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Wow, you got some lovely bits!! Charlotte Tilbury products are dreamy! Hope you had the best day xxx

    • gemelizabethloves@gmail.com
      August 23, 2017 / 1:01 am

      It was so good thank you so much! Xx

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