23rd Birthday Haul


I've been incredibly lucky this year to have received lots of beauty filled presents so I thought it would be a good idea to write a little post about everything, as not all products were bought here in the UK. This is not an exhaustive list, as items such as chocolates, pjs and lovely alcoholic gifts have either been consumed or worn so I didn't think there was much point including them. I received some vouchers and money too which have nearly all been spent on even more makeup which I'll do separate posts about. I have to include a disclaimer too that I'm extremely grateful for everything and I was definitely not expecting all of this! The first item I'd love to talk about is this beautiful lightbox above which includes 69 letters and symbols, and can be powered with either batteries or with a plug. I've wanted one of these for so long now and hadn't mentioned it to the family member who bought it so it was a huge surprise and I can't wait to use it for future blog posts and Instagram photos.


My boyfriend Andy put in an order with Sephora with a few things I'd previously mentioned, including one of Too Faced's new Christmas gifts - The Chocolate Shop. I'm not a patient person and couldn't face waiting until Christmas Day to open a Christmas set. The palette includes 21 eyeshadows, a highlighter, bronzer, blusher, eye primer, mascara and lipstick. Who would want to wait to open this? I've only tried a few Too Faced products before so this was the perfect opportunity to try a bit of everything. The Chocolate Shop includes the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer which is well loved by other beauty bloggers, the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Blush and the Luminizer in Inner Light. It features an adorable mini Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chocolate Milkshake, a mini Better Than Sex Mascara and a mini Shadow Insurance. It's cruelty free and paraben free and has a combined value of $312 but costs just $58.


Last weekend I went out with some of Andy's family and his Grandma bought me these cute mini mixing bowls from Lakeland. They are heavy like large mixing bowls and I've not decided what to do with them yet. In design they're incredibly similar to some plates, bowls and milkshake pieces that I have from Ikea and I'm sure they match the colours spot on.


Two other palettes that were bought from Sephora were the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel and the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow palette. The blush palette is exclusive to Sephora I believe that's limited edition with a value of $150 but comes in at $44 which is a huge saving. It includes 10 blush and highlight shades in a compact palette and in my opinion is a perfect size with a variety of cheek shades to choose from as 5 shades are warm toned and 5 are cool toned. The Rainforest of the Sea palette is so tiny it's adorable! Aside from Tarte's beautiful packaging, the palette is also limited edition and has 8 eyeshadows of both matte and shimmery formula. I've not used anything from the Rainforest of the Sea collection yet so I'm definitely excited to be trying the palette out. 


 Two more palettes (I know, but I love eyeshadows!) came from my family after I'd been lusting after them both in person and on Twitter. Firstly there is the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette which is another in the set of chocolate bar palettes which I have a huge thing for. I've found both the original Chocolate Bar palette and the Chocolate Bon Bons palettes so be highly pigmented and easy to blend, so it was an obvious choice to add to the list! It holds 16 eyeshadows that are cocoa-infused, and if you ask me, chocolate and makeup is the perfect combination. The second palette was the Urban Decay Moondust palette which I've been almost dreaming about for the past few weeks. It has eight new moondust eyeshadows that are super sparkly and go perfect on top of the Urban Decay Electric palette. It's obvious that it's not an every day palette but for those special occasions or days where you're really feeling like adding a bit of glitter, it's just unreal.


Andy also made a cheeky Colourpop order, buying me four individual shadows, a blush, two lippie stix, an Ultra Satin Lip and two of the collab collections. I'm not going to go into too much detail here about the items as I plan on doing a whole post dedicated to my first Colourpop product try on's and experience. From what I've used so far, I'm very impressed.


Finally, here are a few little bits. Andy picked me up another Beauty Blender since mine is looking pretty ragged since I bought it back in April. I don't use it every day but with beauty sponges they need to be cleaned regularly and mine has taken it's toll. From my family I also received another Too Faced Liquified Long Wear Lipstick and a Too Faced Melted Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in two stunning red shades. Again I won't go into too much detail as I plan on doing a collective Too Faced post but they're right up my street! I'd love to thank everyone who wished me well on my birthday and now I can go on to enjoy Halloween (which I think is the best holiday). Don't forget to enter my Urban Decay Naked Basics Giveaway!


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