Tuesday, 12 November 2013

My 21st Haul

Instead of doing a October Favourites post, I decided to do a birthday haul since I turned 21 last month. Most of the items I got I had asked for, but I got a few surprises that were absolutely lovely!

From my parents & brother

My main present from my family is going to be a dress ring, which I have chosen but will have to wait until late December to have it delivered and the size altered, so I shall update you guys on that later. 

Apparently when I came back from Leeds I told my mum I was jealous of all the girls that had been wearing Hunter wellies becuase they all looked really cute and cosy, so she bought a pair when she saw them on offer. I was so exhausted from the weekend that I don't remember telling her this at all, but I was recently thinking of buying Hunters so I was really happy to get these.

Since I've been building up a special effects kit, my family got me two stippling sponges, a stippling brush and a spatula. I'd been using my cuticle pusher from my beauty kit as a spatula so this was much appreciated!

I also got a Japonesque make up belt, which is so cute and will be perfect after I've finished my courses and start looking for work! It has plenty of pockets and brush spaces, all well as hooks for attaching hair brushes or combs which is really handy.

The last gift from my family was a pack of tea forte winter spice teas. One of my favourite cafes in Aberdeen is Cup, which uses this brand of tea. I thought this was a cute gift and i've already gotten through the top layer. My favourite is the hazelnut truffle flavour, it's not as strong as the others but it's perfect for snuggling up infront of the tv at the end of the night.

My mum also baked me this AMAZING minion cake. She's really into cake decorating and baking, but this is the first time she's made a cake with such a hard structure and I'm so proud - she even made it my favourite minion, Dave!

From Scott

One of the many things that make my relationship perfect is how practical my boyfriend is. Most of the presents we give each other are something we've asked for.

My main present from Scott was my Intro To TV make up course, which was a big help as I'm paying for the courses myself. As I mentioned before the course was amazing and a learned so much, so it was definitely worth it!

I've liked the smell of Viva La Juicy since it came out but I could never bring myself to splash out on a bottle, so Scott bought me the 100ml EDP. I love the design of the bottle, especially the giant bow on the lid!

I also got my Kryolan Supracolour Palette early as part of my birthday, which I use for all my special effects. It has both the flesh tone and theatrical palette in one, which I think is called palette N. As the colours are greasepaint, hardly any product is needed to cover even larger areas, so it should last me a long time.

From Jenyth and Louise

My two closest friends and I usually don't do presents on birthdays and Christmas, but since we're all turning 21 we made an exception. I was moaning that the bag I bought a few months ago has been awful as the shoulder strap snapped and the handles are connected by buttons that constantly popped, so Jenyth bought me a bag I had seen in New Look. I love satchel bags and this one has a rigid structure so my purse and tablet fit perfectly and don't move about too much.

Louise bought me a cute owl coin purse when she was over in Krakow. It's kitsch and well crafted, I love the detail on it! She also gave me a litre bottle of Absolut vodka which i've left at Scotts, so i'm sorted for pre drinks for the next while.

From Family &  Friends

Photographing my bracelets was SO hard, this is honestly the best of about 30 shots.
I was surprised by a lot of these presents as they were so unexpected. Most of my family gave me money, which to be honest i'm grateful for as it's so practical. The closest family friends are two twins who are the same age as my brother and their parents. From them I received this lovely bracelet from them fromTi Sento. It's purple, which is my favourite colour and I like that it's simple as I'm not the biggest jewellery person!

I also got a Fossil bracelet from my aunt, uncle and cousins. It's a simple band with a butterfly on it, which is perfect for wearing in formal situations.

From another close family friend I got Hunter welly socks, in the dark purple to go with my wellies. They look ultra cute together with the two shades of purple and I can't wait for winter to wear them!

At work we don't normally do presents on birthdays, so it was a lovely surprise when two of the girls, my assistant manager and manager all got me something! I got two kitsch necklaces with Brave and a Game Of Thrones dragon egg on them from Catherine, who even said "I know they're not exactly something you'd wear but I know you'd love them anyway." I'm planning on re-arranging my room soon so I shall find somewhere to display them! I got a bottle of wine from another girl Kerry, which was consumed before I went out for my birthday.

A few months ago I told my manager that my mum was baking a minion cake for me and she showed me her friend's minion phone socks. Little did I know she went and got me one! It's nice thick wool so my phone is safe and snug when I'm out and about.

My assistant manager always suggests blogs for me to follow and she knew I've been on the hunt for a new mascara, so she got me the Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara. I'm saving it until I've finished my current mascara, but it has so many good reviews that I don't know if I can wait that long!

I also got a Boots gift voucher from a third family friend. I can't decide if I want to splash out and use it on something from one of the high end make up stalls, or if I should save it for something I regularly buy from Boots (which is almost all my make up!)

When I turned up to the venue on my birthday, Scott and his friends had already been there to watch the football. His friends had all put money together and bought a bottle of champagne, which not even Scott knew about. I thought this was really sweet as I really didn't expect anything from them! I can't remember what brand it was, but I remember it was pretty expensive!

My birthday was amazing and I was so touched at how many people bought me presents and came along on the night out, I even had a wee bubble halfway through the night as I was so overwhelmed by how lucky I am.


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