Birthday Haul

So, it was my 19th birthday at the beginning of the week and I feel like I have barely even had chance to get over Christmas, let alone start thinking about my birthday!

I had no idea what to ask for with my birthday being so close to Christmas, so most of my family gave me money which I then went shopping with in Birmingham!


Firstly, an Olivia Burton watch is something that I have had my eye on for some time now and this is what my mum bought me as my present. It is the Big Dial watch with a rose gold face and a black leather strap. I chose this one because it will go with everything and the rose gold matches the other jewellery that I wear. I also prefer watches that have a bigger dial as I just feel as though they suit me better.


My boyfriend bought me a perfume that I have wanted for such a long time, ever since I received a free sample. This is Black Orchid by Tom Ford. This has quite a heavy scent to it, which I don’t think everybody would like, but I absolutely love it! I would say it is quite a warm, spicy fragrance and definitely suits this time of year! It is a very sexy and sophisticated perfume, and reading the product description online, it isn’t something that I would have picked up myself, but I absolutely love it!


I also received the Real Techniques Bold Metals Essentials set. I was going to buy the brushes individually anyway and when I saw it online for half of the original price, I added this to my birthday wish list. The brushes cost around £25 individually and the set was reduced to £30 from £64 which is such a bargain! (I think it has been reduced even more online at Boots). And as you can see, I couldn’t even wait to take pictures of them before I used them! They are super soft and are really nice to use! My boyfriend also surprised me with a spa weekend which we are going on this weekend. I will be taking photos whilst I am there for a future blog post!


My best friend bought me the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (shade NC25). I asked for this to lightly apply over my foundation to help it set a bit better or to use on its own on days where I don’t need to wear much makeup. I have heard so many mixed reviews on this product but I thought I’d give it a try! I have only worn this a few times, but I can say it goes on really nicely and keeps my foundation in place for the majority of the day. I was slightly concerned as I have quite sensitive skin and a lot of people said that it caused them to break out, but for me, so far so good!


In Birmingham, I spent the majority of my time at the Selfridges Beauty Hall, oops.

I made my way over to the YSL counter where I bought the Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll mascara. I have heard so many great things about this mascara and I have never been a massive fan of plastic applicator brushes, but Benefit’s Roller Lash has totally converted me! I cannot wait to try this out! Also from Yves Saint Laurent, I ordered the Touche Èclat Kiss and Love Edition from I had this a few years ago and I loved it, but I just seemed to have forgotten about it. I am so excited to get back to using this product.


The next thing I bought was the Clinique Sculpting Contour Chubby Stick. I have been looking for a cream contour product for so long and I just haven’t found the right one yet, so hopefully this is it! I didn’t bother buying the highlighter stick as I already have so many highlighters, but now I wish I had and I may have to add it to my online shopping basket…


The Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry is something that I have been debating over for SO long, but I finally bought it! I love a dark berry lip and even though it is a more autumnal/wintery look, I do feel like I will wear this shade all year round. I have used this twice since buying it; I didn’t use a lip liner and it goes on so smoothly and doesn’t bleed at all! It lasts a really long time, through eating and drinking, and doesn’t dry out my lips as some other matte lipsticks tend to do– definitely worth the £23.


I did buy another lipstick whilst I was there. I was in dire need of a new red lippy so I headed over to the MAC counter. I am a huge fan of MAC lipsticks, and in the end I opted for Russian Red. This is such a lovely shade of red and although it is a matte shade, it does not dry out my lips. I have worn this once since buying it and again, I didn’t use a lip liner and it didn’t bleed which a lot of reds and darker shades tend to do.


I also bought two things from Topshop; a jumper and a pair of jeans. I have tried the Joni jeans before and I liked the way they fit and looked, however they didn’t last very long; the colour faded quickly and the stitching came undone. I usually have the Jamie jeans but I saw a new version of the Joni jeans so thought I’d give them another try. I love the jumper that I got, it is quite a thin, ribbed material and has a lovely dip-dye/ombre effect. It is a very flattering and oversized fit. Plus, I hate Summer clothes so I’m trying to make the most of Winter for as long as I can!


Birmingham now has an Oliver Bonas which I was so excited to see! I love Oliver Bonas as it sells things that you wouldn’t necessarily find in other shops and I feel as though it has quite a specific theme to it, in terms of colours and the items that it sells.  While I was in there I bought two things; a Rose Gold/Copper card holder and a White Tea and Mint scented candle. I have been after a card holder for a while now and as soon as I saw this one, I just HAD to get it. I mean, it’s Rose Gold, so why wouldn’t I? I also love fresh, minty scents and this candle just happened to be half price, so of course, I had to get this too.



I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any recommendations of new products that I might like and what products you have been loving!

Links and prices to everything are below;

Olivia Burton Watch £80

Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume 100ml £105

Real Techniques Bold Metals Essentials £25 (was £64)

MAC Studio Fix £22

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara £25

Yves Saint Laurent Love and Kiss Touche Eclat £25 (no longer on Feel Unique)

Clinique Sculpting Contour Chubby Stick £19

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry £23

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red £15.50

Topshop Joni Jeans £45

Topshop Jumper £39

Oliver Bonas Candle £10 (was £20)

Oliver Bonas Card Holder £12




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