My birthday is at the end of June, making me a cancerian (I'm a bit of a star sign buff) & also an over excitable child about all things birthday related - although I'm not sure the two go hand in hand...! For me Birthdays aren't all about presents but they are definitely an added bonus, especially when your friends & family know you as well as mine seem too! So I've pooled together all the beauty/fashion related goodness I recieved & thought I'd share with you some of the lovely things I got! I also need to apologise for the photo quality, I don't have my camera with me this week so have had to use my iPhone!
I'll start off with the Corioliss Glamour Wand - Zebra Edition. I'd wanted a conical wand for the longest time after finally concluding that they are far better at curling your hair than straighteners will ever be. So obviously I was super excited when I got one! I love the zebra print handle as well (adds a bit of fun to the whole thing). At first I was a bit unsure about the tapered design, as I'd used my friends straight barelled wand & was worried the tapered effect might make the curls very tight at the bottom but it doesn't at all - it just enables you to get more of your hair round the wand. Infact, having a tapered wand actually allows you to have more control over the size of your curls. In my opinion, there are many benefits to using a conical wand - they're easier to use, quicker, the curls are better formed & they definitely stay in longer because they have been curled properly!
The Glamour Wand came with a free heat proof finger grasp which is really useful as the wand does get very hot & it is quite easy to burn yourself if you're not careful (or if you're just slightly clumsy like me)! The cool tip at the end of the wand also helps prevent against burning while styling. Personally, I prefer a heat proof glove - it eliminates the chance of any burns but the finger grasp is definitely better than nothing. The 3 metre long/360 degrees swivel cord is also very useful - it makes the wand even more agile & easy to use! The wand has a variable temperature guage (which reaches around 200c on the highest setting) so if the idea of putting that kind of heat on your hair isn't appealing, you can always turn it down. Basically if you want amazing curls or fabulous waves then this is the styling tool for you! I know I sound like part of their PR team but I can't really say anything bad about it - I'm just a big fan! There are loads of wands out there though so make sure you shop around for the best price. The Corioliss Glamour Wand - Zebra Edition retails for £99 if you order direct from their website but you can get it for just £26 if you order from Gorgeous Shop! Bargain much?
My next birthday treat was this gorgeous mini nail care kit from Paperchase! It's travel size which means it's perfect for keeping in my handbag or taking on holiday. I've decided that I'm going to take out the foam toe dividers (because I'll only really use them at home) and instead put in which ever nail polish I'm currently wearing because I hate being out & realising my nail polish has chipped & this way I can touch up wherever I am - win! It's a great little set as everything nail related is now zipped away in this travel sized pouch instead of floating around the abyiss that is my handbag...!
Another couple of friends who I happen to know follow my blog rather closely (maybe one slightly more than the other!) got me the most amazing trio of YSL goodies! Starting with the ever coverted Touche Eclat in 01, which is the lightest colour available & my perfect shade. I don't really need to tell you how great it is! Touche Eclat is a cult beauty product that has been around for years & I'm yet to find anything that tops this multi-use product. It highlights & eliminates everything you want it to! This guy literally has the ability to make you look bright eyed & bushy tailed even after the heaviest night out. I ran out about 6 months ago and never round to buying a new one, so thank you! Available from all YSL counters (in fact I challenge you to find one that doesn't stock it)!
I love flowers but most of all I love them in my hair. I literally used to put them in everyday without fail while I was at uni. Since being at work I think I've got out of the habit so it's really nice to have a brand new flowery clip in my life for summer! My other ones were definitely getting a bit tatty & this one is pink - always a good choice! Will defs be sporting this on holiday & during whatever sunny days we have left here in England! I've always bought my other flower clips from Accessorize so have a look in store & online for more floral hair options.
I've always worn really nude shades on my lips & don't tend to wear much colour unless its pink & I'm tanned. I've always loved Mac's shades like Hue, Myth and Creme de Nude and because of this I've always shopped lips at Mac and never really branched out into other brands. Therefore it was so nice to receive my first YSL lipstick in this amazing light pink summer shade for my birthday! I've already used it a couple of times & it looks so good with a tan. It feels really moisterising & has a super smooth texture to it. I have no doubt this will be a firm favourite in my holiday make up bag next month (and with SPF 8 included you can't really go wrong)!
I can't tell you much about this necklace except for the fact that I love it. One of my best friends bought me this beauty & she has very good taste (well, in most things) but espesh jewellery. She buys pretty much all her jewellery from a gorgeous online store called Love Hearts and Crosses & this gold feather number was just another in a series of excellent choices! I received a couple of other necklaces from her which have also been from there. If you haven't heard of Love Hearts and Crosses, definitely check them out. They've got hundreds of stunning & really original pieces all at great prices! I've always worn silver jewellery but recently have started branching out into gold so it's nice to have something new & unique to add to my new collection!
My next birthday gift came in the form of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant with SPF 15 (Limited Edition). Although there isn't really any difference between the standard version & the limited edition version except the cute little design on the cap, I'm glad mine is the latter :) If you follow me on Twitter you'll know I've wanted this for a while now after hearing great things about it. It contains Vitamin E which keeps your lips really soft/moisturised & a little goes a long way! I've been applying it before lipstick as it helps ensure that any colour glides on really easily! This is perfect to use while sunbathing too as it stops your lips burning while also keeping them moisturised! However as with all lip balms - don't apply them too often to cracked lips as it stops your skin repairing itself (for more information see my previous post on the subject). Currently available from ASOS for £11.95.
The best present is when someone remembers something that you LOVE but can't buy in this country & then they go abroad & see it & purchase it for you! Granted, it doesn't happen often but when it does, it's fabulous! Yes, I love all things Victoria's Secret. My 2 favorite things? Their underwear (of course) & their fragrances! I've always loved the Sexy Little Things range and have tried Noir and loved it and I'm pleased to announce that Vixen is just as gorgeous! I love floral/fruity scents & Vixen is exactly that. If I had to compare it to a perfume it would along the lines of Be Delicious by DKNY. The perfect summer scent! Avaliable in store (USA) and online from Victoria's Secret.
This gift came not only as a present but also with a point to prove! About 6 months ago, back when What She Said had just started and was running as a Christmas gift guide I wrote a post about my favourite mascara - False Lash Effect by Max Factor (see post here). A certain little lady told me I had got it all wrong & that if thought this immitation Max Factor version was good then I had to try the original Volume Effet Faux Cils by YSL. I vowed to do so but never quite got round to it! Turns out I didn't need to as of course my YSL gift box had to include Volume Effet Faux Cils! Yes, she was right. It really is amazing. I basically feel like I've now found an even better version of my favorite mascara! I get the same volume & length but the wand is smaller & more managable & the consistany is far less drying! Point proven. Available from all YSL counters & online from Boots.
Last but most definitely not least, my stunning Stila palette! The best thing about this palette, besides having pretty much everything you could want in one place, is that it has the broadest range of colours, some of which I wouldn't be likely to buy seperately but am tempted to use now! I'll quickly run through the contents; there are 30 eye shadows, 15 lip colours, 3 blushers, 1 highlighter, 1 bronzer, 1 eye liner, 1 lip liner, 2 eye application brushes, 1 lip brush & finally, 1 blush brush! Phew. This is a great palette to chuck in your bag if you're going away for a couple of nights as it takes up hardly any room & I'll be putting this palette to the test by doing exactly that this weekend! I would swatch all of the above but I'd be here all week but I hope this photo does it justice! Stila is available in Australia, America & the UK. For other counters across the world, search here or alternatively shop online.
I hope you've enjoyed my Birthday haul!? I know it's rather long but clearly I'm making up for lost time & well, I only get to do it once a year! Thank you to everyone for all my gorgeous gifts regardless of if they have featured above or not!