I celebrated my 23rd Birthday on the 16th of September and in true tradition, shared which products I hoped to be unwrapping on my special cake-day, in a birthday wishlist series. Today, I thought it would be cool to share a few of my gifts as well as mini-reviews on the products that I have already tried.
Before we get started, I’d like to extend a very special thanks to everybody and anybody who contributed in making my day extraordinarily special. This year has been crazy; I cannot believe that we’re less than 100 days from 2017 and can’t deny the cloud of sadness that seemed to have followed us much of this past year but it has also been rich, not with things but with people who have added such value to my life – for that, I am grateful beyond measure.
So what did I get this year?
The husband was stumped on what to get me, but we eventually found ourselves in Typo where I picked out a few of my favourite things.
Obviously, the husband saw the brow notebook and knew that I had to have it (he knows me so well!). I have been relying on notebooks more often, while we don’t have internet, to jot down blog ideas that I have. I might actually stick to jotting ideas down as it has proven to make me more productive and I have so many cool ideas (especially for December) that this little space won’t know what hit it… once Telkom decides to install my line, of course.
I also picked out a 2016/2017 diary. I have never been good at keeping a diary, even while I was at school but motherhood (or age) is catching up on me and I find myself needing a diary for more and more things. This year has been crazy busy and trying to remember which days I have events and what I should be posting when, has proven to be quite the impossible task, so here’s hoping I am better prepared for the end of the old year and the welcoming of a new one!
The main gifts from Typo were gadgets for my phone. I rely on my phone for photos and videos, for the blog, and have been leaning more and more to buying myself a camera that will allow for vlogs and better blog photos, but the budget won’t allow for that right now, so I am sticking it out with my phone. I bought a Lumee Cellphone cover and was sorely disappointed – no one tells you the amount of bulk it adds to your phone, not to mention that you’re yellow in 90% of your photos. I quite like the illuminator clip-on, but still find myself having to edit the temperature of the photo to prove that I don’t have a liver disease or yellow jaundice, for that matter. It isn’t nearly as bad as the Lumee cover, which wasn’t editable, but the yellow tone is still there.
The mini tripod is more for video footage, think beauty tutorials. At the moment, I have a vase full of 3 packets of kidney beans which work to hold up a selfie stick, to record any videos. It isn’t quite as elegant as having a tripod, and often takes a lot of time to adjust to the right angle, just for it to slip again. Admittedly, this haul was meant to be a video but with the delay of my internet, I found myself writing a lot more so ended up going with a blog post – sorry Leigh!
A few days after my birthday, I found myself in Typo again (shamefully collecting my store-card) when I spotted this scented candle on a 50% off special. My husband has claimed that it is by far the best scented candle that I have brought home in the history of ever – and I haven’t even burnt it yet! The box and candle has left my room smelling so fruity and fresh that I cannot wait to actually set light to it and finally smell what it has to offer! Oh! It’s a Soy wax candle and is mango and guava scented (that would have been helpful to lead with it) not to mention the badass quote after all, who needs bras anyway?
Foschini Beauty has FINALLY launched an online store which is DANGEROUSLY awesome! They are slaying with incredible offers and continue to kick it out the park by delivering exclusive brands, great service and all from the comfort of your own home.
I am very happy with the products that I stocked up on and am finally the owner to some Real Technique brushes. Are they worth the hype? I haven’t used them for long enough, to be the judge on that yet, but I will say that the brushes are extraordinary soft, beautifully presented and they ooze quality. I love the weight of the brushes and of the few that I have played with, the end product is quite cool. But I will need to play around before I can give a full review.
Side note: I am thinking of doing a blog post on brushes to suit all budgets – I have found some really cool makeup brushes that I still use every single day, and surprisingly, they only cost me R50 each.
With the gift card that I had from Foschini, I picked up a nice pair of shoes and a few last-minute picks from their in-house brand called Colours Limited Cosmetics. I purchased a palette from them years ago and wasn’t sure if I liked it. I am hoping this new one gives me better results to write home about.
I have already been bragging about this purchase and feel it doesn’t need much of an introduction, but let me just say that the Switch Holy Grail Flash Palette was probably one of the most interesting purchases that I have made in a long time. These pigments, not to sound moronic, are exceptionally vibrant and pigmented. The art of colour correcting and contouring has been taken to the next level, not to mention the options of lightening and darkening your foundation or creating your own lipsticks. This isn’t a product that anybody can buy and know how to use, it does take some skill but it is very much worth playing with.
And that about rounds up my birthday haul. I haven’t gotten around to playing with half of it, but I am so excited to dig in and share with you what I thought. Which products do you want to hear more about?