Hey guys! So on Tuesday I turned the ripe old age of 23. A lot of people asked me if I had something fun planned, or what I was going to do. Well…I slept. Like literally all day. If you can’t have afternoon naps when you’re 23, when can you?!
Anyways, on Monday I was heavily armed up with birthday money from my wonderfully generous other half, and headed off to the Trafford Centre with my two sisters.
Mac was obviously my first stop. In the past few months I’ve sadly misplaced my beloved Velvet Teddy, and was definitely in dire need of a replacement. I picked up a shiny brand new one as well as Sin, a gorgeous blackened red colour that I’ve had my eye on for agessssss. I asked the girl behind the counter for some lipliner options and she very kindly picked out Spice for VT and Cyber World for Sin. Spice is 100% the perfect match, and Cyber World is just a little darker and more purple based than Sin, but still lovely!
Next up I jumped in to Boots and picked up some essentials – I’m trying to get in to some other pencil eyeliners that aren’t as harsh as black, so I picked up these Natural Collection pieces in a brown and a grey shade. I also grabbed the Miss Sporty The Miaoww Look eyeliner. I really like the look of this eyeliner, it’s got a very slim nib to help get defined wings – something I definitely struggle with. I also picked up Sleek’s Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit, after reading Kirsty from A Yellow Brick Blog rave about it as a cheaper alternative to Kylie’s Lip Kits. It’s pretty good – it dries to a good matte finish that isn’t too drying, and the colour really is a true nude.
I also grabbed this baby from Boots. After seeing every Youtuber and their mum rave about the Smashbox Primer Water as a base primer, I knew I had to have it as soon as I clocked it. Apparently you can use this after makeup application too, to help lock everything in. I’ve recently been having some issues with making my foundation actually stay on my face, so I’m pretty excited to give this a proper whirl.
Next up was Lush. I didn’t plan on buying anything, but Sister #2 wanted to go in, so I obliged. I’ve always picked up the Ultrabland Cleanser and the always put it back down again, so I decided to just bite the bullet and get it. It’s a semi-solid cleanser that turns in to a cream when rubbed in, and smells delicious! It says it’s gentle on the skin, making it perfect for me! I also picked up the Popcorn Lip Scrub to replace my Bubblegum one – I have to say, I don’t like this taste as much as the Bubblegum, but it does the job all the same.
And now the pièce de résistance (definitely googled that for spelling!) – I managed to get my hand on the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette. I genuinely thought I’d missed out on this beauty, and I was a teeny bit heartbroken about it – just look at those matte browns and jewel tones! Anyay, we were on our way out of the Trafford Centre and I longingly traipsed past the UD counter and saw it there, in all it’s glory. Well, there wasn’t even a hesitation, I grabbed it, ran to the counter and parted with my pennies. No regret, no buyers guilt, just sheer unadulterated happiness that it is mine. It came with samples of 4 of the lipstick shades, which I don’t know if I’ll use, but it’ll be nice to have them.
So this was technically a “What my Other Half (And Work with the Gift Card Also) Got Me For My Birthday” – but doesn’t a haul have a better ring to it?
I am so so grateful that A let me have free reign of my birthday presents, I’ve managed to get my hands on some lovely things that I wouldn’t have been able to get myself. So yeah, Super Happy Hannah this week.
Peace out guys! xo