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Saturday 18 August 2018

My birthday beauty gifts!

It was my birthday recently and I was lucky enough to receive some beautiful gifts and I wanted to share the beauty ones with you today! It may serve as inspiration if you have a birthday coming up yourself or if you have a beauty lover to buy for soon.

I received the new Becca Skin Love foundation, which I included in my Foundations for Dry Skin edit here and also the Under Eye Brightening Corrector from the same brand. This is actually the first corrector that I have used and I love it - I use a tiny amount and pat it into my under eye area with my finger. I find that I have to use a tiny amount or it will crease but luckily, my dark circles aren't too bad so only a tiny amount is needed. It really does brighten up the area - sometimes I follow with concealer but it isn't always necessary.

You all know how much I love Natasha Denona products so I was delighted to receive the mini Lila palette. I'm not sure why she named it a mini Lila when all five shades are unique to this palette, but it doesn't really matter, It's a gorgeous palette and the small size means that it would ideal for travelling. I have also ordered her new Camel palette so a review of that will be coming soon! I also received two other eyeshadows: Marc Jacobs O!mega Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Brav-O!! and an Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow. The Hourglass shadow is a cream to powder formula, which is perfect for glitters because it means that there is no fall down and it doesn't irritate even sensitive eyes like mine. 

I definitely didn't need another bronzer (see post here) but I have wanted the YSL Les Sahariennes cream bronzer for around two years now, so I was delighted to receive it. I have been using it and it's so easy to work with and the shade I have is perfect for my skin. It looks very natural and is ideal for  my dry skin.

I fell in love with the mini Dual Powder in the By Terry set I reviewed recently (here) and raved about it so much that I received a full size one for my birthday. It's a different shade and I think i love this Apricot Glow even more as it really suits my skin tone. It's described as a dual powder to mattify and highlight but I just swirl my brush around both and use as a blush. Also from By Terry, I received the Lash-Expert Twist Brush mascara, which is a two-in-one mascara that lengthens initially and then when you twist the lid, the brush changes and then adds volume - genius!

My blogging besties (Leanne, Dorota and Dagmara) spoilt me with the stunning Becca Be A Light Face Palette and two Saturday Skin sheet masks: Spotlight Brightening Mask and Quench Intense Hydration Mask. Review of the palette coming soon!

Finally for makeup, I received a Lime Crime Wet Cherry Lip Gloss in the shade Naked Cherry, which is a nude - my favourite lip colour as it will go with all eye looks! I love this gloss - it isn't sticky, it's pigmented and applies evenly.

I received a gorgeous Candle & Diffuser made by Sass & Boho. These are some of the best that I've tried - the scent is stronger than any Jo Malone or Diptyque that I have tried, yet it isn't so potent that it will induce a headache plus they are less than half the price! The scent of the candle fills the room before I even light it.

I don't usually use very fancy nail polishes so I was delighted to receive a Chanel one in the shade Exquisite Pink. The only skincare product I received was Clarins Multi Active Day Cream, which I have used previously and loved. This also came with some Clarins minis, which I will take on holiday next month. I also received some beautiful Champneys products from the As Good As New line - a bubble bath and pillow mist - everyone knows how much I need my sleep!

Finally, I received two gorgeous Kevin Murphy products - Shimmer.Shine, which is a finishing spray to add some shine and Hydrate.Me.Rinse, which is a lightweight yet nourishing conditioner.

Overall, I was thoroughly spoilt and I feel very lucky! If you're a beauty lover, do you receive a lot of beauty gifts on your birthday or is it the opposite, where everyone assumes you have enough and don't buy you anything beauty related? I'd love to hear!

Don't forget to enter my Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette giveaway here.

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