It has been a hot minute, but on the 28th of October I turned 22. And that meant it was time for a little party. Or well, since I’ve grown older this whole celebrating part has become less and less exciting. I celebrated it with my family and I celebrated it with my best friend and boyfriend. Being the lucky girl that I am I got a lot of really nice gifts for my birthday and I also bought myself a couple of ‘birthday gifts’. I know, lame, but it’s true. Anyway, I’m really excited about everything that I got and therefore I really wanted to share it with you guys. So if you’re interested in finding out what I got for my birthday, make sure you continue reading this post!
Let’s start off with what I got from my mother. This wasn’t a big surprise to me because my mother lets me choose what I want to get for my birthday. You might think that’s boring, but I actually really like the way we handle this because I always get something that’s really high up my wishlist and I don’t see why that’s not super exciting. Anyway, let’s get into the gifts that she got me.
First off all my mother got me the gift set from the new Rituals The Ritual Of Tsuru collection. Somehow, every year I end up getting the limited edition collection from Rituals. I just can’t not do it. I don’t know why. And this years’ collection is looking particularly stunning. I mean, look at those packagings! It’s just to die for.
Inside this gift set are four products. The first one being the Ritual Of Tsuru Shower Foam. I always love a good shower foam from Rituals! Next to that is the Ritual Of Tsuru Body Cream. If I had to name one thing as my favourite product from Rituals it has to be their body creams. They are always so hydrating, softening and the texture is just incredible. Really love it! Anyway, moving on to the other two products in the set. Inside this gift set is also a big candle. On the website they called it ‘gift set size’, but it’s huge. So really don’t break a nail over that. The last item in this gift set is one of the Ritual Of Tsuru Bath Bombs. As you guys might know I got a set of three of them from my best friend a while back and I loved them, so I’m super excited about it!
Along with the gift set my mom also got me some other things. First of all she got me a new box of my favourite tea. It’s the Clipper Snore & Peace tea. It’s such a delicious tea and obviously a great gift. By the way, look at how cute the little box is!
Moving on to the next item, which is the Ritual Of Tsuru Shower Oil. A while back I ordered every single shower oil that Rituals offered at the time and I completely fell in love with the product. I’m a huge sucker for the shower oils from Rituals. So when I noticed this years’ limited edition collection also came with a shower oil I knew that I needed to have it. So my mom got it for me for my birthday. Absolutely love it!
Next to that is a gift I got from my very best friend in the whole entire world. She gifted me two things. The first thing is this Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil. It’s super fancy, it’s something I’ve been meaning to try for ages and she just got it for me! How exciting! She knows me so well! And the other thing she got me is that she’s taking me on a high tea in the near future. Really looking forward to that too!
The last item on this picture is something I got from my mom as well. This is the Sweet Jasmine Mini Fragrance Sticks. They smell absolutely incredible. I’ve totally fallen in love with this scent.
Moving on to what my boyfriend gifted me. First of all he gave me this really adorable little bracelet with a little leaf on it. I think it’s absolutely stunning. I love really dainty jewellery and this fits my style really, really well to be honest. I’m still trying to learn how to put it on myself. But until then my mom is always there to help me put it on. I’m so impressed by my boyfriend for picking this out. I mean, it’s completely up my alley. He knows me so well!
Aside from the bracelet my boyfriend took me out shopping to a city of my preference. I chose to go to Utrecht. We went there the next weekend and he let me pick out a lot of really amazing items that I’ve been wanting for a long while now! There’s just one thing that I didn’t manage to capture on camera. That’s a cardigan I got from Hollister. It’s a deep, plummy red colour. It’s super, super soft and it’s really comfy. I can’t stop wearing it!
Anyway, let’s take a look at all the other things I got from my super lovely boyfriend! I’m so excited to show it to you guys!
First things first, we obviously went into Lush. At first I got the Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar there and the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar. They did have these super adorable pink bags instead of their standard brown ones. I’m totally in love with these. Anyways, I actually wanted to get one more Magic Wand but they only had one left at the store we were at.
Luckily for me there are two Lush stores in Utrecht. So what we did is we went into the other Lush and as luck would have it they had plenty of Magic Wands over there. So my boyfriend got me another one and he also got me the Bewitched Bubble Bar. Now I have a back up of all of my favourite seasonal bubble bars. That’s just really exciting to me. I’m already looking forward to bathing with them.
By the way, props to my boyfriend for going into Lush with me twice. I mean, Lush is a very amazing store. I totally love it there. But I know that it’s intense and I can imagine my boyfriend not loving it as much as I do. Oh and it was pretty darn busy at the second store we went to. Even for me that was quite overwhelming.
Next we went into the store of my dreams. I had never been to this store before but it was literally a bucket list thing for me. I’m talking about the Lindt store. Lindt is a very luxurious chocolate brand that makes the most amazing tasting chocolates. They are little balls with a soft filling inside. For the longest time that sounded pretty gross to me, until I decided to give them a try. My lord these taste good! And when you go into one of their stores you can just fill a bag with the flavours you like! How exciting is that?! I obviously knew my favourite one, the white chocolate ball. But I also got some other flavours.
I got the white mango flavour which ended up being really tasty. I wish I grabbed more of those. I also got straciatella flavour, white and milk combined, matcha flavour and even a strawberry flavoured one. I haven’t tasted all of them yet since they are pretty heavy on the stomach. But I can’t wait to eat all of them!
After that we went into Sostrene Grene. I love that store so much, especially around the holiday season. They always have the cutest mugs and things like that. This time they had two adorable Christmas themed bowls. The first one has a little santa on it and the other one is shaped like a reindeer. They were both too cute to resist. So my boyfriend got them for me. How sweet!
Next we went into Rituals. It was actually the second time we went into Rituals when I got this, but that’s not important. My boyfriend gifted me this extremely luxurious candle. It’s called Imperial Rose and it’s from the new home fragrance collection from Rituals. It’s the same collection that the fragrance sticks are from that I got from my mother. I love the Rituals candles, I love the scent of rose a whole lot, so Imperial Rose was the one I fell in love with. I’ve already burned it a couple of times and it’s really, really good!
Then we went into The Body Shop. It’s been a while since I went to one of their stores since they left Den Bosch, which is where I shop most often. I was really excited about their new Christmas collection since it seemed like they finally did some kind of change to their scents. Every year they just redo the same scents but give them a different name. However, this year we went from the apple scent to a pear scent. And I ended up loving it. The Rich Plum scent also caught my eye and I fell in love. This year the holiday scents are also available in the body yogurts, and since that’s my favourite product I needed to get both of them.
Lastly I got a Rituals Shower Oil. I got this for free with the purchase because I’m a member and this is what you get when it’s your birthday. I chose the Ritual Of Dao scent since it’s such a classic and I really like it.
Having discussed everything I got from my friends, family and boyfriend, let’s move on to what I got myself. This was in a course of a couple of weeks but all with the intention of it being a birthday gift to myself. First of all I got two items from the Hourglass, including one item from their holiday collection of this year. Feelunique had a 20% off deal going on so it felt like the right time to indulge. First off all I got the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Diffused Bronze Light Bronzer. I have been meaning to try one of the Hourglass bronzers for ages and this one seemed like the perfect shade for me. I’ve been using it for a while now and spoiler alert: it’s mesmerising!
The second item from Hourglass that I got is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Ghost Blush Quad. This is from the limited edition collection of this year. It’s a palette filled with four Ambient Lighting Blushes and they’re all really stunning. Considering the price point these blushes are terribly tiny, but well, it’s Hourglass and I’m obsessed with it. These blushes look amazing on the skin!
Aside from that Feelunique order I also went shopping with my best friend on my birthday. One of the items I got while shopping with her is the Chanel Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil. I’d been eying this for so long but I had some coupons I could only spend in store. So now that we finally were at a store, I could get it. And I’m so excited to give this a try!
I know that it’s kind of early, but recently I placed an order on the German Douglas website to buy my mother a Christmas gift. While shopping there I came across one of my all time favourite concealers, the Lancome Long Lasting Softening Concealer and it was on a massive discount. I couldn’t resist so I got it as well.
While shopping with my best friend we went to Rituals and I got myself the Sweet Jasmin Scented Candle from this Private Collection range. It’s the same scent as the fragrance sticks I got from my mother and I love it to pieces. I think it’s the most luxurious looking candle ever and it’s really big as well. I believe it lasts like 60 hours so I’ll definitely get a lot of use out of this candle. And this scent you guys, it’s just incredible!
Along with that purchase I got two gifts. That’s also because I’m a member. I got a mini shower foam. I got the Ritual Of Sakura one. This is one of my favourite scents from Rituals. And I also got a shower oil in the same scent. I already have this, but I’m planning on placing this bottle at my boyfriends’ place so I can use it there as well. I’m really happy with both of these items. Especially considering the fact I got them for free. How nice is that?!
Moving on to the two very last things I got. Two very different things at that. The first thing is a cooking book. It’s called Pizza, Burgers & Nacho’s. These are three things I absolutely love to eat. I’m always in for inspiration to try out new ways to make these things so this seemed like a fun little book to take home with me. It was also very affordable, just €5!
And that brings us to the very last item that I got. This is an eyeshadow palette by Bobbi Brown. It’s the Bobbi Brown x Ulla Johnson Eyeshadow Palette. I don’t know who Ulla Johnson is, but the aesthetic of this palette seemed really pretty to me and I love Bobbi Brown eyeshadow, so I really wanted to get it. I can’t wait to try it!
And that brings us to the end of this years’ what I got for my birthday. I’m really thankful for everything I got and I’m also super excited about everything. And to you guys: a big thank you for reading today’s post and be sure to let me know which products you want me to review first!