Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Birthday list 2014

Another year, another birthday list. My birthday this year has coincided with me running out of nearly every toiletry item that I own, so it was hard not letting this list just sound like a copy and paste of the Boots website. Still, it's lovely to receive beauty products as gifts and why not make the most of your birthday to stock up your bathroom cabinet?

I've also started up a few making projects which had been languishing in a dusty corner for a while, so tools and materials have featured in this list, as well as the obligatory accessories which make every birthday a joy: namely shoes, bags and jewellery.

Top row, left to right
- HealGel Intensive £37.50 - this will solve 256 of my skincare complaints.
- Beaded clutch bag, £19.99 New Look from ASOS - this is a key part of a wedding outfit master plan.
- Skin Food, £9.95 Weleda - VB swears by this stuff so I'll give it whirl too thanks.
- Gingham top, £28 ASOS - chic checks.
- Organic Argan oil, £17.50 Neal's Yard - good price, good quality and a multi-tasker. Use it on hair, skin, nails and salad.
- Ceramic peg knob, £6 Anthropologie - I have a project in mind to change the four drawer knobs on a old chest of drawers I have to these little beauties.

Second row, left to right
- Mya bag in leopard, £66 Boden - and so ends my quest for a new leopard print bag.
- Picasso shirt, £43.95 The Breton Shirt Company - stripe perfection in my book.
- White & crystal effect gold necklace, £35 Next - I know! Next! Who knew?
- Vetyverio eau de toilette, £55 Diptyque - if you like a woody fragrance then you'll like this, and apparently Vetiver helps to reduce stress and anxiety so spray liberally.
- Menu Salt & Pepper grinders in nude, £39.95 Hus & Hem - I am not sure how much I can go on about how excited I am about these and that they will change my life. My relationship with my Cole & Mason grinders is at an all time low, as they incontinently drip their way around the kitchen and into the dining room. Yes, they are pricy, but the savings we will make in buying coarse sea salt will be immense.

Third row, left to right
Tangle Teezer gold rush compact styler, £12.49 John Lewis - tried a friend's and was instantly impressed. Got to confess that I'm a wet hair brusher. Can't stop, won't stop, but s'okay if I use this. Phew. 
- Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream, £30 Boots - the best I've tried in a long time and I've just scraped the last out of the jar.
- Flat leather sandals, £59.99 Zara
- Paint brush by Annie Sloan, £12.95 - this paint brush is joy to use for painting furniture. Despite months of searching, I lost mine in our last house move, only just admitting to myself that I've seen the last of it. Want anuva.
- Bestiary folder tray, £34 Anthropologie - one up from the glass tray, this tray has sides which I am particularly thrilled about, to stop those top heavy items toppling over.

Bottom row, left to right
- Yes to Carrots body butter, £8.50 ASOS - heard good things about this to tackle bumpy upper arms so fingers crossed…
- Tropical print slippers, £29.99 Zara Home - I know, I know, there's not much natural fibre to be seen in these slippers, but I like them A LOT and can buy a leather insole so shhhhhhh.
- L'Oreal Paris Infalliable 24hr lipstick in Toujours Teaberry, £9.99 Boots - this has been touted as one of the best MLBB lipsticks around (that's My Lips But Better, er, hashtag).
- Chanel Les Beiges healthy glow sheer powder, £39 Boots - I am told that this is better for pale girls than bronzer. And I am a pale girl.

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