My Birthday Wishlist!
I turn 23 in two months time… crazy how fast the time has gone. I have been doing the usual online window shopping; you know when you add all of the things that you like/want into the basket, laugh at the total cost and close the window without making a single purchase? I am starting to regret doing this as I have now built up a birthday wishlist in my mind, knowing full well that the chances of me receiving any of them are beyond slim! But despite that, I have decided to share that wishlist here on my blog.
First of all, I need to stop stalking the Cath Kidston website as if I had the money, I would purchase their entire collection. I came across an adorable cross body bag that is reversible! On one side is a grey and white polka dot pattern which is super simple yet also super cute! The other side is a blue floral pattern which is quite girly and pretty. It is not often that I find a reversible bag and like both of the patterns… so this is a winner! The downside is that is costs £38.
I do own two other Cath Kidston bags, a large overnight bag which I have definitely got my use out of over the years, both when studying in university and whenever I have stayed out somewhere for a few nights. The other is a mini box bag which has an adorable Winnie the Pooh pattern on it and it came with a cute matching coin purse too! This is good for the summer, when you are nipping out for a couple of hours, it fits the essentials inside (phone, keys and purse). I would love this reversible cross body bag to use as an everyday bag, which I do not really have any of! Plus I can change the pattern on the bag to fit in with the occasion and/or my outfit! Win-win right?
The next item that ended up on my wishlist is an adorable pull-over top from Hollister. I do not shop in Hollister usually, but this item popped up as a sponsored post whilst scrolling through Instagram and it really caught my eye. I was going to ask for this for Christmas, but then I realised that it was only 1 week until Christmas when I saw it! However, it has since been reduced in the January sales so I have made a few, not so subtle hints to my other half about it… It is a pale pink sweatshirt with sherpa lining, it looks so soft and cosy! Perfect for these cold icy days that we are having at the moment and the endless cold days that we are going to have during the next few months. This is different in style to the clothes that I would usually wear too, which is why I love it so much! The original price of this sweatshirt was £35 and it is currently priced at just £17.50! A great bargain if you ask me.
Okay, so those of you who know me will know that I do not wear a lot of make-up! However, I have recently become more interested in make-up and I bought myself the Revolution 12 days of Christmas set and I received a beautiful brush set for Christmas too! I love a good liquid eyeliner pen, one that does not smudge easily or fade too much throughout the day. I did have a tattoo liner by Kat Von D which was amazing, but it ran out on me a couple of weeks back. So I purchased a Revolution liner for £5, claiming to be waterproof and smudge proof, yet within 10-20 minutes it has smudged all over my eyelids!
My partners mum received a small eye make-up set by Clinique for Christmas and it came with a liquid eyeliner pen. She always lets me use her make-up whenever I need it, so I thought I would give it a try… It is perfect! It goes on so smoothly and it does not fade or smudge throughout the day! I searched online and found the product, only to discover that is £19.99 on its own!
Then I found this beautiful set by Clinique at the cost of £30. It includes the following items:
• Take The Day Off™ Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips, 50ml
• Take The Day Off™ Cleansing Balm, 15ml
• City Block Purifying™ Charcoal Cleansing Gel, 30ml
• City Block Purifying™ Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub, 30ml
• Moisture Surge™ 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, 30ml
• All About Eyes™, 5ml
• Pretty Easy™ Liquid Eyelining Pen in Black, 0.34g
• High Impact™ Mascara in Black, 3.5ml
The content of this box would cost over £60 if all of the products were bought individually so it is definitely worth the money! And I would definitely use each of these products. I am so desperate to get my hands on the eyeliner pen, so when I seen this set it had to make it onto the Birthday Wishlist.
Next on the list is a beautiful gift set from The Literary Emporium, a small business that sells amazing products based on famous pieces of literature. This particular gift set includes a hardback copy of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley with a matching pin badge and t-shirt! I have always wanted to read Frankenstein and this set it so unique! I purchased a Pride and Prejudice t-shirt from this little business not long ago and the quality and the fit are just perfect. This set costs £35… which may seem steep at first, however, the t-shirt alone would cost £16, the book would cost £15 (brand new) and the pin badge would cost £7 adding up to £38. Therefore you would be saving £3… but not only are you receiving these 3 items, but they arrive in such beautifully presented packaging.
If I could buy all of the gift sets from The Literary Emporium I would do so without hesitation. It is such a unique small business that screams out to book lovers. I set a challenge for myself this year; to read more books! This came about after me and Molly decided to host a book club for SeeTheUniverse, meaning we would have to read 1 book per month throughout 2019.
I have fallen in love with Tombow brush pens… I recently started a bullet journal and although I am using 2019 as a practice run, I would love to have some Tombow pens to experiment with! These are not the cheapest of pens, but they do look incredible! I would eventually like to have a huge collection of these, but as a starting point, I would love to have some of the pastel colours along with the calligraphy set that teaches you how to write all fancy and pretty! The small set of pastel brushes costs £12-£13 on Amazon and the calligraphy set costs £12. I also spotted a book for practising modern calligraphy at the cost of £6.30!
I also spotted these adorable sausage dog mugs and glasses in Matalan the other day! I bought the tea bag dish which I am using for my tealights on my desk in my bedroom and I would love to have a matching mug and/or glass! They are pretty cheap too, the mugs cost £3 and the glasses cost £4! They are hand painted and they are just so cute… yes, I do have a sausage dog obsession, but when you have two beautiful pet sausages how can you not become obsessed?
I would also love some more films for my Instax camera so that I can keep taking pictures throughout the year to add to my scrapbook that Jake bought me for Christmas! The films cost £9.99 for a pack of 10 or £14.99 for a pack of 20, I would love to have a range of designs (such as the polka dotted frames and the monochrome prints)
So this is my birthday wishlist… A girl can dream, right?
Do you have a birthday approaching? What sort of things do you have on your birthday wishlist?