What I got for my 23rd birthday

I turned 23 last week (Yayyy I am aging…) and I wanted to share with all of you the couple of bits I got. The definite highlight is the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay palette (which was actually part of my wishlist). I have been obsessed with this palette for quite a while now. I love the variety of shades, there are a lot for a natural look, but also a few to spice things up for a night out. The mirror is amazing and if you’re like me and you do your makeup sitting on the floor surrounded by makeup but can never find the hand mirror you bought (this is just me? really) then this is perfect! The shades are really pigmented, a little powdery just like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, but nothing too terrible or unfixable.


The second present I was really excited about is a Makeup DIY book called Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care. I still haven’t had the chance to really go through it and read full sections, but I can’t wait to try some of these. The reason my boyfriend got it for me, was not really because I would apply any of the recipes or techniques, but because he thought I could use it for inspiration for my blog (he has no faith in my ability in the kitchen), and it’s true and I love it! Have any of you tried doing your own makeup??


I also got a pack of small Moleskine plain notebooks in pastel shades – I wasn’t able to find the exact ones but mine is a set of three in pink, purple and yellow. I love anything stationary and I always find a need to write things down. Lists, ideas, quotes, anything. Or I just find silly excuses to buy more notebooks and notepads. I am currently using the pink one to write down blog ideas and plan them out. I usually don’t have much of a strategy when I write these, but I think it will be useful if for i.e. favorites, I write down the list of products before I start writing and taking pictures.


The fourth item is a little pouch, case, not sure the word for it. I love the design on it and I’m sure I’ll find something to put in it. The zipper goes all around it so there will definitely be space for a lot of things, maybe some travel makeup to keep at hand.

Is there anything you’ve loved that you got as a birthday gift? Let me know if the comments below, I love birthdays and I’d love to know.

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  • Happy Birthday! I hope you had an amazing day. Ooooo I love journals!! I have recently taken up bullet journaling. Have fun with all your new goodies. XOXO, Faith

    • And one of my favorite presents I have received is probably my Instax Camera.

      • I have one too and I love it!! I just wish I had someone to take pictures of me with it haha everyone always wants to be in the photo

    • Thank youuu! I’ve thought about bullet journaling but I always think I’d be frustrated about it not looking like the masterpieces on Instagram

      • It definitely takes patience, especially if you’re not the best at lettering (me!). But it’s a really relaxing activity to do in my free time.

  • Happy Birthday! DIY skincare and makeup sound exciting! I saw some beauty DIY but too lazy to get the ingredients and do it XD

    • Thank you ☺️ I know haha we’ll see if i actually try something

  • Happy Birthday! That book sounds interesting. I’ve always thought it sounds fun to do some makeup DIY but wouldn’t know where to start.

    • I have no idea either haha hopefully I’ll learn something and will be able to share with you all here!

  • Happy Birthday, hope you enjoyed it! Looks like you got some good stuff xx

    • Thank you! And thanks for reading! Yes, it was all very nice.

  • That tarte palette – oh my gosh!! Hope you had a lovely birthday!! xxx

    • It was lovely! Thank you! And yes, I’ve been loving the palette. Boyfriend did good lol


  • Is there such a thing as too much highlighter 😍?? I don’t think so 🤷🏻‍♀️What’s your go-to highlighter right now? Mine are @colourpopcosmetics Super Shock highlighters - especially Flexitarian. Speaking of @colourpopcosmetics have you ever had a package not delivered because @colourpopcosmetics didn’t pay enough postage?? Would love to know!
Se puede tener suficientes iluminadores 😍? Yo no lo creo 🤷🏻‍♀️Cuál es su favorito en este momento? El mío es Flexitarian de @colourpopcosmetics
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  • My picks for today ✨I am loving using this @tartecosmetics powder to set my concealer. It has a beautiful, blurring effect. I also have a new post up! All about primers ☝🏼Do you use primer on a regular basis?
Mis elegidos de hoy ✨Estoy amando usar estos polvos de @tartecosmetics para fijar el corrector de las ojeras. Queda tan bien!
@tartecosmetics @toofaced @touchinsolus @smashboxcosmetics @physiciansformula @bitebeauty @narsissist @benefitcolombia @benefitcosmetics
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  • Some daily essentials ♥️Happy Sunday and I hope you have a wonderful week!
Esenciales para el día a día ♥️Feliz domingo y feliz semana!
@itcosmeticspr @itcosmetics @glossier @colourpopcosmetics @hourglasscosmetics
  • Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Whats The palette you’ve been reaching for the most? Mine is the @toofaced Just Peachy mattes palette. Did you get the new one?
Feliz domingo!! Espero hayan tenido un buen fin de semana. Cuál es la paleta de sombras que más usaron esta semana? La mía fue la paleta de @toofaced Just Peachy. Mis metas para el 2018 ya está disponible en español!
  • Love it when the family comes together ♥️The @physiciansformula Butter family is all so good. The Butter Bronzer is a cult favorite; the Butter Blush is beautiful and provides a subtle flush; and the most recent addition to the family, the Butter Highlighter ✨Do you like these?
Me encanta cuando la familia está reunida ♥️La familia Butter de @physiciansformula es genial! El Butter Bronzer es el favorito de todos; el Butter Blush es un rubor súper sutil y natura; y la adición más reciente, el Butter Highlighter ✨Ya los probaron?
  • Some picks for today ♥️I also have a new post on the @maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation☝🏼 Don’t forget to check it out! What else are you doing this weekend besides reading my blog?
Algunos elegidos para hoy ♥️También tengo un nuevo post sobre la base Matte + Poreless de @maybelline ☝🏼No se olviden de leerlo! Que más planes tienen para el fin de semana aparte de leer mi blog?


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