10 things on my Birthday Wish List!

10 Things on my Birthday Wish List (2018)

It’s my birthday in a week (9th October!) and for once I’ve actually remembered to do a birthday related post! I decided to start out simple and give you guys a glimpse of what is on my birthday wish list. Being an October baby I pretty much spend most of the year planning for my birthday and Christmas, and then rinse and repeat again the next year. Our anniversary is also in October so I can’t even use that as an excuse for some goodies either! It does mean that by the time October rolls around I have a solid idea of what I want and any impulse buys have long lost their luster.

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Blog Domain Name

1. Blog Domain Name

It is finally time to move this blog to it’s own domain! It’s a big step with lots of SEO bits and bobs (and probably a massive headache), but it needs to be done and to be honest, I want it done! I wouldn’t say I’ve been putting it off, but rather it just didn’t feel like the right time before. Now the blog feels much more grounded and it’s grown into what I wanted it to be. It’s time 🙂

 

 

iphone Camera Lens Kit

2. Iphone Camera Lens Kit

Ideally a new camera would be great, however, the next step for me would be a dslr camera which I don’t actually know how to use properly! Chris has one and he’s happy to let me use it and, more importantly, teach me how to use it. So there is little point in me investing in a camera right now. I do have my own camera but it’s so outdated that my iphone actually gives me far better quality photos so I’ve been investing in equipment for that. My first was this fantastic tripod which has been so valuable. I can use it as a “selfie” stick or I can use it as a tripod – and it’s got bendy legs so I can put it at weird angles for photos or wrap it around anything. This lens kit would give me everything I really want from a dslr camera without having to pay for one and without needing to learn all the technical settings, which I have to admit my ME brain fogged mind is struggling with. There are more expensive options but I’d prefer to try a cheaper option and see how it works and then upgrade at a later date.

 

L'Oreal Smooth Sugar Nourish Cocoa Face And Lip Scrub

3. L’Oreal Smooth Sugar Scrub

As I reported in my last Sample Shoutout I received a sample of this and absolutely fell in love it. It has been the only product I’ve ever found to help me with one of my beauty problems so getting hold of a full sized tub of the Nourish Cocoa Face And Lip Scrub has been a priority since I tried it!

 

Calligraphy pen set and ink cartridges

4. Calligraphy Pens

 Last Christmas I got a huge haul of bullet journal goodies from The Works and they were all great! I got a small calligraphy pen set and while I haven’t really been using it for calligraphy per say I have swapped to writing with them. The problem is that I want to use all the inks and all the colours and I have just one pen. The set had three nibs and just one pen. So this time I’m upping my game and eyeing up this Sheaffer Calligraphy set which comes with three pens not just the nibs. This means I can have multiple inks on the go without having to swap nibs or worry about them drying out. I still have plenty of ink cartridges left, however, the pack was not well balanced in colours so I’m also going to get a pack of cartridges by the Manuscript Pen Company Creative. They’ve had great reviews and have some nifty colours that my other pack didn’t have!

 

 

5. Nail Polishes

My nail polish collection is dying. The only new additions it has had in years have been courtesy of my mother in law who has either bought be colours that aren’t my cup of tea or the same colour of turquoise in about 5 different shades (I’m not joking). The problem is that I don’t really have the money to go on a full on nail polish shopping spree – especially not if I get everything else on this list. So I’ve had to think about it and I’ve come up with a few solutions; nail polish subscription boxes such as the two pictured above (Mani and Lola and MeeBox), a decent nail polish advent calendar this year (I’ve yet to decide on which one), buy an advent calendar from a previous year for a discounted price (such as this Technic Advent Calendar) and buy some gift sets or bulk sets of nail polish (such as this Rimmel London nail polish set). There’s also Primark and a few of the pound shops/discount shops that have started doing their own Beauty lines which are getting some great reviews so I’m going to check those out too. Hopefully by the end of that I should have a good start to a collection again!

 

Washi Tape

6. Washi Tape

Yep, I am a Washi Tape addict and my small meagre collection just doesn’t cut it any more. The time has come to invest in some more beautiful sets such as this gorgeous Starry Sky Washi tape set from 812 Journal. I much prefer to get sets like this at this stage so that I can build up a decent collection and then I can add individual tapes later on.

 

7. Mantaray Purse

Mantaray Embroidered Hummingbird Purse

I’m not really a big purse fan, or someone who buys them a lot – bags on the other hand I am really bad with especially when I’m on holiday. I don’t tend to find bags in my style until I go abroad to Europe or visit markets over here and then I want to buy them ALL. But purses I have a hard time finding one I like and so when I finally found a brand I liked I stuck with it. I think this will be my third Mantaray purse now and I literally wear them to death; my current one is falling to pieces. What I love about them is that they’re actually embroidered so you get that real texture feel rather than a plastically feel like some purses/wallets, and it’s just the right size for what I want. And Mantaray as a brand fits with my boho nature loving style too, and I just fell in love with the colours and design of this embroidered Hummingbird purse by them. I usually get my watches by them as well, and while I really need a new watch too my purse is literally falling apart and thus makes this list!

The Wet Brush Flex Dry Hair Brush Ombre

8. Wet Brush Hair Brushes

I’ve slowly been upgrading my beauty supplies, moving from cheaper versions to more professional and higher quality alternatives. So far I’ve upgraded my tweezers and my nail files and now it’s time for my hair brushes. I’ve been eyeing up the brand Wet Brushes for a while, and although I like their standard brush I think I’m actually going to go with these two instead. One is their Flex Dry Hair Brush which is designed to help you dry your hair as you brush it. I use two hair brushes; my usual hair brush and then an older one for when I’ve had a shower. My hair is so thick that if I use my normal hair brush to brush through my hair when it’s wet I just soak my brush. This wonderful invention though helps your hair dry as you use it and as I air dry my hair that makes it super useful for me! I’m also going to get their Shine Hair Brush as my normal brush as it has boar bristles and is a bit bigger than their standard brush – great for someone with long thick hair like mine!

 

DvDs or a NowTV Subscription

9. DVDs or NowTV Subscription

We are so behind on films, that there’s a lot of movie DVDs on my wish list – but as I’m also so behind on TV shows I’m  weighing up buying the movies on DVD against buying a NowTV subscription for a month. It might be cheaper and easier to do that so I can see all the movies and also get caught up on TV shows at the same time. We’re about four movies behind in the Marvel Cinematic universe, I’ve still not seen Solo and there’s loads of other movies like Oceans 8 too. While I’d love to be able to splash out and get them all on DVD it’s just realistically possible and as you can see this is down at #9 on my list so it’s not that high on my priorities either.

 

Miscealleous Beauty Products

10. Beauty Products

Thanks to my big beauty prize win most of my beauty needs are covered for a very long time, however, there’s a few things that are mainly every day restocks that I need. I was sent my first face oil as a product tester and it did wonders for my skin, and sadly, I finished it 🙁 So looking for a new replacement I’m going to try one from Revolution’s new skincare range. Namely their Skin Plumping & Hydrating Solution with 2% Hyaluronic Acid which is very close (if not the same) as the product I was testing just without the brand name and thus the massive price tag. Another product replacement for the same tester panel is B. Brightening Fruit Acid Cleanser. I’m not sure if this is exactly what I’m looking for, however, it’s the closest match I could find so I’m going to give it ago first. I absolutely love Cucumber Cooling Eye Pads for when my eyes are sore and tired and need to stock up on some new ones.

And then the other two products on my list are two new items that are treats for myself that I have been eyeing up for a while now! One is L’Oréal’s Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette. I was going to go the full hog and get their foundation too, however, I’ve found that BB cream works so much better for me and I’ve also fallen in love with Garnier’s Skin Active BB Cream so there is no point in me getting another foundation I won’t use. I’ve heard great things about the coverage of this range and I want to try it out because my other colour correct palette is beginning to run out.

The other product is ALINICE Hair colouring material which is a form of styling wax  but coloured! I’m not quite ready to go the full bleach and dye route yet but I want to play around with some streaks and have some fun so I’m going to get a pot of this in purple. There’s some really mixed reviews and to be honest, I’m not too fussed if the product isn’t great as it’s only £9.99. I just want to see how I look with purple hair and decide if it’s something I want to do one day.

 

Everything Else

Naturally that’s not everything, not even close 😉

So just in case your curious about what didn’t make the top 10 cut you can view my full wish list here!

And don’t forget to check out the 10 books at the top of my TBR pile as they’re also on my wish list too!

Over to you

I hope you enjoyed having a look into my birthday wish list and getting an insight into me 🙂

When’s your birthday? Is it coming up, has it just gone? Or have you got months to go?

Is there anything you’re hoping someone gets you? How many hints have you dropped for it?

Have you tried anything on my list or is anything also on your list?

Let me know in the comments! 🙂

It's my birthday in a week (9th October!) and for once I've actually remembered to do a birthday related post! I decided to start out simple and give you guys a glimpse of what is on my birthday wish list. Being an October baby I pretty much spend most of the year planning for my birthday and Christmas, and then rinse and repeat again the next year. Our anniversary is also in October so I can't even use that as an excuse for some goodies either! It does mean that by the time October rolls around I have a solid idea of what I want and any impulse buys have long lost their luster. Come check out the top 10 things on my wish list this year!

Skincare Samples

Sample Shoutout - June: Skincare Edition

Welcome to the first Sample Shoutout a new series here at Just Geeking By where I share a couple of samples I’ve been trying out each month. They will usually be beauty samples, however, from time to time they may be something else such as food or stationery! It really depends on what I can get my mitts on 🙂 These are all free samples gathered with the help of freebie sites or following companies on social media networks. If you’d like me to go into more detail about how I obtain samples let me know in the comments! ((Texture used in the banner is by Lady Asmodina and the Sakura Frame is by katydeviantart.))

This month it’s a skincare special as I review L’oreal Paris Smooth Sugar Scrubs, Clarins SOS Hydra and Glam Glow’s SuperMud Clearing Treatment!

 

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L’oreal Paris: Smooth Sugar Scrubs

Cocoa Nourish

 

L'oreal Paris: Smooth Sugar Scrubs Cocoa Nourish

As soon as I saw these advertised I knew I had to get my hands on them so when I saw the chance to grab a sample I did and crossed my fingers! I was really excited when I got it through the post, and then held onto it for a few weeks because I didn’t want to use it up.

I tested the cocoa Nourish scrub, and there’s also kiwi Clear and grapeseed Glow.

 

L'oreal Paris: Smooth Sugar Scrubs Cocoa Nourish

Eventually I did and I absolutely loved it! It did everything I expected and more. I’ve had these pesky blackheads around my lips that I’ve tried literally everything to get rid of them and nothing has worked – until now! The smooth sugar scrub got rid of them in one use. Wham bam, thank you L’Oreal Paris! It’s been probably about a month since I used it and they’re still so much better than they were. It really did nip the most stubborn ones in the bud.

As you can (sort of) see from this photo it’s a very clear mixture when it goes on. You put it on, add water to activate and leave it on for however long you’re instructed. You can also put it directly onto your lips so it’s a face and lip scrub.

My Vote: 10/10


Clarins SOS Hydra Face Mask

 

Clarins: SOS Hydra Face Mask

Face masks are no longer just the sort that you put on and wash off, and there are now a bunch of moisturiser based ones which you just wipe off when you’re done. The Clarins SOS Hydra Face Mask is one of these and is designed to be what it’s name states; a dose of hydration to save your skin. Well, it does that. My skin was certainly more moisturised afterwards… the problem was getting the blasted thing OFF.

The instructions say something like ‘just wipe it off’. Hah! I wiped, I rubbed, I washed and I even grabbed my micellar water and used that, and even an hour after I still could feel the remnants of it clinging to my skin. I was not impressed.

My Vote: 4/10


GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

 

 GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

I am a big Glamglow fan girl after receiving their THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment Glam To Go in a prize pack, so I was eager to try more of their range. So when the chance came to try two of their new products I applied and got sent this clearing treatment along with another one (check out next month’s Sample Shoutout!). I kind of had mixed feelings about this one and I think it was mostly because it was only a one use application. I think this is the sort of product you would need to try over a period of time to really see the benefit.

 

 GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

As you can see from the picture it has a bubbly type of texture which then dries more like a mud/clay mask. It felt a bit odd while drying, otherwise I had no other comments on it. My skin came out feeling fresh and clean – but that is pretty much what I expect from any face mask. It that doesn’t happen then to me a face mask isn’t doing it’s job. So like I said I’d definetly want to try this for a longer period of time to see how it went before being able to give a proper opinion on it.

 

Vote: 6/10 * ((An approximate vote due to the circumstances noted in the review.))


Over to You

Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you 🙂