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The birthday haul: online (and long distance)!

I’ve not had a lot of energy to hit the shops this year, nor is there a lot of stuff that I want available in India. So most of the birthday shopping I’ve done for myself this year has been online or has been done for me by my loving husband in France!

The first two things that I ordered, as soon as the clock struck midnight, were the Ren skincare kit and Liz Earle toner that I mentioned in my ‘birthday wishlist’ post. Shipping to India was exorbitant though, so I had to send them home to Lyon.

As if this wasn’t enough, my husband took a trip to the mall and got me some amazing stuff – some Christmas-y goodies from The Body Shop and Lush  plus the Nuxe huile prodigieuse dry oil that I’ve been lusting after for ages. And look, they gave a free mini of the shimmery body oil too!




Isn’t the the best husband ever?! I’ll have to wait a couple of months till he actually brings me this stuff, but it’ll totally be worth the wait! 😀

Something that I did order to India are two whipped soaps from Haus of Gloi – Wintervale from their Yule collection and Hot Cocoa from their Reverie collection. I’ll review these once I’ve used them for a bit, but they smell lovely and I’m so excited to try them!

haus of gloi

And that’s the end of my birthday haul! I hope you guys didn’t get bored or think I was showing off in my haul posts- I just wanted to share everything I got/bought! I promise I won’t talk about my birthday anymore. Until next year, of course!


The birthday haul: gifts!

For the first time in three whole years, I spent my birthday at my parents house and that meant a lot of unexpected gifts and pampering!

I already told you guys in my last post that my parents got me a cake and treated me to dinner for my birthday. And as if that wasn’t enough, they bought me a lovely necklace and earrings from the mall! My grandmother also gave me jewellery – adorable star shaped earrings with red stones. This is one of my favourite presents because I had a pair like this when I was a little girl and lost one. This time around, I’m really going to cherish them!


My aunt gave me another amazing gift – Hydraluron!!! This moisturising serum/treatment has been on my wishlist forever but it is only available in the UK and I still can’t believe she actually made someone buy it and bring it just for me!


My husband sent me the one book I’ve been wanting to read ever since it came out – the new Percy Jackson novel. I know 24 seems a tad old to be reading this series, but I really love it and I’m so excited to start reading this book!


I got all this (along with some chocolates I may or may not have eaten already) on my actual birthday. But the next day, my friends came over bearing more gifts! I got a beautiful wallet and the Body Shop Moringa body spray, not to mention the lovely gift of getting to spend time with two old friends after years!


And that’s it – all the presents I received for my 24th birthday! I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing friends and family!

If you aren’t sick of my birthday already, watch out for my next post that will feature all the shopping I did for myself. 😀

C’est ma vie: Birthday week

As much as I like reading beauty and fashion blogs, I’ve always loved it when bloggers do vlogs or ‘my week in photos’ type posts that give us a sneak peek into their lives. My life isn’t too interesting, but I thought it would be nice if I could include my readers and friends in some of the fun aspects of my life. So here goes my first attempt!

So, my birthday was two days ago on the 13th of December, but the celebrations began a week earlier on the 6th, with my baby shower! It was a traditional bangle ceremony where all the women closest to me (family and friends) came and blessed me and the baby by putting bangles on my wrists.

It was a lovely morning and I loved being pampered by friends and family alike!
This was followed by another major occasion – my 3rd wedding anniversary on the 12th. It was the first one that my husband and I have spent apart which sucked, but my parents and brother did their best to keep any sadness at bay. Right from a card at midnight to flowers as soon as I woke up to a delicious Thai dinner, they really pulled out all the stops!

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We got home from dinner and settled in to watch a movie, so that everyone would stay awake to usher in my birthday at midnight. And you know what else midnight brought with it? A cake!!! I am seriously super lucky to be part of such a loving family!


That wasn’t all though! We went out again on 13th night! My parents bought me some jewellery and then we all went for an Indian dinner, which was the perfect end to the perfect day (and week!). I don’t have any pictures of us from dinner, because we were too busy eating, but I did take a quick snap of the food!


And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed this little window into my life. Stay tuned for the birthday haul/gift post(s) that are coming up soon! 😀

(P.S. I haven’t said this explicitly on this blog anywhere but I’m currently 8 months pregnant and staying at my parents place in India, waiting for the arrival of my little one. It sucks to be away from my home in Lyon, France and my husband but there was no way I could have managed the last few months of this pregnancy on my own!)

Birthday wishlist!

My birthday is on the 13th of this month and I’ve been busy making a wishlist of the gifts I want! This year, my list is very skincare centric. Why? Well, I’m currently 8 months pregnant and instead of the ‘pregnancy glow’ everyone told me I’d have, I’m suffering from a lot of breakouts and hyper sensitive skin. After obsessively reading and rereading Caroline Hirons’ and A Model Recommends’ skincare posts, I’ve decided on the following stuff:

1. Ren kit for sensitive skin – This comes with a cleansing milk, moisturiser, mask and serum and I’m hoping these will work for my skin without irritating it.


2. Ren Clarifying toner – Apparently chemical exfoliation is the norm now, rather than physical exfoliation with scrubs. It sounds a bit scary, but this toner seems to be the gentlest of the lot reviewed online so I’m ready to give it a try!

ren toner

3. Liz Earle skin boost tonic – I used this back when Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish was the most hyped product in the blogosphere. While I didn’t like the cleanser, I loved the toner and I’m not sure why I never repurchased. Better late than never, right?

liz earle skin tonic

4. Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm – I’ve been dying to try a cleansing balm but the famed Emma Hardie one is a bit too expensive for me, not to mention hard to get here in India. But this Clinique balm cleanser has been approved both by Caroline Hirons and Ruth of a A Model Recommends and has some excellent reviews online. I’m really excited to give this one a try!


That’s it for skincare. Here are the only two items on my makeup wishlist:

1. Mac Pro Longwear concealer – I have tried this concealer a few times now and even wanted to buy it last month, but they didn’t have my shade (NW35) in stock last month. Hopefully I can find it this month.


2. Revlon balm stain in Crush – I haven’t tried these lip balm-lip stain hybrids yet and wasn’t really planning to until Crush, a lovely deep berry, caught my eye. I do have a lot of lippies, but I’m sure my birthday allows me to get just one more…right?!

revlon balm stain

And that’s it! It isn’t a very long list and I’m hoping my family understood all the hints I’ve been dropping lately!!!