Monday 26 August 2013

Birthday Haul

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens

Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium Pen & Touch Tablet

Pink Roses & British Antirrhinums

NEOM Real Luxury Organic Reed Diffuser / Orla Kiely Fig Tree Reed Diffuser

Necklaces from Kukee

Rings from River Island & Topshop

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Emerge / Illamasqua Hydra Veil

I thought I'd show you some of the things I got for my birthday because I absolutely love everything I received & bought for myself. I've been lusting after the Canon 40mm lens ever since I got my 650D last year. It features the STM technology which means it doesn't make a noise when focusing during video recording. It takes some gorgeous pictures & I love how diddy it is. It's known as the 'pancake' lens and the size is a lot more manageable than my 18-135mm STM lens. I think I even prefer it to the 50mm one. I also got a new Wacom graphics tablet. I actually got a Wacom Graphire 2 for my 14th birthday but after 11 years it was definitely time for an upgrade! The medium one is a great size as the active area is bigger and it's the same width as my MacbookPro. It's great for editing in Photoshop and drawing in Illustrator. Graphics tablets are so useful for annotating photos too. My mum sent me a lovely bouquet of flowers from Waitrose and some new reed diffusers. The Orla Kiely one smells amazingly sweet.

I'd been wanting some new jewellery bits so I ordered some necklaces from Kukee and got some rings from River Island & Topshop. I'm still obsessed with midi rings and I'd been looking for those crossover River Island rings for months. For some reason it feels really rewarding when you finally track things down haha. I picked up the Emerge Cream Pigment from the Illamasqua counter in Selfridges when I went to Manchester. Bright orange isn't really a shade you'd think would work on the face but it makes for a wonderful under eye corrector. It's kinda like the Bobbi Brown Corrector, not sure which I prefer yet but it works really well. I was so happy to finally get my hands on a pot of Hydra Veil too! This was used on my skin before the Skin Base Foundation when I had my makeover and it's pretty amazing. Foundation sits so nicely on top of it as it just makes everything look smooth & fresh.

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  1. What lovely gifts! That camera lens looks amazing, it's the next on my wishlist. Plus, it's always fun playing around with new lenses. Those flowers and rings are equally wonderful.

    Amy at The Girl In The Bowler Hat

  2. Those flowers are so pretty! It looks like you got some lovely gifts :) xo

  3. Happy Belated birthday Caroline! You got some wonderful gifts! Those flowers are just gorgeous! xxx

  4. Oh, you sure got some lovely goodies for your birthday! I think I just may end up treating myself to the 40mm lens for my birthday next month too! I've heard so many great things about it. I own the 18-135mm lens and I hate how cumbersome it is, it's definitely not travel friendly. I do love my 50mm, but I think it's time for an upgrade.

    Those cross midi rings look so cool! I'd love some like that. I may have a look on Etsy as unfortunately, there's no River Island in Australia. :( I really want to try Illamasqua makeup. I'm finally in a city that has a counter, but they've been out of stock of the lipstick I want for so long!

  5. I can't wait to see what you think about that lens! I just recently placed an order for a 50mm lens... I'm a DSLR newbie but I just can't wait to use it. The Orla Kiely reed diffuser kit sounds incredible :) Happy belated birthday!

    Ellie | Ellalogy

  6. Happy belated birthday! Pancake lenses are so cute and really handy. I often can't be bothered taking my DSLR somewhere because it's just so awkward to carry.

    Water Painted Dreams

  7. You got some lovely things. I love reed diffusers for in the home, I think they look nice and you can get so many great scents. You also dont have to worry about making sure you've blown out the flame when you leave the house with diffusers! ;-)

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  8. So very jealous of your new camera lens! I love my Bamboo tablet. :) Looks like you had a lovely birthday in way of gifts!

  9. These are all such lovely gifts. Those flowers are extra pretty xx
    Cupcakes And Cocaine

  10. you got some lovely gifts! Love the graphics tablet i really want to get one myself xx


  11. Happy belated birthday! All of your gifts are so lovely, the flowers are beautiful. I hope you had an amazing birthday celebration!

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