Birthday Bits & Bobs

Birthday Bits & Bobs

Hey y’all!

My birthday has come and passed me by and now I’m all of a sudden 20 years old! It’s nice to know that I can’t be classified as a teenager anymore, so getting into my twenties has definitely had it’s perks in all of my 3 days of being one year older. This year, my birthday fell on a Tuesday, which wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t great. My parents had come up to visit the weekend prior which was spent out on my aunt & uncle’s boat on the Wakulla River dodging rain storms and enjoying the company of my family. We got sunburned as heck and my sister got sick on the night we went out to dinner to celebrate my birthday, but overall, it was a good weekend spent with the people that I love the most. On my actual birthday, my aunt took me out to the Tallahassee Museum and it was nice to just walk around and see all the animals and walk around the old buildings they have nestled away back there. Later that evening, my sister and her boyfriend took me out to dinner at a very fancy, relatively unknown restaurant in town called Cracker Barrel and filled up our little tummies before heading to the movies to see the film Dunkirk. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would highly recommend buying a ticket soon because this film is very well done with amazing acting and cinematography. All in all, my birthday festivities were filled with a lot of love, laughs, and good food, so thank you to everyone who contributed to making me feel so loved over the past few days!

Now, on to the fun stuff! I got a few little goodies for my birthday that I wanted to share with everyone because I’ve really enjoyed using them so far and I wanted to sit down and write something for this blog.

For my birthday, I mainly got a few makeup items, a perfume, and some books from my sister. I’m super happy about all of these items because they were things that I needed in my life at this moment, so thank you mom, dad, and sissy!!

The first few things I’ll mention are the two Lorac lipsticks that I got.

Let me start of by saying that these are some of the smoothest and most buttery lipsticks I’ve used so far. I absolutely love how neutral the colors are, this first one being in the shade ‘Secret Agent’. I was in need of some lighter lipsticks (although this color is described as being a plum brown) in my makeup collection since I tend to gravitate towards buying the darker berry colors, which doesn’t necessarily go with my everyday makeup.


The second shade that I got was in the shade “Exhibitionist‘ and it is a lighter, more peachy-orange shade than Secret Agent. Both of these lipsticks come from Lorac’s ‘Alter Ego’ line, which, according to their website, contains antioxidants such as acai berry, pomegranate, grape seed extract, and vitamins C and E.



I want to throw a comparison out here with Lorac and Mac lipsticks, as I genuinely enjoy both brands, but I’d like to mention a few things. In terms of price, Mac lipsticks usually run at about $17 per tube, whereas Lorac runs at $18. Not a huge difference by any means, but I thought I would mention that they are pretty comparable in price. Personally, I’ve enjoyed using the Lorac more so than the Mac lipsticks so far. The Lorac lipsticks I previously mentioned are both matte and the major difference I see between the two brands is that Mac matte lipsticks dry out my lips to no end! Within an hour or two of putting on a matte lipstick from Mac, my lipstick gets crumbly and comes off and I feel like I need to coat my lips in copious amounts of chapstick at the end of the day. Maybe that’s just me? Who knows. I still love both brands, but I will most definitely be reaching for Lorac lipsticks next time I want a new matte rather than Mac.

Speaking of Mac lip products, I also received a full-sized lip liner/lipstick duo, which I have been really enjoying so far! The lip liner is in the shade ‘boldly bare,’ which my mom owns back at home and I absolutely loved using it when I visited for the Fourth of July. I used it almost everyday and now I have one of my own, so thank you mama! The lipstick is in the color ‘Velvet Teddy’ and this is another lighter colored lipstick that I can wear daily. It’s a beautiful shade that can be worn with a lighter makeup look and it really adds color to your face without over-doing it. I’ve already dug into all of these products, as you can probably tell, so I apologize for the messy-looking pictures of these products!


From top to bottom: Lorac’s Exhibitionist, Lorac’s Secret Agent, Mac’s Velvet Teddy, Mac’s Boldly Bare Lip Liner. As you can see, Velvet Teddy and Exhibitionist are very similar in color!

Each time I get a new eyeshadow pallete, I always run out of the lightest shade the quickest out of all of the other shadows in there. I love being able to set my eyeshadow primer with a light, all-over-the-lid color which gives a nice base to any other eyeshadows I apply. My skin is pretty fair, so if I want to rock a “barely there” makeup look, I need to cover up the rather dark veins and discolorations on my eyelids. So basically, I wear the lightest shades everyday no matter what makeup I’m wearing, which, as you can imagine, means that I run out of those shades almost immediately after getting the pallete. Because of this, I asked for a single eyeshadow that is similar to the typical lighter shades you usually get in every eyeshadow pallete and my mom got me the Mac eyeshadow in the color “Brule,” which is such a perfect shade for my skin color! I’m so excited to use this everyday because it applies so well and is decently pigmented to cover up my naturally darker eyelids.


The most exciting present I received this year was the perfume that I had my eyes on after falling in love with the scent when I used some samples that my mom had lying around her room. The perfume is the Jo Malone ‘Nectarine Blossom & Honey’ in the 1 fl. oz. bottle and I just have to say that, although I’ve only had it for 3 days, it is probably my favorite perfume I’ve ever had. The scent is just so fresh and sweet smelling and the packaging is just too darling.


I’m not one to splurge on perfumes by any means. The perfume that I was wearing most recently up to this point was a $12, 3.4 fl. oz. perfume from TJ MAXX that smelled like the beach. This little 1 fl. oz. bottle from Jo Malone costs around $60, while the larger 3.4 fl. oz. bottle is around $130. I’m so happy to have gotten this perfume and I can definitely imagine myself buying the larger bottle in the future when I have enough money saved up!


I really am thankful for all of the birthday wishes, gifts, and love I received over the past week and I’m blessed to have lived to see another year in my life. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, as this is something that is a little new to me! I haven’t done any product reviews/hauls on this blog, but if that’s something that you’d be interested in seeing more often, let me know! I’d love to start doing monthly favorites and more fashion-related posts, so keep an eye out for those in the future. I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!!


~As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God~  Psalm 42:1