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My Birthday!

I’ve finally passed the first quarter of life: this year I turned 26 years old! It feels kind of odd and somehow exciting. Odd because I could swear it was just yesterday that I had reached 25 years of age and somehow another year has snuck by. On the other hand, it’s a bit exciting to see what the future lays ahead. It makes me happy just thinking about the things I want to accomplish and do while being 26.

My birthday started off on the right foot. I was woken up by one of my best friends, my beautiful chocolate lab. I might sound crazy here, but I think she knew it was a special day because she spent most of it trying to be close to me, either wanting to sit or lay next to me at all times. Then, I was greeted by my family who  wished me a happy day. 

I got ready for my birthday and then headed for breakfast with another of my best friends, my mom. It's always fun to spend quality time together. We can talk for hours and laugh, all while sipping coffee, which is why it’s one of my favorite activities. The food was nice and the coffee even better. With our stomachs full, we headed back home where I spent more time with my family and dogs. 

I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting old or I was just lazy that day, but I decided to go for a minimal and natural makeup look. 

  • I used L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti Redness for my face. This product is great for uniforming your skin color. Mixed within a green cream, you can find little beads that when rubbed against the skin turn into foundation and add some light coverage. It's great for reducing redness and skin pigmentations. It’s light weight formula gives this natural bare skin sensation. 

  • To set the BB cream and to achieve a matte finish, all while protecting my skin from any sun lesions, I used Colore Science Loose Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 50

  • Next, I applied Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic. If I may add, that mascara is one of the best ones I have ever tried. I really, really, really love it. Not only does it add a nice black tint to my eyelashes, but with a couple of coats it also adds volume and thickness without getting them clumpy. 

  • For the finally touches, I decided to go for a lipgloss instead of my normal pick, a lipstick. I used L’Oreal Xtreme Resist Lip Gloss in All Night Long, which is a sheer pink gloss with some gold shimmer. I think it’s really pretty and feminine. This product isn’t too overpowering, but it does add some color to the lips. It's perfect for a daytime look. Moreover, it’s incredibly creamy and soft for a gloss, not sticky at all. It’s easy to apply, as it glides softly through the lips. 

I borrowed this pretty necklace from my mom :) she made it herself!

This was the final look!

My boyfriend and I went for a coffee in the afternoon, a couple of hours before dinner with my family. We went to this restaurant called Saul that makes one of my favorite coffee drinks, a cappuccino with Nutella. I of course ordered one, which came with a nice marshmallow on top. My boyfriend order a coffee with chocolate and mint that, considering the ingredients, one would expect it to be too sweet, but actually was a perfect balance between the bitterness of coffee and the sweetness of the chocolate and mint. 

I think this photo doesn't do justice to the gorgeous bracelet that my boyfriend kindly gave me as a birthday present :)

To end the day with a bright note, my boyfriend and I went to dinner with my family. I had a great time with them and couldn’t be happier to have spent the evening together. Although I try not to make a big deal out of my birthday, but they made me feel special. The best part of the meal was the dessert. I was surprised with a Panna Cotta as my family sang happy birthday to me. It’s kind of awkward when people are sing happy birthday to you, don’t you think? I just sit there in silence, smiling, not knowing if whether to sing along as well or what haha. It’s that I'm used to singing to others, but not to be sang to, I don't know why haha.

The days prior to my birthday, I was doing some thinking about my life so far. I think sometimes you get caught up in the “what if?” and stop living in the present and start wasting energy and time in somethings that can’t be changed. There are moments when I imagine if I had made different choices, where would I be now? Would I have been happier? Would I had achieved more? Would I had been more successful? The truth is that you end up idealizing the other paths you could have taken, when nothing and no one can guarantee that it would have been better than life right now. 

Over the years I’ve learnt that one cannot sit and wait for life to grant you opportunities. You have to choose a more active role and become a seeker and a fighter. You have to place a goal in mind and do your best to fulfill it: create you path and pave your road towards that goal. So, 26 has a new meaning: a new year filled with opportunities to grow as a person and be the best version of myself. 

Last, but not least, I wanted to share with you a couple of my birthday gifts. I’m not trying to brag or anything like that, but I really liked them and thought you would be interested. The best gift I’ve received is having amazing people in my life that I get to call my family and friends. They have not only supported me with my studies, projects, and goals, but have shown thoughtfulness and kindness that I’ll forever be grateful. 

The first present I wanted to share is Bath and Body Works Love & Sunshine Foam Sugar Scrub. The truth is that I’m not a big body scrub girl. I have only once before bought a body scrub, which I still haven’t finish the bottle. When I opened this product, I was immediately intrigued and excited to try out. It smells very sweet and it kind of reminds me of candy. I’ve used it a couple of times after opening it and so far, so good! With just rubbing this product onto the skin, kind of massaging it a few seconds, the sugar dissolves. The scrub isn’t too harsh or irritative and my skin feels very soft afterwards.

I don’t think I have talked much about accessories in the blog before, thus I was excited to share with you the jewelry I got for my birthday. The first item is a set of bracelets from Alex and Ani. It’s made with beautiful light blue and white Swarovski crystals. This company makes each jewelry with a meaning. Some are symbolic of and represent encouragement, positive energy, love, amongst other values. It’s supposed to provide the new owner with good energy and vibes. Moreover, Alex and Ani is a company eco friendly that gives back to society. The second item is a pair of dark gold earrings with a green faux stone. They are from Tantrend, a Spanish brand that makes unique and different styles of jewelry and accessories. In the packaging it was stated that the earrings are hypoallergenic, which called my attention. If I wear bijouterie for long periods of time (hours), my ears get itchy and red. I wore these earrings for about 6 hours without showing any signs of an allergic reaction. 

The last present I wanted to share with you is Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume. I had never tried this brand before, so I was very excited when I opened this gift. It comes in a very cute and fancy glass bottle shaped as a grenade. The perfume’s scent is amazing! As it’s name states, it smells very flowery and sweet. I really liked it! It’s long-lasting and does not wear off easily. The scent isn’t too strong or concentrated and it’s very well balanced.

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