Beauty, Book, Haul, Manicure Monday, My Life

Birthday Present

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

As many of you already know, my birthday was on May 13th, but I wasn’t able to celebrate it with my best friend until recently (keep in mind that I wrote this post a good two weeks ago. 🙂 ). As you may know, Danielle from DaniWritesReviews and I are best friends in real life and like all best friends, we give each other gifts on important occasions.  So, here is what Dani got me for my birthday:

The Bag:

2014 Birthday

It is so festive and cute! I’ll probably be reusing this for Dani’s birthday in October. You do not know how many times I have given her gift bags back, but most of the time, she pretends not to remember. lol. I love to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

The Tissue Paper:

Tissue Paper

Can we just take a moment to admire how fitting the paper is with this color scheme? I swear Dani could be a professional gift giver. People should hire her, seriously. I love how pretty the tissue paper is. It is almost as great as the goodies that I have found inside.

The Book:

ElixirHilary Duff

Elixir by Hilary Duff

This book came out four years ago in 2010 and ever since then, I have been planning on buying these books to add to my read shelf. This dream of mine never happened, but now, Dani is making it happen with the first book. I am so excited to finally read this book and it is in hard cover, so it will last with me rereading it over and over again. Hilary Duff is Dani and I’s favorite singer and we have been waiting forever for her new album to come out, which it will…eventually. Until then, I will be reading and collecting her trilogy, which will satisfy me in the mean time. The author photo is stunning, but let’s face it, she had a lot of perfect photo-shoot pictures to pick from. Ah, I love the smell of a new book. I will be reading this, but right now, I am reading my June book of the month, which I never revealed. I will be better at this in July, I promise.

The Freebie:

Clarins coin purseopen coin purse

Clarins Coin Purse

I wouldn’t put coins in this purse, but it is great for stuffing a few bills, my discount card, and id in for when I am at work. This can hang from my pants and I won’t have to worry about it. It is in my favorite color, gold. I love gold and purple like Dani loves pink. In other words, we are very color obsessed. Dani received this randomly in the mail and saved it for me. I love her for thinking about me. That’s a true friend for you. xo. I actually collected something for her as well that I received in the mail albeit not randomly.

The Lifestyle Item:

Card StockEnvelop

Carlton Cards 10 Pack

Dani and I have been talking about summer and the ocean since winter and we are happy that summer is finally here. The cards definitely reflect our mutual love of the ocean and it’s also a reminder to start writing letters again. All I need are a book of stamps and I can start writing to her again. I love writing and receiving letters in the mail, so this is great! I just love beautiful things and the color of the envelops is gorgeous! Dani get ready for a letter from me in the coming week/days!

The Obsession:

Nail Polishes

Yes, nail polishes as in plural. This shouldn’t be surprising, if you have been reading Dani’s blog. You know she is a bit obsessed with nail polish, but I love new polishes as well. So, I greatly appreciate more colors to play with. I was given seven polishes. So, here it goes:

H&M Nail Polish in Mad Mint

Mad Mint

I love cute lil’ minis! This one is a pretty pastel mint color and the skinny brush is great for streaking and other nail art. I think it would be a great nail color on its own. I would classify this color as a great spring color.

Wet N Wild Magalast in 210C Tropicalia


Oddly enough, I found this color to be better suited for Fall despite of its summery name. To me, this color screams dark neutral peach, leaning more towards a pinky peach than an orange peach. I still really like this color and the thick brush will make applying to the whole nail a lot easier.

Wet N Wild Megalast in D190A Bubblegum Pop

Bubblegum PopBubblegum Pop Nails

This is a neon bubblegum pink and I am in love with it! This is the next color I am doing my nails. It is the perfect summertime color. If I paint my nails again before this post, I will add a picture of what the color looks on my nails.

This has the same thick brush and I was super excited to try this out. This is a color I definitely would have bought on my own. I love how Dani knows me so well.

Sation Nail Lacquer in Cast a Spell on You

Cast A Spell On You

I could see this dark metallic blue as a winter/fall color. I couldn’t see it as a summer color, because of how dark it is. If it was lighter like the Avon color I own, it could definitely be a summer color as well. I really love blue on my nails, so I know I will be getting some good use out of this color. Sticking with the theme of metallics…

Confetti Long Wearing Nail Color in 093 Debutante


This shimmery golden brown is perfect for Fall and I can see myself wearing this color a lot. The formula seems a bit watery and thin, which will make it easier to do nice thin coats on my nails. Let’s face it, most nail polish colors are beautiful.

Sinful Shine with Gel Tech in 1219 Alfresco

AlfrescoAlfresco Mani

I love, love, love this nail color! It is the perfect periwinkle color and the gel shine makes them 7 day durable. I do not even need a top coat with this. It truly is an ah-mazing formula. It is a perfect spring/summer color and I will be wearing this so much this summer. It is going to go perfectly with my Katy Perry Last Friday Night O.P.I. polish.

NYC In A New York Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish in 262 Murray Hill Muave

Murray Hill Muave

This dark nude berry pink with hints of shimmer is a classic for Fall/Winter. It would go hand-in-hand with a berry lip. This formulation really dries fast when you are in a hurry and have things to do during the day, which most of us do.

The Card:

Card 2014Birthday

I really loved the card. It fit my furry family to a T. Where did that saying originate anyway?

I loved my birthday present so much, especially since it came from my best friend and we also got to spend the day together. ❤ I love present hauls and what I got for Christmas posts/videos.

That’s all for now!

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo



3 thoughts on “Birthday Present”

  1. I am glad you liked your gift. I still haven’t read the two books after elixir, which is really lame of me considering i bought them both just after the came out. Hopefully I’ll at least read that 2nd before i return to school.

Reply Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.