What I got for my 20th Birthday!

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Disclaimer before I begin, I am in no way bragging or showing off, I just wanted to share what I got for my birthday and this was requested. I also really love reading/watching other hauls myself so here's mine!

So, if you didn't know I turned 20 on the 22nd of September, that's right, I'm no longer a teenager *boo* but I wanted to share with you all the stuff that I was given by my wonderful friends and family! It's taken this long because I was waiting on some things to arrive and wanted to make sure that I showed everything that I was given. There's one more thing I'm waiting on but I know what they are so I'm just gonna tell you anyway! I also got money from the rest of my family members so I have been able to treat myself! I'll do them in categories of what each person got me, because otherwise it's going to just get confusing. Brace yourselves, this is going to be a long post.

My Parents

My mum always gets worried every birthday/christmas that she hasn't gotten me enough, which is ridiculous because I was expecting to only get my piercing but she gave me more! So, yes, my main present off my parents was a helix piercing. Which looks like this:

It healed really well, I absolutely adore it and I got this a few weeks before my birthday so that I wouldn't be sore during my birthday celebrations. They then also got me things from my wishlist too! I was more than happy with what I got off them because my mum told me she was getting me something off my wishlist but I only expected a small book.

They got me a mixture of makeup and books. The First book they got me is Insanity by Cameron Jace which is a twist on Alice in Wonderland, where "Alice" kills everyone in her class and is sent into a lunatic asylum, and Professor "Caterpillar" (see, where the alice in wonderland is coming through?) convinces the asylum that Alice can save lives. It sounds quite strange but interesting all the same! Can we take a second to stare at how beautiful the cover is please?

The second book is The face on the milk cartoon by Caroline. B. Cooney. This is about a girl who recognises herself as a missing person that's on the back of a milk carton and begins to think that her parents may have kidnapped her as a child. I have read something with a similar premise to this called Girl, Missing by Sophie Mckenzie and I really enjoyed it, so this has been on my wishlist for quite a while, good choice there mum!

The final two things they bought me were makeup related items. The first is a NYX matte finish make-up setting spray, I have quite oily skin so this is definitely a must-have for me, and for the price, it's really good! This is also the first and only NYX product that I own.

The final thing that my parents bought me was a maybelline colour tattoo, I have SO many of these and I really adore them and this is a shade I have been lusting after for quite a while because it's purple (which is my favourite colour) and it's just so pretty! It's going to look amazing now we are coming into Autumn!

My dad also paid for the meal out on my birthday.

So thank you to both my mum and dad! I love you both loads!

Alex (My Boyfriend)

Yep. My boyfriend bought me the sims 4. I have been a massive fan of the sims ever since the first one came out, I remember playing on it and getting my character to cheat on his wife with Bella Goth (we've all done it) and now we are on the sims 4! I am really enjoying it, the graphics are so much better, there are so many easier ways of doing things... But I am annoyed that they took out the toddler stage of create a sim, why? and also theres no pools (how am i supposed to kill my sims now!) and they took off the incredibly customisable part to the clothes, hair etc and now you only get to chose from a limited amount of colours rather than endless possibilites. I like the look of these sims more and I'm hoping that they will bring out an expansion pack that includes all the parts that were missing (plus I can still download content onto it so it's not all bad).

I'll refrain from making you want me to pass you a bucket and just say Thank you so much Alex, I love you <3

Eugh, this loser. Where do I even start? She's in Leeds at the moment so couldn't make it home for my birthday so I got my presents in little installments which was quite cute! I still haven't received two books from her but I know what they are so I'm going to show them anyway!

The first thing she got me was a Daenerys Targaryen pop figure, how cute is that! I love this character a lot, I'm yet to read any of the books but I do own the first one, I was so happy that she actually got me this and she now sits on my desk right next to my computer screen!

Next she got me the most adorable diary ever, it's handmade leather with a cute little clasp and a butterfly. It's pocket size, perfect for carrying around and I have been using it for writing in ideas or things that I remember I need to do and I just love it! She said she got it me because I said I wish I had a diary like off the princess diaries, that girl listens!

The final two things she got me were books. Now. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, there was only one book left in ASDA and we were both on the hunt for John Green, I let her have it because I'm lovely and she said she would get me one for my birthday! So happy to finally own nearly all of John Green's books, I just need Let it Snow to complete my collection!

The final thing she got me was a book called Daughter, she was sneaky about this one. Saying she wanted it for herself and asked me if I'd heard anything about it! But I did really like the sound of this so no arguments here.

Ash, you have always been there for me no matter what, I miss you a lot when you're at uni, and really appreciate that you got me presents anyway. I love you lots bro. 

Oh yes, I am friends with the lovely Renontheroad! She's on the same course as me in University (Psychology) and she's so bloody lovely! I didn't expect her to get me anything but she did and wow she did a good job! After opening these presents, I don't understand how I didn't pick up on some of the things she has been saying to check that I hadn't got them, I swear I'm so oblivious sometimes.

She got me, a 1984 poster! And I don't mean the year, I mean the book by George Orwell. This book is one of my all time favourite books, it's so thought provoking and so cleverly written, I'd seen this poster so many times in waterstones and had really wanted it! I was SO happy when I opened this one! I'm sure I don't need to explain what 1984 is about but just in case you don't know, this is a dystopian novel set in a world where everyone is constantly under surveillance by "Big Brother" (yes that is where the t.v. show came from!) and have to follow rules that are set by the government, if they speak out against any of these rules there are huge consequences. This was Orwell's take on what may have happened if the Nazi's had taken over, this was written in the 1940's, hence why it is called 1984, as this is basically Orwells prediction of the future.

And of course, what life wouldn't be complete without a book, and not just any book, but a Psychology related book (She knows me so well) I'd seen this SO many times and had been tempted to get it, purely because I like reading about books which show that Psychopaths aren't just serial killers and can actually be good people, in this case Andy McNab. I already own a book by Kevin Dutton which is also on a similar topic and I can't wait to dive into this one.

Thanks so much Ren! Love you lots!

I don't think Anna has any form of blog or youtube so you can go and say hello to her on twitter, just because she's so lovely! Again, this is one of my friends from my University course and she was so naughty! I was genuinely like "You haven't!" when I opened her present. I also want the bag she got as wallpaper please.

She got me a MAC lipstick! For those of you that aren't familiar with MAC it is a designer brand of the make-up world, they're stuff is exceptionally amazing but also really expensive so I have never actually gotten anything from there. But boy Anna may have opened the floodgates on this one, the lipstick is amazing, she got me a creme sheen in coral bliss which is the one that I have been so desperately lusting after for so long! I can't express how happy this made me.

She also got me a Tanya Burr nail varnish in the colour "Midnight Sparkles" It's an almost black colour but in the light in shines a glittery purple and it's just perfect, I love the colour so much.

Thank you Anna! Love you lots!

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Tasha, Tasha, Tasha. What am I going to do with you. You really spoilt me this birthday! She told me that she was getting me more than one thing but she got me THREE BOOKS. Let that sink in for a second. I have just amazing book friends and I just didn't expect her to send me anything at all, it was so nice to feel so loved.

She wrote on the note that she has read and would recommend all of these books and as soon as they arrived I just wanted to read them all straight away. They're all creepy and all definitely something I would read, I'm in the mood for this kind of book recently and had to do everything in my power to remind myself I already have too many books on the go!

The first book she got me is The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R.Carey, this just sounds so creepy. I'm not entirely sure what it's about, but from the blurb it's about a girl who's locked in a cell and is let out only to go to her class, but by "let out"  I mean she's strapped into a wheelchair at gun point. Sounds so mysterious, I can't wait to see what's going on.

The second book was only a HARDBACK COPY of Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, I actually read Tasha's review on this and it made me want it so bad, she's so sneaky. This follows a group of women and their every day lives, things start to happen and somehow, there ends up being a murder. I can't wait to get into this one.

The Final book she got me was Burial rites by Hannah Kent. I can't stress enough how much and for how long I have wanted this book. It's been going around book tube and book blogging community like crazy! This is basically about the last execution in Iceland. I haven't read any historical novels and this sounds like one that would be good to get me into them.

So thank you so much Tasha! You are such a wonderful friend and I didn't expect anything from you, let alone three! love you <3

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Yet another one of my wonderful bookish friends who I didn't expect to get me anything but got me two books! You guys are amazing. I don't think I need to explain who Meg is because if you watch booktube, then you probably watch her! She's so lovely, she lives really close to me (I actually went to college in her town) and she loves books, what more do you want?

She sent me the most contrasting books ever! Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, which I have already Read and Reviewed Here and also Just one day by Gayle Forman, which I think she got me because I told her I was reading too many depressing books and wanted to try something a bit more cheerful!

Forbidden is a book about a very strange and taboo topic; incest. It's about a brother and sister who fall in love under circumstances which no siblings should ever have to go through. It's a very difficult read but one that I would highly recommend you giving a go, trust me, it's worth it.

Just one day; from what I remember it's about a girl who decides to drop everything and move to Paris with a boy, but I might be completely wrong there (give me a virtual slap on the back of the hand if I am). But I am looking forward to trying something less depressing!

Thank you so much Meg, you wonderful human being!

This one was so unexpected I actually squealed, not only at the fact that I received a present from SARAH CHURCHILL (yes, i love her) but also at the fact that she got me two books! Why, why, I don't deserve so much love!

The first book she got me is winger, and yes I am the only person in the world to not have read this book BUT I now own it and it has been put high in my TBR pile!

She also got me a beautiful version of Peter Pan, just look at it, it's so pretty! The sides of the pages are uneven as well which I thought was a really pretty added touch, something that you can't see when looking at it online!

Thank you so much Sarah, this was so unexpected and I am so happy and grateful! <3

So that is it for my birthday haul! I hope you all enjoyed it even though it was insanely long, I'm hoping I haven't forgotten anything (because let's face it, it's nearly been a month as I'm writing this and I have the memory of a goldfish)

Thank you again to everyone who got me something and to everyone who wishes me a happy birthday, I had a wonderful day!

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  1. Wow, so many lovely presents! Glad you had such a good day and that Color Tattoo is one of my favourites!x

    1. I have so many of them now! I have the safer colours though, might have to go into the more vibrant ones!

  2. Holy crap, you've been completely spoiled! What a wonderful group of friends and family, you must have been totally stoked! I love that Puffin Chalk edition of Peter Pan. They're on my to buy list to add to my collectors editions as well. It's just stunning! Same with the leather journal. Oh gosh, it's just lovely. Happy belated birthday Becky, it sounds like you had an incredible day <3 Enjoy all your lovely new goodies and can't wait to see what you think of your new reads as well :)

    1. Thank you so much! I certainly was spoiled! I really want all of the puffin chalk collection, it's so pretty! <3 and hehe thank you! :D

  3. So glad you had a good time and SO MANY awesome presents ^_^ x

  4. Oh wow sounds like you had a fab bday (Happy belated birthday!!!!) and I love all the bookish goodies! Just One Day and Forbidden have both been high on mt TBR for too long! They're supposedly fantastic! And love the earring!

    1. Forbidden is definitely a must read if you don't mind the subject matter!

  5. Ooh, so fun! Looks like you had a great birthday :) Your boyfriend is a keeper, I've been dying for The Sims 4! :) I hear they might be planning on adding in pools and toddlers later! Loving that Daenerys Targaryen figure too! Any birthday where you get books is a good birthday ;D

    1. That's like the only reason I am still with him ;) xD and oo as like a free download or do you have to buy it? And of course! Books are the best :P thanks for the comment! <33