Estee Lauder and Dior birthday haul, and presents

Estee Lauder and Dior birthday haul and presents
It was my birthday yesterday so I took the day off for a bit of much-needed "me-time". I had ended my shopping ban in the last week of March to pick up some treats for myself. The beauty goodies are mostly skin care and a powder compact - I only use pressed powder foundation, which itself gives me a dewy look soon enough, given how oily my face is. If I dared to use liquid or cream foundation, my face would be swimming in oil, even if I set it with powder. Besides, pressed powder applied with the Beautyblender Pro lasts longest on my skin, keeps me matte for longer and saves time on "setting".
Enough about the glories of pressed powder foundation; here are a few things I hauled, and a few prezzies I received.
Estee Lauder and Dior birthday haul and presentsI treated myself to some skin care from Estee Lauder, including the famous Advanced Night Repair serum. Of course, I'm in love with Lancome Advanced Genefique right now as my go-to serum and it has seriously changed my skin for the better, but the Estee Lauder serum is apparently a game changer and the SA assured me it will suit all ages and all skin types. I will have to finish my Advanced Genefique first, but will see if ANR is all that it claims. I also picked up an Advanced Time Zone eye cream and a day-time moisturiser with SPF. I had tried a sample of the DayWear Antioxidant Lotion and it did not break me out, so I figured I might as well buy the full size. Finally, I picked up the Sun Care Lotion with SPF 30. This comes with anti-spot protection. To me, one sunscreen is as good as another, as long as it doesn't break you out or feel sticky, or contain parabens, but what are birthdays for if you don't treat yourself?
I received a few samples with my purchase - everything is a foil sachet, but there were two mini mascaras (Estee Lauder mascaras never work for me and I have tried both of these before, so I won't even bother to open them).
Estee Lauder and Dior birthday haul and presents
I hit the Dior counter and repurchased J'Adore EDP, since I have pretty much neared the end of my stock. I also bought Diorskin Crystal N#de Matte Perfecter [sic], which seems to be a dupe for Benefit Dr Feelgood. Comparison post once I try this out. I picked up a Diorskin Forever Compact as well.
Estee Lauder and Dior birthday haul and presents
I got a sample jar of L'Or de Vie, and a mini J'Adore EDP and EDT set (not pictured because it is swallowed up by the disorganised mess that is my makeup stash).
Estee Lauder and Dior birthday haul and presents
I have a few makeup products on the way from Beautybay and LookFantastic, I will share those once I receive them. And, a few goodies have been ordered by my sister who will bring them in June (including Sephora Middle East's birthday gifts). Now for the prezzies. I have (with everyone else) polished off one cake but there is quite a chunk of the pineapple gateau left.
Happy birthday Renu icing cakeHappy birthday Renu icing pineapple gateau
This is from my Dad. Beats me how he manages to unearth a completely different pattern each year (here is last year's) and how much I love it. I'm not much of a necklace person but I have great love for earrings/bobs and bracelets.
Boutique diamond earrings in yellow gold, 0.88ctBoutique diamond earrings in yellow gold, 0.88ct
 Pictures without and with flash below.
Boutique diamond earrings in yellow gold, 0.88ctBoutique diamond earrings in yellow gold, 0.88ct
Wow, MUM! First eds, every one of them. Goodness knows these are never on eBay or Abe. My Mum had read these in her school days and, on her recommendation, I had read two "Jane" books from Bristol Central Library. I have been looking for these forever and don't give a toss for the missing or torn dustjackets.
Evadne Price Jane book collection
There are more books in the series, of course, and Mum tells me she couldn't find any others. I will do a detailed post about "Jane" on my collectibles blog soon. Gramps and Gran replaced my 11-year-old telly (which served as magazine stand rather than telly) but I haven't actually installed it - I need to do so before they visit me next. From friends, uncles and aunts:
Birthday presents including books and perfume
I've been dying to read The Commonwealth of Thieves. It is about the founding of Australia and, having studied colonial politics in my undergrad, I know I will enjoy this book. I've also wanted to own The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics ever since I ventured into journalism. Of late, I prefer non-fiction to fiction (except for antiquarian or collectible fiction books) and I'm glad there is only one modern thriller in there. I am a big fan of James Rollins but a not-very-nice person borrowed Ice Hunt and never gave it back. This is why I will never lend books.
Incidentally, here is last year's birthday post, if you want to know what I received. I will share my birthday manicure, EOTD and so on over the next few days.
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  1. Sharmistha Guha ChowdhuryApril 15, 2014

    I love the earrings and cake. It was ur day n it has to be special. Stay Blessed :)

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  2. Hetal ShahApril 15, 2014

    Great Haul bebe! and happy b'day :) Yaaa.. m late but still want to wish you.

    Among all, m eager to see review of Estee Lauder Suncare Lotion with Anti-Spot Protection. Also can you share the price of it as well please?

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  3. Amazing goodies!!
    Gorgeous earrings. c:


    <3
    Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  4. Such a wonderful haul..and I love those 1st ed..whatsup with Jane? taht cover looks cute..
    Happy B'day wishes dear [belated].. :)

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  5. happy belated birthday swty :* great gifts and haul :D

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  6. Nice haul (but then, are yours anything but?). Waiting for reviews on EL day wear n d sunscreen. Also, compare the Dior powder compact with the Shisedo one pls.

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  7. Alyza FisolApril 16, 2014

    I love Advanced Night Repair...my skins feel good after using it... :)

    http://www.lyzafisol.com/

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  8. Krithi MarlaApril 16, 2014

    wow this is not mini haul ...THIS IS THE HAUL :)

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  9. loredana marinApril 16, 2014

    I love J`adore fragance. Happy Birthday!!

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  10. Belated birthday wishes! Those earrings look gorgeous!

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  11. erikatheicyoneApril 17, 2014

    Nice haulage and Happy Birthday! :D

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  12. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Thank you so much!

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  13. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Think it was INR4,750. Thanks for the wishes :)

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  14. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Thank you!

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  15. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Thank you! The Jane books are hilarious - I wish we had books half as wholesome and funny coming out these days.

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  16. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Thank you Poorva!

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  17. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Shiseido is easier to blend out so far, and applies un-streakier. And you can NEVER use Dior with a damp Beautyblender/sponge - first impressions.

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  18. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Lol thank you!

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  19. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Thank you! I agree :D

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  20. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Thanks so much! I try new perfumes but always go back to J'Adore.

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  21. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Hello and thank you, Meesha! Been ages since we spoke. I can't stand the ones that leave a white residue either - Shiseido sunscreen does that for me. I hope DayWear works for you!

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  22. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Thank you, Leelo!

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  23. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Thanks, Shankari <3

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  24. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    I agree :D

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  25. MyBeautyJunctionApril 17, 2014

    Thank you, Erika! :D

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  26. Chic and AlluringApril 18, 2014

    Oh, happy belated birthday!
    Your dad has EXCELLENT taste in earrings, by the way. Lol.


    Girl, I can talk to you for HOURS about the bottle of miracle that is Advanced Night Repair Serum. HOURS! It's one of my most favorite serums of all time, in addition to Olay's Regenerist Regenerating Serum (it takes a little longer than ANR to see results, but what the heck -- at under $20 a bottle, I can afford to be a little patient).


    April is my birthday month, too, and I've been hauling like a madwoman. Haha.

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  27. Alexandra IoanaApril 21, 2014

    Awesome goodies <3 The earings are really beautyful! <3 Happy birhday with a little delay.

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  28. MyBeautyJunctionApril 21, 2014

    Thank you so much! Lol! I suppose his daughter's tastes have rubbed off on him :D

    Thanks for sharing your ANR experience. I can't wait to begin after I finish the current serum. I hope you have (or already did?) a fabulous birthday - what did you buy?

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  29. MyBeautyJunctionApril 21, 2014

    Thanks very much!! <3

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  30. Belated happy birthday sweetiee ....
    I saw mail in inbox but forgot to open fb to wish you ...
    all the gifts are superrrrr awesome .... but dad's gift is tttttttttthe best
    xoxo

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  31. N I want one twoooooooo
    plus 14 to ur dob n its mine

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  32. Too I mean

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  33. Happy Belated Birthday! The earrings your dad gifted you are so beautiful. No gold jewelry compares to what is available in the East (India, Dubai, Thailand, etc.). Also, glad you wrote a little blurb about the EL DayWear cream. I have solar allergy, so I need to really pack on the sunscreen, but I hate sole sunscreen bases b/c they add a white caste to my face. I don't wear foundation, tinted stuff, or powder. My complexion is normal-dewy, so I only like light lotions with broad spectrum sunscreen. I might make an EL purchase this week, DayWear is a free GWP, so I can try it out. Anyways, hope all is well with you my friend!

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  34. Belated Birthday Wishes Renu :) ❤

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  35. Lovely Earrings! ^^

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