Diary #17 – A Birthday in Lockdown πŸŽ‚πŸ 

Did I forget to write a diary entry this year, yes… yes I did. So welcome to my first diary entry of this year. 2020 so far has been…uneventful, which is probably why hadn’t written a diary entry in a while. It goes without saying that birthdays or special occasions whilst in lockdown generally involve plenty of eating and home pampering – which is exactly what I did for my 25th on Tuesday. Despite all the doom and gloom going on right now, it was still nice to celebrate my birthday with my family and in my home country for the first time in two years.

Considering lockdown birthdays can be a tad sub par, I though documenting my day would be pretty useless. Then again I thought if anyone else is anticipating how to spend a birthday in similar circumstances, then perhaps this post could give them a few pointers as to how to make the most of it.

First thing first, home pampering is paramount. The night before my birthday I rummaged through my drawer to gather as many pampering inducing items as I could find: I like to call this ‘the condition check’. Somehow, at least for me, a special occasion isn’t well spent or prepared for without having your skin, nails, hair and outfit in tip-top condition – even when copped-up in between the same four walls. Does anyone else do this? I had been saving a Dr. Gloderm Derma Control Deep Moisture Mask which is infused with ceramide, so I finally used that. I was hoping it would have a creamy, somewhat sticky essence but it’s contents was rather watery to my disappointment. However I will praise the brand for getting the sizing on point.

I’m not the sort of person how has fallen for lip masks/patches; I think their gimmicky & too expensive to solve dry lips on the regular, which is why I decided to use a Bubu Skincare lip patch as a one-off treat. The Skin Glow London Eye patches were fairly nice too, but I don’t think they were worth reserving until then. As an overnight hair treatment to then wash out in the shower by morning, I used a few pumps of the W.A.N.T hair oil all throughout my hair – mainly concentrating on the lengths and ends of my hair to tackle frizz. I love it’s soothing peppermint aroma.

On the actual morning of my birthday, I decided to reach for some sample skincare which I had also saved aside for quite some time (as you can see hoarding is my forte). I don’t do a deep facial cleanse in the morning, so I kept things simple with the Codex Beauty Exfoliating wash which I received in April’s edition of the Cohorted subscription box (which to save my own arse has to be highlighted as “#gifted”). I must say it’s a lovely Vegan facial cleanser with a creamy texture – based with milk thistle & elderflower – which makes it resemble a moisturiser. The exfoliating particles are among the most finely milled particles I’ve ever used, which makes me believe the product is most beneficial for those with dry sensitive skin. I finished off my skincare routine with some miniature IOPE Super vital softener and emulsion samples in conjunction to some lightweight nourishment courtesy of Javin de Seoul; which made me feel fancy for just a fleeting moment.

With almost everyone being strapped for cash thesedays, I thought gift buying wouldn’t be sensible so at first I didn’t suggest to any of my family members as to what I may like to receive as presents this year. But you know what mothers are like: ‘Don’t be silly, we want to get you something’. So I gratefully received some nice gifts which are practical & may ease the boredom of social-distancing.

The main thing I wanted was a Revolution eyeshadow palette – I think they are of amazing quality despite their low price point and the fact that they’re vegan & cruelty-free. Upon looking at which one exactly I’d like, I will admit I was overwhelmed by the choices! I had no idea they had so many online when in stores they have just a select few. I settled on the Forever Flawless Decadent Palette as I knew not a single shade would go unappreciated. I only ever wear shades of pink, orange/peach & browns – this palette is entirely put together with them types of colours with a few versatile shimmers. I recommend it so highly that I’m considering doing a separate blog post on it with arm swatches.

My bro found out that I had been using his pricey vanilla extract to make lattes (I have no regrets). To prevent this from being a continuous occurrence, he gifted me a mini set of Monin coffee syrups to fulfil my needs as an amateur home barista. The set includes 5 flavours: Hazelnut, Vanilla, Caramel, Gingerbread & Amaretto. Yum! My tea collection was also replenished with some of my go-to choices: Matcha in powder form & Twinings Glow which is a blend of strawberry, cucumber, green tea and aloe Vera. It’s the type of tea which is light & refreshing for Spring/Summer!

I also received a Matilda Myres Notebook which is of great quality from Amazon. It has a a greyish-blue cover with a rose gold geometric pattern. I simply wanted a nice looking notebook that isn’t too lavish for either journaling or just somewhere to jot down my blog post ideas, plus things I’d like to do in the near future. I know most people say that you should start a journal at the start of a new year, but for me personally I want to fill-in the notebook from start to end without a specific time frame; this way there’s no pressure on myself to reach for it every single day without a real purpose. I’ll begin to use it tomorrow as some floral washi tape arrived as I’m writing this.

Believe it or not I don’t have any face cleansing oil in my ever-expanding skincare hoard. I’ve made do without it since coming back to England, but I noticed that without it my skin doesn’t feel as comfortable as when using it. So my parents gifted me The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil, which to my surprise has been available on Amazon for quite some time. I remember there being a limited number of retailers who affordably supply Kbeauty globally before I went to live in Korea, so it’s exciting to now see it gradually being more widely appreciated and available from convenient, local retailers.

Lastly, I was given a two pack of foaming nets. Out of all the well known skincare tools this is one of the only tools I use aside from Konjac sponges & sometimes reusable cotton pads. If you’ve never used one, a foaming net does exactly as the name suggests (wow, such a revelation). These nets enable you to thoroughly increase the volume of foam cleansers when mixed with a small amount of water. Lathering foam cleansers between our hands only half does the job. Creating abundant foam allows gentler cleaning with less fiction or dragging of the skin. It’s also a good method for making a tube of cleanser last longer as you only need to dispense a pea-sized amount to make a more than generous amount of foam.

Now this part is for the foodies – see, my blog is for everyone! I ate quite a bit on my birthday, standard. Aside from the mandatory Madeira birthday cake, I began the morning with a Croissant stuffed with crumbled ham & cheddar cheese. By midday I wasn’t that hungry so I just snacked on so Lindt Dark Chilli chocolate which I forgot to mention was from my Parents. Have you tried Chilli chocolate before, did you find it to be moreish?

I’m not a big fan of pork, but we settled on having bacon in freshly baked bloomer bread for lunch. And no, I’m not going to open a dispute in the comments section about whether brown sauce or ketchup should be used for bacon sandwiches/rolls. What I liked most about lunch was the cream soda ice-cream float I decided to make on the spot. I used a unique ice-cream from Tesco supermarket named “Under the Sea” – a raspberry and cream flavoured ice-cream, topped with marshmallow sauce and dolphin & anchor shaped confetti sweets. It was the best idea I had all week! We ate whilst reminiscing over our days of being avid WWE fans, as we watches some matches on good old YouTube. The day ended with an Indian takeaway of Tandoori Tikka Masala with steamed Pilau rice. It was delicious, but didn’t have enough spice for my taste buds.

In hindsight, a birthday in lockdown isn’t so bad after all and certainly beats a birthday that is either spent entirely alone half way across the world. I’d like to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday on SNS!

Until next time, I hope you stay safe & stay home ~

9 thoughts on “Diary #17 – A Birthday in Lockdown πŸŽ‚πŸ 

  1. Happy Belated Birthday!!! I’m glad you had a fun time. πŸ’œ That cake looks absolutely amazing! Also, the coffee syrups you were gifted are really cool and I’m sure will be great to use for homemade lattes!

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  2. Happy Belated birthday, just today catching up with everyone’s blog posts. You had really nice birthday, spending time with loved ones is the best. I love how your cake looked, so pretty. xx

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  3. First, belated happy birthday! πŸ™‚ Your birthday cake looks seriously magical and it looks like you got some awesome and thoughtful gifts!

    I’ve never really used any of the single-use lip masks for the same reason. I used to be doubtful of single use under eye patches as well, but I recently tried the Caffein patches from Good Molecules and I am a convert lol.

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