Saturday, 22 December 2012

a rather large collective haul

I haven't done a haul in quite a long time - well, for me anyway - this isn't because I've been good and not spent any money (pshh, I wish) but because I've been acquiring things in dribs and drabs and a bit of a splurge may have occured over the course of November.
So here's my attempt to keep a record of what I've got and try control my overspending!
From top to bottom: Weleda One-Step Cleanser & Toner, Bioderma Sebium H20 Micellaire Solution, Essence Eyeliner Pen, Harajuku Lovers GMUA Lipstick in Shade 1, Jason Lip Balm, Inglot AMC Blush in 55, Topshop Blush in Head Over HeelsMUA Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde, Sigma E10 Small Eyeliner Brush.

A few websites had free delivery for Black Friday and as both Sigma and Topshop usually have rather expensive delivery I took advantage of the offers, plus I really wanted to try some Topshop makeup. I've been using the Sigma brush for winged eyeliner and it works perfectly as it's so small and precise.
At the start of November I went on holiday for a few days, and while there I spotted an Inglot shop and a pharmacy that sold Bioderma - and I had to try something from each as well as picking up something from Essence just to try out since the price point was so low.
I had a sample of the Weleda One-Step Cleanser & Toner in a beauty box way back when and seeing as I'm about to run out of my current cleanser it seems like a perfect opportunity to give this a proper go. I also bought a few MUA products - a lovely dark red lipstick and an eyebrow pencil to ease me into taking care of my brows.
Last in the photo are a Jason lip balm that my mum gave to me when they were buy one get one free and a Harajuku Lovers perfume that was only £5 at TK Maxx which I snapped up as soon as I saw it - the Harajuku Lovers perfumes all have rather  sweet scents and the bottle topper is just adorable!
For my first foray into indie cosmetics I thought I'd try some samples before committing to the full size, so I ordered two trial sized Lip Lustres from Fyrinnae for a really low price and they were kind enough to give me a free sample of their loose eyeshadow in Koala. Visual Kei is a bright pink and Dragon's Blood is a deep red - I've tried Dragon's Blood once and wow it is pigmented. The website also has so many other fun colours, I feel a collection forming.
Bottom: Elemental Herbology Discovery Kit, Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Cream

Lately I've really been liking the website What's In My Handbag, it has some amazing "pop-ups" or sets of products from different brands that are only available for a very limited time. The sets have great discounts on them but they sell out quickly so I find myself checking back at the site almost daily - a few weeks ago they had a discount code for free shipping and £10 off a £20 spend so I treated myself to some new skincare.
The Elemental Herbology set had samples of the Facial Glow Radiance Peel, Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator and the Facial Souffle Overnight Repair Cream and considering the price that the full sizes retail for it's amazing that this was only £15. So far they're doing wonders for my dry skin but unfortunately it's sold out on the website.
The Dermalogica kit contains minis of the Special Cleansing Gel, the Daily Microfoliant, the Skin Smoothing Cream and the Multivitamin Power Firm, not too shabby for a tenner. So far I've only tried the Daily Microfoliant and I'm really, really liking it and this kit is still available so if you're eyeing it up get it quick!
On the subject of bargains, I bought the Dr. Jart+ BB Cream when it was half price at Boots, but trust me it's worth every penny of the full price. The BB Cream offers just the right amount of coverage for me and gives a lovely dewy glow which perks up my face and makes me look a bit more lively. Best of all, it doubles up as skincare so I'm not paranoid about it clogging my pores as I am with foundation.
Now for the clothes! The grey baggy jumper with a camera on it was from Camden Market and is incredibly comfortable, I pair it with skinny jeans if it's a casual day or over a shirt with the collar sticking out for a more preppy look.
The scarf and the stripy long sleeved tshirt are from Forever 21 and have both become staples in my winter wardrobe as the tshirt is very flattering (I love the neckline) and great for layering, and the scarf keeps me warm.
These have to be my favourite pair of shoes. Ever. Again, Forever 21 was the bringer of these objects of glory and for £30, they're really comfortable and quite sturdy.

A new handbag has been on the cards for me for a long time, my old one was practically disintegrating so a trip to Primark was in order. This bag is over-the-shoulder and it's pretty small but can fit in all my essentials nicely. I can't remember the exact price, but it was either £6 or £8, either way it's great value for money!
Last but not least is the jewellery as it's almost impossible to leave Forever 21 without getting any. The arrow ring was about £3 and the necklace with a tiny little umbrella on it was on sale for 99p.

Wow this post was rather long, hope I haven't bored you to death!


  1. I'm in love with those boots! So adorable :)

  2. I am in love with your Forever 21 arrow ring! Sooo adorbs!

  3. They really need to start selling bioderma in UK shops! Cannot get enough of it :-)

  4. Great haul! Lov that adorbs umbrella necklace!
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