Primark, River Island & Zara Haul

I thought I’d pop into town as I needed a couple of last minute bits for my holiday… I was thrilled to find so much I liked – normally when I go shopping I struggle to find something, but yesterday I was very pleased with my purchases!

I  had some things to take back to Primark, so it felt like I was shopping for free which was even better! I got….

A black beach cover-up with gold beads £8

A halter neck feather print dress which I got for chucking on for lunch by the beach – this was marked up as £5 but rung through at £3 – bargain!

A blue pleated dress – they had it in a lovely burnt orange colour too, but not in my size. It’s 100% polyester and is rather shiny but it’s a really nice shape and looks better on. It was £13.

A pinky coraly, baggy top with two buttons on the front, £8

…which I plan on wearing with these patterned shorts which were £9.

I thought this was a boob tube, but it came up on the till as a textured skirt! I doubt I’ll ever wear it as a skirt, but thought it would look nice with white jeans or my black high waisted jeans. I adore this blue. It was £4.

Not for holiday, but I got a loose sheer cream top with mother of pearl buttons £10

 I’ve seen these on other blogs and loved them – you get a pack of 2 friendship bracelets for £1.50. I got 3 sets to stack on my wrist.

And lastly, I got this cream quilted heart shaped coin purse, marked down from £2 to £1. It’s really cute, perfect for fitting in my clutch and lined in leopard print – cute!

In River Island I got….

This vest, which I really don’t know how to put into words how to describe it! The lighter parts of the top you can see below are soft to the touch – really nice textures going on. The back is completely see through.

And these wet look leggings which were £20. I really liked them because they have a cracked, textured, mottled effect on them which is different to most leather look or wet look leggings. I wish I could take this outfit away with me as I love it, but think it’ll be too hot!

I saw a girl trying on these sandals – they are not the kind of thing I’d normally go for but they looked amazing on her – I tried them on but didn’t buy them but have been thinking about them all day! I have a sneaky feeling I might try to pop to River Island tomorrow to get them – shhh!

And last but not least, I got this white vest in Zara, which was £9.99. I already have it in black and bright blue and just love how it fits, it’s really flattering – and has a zip down the back which I like as it just makes it a bit different

And that’s it! Now to start the packing, meep!

High Street Haul

I know I said I wasn’t going to be buying much and wouldn’t be doing these clothes hauls often… but I had one of those days where I went out and saw loads that I wanted, which is a very rare thing…. I’m glad I did it last week as since then I’ve had a car crash which I’m now £550 down for and really can’t afford to be shopping like this! I’ve used the site pics rather than my own because I’ve already worn a lot of these things and some are in the wash, creased etc.

Firstly was Topshop…

I got these pumps, they really look like ballet shoes but have a firmer soul – they are so so so comfortable I cannot begin to tell you!

I also picked up the Meteoric eyeshadow duo. I’m yet to use it but when I do I shall be sure to add swatch pics!

After seeing AWOL nail varnish on Stina of Chic Beauty Blog I just had to have it, swatch pics to come soon too.

Next was H&M….

This ring comes in a few colours but this turquoise one just jumped out at me. The golden colour of the ring compliments it nicely and although it was only £3.99 I personally think that when it’s worn it looks a lot more than that!

I got some bog standard leggings as mine have a little hole in them, currently in the sale for £3.49 – bargainous!

I was in desperate need of some new black skinnies. I really love their Super Squin jeans so had set out to get some of them in black, but seeing as it’s the ‘wrong’ season for black skinnies all I could get were high waisted black Squins, which are actually really nice, not too high in the waist, and it can’t be seen at all once you have a top over them. They are really flattering and really skinny but not available on the website – I think it’s just the luck of the draw of the store.

I got this swimsuit about a month ago but may as well include it. I have two children so not the flattest of stomachs. It is, I am not afraid to admit, my problem area. I’m going to Ibiza in the summer with some super-skinny friends and the thought of bearing all has been frightening me, but once I tried this on I felt lovely – it’s not designed as shapewear but I feel like it holds me in, the colour is flattering and the detail draws the attention away from the stomach area!

Another month-ago purchase was this dress, also bought with the holiday in mind – it’s easy to get on and off, loving the nautical theme. It also comes in a clashing pink and red colourway but it didn’t look so nice on.

In River Island….

I got this coral cardigan, a lovely chunky knit in a beautiful summery colour for covering up in the chilly English summer!

In Zara….
I got these peach jeans. I love peachy colours with white when the weather’s nice, and these are a lovely fit with gold hardware. All we need now is the nice weather!
I also got these skinny navy trousers (the model is wearing them rolled up but they are actually standard length). I love the whole chino look, but due to the aforementioned stomach area, can’t rock them. This is the closest I can get. They are super skinny, and have gold hardwear. They are in chino-type material and make a nice change from denim jeans.

I got two of the same vest because they are so flattering – one in black and one in cobalt blue (much brighter than in this pic). It’s loose over the stomach without looking like you’re pregnant. There is a gold zip at the back which makes it something a bit different from a standard jersey vest. I like it so much I’m tempted to go and get it in some of the other colours!

Lastly, I went to Oasis….

And I got this corsage detail top, (I got it in black but it’s not shown online) – I find it really hard to find going-out style tops and this was a definite winner for wearing with the black skinnies I got in H&M.

I’d happened to take a pic in the changing room to ask my friend her opinion, excuse the face!

I’m all shopped out now, I only went out to get some Spanx! Primark only for me until after my holiday!

Primark Haul – May 2011

I know I have kept it beauty-based here up until now, but I just love looking at other people’s hauls so I thought I would add one of mine! I asked on Twitter and the general consensus was to add it… so here it is… nothing overly exciting but maybe it’ll be useful to someone! I’m not about to change to a fashion blog by the way, I am rather rubbish at fashiony things, and while I’m losing weight I’m trying not to buy too much!

These white jeggings were a bargainous £8 – even if they last for a handful of wears I can’t really complain! Really comfortable, really skinny.

I love Primark’s underwear sets – £4 for this matching t-shirt bra and knickers!

Striped navy and white espadrilles £3 – I also bought the same in a thinner stripe for my son 🙂

I’d been looking for a skinny woven belt for a while – I’m going to wear it with a cream dress I have. It is a bit plasticy, but only £1!

This cuff is real leather and dotted with gold studs. They had it in a number of colours – wish they had it in brown, but I couldn’t see one. This was £2.

Both these rings were £2, neither are my usual style and I’m not sure I’ll wear them… if not they will go to my sister!

I really like long rings at the moment – although I’m not very keen on the diamantes (nail polish is Revlon Tropical Temptation by the way!)

The only reason I bought this was because it matched my rose gold watch!

Rose garland headband £2. I don’t intend to wear this, but thought I might use it in a photoshoot.

10 non-slip velvet hangers for £4! These come in other colourways too.

I thought this lantern was gorgeous – I’m going to put it in my garden with a tealight inside it. £3.

I didn’t get this in Primark but thought I’d add it in – I got it from one of those little boutiquey shops that sells lots of different brands I’ve never heard of! This floral playsuit was £20 and is by Version Feminin. I love that it’s baggy around the stomach area, which is forgiving on the mummy-tummy!

Well, that’s all folks!

MAC Venomous Villains Haul and Swatches

The MAC Venomous Villains collection was launched online on Monday and is in stores today. I couldn’t wait to get to a store – I’d seen lots of swatches online and had decided what I wanted based on those! I had a bit of birthday money so decided to treat myself on a few things. The collection is based around 4 Disney characters – Cruella De Ville, The Evil Queen, Maleficent and Dr. Facilier. The packaging is similar to standard MAC packaging but rather than being matt, is shiny. Most of the products have an image of their character on the outside, in a different pose. The cardboard outers have gorgeous pencil sketches of the characters on them, which I kind of wish was on the actual products rather than the cartoon images.

From the Cruella De Ville collection I bought the Devilishly Stylish lipglass, which is described as a light nude with a gold frost. I really like this finish of lipglass – glossy with a sheer colour.

 I also bought Innocence Beware Cremesheen lipstick which is now sold out online. I can honestly, hand on heart say I LOVE this lipstick! It’s described as a light yellow pink (gross), but it’s a gorgeous pinky nude which is buildable and just amazing. I might try to get to a store to get another one for when this runs out, that’s how much I like it!

Also in Cruella’s range is Carbon eye shadow, which is one I already had – it’s a matte black with great staying power.

the left stroke is on dry skin, the right stroke to wet skin


From The Evil Queen collection I bought Strange Potion lipglass – described as a soft coral, it’s fairly accurate. This is the only one I’m not too sure about… if I’d have tried in store it I’m not sure I’d have bought it, but I’ll give it another go. This is also now showing as sold out online.

I bought both the Mineralize eyeshadow duos from the Maleficient collection – they are the first Mineralize shadows I’ve bought and so far I’m impressed! I love that you can wear them on dry skin for a more toned down look, or on wet skin for a totally high impact WOW look. I was a little disappointed to see the same image on both of the packages but it’s a minor issue.

She Who Dares is described as a deep navy with blue pearl, and deep forest green with lime green pearl – stunning.

the left swatch is on wet skin, the right swatch on dry skin

My Dark Magic is described online as deep pink with pink pearl, and deep plum with purple pearl. I actually gasped when I was swatching this, I love love love it!

the left swatch is on wet skin, the right swatch on dry skin

Both are now showing as sold out online but I would seriously try to get to a store and get these if I were you, they are amazing!

The last thing I bought was from the Dr. Facilier collection and is a greasepaint stick in French Quarter. This didn’t have any Disney packaging on it, I have no idea why, but I feel a little cheated – I wanted one of every character in my collection! It’s described as dirty black green with multi colour pearl. It is black with flecks of gold and olive – a really beautiful shade which is really long lasting and will work well as a base or on it’s own.

 I hope you’ve found this useful – please let me know if you have bought anything from the collection or if you have your eye on anything. Now we just have to sit and wait for them to release the Holiday Collection!

New Hair & e.l.f. Haul

I’ve been trying to upload this video for over 24 hours! For starters I didn’t mean to chat for quite so long, and because of the length took forever to upload to YouTube, which then uploaded it out of sync and chopped some time off. Managed to convert the mov file to avi which meant I got the length back but no sound. In the end I gave up with YouTube and thanks for Modesty Brown for the suggestion I went with Vimeo.

I had my hair cut on Friday – I have been trying to get my hair lighter so needed the ends chopped off which had got so dark they were almost black – here are the results.

I also had a package containing my e.l.f. order which I have opened on this video.

Sorry about all the rambling. I am incapable of editing at the moment. The lipstick I was trying to think of the name of at the end was Creme D’Nude, if you’re interested!