Monday, 15 July 2013

Haul: What I've Bought Recently....

These are the items that I've bought over the last 6 weeks or so....


Benefit Instant Brow Pencil
This is a repurchase. I've been using the Benefit Brow Pencil for a while now as it looks natural, stays on all day and is really quick to apply when you're in a rush in the morning! In order to ensure the colour stays in place all day I always apply eyebrow setting gel on top. Full review here.

Illamasque Brow Gel
I've always had rather wispy eyebrows that tend to have a life of there own at the ends, and so eyebrow gel is an essential makeup item for me. The Illamasque one was recommended to me by another beauty blogger and I look forward to giving it a go.

Nars Laguna Bronzer
This is a repurchase, I have been using this bronzer for a while now and it is by far my favourite one ever- full review here

Tanning Mit from Bodycare
In order to make sure my fake tan stays streak-free I ALWAYS use a tanning mit to apply it. This one is from Bodycare and is only £1.99- bargain!

Aldi Miracle Oil
I picked this up in Aldi a few weeks ago whilst doing the food shop. Having heard lots about Morroccan oil and Argan oil and how beneficial it is for your hair, I've been umm-ing and ahh-ing whether to buy some due to the expensive price tag. However, Aldi's version, called 'Miracle oil' (haha) also contains argan oil and was a mere £4.99! You simple rub it onto the ends of your hair when it's wet in order to make it more healthy and provide more moisture for it. I will let you know how I get on with it :)

Home and Books

Bird Statue and Vase
My boyfriend and I went to Bath for a few days last month and I absolutely fell in love with the place! As well as the fantastic Roman Baths and stunning architecture, there were lots of little independent shops and cafes- perfect! I bought this statue and vase in one of the French looking ones, they look great on my white bookcase in the flat! 

Quote Frame and Card
Again, while in Bath I saw this cute card and frame in a little independent shop. The quote, by Winston Churchill, is particularly apt for me this year, having been quite tested at times, so it's nice to have it sitting on my bookcase for a source of daily motivation.

James Anderson- The Affair of the Mutilated Mink
This is the second book in a trilogy of murder mystery stories. Very Agatha Christie, the books are typical who-dun-its with an added element of tongue in cheek. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one (The Affair of the Blood Stained Egg Cosy) and look forward to starting this one.

Kate Morton- The Secret Garden  
I picked up this book while doing the food shop last week. The cover says its a number one bestseller and it looks like a great summer read!


Topshop Varsity Jacket
I've had my eye on this jacket for ages- God knows how many times I've tried it on in the store, umm-ing and ahh-ing until finally putting it back, not being able to justify the £45 price tag. However, I saw it in the sale last week and literally jumped for joy! At just £25 this was an absolute steal and I'm so glad that I waited!

White Dune Shoes from Debenhams
These shoes were an absolute BARGAIN- just £13!! White shoes go with everything in the summer and I can't wait to wear these with my skinny jeans and my summer dresses!

Green and Yellow Zara Shoes
These heels are really different. I love the colours in them- I have plenty of yellow accessories and so will easily be able to match them, and they'd look gorgeous with a plain dress (I'm thinking a black dress at the moment- watch this space for an OOTD!).

Nike Blazers
I love high top trainers, I think they're so much more flattering on my than normal trainers, flat shoes or pumps. When I saw these in Office I just couldn't resist. They are a sort of cottony material, making them look like they are minty green denim- amazing! 

Biba Bag
I had my PhD first year viva exam last month and after the exam (which I passed and I'm now officially a second year student-yay!) I decided to treat myself to this gorgeous Biba bag. It's mint green (a colour which I'm actually obsessed with at the moment!) and suede. It feels and looks luxurious, I really do love it. Although suede (and a light coloured suede at that) is not the most practical of materials, I have a leather and suede protecter spray which I have put on it to make it waterproof and hopefully prevent too much damage!

What do you think of my purchases? What have you been buying recently?


  1. Dont know why but never tried any Nars products really want to. Lovely pieces like the handbag

    Carrieanne x

    1. Aw I love Nars, I'd really recommend their Laguna Bronzer! x

  2. Ohhh I want those Zara heels! What a find. Perfect for summer :)

    1. Aw I know, I love them so much!! So bold :) x x

  3. i was going to say this bag looks like a biba one !
    I love it such a gorgeous colour :)

    Congrats with passing aswell :)

    glad you left me your link would love to follow !

    Alex ox.

    1. Aw thank you very much! I know, Biba bags are gorgeous aren't they?! :) x x

  4. i can't believe you got that jacket in the sale i have been looking for one like this after seeing a robbie williams one ( I couldn't commit to wearing a robbie logo on myself no matter how nice the jacket was)I never thought to look in topshop, bargain!!


    1. Haha, it was a bargain wasn't it?! So glad I waited and that it went in the sale, I've worn it so much already! Hope you get one soon! xx

  5. Your shoe collection looks really pretty! Sounds amazing that you are doing a PhD in Fashion as well. :)

    Olivia xxx
    Beauty from the Fjord
    Current giveaway: Beautecobox (beauty box)

    1. Aw thank you and yes I really love it, best of both worlds really :) Don't ever want it to end! x x


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