Thursday, 2 July 2015

Haul | Shopping The Topshop Sale

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First up, I'd featured this gorgeous lace top in a recent wishlist so I was really happy when I saw it in the sale for a measly £12! Out of stock in my normal size, I had to go for Petite and this probably won't work out as the top is absolutely lovely but a little too short. It's also a bit impractical due to the fact that you can't really move your arms in it without the bardot style sleeves riding up and the whole top lifting, although I would guess this is again because I wasn't able to get my actual size! If you can find it, try it on because it is so stunning and if I do see it in my size I'll be snapping it up in a flash. I popped a photo of it up on my Instagram here if you fancy seeing what it looks like on. Moving on, I've wanted a lace non-padded bra for so long now, and it may finally be time to call off the search - this one is so pretty and my favourite thing is it actually has three fasteners at the back, like a real bra, despite being sized like clothing rather than underwear (a pet hate of mine!). Finally, I saw this skirt in store and literally watched as it was reduced from it's already great sale price of £18 to £10! It's a really thick material which is brilliant as it won't blow up should a gust of wind come along, and whilst I am slightly concerned about the length, it was just too pretty to pass up.

Onto accessories now: I love buying little things in the sale as it's just like a little pick me up, something which doesn't cost the earth but is really satisfying! I hoovered up my favourite scrunchie a while ago (naughty Henry hoover) so picked this one up, the little bow ear things are so cute. Topshop makeup is always a winner, I love everything I've bought from the Topshop beauty section so far so seeing these online in the sale was just too much. The sheer lipstick, which I got in Play With Fire, looks like a scarily bright orange but hopefully translates into a much more subtle colour on; the cheeky jellies were partly just due to sheer curiosity however I also love the idea of a nice sheer wash of colour. I picked up Beep and Phenomenon, the first a more pinky shade whilst the other is definitely a strong orange, and cannot wait to use them.

So there it is, my little Topshop sales haul! I think I was pretty well restrained, although it could have turned out differently had half my order been in stock. The Topshop sale is always a good one I feel, none of this "reduced from £20 to £18.99" business.

Have you picked anything up in the sales?

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sunday Summary | Insta-Catchup #5

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It's been a pretty hectic week or two, with lots of work and trying to get organised for Barcelona - sometimes I've felt like I've had too many things to think about and I'm always so worried I'll forget something! Drinks outside in the sunshine have been a lovely break and these Booja Booja ginger truffles are just amazing. Ever since going dairy free a few months ago I've been wanting to try them so when I found them on Approved Food for under £3 I had to get them.
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Throwback to Morocco, I can't believe it was 2 years ago since I went as it really does seem like just yesterday! This was a trip which changed a lot for me and spurred me on to go and work in Budapest, so I'll always remember it no matter how much time goes by. More chilled sunny evenings by the chiminea, it looks from this like we've had quite a few but I can assure you that there have only been two or three actually warm evenings and we've made the most of every one!
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I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy Eat, Pray, Love - but it's absolutely amazing! So readable and each section is like reading a whole new book. This will give you a major desire to travel and I highly recommend it, I'm only halfway through but it's already a new favourite. I absolutely love this quote, and could not agree more: "now is as good a time as any" - words to live by!

Hope you've had a wonderful week.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Shopping the Sales | Topshop Wishlist

The Topshop sale is just amazing at the moment (and all other sales for that matter...Zara, anyone?!) and after having a little browse spending all morning stalking every single page I decided to put together a wishlist of some of the bargains which are seriously tempting me (I may have already made a cheeky little order despite my self imposed spending ban).

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I love sparkly nail polish so naturally this little gem has made an appearance, I love the pinky purple shade and think it would be gorgeous for Summer nights despite being perhaps a little more Autumnal! // I've wanted a triangle bra for ages and this ticks all my boxes for being super cute - I love the pretty print and pastel colours. // This gorgeous tear drop pendant would look amazing with a simple white tee. I've really been getting back into wearing jewellery (I usually forget to put it on in the morning)! // Super super cute 'breakfast lovers' jimjams, because who doesn't love adorable nightwear + breakfast! // I'm kicking myself for not adding these yellow shoes to my basket earlier and may have to make another order, the colour is so summery and they look really comfy as well! // The detailing of this white top is so pretty and lifts it up from being too plain, whilst these shorts would be ideal with a tan for a beachy holiday.

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I'm intrigued by this cheek jelly (here in the shade Beep): promising a natural flush with sheer, buildable coverage it sounds ideal for summer and will hopefully be a lot less bright and more 'natural summer glow' than it appears in the pan! A total bargain as well, at £2 and there are quite a few other shades to choose from. // Adorable Minnie Mouse erasers because cute stationary is always a winner, as is Disney. // I couldn't believe it when I saw this bardot top in the sale, as I already featured it on a previous wishlist and had just fallen in love with it. It's only available in petite sizing at the moment, but I think it is well worth the risk even if you're taller as it's just so beautiful. //  Orange lipstick can be pretty scary, but this looks very wearable due to it's sheer formula and again, is ridiculously cheap - Topshop makeup has never disappointed in the past, so this seems like a great buy. // This is such a beautiful skirt, I love the detailing and it would be perfect all year round...hello investment shopping! // Yes, these are the same shoes as above...but in black, so really totally different! I'm currently torn between the two...// Another 'why didn't I add this to my basket' item, the snakeskin print and gold detailing on this bag are so lovely.

Have you made any sale purchases?

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Review | Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Every so often it seems, Glamour offers a full size Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner as its free extra (this has happened twice now in my memory, meaning you essentially pay £2 for both magazine and eyeliner which is normally worth in excess of £10) - an offer way too amazing to refuse! Eyeko is one of those brands I hear amazing things about - anything used by Alexa Chung on her eyes is OK with me!! - yet remains relatively unexplored on my part, probably for the simple fact that they aren't stocked in any shops near me. So, having now come to the end of yet another free sample tube of their Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, is this going to change?

First things first, I love the packaging. Sleek, silver and easy to use, it gets top marks from me as I love the more minimalistic style. A felt tip style eyeliner (my favourite for ease of use), the tip is really pointy which makes it easy to get a very precise and clean line, something I would say is one of its major plus points - over a month or two of use, I don't find that the nib gets 'blunter' at all - it doesn't bend and basically just stays really pointed! I know how annoying it is to use a pen style eyeliner for a few weeks before it starts to become impossible to get that nice sharp cat eye flick, so a gold star to this for making it easy!

In terms of application, this is a dream - going on smoothly and coming out a really opaque and 'black' black. The name of Skinny Eyeliner is definitely apt, as it's so easy to get a really precise, thin line with this - something I struggle to find with other eyeliners. I do find that I need to keep it stored upside down to make sure it doesn't dry up, and one negative I do have about this is that its life span doesn't seem to be as long as my current makeup bag staple, Collection's felt tip liner - the Eyeko eyeliner does seem to run out a lot faster, although I am keeping mine upside down this time and hoping that will make a difference!

Retailing at £12, I've just had a look on Eyeko's website and this now boasts a new and improved formula, whilst the packaging seems to have changed to black, so I'd be intrigued to give it a go now! There's also a duo of the product available on QVC for £14, which for £2 extra seems worth taking advantage of. After using this twice now, both times thanks to Glamour, I can definitely see why people rave about Eyeko as this really does make applying my eyeliner much easier. Having said all of this, I just can't bring myself to splash out over £10 on a product which isn't a huge amount better than one which comes in at under a fiver (see here). Whilst the precision and opacity of the Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner is brilliant and gives it an edge, making it honestly a better product in itself, for my student/soon to be even smaller graduate budget I just can't justify the price difference.


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