Book and Fashion Love: Things I’ve Bought Part 2

Hello lovely people,

Following on from yesterday’s beauty haul post, here are some more things I’ve bought recently.

Books

First up is something I’ve not bought in ages: brand new books from Waterstones.  I honestly don’t remember the last time I treated myself to new books that weren’t from the charity shop, so this is pretty exciting for me (yes, my life is that sad).

As you can probably tell, one of these books is not like the others – the Doctor Who Doctionary (£9.99) is a present for my little brother’s 8th birthday next week.  He’s Doctor Who obsessed and likes being able to show off his knowledge with little facts, so this looks perfect for him.  It goes through all the different characters and gadgets in the show; I’m hoping this will be a hit, but sadly I’ll be back at uni by the time he gets to open it.  Let’s hope for an enthusiastic Skype call!

The two books that actually were for me are Gone Girl (£7.99) by Gillian Flynn (I’m slightly ashamed of myself that I’ve still not read this, so we’ll just skip over that) and HhhH (£8.99) by Laurent Binet.  This last book was actually recommended by one of my lecturers before Easter, so it can almost count as an educational purchase!  It’s a fictionalised account of a real-life assassination attempt on Heidrich, the head of Hitler’s Gestapo.  I’m looking forward to reading this, but don’t really know what to expect so I’ll be sure to post a full review when I finish it.

I know I could have got all these books cheaper online, but I do still really love bookshops.  There’s something about a leisurely browse of the shelves that the Amazon website can never quite replicate.  I’d actually forgotten how much I enjoy it, so on my bucket list of things to do before I leave Bath is the scoping out of a good indie bookshop (I know there are a few) for me to while away the hours of procrastination.

As a side note, how ridiculous is it that I’m still curled up by the fire in April?  I was going to photograph these books by a vase of daffodils, in some vague pretence that spring had actually arrived, but then I decided to be realistic and show you where I’m actually going to be delving into these books!

Clothes

Last but not least on my list are some clothes I picked up from random sales in the Trafford Centre.  Apologies for the dodgy photos, but I’m still searching for the best place to photograph clothes.  I might have gone a tad overboard on the navy and blue/white stripes… oops!  In my defence, the slouchy cotton top on the right was only £2.99 in the Gap store, although it’s back to £9.95 on the website here.  It’s super relaxed on comfy and is perfect for my chilled out jeans and tee days – most days, if I’m honest!

The other two were both reduced to £20 in John Lewis and were unexpected treats from my mum.  The dress on the left is from Warehouse (it’s still available in a size 14 here) and is fitted and really flattering.  It’s not the most practical dress for work as it’s a bit short, but I can see myself wearing it for a nice meal out or for cocktails with friends when we want to get a bit dressed up.  And it isn’t low cut, so no worrying about falling out!

In the centre is a Fat Face butterfly print tunic.  I can’t find this exact one online anywhere, but the style is the pixie tunic and there are some other prints on sale here.  It’s really comfy but still looks like you’ve made an effort, slightly too short to be worn on its own, but will look great with leggings and should be good for the chilly weather that seems to be sticking around.  I’m a big Fat Face fan – everything I’ve bought from there has been super comfy and good quality, so I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this.

So there we go, a shorter post than yesterday to showcase my recent purchases.  Reviews will be coming as soon as I get chance to wear/read/use them!  Do you have anything I’ve featured?  Or have I inspired you to get out shopping?  What do you think of them?

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Beauty Love: Things I’ve Bought – Part 1

Hello lovely people,

I hadn’t really thought before about doing a haul post, but I just so happen to have bought lots of of lovely things over the last week or so.  I couldn’t wait for individual reviews to share them all, so here they are!  There’s a fair bit of beauty, a few new clothes and a couple of books, so a good mixture – and so much that I’ve decided to split it up.  This post will cover my beauty stuff, then I’ll do another for everything else.  Enjoy!

 

Haul picI’m going to kick off with the beauty stuff, just because there’s so flippin’ much of it!  And there are a couple of bits missing from this photo.  I definitely need to learn some self control in Boots…

 

Loreal CleansersFirst up are the new L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water and Cleansing Oil.  These have only recently launched and I grabbed them on a ‘buy one get one free’ offer in Tesco last week (I can’t find them on the Tesco website, but the offer may well still be on if you pop into store).  I believe they’re starting to be stocked in Superdrug as well.

I’ve been intrigued by micellar waters for a while after hearing so many rave reviews, but didn’t want to fork out for Bioderma when I wasn’t sure I’d use it and had heard people say that others were generally disappointing.  This L’Oreal version was only £4.99 and a quick Google brought up good reviews so I decided to grab it along with the cleansing oil.  I’ve only used the water so far and its early days, but so far I’m impressed and there’s even a chance I may have found a cheaper alternative to my beloved Clinique Take The Day Off eye makeup remover – I daren’t get my hopes up too soon though!

 

Good Things

Next is another couple of skincare products on a great value offer: Good Things Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser (£4.99) and Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser (£8.99).  I’ve heard good things (ha!) about this brand, which is supposed to be full of lovely ingredients, so when I saw it on a 2 for £6 offer (the RRP of the moisturiser alone is £7.99!) in Boots I couldn’t resist.  My skin can get a bit oily and spotty, so I’m hoping that this combination will sort me out on dodgy days.  If you fancy giving this brand a go, I’d recommend getting yourself down to Boots asap before the offer runs out.

 

 

Body ShopThe last bit of skincare is yet another offer from The Body Shop – they had all skincare, makeup and fragrance on 3 for 2 (another offer to check out soon!).  I picked up the Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion (£11) because I wanted a day cream with SPF and the Vitamin E range gets a lot of good reviews.  I also grabbed the Seaweed Ionic Clay Face Mask (£12) to (hopefully) clear up my skin, on the recommendation of my friend and a lovely shimmery Colour Crush Eyeshadow (£7, but free on the offer) in shade 201 Melt My Heart.  I recently used a friend’s Body Shop eyeshadow and found it surprisingly pigmented, so I have high hopes for this!

 

Makeup

Continuing with the makeup, I’ve gone a touch mental with that too…  I’ll work clockwise-ish.

I’ve heard marvellous things about MUA eyeshadow palettes, especially the Undressed palette (£4) that’s supposedly a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette.  I have the Naked Basics palette and love it, so I thought this would pretty much be a guaranteed success – looking forward to playing about with it.

Next is Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in Vintage Rose.  I love the colour – it’s a really sophisticated muted pink that I really like for the not-quite-spring weather we’re having in England at the moment – but unfortunately I seem to have real issues with the formula as it chips on my nails almost straight away.  I’m hoping it’s just the top coat I’m using, so fingers crossed for future success.

Also from MUA I have the Pro-Base Eye Primer (£2.50).  I was planning to get the standard version that I’ve heard rave reviews of, but this was only one left and it was the same price, so I thought I’d give it a go.  I always have to use primer on my oily eyelids and am currently getting through quite a lot of Urban Decay Primer Potion, so hopefully this will be a good (and cheap) alternative.

Another cheap buy was the Natural Collection Lash Curl Mascara (£1.99) in brown-black.  I’m still on the hunt for a replacement for my beloved discontinued Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara and decided that, at this price, I have nothing to lose by trying this.

I picked up another Revlon Lip Butter (£7.99) in Juicy Papaya.  It’s an orangey shade that should be nice for summer, but not quite as scary an orange as Tutti Frutti, and is one of the new shades.  I already have a pinker Revlon Lip Butter and love it, so I’m sure this will be a success!

A slightly less interesting lip purchase was the Blistex MedPlus Balm (£2.59).  I get horrible dry and flaky lips if I don’t use lipbalms almost constantly and I heard that this one was intensive but wearable.  So far I love it – it’s tingly but not uncomfortable and is sorting out my lips.

Last but not least on the makeup front is a 3 for 2 buy in Superdrup of some cult blogging products – two Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks (£4.49) in Bulletproof Beige and Bad Bronze (I know, I have an obsession with neutral eyeshadows), and an Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial (£5.99).  I’m super excited to use these, but don’t think there’s really anything to say about them that hasn’t been said a hundred times already!

 

Just to round up my beauty haul, there are a few things I don’t have individual pictures of:

That’s all the beauty – it took a lot longer than I thought!  Congrats and thanks so much for reading if you made it this far, I’m impressed.  A shorter part 2, with books and clothes, will be coming up in the next couple of days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Love: Music Monday

Hello lovely people,

So this time last week I was at the Manchester Evening News Arena, waiting for these guys to come on stage and play an incredible show.  The best part about it was getting to spend an impromptu night with my dad – he had a spare ticket that I only found out about the day before.  I have the coolest parents!

The acoustic version of this song was probably my highlight, but it was a very close call between this and heavy rock awesomeness!

Definitely go if you ever have a chance to see them live, but just in case you can’t there’s a video of their iTunes festival show last year on Youtube here.  Enjoy!

Happy Easter And Some Book Love

Hello lovely people,

Happy Easter!

And welcome to longer days now the clocks have gone forward!

I’m spending this Easter Sunday lounging on the couch and making plans.  I’m sorting out work for my final term at uni, looking forward to light evenings and warmer weather, and planning my spring/summer reading.

I’m a member of the Goodreads “College Students” group, who lead two reading challenges every year – one for spring/summer and one for autumn/winter.  The spring/summer 2013 challenge kicks off tomorrow and runs until August 31st, with 36 different challenges.  It’s really relaxed and fun, and a great way to work through your to-read list without being too structured.  If you’re on Goodreads then you should definitely go and check it out – some of the categories this season are to read a book with an Easter-related cover, and to read something to celebrate ‘Eat an Oreo Day’.

If you fancy a look at my rough plan of books-to-read for this challenge, you can see it here.  As you can see, it’s a work-in-progress, so any suggestions for books I should add would be very welcome!

I especially need suggestions for something by P.G. Wodehouse.  I read a compilation of Wodehouse stories before and said then that I wanted to read some of the original books to get to know the characters more.  There’s one challenge here that is to read a funny/comedic book (June 4th is National Do-Dah Day, or Salute to Silliness), which I thought would be a great opportunity to get back into the Wodehouse!  Any tips on where I should start would be wonderful.

I hope you’re having a wonderfully relaxing long Easter weekend.  Let me know what you’re getting up to, and pretty please leave any book suggestions in the comments!

Friday’s Letters

I first spotted a Friday’s Letters post over at Bev’s Confuzzledom blog, but the original idea came from The Sweet Season Blog. This is only my second attempt, but I think it’s such a lovely idea.

Dear family.  I love coming home from uni for the holidays, mainly because all I have to do is spend time with you for a fortnight.  This time I got to spend a full day and a half looking after my little brother and sister on my own, and I loved it!  I miss you so much when I’m in Bath.

Dear Trafford Centre.  And indeed all other shopping centres.  I must stop visiting you so often!  It is not at all good for my purse, but is rather excellent for my wardrobe.  So thank you for all the goodies I discovered on Wednesday.

Dear Mary Shelley.  I’m still having issues with Frankenstein – must finish it soon!

Dear Anne Sebba.  I’m sure you’re a lovely lady in many ways, but your biography of Wallis Simpson is not good.  I will read the last half of your book because it’s an interesting subject, but can we please pick up the pace a bit?

Dear Easter.  Not being religious, you will always be the chocolate holiday for me.  Not that that’s a bad thing at all – bring on the Easter eggs!

Dear Malteaster bunnies.  What is in you to make you so addictive?!  Thank goodness you’re limited edition so you can’t become a year-round obsession!

Dear Saturday.  I cannot wait for you this weekend!  Looking forward to the annual Easter egg hunt with my little brother and sister and the rest of my stepmum’s family.  Made even better by the fact that my dad can come this year!  A good weekend is ahead…

Lots of love,

From Sarah x

 

Do you have exciting plans for the Easter weekend?

Beauty Love: Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara

Hello lovely people,

A bit of an experiment for my blog today – I’m going to have a go at a beauty post.  And a bit of an odd beauty post at that, because I’m lamenting the fact that my favourite mascara has been discontinued!  This post was triggered by me finding a tube in B&M today, which is brilliant for now as I managed to buy a backup, but further proof that I need to find a replacement soon…

Mascara is my desert island beauty product, the only thing I wear every day.  It was the only piece of makeup I took backpacking with me and was pretty much the only makeup I wore through the whole of my teenage years.  I’ve been using the Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara for years and am always disappointed when I try another.  It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what makes it so nice – it just seems to give a lovely overall effect and makes my eyes stand out without weighing down my lashes.

I have pretty average length eyelashes, not exactly short and stubby but not long either.  They don’t have much natural curl, so I really want my mascara to curl and lengthen.  I like a bit of volume, but not too much as I prefer them to look long and skinny than short and fat.  You can see how I wear this mascara in the picture below – with one coat my eyelashes are defined and stand out, while still looking natural.

The wand is a plastic one, which I know isn’t to everyone’s taste, but they seem to work better to create the effect I want.

Apologies for the picture quality by the way – my plan is to keep practising and eventually improve (fingers crossed!)

That’s my review over and done with – as you can probably tell, this is my ideal daytime mascara.  I do have a backup for myself of this mascara, which should hopefully last me a while, but I now have a plea for any suggestions that might be similar.  I really don’t think you can rely on cosmetics companies claims to judge the results of a product – the only way to tell is to try them out.  So any and all suggestions are most welcome – the hunt is on!

Just in case this has convinced you that you desperately need this mascara (poor timing, I know), it’s floating around the internet reduced to about £3 or £4 as Rimmel try to clear their stock.  There are a few at Cheap Smells here – I use shade 002 Brown Black, but the normal black one is just as nice.  I can’t vouch for the green!

Pretty please leave your recommendations below!  And let me know how you feel about beauty posts being mixed in with everything else.  I’ve become a little bit obsessed by beauty blogs and Youtube channels, but know I’d never manage to regularly update a separate beauty blog.  Hopefully this will work instead!