June Collective Haul

Another month another haul, I feel like compared to other months I have brought more than previous months. So, let’s skip the introduction and get straight into all the lovely goodies I purchased in June.

Forever 21: Every so often I look at Forever 21 but don’t always buy, something made me think I’ll go for it and I thought I would try something a little bit different. Unfortunately, however much I loved it I have had to return the Contemporary Collared Shirt in Ivory (£15.00 £9.99), I just didn’t have the boob room but the material and quality of the embroidery was amazing so it ended up been such a shame. The other two items the Plus Size Super Skinny Jeans (£16.00) and Surplice Top in Peach (£11.99 £3.99), fit perfectly and in fact create a super cute casual outfit, comfortable and well made so I may be back to order more.

June Collective Haul - Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

Body Care: I don’t think Body Care is a nationwide store but there’s two local to me and offers everything bath and body with a large amount of affordable skincare and makeup. I’ve run out of my Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£2.49), which was half its normal price right up my straight.

June Collective Haul - B&M - L'Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation

B&M: I love B&M, I know most people know about and rate food or homeware products but I think the beauty section is often highly underrated. Although you cannot guarantee the colours on offer there is often a large range of Rimmel, L’Oreal and Revlon foundations as well as mascaras for at least 50% off. All are sealed in their own packets so if you want to save on amazing product check it out. I’d been curious about the L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24-Hour Matte Foundation in 10 Porcelain, for a while and it was marked down to £4.99, near enough half price. I won’t open it now but it was too good to miss and I will post a review down the road for sure.

June Collective Haul - Superdrug - Freedom Brow Duo

Superdrug: I’ve been doing better this year of not buying makeup I do not necessarily need, but I felt like it was finally time to buy some proper brow powder opposed to a brow pencil or some suitable eyeshadow. I was amazed by the shade range and low price point offered by freedom so thought I would give them a go and brought the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Medium Brown (£3.00) for myself and the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Blonde (£3.00) for my mum.

June Collective Haul - Primark - PJs & Flipflops

Primark: I’ve not felt overall inspired by summer fashion this month, however I simply could not resist these Pusheen PJ Leggings (£8.00) as they are so cute. I was less sure on the top for this set, and I have plenty of PJ tops but these leggings I just couldn’t resist and I love these types of Primark PJ’s I have owned several in the past. I also picked up some summer essentials these Black Flipflops (£0.90), are so affordable and are such a great option for the summer you don’t need to worry about if they don’t last.

In addition to those pictured above, I also brought a new straightener the Remington S5525 Pro-Ceramic Extra Hair Straightener from Argos (£34.99). My last pair of straighteners gave up after something close to 5/6 years so it’s a good run. I love Remington straighteners and with longish, very thick hair I prefer a wider straightener to save time and have a better finish.

So that’s a slightly bigger pile of goodies than usual for June but I’m so happy with everything I’ve picked up. What did you buy in June?

Gwen

May Collective Haul

May Collective Haul

After a month off in April I am back with another monthly collective haul, once again with some of the goodies I picked up this month. So lets not beat around the bush and dive in.

May Collective Haul - Collection Extreme Eyeliner & George Matte Foundation

ASDA: I think Asda has to be one of my go to locations these days for basics as its so close to work and I can easily pop in or the way in or way home, it’s a trip to town these days for the likes of Boots/Superdrug so its definitely my go to. This month my liquid eyeliner dried up and in search of a new one I decided to give the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Black 2.98), I’m been trying it out recently and a review should be up in the next couple of weeks. I also feel like I need to try some more George makeup as you never know what gems you may find, so what I thought I would try the George Matte Foundation with Shine Control & Chamomile in Warm Ivory (£3.00) the colour seemed a good match and I feel like it will be good as we get into summer. I’ve posted my review of the George Matte Foundation earlier this week which you can find here.

May Collective Haul - The Body Shop Lightening Drops

The Body Shop: Recently I have been struggling with getting foundations to match even the ones I repurchase and have worked for years, I need to really look into some alternative brands and options but I don’t want what I have to go to waste. I’ve considered the The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening (£10.00) for ages but haven’t had a huge need, so I finally gave in and will post a review once I’ve tried it out properly.

May Collective Haul - Kiko Milano Nail Varnish

Kiko Milano: Finally, I needed a new nail colour to go with my outfit for a work colleagues wedding reception, so I felt my best option was Kiko and I wasn’t wrong. I picked up the Kiko Milano Power Pro Nail Lacquer in 55 Coral Rose (£3.90), a perfect match to my dress and I love these nail polishes easy to apply and long lasting.

So sorry for this short post for this month’s collective haul, I really picked up bugger all this month. Fortunately, I’m waiting for one or two items to be delivered and I have to go and buy a new straightener this weekend so June’s collective haul should be more exciting.

Gwen

 

March Collective Haul

It’s that time again, monthly haul time. With gifts for my birthday I haven’t actually done a huge amount of buying this month just the 6 products included so not much of a haul. Still a little sneak peek coming up and amazingly despite my no buy rule I have purchased two lip products.

Primark: I’m not feeling the Primark clothing this season but I fell head over heels in love with this Winne the Pooh Travel Mug (£3.50), it’s so cute and not too childish. Perfect for morning when I need that second cup of coffee on the way to work, I cannot get enough of this mug. Although right now I have tended to prefer using a brush to apply my foundation at the moment I still love sponges for concealer plus it’s good to have some on hand therefore I picked up the PS 2pk Blender Sponge (£1.50).

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ASDA: I am the queen of failing my new year’s resolutions, or Beauty Resolutions for that matter. I definitely did not need another lip product, but I’ve never tried a lip oil before so maybe I can justify it in my head. You may have already see the review though, but this month I brought and tried the George Asda Tint and Pout Tinted Lip Oil (£4.00).

Boots Haul ft NXY and Collection

Boots: Seeing as it was my birthday I decided to treat myself to another NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream I love my other two shades with the vampy Copenhagen and bright San Paulo, I decided I wanted a more natural every day shade. I ended up picking up the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes, I’m testing it out now and if everything goes to plan the full review will be up in the next week or so. I also repurchased again the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 Fair, simply a staple in my makeup collection that I would never be without.

Let me know in the comments what you have picked up recently and what should be on my shopping list.

Gwen xx

February Collective Haul

With February drawing to a close it is time again for my monthly collective haul, its not a big month for stuff but I thought I would share the few things I picked up.

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ASDA: I love it when you’ve run out foundation and not only can you find it in Asda its on offer too. The L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Ivory Rose (£7.00), is my go to foundation I always have a bottle on hand, the best colour match and I love the feel of it too.

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Superdrug: Just a few basics this month from Superdrug this month. It’s been a good month or two since I last had the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£2.49), I’m not sure why maybe it’s because I was trying out other products but I’m glad to have it back in my life it’s the best makeup base I have ever had. Other than that, I picked up another boring essential with the Nivea Protect and Care Antiperspirant (£1.63), a good go to deodorant although to be honest I’m not fussy this one is a good one though.

Primark: With my last pair on the way out I once again picked up another pair of the Flat Faux Suede Pumps (£4.00), they are great for everyday and go with a lot of outfits. I’m never without a pair, plus something more expensive never lasts that much longer than these ones. Then after a few failed clothes try-ons I hit up the beauty section, picking more of my favourite Cotton Wool Pads (£0.50 each), some of the cheapest around and they get the job done. Finally, out of curiosity I picked up the PS Micellar Cleansing Water (£2.00), I’m obsessed with micellar waters so I had to try another one and this one is so affordable. Keep your eyes peeled for a review.

So what did you pick up in February, let me know in the comments below.

Gwen

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January 2017 Collective Haul

In case you missed my Beauty Resolutions at the start of the month, I am trying to only buy what I need so I thought I would start again with my monthly collective hauls. It’s just a nice way to share anything I’ve brought and I already know I will be buying less this year, as I am trying to do one in one out with beauty products but I’m also only buying clothes I need so I actually like and wear what I own. So in the month of huge sales how much resistance have I managed to shop

 

Leia Factory Shop: If you are busty you know sometimes finding a good bra can be expensive and I feel like Leia is one of the best kept secrets the website often has 50% off sales but I live fairly closed to the factory outlet a tiny shop filled with racks of bras. A couple of times of years they have major sales where the bras are so cheap and I love the Freya Decos, I showed restraint after buying a few back in October so I left with two Bra and two pants which match (the purple matches a previous bra.)

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Deco Vibe (£36 £9, 75% off), Deco Delight (£34 £9, 74% off), Deco Vibe Shorts (£13 £3 each 77% off)

If you are curious about the shop and what they offer you can check out Leia here, but as you can see the sales are definitely worth it.

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Primark: I am currently on the lookout for a nice, expensive(ish) bag but in the mean time I need a smart bag for work as my current bag is looking a little bit worse for wear. Although I’d tend to go for a black bag I fell in love with this Nude Zip Tote Bag (£9.00), I couldn’t resist and its relatively inexpensive. Also its huge I’m going to transfer all my stuff across shortly.

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Boots: January was a month to stock up on some basics once again, I’ve fallen in love with the Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Wipes (£1.00 each) and with a points bonus it made sense to stock up now. Continuing with basics in the month of December I was constantly foing my nails for various occasions and I’m almost out of nail polish remover so I thought I would give the Boots 2-In-1 Nail Polish Remover (£1.29), I’m not loyal with nail polish removers and tend to buy what’s there.

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My skin is so dry at the moment so I’m going made with face masks in order to give my skin some much needed TLC, so while it was on offer I picked up a couple of the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (£0.99 each). I’ve got one already but I cannot wait to put them to the test.

The final thing I picked up was the Revlon All In One Ultimate Mascara (£9.99), I cannot wait to give it a go as I love as I desperately need a new mascara. Don’t worry I will post a review shortly.

 

What have you picked up in January either in the sales or in general. I’ve still got a few items on my list so there will still be more hauls don’t worry.

Gwen

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Peterborough Haul

Peterborough Haul

Another day another haul, the other weekend I met up with a friend in Peterborough for a good ol girly catch up filled with shopping what more could you want. I have to say we didn’t go as mad as we have done previously so here is a very restrained haul full of goodies.

TK Maxx Haul - The Creme Shop & Illamasqua

First stop is TK Maxx somewhere that sometimes has everything sometimes has nothing but this time I feel as though I picked up some great bargains. I am so pleased with this first thing which is the Illamasqua Powder Blush Duo (£26 £5.99), review and swatches will be up shortly but I think it is insanely pretty. Has anyone else seen those funky designed Koren Face Masks? Well you can pick them up in TK Maxx I got The Crème Shop Drink Up Skin Face Masks (£4.99) which have a cute penguin design.

Superdrug Haul - Collection, Barry M & L'oreal Paris

Superdrug had another 3 for 2 offer on makeup so obviously this means 3 items had to be brought, two essential repurchases has I have to keep my face looking pretty. So of course the L’oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory (£9.99) and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair (free in offer), much needed essentials. My final purchase was the super interesting Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer (£5.99), the purple colour is super interesting and I cannot wait to try it.

H&M Heavy Leggings

Only one thing from H&M, another set of Heavy Leggings (£7.99) I love these leggings, and they are one of the few pairs which don’t show your pants.

Finally a restrained Primark trip, just one item of clothing though this super cute Collared Jumper (£5) which was in the sale and perfect for work. Also in the sale were these cute glittery flip flops (£0.90), I tend to get a new pair every year and this nudey pink colour should go with everything. Finally ending in the beauty section with the best cotton pads ever, PS Love This Round Cosmetic Pads (£0.50) if you haven’t tried them you should, some endlessly useful P.S Love Your Skin Gentle Cleansing Wipes (£1.00). Finally I repurchased the PS Plain False Nails (£1.00), I used a set mid-July and was absolutely obsessed, so I had to buy another set.

So that’s all I’ve picked up for now but I am tempted to pick up more at the end of summer sales, soon so expect more hauls coming shortly.

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Small May Collective Haul

I’ve picked up a few bits and pieces this month and I thought I would share them, with you now. Earlier in the month I posted a fashion haul and you can check that out here. I placed a New Look order yesterday, and I am going shopping this weekend so expect more hauls coming in June I’ve saved up and I am #feelingspendy.  For now it is all budget friendly essentials.

Morocian Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

First up I picked up some shampoo and conditioner from Poundland, at home I use TRESemme in the huge bottles so for the gym/swimming I like to try out some different and smaller shampoos. I love a lot of the oil infused shampoo and conditioner and managed to find the matching set so picked up the Macadamia Oil Extract Shampoo & Conditioner, fingers crossed this works well.

Tesco Everyday Value Cotton Wool Pads and Tesco Nail Varnish Remover

Sometimes it’s easiest to pig up bits and pieces as you are doing your weekly shop which is why the next two essential bits are from Tesco. I was running low on nail polish remover and find that the Tesco Beauty Nail Polish Remover is one of the best, really affordable and it gets off polish really easily. I’m not overly fussy over cotton pads, those soft under baby are often softer but I’m happy to use the cheap ranges, as I needed some desperately and picked up the Tesco Everyday Value Cotton Wool Pads.

Boots Essentials Cleanser, Toner and Exfolitating Sponge

Obviously it is impossible not to buy something at Boots when you go in, thankfully I managed to just buy essentials and although I had not run out at the time of purchase with 3 for £3.00, in addition to getting 100 bonus points I might as buy at this point. So I once again repurchase the Boots Essentials Cucumber Cream Cleanser and Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Toner, I love these they are super affordable and great for makeup removal and general skincare. The third item I picked up was the Boots Essentials Exfoliating Facial Sponge, which I am curious to try out as part of my skincare routine.

Have you picked up anything good recently? Let me know in the comments below, and if there are good things to keep my eye out for.

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May Fashion Haul

I originally meant for this originally meant to be a workout wear haul but as I’ve only picked up a few bits so far and picked up two bits of non-sports wear it is now an opportunity to do a “May Fashion Haul”.

First up is this beautiful Apricot Royal Blue Box Pleat Skater Dress, it’s a beautiful shape and I love skater dresses for most occasions. I’ll link it here as well as stealing a picture from the website, just so you can see it clearly. I cannot wait to wear it this summer no matter what I am doing. It will look great dressed up or worn simply with flip flops.

In Zara I fell in love with this Lapel Jacket, the neutral tones means it will go with most outfits and its styling means it’s a perfect smart casual piece. As my pictures will never do it justice you can find it here on the Zara website, I cannot wait to start wearing it.

So I usually so swimming or I used to jog daily before I got my graduate job although I intend to pick it up again at some point, I recently signed up for a pilates class which called for picking up some new bits. I mainly used it as an excuse to buy some new bits, as all my old stuff was tired and needed tossing anyway. To start with I picked up a new sports bra, so I picked up this cute George Front Zip Sports Bra. For my bustyness this would be no good for jogging ect. as it only offers ‘medium’ support but I like not having my boobs squished against me, and with Pilates you can get away with a less harsh fit. I love the colours, and it is so easy to take on and off.

Also considering you know Pilates I picked up some Primark Cropped Athletic Leggings, which is in a super pretty colour palette. These have been great for Pilates providing the right amount of stretch and comfort, these also dry off well if sweaty and haven’t loss shaped when I’ve washed them. Finally from SportsDirect I picked up some USA Pro Yoga Socks, I wanted socks with grips on the bottom as the class I attend is done in socks. I hope to use them this week if I remember and then they will hopefully make me less likely to slip.

 

So that’s everything I picked up fashion wise recently? If you’ve got any recommendations for workout clothing leave them in the comments below.

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Collective Haul February 2016

Just thought I would do a nice little collective haul of all the bits and pieces I have picked up recently, some as and when and others actually on shopping trips although there hasn’t been enough yet to do individual hauls so I just thought I would combine everything together.

ASDA:  If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time you’ll know that the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer for Normal Skin  is pretty much essential to me, I use it daily either as a moisturiser or a moisturising primer. Perfect under makeup or on its one. Small bonus I picked it up on offer at half price (£2.50). The other thing I picked up from Asda were Cotton Wool Pads (£0.99), not that this needs much explanation I was running very low and it’s so easy to pick some up on the way to work. There’s not much to say other that I love the generous pack size.

Lush Bath Bombs

Lush: I’m not normally a lush person, with often incompetent staff and my allergies I tend not to find it worth the effort but with a crowded shop and armed with my phone for  the ingredients list so I know what I can have. I finally picked up the Dragons Egg Bath Bomb (£3.50) which I have wanted to try for ages and finally decided to go for it, it’s meant to be super pretty and I cannot wait to use it. The other one I picked up was one of the Valentines bath bombs and its super cute the Lover Lamp Bath Bomb (£3.95), I’ve seen its super cute so I will use it shortly.

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Paperchase: I’ve tried to motivate myself to drink more and work out more so I those the Get Fit Stickers (£1.50) would be perfect to stick in my planner and tick them off. Although in fact they are super disappointing, I’m using them and there are loads of 5 a day which is great but only two water intake ones and all of the others. I love the little postcards to and I thought these would look perfect in the clear plastic wallet that is in the front of my planner, so picked up the two which were 70p each.

Tiger Toothbrush Cover

Tiger: I love shopping in Tiger and it takes a lot not to buy loads of stuff I don’t need but I managed to show restraint and only pick up a 4 Pack of Tooth Brush covers (£1.00). Not exciting I Know but these are perfect for travel, the little plastic tubes are not always best depending on the toothbrush these are great as they are universal.

Body Care Footpacks

Bodycare: Finally two small repurchases from body care. Both things I have mentioned many times which are the Argan Oil Foot Pack and the Botantical Choice Eye Puffiness Minimising patches.

So have you picked up anything good recently, let me know in the comments below.

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Products Mentioned: Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (ASDA, although widely available), Cotton Wool Pads (ASDA), Lover Lamp Bath Bomb (LUSH), Dragons Egg Bath Bomb (LUSH), Get Fit Stickers (Paperchase), Run Wild Postcard (Paperchase), Dream it, Believe it, Achieve it Postcard (Paperchase)

 

Mini Sales Haul

As you get older you get less for Christmas in terms of gifts and start to get more from the sales. So as you’ve seen my presents on the 27th which you can check out on my blog, I just love seeing what people get for Christmas. I’m writing this straight after that one as I am currently visiting my boyfriend in Cornwall, so I may have actually picked up a few more bits so a bonus post may be thrown in in the New Year.

New Look

First up is new look, not a shop I tend to go to or buy from as I tend to walk in and straight out. Amazingly I found a few bits in the sales I rather liked and all were a really good price. I live in leggings and when I saw the Black Disco Leggings (£13) on sale I had to have them due to such a good price. Carrying on with leggings I picked up something a bit fancier with these Black Check Jacquard High Wasted Leggings (£10). Although I always feel like the pattern is wintery, I still have a good month to wear them and they may go longer. Also these paired with black looks classy and chic but still effortlessly.

Finally from New Look I picked up the Cameo Rose Black Check Contrast Playsuit (£10), which is a bargain really. A simple complete outfit in one that I already know I will be wearing at New Year’s. It’s so cute and could work for so many situations.

Primark

Although I didn’t hit the sales racks in Primark I still picked up some amazing buys, plus with everything being so affordable its like a sale 24/7. First up are some super cute and needed Love to Lounge ‘All You Need Is Coffee’ Cuffed PJ Leggings (£5), I tend to wear oversized or lounge t-shirts to bed but with us being in the midst of the colder month some pj leggings were on my list to get. I just love the cute design as well as the attention to detail with the small coffee ‘branding’ label.

As I’m away over New Year and my old makeup bags are dying I also picked up a new one, Patterned Envelope Makeup Bag (£3). It’s a good size which could hold makeup for a week or a weekend it’s not too big or too small. I think the pattern is slightly on the summery side but it could work for all year round and I cannot wait to use it.

 

So just a small haul from me today, I’ve ordered a few more bits online and you never know I may end up picking up more. Anyway hope you all enjoy the sales etc. and let me know what you picked up in the comments I love to know what bargains are floating about.

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