Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Collective Haul!!

Heyyyy :)
I thought it would be a nice idea to do a big collective haul of all of the things I have purchased post Christmas. I have had time to use all of the products/items so I can make some recommendations to anyone interested!

 I feel I have been slacking on posting recently but the good old 'busy with college work' excuse comes into play again, but really it is true! I have had 3 separate pieces of coursework to do and a whole EPQ project of 5,000 words plus a whole folder showing planning all to be done by the end of March, along with trying to get a head start on exam prep etc etc etccccc! Arghhh I have got to say I am looking forward to my summer more than ever and I will definitely be making the most of an exam free month or two before the stresses of University starts!
Anyway, going back to the haul, its a pretty extensive one but I had a nice pay check after doing a load of overtime at work over Christmas and these products/items were bought over a couple of months so I don't think its too much of a spending splurge.

I have been wanting to take the plunge and get a Mac lipstick for a while now but I have never really had the courage to go into the extremely small and always packed store in my city. I find the masses of make up pretty daunting and last time I attempted to go in I felt completely overwhelmed as the shop assistants assumed that I knew a whole lot about mac products and started throwing various products at me, argh!
Well, my first ever Mac product is a satin lipstick in the shade faux and I absolutely love it. For £14 I can't see myself regularly buying mac lipsticks but as an occasional splurge I might experiment with some other shades.

I am quite a big fan of nudes, nude pinks and mauve type colours so naturally I picked a nude colour with hints of pink. This is colour Faux in the satin lipstick.

In this swatch it looks very brown and shimmery however when it is applied to your lips it has a more flushed pink look to it and is much more matte, especially when you build it up. I have been finding that using a lip brush to apply the lipstick works so much better and makes the coverage much more even and soft looking. I have got to say this is one of my new favourite lipsticks!

It wouldn't be a shopping spree without taking a trip to lush. I hadn't actually purchased anything from lush in ages and recently I also picked up the Popcorn lip-scrub, soooo yummyyyy. Anyway I wanted something of decent size to use a few times in the bath as it was early January and exams were fast approaching. I always find it relaxing to have a bath the night before an exam to unwind and prepare me for a good nights sleep.

So I decided to get The Comforter bubble bar (apologies for the picture of only half the bar but I had actually used it twice already when I took the picture) I figured because of the size of the bar it would be perfect for me to be able to make it last over a few baths and it really does. You only really need at most a quarter of the bar and you are good to go. The fragrance reminds me of bubblegum and it turns your bath a pretty pink colour. I can see myself picking up another bar when I run out!

This next product was kind of an impulse buy. I was in need of some cheap-ish everyday perfume as I tend to use my favourite and more expensive perfumes for weekends and special occasions. Well I popped into boots after work as I had some time to kill before my bus came and saw that there was still some perfume gift boxes left over from Christmas and I had to snap one up. I tried out the Kate by Kate Moss perfume and it smelt amazing so for a large scented body cream and 30ml bottle of the perfume for £14 I had to get it! I got this towards the end of the 1st week in January and I still have half of the perfume left after using it almost every day since and more than half of the cream left after using that at least once a week! Definitely worth it and I recommend checking out the gift section of the perfume isle after Christmas as there tends to be some great steals!

The Kate by Kate Moss perfume is described as old English vintage style and elegant, smoky floral notes of orange blossom and pink pepper transform into a mix of rose, peony and lily. Base notes of sandalwood, patchouli and musk help to create this sophisticated and seductive fragrance. It is basically a very floral scent but not too overpowering. It is sweat and I absolutely love it.

Another perfume I got is Flora by Gucci Eau De Parfume and this was actually a gift from my step-dad for Christmas but I had to add it in because I love it soooo much! I have been wanting this perfume for absolutely ages and was so thrilled when I opened it on Christmas morning. Although it is pretty pricey being around £53 for 50ml in Boots but I think this is just such a timeless fragrance.

Flora is described as being Inspired by Gucci's iconic Flora pattern, this original, feminine fragrance is faithfully rooted in the Italian fashion houses's glamorous past. This fragrance is rooted in a floral olfactory world, yet its construction offers something unusual and compelling. It's core is composed of Rose and Osmanthus flowers, originating from China. These two flowers offer an unconventional signature that differentiates from other florals. It is definitely a different floral from any others I have tried, it has a clean, fresh tone to it yet is wonderfully sweet.

This next item is a late Christmas present from my cousin and I have no idea how he knew my weakness for anything nice smelling or bath bombs! This is a selection of 6 bath products from bomb cosmetics and they all smell so beautiful. They seem very fresh and I love how they are presented with the little cupcake wrappers and dried petals! They are wonderfully moisturising and smell wonderful.

I had heard a lot of people raving about the Kate Moss lipstick line with Rimmel and I thought I should give it a go. I chose shade Rossetto and it is a coral pink colour. The formula is really moisturising and I love the way it looks on my lips. Super even and soft. I have no complaints about this product and I really recommend giving this line a go, there are tonnes of really beautiful colours!

At the same time as picking up the Kate Moss Lipstick I also got a Rimmel exaggerate full colour lip liner in 063 East end snob. It is a pretty neutral colour, I would describe it as mauve, having slight hints of nude pink. The picture makes it look much more brown than it actually is. This works perfectly under my Mac lipstick, but even alone it is a great colour to wear as a lipstick with some gloss over it.

My mum ordered me a mauve pink Glaze Wear Shine lip-gloss from Avon as there was a deal on and she thought I would like this colour which is in Tickled Pink. Well she was right, it is the perfect colour for me  and goes really well with most of my lipstick collection considering I stick to mainly pinkey nude colours. It has a really smooth consistency, not sticky and isn't too shiny.

Here is the swatches of the 3 lip products above. The lighting was pretty bad so the colours look slightly different to what they really are. From left to right: Avon lip-gloss, Rimmel Lip-liner, Kate Moss Lipstick by Rimmel. The lip liner looks wayyy browner than it really is and the Kate lipstick is more pink.

I also went on a little shopping date with one of my best friends Lauren and was in search of a new bronzer. I saw this Rimmel Match Perfect Bronzer and though it would be the perfect colour as it is not too orange, something which really does not compliment my extremely white skin tone! It is a really build-able colour and adds the perfect colouring and tone to my face.

I was also in desperate need of some new basic flats for work and college and when I saw these in Primark I had to get them. I love the loafer type style and I think the studs give an edge to the soft pretty nude of the shoe. I thought the nude colour would be the best colour to go with as it goes with pretty much any outfit. They are super comfortable but are not the strongest of shoes so I wouldn't reccomend using these for a tonne of walking or for wearing in the rain/snow.

The next item is a pretty lace top from H&M in the sale. It is slightly too big for me but I wear it with a belt where it gathers at the waist and it looks fine. I love the lace detail on the front and as capped shoulders, I think it is just super feminine and pretty. I feel like I could dress it up for work and also wear it with a pair of jeans. I can't actually remember how much it was but being in the sale it was definitely under £10.

The next two items were bought for my brother for his birthday! He turned 12 on the 11th January and he wanted a new flat peak and asked me to pick him out a new top.
I got the flat peak New York hat from River Island for I believe £7? and he absolutely loved it.

I then bought him this top also from River Island (can't remember the price!) and it came with some metal bracelets. My brother really likes the Aztec print and I though these colours were perfect. We found that River Island Kids tops tend to come up quite long, at least this style did anyway, but Alex didn't seem to mind.

Here's my goof of a brother modelling his new attire! Aha ha ha!

I hope you enjoyed that haul and if you have tried any of these products, let me know what you thought of them.
I am currently trying to get healthier and in shape for summer, as everyone wants to look their best in their bikini right? Well I was thinking of doing some posts about it all, like my exercise plan, meal ideas and generally how it is going. I think it will really help to keep me on track and more committed to the regime and also might be interesting/helpful for people to read. What do you think?

Hope you all have all had a lovely day! :) 

Megan x


  1. What a great purchases! I have the gucci flora too and it has become my favorite now! :)

  2. Lipsticks from Kate is so amazing! I love them! : )