Mini Haul

Despite being skint (classic student in summer) I have managed to do a little shopping the past few days and I thought I would share my finds.

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I know Primark’s not the nicest of places, but it’s usually quite good just for staple items and I really needed just some more plain tops to go with jeans or skirts, so I picked up these three. They are actually meant to be crop tops so instead of going for my usual size 6, I grabbed a size 14 of the black one and hoped it would work out at a normal t-shirt length, which it did so I went back and bought the blue/grey and white ones too! These three were just £3 each.

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I raided the charity shops in Lincoln and found this lovely shirt. I’d been looking for something like this for a while to wear casually with leggings or jeans, so when I saw it I had to grab it. At the bargain price of £3.99 (and all for charity anyway) how could I say no? It also feels really good quality and you can’t tell that it’s even been worn.

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Today I went to Boots and decided to treat myself using my loyalty points and got myself matching red lipstick and nail varnish, both Rimmel.

Recently there was a bit of an accident with my red lipstick in which it ended up looking like this…

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so clearly it needed replacing. Luckily it was only a Collection one, so not expensive at all (number 17, Valentine if you’re interested) but still a bit heartbreaking.

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The new one I bought was number 170, Alarm and it was also pretty cheap at £4.99. It seems to be more of a pinky red and strangely smells like sweets! I’m not sure on how well it lasts because I only put it on for the test of the colour but I may update you on that. I realise it doesn’t look that red in the picture but I think it’s a mixture of the light and the fact I didn’t put it on very well.

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I also realised that I didn’t own any red nail varnish so that obviously had to change. I bought the ‘Queen of Tarts’ shade of red which is perfect, not too orange or too dark. I love Rimmel nail varnish anyway, it always seems to last so long and gives a solid colour usually only needing one coat, so I was confident when I bought this that it would be a winner. Perfect for a poor student too at just £2.99!

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My Make-up Clear Out

Since I’ve been back from holiday I have been very minimalistic with my make-up, this is partly because my now tanned(ish) skin is still a bit too dark for my normal foundation and concealer, but also partly because I’m lazy. I think the longer I put off wearing normal make-up, the longer I can cling on to the holiday and the freckles it has left me with.

Embracing the freckles

Wearing less make-up, paired with my love of having a good clear out inspired me to clear out all of my old make-up.

The majority of the make-up that I owned was quite weird; it was either freebies donated from my mum’s work friends or very cheap make-up that I thought was a good idea to buy at the time.

One make-up product that I really hate is lip gloss. What is the point of it? It sticks my hair to my mouth, tastes horrible and doesn’t even colour my lips. I much prefer lipstick. For some reason, despite my hatred, I must’ve had at least 20 tubes, so they all had to go.

Strangely I found it very therapeutic throwing away various orange shades of foundation and bizarre colours of eyeshadow, it made me feel a little bit more grown up. It felt like I was throwing away the embarrassingly awkward teenager part of me and leaving behind the young adult who actually likes the way she looks (most of the time). It was pretty great!

I also love having things neat and tidy, so it’s very nice to open my drawer in the morning and see it (fairly) neatly organised.

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This picture doesn’t actually include the make-up I wear everyday, but I might do a separate blog post about that.