Primark + H&M Haul

Hello Everyone!

So I went quite a while without going into Primark, in fact I think this may have been the first trip to Primark of 2014! But on Saturday I just couldn’t resist popping in.. and of course I ended up emerging after about an hour with a bag in my hand.. tut tut.

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As you can see this is a very small haul (but the rest of the things I bought that day were featured in my Lush Haul- I will link it at the bottom)

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Not going to lie, this dress looks A LOT more flattering when it is on and not when its on the hanger!

The first thing I got is this really cute blue dress with black lines and daisy chains running both horizontally and vertically across the entire dress. It also has a little white collar (yippee! I do love a collar!) and zips up at the back with two little buttons at the top of the zip. The dress goes down to about the knee and is quite a thin material but not in a bad way (that doesn’t really make sense but it means it would be perfect for summer but could also be cosied up with some tights and a cardigan or jumper).

If you saw my last clothing Haul (again I will link it at the end) you may have noticed that this dress is a similar style to the black and white dress I bought  from New Look. Obviously this dress has a very different pattern on it and the sleeves are shorter but the collar is the same and the fit is quite similar which I love!

The dress cost £13 which is a little pricey for Primark but I would be happy to pay this anywhere else because it is good quality and seems like it should last me a long time. I have seen a lot of daisy prints around lately now that spring is on its way and so I think this dress will look really nice in spring and summer.

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Again this dress doesn’t look as great on the hanger..

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I got another dress from Primark and it is a really cute simple black summer dress with little holes in the shape of flowers on the top half. It has a fitted top with a loose fitting skirt and has a little tie at the back. The material is quite stretchy and I just think this will be perfect for summer but can again easily be dressed to suit this cold winter weather with black tights, boots and cardigans or even a shirt underneath. I am certain that I will get a lot of wear out if this especially in summer.

The best thing about this dress was that it was only £5! It was a total bargain and I wish I had checked to see if there were other colours (I don’t think there were) because I think a mint green one or pink one would look stunning aswell!

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Oh look.. another item that looks weird on the hanger!

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The last thing I bought from Primark was this little black and white checked t-shirt with a black collar (you can tell I have a thing about collars!) I walked past this top without considering trying it on at first because it looked quite cropped and I always steer clear of any kind of cropped shirts, but I saw it again later and thought I would try it on (yep, the collar just persuaded me) and see if I liked it. It turned out that I did like it and it isn’t cropped but just a little short. I am currently wearing this as I type and I am wearing it with my Topshop Leigh Jeans which are quite high wasted and I think they go well together, I also imagine this top would look gorgeous tucked into my black skater skirt or any kind of black skirt with tights.

This top only cost £6 which I think is a bit of a bargain because I can see myself wearing this a lot.

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yep, another one that just looks unbelievably unflattering on the hanger. great.

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The last and favourite thing I bought recently is not from Primark but H&M and it is this absolutely gorgeous black and white ‘boyfriend style’ coat. It is a sort of woven pattern with flecks of bronze/ gold running through it. I have been after a coat like this all winter but I didn’t want to spend much on it, however I saw this on the H&M website and then in the shop and loved it. I tried it on and fell in love with it even more! It cost £34.99 which I think is amazing value for such a good quality coat which I am going to get so much wear out of and I also had £20 worth of vouchers left over from Christmas so I used those and then my lovely mum gave me the other £15 towards it because a coat is a pretty essential item in any wardrobe and I was in need of a new one!

Obviously you can tell that it is very oversized which I love. I originally tried on a 12 (my usual size) and it was absolutely huge and so ended up having to get a size 8 and it now fits really nicely, it is still big but in a stylish way not a ‘help me i’m drowning in my own coat’ way.

It has one button but I prefer to wear this coat undone and it does have pockets (thank god, I hate coats without pockets for my cold hands!) so far I have worn this coat with a white t-shirt tucked into a black fitted miniskirt with tights and black boots and my white wooly scarf and I loved the whole outfit so much. Without the coat it would have been very boring and plain but the coat made it looks so nice and also kept me really cosy!

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I instagramed a picture of the coat the other day so this may give you a better idea of what it actually looks like when its on!

So that is everything which I have bought clothing wise since my last haul. I am really impressed with the things I bought from Primark and am absolutely in love with my coat!

Lush Haul: https://daisychainsintherain.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/lush-haul/

Previous Haul: https://daisychainsintherain.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/finally-another-haul/

Have a nice day :)

Lots of Love

Izzy

xxx

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Music Monday // Say Something

Hey everyone,

A song which I have loved listening to recently has to be ‘Say Something’ by ‘A Great Big World’ and Christina Aguilera.

It is quite a slow song which I don’t often feature on my Music Monday posts but this is such a beautiful song and I really like it :)

It also has a really catchy chorus which is good for singing along to hehe!

I hope your Monday isn’t going too badly!

Lots of Love
Izzy
xxx

Lush Haul!

Hello Everybody!

So yesterday I did a spot of shopping (I know, it was very naughty of me but it is my half term and even though I should be revising I just can’t!)

I headed into town with my sister because I needed to buy birthday presents for my friends Meg and Cerys (who are twins). It is their 16th birthday on Tuesday and I almost forgot to get them gifts so I had to dash out on Saturday!

I decided to get them both some bits from lush (everyone loves a bit of lush don’t they!?) which is a little boring and typical but I think that its always nice to have a couple of presents like that so hopefully they wont be disappointed!

 

But of course.. when in lush it is never quite possible to leave without treating yourself aswell! I am usually pretty good at not spending money in lush, purely because I hardly ever go in there due to the fact that my local lush is so small and crowded and there are just too many products in one space which can get a little claustrophobic after a while!

However I went in and after mooching around a bit I couldn’t resist getting a couple of things for myself too and I think that this may be the beginning of my lush addiction because I already want to go back and buy the whole shop!

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At least it’s not all for me!

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So the first things I picked up were some ‘fresh face masks’ for my friends. I got one of them the ‘Cupcake’ one and the other the ‘Catastrophe Cosmetic’ one and they both smell really nice. They aren’t particularly sweet and the cupcake one actually smells quite minty due to the spearmint, but looks like actual Chocolate which I want to eat so badly! The Catastrophe face mask is more blueberry scented.

I have never personally tried any of the lush skincare but I might have to go and pick one of these up for myself at some point!

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 I also bought both of them a ‘Blackberry Bath Bomb Bath Ballistic’ (now that’s a tongue twister haha) which smells so good and is pretty huge!Image

For myself the first thing I got was the ‘Butterball Bath Ballistic’ which smells delightful! It smells a little bit like white chocolate and very buttery (you know I am rubbish and scent descriptions!)

So with these Bath Ballistics Lush say that you have to : Run yourself a bath, get in and then take a moment to let go of the world outside your bathroom before launching your bath ballistic into the water and watch it fizz away!

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The final thing I bought from lush was the ‘Creamy Candy Bath Bubble Bar Slice’ which is the best smelling out of all the products I got. It is really sweet and reminds me of a Lush product which I used to own years ago. I would say it is kind of a ‘typical’ Lush smell because it is one of the most memorable in my opinion.
Lush say that with the Bubble Bars you should: Crumble the bar under the hot running tap, to allow the water to agitate mounds of bubbles for you with no effort on your part.

So that is everything which I bought from Lush yesterday. Do you have any favourite Lush products because I really want to get some more so any recommendations would be so useful!

I hope you have a lovely week and if you have any Lush products lying around why not treat yourself to a nice bath, I certainly will be!

Lots of Love
Izzy
xxx

Finally another Haul!

Hello everyone!

Yay I went shopping!!! I haven’t been shopping for what feels like ages (..but it was probably only a few weeks ago) but on Saturday I finally had enough money to go and treat myself a bit. I have been trying to save but it really doesn’t work with me so I just went and spent it all.. yeah great technique Izzy, well done.

Anyway I had a bit of a mooch around town, I didn’t really have anything in mind which I wanted to buy other than a few skincare products and some school shoes (yeah, exciting I know!)

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oooh I love a good haul me!

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So like I said I was in desperate need of some new school shoes (my other ones had huge holes in and flooded when I walked in the rain..) These are surprisingly difficult to find in the middle of winter and I had to go into so many shops before I wandered into Topshop with little hope left.

I tried on a couple of pairs and although I saw these ones I immediately hated them! I used to detest ‘loafer’ style shoes but when I reluctantly tried these on as my last option, my opinion was completely changed. I still wasn’t sure if they were the nicest pair of shoes, but time was running short and they mostly fitted (topshop shoe sizes are very weird, I discovered, as both a 5 and a 7 seemed to fit kind of well!- I went with the 5 in the end as they didn’t have any 6’s) so I bought them. These cost £32 which I think isn’t too bad as they are really sturdy and have a thick sole which I think is going to last me well.

I wore these for the first time to school today and I actually love them! So i’m extremely happy and will definitely be exploring the Topshop shoe range more thoroughly next time.

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I found myself wandering into New Look at one point even though I didn’t really want to spend much (if anything) on clothing.

But then I saw this dress..

Trust me when I say that this looks at least 10 x as nicer when its on than it does on a hanger! I tired it on not really expecting the shape to suit me at all. I usually opt for skater skirt style dresses, whereas this one is more of a straight up and down type jobby. I got into the changing room and was pleasantly surprised! I think this is quite possibly the most flattering dress I have owned because although it is quite fitted it isn’t clingy at all and just fits so beautifully. I love the collar (of course) and the pattern is great because it is detailed but the colours mean it will go with a lot of accessories etc. Also the sleeves are the perfect length so you can get away with wearing this in the winter months without feeling too chilly.

The dress cost £23.99 which I think is very good value for such a beautiful dress which I love!

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I never realised how tricky it was to get clothes to look nice when they’re hanging up!

The only other fashion item I purchased was this T-shirt, also from New Look and it is just a simple baggy grey t-shirt with pretty black daisies all over. The daisies are a tiny bit sheer (but you definitely don’t need to wear a top underneath) which gives it an extra dimension and means that you could easily make this look a lot smarter if you wore it with a black skater skirt or something like that. What I also like about this top is that the sleeves go down to the elbow which I find more flattering on my arms.

This top was only £9.99 and it is good quality aswell.

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I have literally become an obsessed bookworm over the past couple of months, and so I couldn’t resist popping into Waterstones and buying yet another 2 books!

Firstly I got the book ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell, who also wrote ‘Eleanor and Park’ which you may have seen in my January Favourites. I really loved that book and when I heard that this book had recently been released I really wanted to get it. I have a feeling I may be able to relate quite well to the character in this book as I am quite the fangirl myself!

The book cost £6.99 but in waterstones they had a buy one get one half price offer so I also bought ‘Everyday’ by David Levithan. I mainly bought this because for Christmas I received the John Green Collection and one of his books; ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ was co-written by David Levithan. I haven’t yet read the book but I plan to read Everyday afterwards and see how good it is. The storyline also sounds really intriguing and interesting so I am looking forward to the holidays when I will have a lot more time to read!

I am currently reading ‘Paper Towns’ by John Green in case you were wondering and I am loving it!

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I bought a few essentials from boots aswell. Of course I had to go and buy yet another pack of hair grips because THEY JUST RUN AWAY!!! I think they were about £1.50 :)

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I was in need of a new eye make up remover but I had heard that the L’Oreal Skin perfection Micellar Solution was very good so I wanted to give it a go. This is great because before I was using a separate eye makeup remover and cleanser, whereas this has combined them aswell as a toner! Perfect!

Also this was on offer so I think it was between £3-£4 and is quite a large bottle so should last me a while. I think this is great value because usually a pack of makeup wipes cost a few pounds and only last about a month, also they aren’t as good for your skin so I would much rather spend the money on a Micellar Solution type product.

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A brand which I haven’t tried until now is ‘Botanics’ by boots. I think this is quite a generally unheard of brand as they are made by Boots themselves, whether this means they are not very good I am yet to find out, however for the price I couldn’t resist picking some up.

The offer on the Botanics ‘All Bright’ range was 2 for £6 which is an extreme money saver because the eye roll on by itself originally cost £9 and the night cream cots about £5. Together they would have come to £14 instead of  £6 which is insane!

So I needed a new moisturiser but the night cream intrigued me as I usually skip moisturising in the morning anyway as my skin is quite combination/ oily, so a night cream sounds perfect. The other product I got was a refreshing eye roll on, which I chose because I suffer badly from under eye circles which I hate with a passion! There are many eye gels out there which claim to reduce puffiness etc however this was the only cheap one I could find which claimed to also tackle dark circles- horay! I am yet to see any dramatic effects from either of these products however I haven’t used either much yet, so I will let you know if I make any progress.

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Sorry my camera battery ran out after this photo so this was the best one I got :(

And finally I treated myself to some well deserved new makeup which I haven’t had for ages! I picked up a new Rimmel Stay Matte powder (this time in the shade 003 instead of 005 as my other one was slightly too orangey) I was hunting for the transparent one but couldn’t find it anywhere :( Does it exist anymore?

I also needed a new black liquid eyeliner pen so this time I decided to try the Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner which has a nice thin nib so will hopefully be effective at getting that perfect flick!

Finally I got a Sleek Blush in the shade ‘Rose Gold’ which I have wanted for ages. It is a stunning pink colour with gold shimmer running through it. I like it a lot because it also acts as a highlighter because it’s shimmery which I luuuurv!

So that’s the end of my haul!

Lots of Love

Izzy

xxx

Music Monday // Alt-J – Crywolf Remix

Hey everyone!

This week I haven’t really had a ‘stand out’ artist/ band that I have been loving or have recently discovered.
…however I rediscovered my love for Alt-J and I especially love a remix of their song ‘Breezeblocks’.
If you love alt-j already then I would definitely check out this remix! (unless you hate remixes…then this probably wouldn’t be your cup of tea) and if you haven’t a clue who alt-j are then please give them a listen to because they are awesome and I love them a lot!

Have a lovely week everyone :)

Love Izzy
xxx

January Favourites

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to February! I hope you all had a good January and didn’t let the weather/new year get you down!

I myself haven’t had the greatest January but already February is a lot better (today I did a spot of shopping- my favourite thing to do!)

Anyway, this month I have a lot of products to share with you because I haven’t done a favourites since October which is insane!

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As you can see… there is rather a lot to get through so lets get started!

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So first up for skincare I have been really lazy this month and have pretty much only used makeup wipes with occasional cleanser… I know, I know I will try harder this month! The makeup wipes I have been using (I have actually used them all up so the packet is empty) are the Simple kind to skin cleansing facial wipes which I really like because they remove makeup well (even waterproof mascara) and they are not scented so feel fresh and like they are good for your skin.

A hair product I have recently discovered and am adoring is the L’Oreal studio line volume supersizing spray. I cant even explain to you how delicious this smells (yes, I did just spray it purely so I could smell it again) and whenever I wear this I get wafts of it throughout the day and it smells so so nice! Obviously this isn’t just nicely fragranced but also does a great job at giving my flat hair volume and texture. I find that it works especially well when I have curled my hair or worn it in plaits over night as it enhances the texture which is already there, however when my hair is in its natural straight state it still gives it a bit of body which stops it from looking boring and lifeless.

For Christmas I got given a Lacoste Touch Of Pink gift set which came with the full sized touch of pink perfume (along with shower gel, body lotion, a makeup bag, slippers.. yes slippers! etc.) this is the first ‘proper’ perfume I have owned as I mostly use body sprays and I have been told that I have a very nice natural smell (I know, how random!?) but I adore this scent and my sister used to wear this fragrance all the time so it reminds me of when I was younger which I think is really sweet and makes it more special.

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A new purchase, which I never thought I would buy as its pretty pricey, is the Benefit Erase Paste. This retails for around £20 which I think is ridiculous for such a tiny pot of concealer. However I had a John Lewis voucher for £10 which I needed to use before it expired and so I took a look on their website and decided to buy my first ever Benefit product! I took my time choosing but I had heard good things about the erase paste and as I am always on the hunt for a good under eye concealer I figured I should try this one. Seeing as I had a voucher it only cost me about £10 which is still pretty expensive (seriously the pot is tiny!) but it should hopefully last me a long time and so far I love it. I don’t use this everyday because I want it to last as long as possible but it really does a great job at covering up my dark circles aswell as any blemishes.

This winter I have started to fill in my eyebrows more often. To do this is usually use the Rimmel professional eyebrow pencil. It is essentially just another eyebrow pencil and considering I have only ever tried one other brow pencil I don’t have much to compare it with. However this looks natural and is easy to apply so overall it does the job perfectly!

Back in October I bought the Collection work the colour Eyeshadow pencil in ‘Midnight Glam’ which is a glittery black colour. I originally bought it for Halloween and I did use it then, but recently I have discovered using this as an eyeliner in my waterline. Although this is a slightly glittery shade, when I apply a small amount to the waterline it just looks really black and pigmented. This is very creamy which makes applying it very nice and it is one of the only eyeliners I own which doesn’t smudge throughout the day! It makes such a perfect eyeliner and so I have been wearing this almost everyday this month.

I have wanted the Maybelline Falsies Mascara for sooo long and I finally got it in my stocking at Christmas which I was so happy about! I got the waterproof version which I wouldn’t have chosen myself as I don’t usually need my makeup to be waterproof, however Santa did good as this helps to hold the curl in my lashes. This mascara is just excellent, it separates, lengthens and volumises my lashes and can be built up for a really dramatic look which I love.

For blush I have only used the MUA blush in shade 2 this month as its a really pretty pink colour and is matte making it subtle. I don’t have much to say about this blush other than its a nice colour, has good pigmentation and was super cheap! I don’t wear blush often but think it can look gorgeous in winter for a ‘rosy glow’ and so I would love to expand my blush collection.

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Two books that I have thoroughly enjoyed this month are ‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell and ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green. I got given the John Green Collection for Christmas and so expected this book to be brilliant, yet I was blown away by just how good it was and how much I loved it and really connected with the characters. Its hard to describe the storyline without giving anything away but it is extremely amazing-so if you are looking for a good book then get this one! ‘Eleanor and Park’ was one which I picked up from my local library and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I haven’t read any other books by Rainbow Rowell so wasn’t sure what to expect but yet again I was surprised by how much I wanted to read it once I’d started it and I ended up reading it very quickly which is quite rare for me!

Now unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks (or if you don’t live in the UK..) you will know that the TV show ‘Sherlock‘ returned with series 3 at new year. I was super excited as I loved series one and two and I was not let down by this one! I decided that I would buy series 1&2 as I didn’t own them before and neither of my sisters had watched them and I want to prove to them how amazing it is! I bought this box set from amazon for £9.99 so go check that out if you’re interested.

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For Christmas my main present from my mum and dad was an iphone 4s which I am utterly obsessed with as I have wanted one for as long as I can remember but have never been able to afford one or persuade them to buy me one (until now mwuahaha!). My case is from Ebay, and although I love the design (sorry you cant really see it) it was broken when it arrived so I would not recommend it!

Something which I have always been rubbish at is keeping a diary, however it was one of my new years resolutions to write in one and so far so good!

As you can see throughout my photos there have been some tealights and candles floating around- this is my new obsession and I currently have my Black Cherry Yankee Candle burning!

Finally, another Christmas present I received was this beautiful silver bracelet from Jack Wills which has a little buckle and a dangly thing (don’t know what its called!) with their pheasant logo on it… I think its a pheasant.. that’s going to be really embarrassing if it isn’t…

So that’s the end of my January Favourites! Sorry it was such a long one, but it is basically 3 months worth crammed into one post!

Have a fabulous weekend and I will be back soon with a haul (woohoo!)

Love Izzy

xxx