Spring/Summer Clothing Haul ~ River Island, H&M, Primark and New Look

Hey you!

As I am sure you may have heard from every other person living in the UK recently, the weather has finally started to perk up a bit and the sun is occasionally surprising us by showing itself.

Now I am sure you will agree with me when I say, you can’t go into a new season without a few new bits and bobs in your wardrobe!

Sticking to this motto, of course I had to go on a bit of a clothing splurge to buy a few things to ease me into the summer vibe and I am rather happy with what I collected!

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 (I didn’t buy this all in one go don’t worry!)

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White Lace Kimono – New Look £17.99 (I think)

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 As I am sure you are aware kimonos have been a huge trend recently and I love them! I think they are so wearable and versatile which makes them perfect for holidays where you can just chuck one on if it gets cooler in the evening or even just over a bikini. I picked up this one from new look because I love the subtle floral pattern and think that the white colour means it will pair nicely with almost any colour top. I think it is a really beautiful summer piece which I will get a lot of wear out of over the next couple of months, however it looks equally gorgeous with jeans and a simple cami top if I want to wear it when its a little colder.

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(please ignore the 8-9 years hanger..its clearly not..)

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Ripped Mom denim shorts – New Look £19.99

http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/trousers-and-shorts/light-blue-acid-wash-ripped-denim-mom-shorts_300824244

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I had been in need of some denim shorts for a while when I spotted these again in New Look. I had tried them on before but at the time it wasn’t particularly sunny or hot and I didn’t want to spend the money on a pair of shorts I wouldn’t really wear for a few weeks at least. However when I picked them up and tried them on again a while later I fell in love with them. They are light blue acid wash and ripped which I think makes them more interesting and worn looking which I like. They are not too short (as in they actually cover the whole of your bum.. ikr shocker!) but are just the perfect length for me. They fit really well and are not baggy around the waist which I sometimes find to be a problem with high waisted shorts so I can see myself wearing these A LOT! (they also look really nice with the kimono!)

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Floral Shorts – River Island £30.00

http://www.riverisland.com/women/shorts/smart-shorts/Black-floral-print-high-waisted-shorts-656482

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This has been my most expensive purchase recently and I have to say I would never normally spend £30 on a pair of shorts, however I have my lovely mother to thank for this treat! I am in love with both the colours and pattern of these shorts, they are just so perfect for summer but also because they have black on them they look great paired with tights which I love. I often find patterned shorts can be a bit too summery to wear with black tights but these are definitely not so you can pretty much wear them all year round (maybe not right in the middle of winter but you get what I’m saying!) The shorts feel such good quality and are made of such a nice material with a cute little clasp, button and zip to do them up which I like (not really sure why haha) The only problem I have with these shorts is that they are slightly to big and baggy which I just didn’t notice when I tried them on! I tried exchanging them for a smaller size but they were out of stock so I wish I had tried them on for longer in the shop, however I have still been wearing these lots as they are not absolutely huge and fortunately I have found the perfect little belt to go with them. I love how bold and bright they are!

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Yellow knitted top – H&M £9.99

(for some reason on H&M’s website this is priced as £12.99 however I definitely only paid £9.99 and it wasn’t in the sale so I am not sure if it varies from store to store?)

http://www.riverisland.com/women/shorts/smart-shorts/Black-floral-print-high-waisted-shorts-656482

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This photo really doesn’t do justice to how bright this top is, however you will have to take my word for it that it is a very bright mustard yellow which is a colour I find looks great in summer. This top is different to anything else I own in the way that it is a jumper but kind of a t-shirt which makes it not too hot for summer, it is very loose fitting and baggy and due to the thin crochet-like material it can easily be worn in the warmer weather. I have been pairing this with the floral shorts a lot as I love the colours together but I am actually wearing this today with the denim shorts for a more casual look.

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Grey V-neck T-shirt – H&M £3.99

http://www.hm.com/gb/product/92432?article=92432-E

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So this I actually picked up from the mens section of H&M, however I have no shame in this as it is a perfectly good, really basic, grey v-neck t-shirt which actually fits really nicely. This only cost £3.99 which is brilliant for a super soft, comfy t-shirt which is perfect for effortlessly simple outifts. I am trying to expand my range of basics as next year I will be starting sixth form and won’t have a uniform so t-shirts like this will probably be what I end up living in!

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Coral Wedges – Primark £10

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As soon as I spotted these beauties in Primark I battled through the crowds and grabbed the first size 5s I could find. I have wanted some shoes like this for a while- the kind of shoes which are technically wedges but have enough of a platform to be really comfortable. These are a gorgeous coral colour which I am really happy I bought because there were also black ones (and white ones) which I knew would go with a lot more outfits but I wanted to step out of my comfort range a bit and be more bold. They are made of a faux suede type material and are really soft, they feel much better quality than some primark shoes I have owned and seem like they will last quite a while without breaking! The cross over detailing at the front make the shoes more casual in my opinion as they are open toed and more sandal-like which is perfect for summer and the ankle straps mean that they stay on your feet and are actually really easy to walk in. I wore these with a plain black summer dress when I went to see The Fault In Our Stars yesterday (*fangirl moment*) and got a lot of compliments on them from friends which was nice as it was their first outing and I wasn’t sure whether other people would like them as much as I do!

So that’s everything I have been buying recently, I now need to stop spending and start saving as the holidays are fast approaching! Let me know your thoughts on any of these items – do you like the shoes!?

Thanks for reading, see you soon
Love Izzy
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Boots Haul

Hello everyone, 

So I know I was supposed to be saving up for summer, but I may have slipped into boots by accident and picked up a few bits and bobs, which were all totally unnecessary but made me a very happy girl for a few minutes…before I looked at my bank balance. *hangs head in shame*

Nonetheless, I figured that if I made a blog post out of it, I would regret my splurge a lot less, and perhaps persuade you to join me on the old drugstore bandwagon!

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First up I purchased the very highly raved about L’oreal True Match Foundation (in the shade ‘golden ivory’)

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I have been on the hunt for the perfect foundation for my Year 11 Prom, which is coming up in about 3 weeks, for a while and after watching countless ‘prom makeup’ tutorials on Youtube I have noticed that a lot of people have recommended this one in particular. The main thing that attracted me to it was the fact that it is known for not having that horrible flash-back effect in photographs (which is definitely not the look I am aiming for).

It cost £9.99 which I consider to be on the more expensive end of the drugstore spectrum, however for a foundation which has been compared to ones triple the price, I have high hopes that this will be worth the money.

You can pick the True Match foundation up here: http://www.boots.com/en/LOreal-Paris-True-Match-Foundation_16049/

(also there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on all L’oreal cosmetics in boots at the moment, in case you were wondering)

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As I strolled over to the Barry M section of the store, the selection of Cor Balmy’ Tinted Lip Balms immediately caught my eye. I believe these are fairly new as I have never seen them in shops before and I recently read a review on them (I wish I could remember whose it was but I can’t, sorry!) which made me really intrigued to try them out. They are extremely similar to the Maybelline ‘Baby Lips’ which everyone and their grandma seems to know and love, aside from the different (if slightly unusual) name and the range of colours avaliable. I picked up the shade ‘Currant Bun‘ which is a really dark vampy purple. It looks very scary at first but, although very pigmented, transfers onto the lips in a much more sheer manner creating the perfect tint for your lips whilst being super nourishing due to the “rich moisturising core” in the centre. I feel like I am likely to wear this more in the Autumn/Winter months as it is not particularly summer appropriate but it is subtle enough to wear all year round. (swatch at the end)

I may do a comparison post of Baby Lips vs. Cor Balmy at some point, would you guys like that?

These cost £3.49 and you can buy them here: http://www.boots.com/en/Barry-M-Cor-Balmy-Tinted-Lip-Balm_1471512/

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Whilst loitering around the Barry M products, I felt the urge to purchase another Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint. I already have the shade ‘Papaya’ which is one of my all-time favourite nail polishes, and my sister has ‘Blood Orange’ (which of course I have stolen many times!) so I chose ‘Mango’ a very bright orange colour. I have it on my nails at the moment and it looks even more vibrant than the photo gives it justice for. I think it is the perfect summer shade and can add a pop of colour to any outfit. I can see this being my staple nail polish over the next few months!

The BarryM Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints each cost £3.99 and you can chuck a few in your basket here: http://www.boots.com/en/Barry-M-Hi-Shine-Gel-Effect-Nail-Polish_1281299/

(they are also on offer, you can get 2 for £7)

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Maybelline had a 3 for 2 offer on and so technically I got this next item for free! It is the Maybelline Brow Drama (shade: medium brown) which is a ‘sculpting brow mascara’. I have heard a lot of things about this brow product and as I have recently been putting a lot more effort into my eyebrows and filling them almost everyday, I thought it was about time to give it a go. I have tried it out only a couple of times so far and I have to admit, I haven’t immediately fallen in love with it. I don’t want to completely abandon all hope though because I am going to persevere with it and let you know how I get on after a few weeks/months. You never know it could crop up in my next favourites!?

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I can sort of justify the next purchases! As previously mentioned, my prom is rapidly approaching, and whilst I knew I wanted to do some kind of silvery smokey eye with a nude lip, I was lacking in the nude lipstick department. I only own one nude lipstick which unfortunately has been shunned to the back of my makeup drawers as it makes my lips look slightly ashy and basically dead looking. Not a good look. Again watching prom tutorials on youtube I began to notice that the Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in shade 725 ‘Tantalizing Taupe’ was being used rather a lot and looked beautiful on the lips from what I could see. I found it in boots and after swatching it a couple of times I decided I would risk it and step out of my comfort zone into the big bad world of nude lipsticks. I have yet to wear this out but so far I am loving the colour and think it will suit my skin tone well. 

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As it was 3 for 2, I thought eck why not!? and bought this extremely bright lipstick in the shade 422 ‘Coral Tonic’ (again it looks a lot brighter in real life) I don’t often wear lipstick and when I do it tends to be either a basic red or pale pink, I haven’t properly explored the area of coral lips yet as last summer I was much too shy for bright lips (and let’s face it you can’t really get away with this shade in winter). However, cringey as it may sound, over the last year my style has definitely changed a LOT and I am now much more daring and experimental when it comes to my makeup (like I said earlier, I have now started filling in my brows which this time last year would never have happened!)

I have fallen in love with this lipstick and wore it to a concert yesterday. Convinced my lips would have gone back to their normal colour after wearing it all night, I arrived home pleasantly surprised to see that my lips were still a bit stained and the lipstick had gradually worn away evenly but not completely! I can see this being worn all summer as it looks so pretty both against pale skin but also with a tan.

You can pick up the Maybelline Colour sensational lipsticks here: http://www.boots.com/en/Maybelline-Colour-Sensational-Lipstick_982712/ 

They are £7.19 each (slightly expensive but totally worth it!)

 

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SWATCHES:

Top: Maybelline Colour sensational lipstick – Tantalizing Taupe

Middle: Maybelline Colour sensational lipstick – Coral Tonic

Bottom: Barry M Cor Balmy tinted lip balm – Currant Bun

 

I hope you like this post, I really enjoyed buying, photographing and writing about the products! 

Let me know if you have been trying anything new from the drugstore recently, I would love to hear from you.

Lots of Love

Izzy

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