Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A little haul.

I've been a little naughty and spent a little money when I'm supposed to be saving for summer...oops.
I couldn't resist any longer!
I'll start on my little haul :)

It doesn't look too bad does it?

I'll start with the boring, I bought jogging bottoms...because, well I needed some!
Since I've been at uni I've been on a search for socially acceptable jogging bottoms. Now, I've conquered my fear and now wander round my flat and down to morrisons with no make up on and looking like a tramp, but socially acceptable clothes are a I don't look like an actual chav tramp, just a tramp in disguise.
So I bought these ones in Peacocks, and I actually really love them.
They're cropped cuffed in a dark grey colour with 'Brooklyn NY-72' printed on the side.
I've mentioned before but the idea of cropped or turned up bottoms always led me to believe you'd have cold ankles.. but I think I'm right. But is that gonna stop me? No sir.

Sorry for the awful lighting- I had to take the picture with my curtains closed cause I was going to put them on once I'd photographed them. And I didn't fancy people seeing me half naked.
(They're actually so comfy...and only chilly ankles so far!)
I bought these for £10 in Peacocks, but £9 with Student Discount.

On to the more interesting things...
I've been on the lookout for a pair of these for SO long, and I wanted them so much, I actually paid £18 for them (£16.20 with SD), which is a lot more than I would normally pay, but like I said, I couldn't resist.

From the Topshop website!

They're 'Black Heavy Weight Leggings'.
Now I'm someone who fully believes 'Leggings aren't trousers', wear a long top, fine- I just don't want to see your underwear. And I'd LOVE to show everyone who chooses to show off their backside in see-through leggings these ones. They're really really thick, almost like trousers. 
I'd seen a lot of negative reviews about their sizes, but a size 8 fits me perfectly, the legs are pretty long though..and I don't consider myself that short either.
Now I've got to buy a couple more dresses to go with them...oh well! ;)

After seeing the Blogging world rave about this product, I gave in.
It's Ultrabland from Lush! I know so many people that speak very highly of it, I'm planning on doing a mini review after I've used it for while to let you know my thoughts, but from the past 3 days I've used it - it really is amazing to remove my makeup!
We don't have a Lush in Bangor (where I'm at uni) so whilst I was at home for a bit, I got persuaded to buy it!
It was a combination of Bloggers who persuaded me.
Becca at 'back for tea' wrote a really interesting post ages ago, but it's stuck in my mind ever since I read it. Read it here. She made a very good point that when your make up remover stings, you're basically rubbing unknown chemicals into your face, which is probably doing you more harm than good. (Becca works at LUSH, she knows what she's talking about)
And Caroline at 'GirlyGirlvsWorld' wrote a really good tutorial about how she uses Ultrabland. Read it here, and that just tipped me over the edge...and I bought it :)

Next up, I guess I'm kinda cheating here...cause 2 of them were free with magazines. But I'll go ahead and show them too

The Body Shop - Lip&Cheek Stain in 'Rose' (I think!!) - this was free with Marie Claire
17 Berry Crush- Lip Stain - It doesn't actually have a colour or number on it. How stupid. £4.99
Liquid and Pencil Eyeliner- Black- free with Company

Swatches are done in the same order, Lip&Cheek stain, Lip stain, Liquid eyeliner, Pencil Eyeliner.

Body Shop Lip Stain (I'm yet to use it on my cheeks)

Berry Crush Lip Stain

The Body Shop Lip Stain doesn't really show up much on camera, but there is a noticeable colour difference on my lips- I think it'd be good for just the day, not sure if I'd use it for a night out. But it's okay for being free.

The Berry Crush Lip Stain is a lovely feminine colour, nothing too light which usually washes me out. The moisturiser on the other end leaves my lips feeling refreshed...stays on a good while too, but hasn't survived eating yet!

Sorry for the pictures too- I wasn't wearing any makeup on the rest of my face, a tramp day.

The free eyeliner is love/hate. I use a liquid liner on a day to day basis as I really don't get on with pencils very well, and I can achieve a better line with liquid (I used Collection 2000 Felt Tip Liner if you're interested). However the liquid part of this eyeliner, I've found, is too wet. Yes that sounds stupid, but it just drips everywhere, definitely not a fan. However I do love the pencil on the other side! I still wouldn't do my main lashes, but it's good for my lower lashes's the first pencil eyeliner I've used which stays on all day! Definitely will be using the Pencil.

That was my little haul! I'd like to mention, although I do show my hauls and things, I'm no use at reviews, and know no technical words for beauty this is just a little bit of my opinion.

I'm now back in Bangor for my exams, and writing this blog has been a good little revision break...ahem, an hour of distraction haha.
I have 6 exams in the next 3 weeks, so I will probably be a little quiet!

Hope you're all well...see you on the other side :)

Love, Elizabeth xx


  1. I was a student (meaning the first time, I've done it 3 times!) it was during the grunge era.

    You woke up. Put on leggings (which weren't transparent then), army boots or DMs and a massive jumper or band t shirt. Then went out.

    Your reviews are like mine. I think that's ok!


  2. I always love reading your posts! I used to have many a tramp day when I was at uni (wearing LA gear tracksuit bottoms with my 'acceptable' coat to cover them! Cringe).

    I love the look of the lip stain thingy, might have to invest in Marie Clare. Also very tempted to buy the Lush face wash now xx

  3. Aww bless you hun, you deserve a bit of spending!
    I definitely agree with you on the leggings debate! I cannot stand it when girls wear £3 Primark leggings as trousers (I work at Primark) and you can see their underwear and everything else, why do people do it ah!

    Good luck in your exams hun :) xxxx

  4. love both lip colours, they look gorgeous. Good luck for your exams!

  5. URGH my god daughters christening on Sunday there was a ''big girl'' well a size 28 to be precise NOT that i am judgmental as i am a big girl my self but the fact that she had here label sticking out didn't help...ANYHOW she stood up and WELL as us girls all no primark leggings dont do ANYONE justice so it really was a sight for sore eyes not to mention the patterned knickers golly gosh .... is the cleanser like a balm? I have just wrote a post on one similar but its a little more expensive, Good luck in your exams xoxoxox

  6. Hey doll,
    What a cool post ☺ You have an awesome blog, loving it’s aesthetic! The overall style is really nice and something I can relate to, we definitely have similar taste and it would be cool if we could follow each other?! I found your blog from a comment you left on another blog and really glad a did, I will be checking back soon.
    I would also like to invite you to my ‘promote your blog’ challenge I have featured on my blog, where us bloggers are helping one another find more followers and readers. It would be great if you could join in:
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  7. WHOOP WHOOP for best cleanser purchase :) Your so sweet Elizabeth, I only pretend I know what I'm talking about but shhhhhhhh. HAHAHA. You were in need of some retail therapy though so don't feel too guilty about your haul.

    Muchos Love
    B xxx

  8. Love the color of that last lipstisck! And no, the joggers aren't that bad ;)



  9. Sometimes you gotta give in & spend :) Love the black leggings - they are such a versatile item!

    The Other Side of Gray

  10. That second lipcolor is soo cute!! makes your lips beautiful!!

  11. ooh I agree, the Berry Crush Lip Stain is a lovely and very feminine!!

  12. Hi Elizabeth
    i am a follower on you blog and i have tagged you in a get to no you post :)


  13. Hi, I'm a new follower - found you through Laura at Daisy Chain Dream. Love your blog and completely agree with you on the leggings as trousers issue. I think I'll give these thick ones a try too.

    I'm quite a lot older than you so can't get away with tracksuit bottoms in public at all (I just look chavvy!) so I wear a kind of knitted/cashmere yoga pant when I want to be scruffy but respectable. I've had them for a few years and love them!

    Anyway, love your blog, will enjoy reading.

    Nicki xx