13 August 2011

Collective Haul

This post is going to be very picture heavy! so apologies in advance... Well back on the 26th July it was my birthday and i had asked for money as I was planning on getting driving lessons (it was my 17th) but then i had over £250 burning a hole in my pocket and i thought realistically that i would get about 10 lessons from that and even though my mum offered to pay for the rest it wasnt very fair on her. And so Im postponing the driving lessons until i get myself a job (believe me im trying, and its proving very difficult! and im looking specificlly for waitressing jobs..) And so with my £250 i have tried to buy as much as i can and unbelievably i still have about £60 left!!! I have been sensible with this money and have got rather a lot to show for it so here are my buys!


New Look:
I normally hate a new look sale but i have found 4 pretty good bargains and in my size surprisingly. however some of the prices im a little unsure of because i have taken the labels out (sorry) 

First find is this lovely denim looking skirt with a stripy elasticated waistband, this is high waisted and so pretty and flattering. and i think this was about £8 and i was sold! I had been looking for a skirt like this for ages and its definitley one of those pieces which i dont see going out of 'fashion' for a while and its definitley very 'me'

My second find is this very delicate looking white dress/long top it is about a size too big typically but i think it fits me just right and is an ideal length to wear with leggings (bit too short to wear along.. and also a bit too see through)  and although you need a vest top under the top part it is so pretty and flattering and lovely with a skinny plaited belt around the waist... even better it pairs nicely with my skirt above!! this was about £12

My next bargainous find is this blouse type top, i never really attempted the pussybow blouse and finding this have found it might be a safer alternative for me as well as being ideal for me to wear to school tucked into a skirt, i love the cute side bow and the pattern on it is so cute! This was reduced from £20 to £6.. like a quarter of the price! so impressive...

My final piece of Clothing i picked up was this cute coat/jacket.. its going to be ideal for back to school when it gets a bit colder, i also think it looks quite smart as well as looking adorable! the buttons arent my favourite but it was only £9 and they can easily be covered up with a scarf (this was originally about £35)

My final thing i bought from new look was a pair of shoes. I had my eye on these when they were full price as i have wanted a pair of white wedges for a while, And then they were in the sale, and in my size, and I fell in love. I picked these up for £12, have yet to wear them though as they are rather high.. i will find an occasion though!

Normally i pick up a few things in primark, and have tried a few things on in there lately but in all honesty i dont think some of their things are worth the money for their quality so i only have three things to show you today

I only purchased one full price item which is actually a bit of a basic; a pair of leggings... however they arent your typical black leggings, they are actually a navy/grey pair (i tried thinking of a word like 'greige' for navy gray.. and all i could think of was gravy....) however sometimes i think black leggings can be a bit harsh and so i have these instead.. these were £3

The other clothing item i picked up in primark was this dress that was in the sale for only £2, i liked it apart from the buttons which i have since cut off to make it much nicer.. cant wait for a sunny day (bit hopeful i know) to wear it.. might even be able to get away with it length wise for school....

I also picked up these gorgeous earrings which Sara Walker mentioned in her haul video and were a bargain at £1.50 and i love love love them.. i now am an earring obsessed girl constantly looking in the jewellery section!

Final buy from primark was this gorgeous scarf.. i love it and it was reduced to £1.. why i dont know!!! how i never saw it before is a mystery too

I only have a couple of things which i will show as one.. im not an internacionale fan, i think there clothes are quite overpriced for their quality and i think there is a level of 'tackiness' that comes across when im in there.. maybe its the dodgy covers of chart music? but when i went in with my sister i saw this black basic summer dress for £9.99 which i think is overpriced for the fact it is so basic! but it was on a 'mix and match 2 for £10' offer and so i picked the same one up in pink.. they are ideal with a skinny belt at the waist and a pair of sandals of flip flops

I always go into peacock expecting to find something i like, and i never do.. maybe its my local one? like internacionale everything is that bit overpriced for what it is and i think a lot of it looks a bit copycat of other high street clothes that are a bit more expensive.. as a result they dont look as nice! but anyway i found a top in the sale which isnt my size but as a result is long enough for me to wear with leggings... as long as i wear  vest top underneath so the whole world isnt exposed to my underwear! it was around £4 i think.. not sure though and its very summery!

This isnt a shop i tend to venture into very often but i did to look at make-up and came across a sale rail that was £15 and under.. and then i clapped eyes on this dress. Perfectly summery, my size and under £10.. (about £7 but im not sure) and even better it was £18 pound off!!!i tried it on and snapped it up..i now go into a debenhams whenever theres one around in hope of finding another bargain.. its by a company called 'Mela Loves London' which i havent heard of before but i love it!!

Not wanting to sound like a complete cheapskate here but when i want spomething, the first polace i look is poundland, in this case it was velcro rollers. I had been desperatley wanting some for a while and i popped in and they had packs of 12 for £1, admitadley i only wanted the larger ones in the set but i thought it was good value for money and picked up for sets.. two pink and two black and i have used them out and i love them, definitley wouldnt bother paying a lot of money out for them now! the brand that makes them is called allura i believe

My local primark doesnt seem to stock any of the make-up or anything like that sadly but one thing it does stock is the fake tan glove.. mine had fallen apart and i was in desperate need of a new one PLUS i love the colour.. hopefully it does a nice job!

I have picked up a few bits from superdrug lately.. as any make-up addict does ..
First i picked up three of the 2true products to try out; the matte foundation in shade 1, all over natural bronzing powder and a french manicure white nail varnish. I cant say i have high hopes for the foundation but im hoping it will be good as a general foundation when im popping out somewhere or something.

There was also a 2 for £5 on selected collection2000 products when i went in and so picked up a new 24hour felt tip liner in black.. this is my favourite! and the new creme puff lip cream in Fairy Cake.. it smells amazing!!!!!!

The barry M nail paints were 2 for £5 as well so i picked up the shades navy (which i am now in love with) and also Bright purple which i have yet to try out!

Another beauty addict must-have i have picked up is the MUA heaven and Earth palette which has become my most used piece of make up ever! so many looks to be created! love Love LOVE

Finally i picked up the Maybelline Superstay 24h foundation however it is a tiny bit dark for me (damn shop lighting) and so i mix it with my healthy mix at the moment! its about £9-£10

I have been after the Babyliss Glamour Waves curling iron forever.. and i finally got my hands on it.. at less than £15 on amazon with their free supersaver delivery and i have found my new favourite piece of hair electonics.. i love babyliss hair tools and this has just confirmed my love!

Soryy for the longggggggg post.. hope you enjoyed seeing what i have picked up lately.. lots of reviews and outfits posts to come :)
sorry about the bad photo quality
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until next time
Laura xxxx


  1. Lovely buys, you got quite a lot with your money. Fingers crossed for the job hunting.

    Sadie xx

  2. You got so much with your money! My birthday was thee 15th July the sales sucked that day, typical -.-

    Lucy xx

  3. Really great haul, and I loved seeing what you bought;if it's still 2 for £5 on Collection 2000, it will be a chance to try out the lasting perfections concealer! xx

  4. wow, looks like you got loads of good stuff! I really love the white dress from New Look! x

  5. Love the Debenhams dress, I always shy away from the sail rails as it always seems to be the size 6's and 26's left but I'll probably have to start giving them a rummage!


  6. I love the new look skirt!