Shopping: The Birthday Haul

My 26th birthday came and went *sob* but at least I got some beautiful gifts. I am a serious lover of candles, make up and all the other typically girlie things you can think of, so when I cracked open this little lot I was a very happy girlie!

 

I am a lover of the Real Techniques brushes, and up until the big day I only owned the Core Collection, so I was SO pleased to unwrap these beauties! They are a perfect mix of brushes, and with the Core Collection, I feel I have a complete set to do my make up, and it makes my morning routine that little bit more exciting.

The lovely purse was courtesy of the bf, and I am in love with the colour! I love a bright purse, and I like that I don’t have a bag in that colour, so things don’t get too match-matchy.

Next the Lily Flame candles, they smell DELICIOUS. I have roughly a million candles dotted around my house and they are mostly of the Yankee variety (see gifts 6 and 7) but I came across Lily Flame and I fell in love. They are hard to come by in the shops but Very.co.uk  have started selling them and I couldn’t recommend them more! They make the house smell incredible, and when the candle has burnt down, just leave the lid off the jar – it is better than any air freshener!

Estee Lauder is one of my favourite make up brands, and the perfumes are just as lovely. Beautiful is one of my favourite scents in my more “grown up” collection of perfume.

Yankee Candle – really need no explanation.

Next, my lovely Ted Baker bag. I have been after a nice casual shooter for a while and this fits the bill. There’s a zip compartment inside for valuables, but my favourite bit is the fact it is wipe clean – my bags don’t generally stay clean for long!

And finally, this is by far my favourite gift:

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I am so very pleased with my new notebook! I have notebook after notebook of endless scribbles and musings, but this is my absolute favourite, courtesy of a Miss Keeling, and although you can’t tell from the pic, it’s embossed gold and is just so lovely!

Well that’s my little lot, and I had a very happy birthday.

– love Carla x

 

Primark Haul: May 2015

We all love Primark, that’s a fact. But not everyone’s lucky enough to have one on their doorstep, and since Primark don’t have a website where you can purchase everything in store (get on that guys!) I thought it only fair I share with you lovely readers exactly what you can find if you head on down today.

PRIMARK HAUL 2015

I went in looking for some new sandals, and came out with everything else instead! So first up, nails. We have had many a Mani Monday here, and it is no secret I am huge fan of the fake nails:

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Working in an office, I can’t go too loud and lairy with my nail art, I love the french nails the most. The white ones have a pearlescent shimmer to them which I thought was a bit different, and the flowers are just pretty for spring time:

I also picked up another of the 60-Seconds Quick Dry nail polish in a pretty blue shade. You will know when I first blogged about these varnishes here I was very impressed with the coverage as well as the price, it’s just a shame there are only 5 or 6 shades in the collection and not a sprinkle of glitter in sight!

I also decided to give one of their normal varnishes a go – so far so good!

primark nail varnish

Next up was the fast drying nail spray – I have never used a spray like this before so I am looking forward to giving it a go. I also decided to give their face products a go, I usually like to stick to Boots for items like this, but since I have recently run out of my favourite face peeling mass from No7, I thought I would see if I could find a bargainous alternative:

It smells delicious (am I the only one that loves the smell of Tea Tree Oil?!) and is a HUGE bottle for the price, I’ll let you know how I get on with this too.

Finally I headed to the home department. As you may or may not know, I am moving into my first house this week with my boyfriend (eek!!) so the perfect way to avoid packing is to shop. I feel that since I will be officially living with a boy, I should have a certain amount of pretty pink girly things. My plan is if I bring them in slowly he may not notice…IMG_5934

And I was SO good in only getting two pretty pink candles:

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I tend to keep the holders once the candle has burnt down and re-use them for tealights. I also grabbed some fairy lights in a rose gold/copper ball. Like most girls, I love fairy lights but I have a genuine fear of over heating and causing a fire, but these beauties are battery operated so it’s a win-win! I think these goodies will be right at home in my dressing room!

My last little treat comes in the form of teeny tiny hair clips. I have a lot of hair, but I hate to tie it up. So I will use these to clip the bits of my face on days I really don’t have time to wash/straighten my hair:IMG_5932

And that’s it! This little lot came in under £20 and is all readily available in Primark stores now!

If you have a bargainous haul to share leave a link in the comments – we love a good nosey!

– love Carla x