Home, I made it home! Well, not exactly home, but the same country at least, and I cannot tell you how excited I was. Well, actually, I can - I was so excited that I tried to go shopping at 9.30 in the morning. On a Sunday. My bad. Starbucks was my little haven until everything else opened, and it was so nice to be able to call home when you're in the same time zone and to use my bank cards without worrying about transaction fees. Bleurgh. After a little cappuccino pick-me-up and some wifi fun I got down to some serious shopping. I think I may have temporarily morphed into some sort of scheduling wizard, because I have no idea how I managed to fit all this into the measly few hours I had, but here we go.
I know the photos are so boring in this post but I ran out of phone battery (too many calls) and forgot my charger, so everything was shot on my bed sheets. Soz bout that.
First I went mad for the stationery because, okay everyone else in the world with your fancy colouring books, I now officially feel left out. I actually used to colour in with my flat mate at uni when we needed breaks from dissertation writing, but that was years before it was cool and so we could literally only find ones for kids in Tesco that we bought on a run for wine and oven pizzas (ah student diet, I miss you). Anyway, I joined the club with a cheapo magazine-style one to start off easy before I hit one of the hardcore ones, and a big ol' pack of brand spanking new Crayola pencils. I also bought a set of ridiculously overpriced Stabilo fine liners, because they come with neon ones and my shiny new Passion Planner will fingers crossed arrive any day now and I want fancy coloured pens to write and doodle in it. Guilty.
I picked up this book for a fiver (special offer in Asda) as I keep hearing about it everywhere and thought I might as well give it a go. It's a hardback, so not the most portable of options, but a bargain price. It's by L.S. Hilton and called Maestra, and is being billed as a Gone Girl meets Fifty Shades of Grey thriller, but with a less submissive (and incredibly dull) main character. Now I loved Gone Girl, but dude, I couldn't get more than about a chapter into 50 Shades before I wanted to give the girl a slap. Get a grip, woman.
Next in line was H&M, because I've seen some rather tasty looking trench coats online and wanted to see if they lived up to anything much. Unfortunately they only seemed to have one kind in store, and they had little zips up the side which isn't really what I'm after. I'm more looking for the Burberry-minus-the-hefty-price-tag look, but it seems that day has yet to arrive. Sad face. To cheer myself up, I got this cute little plastic pouch thing that I probably have no use for, but it made me smile so that's fine, yes?
I hadn't planned on it and yet somehow got drawn into Topshop, but I couldn't find anything in the clothing sale that particularly floated my boat. There was a sort of leopard print sweatshirt that I liked and somehow the only size left fit - what planet do we live on when clothes are so outsized that something 4 sizes too small still looks fine? - but it had a high neckline and they freak me out a bit 'cos I'm weird. I couldn't wear a roll-neck to save my life, sorry. The sale jewellery was pretty cute though, and I ended up with two necklaces - one's sterling silver and has a little round charm with an R on it, and the other is gold and says 'dream'. This pack of stickers made it's way home with me too… I literally couldn't help myself. Now if by some chance you haven't tried any of Topshop's lipsticks yet, the matte ones are pretty amazeballs, not too drying but still fairly long-lasting and in a great selection of colours. There was a banging matte burgundy one called Bookworm that oh my life I needed, it's so sassy in a sexy-librarian kind of way. It makes me feel a bit like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, if she'd had a bit of a makeover and ahem worn lipstick.
Now I know this stuff's pretty pricey, but I absolutely swear by Clinique's “Take the Day Off” makeup remover (and cleanser). As a musician I spend a lot of time under pesky stage lights and I can tell you, it gets superduper hot, so I wear Esteé Lauder's Double Wear foundation because it WILL NOT MOVE. It doesn't matter how hot and shiny you get, this base doesn't come off or cake. The downside of this is that most cleansers or makeup removers don't take it off properly, and your pores can clog up pretty quick - I gave miscellar water a try and it barely touches the sides, which was a bummer as it's a fraction of the price. This stuff is amazing, and your skin feels perfectly clean afterwards without any tightness or irritation. As well as that, I topped up on my Moisture Surge night cream because Norway has pretty much destroyed my face.
As a bonus, the Clinique stand at Boots were giving out a free gift when you spent so much or bought two things, I'm not sure which to be honest. But as a nice little surprise I got a free makeup bag filled with some mini goodies, like a little eye cream and mascara. Hashtag winning!
Oh MAC, you tasty little treat you. I shouldn't have done it, but I've been thinking about this lipstick for weeks and I caved. It's called Mehr, and it's a matte "dirty blue pink", but sort of nude-ish at the same time, so great for when you don't want to look too done. Then I got the matching lip pencil (Soar) because girl gotta be prepared, and just to cap it everything off in a "please God let nobody ever see my credit card bill" sorta way, I snapped up one of the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours in Fashion Legacy, the reddest of all the reds. I've only given it a quick trial so far, but can confirm it does indeed dry completely matte, and seems pretty long lasting. I'll write more when I take it out for the night and see how it copes with all of the cocktails.
That's all for now peeps, hope you like my picks! Let me know what you've been buying recently, and what you want to see more of next time. Gotta run, I'm off to Spain to (hopefully) find some sunshine! x