It's been a while since I've blogged, it feels like! I honestly have no excuse - it's too cold to type? My house is an igloo, it's not far from the truth.
I mentioned in my last post that I went to Melbourne recently, and besides H&M the shopping is no different to here in Sydney, but I still ended up picking up a few things just because.
I picked up a few pieces from H&M as per usual, which I'll pop in below, but obvioussssly I am weirdly more excited about the top few pieces I bought, because as much as I try to be creative with my style choices - I always end up in t-shirts and jeans every time.
So, my friend had a gift voucher to spend in Sportsgirl, so we spent a bit of time wondering around one of the bigger stores in the city and I decided to finally replace my tatty makeup bag with this cute little pencil case style bag. I love the prints on it, and I kind of love that it has three separate compartments. I am one of 'those' people who carry half their life in their bag, and that includes bandaids, strapping tape (a MUCH better solution to bandaids when breaking in shoes, let me tell you), hand sanitiser, tissues, pain killers etc. The list goes on. Oh, and of course some makeup. Duh.
I also picked up that cute little keychain to add to my keys, because everyone needs a little jingle in their life.
As my hair gets blonder and blonder, it also has grown drier and drier and that basically equals tangles, all. the. time. I was never really into brushing my hair - I know, that sounds weird, but hear me out. My hair naturally looks rubbish when brushed out, so I used to always leave it messy and untouched, and thats how I liked it. Now that my hair is longer, heavier, and predominantly worn straight, brushing it out looks much nicer, and I've come to really despise tangles in my hair. After purchasing my first Tangle Teezer months ago (last time I was in Melbourne actually, I'm a creature of habit), I now understand the hype, and thought I'd invest in one of the compact varieties. Naturally, I paid $5 more for a smaller brush. Makes sense? But it's gold. How could I not? This now lives in my handbag, and I have reached for this a surprising amount of times. All hail the Tangle Teezer...
Okay - now for the super exciting bits. The shopping centre we stopped at to waste some time happened to have a Mecca Maxima - my playground. I have been on the hunt for a felt tip style liquid liner for some time now, and was tossing up between the Stila offering or the Eyeko Eye Do one. They were sold out of the Black Stila one I was looking for, so I ended up grabbing the Eyeko liner, and I am SO impressed. It costs less than the Loreal Superliner Blackbuster I was using previously, and is about 1000 times better. Waterproof (it does NOT budge during the day AND night, but also comes off well with makeup remover, win win), intense black, super easy to use. And if it's good enough for Alexa Chung, it's good enough for me.
I also mentioned to the girl who worked there that I got the e-mail about my Beauty Loop box, but unfortunately they were sold out there. However, for some reason, she handed me a travel size Nars blush in 'Deep Throat' instead - what a nice surprise! I ended up giving it to my friend as she was not yet the owner of an amazing Nars blush, but I thought that was so sweet of them!
Lastly, I stopped in at the MAC stand in Myer as I get to spend my reward points there. I always forget all the amazing MAC lipsticks I want, but I did remember seeing 'Pure Zen' on someone and thinking it looked like a really nice, nude colour so I grabbed that (and didn't pay a cent, yes!). I love the Cremesheen formula so much, I can't wait to invest in more colours in the future (MAC Patisserie, I will find you one day).
I never thought shopping at H&M could be so exciting, but I honestly think the range they've brought out to Australia is amazing. I've been twice in a few months now and I've always found a few things to bring home. They also have amazing office clothing there, I've purchased quite a few (boring) work shirts there for not much at all.
This trip, I ended up bringing home two near crop tops, which is a bit surprising. I am not a crop top kind of girl - I ain't got the bod for that, but these two kind of sit just on the hips. Truthfully, the top on the top right is not technically a crop top - it's just really short and it kind of bothers me, but it was so cute and different on I couldn't resist. I feel like a bit of a hippie in it. The stripey top is definitely cropped though, and I think I mostly bought it because I like the boatneck and low back style of it, plus - stripes!
I also am in love with the flannel I bought - it's an oversized fit and I adore the colour. I own so many shirts, it's ridiculous. My winter style in a nutshell.
I couldn't walk away without a bra too - they have a decent lingerie section and so many beautiful prints but I'm a stickler for black bras (and black underwear, let's be honest. Okay - black everything). They're extremely affordable, and so far I have no complaints about the quality except that maybe the sizing is a little on the small side!
This was a mighty long post for only a few items but I personally love haul type posts or videos, so I hope you guys have enjoyed this too! Have you bought anything exciting recently? And does anybody else go to other cities and find themselves shopping or doing things they could just do at home? My friend and I kept saying 'we could just do this at home - but we don't, why?'.
Something about holidays and spending money go together, I guess!