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!


  1. Great haul! I might be going down to Melbourne next month, and will fo sho be hitting up H&M. Ahaha I have a billion of those Sportsgirl makeup bags, I used to use them as pencil cases and would pick up one everytime I saw it on sale. The Eyeko liner costs less than Loreal?! Dang! Just goes to show how bloody expensive Loreal is...

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. Yes, how amazing is it that Eyeko is cheaper? I saw a Loreal liner for $34 and the Eyeko was $32. Loreal is so incredibly expensive here and I'm very unimpressed with their liner I picked up a few months ago! Stila is around the same price as Eyeko, too.

  2. I really like your new make-up bag!

    Michelle xo

  3. Your Melbourne post has definitely stirred up some excitement for my own visit to the lovely city in early September. I will be sure to pop into H&M because it sounds too wonderful to miss! "And if it's good enough for Alexa Chung, it's good enough for me" This actually couldn't be more accurate words to live by. All hail Alexa Chung goddess of style and fabulousness!
    Paige | Paperdoll Chronicles

  4. Great haul :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin, if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks! Best wishes.

    Camille xo

  5. Your post makes me super excited to move over to Sydney (from the UK) in January! I've been hearing quite a bit about Sportsgirl... I am equally a big fan of MAC lipsticks - and very bad at remembering which ones because there's so many names. But I got a great one - Chilli - recently, and love it! x

  6. I always do that too! For example, I always go to H&M and M.A.C: i really like purchasing a lipstick and then, while applying it, thinking "oh I bought this when I was in ... with ..." which is something that really makes me happy - memories.
    Actually H&M changes from country to country and I LOVE English H&M, more than the Italian ones. Another shop I always go to - 'cause it's my favorite clothes shop - is Pull and Bear.

    By the way, I've just found your blog and I really like it. I'll follow you on Bloglovin and on all the other social, don't want to miss any other post.

    Agnese's Coiffeuse

  7. Ooh, I love myself a good haul! I always find myself shopping more on holiday than I do back home, but then again, I'm from Perth, so I do have a bit more of an excuse! I think it's just the excitement of going on holiday, being out and about and they sort become a part of your travel memories.

    Sportsgirl have the best accessories. I don't really buy the clothes apart from a few basics, but they have such amazing jewellery. I might pop in later in the week as I'm after a new keychain myself. I alway see those cases everywhere and there are some really cute designs, but I actually don't carry a lot of makeup or beauty products in my handbag, so I always manage to talk myself out of buying one, no matter how tempting it is!

    Girl, I can't believe how long you went without a Tangle Teezer. They've made life a hell of a lot easier. I only brush my hair before I wash it, so by then, it's pretty knotty, but my hair is smooth in less than minute when I was my Tangle Teezer. Before when I used a wide tooth comb, it could take up to twenty minutes!

    Yay for Myer One vouchers! I've got a $60 I haven't used yet and I'm thinking of buying a Chanel serum with mine as they're quite pricey. I have a friend going to IMATS in Sydney next month, so I might get her to pick me up some MAC goodies then since it's 20% off.

    Oh, man, I am DYING to check out H&M in Melbourne. The store looks so beautiful and I just love the pieces you bought. I've been after a striped top like that with a boatneck for ages, but I just can't seem to find the perfect one. :( I've seen H&M do some really cute ones, but they didn't have them when I was in Hong Kong and China, unfortunately, so I'm just going to have to get my butt into gear and hurry up and move over to Melbs! I cannot wait to check out the Home section too.

    1. Yes, the best accessories at Sportsgirl! I used to be really into their jewellery and even though my taste has changed a lot, I always find myself gravitating towards that area and buying something small and stupid haha, everything is so cute!
      I always carry things like tissues and bandaids etc. so I find those little bags very handy. How do you not carry half your life around?! :D

      I know, I know. My hair gets pretty knotty too. A few weeks ago I let my hair get to a...pretty poor state. Had it up a bun for days and days and days and it was looking so cute when I woke up I wouldn't even take the bun out and re-do it - just tightened it and neatened it up. Needless to say, at the end of the week it was an actual knot - I didn't even need a band to hold it in place. If I didn't have the Tangle Teezer I dont know what I would have done!

      Ohh, this was my Commbank rewards again - I still don't have enough points for a Myer One Voucher! What Chanel serum are you thinking?

      I hope the stripey top is still there when you go! It's so cute, I'm loving it. As for the Home section...unfortunately the store in Melbourne doesn't have a huge Home section, I was a little disappointed. I went to one in New Orleans and it was an entire level of amazing stuff, and Melbourne has like, a section at the back...I still managed to spend a lot of money there the past few Melbourne trips ;)


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