Oops, I suck…(Sunday Shopping Spree Returns!)

Well. Took an unexpected few weeks off. Started my new job, had a ton of auditions, and then got really,really sick (AGAIN. UGH.)

Anyway, I’m back for the foreseeable future, so here’s a few things I’ve had my eye on.

*Side note, I’m watching the Cubs game as I write this. GO CUBS!

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I really love those gloves, but I feel like I can’t buy expensive gloves or sunglasses. I just lose them. That choker is pretty cool too, but I feel like the bow would get annoying. It’s pretty to look at though…and that’s why it’s on my dream shopping spree list. Duh. For some reason lately, I’ve been really into leopard things as an accent. I love it on shoes, or a cute bag like the one above. I say that, when this past week I bought this coat on clearance from Forever 21. I figure that if it’s really awful in person, I can just use it for the fabric and make ugly pillows out of it or something. After all, Christmas is right around the corner…

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As far as makeup goes, I’ve been drooling over this brush when I’m at work. I’m just not sure if it’s worth nearly $40. I’ve been starting to put foundation on with a brush more often, and while I love my Real Techniques brush, I thought I’d like to try something a little fancier…Without dropping hundreds on a REALLY nice one. What do you think? Worth it?

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UK Haul 

Hey guys. So as a few of you might know, last month I went to England and Scotland to visit my boyfriend. It was my first time in Scotland, and I already want to run away and live there forever. That being said, I made numerous trips to Superdrug, Boots, and a few other places. Since you all know I love a good drugstore purchase, keep on reading for some of my favorite finds from my trip.

This definitely isn’t everything I bought, but it’s my favorites from the makeup and skincare bits.

By some miracle I managed to find the Simply Pure Hydrating serum that Sali Hughes always goes on about. I bought the moisturizer to go with it. It’s actually a surprisingly good group of products. They do what they say on the bottle. The moisturizer was really cheap and doesn’t irritate my skin and the serum is just a good, basic, hydrating serum.

I was a bit obsessed with the Superdrug Vitamin E cleansing balm that I purchased earlier in the year, so I picked up the Facial Oil this time around. The bottle is pretty tiny, but you only need a few drops. I think it’ll definitely come in handy when winter gets here. Chicago winters tend to suck the life out of everything, including my skin.

I got a cool highlighter from Makeup Revolution. They actually stock these in Ulta in the US now. It’s obviously not a highlight on my skin tone, but it makes for a pretty effect over some blush and adds a hint of warmth. I found a new favorite Max Factor foundation. It’s a cream formula, and although the color is a little too dark, I find I can correct it with a lighter powder. The finish is beautiful and it feels really smooth when  you apply it.

I purchased two Sleek palettes from Boots. I’m not a giant fan of the highlighting phase. I like my matte white powder to highlight. However, I swatched the Solstice palette in store to see what all the fuss was about, and knew I had to buy it. I only bought the blush palette that went with it because every Boots within walking distance from Brighton was out of the Solstice palette and they had some insanely good deal on. The blush is really pigmented though. I like that there’s a cream blush in the same palette too. They’re both pretty nifty, and I got them both for twelve pounds or something like that.

As far as the non makeup finds, I bought a few scarves (Obviously. American girl goes to Edinburgh. Comes back with plaid scarves.) A cute safety pin brooch type thing– No idea what to actually call it. And I discovered two perfumes. I purchased one, and bought a sample of the other, insanely expensive one.

Dead Sexy is by Tokyo Milk. The name makes me cringe a bit, but I really like the way it smells. The salesgirl gave me a big speech about how they make their perfumes “without chemicals”. You know. However that’s supposed to work. So if that sort of thing is important to you, check them out. They’re actually cheaper to buy in America–Which I didn’t really realize until afterwards, but I blame the brain fog on jet lag. I’ve blown 10 dollars on stupider stuff, but we’ll save that for another post.

The other perfume is by fancy, super pretentious perfume house Illuminum. My boyfriend took me for afternoon tea at a super fancy tea room in York– No seriously, they had a pianist and everything. Although she basically sat there and played the entire score of Les Miserables, and being an actress I found it a strange, somewhat depressing choice. Anyway, York is home to one of the oldest perfume shops in England, and it happened to be right around the corner. I went in determined to love Floris Night Blooming Jasmine…and ended up really hating it. The salesman asked me what type of scent I liked and when I mentioned gardenia, he showed me White Gardenia Petals. Complete with a story about how Kate Middleton wore it on her wedding day–Which I assumed he thought would sway me to buy it, but for almost $200 a bottle, I don’t really care what she wore. I decided I would hold off on buying  a big bottle and purchased a sample vial instead. The sample vial does smell a little different, I definitely liked it on my wrist in York better. It’s a beautiful scent though. I think the next time I’m in the UK, that’s what I’ll splurge on. Illuminum do a really interesting black tea scent as well, so definitely check them out.

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I’m working on making some changes to my blog and self hosting it. I have quite a lot of stuff going on at the moment, so it’s coming along a lot more slowly than anticipated, but I will keep you all posted so you don’t miss anything too exciting.

 

Vintage Vanity

 Hey guys! Short post today about this cute little lipstick holder/ vanity mirror tray I found at my favorite vintage shop. It’s called the Antique and Resale Shoppe if you’re in the Chicago area.

I just thought it was a really cute and convenient place to store the samples I get from work and some jewelry. The little lip earrings on the right are from the same shop and I’ve got a lipstick brooch that matches them! The necklace on the left is actually from a really cute shop based in Brighton called Posh Totty–my boyfriend got it for me, it’s the silhouette of the Brighton Pavilion

 In the back it’s got five little slots that hold lipsticks. The lipsticks in there are Night Crimson and Love Liberty by Charlotte Tilbury and RiRi Woo by  Mac- Which I hardly ever use anymore because I know I’ll never be able to buy it again. Have to stick with plain old Ruby Woo I guess. Although… That’s not my favorite red. I’ve been thinking about doing a post solely on red lipstick. So I’ll save that for later I guess.

That’s about it for today. Have any cool vintage finds? Let me know below!