FASHION & BEAUTY / Post birthday haul (2018)

After the birthday celebrations comes… the spending of more money! I was lucky enough to get a bit of money for my birthday too so, coupled with some of my own, I hit ASOS and Harvey Nichols hard.

There were a lot more things as part of this haul, mainly fashion, however they’ve had to go back because they either didn’t fit well or look good, so I decided not to include them.


Palm print shirt, Wednesday’s Girl at ASOS

If this shirt doesn’t scream summer, I don’t know what does! This is actually part of a coord with some wide leg printed trousers which unfortunately went out of stock before I could get my mitts on them, but luckily this works really well with most things. The material is really light and the not too fitted so it’s going to be lovely to wear on hot summer holiday days/nights.

Faux leather biker jacket, ASOS

I’ve been looking for a new biker jacket for absolutely ages, and saw this one recommended on Instagram for an absolute bargain at £35. I thought for the price it was worth giving a shot, and I’m not at all disappointed. It has a great shape (I really don’t like the look of unfitted biker jackets on me) feels really good and looks pretty decent too, not at all shiny or fake as so many cheaper versions do.

Ruched waist jumpsuit in red… and black, ASOS

This is also one I spotted on Instagram (I actually think this a much better way to shop than browsing the ‘new in’ sections these days) and picked it up in both colours (obviously, it is me after all) and felt like this would be perfect for dressing up or down during the warmer weather.

The fit is really flattering with the waist detailing and wide leg, and the material is really light, the only slight issue is the bra sitch – you can’t wear a normal or strapless bra, and I definitely cannot go without! I’m going to try a stick on bra and see how I go, because I can definitely see these as part of my regular rotation for summer.


There’s really only one reason why a gal like me is shopping for beauty products at Harvey Nichols…yup, I finally picked me up some Fenty Beauty!

Cheek hugging highlight brush

This brush just makes so much sense; how on earth is Rih Rih the first person to bring it out?! I’ve always struggled to find the best highlight brush for me, I have a fan brush and a Real Techniques highlight brush but usually end up applying it with my fingers, so I’m hoping this will help position and blend more easily.

I managed to bend some the strands as I was removing the (very tight) brush cover which is why it looks a bit crazy at the side, boo!

Killawatt foil freestyle highlighter duo

And this is one of the things the brush will be out to work on…how pretty! I spotted this Rihanna’s Vogue makeup tutorial and thought the colours were just fabulous for summer. Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how pretty the summer product packaging is with all the pinks and florals?

I’d describe these colours as pigmented but more sheer when applied so they are buildable, making them great for subtle and more out there looks.

Match Stix trio

I’m determined to get better at the base/contour/highlight thing, and these bad boys are gonna help me do it!

I went for the lightest shades as I’m fairly pale and the swatches online seem to match my skin the best. These feel really creamy which I think will help me to blend things more easily, and the contours shade is more cool toned which I think will be a better match to my skin. The concealer is a similar shade to the one I use now and the highlight has a nice shimmer that’ll really pop in the sunshine.

Bomb Baby mini lip and face set

My final FB purchase was this duo of mini products. I couldn’t justify buying both of these as full sized products so this felt like an easy compromise that would also fit into my travelling makeup pouch so much easier. Win win right!

I really wanted to try the lip gloss since the range first dropped, and so far I’m really liking it. Although it looks dark in the tube, it’s actually applies as a really nice neutral sheen that enhances your natural lip colour and pretty much matches any makeup look.

The highlight is the same formula as the duo and also has a nice buildable colour, which is kind of peach-toned and quite similar to cult fave BECCA Champagne Pop. I think I’m going to experiment with this as an eyeshadow to get a kind of cohesion to my look that more natural but with a bit of shimmer.

I also picked up a few non-Fenty products too

Even though I recently had my eyebrows microbladed (you can read about my experiences here) I thought picking up a super-fine brow product would be really useful for enhancing the areas that didn’t quite take the pigment for nights out. I don’t foresee that I’ll use it too much as I’m fairly happy with how things look at the moment, but it’s good to have it on standby.

NARS bronzing powder in Laguna

I’ve become a bit disillusioned with my Benefit Hoola bronzer recently as it’s starting to feel a bit too warm for my skin (I also have Hoola Lite, but it does virtually nothing as it’s just too light). I remembered that the MUA at the NARS counter applied this for me last summer and that it looked really nice so thought I’d try this out since a lot of people seem to love it.

Although the tones are still quite warm, it’s much less severe so I’m hoping it will work a little better alongside the pink and neutral toned looks I’m planning for the summer.

Urban Decay primer potion

This one is a repurchase of an old fave after temporarily switching to the Eden variation for the past few months (which I’ve been much less impressed with). This version has great tacky-feeling base that keeps eyeshadow put and increased for a good while. I won’t be switching it out ever again!

If you’ve tried any of these products and have some styling or make up looks for me to try please free to link them in the comments; I always enjoy getting inspiration from how other people do things.

Thanks for reading,

J xx

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