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Little Primark Haulette

So it’s been a little while since I shared any shopping with you, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity, as it was a bit of an accidental haul. You can’t really go wrong with 4 items for £16! 
  So, first of all, this lovely £5 scarf. It’s nice and long, thick and wide and comes in a couple of different colour options. It’s also ridiculously soft. Being 100% acrylic, it might not have the best longevity, but when even new look is looking for £15 for a blanket scarf, you can’t really go wrong. Plus it would make an excellent knee blanket if you’re feeling particularly middle-aged…. 

 (And now for the close-up)

Item number 2 is a lovely, cosy pair of tartan pyjamas. £8, 100% cotton. They are super soft, again, but relatively smart in case you’re planning on a movie night with your friends. I particularly love the wiggly white edging.

  These were a total impulse buy, I’ll admit, but I was getting a bit sick of mismatched cost bottoms and thin tshirts with Mr B’s fleece thrown over the top. Time to be a grown-up. Again, they had a few different patterns, but these ones look much more expensive than the other colourways, which looked a bit cheap. That’s the key to Primark though – shop wisely! They’re even pattern-matched at the front! 

My one criticism would be that the cord on the trousers is pretty short so I’ll have to make sure it doesn’t make a break for it by wriggling back inside. 

  

I have some really lovely navy tartan thick cotton pj bottoms which are relatively slim legged and generally quite smart, so I thought I ought to treat them to a new tshirt. £2.80. Now that’s bang for your buck. It is a pretty stretchy fabric though so if in doubt I would size-up.

  

Aaand, last but not least, this absolute steal: 

  
Pretty right? I thought it would be perfect to slip inside the neck of a nice plaid shirt. 

  
Yerp. A single pound. Even at the original £2 it’s a pretty good deal. 

So that’s us. Let me know if you’ve found any hidden gems recently!

Superdrug Autumn Bargain Haul

I actually shopped in Superdrug the day before I filled up my Boots Haul basket, but I wanted to try a few of the products out a bit more before I shared these with you, and they were all bought with autumn in mind! 

  
I actually came out with what I went in for (sort of) which has to be a bit of a win! 

1. Makeup Revolution Beyond Flawless Palette – £8.00 

This guy is my biggest autumn success story so far. 

  
So many pretty, blendable shades (32 in all). There is quite a bit of fall-out, but I’d say if that’s the worst problem with it you can totally deal in exchange for this ridiculous range of pretty shades, in shimmers and mattes. I particularly love Zorba, Spice and Brunette, but the range of looks you can achieve with this is mad. I’m wearing a combination of Cocoa, Teddy and Immaculate today and think it might be my new favourite subtle plum neutral. Buy it! 

2. MUA Glitterball Palette – £4.00

  
I’m not really reaching for this pallette as much, although I really love the two green shades and the plum. At £4 it’s worth having, even if you just want to pick out the odd colour to blend with other products. Use your own brushes though!

3. Collection Sheer Loose Powder in Translucent – £2.99

   
This is a hardly pigmented sheer loose powder. It’s light and fairly finely-milled, so it’s great for setting your foundation without adding colour. I’m still working on the best way to get it onto my brush though – the packaging doesn’t work very well. It comes with a flat puff applicator but powder needs a brush!

Oh and apparently it contains vitamin E!

4. Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr in Pink Gold and Metallic Pomegranate – £4.99 (but on buy one get one half price)

 
Whilst these are beautiful, they’re a little glitzy to use every day. That said, they are great in a hurry. The key is not to overthink them. I chose these two colours because they effectively give you a crease colour and base colour which compliment each other really well, and they work perfectly in that way. I’ve seen a lot of Youtubers using these as a base for an overall smoky eye (using On and On Bronze, which I just can’t get my hands on!) but they are gel-cremes so blending in dry powder shadows is beyond difficult. Still, they get a thumbs up!

5. MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter – £3.00

  

This is another lovely low-cost find. It’s very well-pressed so the powder is lovely and creamy and doesn’t give you fall-out. Whilst it appears very pale in the pan, it gives a beautiful goldy shimmer on the skin. I’m still working out the best way to apply it, but a finger and a brush seems to be working for me. The only question is longevity – you may need to reapply through the day or night.

6. Collection Precision Colour Lip Liner in Clover Pink – £1.99

This wasn’t expensive, but don’t waste your money. It is so hard and dry that it’s almost impossible to apply. 

  

7. Gosh Velvet Touch Eye Liner in Rebellious Brown – £4.99

I was slightly disappointed in the quality of this but I am still using it fairly regularly. It’s only subtly brown which is nice for the autumn but it’s slightly dryer and harder than I’d like whilst still being prone to smudging despite being waterproof. That said, as a water line liner, it has great staying power and is a gentler contrast to a neutral eye than a cold black kohl. It’s not really worth the money though. 

Let me know your favourites this autumn!