Whilst I was on holiday I think I brought home more items than I took away with me! It was my birthday the day before I went away and my Mom’s the day we flew and it meant I was spoilt with birthday presents and bought myself quite a few items too.
I just want to say I’m not showing off in any way what I was bought/bought myself, I just thought as I love haul posts, that some may enjoy this one. Especially as it’s all things from another country.
I also want to mention that some pictures are from Spain and some are from here, so do ignore the different settings in both images. Oh and that this post will be very image heavy, enjoy!
First of all I want to talk about what we picked up on the plane journey there. I knew I wanted one of these items but when my Mom passed me the others after purchasing them, I was rather touched as I had secretly looked at them but thought deep down how I didn’t need them.
These are the two lip products that we picked up. The one I said that I really wanted is this Victoria’s Secret Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper in Baby Pink. This is a gorgeous lip gloss with a built-in lip plumper, as you can tell by the name. I wore this loads on my holiday and after trying it on on the plane my Mom picked one up for herself. This was only £12.50 and I regret not buying another one on the way home. I’m sure Victoria’s Secret in town will stock these (hopefully in more colours!) so I’ll be keeping my eyes on these in the future. I will be reviewing this soon!
Another lip product that my Mom picked up for herself was a set of three Revlon Balm Stains, one which she gave to me. She gave me Honey Douche and although it isn’t really my colour, I bloody love it! I took a variety of lip shades on holiday with me but for the majority of it I wore this as it just worked with my new tan, and it just looks beautiful. It’s a nude pink shade and perfect for my skin tone. I can see me wearing this loads, especially for work. I really want to review this too.
Two of the products I looked at but didn’t ask for, where these two so my Mom must have read my mind when she handed them to me after buying them. They are a three-piece L’Occitane hand cream set, as well as six mini nail polishes from OPI’s Coca Cola collection.
I have to say that I haven’t really used much of the hand creams yet, but I did give the Verveine one a go and it does feel really light on the skin, as well as fresh and moisturised. This one will be perfect for summer! I’ve tried the other two hand creams in the set and will be saving these for a rainy day.
These nail polishes are amazing! I wore most of them throughout my holiday, apart from two shades (Sorry I’m Fizzy Today and Today I Accomplished Zero). My most favourite shade out of the set was Coca-Cola Red, which I wore on my toes throughout my holiday and was so beautiful to wear. I really love this set and is probably one of the best ones I’ve owned! I can’t wait to review this in the future, and hope to very, VERY soon.
I don’t know how long Spain have had Essence, but I know it only came to the UK late last year. So when I eyed up this nail polish whilst out food shopping I just HAD to have it! It reminds me of oil slick shades and because of that, it’s beautiful! These images don’t so it justice, but I know I’ll be reviewing it soon to bring you a hell of a lot more pictures and information about it. This was super cheap too at just €2! The shade I picked up is called You Wow’d Me Again. I wore this a lot on holiday and really loved it, it worked perfectly with the weather.
This is a rather random purchase but where we went on holiday they have quite a lot of Chinese markets with various different items in. It reminds me of a huge version of eBay but in the flesh. My boyfriend knows how much I want a Lucky Cat, so he picked this cutie up for me. You pop in a battery and his arm waves. I left this in my home abroad as I didn’t really want to bring him back home with me and I love it so much! There was something very relaxing about watching his arm waving back and forth, is definitely something I want for my own home when I move out.
I’m such a big softie when it comes to cute things, especially plushies and ones that resemble animals I love. Foxes being one, so when my boyfriend spotted this cute fox plush he picked it up for me straight away. He even bought me a matching keyring version too which I at first kept on my bag, but is now in my room hanging up.
The second plush I bought for myself and is a cute white seal. I saw this in the gift shop of the zoo we visited whilst on holiday and I honestly couldn’t resist him. I’m still really pleased I bought him and I’m currently using him as an arm rest. He made a comfortable pillow on the plane journey home, as well as something nice to snuggle into when I’ve felt a bit crappy. He’s just so soft and lush, and I just came up with his name, Bobby. 😛
As regular readers will know I LOVE foxes and as soon as I spotted this hoodie in Animal I KNEW I had to have it. My Mom was lovely enough to pick this up for me after I pointed it out to her and I haven’t stopped wearing it since. It’s quite a thick hoodie and I went a size up to ensure it would be nice and baggy, as I don’t like tight fitted hoodies myself. I haven’t seen this in the UK, although I literally just checked the UK website and they do infact have it on the website for a little less than what my Mom paid. So onto the design of this hoodie. It isn’t just a cute fox on it, within the fox is a picture which is beautiful. Inside of is as you can see from the above images there is a picture of a bird, some trees, and a lake. Basically a forest. It’s just so beautiful and I know I’ll wear this throughout the year.
Whilst on holiday I discovered a brand that I have indeed fallen in love with and wish we had here in the UK. This brand being Women’s Secret. I bought so much stuff in there and as there was one only a ten minute drive away from my home, I was there every other day having a nose at what they had. And what makes it even better? They always had a sale going on! Altogether I picked up a wash bag, a pair of knickers, a pack of six pairs of Pusheen knickers, and two sets of pajamas.
The first thing I want to talk about is this cute little Pusheen wash bag that I picked it. I can’t remember how much this was but it wasn’t much. Women’s Secret stocks so much Pusheen and as I love the cute little kitty, I couldn’t help but snatch this up. It’s very roomy and I’ll be using this to use whenever I go on holiday in the future, as well as possibly having it for when I travel to and from my boyfriend’s house.
This was probably my favourite purchase from Women’s Secret, once again Pusheen. In Women’s Secret they sell knickers in packs of six and they usually consist of cute characters such as Pusheen, Hello Kitty, Miffy, Minnie Mouse, and Pink Panther. Alas I really liked the Pusheen ones and didn’t care much about these being Christmas themed either. These were a bargain and I really have been in need of some new knickers.
Speaking of knickers, I picked these cute little ghost ones up for a cheap price too. I wore these quite a bit on holiday and they were rather comfortable so I ended up bringing them back home to the UK. The print on these are rather cute with these little ghosts and I can only imagine that these came out during Halloween. I was after a matching bra for these, which they did sell but all the sizes were WAY too small for me.
If there is something I noticed about Women’s Secret is that their sizing is a little off in comparison to UK sizes, they come up a size smaller which I won’t lie, made me feel overweight. 😦 Anyway, continuing on…
I love Hello Kitty, I always have and I’m pretty sure I always will. The pajamas I took on holiday aren’t exactly the warmest and after the first night there I was frozen solid. Where I have my second home it’s usually boiling hot, however in January it hasn’t been THAT hot, but more like a mild UK summer, which was still good nonetheless. Anyway! So I needed pajamas and so I got these. The print on these is so simple yet gorgeous and I was somewhat sad to leave these behind, but it’ll be more exciting to wear them when I go back.
More Pusheen, and more pajamas. These have come home with me and I can’t wait to wear them next week! Like the Hello Kitty pajamas they’re both extremely comfortable! The t-shirts are both long-sleeved and baggy, whilst the trousers are more like leggings and aren’t super tight, but aren’t exactly baggy either. The print on this set of pajamas is a hell of a lot more pretty than the Hello Kitty pair. On the sleeves and leggings there are cute little faces of Pusheen, which really do look cute. I bought way too much Pusheen from Women’s Secret, but I don’t care, was so worth it!
Every Tuesday and Saturday there is the market nearby where our home is and after a short walk, you’re there. So we decided after such a long time it would be nice to go and have a look around. I won’t lie, it was crap. I think from memory there was only one stall that didn’t sell duplicate items to one, or even two other stalls nearby. I didn’t really have anything in mind that I wanted to buy from the market, more like if I saw something I REALLY wanted to pick up, I might. That’s where these two harem style trousers came from. My Dad bought me two pairs and I can safely say they were worn a lot throughout my holiday, and I’ve even brought a pair back home with me. These are really baggy and comfortable and whilst the material isn’t very thick, it’s somewhat warm. These will be perfect for summer days in the UK seeing as they aren’t the warmest.
I was in need of a pair of flip-flops back home and I knew I wanted a decent pair, so when I spied these Roxy flip-flops, I knew I wanted them. They were in the sale too, so I couldn’t not snap these up. I won’t lie, these weren’t comfortable the first couple of times I wore them and my feet were pretty damn sore afterwards. However after wearing them in they’re super comfortable and I’ll probably wear these loads during the summer in the UK. I’ve not found a nice pair in the UK before, so these will come in handy.
Perfume wise I really was spoilt by my parents and I can’t say I’ll be needing any new perfume anytime soon (although I’ll probably end up buying some!). My Dad bought me a 75ml bottle of Loverdose by Diesel, which I have loved and owned since it first came out so I was excited to get a new bottle. My Mom picked up two perfumes for me, Ralph by Ralph Lauren which is a perfume I’ve wanted since I was a teenager. This is only a small 30ml bottle and is one I’ll keep in my handbag for work. It smells really nice and is rather strong for an EDT.
My favourite of the three is Addict by Dior. I’d never smelt this before until my Mom took me to the shop to pick up something for herself. I can’t describe how it smells, other than it being like a sweet but mature scent. It’s a really strong perfume and lasts for ages! The only flaw with this bottle is the weight, it weighs a bloody ton. This is definitely fast becoming one of my new favourite perfumes. It only cost around €63.00 for a 100ml bottle, but in the UK it costs nearly £100! I can’t believe how cheap it was to be perfectly honest and I really do love it.
These were some last-minute presents from my Mom and I can safely say they’re meaningful and lovely. My Mom’s known for ages that I’ve always wanted a Chanel lipstick and whilst we were away she bought me one. I looked at so many shades and I finally settled on this one. This one is the shade Emotion and is the Rouge Coco Shine finish, which is a mixture of a lipstick and lip balm. My Mom bought this the day before me and my boyfriend went home so I haven’t had much chance to wear it, but whenever I have it is has been amazing and I already want another! I can’t wait to review this soon, I’m so excited to show it off.
As well as that she picked me up a new lip liner to go with my Chanel lippy. The one the woman recommended in the store was Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Wine. This lip pencil is meant to stay in place for 12 hours, although so far I haven’t found that this does as it says on the tin, but I’m going to test it out at work and uni next week and see how I get on. It’s a gorgeous wine shade, as the shade gives away and works well with most of my dark shades, including my newest.
This isn’t anything special but this is a necklace I picked up whilst I was on holiday and one I have fallen in love with. It’s so simple, yet so nice. It’s two rings linked together to create this cool little necklace. I think it’s meant to be a religious necklace, but I don’t care. They also had these in a black ring instead of blue, but I preferred this one. It wasn’t the cheapest of necklaces but I didn’t care, as I had some euros to use up anyway. I’ve worn this none stop since I got home and I think I’ll be wearing it for a while.
This was one of the last things I picked up before I came home and I’m so glad I found it to buy, as it’s one of my favourite things to wear now. It’s a cardigan by Protest, a surfing and snowboarding company who I hadn’t heard of until we went on holiday. My boyfriend had however and when I told him about a surf shop called Protest where we were going shopping he got super excited and we went there as soon as we could. This is a waterfall cardigan and isn’t the thickest one in the world, but is gorgeous and will be perfect for spring and summer when it starts to get warmer outside. I’m sure I’ll be doing a look book with this in the future! I checked on the UK website and this costs more over here than it did where I bought it from, so I’m pleased about my bargain! It’s a gorgeous white and navy knitted cardigan and isn’t itchy at all! As well as that it has nomadic patterns on it, which looks beautiful.
When I discovered that there was a Zara a mere fifteen minute drive away from where our home is, me and my Mom knew we wanted to go and have a look. I can just tell you, everything in that Zara was cheap! I think there was only a small part of the store that wasn’t marked on sale, which surprised me. I didn’t really spot anything that took my fancy, however I saw this bag and although I knew I didn’t NEED it, I WANTED it. It was originally €35.99 down to €29.99. I’ve wanted a really nice handbag for a while, as currently I use my backpack for everything so now I have something nice to use whenever I go anywhere special… Ish. Although I would like a Vivienne Westwood bag. 😛
Just want to first of all say, I know that this t-shirt is creased, I don’t know how it got into this state. :S As you may have seen from my Holiday Wish List post, you’ll have seen this t-shirt on there and whilst I went shopping on holiday I found it and picked it up. It’s this lovely fox t-shirt by Element, one of my favourite skateboarding brands to wear. I own quite a few of their t-shirts and they’re all super comfortable, this one is definitely comfortable too. This actually cost more to buy whilst I was on holiday than what it would have cost here, as after looking it’s now in the sale for £9.00, although they don’t have my size. It’s not a very thick t-shirt and was lovely to wear both in the day and in the evening. Whilst it’s chilly in the UK I’ll be wearing a thermal t-shirt underneath it.
I know this isn’t the best picture of my new jeans, but I was pressed for time when getting these pictures and I didn’t have anyone at home at the time to take a picture of me wearing them. These are the jeans I picked up whilst I was away and I can safely say they’re the best jeans I own at the moment. They’re by G-Star and I ended up buying them to wear in the evenings when it was a little on the chilly side. I knew I should have taken some with me! Anyway, I can’t say I remember how much these were, but they’re so damn comfortable! They’re a mixture between a boyfriend fit and skinny fit, which is a perfect jean style for me. They do come down a little baggy on me so I sometimes find I need to roll the bottoms up so that they don’t drag. I can see me wearing these loads now I’m home and especially for university as they’re just so comfortable. I wore these with my new Star Wars Vans that I mentioned in my Boxing Day Sales haul and they looked amazing together.
From the same shop as my jeans I picked up this beautiful maxi dress, it was the reason I ventured into the shop in the first place to be honest. I’ve only owned a couple of maxi dresses and over the years I’ve put a bit of weight on and those two dresses don’t look that great on me anymore… Which sucks. Since then I have gone on to try on other maxi dresses and they all look the same, show off all the horrible parts and don’t even show off my best assets! So since then I have envied smaller girls than myself for being able to wear them, as quite frankly I love the look of maxi dresses. So I did worry when I went to try this maxi dress on that it would do what other maxi dresses had done and in the process make me feel fat and crap. HOWEVER it didn’t do that at all and made all my best assets look a hundred times better! This is a gorgeous navy maxi dress and is really long. On the back there is a see through netting style which looks really nice. This only cost €25.00 which is dead cheap for how lovely it is. I’ll be doing a look book with this very soon.
This was one of the first things I picked up when I went on holiday and whilst I didn’t need it, I’m so chuffed my Mom picked it up for me. I hadn’t even noticed it in the one shop we popped into, until she showed it to me. This is a pretty cool t-shirt, as when you wear it the Vans logo on the front turns pink with body heat. This isn’t a very thick t-shirt but as I said with the Element t-shirt, I can wear a thermal underneath whilst it’s cold in the UK. I wore this quite a lot whilst I was on holiday as it’s so soft and comfortable. I can’t wait to wear this more here.
Whilst I was away I knew I wanted to start a collection of bracelets as whilst I love my Pandora, I wanted something I could wear around the house as well as at work and just all the time basically. The watch was something I saw in a Billabong shop and my Mom offered to buy it for me, considering I didn’t have one. The bracelets all cost next to nothing and are all really nice quality for how much I paid for them. The white peace bracelet was picked out by my boyfriend due to the message on it, which he says sums me up (although of course I don’t agree!) and sadly during my time there and since I’ve come home, it’s began to rub off, which has made me sad. The turtle bracelet is from the same shop and I love it! I was going to buy another one, but I left it in the end. It’s really pretty and I wear it all the time now. I don’t know if its real leather or not mind.
I want to talk about my new watch, because it’s bloody gorgeous! It’s by Roxy and is called Whenever. I spotted it whilst just having a nose at the watches and kind of fell in love. I told my Mom about it and asked me to show her, as she said I would be a fool to leave it as it sounded really nice. The band is real leather and is splash proof, which is handy and was handy whilst I was on holiday. This isn’t a very big watch which I really like, nothing worse than a huge watch hanging off your wrist. These are available in the UK by the way and are currently in their sale.
The last thing I wanted to talk about was my new Pandora charms. My Dad owed me a birthday present and said before we went away that he would buy me a new Pandora charm, so whilst I was having a look for a charm to buy my Mom, I spotted this seahorse charm that I’ve wanted for nearly a year. So he offered to pick it up for me and I can safely say I LOVE it! It really does add some colour to my bracelet, which now seems to be having a turquoise and red theme going on with it. I also wanted the water bead charm, but I ended up buying this myself as a treat and it really does stand out on my bracelet but I like how it works with the seahorse charm and it will always remind me of my holiday away and where my second home is.
I loved my holiday away and I’m so glad that my boyfriend was with me. It was our first proper holiday together and it was amazing being able to show him my second home and where I spend many years of my childhood and early teens.
I’ll be posting more about my holiday very soon in the future, so please keep eyes peeled for that!
I hope everyone has been okay the past two weeks I was away and posts will be back on here starting from today.
Thanks to all my readers who stuck with me whilst I was away for still being here.
Until next time, take care all.