While I was away in California I picked up a few new bits and bobs to wear coming into autumn/winter, which was not the easiest considering it was their summer over there (California’s warmest month is Sept/Oct). All the shops had beautiful summer clothes that I really wanted to buy, but I had to be practical with my money as I am looking for a new job at the moment upon leaving college.
I also bought some skincare treats and some make-up.
So here is what I bought…
I am in love with this fuzzy crop sweater from American Apparel, I thinks its really cute for a casual look but you could also definitely glam it up for a night out. Im so happy its autumn already, I love summer and the longer evenings and all that, but I much prefer autumn style.
I know this is a little summery but it was so gorgeous I couldn’t not buy it, and it was such a steal at $20! Its from my favourite American store Brandy Melville, they do loads of really good basic tees and jumpers, its a real Kylie Jenner sort of a store I would say? But this I though would be so pretty going out for cocktails with black high-wasted jeans and heels or my leather skirt.
This was another item I purchased from American Apparel that I though was really chic. You cant see it in the photo but in real life its a really fine knit and is fitted and has perfect arm length too. I thought it was sort of Audrey Hepburn-esque if I paired it with an all black outfit and thick winged eye-liner.
I seen the model wear this shirt on an advertisement in the store and I just thought it was so effortless. Its and Abercrombie and Fitch shirt and the model had blue skinny jeans, understated beige ankle boots and her hair up in a bun. I thought that it was such a classy casual look, and when I think about what to wear with it, Ive plenty choices from my wardrobe. Its probably one of them investment buys, it was $60, but everyone is in need of a good white shirt.
I don’t know about you but I’m never inclined to spend my money on comfy clothes to wear around the house or popping to the shop? I always look awful in them circumstances as Im usually wearing a pair of 2 year old leggings with some faded t-shirt and Ugg boots! Well not anymore :) Victoria’s Secret for me, was the answer to my problem. It is amazing, its always my favourite place to go shopping when I’m in The States, probably because you just cant buy there their stuff in Ireland. Everything is so bright and girlie and as far a tracksuits and lounge wear goes, they get it pretty damn right every time.
Here is the make-up and skincare I bought, nothing too over the top, just a few bits and bobs to keep me going, until I hound everyone around me near my birthday for MAC presents :)
My Pro-longwear concealer had run out so I was desperate to buy another one. The girl helping me also gave me their Prep and Prime highlighting pen to wear with the concealer under my eyes, and I must say it works a treat. (Going on the birthday wish list!)
I marched straight into Sephora as soon as I seen it, to purchase the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow gel/mousse thing. All the beauty vloggers I watch on youtube all recommended it so I wasn’t leaving America without it! I must say it is definitely worth the money, its fab! My colour is soft brown.
I bought the L’oriel Miss Manga mascara, and its good but I much prefer my MAC false lashes mascara, the Miss Manga mascara wand is weird and flexible which just gets the mascara all over your lids. But for $12 dollars you get what you pay for.
I bought the MAC lipstick in the colour COSMO and the lipliner to match in Staunchly Stylish, and I’m loving it so far. Its like a rosie/brown colour.
For my skin my sister and I bought some LUSH face masks. It was my first time trying a LUSH face mask and they are amazing in my opinion. I bought The Sacred Truth, which contained anti-oxidant wheatgrass, green tea and enzymic papaya, which is to enhance and revive your complexion. I will definitely be repurchasing this, it worked wonders.
My skin broke out quite badly while I was away, I’m pretty sure it was due to wearing high factor oily suncream on my face. So, next year Im purchasing a good suncream for my face from Clarins or somewhere similar. I bought the Clean and Clear face scrub which is nice and quite gentle, its oil free too so its good for break outs. I also bought the Neutregena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment which I think works well because its not too harsh on the skin and doesn’t dry it out leaving your skin with redness or flakiness. Ive never seen this cream in Ireland before, so I’m happy I bought it.
I also bought Clarins Daily Energizer Cream-Gel for young skin. I bought it in the airport for €20 which I thought was pretty good value for Clarins.
So that was my clothing and beauty haul :) As you can see I didn’t buy much, just some stuff to get me through Autumn/Winter. Hope you enjoyed reading.