Primark & H&M Clothing Haul

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After 4 years of no holidays for Ben and I due to my fear of flying, we finally booked a beach holiday to Ibiza this year! We’re going at the end of September and, with relaxing on the beach and taking a dip in the pool in my near future, I realised I seriously needed to expand my summer wardrobe!

I went into Primark first to see if I could snag a few bargains and here’s what I picked up:

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I love these dresses! I bought one a month ago in black and it’s so comfortable, not too short, lightweight and only £5, so I wanted to pick up another in a brighter colour for my trip. They have a selection of colours and I am so tempted to get one in every shade!

primark h&m clothing haul thegirlinspired beach holiday dress bikini crochet top

I also picked up this dress which has a silky texture, cinches in at the waist and has a ruffly fold-over piece of fabric on the top half which is different from anything else I own. Primark had a lot of these dresses in different prints and colours. I thought this might be nice to wear out in the evenings.

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A couple of basic pieces that I grabbed whilst I was there as they are so inexpensive and great staple pieces to have on hand. The darker tank I got with the Autumn season in mind, but the white I thought would be good to wear under an open knit/crochet top for more casual evenings.

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Is it just me/just in my city, or does Primark not stock matching tops and bottoms for their bikinis?! There were a few I found in sets but most of the ones I liked only had either the top or the bottom half. I ended up heading to H&M to pick up the above pieces. I think the navy and red bikini is so cute, fits really nicely, and the ruffles are very flattering. The lighter blue was in the sale and I couldn’t find the matching bottoms in my size, but I have other bikini bottoms I can mix and match this with so I don’t mind that so much, especially when I only paid £3 for the top!

primark h&m clothing haul thegirlinspired beach holiday dress bikini crochet top

I picked up another couple of dresses in H&M. The first is a summery orange one with cut outs around the middle and is very lightweight – perfect for exploring the town and maybe doing a little shopping. The second is this gorgeous mix of blues and purples and has a little triangle cut out at the back. I thought this would be good for going out to eat as well.

primark h&m clothing haul thegirlinspired beach holiday dress bikini crochet top

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this top or not but once I tried it on I fell in love. It’s a lot sheerer than I originally thought it was going to be, but I thought this would look cute over the top of a bikini paired with shorts and flip flops.

primark h&m clothing haul thegirlinspired beach holiday dress bikini crochet top

And finally my favourite purchase of the lot – this gorgeous crocheted crop top with flared sleeves. It looks a bit odd in the picture above so I’ve included a pic below of what it looks like on, but this is perfect to wear over a bikini or over that white tank top I showed earlier if it gets a little chilly. It’s not super cropped, and I think the flared sleeves are really fun.

primark h&m clothing haul thegirlinspired beach holiday dress bikini crochet top

I’m so pleased with everything I got but I still have a few more bits I want to pick up for my trip. Once I’ve got those I plan on doing a collective haul of everything so make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel if you’re interested in seeing that.

IMATS/London Haul

**Prepare for a picture heavy post!**
As I’m sure most of you are aware, it was IMATS a couple of weekends ago (for those that don’t know it’s an International Makeup Artist Trade Show that takes place for one weekend, each year, all over the world). Last year was my first time going and I loved it, you can read about my experience here, and watch my haul video here. I knew I wanted to go again so this year I went with my friend, Carla (after much persuasion from me Carla has just started up her own blog so go over and show her some love cause she’s amazing!)
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We got the train at stupid-o-clock in the morning and rocked up to the Olympia National Hall around 9am. First stop on our list was Nars. Unfortunately they didn’t really have any of the products I was after so I just got this cute little Andy Warhol set. The eyeshadows are gorgeous and have such a beautiful, glowy sheen, and the lipgloss is seriously amazing too.

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I picked up another pink Z Palette because these come in so handy for storing together eyeshadows, blushes and the like. I’ve literally only just finished filling up my first one and I have another which is almost full of my MAC eyeshadows so I wanted to get this as back up for when I need it. I also bought 3 brushes from Crown Brush. I picked some up last year and was really impressed with the quality and price. I think I paid around £3-4 for each of these and they are so soft and work really well.

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There wasn’t really anything else that caught my eye at IMATS, so after having a wander around all the stalls we headed over to Oxford Street for a bit more shopping. I spotted Muji so quickly popped in there to pick up a set of acrylic storage drawers as I’ve heard good things about them. With re-doing my girlcave I knew I wanted to have something proper to keep my everyday makeup in and these are perfect. I got the narrower but deeper 2 drawer set and it pretty much holds everything I need it to.

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Next was Topshop. I wasn’t too fussed about looking at the clothes as I’m not really a fan, but I wanted to check out the makeup. I ended up buying 2 highlighter products – one gold toned powder highlight in Sunbeam and one silver toned Glow Stick cream highlighter in Party Up. I’ve tried both of these and they look gorgeous on. I’m really into a glowy, highlighted cheek at the moment.

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Then we went onto Primark for some bargains. I picked up 3 thin, marl effect t-shirts in grey, lilac and heather – super comfy and soft; this amazing pair of blue mirrored aviator style sunglasses – serious love!; and some fairy lights as I thought they would look really pretty in my room.

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After all that shopping we needed to refuel so stopped at Eat for some lunch. We had wanted to go to Forever21 and Victoria’s Secret but the Gay Pride Parade got in our way so that’ll have to be another time. We headed back to the station and whilst waiting for our train I somehow manage to do a little bit more shopping…

It feels like it’s been ages since I bought anything from Lush. I picked up a couple of old favourites as well as something new to try. I decided I wanted to give their Big shampoo a go so I picked that up, then grabbed the American Cream conditioner as well because the scent is amazing and it stays in your hair. I love Dream Cream so got a large tub of that which will last ages as you only need a little bit but it’s the self-preserving formula so I don’t need to worry about it going off. Lastly, I got a couple of bath products – Dream Time bath melt as I haven’t had that in a while, and of course I had to get my all time favourite year-round product, The Comforter. This is the product that started my love affair with Lush so obviously I had to pick up one of these, and the best part is I’ll get at least 3 baths out of this!

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So there you have it! If you want to watch a video of me rambling about these products a bit more then you can watch that video below. Did you go to IMATS? If so tell me what you got! Yes I know I’m nosy!!