The Hundred Pound Haul – The ASOS Edit

It was universally agreed that this hundred pound haul was the most challenging to date which, I have to say, came as something of a surprise. ASOS is vast, both in quantity and variety and I think the difficulty lay in the simple fact that give a girl too much choice and she is liable to get so befuddled that she either a. orders ALL THE THINGS, or b. orders nothing at all and ends up somewhere with a more edited selection. Anna from The Anna Edit has a great guide on ‘how to shop ASOS’ for this very eventuality – it’s obviously quite a common problem! I think I fall into the former of the two scenarios – as I mentioned back in August, I’m having a bit of a love affair with ASOS at the moment so I rather enjoyed both the challenge and the prospect of putting my new premier delivery service into action (it’s really quite excellent). Heres a rundown of my picks from the ASOS edit of the hundred pound haul…

Selected Femme Dress

Selected Femme Dress

After the big wardrobe detox of 2017, my closet has been looking shall we say a bit sparse. As far as I’m concerned this isn’t gratuitous shopping for shoppings sake – I have been in dire need of a bit of a splurge (I’m sure Mr R would beg to differ but then again it’s probably too much of an ask to expect any husband out there to actually admit his wife needs some new clothes)! This streamlined knit dress by Selected Femme was a bit of a wildcard and I surprised myself by how much I loved it! The beauty lies in its simplicity – crew neck with elbow length sleeves, the dress falls just below the knee and simply pulls on over the head. I’ve already worn this slinky number with boots but I’m pretty sure it will work equally as well with heels, strappy flats – I’m thinking my black Aquazzura Chrissy flats – or even a good old pair of converse! The knit is heavy enough to skim over any lumps and bumps while still giving you that fitted silhouette… the dream!

SELECTED FEMME DRESS

Mango Sweater

Mango Red Sweater

As I said, I’m in the process of pretty much building my wardrobe up from scratch and this Mango sweater ticked the ‘token colourful sweater’ box nicely! I’ll be honest, this one didn’t fill me with excitement BUT again I was surprised by just how much I like it (basically I over ordered operating on the assumption that I’d have to send a percentage back – yeah, I should really have known better with that one). The half turtleneck and balloon sleeves are cute details on what would otherwise be a simple fine knit sweater. The tomato red colour will be fab with ripped jeans and trainers and I can’t wait to pair it with my new Anine Bing Blazer (yes I finally got my hands on it – pictures coming soon)!

RED MANGO SWEATER

Whistles Earrings

After I got married, in search of a bit of a buzz, I had a couple of extra ear piercings but I’ve never really done anything with them, preferring a couple of simple studs. When I saw these hoops and studs from Whistles I thought why the heck not (plus I have a little bit of a thing for moons since Luna came along)! I’m absolutely in love with the whole range from Maria Tash so until Mr.R can make good on my Christmas wish list, these fit the bill nicely! They are both now sold out on ASOS but are still available through the Whistles site.

WHISTLES HOOP EARRINGS

WHISTLES STAR & MOON STUDS

ASOS Own Brand Pink Blazer

ASOS Own Brand Pink Blazer

I hold my hands up, this was a bit of a cheeky add-on but you know me and blazers! There’s a post coming up all about this beauty so I’ll won’t go into details but suffice to say, this is a stunner!

ASOS PINK BLAZER

ASOS Own Brand Baker Boy Hat

ASOS Baker Boy Cap

Heres where things went downhill a bit. I love a baker boy cap in winter and this one with its gold studs just looked the business. Unfortunately either I have a head to rival Helena Bonham-Carter’s Red Queen or the fit of this is minuscule! It’s now sold out so I’m inclined to believe the former!

Best Of The Rest

I would say that that is one successful haul. The others, on the other hand, had mixed results with one tester sending everything back bar a basic white tee! Some top picks were…

  1. Religion Blazer
  2. Levi’s Logo Hoody (SOLD OUT BUT STILL AVAILABLE HERE)
  3. Weekday Pink Sweater (SOLD OUT BUT SIMILAR HERE)

We were extremely lucky to time our haul at the time of one of ASOS’s 20% off days (keep an eye out, with black Friday coming up and pretty sure there’ll be some amazing deals to be had). The downside of this is that things tend to sell out extremely quickly – I’ve linked what I can but apologies if some things or sizes are no longer in stock. There’s some great fashion content coming up with items included in the haul so make sure you stay tuned for those! Are you an ASOS lover? What have you got your eyes on for Black Friday weekend?

The Hundred Pound Haul ASOS

Makeup Junkies Rejoice! It’s The Hundred Pound Haul (Maquillage Edit)

Spectrum Collections, Makeup Brushes, Spectrum Makeup BrushesMakeup Junkies of the world rejoice! It’s been a little while since our last hundred pound haul but, fear not…this ones a goodie! Giving a girl a one hundred pound budget and letting her loose in a beauty hall is a bit like letting a bunch of 30 something females loose at a Tom Hardy convention (or is that just me?)…the excitement is palpable! This one really has been a lot of fun so, without further ado, here’s how we got on in this special installment of the hundred pound haul…

MY PICKS

1. Spectrum Brushes

Slightly off brief but still within the ‘makeup genre’ this set of brushes, complete with travel pouch are the stuff a makeup junkies dreams are made of. The perfect shade of ‘millennial pink’ with rose gold ferrules and super-soft pink ombre heads, these make makeup application a dream (despite my current dressing table situation – don’t worry an overhaul is most definitely on the cards). I’ve only recently discovered ‘Spectrum Collections’ (an independent brand started by two sisters from their garage in Wales) through the podcast ‘Made Online’. (If you’re into Podcasts go check it out – the brainchild of Hayley – London Beauty Queen -the interviews are so interesting and I nearly always come away feeling super motivated!). The brand cropped up again on twitter when I came across a post on their blog entitled Lessons Learned The Hard Way and I just thought wow these girls have been through the mill. They’ve powered on through and have come out all the stronger for it. I found their story to be incredibly inspiring and that in turn made me want to find out more about the product. I hadn’t really paid all that much attention to this new breed of makeup brush but after all my research I wasn’t in the least surprised that Spectrum Collections had been the originals. They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery yet business is business and I always like to champion independent brands and original ideas. Aside from being a joy to behold the brushes are super soft (honestly its like been stroked by a kittens paw) and beautifully packaged (think seashell pouches and clam clasped rolls in shimmering metallics).

SPECTRUM 12 PIECE BOMBSHELL SET & OYSTER ROLL

Spectrum Brushes

Spectrum Siren Collection

Makeup Junkies Rejoice

2. Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curlers

These are the Rolls Royce of Eyelash Curlers. Tried. Tested. Loved! I always think of curling my eyelashes as a necessary step in my makeup routine and am amazed at how many girls don’t use them! I quite literally wouldn’t dream of applying mascara without first curling my lashes. Maybe it’s a use thing – once you’ve used a good pair (and I say good as there’s a lotta shit out there), you never go back. Shu Uemura was always the Holy Grail but since the brand has pulled out of the UK market I’ve found these to be exceptional! This pair comes with a spare red rubber pad (amazing – you can actually see any lashes you may have missed) which should be changed every three months – as all makeup junkies know, changing your eyelash curlers is a bi-annual event!

KEVIN AUCOIN EYELASH CURLERS

Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curlers

3. BECCA Backlight Primer

This has been on my shopping list since I trialed it in one of the first Tili Beauty Boxes. It gives the most gorgeous ‘lit from within glow’ and I receive a compliment every single time I wear it (especially when mixed in with My Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation – the dream). I debated between this and the Iconic London Illuminator which is having a bit of a moment but BECCA are so good at ‘giving glow’ without that ‘dipped in chip fat’ effect, that it was really a bit of a no-brainer!

BECCA BACKLIGHT PRIMING FILTER

Becca Backlight Priming Filterr

 

Highly Commended

Christian Louboutin Les Yeux Noirs Lash Amplifying Lacquer – this mascara is almost offensively expensive and yet I am assured (twice over actually – this was a popular choice), that it is worth every penny and both testers said they would happily repurchase! There are many amazing mascaras on the market for half the price and less so really I think this one is reserved for only the most die-hard makeup junkies!

Christian Louboutin Mascara

Disappointing 

Bobbi Brown Eye Gloss  – this was purchased on the assurance that it wouldn’t be like wearing lipgloss on your eyelids but I’m told that in actual fact that’s exactly what it’s like. The tester was told that her eyes looked ‘wet’ which I’m pretty sure was not the vibe she was going for!

Bobbi Brown Eye Gloss

Mixed Reviews

BY TERRY Cellularose Brightening CC Serum – A blurring and brightening serum designed to be worn alone or underneath foundation. One tester loved it, the other is having an issue with it blocking her pores (yep it’s another double purchase) so I would say that this is definitely down to your particular skin type. Test in store if you can as all the BY TERRY products seem to have the most beautiful formulations and smell divine

By Terry CC Serum Sunny Flash

Best Of The Rest

  1. YSL VOLUPTE TINT-IN-BALM (TEMPT ME PINK)
  2. CHARLOTTE TILBURY UNISEX HEALTHY GLOW
  3. BY TERRY COMPACT-EXPERT DUAL POWDER
  1. GLAMGLOW GLOWSETTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY
  2. MAC FLUIDLINE, BLACKTRACK
  3. CHARLOTTE TILBURY MINI MIRICLE EYE WAND

Right, makeup junkies, I hope you’ve found this useful and that it’s perhaps put a few new brands or products on your radar! I’m a bit gutted that Glossier UK hadn’t launched in time for this haul but I’ll definitely be sharing my findings when I receive the (ahem, rather large) order I’ve just placed…oops! What are your makeup must-haves? Anything amazing I should know about?

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