Spring ASOS Haul

I wanted to share what I got from a recent ASOS order. This is a bit different to past ASOS hauls I’ve shared where I’ve photographed the items in real life. This time I’m just sharing the images on the website; it saves time and I think the images ASOS show are great anyway. If anything was different than I perceived from the website images I will let you know. I ordered 7 items and sent 2 back, so I’m just going to share with you the 5 I kept and therefore the ones I recommend.

ASOS Mini Cotton Sundress with Cups in Floral Print
ASOS Mini Cotton Sundress with Cups in Floral Print £25

This red cotton sundress is so cute! It looks lovely on and is girly without being too girly (IMO). Red is an on trend colour and combined with the floral it is quite a statement. Also as this is cotton it will be breathable and comfortable in any hot weather we may, or may not, get this summer in the UK.

Bershka Multi Stripe Ribbed Top
Bershka Multi Stripe Ribbed Top £17.99

This long sleeved and ribbed top from Bershka is so cool and gives me retro vibes. With the chunky buttons on the sleeves it reminds me of something I wore in my childhood in the late 90s and early 00s. It is super comfortable and stretches wonderfully over your body to hug it. It is made from 92% cotton and 8% elastane so it has the stretch but is still breathable because of the cotton. Because it is ribbed and fits quite tightly to the body it will be perfect for layering under dungarees, pinafores or strappy dresses. Equally, it looks fab tucked into jeans, skirts or trousers. I love it and am wearing it as I type this!

Bershka organic cotton v neck t-shirt in pink
Bershka organic cotton v neck t-shirt in pink £8.99

This is a basic V neck tee from Bershka and I loved it because of the colour and because it is 100% organic cotton so again: breathable, hoorah. I got it in a size Small which is meant to be equivalent to a size 8 but it is fairly oversized and I might have preferred the size XS. Nonetheless, T-shirts like these are just handy to have if you want to wear some printed trousers or skirt on the bottom half, or for layering with a statement jacket.

Stradivarius Pinstripe Soft Tailored Blazer white
Stradivarius Pinstripe Soft Tailored Blazer £25.99

Blazers are everywhere at the moment and I wanted to get back on board. I was big into blazers in 2011/2012 but then they somehow fell out of my style. I liked this one from Stradivarius and thought it’d be good for Spring because of the light colour. It also looks amazing with the vintage wash denim! It unfortunately has no cotton content and is primarily polyester like most blazers (I have seen some beautiful linen ones on ASOS lately though) but I can make an exception as it is a good price and it still feels nice quality. It fits nicely, albeit being slightly long on me but not enough to make me feel silly. I think I will style this very similarly to the model with blue jeans, plain top and a belt and then over time see what else in my wardrobe it works with.

Stradivarius Stripe Peg Leg Trouser
Stradivarius Stripe Peg Leg Trouser £19.99

I loved how these were styled on the model and I’m into wearing trousers at the moment, just as an occasional alternative to always wearing my favourite Urban Outfitters Axyl jeans. These are great because they have a stretchy waistband at the back – the comfort. They have pockets and feel nice quality despite being made of the dreaded polyester. As they are pin stripe trousers they are super versatile and can been worn smartly at work or casually day-to-day.

Thank you for reading and I hope I’ve inspired you a bit with these pieces.

Love Nicole xxxx

Spring and Summer ASOS Haul

A cheeky 20% student discount cropped up on ASOS last week so as always, that’s my cue to go and purchase many of the things lurking in my ‘Saved for Later’ section.

The majority of the pieces I would say are more Spring/Summer appropriate. Despite probably preferring Autumn/Winter fashion slightly more, it is nice to not have to wear a coat every day once summer hits! I have a new thing where I always check what fabrics clothing is made from when I consider purchasing. Especially for summer clothes I’m trying to avoid things like polyester and go for things made out of cotton! Cotton is a breathable fabric as it’s natural so I’m hoping to have as much cotton in my summer wardrobe as possible.

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I was so happy to finally find an amazing pair of denim shorts! I’ve always loved them on other people but I’ve never felt comfortable in them myself. I don’t love my legs, I feel my thighs are pretty chunky and wobbly, so denim shorts have been tricky. However, I found an amazing pair from Noisy May’s Tall range! Because they’re from the tall range they’re a much better length in my opinion! Partly why I tend to feel uncomfortable in denim shorts is because they’re generally so short! Also, they’re not turned up at the end or anything, they’re just loosely cut off so they’re not tight against your thigh. I find this so much more flattering on me and I love them. I’m definitely planning on purchasing them in black. Purchasing shorts from the Tall range is definitely a winner for me.

I forgot to photograph this gorgeous stripy sundress but you can see how nice it is from the ASOS website image anyway. 100% cotton too! 😉 ❤

I was so happy with everything – kind of annoyed I didn’t want to send anything back because I spent way too much but I guess I probably would’ve ended up buying these things at some point anyway so it’s good I got them with the 20% discount!

I hope you liked what I picked out! Anything catch your eye?

Love Nicole xxxx

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20% Discount ASOS and Topshop Haul

Yes, Nicole’s been reeled in by the discounts again and done some online shopping. ASOS did a 20% student discount and I had a 20% off for my birthday Topshop code about to expire. Let’s just get into it shall we. 🙂

From ASOS…

ASOS Premium Rain Mac With Borg Liner (£55)
Nocozo Tonal Stripe Jersey Top (£18)
ASOS Supersoft Long Woven Scarf With Tassels (£12 each) Pink and Dusty Mauve

The ASOS Rain Mac is amazing quality! It just feels so cool, I love this material so much and will kind of looking forward to the rain if I can chuck this on and be smug about staying dry. As for the striped t-shirt, I live in them and I liked this colour combination so I’m sure it’ll gets its wear. I realised I have hardly any scarves so I bought these two in beautiful colours and I love them – very big and snuggly.

Now what I got from Topshop…

Frill French Stripe Top (£18)
Metallic Pleated Jersey Skirt (£34)
Broderie Detailed Hybrid Top (£7 in the sale!)
Femme Liberte T-Shirt (£15)
MOTO Dark Grey Leigh Jeans (£38)

I love this metallic pleated skirt – isn’t it a gorgeous colour?! It is a bit long and ideally I wish it was available in the Petite range but I will make it work. I got an array of easy to wear t-shirts and tops just because that’s what I like to throw on most days really! And after a wardrobe clear-out I wasn’t left with that many t-shirts. I’m trying to buy clothing made from better quality materials now so I always check labels and avoid polyester as much as I can and look for cotton. I also got a dark grey pair of Leigh jeans, which used to be my favourites before they were overtaken by the Jamie style but now I think they’re my favourites again. The Jamie style just sucks my tummy in a bit too much and I hate that so I feel like Leigh jeans give my belly more room 🙂 .

Have a lovely Sunday,

Love Nicole xxx

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Cult Beauty Haul

As you may or may not know, if you have an account with Cult Beauty, they will email you a 15% code to use during your birthday month. I, of course, wanted to take up this offer, and this is what I chose to buy. As with my previous post, this post is mainly just to show you what I’ve bought and I will do some detailed review and swatches posts in future when I’ve tested out the products. 🙂

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I absolutely love trying new foundation and I’ve been eager to try Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation (£29.50). Unfortunately, the discount code does not apply to Charlotte Tilbury products (there is a selection of brands that Cult Beauty don’t allow discounts on) so I paid full price still, but for a high end foundation it’s not too badly priced. I found it very difficult to pick a shade and was deliberating for ages on which one to go for. I eventually went for Shade 3 and it’s not an awful match, but it’s not perfect either, I think one of the others may have been better but hey ho, I’ll make it work. I’ve used it a few times and I actually really like it! I’ll explain more in a more dedicated post.

Next, I’d been wanting to try a Zoeva eyeshadow palette for a long time. They have an amazing array of choice, but, trying to sensible I tried to think what I was lacking in terms of eyeshadow shades. I realised I had very few cool toned sort of shades, so I ended up going for the En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette (£18). It is such a gorgeous palette and I love the colours!

Lastly, I decided to go for a fancy hair product. I don’t very often invest in hair as I find makeup and skincare much more exciting, but Jen Atkin’s new brand ‘Ouai’ has been all over instagram and the blogosphere so I wanted to give a product a try! My hair is often pretty flat so I thought a texturising spray would be a good choice. I bought the Ouai Texturising Hair Spray (£22). It’s okay so far, but I’m not sure it’s going to live up to my expectations of its high price tag.

Love Nicole xxxx

A January Space NK Haul

As I also did last January (see what I got in 2016 here), I had a little spendy time on the Space NK website to spend some of my Christmas and Birthday money. This post is just to show you what I got really, but I’ll be sure to do some more detailed posts, with swatches, at a later date when I’ve had a proper play with the products.

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Firstly, try as I might I just could not resist the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light (£69). The palette is absolutely stunning and encased in gorgeous marble packaging. It was ridiculously expensive but I have tried one of Hourglass’ powders before (in the shade Diffused Light) and it was gorgeous and I had recently run out of it. So as well as a new setting powder I also get to try some of the ambient lighting blushes, a bronzer and a highlight. So far I am loving it.

Secondly, I had been wanting to try the Amaretto + Prosecco Pop duo of the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits (£32) for ages. I was really happy to see it was in stock when I was browsing the Space NK website so it was a must-buy! The packaging, again, is so pretty. It’s the same as their permanent Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlight packaging, however, it has gold casing – so gorgeous! The colour of the blush is lovely and I don’t own anything else like it.

Lastly, because it was on sale for about £24, I bought Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book Vol. 1.0 (£47). I thought it was a good opportunity to try a number of Kevyn Aucoin products as I’d never tried anything from the brand before, and particularly The Sculpting Powder which is a favourite of many. The pans are relatively small so using a big-ish brush can be difficult but I’ll make it work. The ‘book’ comes with some step by step guides which look very helpful and informative as I’m still definitely not a contouring expert.

As I said, I am sure I’ll do separate posts on each of these products in future to give my thoughts on them. Thankfully, so far though, I have no regrets!

Love Nicole xxxx