Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Essentials Haul | Fashion & Beauty

Hello! So the past few months I have been less than spendy, for numerous reasons. 1. It's coming up to Christmas. 2. I'm learning self restraint. 3. I'm pretty broke, which is pretty much the only reason one needs. But sometimes spending bans are futile, there will always be some things you just need to pick up - whether or not they seem essential to everyone. So here are the bits and pieces I've gathered over the past month or two, each as essential as the next one. 

Cafe de Bain Bath creme in Sweet Vanilla Madelene, Superdrug | Nail Polish remover, Superdrug | Dove go fresh deodorants, Boots | Sudocrem, Boots | Dr.Organic lip balm in pomegranate, Holland and Barrett

So I couldn't resist cracking into the bath creme. I was perusing the aisles of Superdrug (a store I don't tend to head for - I'm a Boots girl - but my High Street has a pokey little cupboard of a Boots so Superdrug is really the only drug store near me) and came across the Cafe de Bain range. I think it must be new as the entire range was on offer and good grief there are some wonderful smelling items! I went with the Vanilla Madelene which is as sweet and dreamy as it sounds, and produces a pretty good bubble or two! 
As a former employee of Holland and Barrett, I became obsessed with the Dr. Organic range. Quite a few products from the line have made their way into my skincare routine as they tend not to include sulphates (more on the story later) and this lip balm is wonderfully softening and soothing!

Xylitol sugar alternative and coconut oil, Holland and Barrett | Twinings Plum Earl Grey tea

If you have a sweet tooth like me, then a natural sugar substitute comes in handy. It has the same consistency as sugar so it's perfect in baking!
Coconut oil is just every thing. I tend not to use this coconut oil on my hair and skin (I use cosmetic grade oil as it's slightly cheaper as I tend to cover myself in it!) but this is the stuff I reserve for cooking and baking. Snap up a jar now, as it's on in Holland and Barrett for half price!
What can I say about this tea, other than it is Ahh-mazing. If you're an Earl Grey fan give this bad boy a try (would also make a lovely stocking filler for a tea fan!)

Cushion and Candle, Primark | Fragrance oils, eBay

Blackcurrant and Orchid

Italian leather, Properly Pear, Watermelon

Okay, so maybe these aren't essential. But in my opinion, what's a home if it isn't nice smelling and well accessorized? I got this little heart shaped pillow to add to the pillow collection that is slowly taking over my bed. And as you can see, I have completely obliterated the candle (which I must admit is burning as I type this, and probably as you read it). For a candle that was £3.50 it throws off an impressive scent and looks pretty too. I'm most definitely picking more of these up! 
As I may have mentioned, I'm obsessed with making my own candles and burning fragrance oils. Got these three little beauties to add to the collection (would you guys like to see a fragrance/essential oils collection?) Italian leather makes a great base note, and for making smells slightly more masculine - my favourite blend at the moment is leather, fig and tea tree. 

Clothes, Books, Make Up 
Crop Top, New Look sale

Okay, maybe this isn't essential but it was £4! And oh so Autumnal. 

The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan, Charity shop
I'm trying to read more McEwan, as his prose is always so beautiful and mesmerizing. And £1 in a charity shop? Say no more.

Make Up Revolution Lipstick in Dare, Polish in Adore and Girls on Film Eyeshadow Palette, Superdrug

Okay this is devolving into anything but essential but WHATEVER. I first saw the new Make Up Revolution line in Superdrug a couple of weeks ago, and resisted. Then I went back. The first thing that struck me was the very pretty packaging - something I feel a lot of low cost brands seem to forget about. Then of course I was lured by the price. £1 lipsticks? £6 eye shadow palettes? Sign me up. I plan on doing a full review on each of these items so look out for that soon!

What are your shopping essentials? 

Drea xo

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  1. I will definitely be picking up some coconut oil, I find it to be generally a little expensive but at half price I can't resist! And I would love to see an essential oils collection and how exactly you make your own candles and wax tarts and things if you do! I did try that once but was a bit unsuccessful haha.
    Also love the look of that tea, Earl Grey is delicious! I highly recommend Lady Grey which is similar, but more bright and zingy. x

    Kathryn from This Outlet

    1. Thanks - I'm writing up a post about essential oils basics! I love Lady Grey - really fresh and perfect for mornings! x

  2. I love coconut oil so much! It has so many amazing uses! Also that candle sounds amazing! I LOVE candles!

    XO, Erica

    1. Definitely check the Primark candles out - they're so good (and cheap!) x

  3. Such a good haul, especially the sudocream and coconut oil. Both of those are just lifesavers ha xx

    Laura | lauraslittleloves

    1. Haha yes what would we do without sudocrem! x

  4. I love coconut oil, it's so cheap but so good! Xx

  5. Also obsessed with coconut oil. I don't use it on my face, but I have been slathering it on my body and it makes my skin sooo smooth as well as smelling gorgeous. It's so healthy to cook with too so I always chuck some in my cakes and fry with it. xx

    1. Same here, I don't use it on my face but I love using it fresh out of the bath! x

  6. The bath cream sounds lovely! I'll have to get some coconut oil while it's half price, I've been meaning to buy some for ages! xx


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  8. Great haul! The crop is gorgeous, love the color. I love scented candles, my fav right now is salted caramel, smells heavenly. Lovely blog here btw! Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Please let me know on my blog so I can follow back. Thank you.

    1. Thank you - yum salted caramel candle sounds lovely! x

  9. Everyone has been raving about coconut oil! I'm curious, how and where do you use it?

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

    1. It's really great for using on your skin (as a moisturizer), hair (as a hair mask) and in cooking (baking and frying)! I'm putting together a natural oils post where I'll talk more about it! x

  10. I love trying out new year, plummy earl grey sounds lovely!

    Corinne x

  11. Nice haul!

    xo T.

  12. great haul!!! I'm totally eye-ing that bath creme!! :D

    Animated Confessions

  13. I know the pain of having to learn restraint and sticking to a budget all too well. Adulthood is for the birds!
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  14. I love hauls when you pick things up for almost every aspect of your life, it's so much more fun than just focusing on one category e.g. beauty or style. It feels like you've revamped everything around you, which I love! Great items.

    Meg at Meg Says

  15. Great haul! The bath crème looks fantastic. I've heard so many good things about coconut oil but I've still no idea how to use it! xx

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  16. Lovely items! The candle sounds gorgeous!

    Style Sunrise ☀


  17. I just wrote down the title of that book so I can check it out later, and I love getting coconut oil for the winter, it's super useful. Sugar substitutes are the best too.

    onacruz blog

  18. I love that top from New Look!! The colour is so nice!

  19. I need more makeup revolution stuff! So cheap and does the job !