beauty · make up

Beauty Bay Haul! Feat sale!

Okay so I haven’t bought that much makeup this year and I saw that Beauty Bay were having a half price sale. I had to have a look of course!

This was also my first time using Beauty Bay and I will be buying from their site again for sure. My order arrived so quickly and well packaged. It even came with tracking and the shipping was free when you spend over €23!

Now I normally don’t buy from Jeffree Star but I do own a couple of his products. They had his skin frosts half price and even reduced his lipsticks. I picked up the skin frost in Regina George, which is a bright pink, that I’m hoping to use as an eyeshadow too. I use a lot of pink in my Lolita looks as I tend to wear a lot of pink makeup. I also picked up the lipstick in Baby Spice. Can you sense a theme? I do wear a lot of pink! I’m hoping to wear more cuter things and work on my makeup in the new year!

Now part of this haul that I’m super excited about are my first lip purchases from Sugarpill! I don’t own a lot from Sugarpill, just the palette Sparkle Baby, but I do love them and I’m super excited about these!

One of these were on sale, being the lipstick and the other wasn’t. I’ve been wanting to try their lquid lipsticks for such a long time! This is in the shade Trinkett!

The lipstick was on sale and it’s in the shade Girl Crush (love that name!). Again another pink! Whoops!

The packaging is so damn beautiful! I’m 100 per cent adding more Sugarpill to my life in 2018!

I’ll be posting some swatches over on my instagram stories tomorrow!

fashion · Lifestyle

GirlyPopBows Pins!

I’ve been wanting to collect pins for a long time and recently I finally decided to start collecting them! They are super cute and see them all the time on instagram.

I discovered this brand on instagram through another Lolita. The pins were super cute but the shipping was quite expensive since they were an American brand. However the owner messaged me mentioning she did a cheaper version! I was so happy and since they were having a sale I decided to go ahead and order two pins!

The shop is called GirlyPopBows.

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The pins are of the White Rabbit from Alice and Wonderland with his pocketwatch and a pink Sweet Lolita dress.

I’m really excited to wear these with my Lolita coords, I’m hoping to do an Alice inspired one next year!

I can’t wait to buy more pins! I have two on the way in the main from Sad Ghost Club that I’m looking forward to!

I’d love to know what brands you like for your pins! Any favourite shops? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

books

Book Haul (featuring one of my most anticipated reads in almost 20 years!)

Yes you didn’t read that wrong. In. Almost. 20. Years.

I grew up watching a show called Cardcaptors (Cardcaptor Sakura) and would wake up every Saturday for 7am to watch new episodes on tv. I was so excited about it. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I truly discovered what it was, anime. I didn’t read the manga till later on as it wasn’t easy to find at the time. But when I did get it, once Kodansha re-released it in a beautiful omnibus format, I fell in love with Sakura and her friends again. Now so long after watching the show and even reading it, Clamp have written a sequel series! I was so happy! There’s also an anime being released next month and will be streamed on Crunchyroll! I can’t wait!

Here is the first volume of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card. I always try to support series that I love, which is why I do buy single issues. I never read manga online, it’s not only not great to read online (at least for me) but it’s also better to buy and support the writers and the artists of something you love. I saw that people were postings scans from the magazine in Japan that were publishing the chapters and translating them but I didn’t see the point in reading them. I like to wait for the volumes to come out and read them when I buy them.

Another series that I’m in love with and always try to buy is Princess Jellyfish! I was so happy back when they announced that they were releasing this in English (after Japanese it was also released in Italian and French). I adored the anime and even bought it on DVD which I don’t do often due to the cost. The manga just recently finished in Japan so I can’t wait to have the complete series!

This is volume 7 (it’s an omnibus with 2 volumes) .

Next up is the newest volume of Lumberjanes! A series set at camp about girl scouts who end up in magical situations. I’m so in love with this series and I love that it actually has great representation of POC and the LGBT community. I can’t wait to read this! Highly recommended by me! I adore the art too!

The next volume is Attack on Titan. This is another great series, though I’ve fallen behind in reading it so I’m looking forward to catching up. I also really recommend the anime if you haven’t seen it!

So Food Wars is another manga series that I’m a huge fan of! I always try to buy it close after it comes out online. It’s such a good series! I really recommend the anime! It’s a very intense cooking anime and manga, the food looks so good too. The Fine Bros actually did a challenge on their YouTube channel involving the food from this anime so I’d go watch it if you’re interested in seeing what the food looks like in real life. There are also people who recreate the dishes online!

And finally that’s my haul! It took about a week for me to get everything after it was all shipped out! Got the last part today! I’m so excited to get a lot of reading done before the year ends!

beauty · Lifestyle · make up

Asos Haul: Feat Paperchase, Anna Sui, Barry M

I am very excited to share this small haul with you! I recently did a small order on Asos mostly due to one particular item. I have fallen in love with flamingo themed things lately and a while back I bought a mug by Paperchase. It was so damn cute. I was browsing through Asos when I came across the cutest thing.

A flamingo teapot!

Not just any flamingo teapot by the way, a Paperchase flamingo teapot, one that matches the mug that I already had! It was fate! I had to get it. And it’s even better in real life!

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It’s so damn cute! I can’t wait to use it to make a nice pot of tea! It might give me an excuse to invite friends over once I’m done organising my room.

Here it is with my matching mug!

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I also picked up this really cute compact case by Anna Sui. It was way too cute to pass up on. It comes with a small puff for powder and it’s going to be perfect for bringing to meetups!

They had some cute Barry M makeup too so I got this cute highlighter for myself and two small things for my sister. It’s such a cute highlight and I can’t wait to wear it.

My mum also picked up some cute macarons for me recently and I had to include them in a photo with the teapot and mug!

 

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Meraki Candles Haul: Part 2

I had to do another order when Meraki Candles put up a buy one get one half price offer and it  included a candle I really wanted that had sold out, Draco (Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter who also happens to be one of my favourite characters!). I also picked up Reading by the Fireside which I’m really looking forward to lighting during Christmas.

Draco is described as smelling of chocolate and peppermint while Reading by the fire is described as smelling of white chocolate cookies.

I was really excited to try the Draco candle and I’m so happy with how it smells in real life. I’m a huge fan of mint chocolate and this smells heavenly! Reading by the fire is one I am looking forward to burning while literally reading by the fire. It smells sweet and reminds me of when I bake cookies. I’m very happy with both of these!

I will be burning these over the holidays so keep an eye out on my instagram for posts about how well they burn. I’m really excited!

I’m pretty obsessed with bookish merchandise in case you couldn’t tell! What are some of your favourite types of bookish merch that you’ve bought or even have in your wishlist?

I also love mugs, bookmarks and Funko Pops!

 

beauty

eBay haul: TonyMoly Pokemon, Etude House and more!

I love Asian skincare and beauty, and also been in love with the collaboration between TonyMoly and Pokemon. It’s so cute! So I got a couple of things from that line!

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I first got some of the hand cream from the line. One of them was Jigglypuff (they have the Japanese names of them on the packaging!) and it’s a peach scent. I also had to get the Eevee one (Eevee is my favourite Pokemon by the way!) and it’s described as a powder scent.

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They have quite a few in the line including Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Togepi, Snorlax and the two I got Jigglypuff and Eevee. They all have different scents.

I also picked up the Jigglypuff face powder which seems like a thin powder to help blot. My skin is combination so having something that helps blot the oil without sticking to dry patches is a must! I can’t wait to give this a go and hope it helps. They had two shades from the seller I got this from and the one I got is called cotton vanilla.

 

One of my favourite skincare items from Asia has to be sheet masks. I’m in love! So I bought the TonyMoly lemon one for brightening! I’m a sucker for any product that helps to brighten my skin. I’m trying to drink more water too to help as it can be quite dull.

I love the trend of gradient lips using lip tints so I ordered this really cute Rilakkuma one!

I have two things by Etude House, a pair of eyelashes and an eyebrow razor. I’ve been interested in getting better lashes and trying out this cute eyebrow razor. I want to try and shape up my eyebrows a bit better. I’m going to wear these lashes with the bottom pair, which I’ve never tried before. But it looks so good in Lolita fashion so I’ll be wearing them at my next meet!

 

So do any of you use Asian skincare or beauty products? I’m always looking for recommendations!

books · toys

Forbidden Planet Dublin Haul!

I was up in Dublin recently and of course had to make my stop at Forbidden Planet. They’ve had a lot of work done to the store and it’s looking great! Highly recommend that you check it out if haven’t!

I love going to comic book stores! I don’t get the chance to do it as often as I’d like since I live primarily in the South and we really don’t have any (Cork does but Tipperary and Limerick are where I am and we don’t). I also much prefer buying comics and merchandise when I can in comic book stores over book stores when I can afford to. My favourite stores that I’ve been to so far are Forbidden Planet in Dublin (the Belfast store wasn’t quite the same) and of course The Big Bang in Dundrum. I do really need to make another visit there at some point. They are so lovely and if I lived in Dublin I would go so often.

On with the haul!

I do like picking up manga when I’m in Forbidden Planet since they do a 3 for 2 all year round making it just as cheap as when I order online. I collect a lot of manga so I’m always happy to get it at a cheaper price.

The volumes that I picked up were Honey so Sweet volume 7 and 8 along with a new Black Butler volume (24). I was so happy to see Honey so Sweet as it finished just about 2 months ago in English at 8 volumes. It’s such a cute and adorable series. It’s also so nice to buy a series that doesn’t go on and on (looking at you forever Naruto). Funnily enough I posted about this on twitter recently and got given out to for mentioning it finished at that volume, even though it’s been finished in Japan for about 2 years now!

The art was one of the main reasons I picked up this series in the first place. It’s one I really recommend and I can’t wait to finish reading this over the holidays!

I picked up volume 24 of Black Butler too, a series I need to catch up on reading soon. I adore this manga though. The art is so beautiful (can you tell I’m a sucker for art?) and the story line changes up keeping it interesting with different arcs. I do recommend you check this out and the anime is quite good. The Atlantic arc just came out as a movie and I loved it!

I was so excited when I found this next item! Funko released a new wave of Disney Princess pops and finally released a new Aurora! (Still want a Briar Rose one!). I missed out on the original (and still regret not picking it up when I randomly found her in a store in Dublin) and she costs too much second hand so I was delighted when Funko brought out a new one! I’m just hoping I can find the chase version of her in the blue dress as she’s mostly marketed in the pink. They’ve also released a Merida, Snow White and Mulan in this line. I’m really hoping to get Snow White at some point!