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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Some New Things #2

This post is sponsored in part by Mr Men (I know, right?)


A P P A R E L
This is a classic case of spending a long time looking for a great black t-shirt, and two coming along at the same time. The nasty woman tee was a redbubble purchase pretty soon after the US election results and I'm going to wear it with pride. Then I was in Primark after watching Fantastic Beasts and feeling pretty bloody magical so I couldn't stop myself picking up a Hogwarts Alumni tee, which I've forgotten to photograph, and walking merrily to the till.




P O P S
You know, it's a really good thing that I'm only collecting Harry Potter related pops because I now completely understand anyone who has a whole room in their home dedicated to their collection of these little plastic figures. Dobby in pop form is a little creepy but my collection wouldn't be complete without him. I also recently got Professor Snape, who I keep referring to as Snap after seeing this HP meme the other day and chuckling all afternoon. Finally, after I saw Fantastic Beasts earlier in the week, I immediately skipped to Forbidden Planet to buy Jacob because he. is. everything.


B O O K S
I was in TK MAXX a few weeks ago and when I'm there I always like browsing their book section because they tend to have quite an unusual selection. Amongst the typical selection of cookery books I came across a copy of The Shakespeare Book, which breaks down each play into easy to understand sections. Shamefully my knowledge of Shakespeare is very limited so I'm looking forward to expanding my Shakespearian horizons. Coriolanus is also on my MA reading list so I think I'll be grateful to my past self for purchasing this when that study block rolls around.

A Most Magical Girl has a truly beautiful cover and I'm hoping that the story inside is packed full of magic and adventures that will be perfect to read on a chilly afternoon at some point next month. I'm also looking forward to reading The Thornthwaite Betrayal, after I finally finish my essay, because it sounds like it's going to be a riot.


M I S C
During the same TK MAXX trip that brought The Shakespeare Book into my life I found a beautiful sun, moon and star wind chime, and I couldn't leave without it. Anything that looks like it could be found at the back of one of Albus Dumbledore's dusty cabinets completely embodies my aesthetic and I don't think it was more than £8 or so.


Growing up I absolutely adored the Mr Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves, which means that I immediately think that being able to buy personalised Mr Men things is pretty exciting. I was given the chance to choose a few items and I opted for three magnets and a Mr Bump tote bag because Mr Bump is my favourite Mr Man. I got a magnet each for Mark and myself, as well as one for my mum's dog Mister Bailey as Mr Nosy because he has the biggest pup nose we've ever seen. I'm so impressed with the quality of everything that I've since made another order for some pieces that are going to make excellent Christmas gifts!

B E A U T Y
After reading endless positive reviews of the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, it was only a matter of time before I finally got around to trying it for myself. The shade 'Extra Fair' is a pretty great match for me, the formula is nice and the coverage is pretty good. It's certainly a nice concealer that I will continue to use, but I'm not sure that I'm head over heels for it and it isn't the perfect replacement for my favourite Seventeen Stay Time Concealer.


My skin is in for a treat now that the Tropic Skin Care Super Greens Serum is part of my nightly routine. Tropic are a cruelty free and vegan brand, believing in pure ingredients and honest labelling. This serum in particular is packed full of nourishing oils to hydrate, calm and protect the skin. I've been using oils regularly in my nightly skincare routine for around a year now and this serum feels incredibly luxurious. They encourage you to massage the serum into your skin for at least a minute, which is beyond relaxing and the perfect way to end a busy day.




So, I have absolutely no idea how I ended up on the Urban Decay PR list, but two beautiful palettes arrived last week and I'm certainly very grateful. I don't buy a lot of make up anymore and I'm generally quite out of the beauty loop in many ways, so these were a lovely surprise. The Vice Lipstick Palette is a thing of beauty. I'm not yet sure whether I'm going to keep it for myself or give it to my boyfriend's mum, but either way it will get a lot of use and will be very well loved. Despite its beauty I already know that I won't use the Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette nearly enough to justify keeping it, so I'll be doing a little holiday giveaway sometime in early December and I hope it finds a home where it will be thoroughly enjoyed.

Have you bought any new things recently?

xo

29 comments:

  1. I adore those little Pop figurines!

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  2. Love the Snape pop and the wind chime! This past weekend I was in NYC, so I got some Christmas shopping done, but there's still much more to do :D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. I hope you had a wonderful time in NYC, it's so beautiful this time of year <3

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  3. The Jacob Kowalski pop!!! I just came back from finally watching the movie, he was definitely one of the highlights.

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  4. Those Mr Men books look so cool! xx

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  5. The Mr Men personalised gifts look brilliant - that could be perfect for the gaps I still have on my christmas list! Also, those Urban Decay eyeshadows are such beautiful colours - I don't even wear eyeshadow but they look so pretty. xx

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    1. They're such great quality, I've bought some as gifts too and I think they're going to bring a lot of smiles! <3

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  6. Those Mr Men personalised gifts look perfect for Christmas! I also love all the colours in the Urban Decay sets - what a brilliant rainbow of choice. xx

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  7. I love the wind chime and the book selection you chose. I think I would have picked those out too! Lovely to read about your new things . . .

    Best wishes to you -

    Keep Calm and start writing -
    www.23millymay25.blogspot.co.uk.

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  8. So many lovely new things - got my eye on that UD palette <3

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  9. Well I love this post! I adored Fantastic Beasts and yes, Jacob was amazing. The Karen Foxlees book looks beautiful, I'd love to hear what you think. My TKMaxx never seems to have many books in and now I'm sad! Those Urban Decay palettes are gorgeous, what a lovely surprise! ♥

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    1. Everyone's got a lot of love for Jacob, I think! <3

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  10. I saw Fantastic Beasts yesterday and really liked it! It wasn't life changing but it was really fun and I'm glad they stayed away from the original HP characters and only mentioned them in passing because it felt much less like a spin-off that way. Also I've never collected Pop Vinyls but they are definitely the kind of thing you have to limit your collection with or else you'll end up with hundreds!

    littlehenrylee.net

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    1. Yeah, with all these new additions I'm going into them as being totally separate from Harry Potter, as they're completely different things. I've always separated the HP movies from the books in my head and it kinda means I get to enjoy them all for what they are, rather than what they're not, if that makes sense? Oh totally, absolutely understand how 1 could turn into hundreds very quickly!

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  11. I love Pop we're all about collecting them at the moment

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

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  12. I'd never heard of pops before, they're so cute! I understand the obsession.

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    1. I haven't collected anything for a long time, but I must admit it's super nice to pick one up every now and again especially because I've been slowly decluttering other things and it's nice to be surrounded by some objects that don't serve any purpose other than to make you smile.

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  13. A Most Magical Girl has such a pretty cover! Also those palettes. Oooooooh my.

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  14. TJMaxx (the US version of TKMaxx) is a treasure trove! They have a lot of surprisingly really nice stuff. I found a copy of the new Love & Lemons cookbook there the other week. Pretty awesome that you got on the Urban Decay PR list. I'm with you, though, on not necessarily getting the full use out of these palettes. They look lovely, but are full of colors I don't wear as much now. Is this what getting old looks like?!?!

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    1. Ooh nice find! I think it might be, or perhaps at least simply finding a few things that we really love and being a little less experimental?!

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  15. That wind chime looks really magical! I might have to take a little look in TK Maxx sometime soon :) Gosh, that lipstick palette is truly stunning too! xxx

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