HAUL | Summer 2018, Fashion

And now, the fashion portion of the haul! I have to confess… I’ve definitely purchased more items since I decided to do this haul. I do have a lot of traveling in the coming months, so hopefully, that makes it okay??

 

If you’re interested in what beauty products I got as part of this haul, check out my previous post here.

Abercrombie & Fitch

A&F is probably my most shopped store for clothing, especially after it re-branded itself a few years ago. I always pick up A&F stuff on sale, and it’s easy to do so because there are sales extremely often. If you sign up to be an A&F member, you also get plenty of exclusive discount codes and $10 rewards when you reach a certain spending threshold. It’s also super easy to place orders on the A&F site often, since A&F offers free pick-up in store.

Knot Front Dress in Black Stars ($23.20, originally $58): I had a dress years ago that had a similar shape to this, but it was cheaper and shorter. I loved it regardless, and wore it to death. When I saw this dress in the stars print, immediately I thought of that dress of mine from college. This one definitely feels like an upgrade. I love that it’s so versatile, and since I got it in the tall size, it’s long enough that with a cardigan, I could wear it to work as well. I’m thinking of bringing this with me on my business trip to wear on my time off.

Long-Sleeve Colorblock Tee in Light Blue ($11.52, originally $24): A great basic that’s not too basic. I love pairing this with medium wash mom jeans and the belt that I’ll be sharing next.

Athletic Belt in Navy Blue Stripe ($6.72, originally $14): I’m so glad these belts are in again, because I find these easier to wear than leather belts.

Scoopneck Tee in Off White ($11.52, originally $24): I’m in the process of building up my wardrobe again after clearing out things I don’t wear anymore, and this seemed like a good, quality basic that I can wear with plenty of different things.

Twist-Front Bodycon Dress in Black ($23.04, originally $48): I like getting dresses in the Tall size at A&F because otherwise I find them to be too short for normal wear. Unfortunately, this one was sold out in Tall, but I liked it so much that I got it anyways. It’s a really comfy, stretchy dress that’s easy to throw on and run out the door. Unfortunately, this seems to be sold out in Black now, and the other colors still have XL in stock.

Embroidered Mesh Lace Dress in Cream ($17.88, originally $68): I thought this would be a good dress for occasions that call for something nicer than the typical casual dress. I’ll probably wear it out the next time I go to a nice dinner.

High Rise Ankle Straight Jeans in Light Wash ($20.52, sold out 😦 ): A&F has plenty of denim offerings, but this one was different from the typical A&F denim. Rather than the usual stretchy denim, which I enjoy for skinny jeans, this pair had thicker denim, reminiscent of Levi’s. I love this pair of jeans. They’re high-waisted and hug my butt in a very flattering way. I’ve worn this once so far, paired with a graphic tee.

V-Neck Boyfriend Tee in White ($6.84, originally $18): I bought this because I needed to get my order total to $50 so I could use another discount code… but also because I realized I needed more basic white tees.

One-Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit in Navy Blue and Pink ($16.43, originally $48): I’ve been hunting for new swimwear for my trips to Taiwan and Australia later this year, and this one really called out to me. I haven’t picked this up from the store yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll love it just fine.

Short-Sleeve Button Up in White Check ($18.07, originally $44): I had actually been eyeing this for a while, but it had never been at a price point where I was willing to buy it, until most recently when I went onto the A&F site to look for swimsuits.

Madewell

Palisade Button-Front Midi Skirt in Indigo ($44.99, originally $98): I had been looking for a midi skirt for ages, so I was glad to see that this one was on sale at Madewell, another one of my favorite clothing stores. By the time I saw this on sale, there were only sizes 00 and 14 left. It was final sale, so I was hoping that the skirt ran big like most of Madewell’s clothing. Thankfully, it did, and the skirt fit me perfectly. I love this so much that I’ll probably find a way to wear it year round.

The Sari Crisscross Sandal in Warm Nutmeg ($69.99, originally $128): I’ve wanted these since I saw Madewell come out with them, so I’m glad I was browsing Madewell when they happened to be on sale.

Bandana in Hayfield ($5.59, originally $12.50): I’ve been getting more into bandanas lately, and this one in mustard yellow and red called out to me. I can imagine this looking great with just a plain white tee and denim.

Lo-Fi Shrunken Tee in Nona Stripe ($13.99, originally $32): Madewell tees are extremely comfortable, and this one is in such a cute stripe print.

J.Crew

I hadn’t been planning to purchase anything from J.Crew, but I was helping my boyfriend order stuff and just got sucked into the July 4th sales. Ebates also happened to be having a 10% off cashback for J.Crew, which only enabled me more to pick up these items.

Tortoise Hoop Earrings ($11.70, originally $19.50): I’ve been building up an earring collection, among other things, and I thought this would be a nice addition. I’ve come to realize that outside of gold earrings, I love tortoise shell or similar looking material for my earrings (see my post on Thrifty Thieves earrings).

Long-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt in Slub Cotton in White ($9.99, originally $29.50): J.Crew, like Madewell, makes amazing basics, and I highly recommend picking some up when they’re on sale.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters had 20% off your whole purchase a while back, and I didn’t limit my haul here to beauty.

Out From Under Seamless Back Bra in Black ($10, originally $16): I love this. It’s not often that I’ll find a bralette, especially a spaghetti -strapped one, that looks good and fits well on my small frame/large chest combination. It’s also the rare bralette that I don’t mind wearing as a top. I’ve paired this with some black high-waisted linen pants, and I can see myself wearing an outfit like this in LA or for dinner by the beach. This also comes in red and white, neither of which I’m really keen on wearing for this top, so I hope they come out with more colors soon.

Out From Under Markie Seamless Ribbed Bra in Medium Orange ($10, originally $16): I love this even more than the previous bra, because the straps are slightly thicker, and the shape is slightly more flattering on my body type. I also like wearing this as a top, especially paired with medium-wash high-waisted jeans. The medium orange is basically an awesome rust color, and I plan on picking up more colors in the future.

UO Wrap Midi Slip Dress ($23.99, originally $69): I’ve come to realize wrap dresses are one of the more flattering dress forms on me, so I tend to go for these types of dresses nowadays. I thought this one was cute, with its blue floral print contrasted with the black of the dress and the slightly asymmetrical hemline. Unfortunately, this is sold out on the site.

UO Wind Song Wide-Leg Pant ($23.99, originally $69): I loved this as soon as I saw it online, but I was a bit hesitant to purchase it at first because it was definitely out of my comfort zone. I’ve only started wearing wide-legged pants in the last year, and I definitely haven’t worn any rainbow colored pants before. I’m glad I got these though, because they are extremely comfortable and look great with a white tee and some sandals. The material is super thin, so it’s great for warm weather, and I see myself bringing these with me to Taiwan.

Princess Polly

I.AM.GIA Pixie Jacket ($68.55, originally $85.68): This isn’t really summer fashion, but I bought this last month when the Youtuber Amy Vagabond had a 20% off discount code, and I have been eyeing this teddy jacket for ages. I won’t deny that I got sucked into buying this because of all the Instagrammers that I’ve seen wearing it, but I’m so glad I did, because it’s so cute. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this when it’s colder too, since it keeps me pretty warm. Believe it or not, I’ve already worn this once – it got a bit chilly last week up here in the Bay Area, so I wore it out to a concert.

Indigo Vintage

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I’ve recently been inspired to do some thrifting by various Instagrammers and Youtubers that I follow. Not only is thrifting great for the environment, it’s also a great way to find unique pieces.

However, to be honest, I don’t always have the patience to dig through racks and racks of clothes. Thankfully, I discovered this amazing vintage store near Berkeley campus, Indigo Vintage, which has since become one of my favorite stores ever.

The store is a curated boutique – there are little sections with pieces from different online vintage stores and local makers. I’ve gone a few times, and I’ve since purchased rust orange linen blend pants (vintage), the silk scarf pictured above (vintage), a fanny pack (vintage), and two pairs of earrings pictured above, one from Moonwalker Things and one from Prism Jewels.

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HAUL | Summer 2018, Beauty

So… I went a little apeshit shopping the last couple of months, and now that all of the stuff has arrived and my shopping urge has calmed down, I figured it was time to share what I got.

Since I really went a little crazy with my shopping, I dreaded posted this up for the longest time, just because listing everything seemed so daunting. I’ve since tried a few of these products though, so I’ll be able to share my thoughts on some of them.

I’ll be splitting this haul into two parts – part one will be the beauty portion, and part two will be fashion.

Glossier

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This haul was motivated by my upcoming business trip. I will be interacting with clients, so I wanted to get a complexion product that did more than a tinted moisturizer, but wasn’t a full coverage foundation like my Hourglass stick foundation. I won’t say much about these products, because I’ll be writing reviews on all of them after I’ve used them a few times.

Skin Tint in Medium (1 oz, $26)

Cloud Paint Duo in Beam and Storm (0.33 oz, $18 each or 2 for $30)

Lash Slick (0.29 oz, $16)

 

Colourpop

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I’ve been really inspired to step outside of my comfort zone recently with eye makeup looks, so when I got a 20% off discount code for Colourpop last month, I figured it’d be a good opportunity to pick up a bunch of goodies to try out.

  • Super Shock Shadows (0.074 oz, $5): Super Shock shadows are some of my favorite eyeshadows, but I had always stayed with the more typical neutral shades. This time, I only purchased colors out of my usual.
  • Pressed Power Shadows (0.053 oz, $5 with compact, $4 without):
    • Glass Bull (duochrome lavender icy-blue)
    • Backstage (matte cobalt)
    • I also got the On the Daily Palette (4 x 0.053 oz, $12), which includes the four shades You Know the Drill (metallic light bronze), B-Side (matte warm nude), Optional (matte mid-tone brown), and Paper Crane (true vibrant bronze). I’m planning on passing on my Tartelette in Bloom palette because I only use maybe three or four shades from that twelve-shade palette, and someone else will probably get more use out of it. This mini palette will be great for travel and means I’ll actually be getting use out of every shade.
  • Supernova Shadow in Lucky Penny (0.17 oz, $6): I’ve only used this twice, but I love it. I’ve been wanting a liquid eyeshadow for a while, and I’m glad this is the first one I decided to try. The site describes Lucky Penny as a silver with a teal flip, but I would say that it’s more of a silvery white sheen with a baby blue.

e.l.f.

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e.l.f. products are already ridiculously cheap, so when there was a sale on the site, I couldn’t resist picking up a whole bunch of items.

Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow ($1.60, originally $4) in Rose Gold: I’ve only used this twice, but I’ve really enjoyed it. On my skintone, there’s not much pigment to this shadow, but it leaves a beautiful rose-gold sheen on my lids.

Beautifully Bare Highlighting Stick ($4) in Fresh Morning Dew: I just tried this for the first time today, and I LOVE IT. This shade is described as a “clear, shimmer-free balm” that gives a dewy glow, and I think that that is exactly what this is. It’s great for super light makeup days, but I also want to try layering this over cream or powder highlights. I also want to give the other shades a try, because the formula is quite nice as well.

Best Friend Eyeshadow Duo ($1.20, originally $3) in Soul Mate and Peach Squad: I haven’t used either of these yet, but I thought they would be nice to have on hand for simple looks. I’m thinking of taking one or both of these with me when I go on a business trip to the UK in a little over a week. Soul Mate includes a shimmery silver and a matte navy/purple, and Peach Squad includes a shimmery gold and matte peachy nude.

No Budge Shadow Stick ($1.60, originally $4) in Blue Steel: I already have one of these in Perfect Pearl, and I like it a lot for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes. I’ve recently been inspired to do more cool-toned eye looks, so I thought I could pick up this blue/grey color.

Tinted Shape & Stay Wax Pencil ($1.20, originally $3) in Dark Brown: I’ve found that I don’t care too much about using the typical brow pencil on my brows, so I thought I’d give this one a try.

Mineral Infused Mascara ($3): I haven’t found a drugstore mascara I love yet, so I figured I’d give this a try, especially since it’s at such an affordable price point.

Lip Balm Tint ($0.80, originally $2) in Berry: I’m a sucker for lip tints, tinted lip balms, in the like, and this was only 80 cents when I purchased it.

Gotta Glow Lip Tint ($6) in Perfect Berry: I redeemed 150 of my points for this. It got decent reviews, and once again, I’m a sucker for lip tints.

Beautifully Precise Blending Eye Brush ($2, originally $5): I’ve heard good things about this line of brushes from e.l.f., and I always feel like I could do with more eye brushes.

Cream Blush Palette ($2.40, originally $6) in Soft: I love cream blushes, and I’ve heard Amy Serrano on Youtube talk favorably about this palette, so I grabbed it while it was at such a steep discount. This will be a good one to bring around while I’m traveling, since it’s pretty compact and is pretty versatile with its four different shades.

Matte Lip Color ($3) in Natural and Wine: I haven’t worn either of these yet, but I thought they could be dupes for the NARS or Laura Mercier lip crayons. I actually purchased two of the Natural one by accident and got another in the gift with purchase, so I’ll be donating one and giving the other to my sister.

Contour Palette in Dark/Deep ($6): I got this as part of the gift with purchase for spending $25. I have no need for a powdered bronzing/contour palette, so I will be passing this on to someone else.

Bronzing Brush ($2): This was also part of the gift with purchase.

CVS

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Beauty 360 Premium Cotton Rounds (80 ct, $3.79): I think I got these when there was a 2 for $7 deal. I like these, and I think they’re comparable to the Glossier ones, which are slightly pricier at 60 ct for $4. Overall though, I think I still like using the Daiso ones the best, because they’re the most affordable.

Beauty 360 All In One Micellar Cleansing Water (13.5 fl oz, $6.99): I also got this when there was a deal, though I forget the exact discount. Regardless, at $6.99 it’s cheaper than the Garnier one, which is priced at $9.59 for the same size. Also, Beauty 360, which is CVS’s own brand, is cruelty-free. I’ll report back on whether this is good.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Serum (1.05 oz, $14.99): Glycolic acid works great with my skin, so I wanted to give this a try.

Lumene Arctic Lumenessence Valo Light Glow Boost Essence (1 oz, $25.99): I’ve seen a Youtuber or two talk about this brand, so I wanted to check them out. I’ve been wanting to compare different vitamin C products as well, hence the decision to get this product.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Deep Bronzer ($16.29): I bought this because everyone and their mom raves about it, and thought my collection was finally at a place where I could get a new bronzer to use.

Also, CVS shopping tip: There are always discounts/coupons/sales at CVS. Unless it’s an emergency product, you can always wait for some type of discount. Although I listed the original prices for these products, I didn’t buy any of them at the original price.

Marshall’s

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You can always score at Marshall’s. I always make it a point to stop by the beauty section if I’m going to Marshall’s. I scored some Alba Botanica and Acure products this time around, which I’ve seen at multiple stores, including Whole Foods and Target.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Warming Clay Cleaner (6 fl oz, $6.99, originally $9.49)

Acure Organics The Essentials Marula Oil (1 oz, 6.99, originally $15.99): I’ve been eyeing this for a while because I’ve been looking for an affordable marula oil that’s not from The Ordinary, and when I saw it at Marshall’s for such a discount I grabbed it without a second thought.

Acure Organics Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub (4 fl oz, $5.99, originally $9.99)

Urban Outfitters

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Urban Outfitters had 20% off your whole purchase a while back, which was the only reason I placed this order.

Gisou Honey-Infused Hair Oil (3.4 fl oz, $90): I got interested in this oil after seeing Amy Serrano review it on Youtube. I was never going to pay full price for this hair oil, so I took advantage of the 20% off to purchase it. I have yet to use it since I still have another hair oil that I want to use up first, but you’ll definitely see a dedicated review on this. A $90 hair oil definitely deserves its own review…

Pixi Glow Mist (2.7 fl oz, $15): I’ve been wanting to try this since I’ve heard it’s a dupe for the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (1.35 oz, $48), which I love but is a ridiculously pricey for what it is. I will report back after I’ve tried this.

Frank Body Cherry Bomb Lip + Cheek Tint ($0.51 oz, 12): I’ve wanted to try Frank Body for a while, and the sale was a good opportunity for me to order something to try.

The Detox Market + The Nature of Beauty

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As I am transitioning to cruelty-free beauty, I’ve gotten curious about certain brands that I never really thought to try before. I didn’t want to commit to any full-size purchases either since I still had some to use up first. I then stumbled upon sample programs at The Detox Market and The Nature of Beauty and thus decided to pick up samples from both stores.

The Detox Market allows you to pick samples from pretty much the whole website. Rather than have a list of select samples, it offers sample sizes of most, if not all, of its products throughout the site. You can pick four samples for $7.99 plus shipping, and I picked:

  1. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Joyful ($56): I’ve tried this once already, and I quite enjoyed it. It had pretty good staying power, but I’ll have to try it again to form a full opinion on it.
  2. Kjaer Weis Highlighter in Ravishing ($56): I tried this at the same time I tried the blush and will also need to try it again to form a full opinion on it.
  3. May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (1.69 oz, $180): I’ve heard great things about this product, but it’s so ridiculously expensive that I’ve never had much interest in trying it until now.
  4. Vinter’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum (1 oz, $185): Same thoughts as the Blue Cocoon.

The Nature of Beauty had more of the standard sample program, where you can choose from a list of select samples. You can choose 5 samples for $1 each and shipping. I chose all RMS samples, including:

  1. Lip2Cheek in Beloved ($36)
  2. Lip2Cheek in Smile ($36)
  3. Cream Eye Shadow in Solar ($28)
  4. Cream Eye Shadow in Seduce ($28)
  5. UN” Cover-Up in 22 ($36)

 

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