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Favourite Purchases from 2016

November 25, 2016

With all the craziness of Black Friday deals, rather than linking you to a bunch of websites, I thought it might be more helpful to share my personal recommendations from the past few months, maybe even this year. I’m sure you’ve seen these favourites on my Snapchat or Instagram repeatedly, and while some of them might be new, they’ve definitely made it on to the “fave purchases” list.
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My Rebecca Minkoff Jules satchel and Dolce Vita over the knee boots have now become a winter staple, I love pairing them with cosy sweaters or a leather jacket for a more edgy look. The boots fit my wide calves perfectly!  You can get them for 15% off with code GOBIG16 on Shopbop.

Lovesick is a brand I was completely unaware of but I was hooked by their trendy boho style- think Forever 21 Plus but better quality. The 13-year-old girl in me had to have this No Doubt t-shirt and I also bought a floral boho dress. They currently have a 40% off sale and I scored a sequin bomber I have been stalking for a while.

River Island’s plus size range has been such a win for me! Great quality and fit, and I absolutely love that it’s an extension of their regular sizes. How cool is it to see something in store and know they stock it in your size for sure? The bardot dress I’m wearing here is currently on sale and you can get 20% off on their website with code BFRIDAY16

My Patricia Chang rose gold mouse bag has become my everyday bag ever since it landed on my doorstep. It’s the perfect size to fit all my necessities and adds a little cuteness to even my most boring  outfits.  Her designs are super fun and cute, I am secretly lusting over the croissant bag! You can also get 15% off her bags with code GOBIG16 on Shopbop.

This See by Chloe bucket bag might actually be my favourite purchase from 2016, which is funny since I initially considered sending it back because it seemed a little boring in person (not everything needs ears, Luanne). It compliments all of my boho outfits perfectly but also looks great with jeans and a tee. The quality is fantastic- I literally throw this bag around but it still looks brand new and it’s a bit of a black hole bag, it can stock a whole outfit change without anybody ever knowing. It’s on sale for half the price on Very Exclusive.

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While I usually buy most of my shoes from Asos, I did splurge a bit this year. These Asos pom pom mules were a recent purchase but I have been living in them. They are basically Christmas on my feet and I love them! My MIISTA star boots (similar) were a pricey purchase but they are worth every penny- great quality and they look more bad ass in person. The River Island silver boots were also recently purchased only because they were sold out everywhere. I consider metallics a neutral and these work perfectly with jeans and skirts, they’re also very comfortable. Get these shoes for 20% off with code GOGOGO on ASOS. 

These Minna Parikka leather bunny sneakers were too cute to resist, they are super comfortable and amp up the most basic outfits. You can save some $s off the price tag with code GOBIG16 on Shopbop.

You may have noticed these Boohoo mules on my Instagram, I literally wear them everywhere because they’re comfortable and still qualify as heels. I have been hovering over the blue pair because honestly, shouldn’t the buy it in every color rule work here? They’re so comfortable. Get 50% off on Boohoo.com with code FRIYAY50.

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I had to include a few beauty faves because I tried out so many new brands and products this year.

At first, I thought Spectrum brushes were a bit gimmicky- there’s no way they could look so cute and still be good quality. Turns out I was wrong, they’re soft, have survived numerous washes, no shedding and they’re cruelty-free. Highly recommend!

If you follow me on snapchat, you know I love Colourpop and have a whole drawer of their liquid lipsticks. They have free international shipping until December and 20% off their liquid lipsticks with code BLACKFRIDAY. But, I need to tell you about Dose of Colors because their shade range just gets me. They’re also a lot more comfortable on the lips, and while they do rub off during a meal, they’re super easy to reapply, no crumbling or streaky messes. Get 20% off their site with code BLACKFRIDAY.

I was introduced to Merumaya skincare a year ago, and I’m happy to say I still LOVE them. Their products feel luxurious without the eyebrow-raising price tag, I love the scent and they actually work. I’m quite fussy about skincare because I need to feel or see some kind of immediate reaction to consistently continue using a product,  terrible I know but I have a short attention span. Anyway, my skin can not live without their Iconic Youth Serum, I feel the difference in my skin when I skip this product, it plumps up my skin and my face feels balanced and hydrated. I also highly recommend the Merumaya Everything Everywhere Beauty oil, not only has it improved my skin but my lashes and eyebrows seem thicker too. I also like to add this oil to a really thick foundation, it helps to thin it out and blend better without making my skin greasy. Merumaya currently has a 3 for 2 Black Friday deal.

This next product was a Hey Clare recommendation (my fave YouTuber btw) and it’s now my favourite foundation. Don’t let the name deceive you, the Jouer Matte Moisture tint has medium coverage that is buildable and while it doesn’t last long on a humid day, it’s my go to everyday foundation because of how lightweight it feels no matter how much I layer it. I always get compliments on my skin when I wear this foundation, it’s fake good skin in a tube and I can’t live without it! Get 25% off the Jouer website with code FRIDAY.

And finally, if you have textured skin (thanks hormonal acne) and hyperpigmentation (thanks PCOS) like I do, I absolutely love Elemis’s Tri- Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask. This does a great job of brightening my skin and reducing the texture, definitely worth the price tag. The Alpha- H Liquid Gold was also a Hey Clare enabled purchase and I have been using it for the past three months. I’ve noticed a significant improvement in the texture of my skin, and it has brightened and evened out my complexion. I also think it’s doing a good job of making me look younger, I have been receiving a lot of compliments lately! I use these products with a hydrating serum like the Elemis Pro-Collagen serum, I immediately purchased this after I used a tester and woke up to super glowy and plumped up skin the next day. Elemis really can’t seem to do anything wrong. I purchased all three products from Look Fantastic, they always have discount codes so make sure you sign up for their newsletter.

Phew! This was a long one but I hope you enjoyed it and happy shopping 🙂

OOTD

90s Slip Dress + Patterned Bomber Jacket

November 20, 2016

I’m kind of knocking two trends at once in this outfit- the super trendy 90s slip dress with a tee underneath (it’s attached to the dress here) and a bomber jacket, which I’m sure is a fall staple by now. The dress is really comfortable and if you’re not too keen on body-con dresses, a bomber jacket is the perfect cover up. I think the embroidery detail and print on this one is quite unique, I love the little peek of gold thread!

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Dress and Bomber jacket from Evans / bag / sneakers / lipstick

*This post was sponsored by Evans Middle East but as usual, all thoughts are my own.