Sale Fail

I haven't bought anything in the sales. I might have gone in to a shop with the intention to search the racks for bargains but I always, always get lured into the "New Arrivals" section. I rarely seem to go shopping when I am feeling patient so the promise of shiny fresh pieces, presented in an organised way is just too tempting.

Several purchases have been made over the last 2 weeks. Let's start with the top below - a blatant Zadig & Voltaire rip-off by Zara. The deep-cut neckline and gauzey layer takes away from the perceived harshness of a big skull on my chest. I love it and slobbed about in it all weekend - all I needed was a pair of jeans and some trainers. Lovely, lazy days...



Top: Zara - Link!
Jeans: Topshop
Trainers (or sneakers if you prefer): Miu Miu - I LOVE these....even if they leave little glitter particles all over my floor and rub the back of my left heel....I don't care.
Bag: Celine
Sunglasses: House of Harlow

Shortly after these pictures were taken I went to Forever 21 and had massive non-sale success.  I haven't had a lot of luck in there lately but the stock was packed with so many amazing work-style blouses that looked suspiciously like last season Zara. Everyone copies everyone...

For a sneak preview I got this shirt in black and white - Link! - and this one - Link! The quality seems good and the studded high-low top in white will be worn to work tomorrow - I am not ashamed to admit that I am excited about this and it will probably amount to the highlight of my day! :)

One other thing I have been doing this weekend is organising the makeup. Gathering all my foundations in one place convinced me that I need to commence some sort of mini Project 10 Pan...I at least need to get rid of some of this stuff before I commit to buying the likes of that Chanel CC cream I like the sound of.



On current rotation then is a combination of Estee Lauder's Double Wear (in Pebble...far too dark on it's own) and Illamasqua Skin Base (in 10 and just about right).



I mix them together, something I love doing with foundations because the strengths of each product seem to come through. In this case you get a long-lasting, full coverage face. The only way I have found to keep it looking natural is to prime with something seriously emollient first - enter Embryolisse.

I found out soon after I bought this that it's not an efficient moisturiser for the skin but it's perfect for creating a dewy effect - even with something as polyfilla-esque as Double Wear. After a few days of this combination I have to say that I love it. It's a much heavier coverage than I am used to but every now and then I love to wear a full face of slap :)

So that's my update....have you had any sales success?

103 comments:

  1. Casual-Chic, Love it!!!

    http://jezzdallasmakeup.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Tabitha. I absolutely recommend Celine bags and if I had the money would buy one in every colour :)

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    2. Hi Laura! I have been looking for that bag, in that colour - I need it in my life. Did you get yours in the UK?
      I'm sorry to highjack the comment space on another matter .. You were the first blog I followed and now, I've just started my own. I know you're fashionably busy but if you get the chance, please have a quick look and let me know what you think...x
      http://missionstyleuk@gmail.com

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  3. I recently picked up a rose gold marc jacobs pouch at target in the US. It was marked down to 70%, can't beat that! :)

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    1. That's a great deal! I think I saw that pouch in a YT video....so pretty but then rose gold always wins :)

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  4. Nope, just like you I go right to the new stuff!

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    1. I like to think its because I am a decisive shopper but I am too lazy to sift through the sales racks - especially in Zara...that place is such a mess during the sales!

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  5. Might have picked up a few bargains online ;) tough was too ill to leave the house. this is probably a good thing!! Love the glittery shoes... everyone needs glitter..... and shoes... so why not combine the two things! xx

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    1. Online shopping is the way to go - there was nothing that really caught my eye...well, except Mulberry bags :)

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  6. I've picked up a few bits but nothing to excited. There really isn't much in the shops sadly :/ x

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    1. I have found that too - not much kicking about that I actually want...other than the usual handbags/shoes etc...that are too expensive and I should just not buy! :)

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    1. Thanks so much. Despite the left heel pain and the glitter particles I have had to vaccum up....I love them :)

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  8. You think thats a lot of foundations? I have 27 :( and yes I am hanging my head in shame :(
    Charli @ Charli-dot-dot-dot.blogspot.com
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    1. This has made me feel so much better, I have 9 and I though that was naughty... Xx

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    2. Charli! You win! :) That is some serious foundation loving but I understand....foundation can be an addictive purchase :) What;s your favourite one?

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  9. I have been pretty good with sales until I hit up Victoria Secret today, then everything went to hell
    I love the sneakers, they are adorable

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    1. I did the same - but before the sale. Duh! I like their workout/slobbing about clothes the most....got some good stuff in there :)

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  10. I always get lured to the New Section as well. The sales racks never have my size or the colour I want lol. Love the sneakers!

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  11. Totes agree- full slap, bit of glitter... Nothing better! Zara and Topshop sales have served me a little too well ;-) x

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    1. Oooh is there a haul video? Will have to go to your channel for a nosy.

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  12. Cute runners :) I miss shoppin for clothes ( currently preggers) but the upside is the extra cash in the bank :) happy belated new year !

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    1. Think of the push present Mehreen :) Oh and the beautiful baby :)

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  13. I've kept my resolution not to spend that much money on things I don't really need and things I'll only temporary like. That's why I haven't bought that much in the sales, just some beauty products from Rituals, a top and a dress ~ I did a haul about it haha. I really like your sweater, looks super comfy and pretty! I also just fell in love with your bag, it's amazing omg!

    Love the pictures :) Great post!
    xx

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    1. Thanks Valerie. I have never tried Rituals but I see the shops in the UK sometimes and also lots of bloggers have talked about them. I need to have a look at your post!

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    1. ah thanks Zoe. They drop glitter everywhere and I am vacuuming it up constantly but hoping thats just a process of wearing them in. Either way they make me feel amazing and happy :)

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  15. Unfortunately no sale success for me... :(
    My mum finally realized that she needed to me on a budget, haha :P
    I saw this Zara top on thursday. Loooove it! Want it! Can't have it.. Screw budgets!

    I was thinking of starting project 10 pan too, need get rid of few things.

    xx

    thebeautyresidence.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes let's Project 10 Pan. At least on one thing like foundations. I am pretty good about everything else these days and don't buy that much makeup but somehow have like 10 bottles of this stuff waiting to be used up.

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  16. Oh my, them trainers!!! They are GORGEOUS! You're not alone, the sales always fail to impress me too x

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    1. Bring on the Spring/Summer collections :)

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  17. love the shoes!

    http://therawrdrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. So clearly i have to have that hi-lo top! Im exactly the same in that i fully intend to go sale shoping and i just walk out with all 'new ins'. Loving the skull top btw

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    1. They do it in another colour as well :) Love it!

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  19. I love sweatshirts with a layer of gauzeyness!

    Other than the Madewell cardigan I managed to get for like $30, I'm all about the new arrivals as well! Although I have swindled a few pairs of J Crew jeans for pretty cheap :)

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    1. Me too - I love the contrast between the fabrics.

      I get jealous when people talk about J Crew.....i need to check out their website :)

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  20. lovely look

    i didn bought a lot of sale stuff at stores

    i love to buy sale stuff online


    Lady-Pa

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    1. Now that's the smart way to do it! I always love the netaporter sale...if you get there early (which I didn't) they have amazing deals. Maybe next time... :)

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    1. It was a long rest :) haha damn work!

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  22. Looks great - love your sneakers :) Have a great weekend!
    Vanessa - PureGlam.tv

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  23. I love the glitters!!what a great look!
    kisses from Milano
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.it/

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  24. Always been obsessed with these sneakers :) they look FABULOUS and girly !!!! Grea choice!

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    1. I sort of want them in the grey suede with big, bulbous jewels on the toe....Miu Miu is easy to get carried away with :) xx

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  25. Great combination, love the shoes and bag!!

    Rose xx

    rose-libertine.blogspot.com/

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  26. My only sales purchase was Alpha H liquid gold, I'm hoping it helps my winter/final exam stress skin!

    Glad to hear Forever 21 has good things! One's opening in Glasgow on 22nd March and I am VERY excited!

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    1. Oooh I would love to try that liquid gold. I think it would be a good occasional treatment during the week. Keep me posted!

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  27. Hey Laura,

    What wonderful trainers they are! They look uber cool and stylish. :)

    I saw you tweet about going to Singapore in 2 weeks and I seriously wished I was in my home country now. I first came across your videos when I was living in Singapore and surprisingly enough, right after 1 year since you made your initial move to Dubai (back when you used to write under lollipop26writes), my family moved to another country in the Middle East because of my dad's job. I think I may have seen you once in Dubai Airport's Business Lounge last year. I remember seeing a lady looking very much like you, around my mother's height (5'7) with green eyes. I wanted to say 'Hi' but I wasn't completely sure if it was you and besides I was just leaving when you were entering. Then I came home and realised that you tweeted about being on a flight a couple of hours back and I was like "Damn! I should have said Hi!". You look absolutely stunning in real life. :) Maybe we'll meet again soon and I'll say Hi this time. ;)

    Remember to try the Chicken Rice, Chilli Crab and Ice Kachang in Singapore! They are absolutely delicious! Also do try and squeeze in a visit to the MBS Resort with the infinity pool - they view from there is beyond gorgeous. If you are looking for Singaporean fashion (not extremely expensive designer stuff) try and pop in a visit to the stores on Haji Lane. They are great!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment! Wow I think you might have seen me too - if it was in August then I was going to Seattle and I think it was very early in the morning so apologies if I looked like a grump. :) Do say hi next time you see me :) It's funny meeting people that read that blog in real life but really special too.

      Yes I cannot wait to go to Singapore. I have been there once before but I really want to hit it like a proper tourist and also eat my way round the place :) Thank you for the recommendations on the food and that infinity pool has to be visited. I heard that you have to have a room at the hotel to go in it but I might go to the bar at the top for the obligatory picture :) Oh and of course, I am going to drugstore makeup shop like no tomorrow :)

      Hope to see you comment here again.

      And thank you :)

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  28. Hey Laura
    Love the cosy loungy jumper, so good when an outfit looks great and you don't even have to try or worry about 'wearing it well'. Adore your Miu Miu's too they are so cute and post Christmas does not mean no sparkle. Completely agree abut SALE Vs Just In - they just don't make the knocked downs looks as attractive to the eye on entering the store as the clean fully stocked well displayed new stuff does. Went mental in H&M, and got a little naughty in Ted Baker and Primark too last week despite self-imposed Jan embargos but 'tis all just too good.

    Also agree regarding the foundation mixing is the best and everyone will keep asking you how you found such a perfect shade...if only the scientists in the labs across brands thought of this...Liked this post!

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    1. Thanks Jessica!

      Ah I miss Primark....I got a lovely white blazer in there when I last went to Edinburgh. I bet the sale is crazily disorganised but with amazing finds :)

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  29. That bag of yours is beautiful!! I have to start saving for a nice quality bag like that!

    Fanny
    www.pinstripedpenguin.com

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    1. I love :) Look at Philip Lim...it's still expensive but a really nice, similar shape. That's on my wish list actually because I think that is a nice, classic bag for a less hideous price.

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  30. My best purchase was probably a Guess winter coat that I chatted about on my blog, but that's about it.

    Love your cute sparkly sneakers.

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  31. Quite a bit of success at the Zara sale in Singapore! You just have to make sure to go in a good mood ;)

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    1. This is true. I never have patience and that's what I need when sale shopping :) yay for singapore - there in 2 weeks...!!!

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  32. That bag is lovely. A beautiful color!

    www.sonandstar.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Melissa. I have a strong bond with celine :) haha I wish I could afford to buy every colour!

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  33. I love this whole outfit so so much. I never thought it's be possible to be in love with trainers but I totally understand it now ha, they're amazing!!!

    www.absolutebeaut.com

    xx

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    1. :) Thanks so much Sandy - I LOVE these beauties

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  34. Great look! The shoes are gorgeous!! :) ♥
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. :) they bring a smile to my face every time :)

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  36. I just picked up a fun pair of studded sneakers from a new online store called BeHoneyBee, cant wait to get them on my feet!

    http://www.behoneybee.com/collections/all-shoes/products/studded-suede-shoe

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  37. great post :-) do you think you could do a post about how you do your hair? i recently cut my hair to a similar length as yours and i just can't get those pretty waves anymore. thanks in advance! x

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    1. It's sort of the same as the post I did here...not much as changed to be honest...well actually, I have become lazier :)

      here;s the post:

      http://www.buynowbloglater.com/2012/01/hair-products-routine.html

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  38. I have a huge love for double wear, but no7 do a good cheaper version of a full coverage foundation called beautifully matt.I was surprised at the colour match between double wear in fresco and No7 beautifully matt cool ivory
    J

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    1. Thanks J!

      And that's a good tip because I never think of No7 as an option - but yet know that it's good quality stuff. Will see if they have the right colour...once i have used up my 10 bottles :) haha

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  39. Your shoes are incredible! I've had a similar relationship with the sales this season - they just don't seem to be how they used to be! D:

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    1. I think its also because there isn't really anything I really craved when it was full price....bring on the new collections I say! :)

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  40. Could you do a post on your current make up bag contents that you rely on day to day. Thanks.x

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    1. Of course...that's pretty easy for me actually as I don't tend to rotate things much. I will get that in the pipeline :)

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  41. Try some Lancaine or Monistat anti chafing gel on your heel before you put the shoes on. I have found a lot of luck by doing that on shoes that fancy themselves on being a bit ornery!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the tip! I have tried vaseline before but that didn't work out...My heels are always a victim so anti-chafing gel it is :)

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  42. loving the mui mui trainers!! very glam! :)

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    1. They are sort of ridiculous but I love the feet bling :) haha

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  43. The sweater looks so comfy, relaxed and gorgeous! And the shoes, I'm a bit obsessed with sparkle right now.
    -Shelley

    xxx

    cafeaulaitbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Sparkle is always good :) Especially in January right?

      Thanks Shelley xx

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    1. I love that - sparkly wonders. They are a bit of a statement but so fun to wear. Definitely recommend!

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  45. I love your bag. So pretty. I really want to try skinbase soon, might have to get some. I got a few sale bargains, mainly perfume and work stuff.
    xx

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    1. I love SkinBase. I wore it on it's own today actually and it's fantastic. Really covers well but looks relatively natural.

      Thanks Shen!

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  46. I never wear sneakers, but I would wear THOSE sneakers! Amazing! xo

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    1. They are ridiculously blingy but they make me very happy :) haha

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  47. I love your sneakers because of the bling.
    I almost never buy stuff on sale, because most of the time they don't have my size anymore or the colors I like.

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  48. I was feeling that the sales were a bit 'blah' this year as well. But I managed to pick up a few bargains recently! Try having another look at Space.NK - they keep adding new little gems & Zara have just done some major markdowns!

    I blogged what I got here if you want to take a look :) http://www.twoloveslondon.com/2013/01/january-sales.html - shopping confessional!

    x

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  49. I didn't buy a single thing in the sales either! Nothing caught my eye... Oh well! ;)
    x

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  50. i'm obsessed with skulls! i love that sweater!

    xo
    jen
    www.jennyscribbles.com

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  51. I missed out in the sales this time too!!!! was hoping to pick up some nice bits :(

    double wear is amazing but dont you find it clogs up your pores?

    check out my blog...www.uniquebyneha.com

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  52. sorry to ignore the sale information.
    but god i love your celine bag. its utterly beautiful.

    xx

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  53. Love this kind of casual outfits !!
    Lamia
    http://ginger-chocolateandhoney.blogspot.com/

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