Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Collective Haul - Books, Boots and Beauty

I've not blogged for a while, and in that time I've managed to accumulate a couple of things here and there which I thought I'd share with you all.

Beginning with the beauty stuff, I was so lucky to win Angel's giveaway which was for the Clearasil Vitamins and Extracts Daily Wash. She was so generous to also include a Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips and the Maybelline Illegal Lengths mascara.

A while ago when Chemist Warehouse had 50% off cosmetics I snapped up two Maybelline colour tattoos as I was dying to try them out after seeing all the hype. I really wanted the Bronze shade but they had run out so I ended up purchasing Barely Branded and Bold Gold, both of which I have enjoyed using.

I was also at Target and saw that they were selling the Party Girlz (ugh that brand name makes me so uncomfortable!) dry conditioners for $1 and dry shampoo for $2 and I simply couldn't resist!

For fashion I made three purchases in Target because they were having a 50% off sale. I really needed some Winter shoes and fell in love with two pairs of boots. The black boots were only $20, down from $40 and the tan coloured boots were $24 down from $50.

I also bought a summery T-shirt (even though it's going to be months and months before I can wear it) for $12. The photo isn't terribly good and does not do it justice but it is a flattering sheer floral collared shirt.

And then comes the books...my goodness have I gone crazy with books lately. I will say though, I only purchased one from a bookstore full priced and the rest were from second hand shops or libraries getting rid of old stock.

The second hand books
- The Piper's son by Melina Marchetta          Free
- The Kite runner by Khaled Hosseini           $3
- My sister's keeper by Jodi Picoult              $3
- Ursula by Eileen Naseby                           $3
- One foot wrong by Sofie Laguna                 $1
- Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut            $2
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman      $2
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen            $2
- Geisha by Liza Dalby                                 $2

The old library books
- A stolen life by Jaycee Dugard                                         $1
- What the birds see by Sonya Hartnett                              $1
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy                                     $0.50
- Room Temperature by Cath Kenneally                            $1
- Ursula Under by Ingrid Hill                                              $0.50

The bookstore book
- Running with scissors by Augusten Burroughs    $20

I think it is pretty obvious that I am such a book worm and am obsessed with collecting books. I am so thrilled that I am able to get some amazing books for such affordable prices. Often I struggle to find decent books in second hand stores but lately I have hit the jackpot.

I feel obliged to give a little warning to some of my readers - I have read some of the books (not all) and many of them aren't appropriate for younger readers. Running with scissors, One foot wrong and A stolen life are ones that I have read which are pretty full on and have disturbing elements within them that would impact any kind of reader, especially younger ones.

Well, that's my haul and I am so excited to play around with all my new things. If you have read any of these books I would love to hear your thoughts because there is nothing more exciting that chatting about books with other people!


  1. Wow so many books! Those boots are so cute, I really need ankle boots myself. And I really like Barely Branded :) Hope you've been enjoying your holidays!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    1. Haha I know, I went a little book crazy! Surprisingly the boots are both really comfortable which I wasn't expecting! I'm really enjoying my holidays so far, I hope you are too :) x

  2. Ooooh I love the tan boots!! Gorgeous. Congrats on your prize :)

  3. I love finding a good book, but I find it so hard to choose good ones, I'm super picky and get bored with stories easily. Looks like you managed to find a great bunch, I love Melina Marchetta.

    1. It was good because some of them I had heard of before and knew would be good, others I'd never seen in my life. It shall be interesting seeing how they all go. x

  4. Soo many books... those shoes are cute :)

  5. Awesome book haul, I have so many that I am sticking to borrowing from the library for now lol. I hope you manage to track down the Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, it is seriously amazing!

    1. I think sticking to the library would be more sensible but I just cannot resist! I've enjoyed the other two Colour Tattoo shades so much that I think I'll have to grab Bad to the Bronze. Glad to hear it's so good! x

  6. I was in Target today and noticed the dry shampoo but they weren't on sale =( The black boots look really nice! I love library book sales!! You got some great titles!
    xxx Kat @ Katness

    1. I stocked up when they were on sale (even though they are super cheap to begin with anyway!). Library book sales are the greatest, everything is just so cheap! x

  7. Great haul! Wowza, that's a lot of books! Ooh I love both of those boots, the grey ones especially. The cutout is adorable!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. Haha yeah, it is a lot of books! They grey ones are my favourite too because of that cutout :) x

  8. Owww so many good books!!
    Memoirs of a Geisha, The Princess Bride, My Sisters Keeper, The Kite Runner soooo good!!
    But Pride and Prejudice thats on a whole other level!! Perfection is a book!
    xo Holly xo


    1. Good to hear, thanks for your recommendations! I'm really thrilled with my haul :) x


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