Sunday, 15 March 2015

Belfast Haul - March 2015

Belfast Haul 2015

I decided to spend all of this weekend doing some shopping; checking out the High Street, vintage and charity shops and some of the brilliant independent boutiques that Belfast has to offer.

The first place I visited was The Rusty Zip, a one-of-a-kind vintage emporium on Botanic Avenue. The Rusty Zip is one of my all-time favourite shops and one of the best places to grab a bargain vintage piece. I spent £11.00 instore and for that I got a scarf, a t-shirt and a bracelet. 

This Michael Jackson t-shirt was £6.00 and I like it because it can be dressed up with some leggings and statement jewellery or dressed down with some skinny jeans. I really like how the background of the picture has its own shine and it really catches the light. 

This bracelet only cost £2.00, it was such a steal that I couldn’t leave it behind. It’s totally different to anything I’ve seen before. The front is bright purple ribbons laced around gold chains and it's held together by some plastic black beads. I’m not sure what I’m going to pair it with yet but I think it could look great with a flowy dress. 

I chose this scarf (£3.00) because it’s another piece that can be worn casually with a t-shirt and jeans or with a dress and tights ensemble. The tassles on the end are a lovely touch and the number of colours in the pattern means it can go with any outfit.

The next place I went to was St Georges Market, where I picked up two bracelets and a ring.  I absolutely love shopping at markets because the atmosphere is great, there are bargains everywhere and because most things are handmade – everything is unique and no-one else will have an exact copy of what you’ve bought!

The first thing I picked up was this FairTrade bracelet for £3.00. I always try to support FairTrade when I can, whether that’s buying the products, visiting FairTrade coffee shops or just raising awareness. I love this bracelet because it looks like four or five different bracelets but they are all linked together as one. This is a real boho style bracelet and I would wear this with a floral dress in the summer.

The next thing I got was this imitation Juicy Couture charm bracelet for £8.00. This is honestly one of the best fakes I’ve ever seen. The real Juicy bracelets cost around £45.00 for the starter bracelet alone and anything between £20.00 and £40.00 for charms, so this imitation piece is a greater cheaper alterative for those on a tighter budget. The charms that I got with this bracelet are a little Volkswagen camper van, a heart, a key, a clock face, a padlock and a little alarm clock. I am a huge fan of Juicy Couture and I can see myself wearing this bracelet all the time. They were also available in silver, but I much prefer gold jewellery.

Finally I got this ring from a handmade jewellery stall and this week they had a sale on rings, so I picked this one up for an unbelievable 50p! I chose this ring because the red stone kept catching the light and it looks a slightly different shade depending on the light in the room. It fits perfectly on my middle finger and I’ve been quite surprised that there has been no sign of my finger turning green just yet! And for 50p, even if I only wear it once, I will have got my moneys worth from it!

The next place I went to was Primark, and I just picked up some basics in here such as this black belt for jeans which cost £2.00 and three pairs of black tights. These are staples in any girls wardrobe!

My final items were all make-up. From Superdrug I bought this black liquid eyeliner from the Little Mix collection for “Collection” which cost £2.99. It has a nice thin brush, which I hope will allow me to create a slick winged-effect. I have been using felt-tip liners for quite a long time now and although they aren’t bad, I find that they dry up quite easily and therefore don’t last as long as the traditional liquid liners.

Finally I did something I always said I wouldn’t – I bought MAC products. I always said that they were over-hyped and over-priced but I take it all back. I have finally discovered what all the fuss is about.

I bought a matte red lipstick in the shade “Ruby Woo”. I have been looking for a matte red lipstick for a long time now, and every brand who advertised their lipstick as “matte” have been lying through their teeth. This lipstick is perfect matte and even has blue tones which make your teeth appear whiter. It lasts for a long time and it doesn’t dry out the lips, which you might expect from a matte shade.

I also bought a MAC lipliner in the shade Cherry, which perfectly compliments Ruby Woo. By lining your lips both before AND after the application of this lipstick, you can make your lips appear fuller a-la Kylie Jenner.

I hope you enjoyed this little run-down of my haul. If you have any comments or questions, I would LOVE to hear them so either leave them before or send them to me on Twitter @MsMegan91



  1. Paint the inside of the ring with clear nail polish and you'll never get that green mark on your finger!

  2. Excellent tip!! Thank you so much, I'm going to do that now. Very clever!