Having recently started working away from my local town centre, shopping opportunities are few and far between, although from my bank balance you wouldn’t have guessed it! So when I ventured into the centre of Birmingham to have my hair done I seized the moment and did a mini shopping spree!
Originally, the plan was just to buy some make-up storage from Muji but I got carried away!
So lets get to it!
Muji – I have watched many beauty vids on youtube and envied their chic make-up storage so took myself off to my local store after watching icovetthee make-up storage video (one of the many I have watched recently). I decided just to purchase one of the Acrylic 5 draw storage units to get me started
I also brought a square bath pot for my make-up brushes, one has a feeling that one will not be enough! Whilst in there, I had a good wander as I can’t remember the last time I ventured in there and came across these fine stem cotton buds which are perfect to touch up nail polish accidents as they are really thin and dainty, just like me (I can dream!)
Next stop was Primark! I went into pick up some thick socks to wear with my boots but as per you can’t just go in and come out with what you went in for!! It was still quite a small shop for me, resisting the temptation to buy another handbag I came away with the following
I fell in love with this lovely make-up bag, not that I needed another one, but it has a really cute red telephone box design on
The rest of the items were little bits that I picked up that weren’t really necessary but thought I would give a go – a volumising mascara for only £1, which I tried twice and really loved but then I got an eye infection so i’ve stopped using it, not sure whether it caused my infection or whether it was just a coincidence, so I will give it another go and let you know. Next, was a mirror to pop into my handbag as I don’t have one, some false nails – which I haven’t used yet but they looked really cool and again were only £1 and lastly was a double ended eyeshadow brush. Now, I usually use the real techniques brushes but only have one of each so sometimes find that I need a spare for blending and again being primark it was only like £1 so will see how it compares!
In the winter I wear my pj’s quite a lot and don’t acutally own that many sets and it is the first thing I put on when I get home from work so I thought I would peruse their nightwear section and came away with these
The trousers are a lovely silky material with a cropped bottom which is great as I am only 5″ and find that a lot of their pj bottoms are really long, they also have an elasticated bottom so they stay in place rather than roll up my leg! To go with them I brought a plain loose black t-shirt from the normal clothing section as they didnt have any tops that I liked in the nightwear section. I thought the pattern on the bottoms was really pretty and slightly spring like, I can but hope and they will be perfect for when the weather starts to warm up.
I also got what I went in for, a couple of pairs of thick socks. I wear these a lot and most of mine are christmas themed or have holes in, so these were a much needed purchase. As a special treat, I brought a packet of malteser bunnies as they were staring at me whilst I was in the very long queue waiting to pay. I had forgotten about these so may indulge later!
Boots was next on my list. I always end up spending way more than intended in Boots and feel like a kid in a sweetie store, but managed to come away without any make-up products. However, beauty didnt escape all together.
I have been looking for a new night cream for a while, and as I am approaching thirty, was looking for one that will start to work on an ageing that may occur! I have heard lots of good things about the soap and glory products in general so decided to go for one of their creams as they were on offer. It broght the Wish upon a Jar Night Cream, with EPA antioxidants, super-youth P3000 Peptides Complex & Energinseng oxygen booster. Sounds fancy! It’s quite space agey looking, but smells nice, almost like vanilla ice-cream. I am yet to give this a go, but hopefully it wil appear in my first monthly favourites post in March!
I came across my next purchase, I think on a youtube video, but I can’t for the life of my remember which one, and happened to spot it in boots. It is the Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot cream, a targeted spot cream containing hyaluronic acid. I have normal to combination skin and often get those typical hormonal breakouts and they tend to scar my skin. This product is meant to help fight the spot and helps minimise any marks that go with them. I have tried a few times and I am not 100% sold on it but will persevere when my next breakout appears!
My final purchase from Boots is a new product from Schwarzkopf developed with Claudia Scheffer, Essence Ultimate hair products. A friend recommended this range to me and it was on offer so thought I would give it a go. I picked up th Diamond Colour Conditioner in this range as I had already purchased both the shampoo and conditioner before and I always use the conditioner up before the shampoo and as it is £4.99 full price I thought I would grab it whilst I can. I don’t know whether I rate it as a product that really works for my hair, but it smells divine so I couldn’t help buying it. I may try one of the other hair types in this range if it goes on offer again, but I would be reluctant to pay full price.
I can never resist having a sneeky look at the MUA products in Superdrug which is always a bad idea, as I always come away with something! This time I purchased another palette, I now own 4 from this range (a bit excessive, I know, but for the price I can’t help it!). This one is their Smokin Palette and contains various shades from Matte to Shimmery. I love the MUA range for its price and the pigment of the eye shadows.
I may do a MUA Palette review soon!
A bonus product with this purchase was a MUA Colour Blast Eyeshadow tint with purchases over £6. I went for the shade ‘A Girl Like Me’. I think my one has been mislabelled as the one on the website is a smokey grey and mine is like a pale nude, gold colour, more like the colour ‘Stay’ on the website. Again, I haven’t had chance to try this one out but looks like it will be a lovely base colour.
My last purchase from Superdrug was the B Pure Micellar Water. I saw this at the till and as it was on offer, I thought I would give it a go. I am currently using the much loved by bloggers and youtubers alike, Bioderma Micelle solution for Combination skin. The B Pure product was a fraction of the price of the Bioderma, and as I am fast running out and will need to re-order soon, I jumped at the chance to try something new. It is similar concept to bioderma and alot of high street brands are coming up with there own Micellar water products. I love the feeling that the bioderma leaves on my skin – we shall see how this compares.
My final purchase, and probably my most impulsive yet, was this lovely blouse from Dorothy Perkins
Now I rarely buy full price dorothy perkins clothes as I find their sales are really good, but I could not resist this once it caught my eye. The colours ae beautiful, and has a lovely butterfly pattern, perfect for spring. Being full price, I will have to ensure I get the wear out of it to justify this purchase, but I can’t wait to wear it with black skinny jeans and my Tanya Burr Penguin Chic nail varnish which I think will set it off perfectly!
Well, that was one long post, I hadn’t realised how much I had brought on my shopping trip! May have to put any future shopping plans on hold for a while!
I am now going to indulge in one or two of my malteaser bunnies! See you next time!