Why hello. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I’m sure many of you were out and about at the Boxing Day sales yesterday. After realising how much of a hoarder and stuff collector I am, I have made it my goal to pretty much try and stop buying things I don’t need. This was my attempt at ‘trying not to buy anything’. It didn’t go exactly to plan but I think you’ll agree, It could have been a lot worse.
There are so many bargains to be had this time of year. I have to admit, If there is something on my wishlist, I will usually wait until the sales to go and get it. This year my Mum, Auntie and myself went to Guilford to see what bargains we could snap up. I’d never been shopping In Guilford before and it was actually pretty good. It had a lot of ‘High End’ shops though which aren’t really my cup of tea as Im more of a bargain hunter/ thirfty kinda gal. It was surprisingly quiet out at the shops which was such a welcome surprise. Boxing day shopping usually stresses me the heck out and makes me wish I was rather at home with a box of Ferrero Rochers and a Baileys Hot Chocolate.
I thought I’d write a little blog post and run you through a couple of the things I bought. The First thing I have to note is how necessary it is to visit Lush in the sale. All of their Christmas gifts and festive treats are half price. I am a huge Lush advocate. I swear buy their fresh facemasks, deep conditioner and most recently their Daddy-O shampoo for Blondes. I could have so easily bought up their entire stock of bath-bombs but trying to keep to my new ‘Minimalist purchase plan’ I sprung for this little gift set instead. Snow Fairy is a cult festive favourite and this little gift set included a 100g Snow Fairy Shower Gel and also a delicious smelling pink bath bomb for the bargain price of about £4, score one for me!
I also went to what is probably the most dangerous shop to visit during a sale, Topshop. Other than splashing out for a really awesome navy blue skirt (that cost about £22) I managed to be rather well behaved and pretty much only buy lipsticks. I love Topshop’s makeup collection! It’s colourful, playful and always pretty exciting looking. I have a current thing at the moment for Lipstick, as you can tell, and I managed to stock up on various colours. the coral Lip Cream was only £1, the purple Lip Varnish was only £2, the Lip Primer was £4 and then I got a really cool Lip Ombre set also for £4 (this was before I used my student discount which also applies on sale items!)
Next up was Cath Kidston! I adore Cath Kidston and have a terrible feeling my future home will be adorned with floral print everything. I went in specifically to get a travel purse as Im planning on doing a lot of traveling next year. I picked up this cute little red floral print one for £8. It’s really useful as It has a compartment at the front for cards/ travel cards/ tickets ect. I also purchased this random impulse buy of what I thought was a standard lunch box. Turns out its actually called a Bento box, something which I had never even heard of before.
Curious as to why Cath Kidston had included chop sticks in my lunch box (was it trying to test me?) I google what a Bento box was, guided by the helpful label sticker on the front, and was very pleasantly surprised to find out that Bento is a traditional Japanese style of eating where single portions of foods such as rice, meat, fish and vegetables are creatively packed into boxes to create meals. after searching for recipe inspiration on Pintrest, I can safely say I am going to have a lot of fun creating Bento meals and I will probably end up writing a blog post on in later.
As well as all of the goodies above I treated myself to a brand new phone case and protective glass screen for my Iphone 6 Plus after having somehow broken my Griffin Surviver Case, which is supposed to have a lifetime guaranty eeeek.
So I picked up a few good buys and didn’t spend too much money or buy too many things that will help contribute to my hoarding ways. I have to have a proper clean out of the house and all of my stuff in the new year and I’m trying really hard to not replace my current clutter with slightly newer clutter. I was really close to buying a Fijifilm Intax instant camera today. They are so cool but then I stopped and asked myself “do i really need that?” so instead the money I saved can go towards my upcoming getaway to Vienna.
I hope you all have fun grabbing some bargains in the sale, but take my advice, sometimes it helps to just stop and ask, do I really need this?