Last week was my first week of freedom from work, leaving me with just two weeks to get ready for returning to Liverpool and the start of third year. Eek! I’ve spent the past week languishing about with books and various outdoor trips to make sure I didn’t completely succumb into a bookworm recluse. This post is regarding my rather costly trip into Newcastle on Tuesday. So here goes another shopping haul post.
I’m not going to do this post in the order that I wandered around town because I planned my trip so I completed a whole circle back to the bus stop. For anyone who’s walked around Newcastle, this is most sensible option because it can be deceptively hilly at times. The original plan was to meet Mum in town as she hoped to take a half day with her holidays, but alas her boss neglected to tell her about the staff meeting until ten minutes before her lunch break, which was rather cruel. I knew there was a reason I bought the day ticket for the bus!
It was quite a busy few hours out the house and a rather early start (although after working for eleven weeks, it still felt like a lie-in). There’s only one bus which runs from my estate to town and it arrived just before nine am, meaning I arrived in town about quarter to ten. I didn’t get back in the house until after one and needless to say my feet were rather tired from all the walking around.
I’ll start off with some of my more expensive indulgences. Firstly, I wandered into Lush on a whim as I’ve heard rapture about their lip balms and scrubs and I adore lip products. The assistant who served me was really helpful and answered all my questions about the products. I ended up purchasing ‘Lip Service’ because it’s really good for cracked lips and ideal for those who are outdoor all the time. They do quite a few different types and you should have a browse here through their products. I’ve never really used Lush before because my skin has always been really sensitive, but Mum adores it and this product has already made a difference to my lips in the few days I’ve been using it. For £5.75 it was slightly more than I would normally pay for a lip balm, but I reckon it’ll be worth the indulgence.
My second and slightly more expensive purchase beauty-wise was MAC Face and Body Foundation. I sampled this product when I was in Oxford last week, and my skin didn’t flare up or feel dry. In fact my skin felt fresher than I (which is no surprise really given the journey home) and Mum even commented on how nice my skin looked. I’m naturally quite pale, with a handful of freckles smattered across my nose and cheeks. I like a light coverage that evens out my face tone, covers any break-outs but still lets my skin breathe and looks natural. I also like something that is simple and quick to use. I hate faffing around in the morning, but this product is so easy to use, even for a complete novice like me. And trust me I am a novice, it took me ages to master liquid eyeliner, but this foundation was dead easier to apply. You don’t need to use a great deal, I imagine the 50ml bottle will last me nearly a year. I use my fingertips when applying it which means that I don’t get any hideous streaks and you can feel how well it blends in. At £21.50, it is the most expensive foundation I’ve ever bought, but like I said the size of the bottle and the minute amount that is used per application, means that it’s worthwhile in the long run.
Now for the accessories to brighten up the autumn days. I went into Claire’s Accessories purely to try on some new hairbands and ended up spending nearly £25 (and that’s with student discount!). As I mentioned previously, I love quirky accessories and I know that finding new belly bars are going to become a firm eBay search. Well I was very surprised to see such lovely bars in Claire’s, mainly because from the outside it looks like an insane mix-match of One Direction and Hello Kitty memorabilia. I was recommended when I got my piercing to try reverse bars as I have quite a small belly button, and I certainly find them more comfortable to wear as they don’t snag as much on my clothes. I thought the colourful selection of balls would be ideal for matching outfits or moods as I don’t need to keep changing the actual bar. They were on a three for two offer, so I bought the sunbeam one to try out as well.
My second set of accessories were some more Alice bands. Now because I have such short hair, I like to add a touch of femininity to it with different styles of hairbands. With my current cut, I prefer Alice bands as they sit better on my hair. They are quite comfortable and reasonably priced at Claire’s, the most expensive one was the navy one at £5.50, then my Halloween cat ears at £5.00. The other two were only £3.00 which is really cheap. They don’t dig in as much as other hairbands, although you do still need to move them every so often to try to ease the indent they leave behind the ears. I wanted a one I could wear with anything and I think the brown flower one is going to be ideal. The other two will add a touch of colour and interest to my hair.
The other item featured in my first picture were tickets to go see the Ladyboys of Bangkok with my best friend. I’ve been twice before and loved it, and I was also going later on in the week with my aunt, but my friend had never seen the show and I still had vouchers. We went to see it on Thursday and both loved it. Yes it’s completely different, but the show is highly entertaining and worth seeing. To find out more about the cast or to see if they are performing in a city near you, click here for more info.
That evening Mum and I went out to visit Grandma and then popped into Boots to get my perfume using one of my birthday gift cards. I was after a new perfume as my current one was nearing the end, and I’d quite fancied the sound of Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck range. Both scents were fruity and floral, which are the kind that I tend to go for. I’d sprayed a wrist with each when I was in town to see which one smelt the nicest as the day progressed. I ended up getting ‘Wonderstruck’ at a bargain price of £13.33, which was excellent value for an EDP. I’ve already had some complements on it as well! It’s a delicate fruity scent with just a hint of blossom to it. A nice reminder of the wonderful summer we’ve had.
My final bargain of the day was the lovely doggy jumper at Sainsbury’s. I love the TU range as it’s reasonably priced, feels lovely and fits nicely. They had 25% off all their clothing, so I decided to indulge myself yet again. It was within reason though as I have a feeling I will live in this jumper at uni. As a matter of fact I’m wearing it right now and it’s so warm and soft. I love it already!
I’m out again next week with Mum as she’s got some time off work for us to spend together before I go back off to uni. I will try to curb my spending as it’s back to the student budget, especially as I’d like to have some savings at the end of the year. Still I’m rather impressed with my recent bargains.