This month was supposed to be the month that I went on a spending ban and didn't spend any money. I failed miserably at this. I am awful at saving money, but it's nearly payday again and I still have money left in my bank so I'm getting better I think. It would be a lie if I said that I actually bought all of this in January, as I picked up a few things at the very end of 2015, but that doesn't make a good post title, so we'll just brush over that! Since photographing this haul, I may have spent even more money on beauty products. It was a very exciting purchase though and I'm sure if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you'll know exactly what it was. For now, here's my haul!
Around the middle of December, I took a trip down to Homsense and TK Maxx in Hedge End to check out the store as it recently opened and I hadn't had a chance to visit yet. I had a voucher to spend so I headed straight to the beauty section in TK Maxx as they usually have some good bargains! I was lucky enough to find an Olivia Palmero x Ciate Lipstick in the shade Praline, I have been dying to get an Olivia Palermo lipstick for ages! Just look at that packaging. I also picked up an Illamsqua Lipstick in the shade Test, a Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in the shade Shameless and Revlon's Lash Potion Mascara. I also got my hands on two new Real Techniques brushes which I stupidly forgot to photograph, but I picked up a new Powder Brush as the handle came off of mine and it was looking a little worse for wear, and also the Stippling Brush which I've wanted for a while so I was so happy to spot it. In total I paid around £5 per lipstick, £4 for each of the Revlon Products, and about £7-£8 for each of the Real Techniques products, what a deal! They had so many other good bargains from Stila, Illamasqua, NARS and Ciate but a lot of it had been swatched/used unfortunately, like why do people do that?!
After raiding the beauty section, I headed over to find some new skincare to try out. I'd heard very good things about the brand Good Things, haha get it. No ok I'm not funny, I'll stop. They had loads of Good Things products on offer, and they were really cheap so I picked up as many different things as I could. I got my hands on the Blemish Control Gel Mask, the Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser, the Manuka Honey Radiance Fask Mask and the Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser. I think I paid around £10 for all 4 products, so not a bad deal there either!
Before I headed to Nottingham for New Year I made a quick stop off in Boots to pick up some of my ever loved Garnier Micellar Water because I knew full well on New Years Eve I would not be using cleanser to take my makeup off. In the end I don't even think I took my makeup off, but it was the thought that counted. Obviously you can't buy just one thing from Boots so I also walked away with the St Ives Gentle Apricot Face Scrub which I used to use religiously and then randomly stopped one day, I am now loving it more than ever again! L'Oreal lipsticks are some of my favourites so I just had to pick up two more, and they were on buy one get one half price or something so that justified it. I got Blake's Red and Eva's Pink. Blake Lively is my spirit angel so I just had to get her gorgeous red shade, and Eva's pink is SO pretty I just couldn't resist.
What have you picked up in 2016?