January's nearly over, and I'm both confused as to where that month since Christmas has gone, and curious as to how it seems as though January is never ending. I'm ready for a new month, now - not just because it gives me a reason to stop spending, save up for a summer holiday and gives the postman a rest, but because February is where the real stuff starts. I don't know why I set goals for January because they're totally going to be shoved to the side; including the idea that I will resist the sales. After-all, January is just a trial month, right?!
Starting with the beauty related parcels (and aside from the usual Lush overhaul, it was cinders this year!) - I went a little cray with Illamasqua's huge 50%, 60% and 70% discount. I just couldn't ignore my persuasive emails any more (despite how much I tried and failed). Aside from the contouring duo kit that is my absolute holy grail, I don't actually own much of the brand's makeup - which gave me the perfect excuse to explore, expand and erm, elevate my position of the poor girl who at least looks good. Palette wise, I went for the Multi-Facet Aura Palette which I got for a massive bargain of £13.50, all the way down from £45. It's a beautiful palette, containing everything I'll ever need for a face spruce up. From eyes to cheeks, the infamous Hollow cream pigment and eyebrow cake, to a multitude of variety of shadow shades. I haven't used it yet as I didn't want to ruin the appearance of it before I photographed it (y'know the usual blogger behaviour) but I can't wait to get stuck in. The same goes for the Powder Blusher Duo in Lover & Hussy; the combination of the apricot peach and candy pink will be ideal in creating that natural-rosy-going-in-to-spring look. Reduced from £26 to £7.80, I'd recommend getting your hands on it before it sells out completely!
I always have my eye open for some new nail colours that I'd usually stay away from so with the glossy and sublime quality Illamasqua polishes on offer from £14.50 to £4.35, I picked up a gorgeous teal blue shade (Muse) and a bright coral pink (Lament) for when the warm sun starts to make an appearance. I also purchased a lip pencil to add to my collection; Lust is a seductive red that may seem like the rest of the reds I've gathered in my makeup organizer but is in fact, the ultimate in-between light and dark that is creamy enough to apply to the full lip. For £4.80 instead of £16, I really can't complain. Moving on to the skincare stuff - this is where I stayed within my limits. Last year I went mad purchasing all these hyped high end products but now I've developed a steady routine, I opted for a marque I love. I don't own enough Balance Me and radiant skin is something I aim for on a daily basis, so the half price Radiant Skin Collection was screaming my name. The set includes all those talked about favourites in mini form; Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm, Radiance Face Oil, Moisture Rich Face Face Cream, Wonder Eye Cream and Stellar Face Balm.
ASOS Open Cuff Bracelet - £4.50 reduced from £8
ASOS Navy Crepe Ankle Grazer Trousers - £14 reduced from £28 | Zara Ripped Jeans - £9.99 reduced from £29.99
You'll have already seen from my last outfit post that I managed to pick up the pair of River Island boots that I'd be dying to get hold of and I'm still so happy to see them every time I open my wardrobe door. Topshop is another high street shop that represents heaven during the sale time, it's definitely my place of worship once the prices drop as they don't just put all the garments that nobody really wants on the rails, there's some seriously beautiful pieces in there. I'm so pleased I got hold of the woodland floral dress, it's one of those prints that rid of the heaviness and brings in a flattering silhouette. The floral print top is another bold print but very 60s and right up my street. The nude wrap playsuit is one saved for an occasion, it's a little short but paired with some tights and pointed boots it's an outfit complete. I can't wait to get my wear out of it on Thursday (a meal out followed by the Strictly tour, I'm coming for you!).
From ASOS, I've been swapping and ordering faster than you can say bob's your uncle. I always find the sizing realllly off and end up having to size down around two sizes. It's great for my self-esteem after the continued over-indulging of chocolates and pastries but not so great for my frequent post office antics. I picked up a random selection; a simple but fetching stone bracelet which is another impulse hoping for a holiday buy, a checked flannel shirt because I felt I was missing one of those in my day to day wear, a super cosy v neck ribbed jumper in a light grey colour (similar to the Topshop one I unfortunately wasn't lucky enough to grab hold of), and a pair of navy blue trousers which are those soft, comfortable fitting style - I can see them fast becoming a staple pair. Then to finish off we have another basic top with a twist from Boohoo which is perfect for the casual get up with skinnies, and some Zara ripped, frayed ankle jeans. All my other jeans are dark or light blue, so the distressed grey colour is a change. I've never had them off my bum since purchasing them on my trip into town. Thank god for their left over stock (which, incidentally, was mostly scattered all over the floor in a ball).
Did you pick up anything fancy in the sales this month?
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