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Post-Christmas Sales Haul 2017

Following on from my ‘January Sales Shopping List‘ post, I thought I would share with you what I actually purchased in the end. Like I’ve said before, this is the one time of year when I like to treat myself to the things I have been holding back on purchasing throughout the year.

Before the sales started, I decided to write a list of the things I would like to purchase so I could set myself a budget- this worked well because I pretty much stuck to my list. I spent a bit more than expected, but I am very happy with everything I got.

Here is an overview of what I purchased from my shopping list:

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I really wanted to pick up a pair of black skinny jeans from Jack Wills to replace my fading ones, but the ones I wanted weren’t on sale this time, unfortunately. I managed to resist the half-price Yankee Candles because I already have too many of them! I didn’t buy a new leather bag in the end; I just decided against it to cap my spending. I got a 2018 diary, but I purchased it not in the sale.

What did you buy in the post-Christmas sales? I’d love to know!

Canon M3 CameraI will start with my favourite item first: my new camera. Ever since I was in my early teens I have always been into cameras; I feel like I have been pathing the way to this moment, finally. I can’t remember how many different point and shoot cameras I’ve had before wishing it was a DSLR instead. Well, I finally took the plunge and bought this rather delightful Canon M3 mirrorless camera. In a nutshell, it is a DSLR that has been designed to be more compact. Even when I’m not taking pictures, there’s not one day that I’m not playing around with it- let’s just say we’re getting acquainted! I can’t wait to take better pictures and take my camera on lots of adventures!


FYI, this picture was taken with my face-fronting phone camera, it’s not a mirror reflection picture- that’s why the quality is a bit pants.

Bath BombsYes, I am a little bit obsessed with bath bombs and just baths in general! It’s a bit late now, but in case you didn’t know, Lush have a one-off half-price sale on boxing day. The sale continues as long as there is stock left (only a couple of days). I love being able to snatch up those half-price bombs! I didn’t fancy getting one of the gift sets because there’s always something in them I wouldn’t use. My local Lush in Norwich didn’t have much stock left in the sale, but I had more luck in Cambridge when I visited a couple of days later.

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A lesser known brand of bath bombs is Bomb Cosmetics. I have known about Bomb Cosmetics for a long time, and I love their products- I even did a post about them here. Their products and handmade, natural and they are super affordable. Post-Christmas, they sell their festive bombs half-price for £1.50- bargain! I bought 5 of their cracker gift sets (3 bombs in each), and a few individual ones.

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I also bought a little trio set of bath bombs from Superdrug for £1.00, and 2 tubes of bath ‘crystals’ and ‘caviar’ for 50p each. Phew- that lot will keep me going!

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Makeup ItemsI’ve had the same old Real Techniques makeup brushes for years now; I desperately needed some new ones. So I was glad when I managed to pick this set up for half-price in Superdrug- I also used up the points I had on my loyalty card so I got it for even cheaper (£14 final price for me). I have recently started using a Real Techniques Beauty Blender, so I was happy to see one in this set to have as a spare. There is also a large bronzer brush, a fluffy contour brush, 3 handy eyeshadow brushes and another little sponge.

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Just look at all of these liquid lipsticks- gorgeous! It was a bit of a gamble buying this set of 30 NYX liquid lipsticks because I have never tried them before! The gamble paid off though because the colours are fab, and the formula works well for me. I won’t say too much about them; I will do a blog post about them soon- watch this space! I purchased the set for £32.50 (original price £65.00).

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This little eye makeup kit by Soap & Glory was such a bargain! Boots always has a wide range of Christmas gifts; everything is reduced to half-price after Christmas. The set includes a liquid eyeliner, a brow pencil, a mascara and an eyeshadow stick. The original selling price was £18, so I got it for £9. I have only tried out the liquid eyeliner so far- I am VERY impressed with it! I’m sure I will do a blog post about this set as well.

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Clothing ItemsI know jewellery isn’t clothing, but you know, it had to slot in somewhere. My Pandora bracelet is slowly filling up; I only treat myself to a new charm when there is a sale on. I collect the two-tone gold and silver charms for my bracelet, so they cost more than just the silver ones. My first new addition is a heart-shaped dangle charm that is encrusted with Cubic Zirconia on the silver part. I also got a lovely little floral openwork charm.

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I try not to buy too many clothes now because I think it’s a waste having so many. I recently got rid of some jumpers that I had for years, so I was in the market for a new one. As much as I love striped and patterned jumpers, I need some plain neutral coloured ones. I immediately spotted this simple grey jumper in M&S that has hand embellished clusters of beads and sequins on it- perfect! The second item of clothing I got was a long-sleeved black and white polka dot top from Fat Face. The jumper was £19.50 and the top was £15.00.

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 I can’t even remember the last time I wore any sort of hat! I find it hard to find ones that fit my pea-sized head, and I’m never truly sure if they truly suit me or not. However, I found these two bobble hats in Superdrug for 99p each, so I definitely couldn’t turn them down. They are warm, they fit my head, and I think they even suit me- win, win, win!

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41 thoughts on “Post-Christmas Sales Haul 2017

  1. That’s a very successful haul! I like charm bracelets too. If you do decide to do a post about the make-up set, I’d be interested to know what you thought of the eye shadow stick. Enjoy all the products – now you have plenty of excuses for relaxing baths!

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  2. I adore the beanie hats! Probably because I’m feeling cold too now haha. I got a gift box from the LUSH sale which I have never done so before but I thought it’d be a good chance to venture into something new that I’ve never tried before…. I have been enjoying a few products recently so I thought I’d try more! I actually want to try their spa service too!

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      1. I’m not sure…I’ll have to check for you once I get home… But I made sure I picked one without any bath bombs since I genuinely don’t take baths (am more of a shower person 100%!).

        I also forgot to mention that your new camera looks great! I actually use my phone to take all my pictures and am happy with the quality but may consider a DSLR in future. I own a canon digital camera but I don’t use it much and the battery pack isn’t great. It’s just not convenient for me to take pictures, transfer them etc. Takes longer!


  3. Yay! You got your camera. Super exciting. Get on a day course, they’re so fun.
    I love the finds you purchased, the bath bombs are cute and I bloody love soap and glory. You’re making me want to dash out now!

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