Man I don’t like the word haul. But I do like these sorts of posts. This sort of goes against my last post of cutting back on the luxuries, but this is actually the only time I have been shopping properly this year so far. It had been a long old week at work and both of us are suffering from colds on the back of another, so we treated ourselves to a day out at Meadowhall in Sheffield.
I think it must be nearly 5 years since I went, and it seemed much smaller than I remembered. Maybe this is because recently I’ve been a semi-regular visitor to both London Westfields, and we had a little trip to Bluewater not long before Christmas. The selection of shops was good though, even if I was thoroughly unimpressed by most of the clothing on offer across the board.
First stop was Debenhams and the main reason for our trip: Illamasqua. The new collection was out, but a few things had apparently sold out already. All the nail varnishes except for the green were gone, but the testers (hurray!) meant I could decide which ones I want. I got the last green one, and having swatched I think I’m going to get the blue and lilac. But definitely not the pink. I was also interested in the lipstick but that had also sold out. The MUA was a bit pushy and tried out the new blusher brush on me, I wasn’t really swayed either way. Maybe I’ll have another go during a London trip at half term…?
Next I stayed in Debenhams and went to Philosophy and got these two bubble baths. Candy Cane was £3.50 and Mimosa £7. Bargain! Although again the staff were a bit pushy. I also got two samples.
I didn’t get anything from Primark, queues were huge! But they have got some nice shabby chic style homewares in at the moment.
Next stop Boots – I got a strawberry Balmi (it’s a bit greasy and I forgot to take a photo!) and one of these Nivea Lip Butters in Raspberry Rose – smells amazing! We also got eyeballed by a snooty member of staff for daring to sniff the lip balms…
In Urban Outfitters I got my sister’s birthday present and also a book for me about vintage tea parties.
Back in Debenhams to Mac – I got a creamsheen lipstick in Insanely It. I was torn between this and Clarins Watermelon, but the Mac was £2.50 cheaper and much more pigmented.
I also tried BB thickening hairspray in Boots but I can’t say I was overly impressed, especially since it’s about £20! All the volume the stylist put in with it had disappeared by the time I got home 4 hours later!
A satisfying day’s work.