31 January 2015

My January Purchases

2015 is the year of saving (again) for us. We have devised a plan where we each have a set monthly allowance, and the rest of our money goes towards bills and the savings account. I feel that having a set amount available to spend each month will make me more aware of what I'm buying, and help me decide whether I actually need the items I'm buying, before I actually make the purchase. I also think that each purchase will have a little more meaning to it, and I will appreciate my monthly purchases so much more!

In these monthly posts, I will be sharing any beauty, fashion or homeware purchases I've made during the month, but please note that homeware items are a joint purchase, so they don't come out of our own allowances.
Now, despite not having gone out and shopped the January sales, I did manage to place a few little online orders this month.
FoM Cosmetics Age Defying Hand Scrub, £12.50 £7/60g and Revitalising Eye Care Balm (sample), £11 £3/10ml
Now, technically these items were ordered and paid for in December, but unfortunately the order never arrived, despite being sent before Christmas, and so replacements were sent out during January. I thought I'd include them as this is the first of my monthly purchases posts. Both items were well reduced in price, and I'd been eyeing up the hand scrub for ages! I'm hoping a weekly treatment of this will help keep my hands from getting too dry and chapped. I'm still on the lookout for a new eye care product, so I ordered the sample size of the eye care balm to test out, as the full size (25ml) is pretty expensive at £28.
You'll be happy to know that the sale is still ongoing, so grab yourself a bargain while you can!
 Lulu & Boo Orange Blossom Toning Mist, £14.95/100ml
As you may know, I stopped using a toner for a few weeks, to see of it had any effects on my skin. Unfortunately, I did start to get more blemishes, so I decided to look at more natural options, and decided on this orange blossom one, which is aimed at my skin type. It's a lovely, fragrant and refreshing toner, which helps swipe away any residue left by make-up or cleansers.
Salcura Zeoderm Skin Repair Moisturiser, £15.99/100ml
My hands really do take a battering in the winter, so I usually turn to Salcura to aid me in getting my hands back to good condition. They target specific skin problems, so there are lots of products to choose from. I went for this moisturiser, as it is recommended for people who suffer from contact dermatitis, which I do. Free from all the usual nasties, it has a pleasant scent from the mix of essential oils, and leaves my hands feeling hydrated and soft. It is a little on the greasy side, so I use this before bed.
Tangle Teezer Original Detangling Hairbrush, £10.99
I've had the compact version for a while, and really wanted to buy the full size, original brush. I used a Boots giftcard to make this purchase. It works really well with my current hair length and I find it easy to hold in my hand. Wouldn't use any other type of hairbrush!
Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream, £5.50/125ml
I purchased this with my Boots advantage card points. It may not be the most natural hand product, but I just love the gorgeous scent and the moisturising properties.
Maxwell Williams Set Of 3 Glass Candy Jars, £20 £7.99 (now £5.99)
So, these are advertised as candy jars, but I thought they would be perfect for storing my coffee, tea and sugar in! I've been looking for new storage containers for a while, and these really appealed to me; there's something I just love about actually seeing what's stored inside!
BHS Set Of 6 Glitter Silver Coasters With Case, £8 £4 (out of stock)
Again, I've been on the look-out for new coasters. Initially I wanted mosaic-style, silver cracked glass ones, but these silver glitter ones were much more reasonably priced, plus there's less chance of breakages with these!
Forever 21 Off Duty Tee, £7.25 £3.99, Touch Of Glam Cardigan, £19.75 £12.99 and Faux Gem Floral Statement Necklace, £14
I bought the t-shirt in brick red, as I don't really own much red clothing, so it's something different, plus the simple, laid-back style will work well in my casual wardrobe.
I need some more options for layering and keeping me warm indoors, so this knit cardigan stood out to me. The tassels are unusual and will add a little interest to my outfit. I had to send this back as it was damaged, so I'm waiting for an exchange. I hope it arrives soon! Update: they refunded me for the cardigan - no exchange!
This necklace is just gorgeous, isn't it? I hope you don't want a better reason than that for me purchasing it, because I don't have one!

This is where things got a little naughty... I was barely half way through the month before I'd used up my allowance. First lesson learnt; don't use my allowance up so quickly! I felt like I was on a spending ban! I don't really have any valid excuses, but, basically, I really wanted to get the next two items before I went to Scotland (2nd February), and before they sold out, so the next two purchases will be coming out of February's allowance!
Pieces Kostal Tube Scarf, RRP £16 £11
This snood has been on my virtual wish list for ages! It's enormous! A little ridiculous, actually... Will be working on ways to wear this without looking like I'm about to embark on a treacherous expedition to the Antarctic - although, let's face it - I am going to Scotland!
Dune Structured Handbag, RRP £59 £29.99 (out of stock)
Handbags don't stick around too long with me, so it was time for a change, and so I bought a new one! It's a lovely faux leather one in a neutral colourway, more compact than I'm used to, but I can still fit in all my essentials!

Did you make any new purchases this month?


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Laura! I really love the colourway. xxx

  2. Love the storage jars. Another fab toner is by Yours Truly Organics x

    1. Thank you! Ooh, I'll check it out. :) xxx

  3. Ooh the handbag & necklace are gorgeous! The FOM scrub is lovely, I use it weekly! Such a bargain too in the sale! x

    1. Thanks, Amber! I've only tried the scrub once and really loved it; looking forward to adding it into my regime. xxx

  4. Great haul! I really like the candy jars! I've been stashing stuff in Mason jars, but I think I like the candy jars even better!
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    1. Thanks, Signe! I think they look great. xxx


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