I feel like this post is long awaited if you follow me on twitter, and it’s a post that’s been almost a month in the making. It’s my Boxing Day Sale haul! I went a bit mad this year as it was my first Boxing Day in employment so I actually had money to spend for a change. My makeup stash has grown considerably after this and I’m sort of ashamed, but I really wanted to show you some of the incredible deals that I managed to find last month.
Disclaimer: The products in this haul are mostly beauty with the odd extra bit, and I have tried to linked a few bits down at the bottom of the post in case you are interested in purchasing them. I’ve stated the full price, and what I bought it for so hopefully you can see that despite spending far too much money, I did save a lot. Yes, these are affiliate links but no pressure to use them (I just need to reap back some of my spends from this haul…whoops).
One of the first products that I picked up in the sales, a little before Boxing Day, was TheBalm’s The Manizer Sisters Palette for £18 (RRP £25). I’ve loved Mary-Lou Manizer for around 18 months, and have been dying to try the Cindy-Lou Manizer and Betty Lou-Manizer for ages, so it seemed like the perfect little number to pick up. Another pre-Boxing Day purchase was the Becca Blushed With Light Palette from Space NK for £16 (RRP £27) which I’m yet to try out, but I’m so excited to! I love the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Champagne Pop so it seemed like a great chance to try out another Becca product.
Superdrug had some fab offers on after Christmas, and they still have a couple of bits in stock now (but not these two unfortunately, although they can be found elsewhere so that’s what I’ve linked for you). The Tanya Burr Baby It’s Cold Outside (RRP £8.50) only cost me £2.99, and contains a blush, highlight and a lipgloss so that’s a pretty good deal! The Makeup Revolution Ultimate Blush & Light & Contour Palette was half price at £4.99 and I wasn’t expecting it to be so big, and now it won’t fit in my makeup storage. At least it will make me use it because it’ll always be in view!
Moving onto brush and tool sets (which were the biggest pain to photograph), I managed to get my hands on the Beauty Blender Pro On The Go Kit for £30.40 (RRP £38, now out of stock everywhere I’ve ever shopped at) which I do hold my hands up to being a bit of a daft order. I’ve been wanting to try a Beauty Blender for a really long time, and I probably should’ve just spent £16 on one sponge rather than buying this kit, but I’ll let you know what I think of all the products once I’ve made my mind up about them. Another couple of Superdrug purchase were the Real Techniques Deluxe Set Collectors Edition for £9.99 (RRP £29.99) and the Makeup Revolution HD Pro Eyes & Brows Set for £4.99 (RRP £12) – both better than half price buys! I love Real Techniques brushes and included in this set were the Multitask Brush (one I’ve been after for a long time), the Tapered Foundation Brush, the Angled Highlighter Brush, the Base Shadow Brush and the Fine Liner Brush – five brushes for £10 that you know are going to be excellent quality? You can’t go wrong! I love MUR eyeshadows as a budget option, and I’m yet to try out any of their brushes so it seemed the right time to. I’ve not even swatched these shadows yet but I’m pretty sure they’re going to be excellent.
I flipping love mascara. It’s one of my most bought beauty products and it one of my favourites to test out as I’ve still not found a mascara that has reached holy grail status. Another early sales purchase of mine was the Urban Decay Perversion Full Size & Travel Set for £13.20 (RRP £22). I’ve tried this mascara before and do really like it, so it made sense to stock up when it was so cheap especially as mine is probably past its best now. The Stila Backstage Beauty Icons Set was actually a one day only deal where Boots chopped the price to £20 (RRP £45), and it’s not been that cheap since. Considering the mascara inside is full sized and retails for £18 alone, this was a total bargain, especially since it contains one of Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks which have quickly become one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas over the past couple of months (I have posts here and here on them). Stila are definitely an underrated brand and I can’t wait to give more of their products a go this year. The final mascara containing gift set I picked up in the sales was this YSL Baby Doll Luxurious Christmas Set for £16.66 (RRP £25), which also contained a full sized mascara, this time the YSL Baby Doll Mascara, as well as a miniature kohl liner and a sample of the Instant Moisture Glow. My YSL collection is pretty tiny so this has bulked it out massively and was a very good deal!
I freaking love eyeshadow palettes, so it’s no surprise that I found some good deals on them over the sale period. I’ve not touched any of these yet as I wanted to take photos before I stuck my fingers in them (blogger problems), but I’ll definitely be reviewing the two bigger palettes in due course. The first palette was the Fleur De Force Eyeshadow Quad in Lunar Rose for £2.35 (RRP £7.99). I’d been considering buying one of these quads for a really long time but thought £8 was quite a high price point when I didn’t know the quality, but I wasn’t going to say no to around 70% off! A Christmas Eve purchase of mine was the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette, and I knew I needed it in my life from the moment I spotted it in Hayley’s review of the palette. Fast forward a month and I found it on the House of Fraser website for under £30 (RRP £43)! I was hardly going to turn that bargain down, especially since I don’t own any high end bright palettes. The final palette I blame Kirsty for entirely, as I didn’t even know Tarte had a sale on until she tweeted about it. I really wanted the Tartelette In Bloom palette but it was out of stock, so I settled for the original Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette, which I wasn’t too disappointed about as I am obsessed with matte shadows at the moment (although my eye is still firmly on the Tartelette In Bloom palette as it’s truly stunning). This was £29.70 including shipping and VAT, rather than the £60 you’d pay for it normally (RRP £36, plus VAT and shipping) so it was a real steal!
My favourite scents from The Body Shop are the Glazed Apple and Pinita Colada range, both limited edition scents annoyingly (although I have a sneaky suspicion that they’ll bring the Pinita Colada collection back this summer). This year for Christmas, The Body Shop dropped the Glazed Apple scent in favour of a Spiced Apple scent and the smell pretty identical. I treated myself to a good chunk of the range in the form of the Spiced Apple Exfoliating Sugar Scrub (RRP £15) and the Spiced Apple Box Of Delights (RRP £28) whilst they had 50% off plus an extra 30%. All of these together came to £16.50 so that was a great bargain! I picked The Box of Delights over the Festive Tin of the same scent despite knowing I won’t use the lip balm simply because I wanted to get my hands on the bubble bath; I’m a total bath fiend!
Talking about baths, I managed to get my hands on the Zoella Beauty Gingerbread Bath Fizz Gift Set, as I’ve never tried any of her bath fizzers. I’m not a great lover of gingerbread, but this doesn’t smell too offensive so I thought I’d give it a go. As of yet I haven’t, but if you spot the original Zoella Fizz Bar in a post in the future you’ll know that I enjoyed it. The only other bath/shower thing that I purchased was the Molton Brown Fabled Juniper Berries & Lap Pine Shower Gel Bauble for £6.67 (RRP £10); I actually bought two of these and for a really daft reason. I was £2 away on my Advantage Card from having enough points to buy the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer, but if I bought two of these I’d get £5 worth of points. I’ve since decided I don’t want the bronzer and now have two shower gels I don’t need that cost a ridiculous amount of money for what they are but whatever. It’s not like I won’t use them.
I’m onto the final section of this haul! Was it worth the wait? I’m going to label this photo as the miscellaneous section as these are products that didn’t really fit with the others. Alongside the Beauty Blender Set, I picked up a Morphe Brush (not in the sale so not included here) and the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Travel Sized Grapefruit Setting Spray for £8.25 (RRP £11) from Beauty Bay. I’m yet to try this, and disappointed with how tiny it looks but I’ll see if it’s worth repurchasing in full size. It’s definitely got a strong grapefruit scent, so I’m interesting to see whether that scent hangs around or whether it’s just a gimmick.
A book that so many people have raved about this year is The Lean Machines Eat Well, Move Better & Feel Awesome Book, and I’ve seen some great recipes pop up across YouTube that have been inspired by this book so I knew that I had to have it. I managed to pick this up in The Works for £8, around £3/4 less that I’ve been seeing it on Amazon and over half of the retail price! I haven’t given any of the recipes a go yet but I’m excited to. And the final product! Phew, this has been a monster post! The final item was the Blogger Mail A4 Notepad by That Lame Company (RRP £10.49) which was half price on Boxing Day. I’ve spoken about their products a number of times before and they’re a fab little business that I love to support (my latest post on products by there can be found here). I’ve had a couple of bits of blogger mail so far this year, but from now on I want to use this to track my mail and I’m buzzing to be able to use it now I’ve taken photos!