Hi you. Today as promised thought I’d share one of my two splurges from the month of December. Before I start, please do believe me I have been trying to behave on the shopping front and I haven’t bought ANY beauty products since September.. well except nail polish remover and an eye liner and that’s practically a necessity. And this was such a good deal that I didn’t want to miss out. And it was red. And I haven’t purchased a hair straightener since 2010. Okay I’ll stop making excuses and get on with the post.
So as you can probably tell from the picture and the title that what I splurged on were these gorgeous ruby red metallic GHDs. I’ve never owned a pair of GHD’s before and I was pretty happy with my current Babyliss Pro Elegance straighteners however I always wanted a GHD. It’s one of those things that I thought I’d get when I was all grown up and I stumbled quite randomly across an amazing deal which pretty much made my mind up for me.
I bought this pair from ASOS where it usually retails for £135 and that is typically how much limited edition GHD’s retail for. For as long as I can remember GHD straighteners have been up there with the best of the best straighteners so I really think this will be an investment. Everyone I know who owns one has never regretted the purchase or given it up. These switch off after 30 minutes of use which really appeals to me as I always get that ‘did I remember to switch it off?’ moment and although I’ll still get that moment, the 30 minute technology will make me feel a little bit better. This limited edition collection also comes with a little carry case for the straighteners and a heat proof mat which is handy.
So how much did I get it for? The GHD’s went down from £135 to £108 which is already a better price than the plain original GHD stylers as they retail for £119 RRP. But that’s not all, at the time ASOS had a 20% off code which I took full advantage off and saved a total of £21.60! Altogether the GHDs cost me just £86.40 which is an amazing price, probably one of the best I’ve come across especially for the new gold plate technology. There were a few GHD deals floating around at the time but they are for the old discontinued plates, and not the gold plates which was what I was after. £86.40, can you blame me for not being able to pass up on that? I didn’t think I’d come across a better deal for a very long time. And it was in red, I’ve said that already haven’t I? Unfortunately the price has gone up on the straighteners on ASOS but it is still less than £135, it is now £115 and you can find it here.
What do I think of it? I’m loving it, I didn’t think it would make as much of difference to my hair as it has, my hair is definitely easier to straighten and it leaves a more shiny and glossy finish compared to before. I really can’t say much other than the fact I think it’s great, and a good investment and I can see this lasting me a very long time. I definitely won’t be repurchasing a straightener for a good long while. I’m very happy with this purchase.
So that is it for my first of two beauty splurges, I’m happy to say I do not regret this at all and if I could go back and rethink this decision I would definitely make the decision to purchase. That’s always a good way to look at things when you make splurges I think. I will do another post soon on my second splurge and it is another hair item that I splurged on but again I think it’s another investment. I hope you are having a good day and guess what? It’s snowing in London! Take care lovelies x
Hi lovelies, hope your January is going well. I’ve just handed in my first assignment of the new year and think I will spend today relaxing, eating out and going to the cinemas to watch a film. I’m still undecided between Gangster Squad and Les Miserable, but either way I have a feeling both films will be good to watch. But whilst I ponder over that, here is what I picked up in the sales in terms of beauty related items. There are hardly any items in this post, and absolutely no make up! I told you I’ve been behaving well in the sales..
I had two specific things on my mind when it came to beauty related items and I kind of ticked them off. The first thing on my mind were Lush bubble bars as usually the Lush Christmas products are 50% off in the sales. I wasn’t interested in any of the gift sets as I’ve previously bought sets from the sales and not really used them at all. The bubble bars however I adore and this time I decided to pick up two of the Santa’s Sack as they smelt the nicest to me. I picked up two for £4.15 and have already tucked in to one already. The bath turned in to a really pretty reddish pinkish orange (not the best description I admit) and the scent of vanilla and neroli was really relaxing.
The second item I knew I wanted were Yankee Christmas candles and tarts. I wasn’t really lucky in my local shopping centre, they only had these little candles which appealed to me and the bigger candles were in the scent of pine trees and oranges which really don’t float my boat. However I really liked the scent of these three mini candles and decided to take them home with me. I picked up Cranberry Ice, Christmas Eve and Red Berry & Cedar. I’m not sure how much they were priced at but altogether they came to be just under £3 (I think they were 90p each). I was hoping to come across some tarts but my luck was out however I will be heading to Westfield soon so will keep a look out for more!
That is all for my beauty related items. I know it doesn’t seem too beauty related however I purchased these products with a relaxing candle lit bubble bath in mind and to me that is completely beauty related. I was really surprised that I did all my beauty related shopping for under a tenner! Clearly my shopping addiction is being cured (or possibly I’ve over indulged in other areas in December – post coming on that soon!). I’d love to know what you’ve picked up in the sales, let me know! I’m on twitter/facebook/instragram (all on the side –>)
Until next time lovelies, have a lovely day full of smiles x
Hey beautiful! I absolutely love reading/watching what people picked up especially when it is sale shopping so I decided that I would jump on the bandwagon and let you all know what I have picked up. Now I have been behaving very very well, none of the usual extreme splurging that I tend to repeat every year since I started earning. I have been so well behaved, I feel I ought to treat myself to a shopping spree!
It has been two years in a row that I haven’t hit the shops on boxing day, and heaved numerous big bags home full of clothes that I will never wear. I always had an eye of bargains, I would bring home coats reduced to £20 from £100 and those coats probably see one or two days of light and then retire in the wardrobe and gather dust. I said I will no longer be so frivolous and two years sticking to that rule has made me a little proud. But I did manage to gather a few bits of clothing via online shopping.
My shop of choice this was Mango, the free delivery when you spend over £30 was what really did it for me! I hate paying for delivery.
So the first things I picked up were two basic vest tops, one in black and one in white. Really basic, so I decided not to add pictures of those. Now on to the rest of the shopping, bear in mind I wasn’t winter shopping instead I was picking up pieces to wear during the spring/summer season. I picked this little tshirt up as it looked casual and I am feeling the french/paris feel to it. I want to pick more items that feel a bit paris-esque, think my heart is craving to be in the city of love once again!
Item number two, another tshirt this time with a cute little print of Minne & Mickey mouse on it. I’m starting to feel a theme here and the theme is screaming Disneyland Paris! Again it was a nice little casual piece that I could pair easily with jeans and sunglasses. I can make a smart outfit of blazers and trousers more casual by putting this on underneath. I’m looking forward to playing around with this tee.
That was all I picked up when it came to tops, however I will be returning to Mango and pick up more tshirts from in store whether it be on sale or full price, as I am in the mood for casual tee shirts with nice prints. Their full price pricing isn’t dear at all, you can pick up a tee shirt for under £15 which I think is a bargain in itself! Now on to the trousers, and I picked up a couple of those too to rock in the spring/summer period.
I really love dressing smart casual most of the time. I prefer that over jeans and although I haven’t yet discovered a sense of style that I’m happy with fully, (I need to be more comfortable with myself), I think when I do find my own sense of style it’ll be in the smart casual range. I love these trousers I picked up, especially as I have heels practically identical to the ones above that I can’t wait to pair them with! I can imagine myself in a casual tee shirt, similar to the two I purchased, in those trousers and heels with a pair of sunglasses in the summer feeling uber glamorous. Also, those trousers will come handy for any meetings I may have this year.
I also picked up a pair in bright red. If I’ve learnt anything about myself in 2012 it’s my love of wearing the colour red, I have really enjoyed adding a splash of red to my outfits usually via red lipstick. Now these trousers will be a very big splash of red but I thought I’d take the leap and grab them as I hardly ever wear bright trousers. I think I’d pair this with something really plain, little a white or black shirt/top. Keep everything simple and maybe a bit of red lipstick to set it all off? I’m really looking forward to wearing these, I’ve tried them on and am loving them, but they’ll stay in my wardrobe till around March when the weather is a bit more pleasant.
Again another pair of smart trousers, this time in navy. I really wanted a navy pair in the style of the black and red one however they were out of stock in size 6. I love the finish to this pair however they are a bit long for my little 5″3ft frame! I can wear them folded up at the bottom or get my mum to take them in a bit however I am in two minds over this still. I may just return it in store and pick something else up, hopefully they’ll have some nice tops or if I am really lucky they’ll have the black and red pair in navy blue. That’ll be perfect.
On to the final item I picked up, it was this lovely pair of jeans. Now the thing with me and jeans is that every pair I buy just happens to be too loose. Sometimes loose by a huge amount, sometimes just a little bit but I don’t really mind too much. I never tried to fit into size 6 jeans, it’s just something I never tried but I thought I’d bite the bullet and purchase this in size 6. And.. they just about fit. I have to jump in them and suck my breath in to zip it up but I think a pair of jeans like that is good to have in your collection. I really liked the style of these jeans, I liked the line running down it, I’m not sure why but I just did. I am very happy with this pair that is for sure.
That is it for all my clothes shopping, I may be popping out shopping this weekend to grab a few necessities and might pop in to Mango to potentially exchange the blue pair and see what else they have in store. I am really happy with my purchases, there is nothing that I’m thinking won’t get used lots and I think I will be returning to Mango more often for trouser shopping as they seem to fit me so well. I have lost quite a bit of weight over stress in the summer, which is probably why I’m fitting in to size 6 trousers and although I want to put a bit of weight back on I hope it doesn’t pile up so soon that these trousers stop fitting! I picked up a few, and I really mean a few, beauty related goodies and I shall do a quick post on that soon. Until next time lovelies, have a great day – Tanzina x
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