It’s a bit of a tradition for me to spend my collected Boots points after Christmas whilst the sales are on. The Christmas gift sets are reduced heavily and it’s normally the best time in the year to pick up things like perfume whilst all their gifting range is around 50% off. We also got some vouchers from our wedding June which we finally got round to spending so I thought I’d share those purchases too as it all came from one shopping trip to Nottingham.Boots Points
Glamglow Mask Set – £27.99
I had eyed this up a couple of times and it went on sale for half price, I looked at it in Boots and decided I wasn’t going to get it, but I saw the same set laid out in Space NK and saw how decent the sizes were I decided to go back to Boots and get it with my points.
If you’re a regular reader then you’ll be no stranger to the fact that I love a face mask, and I’ve only ever tried one from Glam Glow in the past. Admittedly it wasn’t one I loved or would want to repurchase, but this Set was such good value and there’s bound to be one in here than I like, and the value of the Set was too good to pass up.
The set contained a 50ml (full size) Youthmud which by itself is normally £42 – with 15ml samplers of Youthmud, Gravitymud and Thirsty Mud – which almost adds up collectively to another full size pot – so this Set has a value of around £80 (I’m too full of chocolate right now to do the specific maths), but fantastic value for money.
YSL Black Opium Collectors Perfume 50ml – £47.51
Black Opium has been on my list to get for the past 18 months or so, I promised myself it would be my treat for when I’d finished up most of the perfumes I’d been trying to clear out of my collection. I’d tried to snag a gift set in the Sales but they sold out online immediately, this was the same price as the 50ml bottle sets, so whilst it wasn’t quite as good value as the sets, the price of this is normally £70, and as a fragrance that never goes on offer it was worth it. This was the LE Christmas design of the bottle which is why it was discounted and I managed to snag the last one in the store.
Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush Set – £15.00
I thought the Real Techniques sets felt really overpriced this year, but in the sale they were much better value. This one contained the 200 oval blending brush which is one of my favourites for blending and costs more than 15 by itself if bought normally. This pot for me is too small and looks a little cheap, and I don’t think I’ll use it, I’m going to keep it in my cupboard and if I’ve not found a use for it in a few months I’ll toss it out.
John Lewis Wedding Vouchers
Ben and I were gifted several batches of John Lewis vouchers for our wedding we had an idea of what we’d wanted to get and hadn’t really seen anything over the past 6 months that had taken our fancy online. We visited the Nottingham store last week and found the two things we’d wanted to get and snag a good deal on them too.
Pure H4 Bluetooth Radio
We got this to replace the radio in our kitchen, which I got for Christmas pre-Uni when I was about 16 maybe, so it’s over 10 years old. It’s been in every kitchen we’ve lived in together and whilst it still works, it’s fabric speakers have absorbed some marks over the years, and it also take up quite a lot of space on the worktop – so it’s one we’re putting in the loft for when we move, hopefully at some point this year.
We had a good look at all the options in JL, we had somethings we knew we wanted like Bluetooth but wasn’t that specific about brands etc, we looked at everything from Amazon Echos (we decided the speakers on those were crap), to the Roberts radios. I didn’t like the pod style speaker designs like the echos and wanted something I could just switch, Ben wanted something with Bluetooth. And ideally we didn’t want to spend over £200, we saw the PURE range and really liked the modern-retro fusion design of them and thought it would be nice and easy to wipe down being made of wood and plastic.
We decided not to get it as they weren’t on offer as we wasn’t desperate to get one, but after another visit later on in the day we spotted a clearance section nestled at the back – we found an ex-demo model in the colour we liked most and it was £30 off, it’s in perfect condition and has a long guarantee so it was fine for us so we snapped it up.
John Lewis Decorative Weave Bedding
I’d got to the point where I was bored of seeing a lot of the bedding in our room having had most of it since we moved into our home I was starting to fancy a change and have had my eye out on the range online and whilst I saw a few things I liked I felt like they were either not worth the money or Ben didn’t like them. I remember I did show this one to Ben online and it was rejected, but when we saw it on a bed in the store we both liked it. Strangely it wasn’t in the sale, but we happened to find a stray one in our size which was, so we managed to snag it for 40 instead of 70. It has a slightly textured feel in the top but the bottom side is very soft feeling, it’s already been washed and gone straight into our bed and I’m happy with our choice!
Let me know if you snagged yourself any sale bargains in the comments