I was really happy when I was asked along to my local shopping centre Queensgate to participate in another shopping challenge. This time hitting up the January sales, this girl is on a beauty no-buy this month, a few days in being back at work it was already proving hard and having a gift card to spend (which definitely doesn’t count for the no-buy), was a way to relieve some of the January Blues.
My challenge read…
January weather can really take its toll on your skin and hair. Use your voucher to ensure you are glowing, (even if January isn’t) with gorgeous hair masks, luxurious face creams or maybe some make up to brighten up your everyday look. Remember, you must spend as much of the voucher on yourself as possible and shop the sales. Don’t forget the fabulous retailers down Westgate Arcade!
With a £50 gift card in tow, I hit the shops – I was very limited on time so a speed shop was on the cards. Whilst I did have a quick peek in Boots, I’d already hit their sale last week and snagged everything I had wanted to get in there already, so I perused the other end of the centre – I bought items from three different stores and also took a walk through MAC (who sadly had no Snowball collection items left) and M&S who did have some beauty items left in their sale, but it’s not a particularly huge beauty section in Queensgate – what they had left was mostly bath products and some lavender based sets – both of which if you read regularly will know aren’t for me.
First up I hit up John Lewis. My first point of call was the Origins and Liz Earle counters hoping I could spy some gorgeous skincare sets – sadly other than a ginger themed mini set from Origins neither had any sets in the sale. I still took a walk through the other beauty counters and spotted the YSL “The Shock” Mascara set which was reduced down to £15.50. I’ve been wanting to try this mascara as I mentioned in my YSL Faux Cils review (also bought with a previous voucher from Queensgate). There was plenty of makeup offers still to be found on Lancome & YSL Counters, as well as some beautiful fragrance sets and larger skincare sets that would have eaten heftily into my budget.
Next stop was Lush. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – I want to love Lush but as someone who doesn’t like baths it can be really easy to become overwhelmed. I wanted to try and find myself a mini set that maybe had a shower gel alongside a bath bomb, but I stumbled across one shower set packed with a tonne of goodies to try. What I liked most was that whilst most of these were limited edition Christmas scents none of them particularly jumped out at me as “Ooh no, that’s too Christmassy for January”.
The ‘Happy Christmas’ set was reduced from £41.95 to £20.50 – and contained 7 items featuring the Happy Hippy, Bubbly & Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gels, Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly, Baked Alaska & Christmas Citrus soaps and the Christingle body conditioner. It all came boxed in a lovely hexagonal box, which will be great for storage all year as it’s not too Christmas themed and it gives me a load of products to try that I would actually love to try. Lush in Peterborough had a surprising amount of gift sets still left as well as Christmas bath bombs and shower gels still on sale. It’s worth popping in if you were on the hunt for stocking up on a particular favourite.
My last stop was Superdrug – having known I’d already snagged everything I’d hoped to get in the Boots sale earlier in December (although they did still have many sets available, it’s worth popping in, especially if your a Soap and Glory fan they had tonnes left!). There wasn’t a huge selection available left in the Superdrug sale, if you’re a Zoella or Tanya Burr Fan however you wouldn’t have been disappointed. Tanya’s Advent Calendar was reduced to just £6.99, and whilst tempting at that price I knew it was filled with glosses (which I don’t wear) and nail polishes (I know I don’t like her formula). I was hoping to snag an Essie advent calendar, but unsurprisingly they’d all gone.
I was however keen to try Tanya’s liquid lip formula (being the liquid lip addict that I am – I snagged the last set of her Christmas minis – the set featured a gorgeous plum with a slight metallic finish and a red, these were reduced to £1.99 and it seemed like a perfect way to try the formula.
Lastly two items from Zoella’s Christmas line, I picked up the Winter Wonderland hand cream which was reduced to £1.99 – I’ve really enjoyed her original hand cream in the past and thought this would be good to put on my bedside when I’ve finished my next one up. Finally was a mini fragrance set of four of Zoella’s sprays, I know not all of them would be my cup of tea, but I thought some of these at £6.99 for the set would be handy to either put in my desk at work or keep in my handbag. I may pop any of these I don’t think I’ll like in my giveaway next week (the Gingerbread one, will definitely be kept to one side, I don’t like smelling like a bakery).
If you’re a local to Peterborough make sure you head into Queensgate to shop the January Sales – so many of the shops had lots on offer, I walked through the John Lewis fashion section a tiny bit jealous I didn’t have a fashion challenge! There was so many beautiful pieces! I really like hitting the shops a little later than boxing day – the madness has died down and extra discounts are available to snag an extra good deal.
Check out the other Qbloggers and their challenges
- Emily had a cosy night in challenge
- Leslie had a task to find toys and crafts to entertain her children
- Jaymee had a task to find wardrobe staples
- Tasha was challenged to buy something she wouldn’t normally
Have you snagged anything in the sales yet?
*Thanks to Queensgate who provided a gift card was in exchange for a blog post.