I love a good bargain. My motto is: The more I save, the more I can treat myself to. And don’t forget, this means trying new things.
Today I paid a visit to my a local Scout Jumble Sale in Coventry so it was all for a good cause. I was brought up at jumble sales where toys were cheap; my parents weren’t poor at the time but they were growing up and so their unwilling to spend has partly rubbed off on me. They thought I was insane when I bought my first Mulberry bag. To my mum, a bag is just a bag.
I tend to spend more time at the bric-a-brac stalls for all sorts of weird and wonderful vintage crockery and homewear finds with character. At first glance, the merchandising is always left to be desired so you really need to dig deep – things are easily missed.
So today I fell on some brand new luxurious and high street beauty products among many others and thought I would share with you some highlights of my haul. Unusually, I could only find one kitchen and homeware item.
1. Firstly, I found Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter for 50 pence which smells of lovely perfumed roses with a high note. I have heard lots of bloggers and YouTubers talk about Soap & Glory and personally have overlooked this brand as the packaging looks cheap and naff, like a Debenham’s own-brand. It surprisingly retails around the £9 mark and generally think a body cream for £9 is extortionate. I mostly prefer rich nutty body butters from The Body Shop, so it will be interesting to compare it while using.
2. Next I found Avon’s Skin So Soft Silky Moisture Dry Oil Body Spray for 25p (£4.60 on Amazon. This strangely enough is to ward off any midges while camping. Last Summer we toured Scotland for two weeks in our camper van and found the most beautiful places were invested with bitey flies. I am itching as I type this. A Scotsman had recommended Skin So Soft and luckily we found most tourist shops selling them and it worked great, but you need to reapply several times in the day so this is going straight in my backpack for our many camping trips this year.
3. My 3rd purchase was my usual Simple Facial Toner but instead of paying £2.50, I paid 50p. Not a huge saving but for something I use all the time, it just made sense. This is very refreshing on my skin before I apply almond oil to hydrate and then my Simple hydrating lotion.
4. I then found a 20ml tube of Elemis Instant Refreshing Gel 20p which I have never tried but my Beauty Therapist cousin insists Elemis is one of the best to buy. For a 150ml tube, you would be looking at the £30 mark. Initially I thought it was for eyes but states it is for forehead, temples and neck which I think sounds a little random. I cannot wait to have a spa night in and try this, mostly on my forehead.
5. I mis-read the next to items thinking they were from The White Company although there were clearly some used ones which I dismissed. These to bottles are Boot’s White Collection: a body wash and lotion. I’m not as excited to try them but they look beautiful for my recently renovated from bathroom.
6. I found a hand-made wooden bowl for 30p. I love wooden table objects and this one will be starring in my many food photos for my blog and a proud fruit bowl on my kitchen table.
7. My penultimate top purchase was a brand new Atmosphere studded nude pink table cover for £1. I admire nude colours but don’t normally buy them as they don’t match my skin tones (I am a winter person), but I do have a soft pale grey Darling mac which will team beautifully when I am out with my Samsung tablet. It isn’t real leather so don’t expect it to last a long time but I’ll happily appreciate whatever life it has for the price. It clips closed with a press stud and has an elastic trim holding it together.
8. My final favourite purchase was my vintage boxed stainless steel cheese grinder for a crazy 50p. It is so much sturdier than most part-plastic ones on the market these days. Although it is quite clunky for a grater and can only grate small portions at any one time on small grate setting, it makes life so much easier. Just trap the cheese in and turn the handle… so much fun, too! I had an old mouli-grater years ago but have misplaced it from many house moves so I’m sure I can squeeze this into my packed kitchen cupboard!
The other things I bought were some jeans, books and a beautiful oil painting of flowers in a vase for my living room. Not bad for an hour’s fun rummaging I thought.
Let me know if you liked this different post which was a change compared to my usual healthy recipe and hopefully I can do a couple of beauty reviews when I given them more time.
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