Tuesday, August 06, 2013

£30 shopping Challenge!!

So, I have a tendency to spend A LOT when i'm shopping. Like every other girl I know I go into town to buy an essential and I leave with about 10 other "essentials".

So when I decided I was going up to Silverburn (a shopping centre just outside Glasgow) to get a birthday present for my Mum and a few "essentials" L suggested I try and set myself a £30 limit. I accepted the challenge and this is what happened.

This is what I got from Boots:

 This Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer is AMAZING!!! It makes your dark circles, blemishes and discolouring just disappear!!! I use it in No.2 Light.
It cost me - £4.99

Next is this Collection 2000 Hot Looks nail polish in Electric Dream. I normally don't buy Collection 2000 nail polish because I feel like they don't have the best colour range but because I spent over £4 on the Collection 2000 Concealer I got to choose a free nail polish. I'm not crazy on this colour so I havent tried it yet, but it was the only one I remotely liked the look of!
Cost - free

Now....These I discovered about a month ago while doing a late night food shop with L and after using them just once I fell in love!!! They are the Garnier Fresh Essentials Cleansing wipes with Grape Extract. They remove waterproof make-up completely (as well as normal stuff obviously!) as well as removing dead skin cells and also tones and purifies at the same time! They smell lovely and fresh and leaves your skin feeling lovely and smooth! I sometimes use these in the morning as well as a face wash just because I feel it leaves my skin smother before applying make-up than my face-wash does!!! So I picked up another packet!
Cost - 3.25

The last thing I got on Boots was this Natural Collection eye liner in black. I saw Fleurdeforce talking about this in a budget make-up look she filmed on her youtube channel (definitely forth checking out she is awesome!!) and so when I saw the Natural Collection stand I thought Id grab this since Im needing a new black eye liner anyway. I've used it a couple of times since and its safe to say that although it's cheap its definitely quite high quality! I put it on in the morning and its still there 6 hours later! Love it!
Cost - £1.99

So thats everything from Boots and that came to a total of £9.43

Next I went to Superdrug (btw sorry for any Americans or other nationalities reading this you probably won't know what Boots and Superdrug are! They're basically like CVS or  Walgreen from what I can see!) here's what I got:

 The Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. I think I'm Soft Beige but it doesn't say what shade it is on the bottle and I can't remember what shade I ended up being!!! I have fallen in love with this foundation!!! It is beautiful on the skin, It brightens it and gives you a fresh awake look! It build really well and doesn't cake when you do! I just absolutely adore this makes my skin look!!
Cost - £8.99

 Last for superdrug I bought the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Papaya. I put this on my toes pretty much as soon as I got home and I love it! I put a bottom coat because I had heard that the Gelly paints can stain your nails but there's no need for a top coat. You can see below how shiney they look and this photo was taken a week ago and they still haven't chipped at all! Really worth checking out! The only thing I'd say about this was that I was disapointed in the way It looked on my finger nails but I think thats maybe because my hands aren't tanned at all but my feet have a little tan which the colour reacts lovely with!
Cost - £3.99
 Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Papaya

I did actually buy one more thing in Superdrug, I got a little eyeshadow duo that had a lovely pink and a sort of light turquoise in it from 2True which cost me £1.99 but somehow before I got home It had smashed so I had to put it in the bin. 

So at Superdrug I spent a total of £14.97.

Which means!!! The total money I spent was £24.40!!! Total Success!!! I stayed well under my limit with a fiver left over!!! So proud of myself!! I stuck to things on the list I had made up and I didn't buy anything that I didn't go there to buy! The only thing I didn't find was a bronzer and highlighter but I didn't see any that I liked.

I definitely learned a few things while doing this challenge and I thought I'd make a list of tips for you guys!

1. Set yourself a budget. Try and stick to something realistic for the items your wanting to purchase. For example, don't set £10 if your going to buy a foundation, concealer and nail polish. For good quality £10 would not do!

2. Write out a list of things you want to get and add up what they might cost you. If you know in advance what your going to spend and your under budget you'll be able to get 1 or 2 nonessentials!

3. Take a friend you trust to help you stick to your budget. Taking a friend who is a big spender will just make you want to spend more and if your like me, you'll end up doing just that! Also taking a friend will make the whole experience more fun!

4. Definitely stay away from the make-up counter girls!!! They're job is to make you spend spend spend! If you do end up talking to one STAY STRONG, explain your shopping on a budget and are only looking for one thing. Hopefully they will understand and not push you into buying extra things!

5. Keep in your mind that you don't have to go for low cost products. With make-up you get what you pay for a lot of the time so be careful! If you stick to your budget but only leave with a few things don't worry! You stuck to your budget, got your essentials and will probably be pretty happy with the quality etc! Not coping with a lot of rubbishy quality stuff that you hate! Be proud of yourself!

So I hope this post was an interesting one and helps you see that even on a budget you can get some really great essentials and some nonessentials too!!

Hope your all having a great Tuesday and I'll see you next time!


  1. Such a great post!!!Your blog is lovely!!!! Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin' ? xxx
    Gleaming Spire * Bloglovin'

    1. Hi ^_^ Omg Thank you so much!!! I sometimes get worried that people don't really read my blogs. They just click on them and click back out of them because they don't like them or something!! Sounds silly lol!! But i'm so glad you took the time to read through it!

      I would love that!!! I just checked out (and followed) your blog and I can already tell that i'm going to love reading both your old and new posts!!

      Thank you so much again!!!


  2. I have just discovered your blog today and I already love it! hence me posting on this post since I'm stalking through all of them! :3 I've just followed you on here and I love how you managed to stick to your budget! I can never seem to do that! x

    1. Hi, I am so so sorry! I didn't see you had posted this!!! (I always forget to check the second page of my uploads!!) Thanks for your lovely comments! I'm just about to go and check out your blog just now!

      So sorry again!!