What I Bought: August

As a pre-emptive budget blowing measure, I’m setting aside a certain allowance for each fortnight that I’m allowed to spend on myself. I’m a realist, and this money is a buffer to stop me from going crazy and dropping a lump sum on a whole bunch of stuff I don’t need just to get a shopping fix. The whole monitoring a super-strict budget thing seems to be working already because I hesitated and agonised over spending my allowance this month. But in the end I managed to part with my money, and this is what I’ve purchased since starting my super-strict budget plan in mid-August –

Alchemic Muse Pineapple Milk Body Lotion – I need body lotion like I need another elbow, but I’ve had this on my wishlist for Spring ever since laying eyes on it while placing my Winter haul at Alchemic Muse a couple of months ago. I mean, it’s pineapple milk scented. Do I really need to justify this?

Alchemic Muse Pineapple Milk Foaming Body Scrub – See above. PINEAPPLE MILK.

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Powder in Lush Nectarine – I have turned into a bit of a Michele1218 fangirl (read: style stalker), and bookmarked this blush as soon as she mentioned it in one of her summer haul videos. I may or may not have been sucked in by the shade name lush nectarine. Yum.

Beauty Blender Double Sponge Set – My current beauty blender is about to fall off the perch, so I was in the market for a new one and I noticed that the double pack on K&MU NY is only $5 more than a single beauty blender. Bargain.

Geeniejay Neon Pink Geometric Post Earrings – One of the three things I had on my wishlist for my Spring wardrobe this year was a pair of neon pink studs, and when I saw these pinned on Pinterest I knew I had to have them.

Container Store Haul

If we had the Container Store in Australia I would probably live there. We have our own versions of the store of course, but the majority of them charge exorbitant amounts of money for things that I honestly don’t think should cost so much. But that is a whole different post, and one I will probably never bother to write (cue collective sign of relief). I placed the order using parcel forwarding service Hop Shop Go, and I’m going to have to make the most of this stuff because the shipping cost was so high that I’ll never be ordering from the Container Store again. Woe. I ordered a few bits and pieces, mostly things to help me organise my life (vinyl document holders to keep different types of paperwork together for projects I’m working on, manila folders for storing bills/press releases, receipt file to help me keep track of things I purchase for my new house, paper flags to use in my Lilly Pulitzer planner and weekly to-do post it notes), and a few travel-friendly things for my trip later this year. Mmm, organisation.

Beauty Haul: LUSH, Burt’s Bees & Jo Malone

A couple of weekends ago I spent Sunday in the city with my mum and grandmother. We visited the art gallery, had some lunch and did a bit of shopping. I’d written out a little list of things that I wanted to check out and possibly buy and I picked up everything I’d initially wanted (and a little bit more). I really wanted to visit the LUSH store, because there are only two stores in Perth, and it’s a massive trek for me to get to the Garden City store so I rarely make the effort to go (nb: while writing this post I double checked the locations in Perth only to discover that they’re opening a LUSH store at my favourite shopping centre – happy days!).

I picked up the Big Shampoo (to replace my Fekkai Apple Cider Rinse Clarifying Shampoo), the Sympathy For The Skin body lotion (this is a really beautiful product, I’m glad I picked it up) and the Catastrophe Cosmetic fase masque.

I stopped by the Burt’s Bees counter at David Jones because I’ve been looking for a very neutral, milky smelling body wash and I remember really liking their shea and milk range. So I picked that up along with a body scrub (which smells amazing by the way).

Finally I stopped off at the Jo Malone counter at David Jones because I really wanted to smell the Nectarine Blossom & Honey perfume to see if it was something I would be interested in buying for Spring/Summer this year. Clearly it was because I purchased it alongside the English Pear & Freesia fragrance (which is now a bit of a regret for me, florals just don’t seem to like my skin chemistry).

iHerb Haul

I had no plans to buy any more beauty products this season, but when someone posted a discount code for iHerb on Twitter I decided to head over and have a look at what they had to offer. I’ve been dying to try the Skin Trip coconut body lotion for years but could never justify the cost of shipping it internationally so when I saw that iHerb stock it (and have reasonable shipping fees) you best believe that I was all over that shizz. I also picked up a couple of Physician’s Formula items (somehow I ordered eyeliner sets for both brown and green eyes – I’m not sure how that happened) and also the infamous Queen Helene mint julep face masque. The order also came with a little coupon attached to the invoice, and if you use GEC560 you will get $5 off of your first iHerb purchase. Go forth and spend!

Strawberrynet Haul

I hadn’t planned to buy any more products this season, but after I used up my last sample sachet of the Kerastase nectar thermique I felt the urge to buy myself a full bottle of the product because I loved it so much. So I did. I also ordered another packet of the Boscia blotting linens (I ran out of a packet this month), another Clinique chubby stick (this time in the shade Woppin’ Watermelon) and two of the Jack Black lip balms.