Anyone who's read Ellis Tuesday, especially at this time of year, before, will know just how much I love a good sale but this year I was pretty restrained, well restrained for me. I could easily have cleared the shelves in Lush when it came to all of their brilliant Christmas gift sets and limited edition products but instead I just kept asking myself 'do you really need it?' before getting carried too away.
This year my aim is to stop buying things that I don't really need. That's not to say I won't treat myself from time to time but a lot of what I do buy, particularly in the sales, goes unused for months if not years. So I was a little more picky this year and this is what I picked up;
The first place that I headed to early on Boxing Day morning was Lush and even though I could have left with as many Christmas gift sets, bath bombs and bubble bars as I could have possibly carried, I decided to be quite restrained and stick to something I know that I love and use. I managed to get three big bottles of my beloved Snow Fairy and since I won't be able to get my hands on it again until Winter, this felt like a justified purchase. Who else makes sure to stock up on Snow Fairy when it goes into the sale?
I then made my way to Boots to see if I could get my hands on a few Soap & Glory Christmas gift sets and I was over the moon to see a few of the ones that I had my eye on still sitting on the shelf. The first one I spied and it's hard not to notice it, was the Soaper Star set. Down from it's original price of £20, which was already a big bargain, to £10, the Soaper Star set comprises of seven great products. And when you consider the fact that just the Clean On Me Shower Gel is £6.50 on it's own and this whole set is just £10, I think you'll agree that it's a real bargain. It also includes a full size The Scrub Of Your Life, a pair of pink cosy socks, a shower puff, a tub of The Righteous Butter and two travel sized tubes of Hand Food and Heel Genius.
I then spotted the Crazy Sexy Kohl set. I've wanted to try Soap & Glory's eyeliners for a while now so to find a set that includes five gorgeous shades for just £7, down from £14, really did blow my mind. I'll be sure to review these once I've put them to the test.
And how could I leave this fantastic gift set behind? I've mentioned over and over again just how much I adore Soap & Glory's body butters so to have all five of their body butters in travel sized form is fantastic. I've also never tried Flake Away before so that was what swung it for me in terms of adding this to my basket, that and the £8 price tag. What's your favourite Soap & Glory scent?
Sadly I missed the Boots online sale where all of the Christmas Yankee Candles halved in price. But I did make a trip into Glasgow City Centre to see if I could pick up my favourite Yankee Candle Christmas candle; Christmas Cookie and a large jar of it at that but sadly both Clintons and my local Yankee Scotland store had completely sold out of it. However, I did spy a large jar of a new Christmas favourite sitting on the shelf. Berry Trifle has quickly made it into my top 5 Yankee fragrances despite it only being released this Winter. It just smells so good! What is your favourite festive Yankee Candle fragrance?
I then headed to John Lewis to pick up an online order when I found myself distracted by the sale section. I've been looking for a backpack for a good while now and I hadn't seen any that took my fancy until I saw this one. It was originally £39 down to £19.50 and anyone who knows me knows just how much I love all things leopard print. I can't wait to take this with me on holiday to Florida this year as it will be great for days out, trips to the malls and any Disney excursions plus it's made out of a material that means it won't get ruined either in the Scottish weather or the Floridian downpours.
And last but not least. I've had my eye on this bag since I first saw it in Accessorize a number of months ago, not that I needed another cross body bag but when I spotted it in the sale I couldn't leave it behind. The colour is one I don't own any handbags in despite loving it and it's a great size for those days when all I need to hand are my essentials.
So what do you think of my sale buys and savings? Did you bag any bargains in the Boxing Day or January sales? And are you more of a fan of shopping online from the comfort of your home or battling the crowds in the shops?