I’ve spent a lot of time over the past three months looking at things in shops, but actually buying products has been a rarity. You may think that because I post a lot of hauls when I am at home that I am a chronic shopper, but in reality, I am really quite cheap. This combination of cheapness and the conversion rate (£1 = $1.64USD) has led to a pretty dismal amount of products being purchased during my time in England.
However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the products that I did buy, and even just walking around shops was a cultural experience of sorts (and made me appreciate how cheap US cosmetics are).
In terms of beauty shopping, I really liked the fact that Boots and Superdrug both have testers for all of their products. I desperately wish they would implement this at stores in the US. In the UK, you can’t return beauty products (even unopened) so, they have the testers to make sure that whatever you are looking at is going to suit you before you buy it.
Honestly, I’d rather have the testers than the ability to return beauty products in the US. It’s much more of a hassle to buy something, not like it, and then return it versus being able to try something right in the store.
But, since I haven’t done a beauty haul in like…three months, I figured now is as good as time as any to show you the random collection of things I have picked up over the past three months and just recently.
I bought the Garnier Hand Repair Cream a few weeks ago for £3.13 at Boots because my hands were so dry and, the cheaper cream I bought just wasn’t working. I actually really like this lotion a lot. It absorbs fast and moisturizes for a long time.
The Barry M Kohl Pencil was £2.99, and it has become a daily staple these past couple of weeks. It’s not perfect, as it does smudge if I put it outside of my waterline, but it’s good for tight lining. I’m finding that dark brown suits my eye color/skin tone much better than black.
The NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Creamy Caramel was £1.99, and I’ve been using it every once in awhile since I got here. It’s just a smidgen darker than my natural lip color, so it looks nice for a simple look. It does chap my lips though.
The Superdrug Vitamin E SPF 15 Eye Cream was £2.99. I just bought it last week on a whim. I have no real opinion of it. I checked the reviews online after I bought it, and they are brutal, but I can’t really say that I love it or hate it. It’s just okay.
I will say, I have definitely bought nail polish while I’ve been here. Specifically, Barry M. Yesterday, I was in Superdrug and, I was buying some bottles to bring home and the woman at the counter gave me a free bottle because of some Barry M promotion. It just happened that the free bottle was another glitter shade. I swear I am not going glitter crazy!
I was in the mall two weeks ago, and I stopped in H&M to look for Christmas gifts. I ended up leaving with gifts for me. Oops. The key necklace was on clearance for £2. The infinity bracelet, which I am obsessed with, was £2.99. To be honest though, H&M doesn’t really do it for me in the UK. The style is too different from my own and even without the conversion rate, it’s more expensive than at home.
Last but not least, yesterday I went to The Body Shop. Even with the conversion rate, The Body Shop is cheaper in the UK. This Madagascan Vanilla Flower Fragrance Mist was £7.50. I have been spritzing it all night long. It smells so good. I don’t know why I waited until the last week I was here to buy a fragrance, but I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
Honestly though, when I came to the UK, I was really excited to shop in the same stores as a lot of English bloggers but, when I got here I was surprised how expensive some of the stores were. Stores like Top Shop, Zara, and Next are kinda expensive even without the conversion rate. Granted, most of my money was spent in places like Superdrug, Primark, Pound Land, and Wilkinson (i.e. cheap places) so maybe my idea of expensive is a little off.
Then again, Pound Land is where it’s at.
4 days until I return to the US.