In summer I happen to have more spending money than usual, so I can treat myself to a rather rare shopping spree. This year I managed to buy quite a bit- enough to make a post about. Indulging in yourself like this is okay and healthy- as long as you don’t overdo it!! Moderation is key.
This post doesn’t feature everything I bought this summer. I didn’t include new clothes, because they’re in my updated wardrobe post, and I’ll likely feature them in future posts too. I also left out one thing because I will do a separate post on it. Therefore we are left with small but adorable trinkets. I’ll cover them quite briefly, but some of them will have more detailed posts and reviews in the future.
A small shopping trip from late June.
Those star earrings are a real gem. They were on sale, so I didn’t hesitate. I always liked the dreamy feel of celestial themes, but I am lacking in them. I love their refined elegance, and the size makes them rather showy- they are a lovely touch to many outfits.
The necklace was also on sale. It was a bit of an impulse buy, but it complements my jewellery collection very well. The heart is a locket, but I don’t know whether I’ll put anything in there. It’s also got holographic silver glitter and an adorable tiny star charm, making it a good match for the earrings. This necklace is versatile and is good for making plainer outfits more interesting, for instance.
I love using face masks. I usually do a homemade rice mask, sometimes mixed with other ingredients, but I also enjoy using interesting ready-made masks. It’s easy to find an affordable one that will leave my skin feeling soft, nourish it, and make me feel amazing. Matcha is nothing strange to me- I practise Japanese tea ceremony. It’s extremely high in antioxidants. However, I’ve never used it on my face. That’s why I decided to try this mask, so I don’t have to waste matcha that I’d rather drink. I haven’t used it yet, but it surely looks promising. The cute packaging is a bonus too.
Scented candles are addictive. I use them sometimes when I’m relaxing in bed after a tiring day (like now- I’m lying and writing this post on my phone with an iced tea candle burning) and while studying, drawing, reading… the soothing flame creates a nice atmosphere and the gentle sweet scent is very relaxing and pleasant. I especially like candles in jars. This one is part of a series that I have three other candles from. Pretty packaging, affordable pricing and interesting scents are enough to lure me in. This candle, called “Almonds Nuts”, has an intense sweetly smell with a pronounced nutty addition. It really does remind me of almonds or marzipan.
I paint my nails rather often. I like choosing colour combinations and having pretty nails is rather motivating and improves my mood. A new polish to add something new is very refreshing- especially this gorgeous pearly lilac shade with periwinkle undertones. It looks gorgeous under the light in particular. This polish is from the brand Catrice.
Finally, something that I always wanted, but couldn’t get around to buying- a portable spray bottle. I mentioned in my post on dealing with the heat that I like to fill it with water and spray myself before fanning the wet areas for an effect similar to air conditioning. In the unbearably hot weather, a refreshing water mist is a must. It really makes a difference for a very small price.
Now, things that I bought around the middle of August when I was visiting my family in my native city.
I will be going from left to right, top to bottom.
First is a lovely moisturiser by Ziaja. It’s a Polish brand that makes affordable and effective cosmetics. They also smell lovely. Not only can I support brands from my country, but I also get a lot in return. This moisturiser includes calendula extract, and it has a pleasant and subtle floral smell. It differs in texture from my other moisturisers- it’s semi-oily. It’s rather thick and very hydrating, and contains vitamin E. The cream will be especially useful in the winter, but not only.
Next we have two more masks. They were also very affordable, which is a very important factor. The one on the left is another Japanese theme- yuzu lime is something I’ve never tried. It’s a type of Asian citrus that moisturises, protects, regenerates and smoothens out the skin. It’s a hydrogel mask containing sesame proteins that improve skin elasticity. I really look forward to trying it. On the right is a pearl mask. Its effect is mostly lifting and brightening. Rosemary acid also protects the skin. There is also apple extract that helps collagen production.
Next is a beautiful mug that was very affordable, but does its job perfectly. The design is very pretty and fancy, making it perfect for a Monday morning coffee, for instance, as it pleases the eye, improving my mood.
Next is a beautiful eyeshadow palette that happened to be on sale. I mainly bought it for the red shade in the middle- I’ve been searching for a juicy scarlet for a while. The other shades are also stunning, making the whole palette worth it. I will certainly make a detailed review at some point, because the lovely colours deserve to be shown properly!
Until fairly recently I usually wore my hair down. It still is my go-to hairstyle, but when hot weather arrived, I usually had my hair away from my neck, and became more open to other hairstyles. A nice hair tie can make a simple braid or bun much more interesting. This elegant velvet hair band will be a nice addition to my hair, especially when I decide to skip other hair accessories.
Another nail polish. Since I’m lacking in blue shades, and I particularly liked this one, I bought it without hesitation, especially since it was also affordable. It’s a lovely sky-blue colour, with a bit toned-down and elegant feel.
Lipstick can be like war paint. When I don’t feel like doing make-up on the rest of my face, I just apply a nice shade on my lips. This one is a chocolatey mauve-ish shade.
I wear jewellery every day, it makes me feel good and makes outfits more interesting. This elegant and simple bracelet has a dainty star charm, making it a perfect match for the earrings.
I always quite liked mermaid makeup brushes, but I never got around to buying them as they were often rather expensive and I wasn’t that desperate. However, when I saw them in a Chinese shop for very affordable prices, I decided to try them. The only flaw was the glue application- the upper part was unstable. However, I quickly fixed it with superglue. Apart from the pretty design making my makeup routine more interesting, the brush has very soft bristles and the shape is different from my other brushes, so I can easily blend and cover larger areas.
Next are hair clips. I don’t have too many hair accessories, so those are a welcome addition. I especially like those on the left, as they’re nice and subtle. The ones on the right are cute and look like butterflies, they’re also bolder.
My lips are rather dry, so I must always have some lip balm. This one has a lovely peachy scent and is very moisturising too.
Another scented candle from the same collection as the almond one. This one has a summery coconut scent, a subtle sweetness.
I couldn’t resist those stickers- their small price and iridescence attracted me instantly. They can be used for many creative projects. The lavender-bluish colour reminds me of the sea, and the shapes are cute and versatile. Something as simple as stickers can make a plain notebook or box much more interesting.
Next- two bars of soap. I never used much bar soap, but the lovely scents of those attracted me, and I ended up liking using them. One is elegant rose, and the other- relaxing lavender. Both are ingredients I really like in cosmetics, and the defined smells make them very pleasant to wash myself with.
Next- another hair tie. This one matches my pompon earrings, and I will likely be using it a lot in the winter. The bunny ears are an adorable touch, making it a nice addition to springtime outfits also.
I was never an avid user of hand cream, but I decided to give it a try, as the price was small. It really made a difference- I started paying attention to when my hands are dry, and realised that using cream really does make me feel much better. It has silk proteins and vitamin B5. The smell is refined and subtle, it moisturises and soothes very well, makes my hands feel soft and smooth and absorbs very quickly, which is convenient.
Next is a gorgeous glass box that I bought for the purpose of keeping my homemade powder foundation in. It’s very luxurious and princessy, and also has a mirror inside. Both beautiful and practical.
Even more scented candles in pretty packaging, with a gorgeous rose scent.
Next is a hair band that is simple and elegant, and very versatile. Although it’s rather modest, it makes a difference. I like the small and subtle bow.
Finally, a cute bracelet. It’s easy to wear as it’s on elastic. I like the tassel- it matches my tassel earrings perfectly.
Now, some unexpected gifts I got from my mum. Apart from my favourite white chocolate, I also received a lovely perfume with a balanced sweet scent, and a new purse. It’s small and practical, fitting everything I need. It’s also rather elegant.
I also received this lovely bracelet. Under the sunlight it beautifully shimmers in the colours of the rainbow. It also goes with everything.
Finally, I received some socks. Although they’re mostly not very visible, cute socks are a welcome addition, lifting my mood. The blue ones have adorable ears too!
Those earrings caught my eye a while ago. I finally got around to buying them, and I’m glad I did. They are soft and quite bold, so they’re an interesting addition.
I also went on a small shopping trip once I returned home.
I always liked marine themes, and I wanted a seashell theme necklace to match one of my bracelets as well as some marine-themed outfits. I found those lovely necklaces on clearance sale- they are exactly what I’ve been looking for. They will be used in many summertime outfits.
Next is a hair mask. I don’t do anything special to my hair- it’s only dyed. So I decided to give this mask a try. I think that I’ll be making my own once this runs out, however. I like the smoothie packaging- it perfectly matches the ingredients; moringa, maca and kale are all “superfoods” containing high levels of antioxidants. I’ve only used this once so far- the pack is for three uses. It left my hair feeling very soft, and I noticed that it looks a bit better also.
Well, it’s difficult for me to resist a face mask. First is an olive mask, with hyaluronic acid and green olive leaf essence. Its effect is regenerating, hydrating, smoothing, vitalising and brightening, as well as soothing.
The other mask is a manuka honey nourishing and moisturising one. It’s regenerating, strengthening and smoothing. It is also supposed to brighten the skin and even it out. I like the bee theme, and I look forward to trying it out.
Next is something I haven’t bought for a long time- ramune. The unique bottles and flavours have drawn me in, and I started to collect them. I decided to expand my collection with an orange flavour- the drink itself was delicious and the bottle is a nice souvenir.
Finally- a gorgeous pair of slippers. When I was in my native village, I befriended a pig, and fell in love with those animals. To remember my pink friend, I bought this soft pair of slippers. I’m quite lacking in them, so they are a welcome addition.
Well, that will be all! I hope that you enjoyed looking at my finds (as we all do!).
Have a lovely day!