I went out shopping Sunday and got some goodies! First, I went to Toys R Us. I tend to avoid going to TRU since they always overcharge for their stuff ($5 for a pack of pokemon cards? No, thanks.) but my husband really wanted to check out what was new. I ended up getting some My Little Pony blind bags since they were buy one get one 50% off AND they were actually cheaper than they are at Target! I was really surprised; all the MLP merchandise was cheaper at TRU than it was at Target. I got a crystal blind bag and a series 2 blind bag.
After TRU, I went to a shopping mall (ooooo...vague!). I wasn't feeling too well by this point (this was when I was starting to get sick) so after we had lunch, I tried to take it easy and didn't go to too many shops. The first place we went to was one of those seasonal calendar and gift stores since everything in the store was 50% off. My husband got a lot of games and we got some playmobil blind bags!
I needed to stop by Sephora. And this is what I got!
I recently started using bareMinerals Stroke of Light eye brightener since I got a little tiny sample in my goodie bag from Christmas-time (every now and then Sephora has goodie bags filled with samples you can get; I got the Cinderella one this year!) and loved it! It really hides my horrible dark undereye circles (which are one of my greatest beauty struggles; they're hereditary and won't go away no matter how much sleep I get. I'm German with deep set eyes and pale pink skin. Yay.) and is an overall good highlighter. It also doesn't have a lot of nasty chemicals in it, which is another reason why I like it so much. I really REALLY want to try the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat pen, but I didn't want to spend more than I needed to right now.
I also got the full size tube of Soap and Glory's Hand Food hand lotion. I have a few of the small tubes around (one at work, one in my purse) and I wanted a big one for home to go along with my tub of body butter (I get ridiculously dry skin in the winter and I'm constantly on the lookout for the next amazing hand and body cream). I LOVE this stuff. It smells amazing and the scent is soft enough that I can wear other fragrances and not worry about it becoming overwhelming. It makes my skin feel so soft and nice! It also absorbs really quickly and it doesn't feel greasy at all (it really annoys me when my hands are all greasy. I feel like I can't do anything until I wash them off, and then that defeats the purpose of putting hand cream on in the first place.). I also like that the brand has a cheeky and playful attitude, and that it's from the UK. Lately, I've been finding a lot of "American" things to be kind of dull. Maybe I just need something unfamiliar to me, but a lot of American brands have really boring and generic packaging and ideas. This is especially true of American fashion trends; it's like we're all trying to play it safe. It always seems to me like other countries are waaaaay ahead of us fashion-wise. I'd much rather read the UK version of Harper's Bazaar or Vogue, or even pick up a Zipper or KERA, than read the American version. Other countries have noticed this, too. In the special ASOS magazine that came with my Nylon (at least I think it was in there), they talked about how in the UK, fashion was more free and it evolved quickly, where in America fashion more about "buy THIS bag, buy THESE shoes, wear THAT color" and about how much money we can spend on our clothing and accessories. It was very interesting, and I definitely agree that that's how it is; though I wish we were more like the UK or Asia where there is more going on in fashion; more ideas, more evolution, and more street styles. Hmm...that was a tangent.
Finally, I got a deluxe sample of benefit's "They're Real!" mascara. I have a lot of points built up, and the 500 point gift this month is kind of lame, so I spent 100 points to get the mascara. I've heard a lot of good things about it (it's one of their best sellers) and I'm always on the look out to try new mascaras. I have a really hard time finding good mascaras. I have very long, but very fine eyelashes and I try to avoid anything that clumps (as we all do). I also tend to prefer non-waterproof mascaras as they're easier for me to clean off. I always end up looking like a racoon after I wash my mascara off no matter how careful I am, and non-waterproof ones I can get off with much less hassle. My current favorite mascara is one from Clinique that I got a sample of in a goodie bag (a lot of times, Macy's or Herberger's will have specials where if you buy like $30 worth of Clinique products, you get a bunch of free deluxe-sized samples. It's a really good deal), but it's nearing the end of it's life and I need to find a new go-to mascara.
After Sephora, I went to the other store I really needed to go to: H&M. I don't get to go to H&M very often since the malls that have them are kind of far from where I live. Since I don't drive, my husband has to take me and since our work schedules rarely match up, we don't get that much time to just go out shopping together. I like H&M a lot, especially for work clothes. It's like an upscale, more mature version of Forever21, and they have really nice clothes. Another plus to shopping at H&M is that they go by European sizing and not vanity sizing (ugh, I hate vanity sizing. I could go on and on about it, but I won't since I've already gone off on one tangent). I got a few things on sale and some earrings!
Finally, we went to Target to get some groceries and I got another blind bag and a pack of pokemon cards. They had LaLaLoopsie blind bags on sale, so I decided to try one. I really like the idea of the LaLaLoopsie toy line, cute rag dolls that are hand sewn, but never really got into buying them. I grabbed a Series 3 bag (I wish they would show which ones you can get on the back like the MLP blind bags do) because I liked the look of the cow-girl and the milk and cookies Loopsie.
WHEW. That got really long. I'll cut this post off here before it gets too out of hand. I'm hoping to do a review of my Jinafire Long and Howleen Monster High dolls soon (since I finally opened them). I was impressed with the detail on Jinafire after I opened her, and I think it would be nice to do a review.
Until next time!