Every now and then when we need to do things like pick up cases of cat food or use an Ulta coupon, my boyfriend and I head down to the suburbs and enjoy an afternoon of mall shopping. We’ve found a spot south of Seattle that has all of the spots, including both basics and beauty-related destinations. We had one such day of shopping on Sunday and I picked up a bunch of fun things. I only had a few things on my list of things I wanted to buy, but I ended up walking away with more than I anticipated.
First, there’s a spot with a Bath & Body Works, Ulta, Big Lots and Best Buy right next to each other. I’m thankful for the Best Buy and Big Lots because it gives my boyfriend a couple of places to hang out while I shop. I picked up two candles from Bath & Body: Beach Cabana (jasmine, orange blossom, clean white towels) and Tokyo Petals (iced sake and cherry blossoms). I was looking for some fresher scents after the sweets-heavy winter candles I bought before Christmas. They were running one of their 2-for-$25 candle deals.
At Ulta, I had a coupon for $3.50 off of a purchase of $10 or more, so I expected to just buy one or two things. I ended up grabbing two new releases, the Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Spotless Foundation SPF 15 (what a name … ) and the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. The foundation had a $3 off coupon on the package, and Rimmel had $1 off coupons for any Stay Matte product on the store display, so with all three of those coupons I saved almost 50% for those two items, which I was pretty happy about.
When I wandered into Big Lots to meet up with my boyfriend, I took a walk through the health and beauty sections and found a SOHO Beauty Blush Brush for just $3.50. SOHO’s a brand I’ve seen at Walgreens and I already have and enjoy another one of their blush brushes, so I thought, why not? I opened it up and used it today and it’s a nice, usable shape. $3.50 well spent!
By the way, we also found some “blueberry muffin” Pop Tarts at Big Lots and they’re absolutely delicious. Warm, toasted Pop Tarts are a rare treat, it’s been years since I had them.
Once at the mall, LUSH was the one place I knew I wanted to stop inside. I had five empty containers to exchange for a free face mask, so I took BB Seaweed (see my review) which is one of my favorites and a good pick for winter. The sales associate also sold me on trying one of their toner tabs, so I picked Dream Steam which is supposed to be gentle and moisturizing. I also decided to ask the sales associate about their deodorant options, since one of my new years resolutions was to start exploring natural deodorants and I’m on my last stick of the traditional stuff. I wasn’t entirely sure which of their options to go for, but I decided to try the sales associate’s personal favorite, Aromaco. I’ll let you know how that goes!
At The Body Shop, I wanted to grab another one of their Beautifying Oils. I ran out of my bottle of Coconut in January (see my review), and I loved the product but just wanted to try another scent. The sales associate suggested I give the Olive a sniff if I wanted something fresher, and I loved it. Right as I was feeling settled with that choice, though, I noticed Satsuma sitting at the end of the shelf. That one wasn’t even available back when I bought the Coconut, and once I smelled it I knew I couldn’t walk out of the store without it. They were offering a buy-one-get-one-50% off deal, so I saved a little (though they have definitely been known to offer better deals).
While in the mall my boyfriend wanted to walk through Daiso, which is always fun. Nearby their adorable panda body sponges, I spotted some face rollers and spent a little time looking through the options. I’ve heard blogger after blogger praise The Body Shop’s face roller, so I felt like Daiso might offer a decent alternative at a fraction of the cost (and I mean, the roller is an Asian beauty thing, after all). I landed on the soft eye roller because my eyes can get puffy, though to be honest, I’m not entirely sure I understand what a roller is supposed to do. It’ll be an experiment.
There’s a bit of a preview for some of the items I’ll be trying out soon! Have you bought anything fun recently?