Monday, 9 April 2018

The Shopping Cart (February/March)

It's that time of the month not that one...the one where I round up all my purchases for your voyeuristic pleasure & tell you about each & every one of them.

As always, any sales or links mentioned in this post are correct at the time of publishing. If for any reason the sales are no longer happening or the links are broken by the time you read this post, then I can not & will not be held responsible.

Let's get started because this will be another long-ish post (but you didn't expect anything less right?).....


Lanolips 101 Ointment (Coconutter) + Coconutter Intense Hand Cream
I'd already purchased a Coconutter 101 Ointment late last year, but couldn't resist buying another because I dig the scent. I also picked up a Coconutter hand cream as I used up the one that was in my handbag & wanted something else. Having tried them both, I can confirm that they're both quite coconutty & nourishing for my lips & hands. Also happy to report that the 101 Ointment hasn't made my lips break out yet, yay! I'm so happy with this particular 101 Ointment that I've gone out & stocked up on yet another tube of the stuff - it's so good!

Personail Nail Polish strips in Caroline (currently sold out)
I'd seen this brand of pure nail polish strips inside David Jones & had them tested on me late last year. I was pretty impressed with my little tester but I couldn't find ones that I really liked in store, so I held off on buying them until I found them at The Grounds Markets in Alexandria sometime in February. I chose "Caroline" (white with dark silver stripes) as they were on my wishlist + I liked the look of them. I've yet to try them out, but I might do so before I go away on holiday later this month & get back to you all with a review.

Ego Sunsense Sensitive Invisible SPF50+ sunscreen (small tube)
I didn't exactly need this, but whilst I was out one day I reached into the handbag I had at the time & discovered I'd forgotten to take sunscreen with me. I freaked out a little because I always have SPF with me, but with the heat I've been storing all my sunscreen tubes (large & small) in the fridge & given that I've also been swapping handbags frequently of late, I guess this was bound to happen. I generally run out of the smaller tubes before the larger ones anyway (probably due to handbag storage), so I'm glad to have a back-up.

A couple of nail bibs & bobs (China Glaze Fast Forward top coat, 4 way buffer + toe separators)
I recently had to part ways with my Poshé top coat as it was becoming difficult to use, so I went to a hair & nail supply store in the city hoping to get some more. For some reason they've stopped selling Poshé again & with not a lot to choose from (they sell OPI stuff, but they're a no-no for me since I'm gradually going cruelty-free), I ended up going with a China Glaze top coat to try out. Sometimes it really sucks being a beauty lover in Australia. 😞 Whilst there, I grabbed another 4 way buffer since I'd chucked my old one out + some more toe separators because mine are on the old side.

Foam massage roller
I'd been after one of these for a little while as I've noticed that whenever I do an at-home workout, I wake up stiff & sore the next day. I picked my dimpled roller up from Aldi in early March when they had them in store. I'm not sure if Aldi still have them in store but you never know, you might get lucky. They also had a couple of other varieties of foam rollers (plain & ribbed), but this was my preference. Having used it twice recently, I can confirm that it seriously massages your poor limbs.

Imbolo Mbue - Behold The Dreamers
This book has been on my wishlist for a little while now, probably since I went to America over 18 months ago. Behold The Dreamers centres around an African immigrant named Jende Jonga, who has moved from his native Cameroon to America in the hope of starting a new life & has also moved his wife & their young son over with him. Set around the time of the GFC, Jende gets a job as a chauffeur to Lehman Brothers executive Clark Edwards, whose wife Cindy eventually takes on Jende's wife Neni as a temporary housekeeper & also takes her into her confidence. As the GFC hits, both marriages start to suffer & as secrets bubble to the surface, desperation soon takes hold & both families have to ask themselves how much they are willing to sacrifice for their dreams. I won't spoil it for you, but there is an element of tragedy to this book; and in parts I found this book a bit heavy going but nonetheless well-written & easy to read, despite the heavyness. I think the short, sharp chapters helped with pacing & I found the characters fairly engaging. It's well worth a read, especially since I found it in Dymocks recently for about $8.

Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 25
Did you know that I've been collecting Triple J's Hottest 100 CD's since about 2005? I've skipped a few along the way, including the last edition of this, but this year's set had so many good songs on it (including my #1 & #2 favourite songs of 2017) that I couldn't ignore its lure. I also discovered my favourite tune of February on it (more on that in the February Happy List), plus a couple of other 2017 tunes I'd completely forgotten about.

Priceline skincare sale haul
You guys would've seen this already in the February Happy List, but I'm going to show it again in case you missed it. I didn't buy any new products this time around (the Winter skincare sale will take care of that), just stocked up on the usual suspects.

The Beauty Chef GLOW Inner Beauty Powder sachets (not pictured)
I've been wanting to try this skin supplement for so long now but was reluctant to pay $60 odd for a tub just in case my fussy gut didn't get along with an ingredient. Thankfully Carla Oates (the lady behind The Beauty Chef) has recently released the GLOW powder in a pack of 5 sachets, and also thankfully, David Jones have started stocking her products, so I didn't have to go online to purchase & pay shipping for a small box. I've finished a few sachets, so if you want to know my thoughts on them, stay tuned for my next empties post.

La Mav Rose Hydrating Mist (not pictured)
My favourite facial mist & one I don't hesitate to re-purchase once I begin to run out.

Glasshouse Fragrances Saigon mini candle
Out of all the Glasshouse scents I've wanted to try, this is the last of them. I nearly considered taking David Jones up on a offer they had last month where I could get the new Tahiti candle + one other candle (which would've been Saigon in my case) & get a free Montego Bay mini, but I opted against it. Never mind, I still scored this one for 15% off. I adore anything lemongrass scented, so this candle is right up my alley.

Australia flag ice cube mould
I'd spied this ice cube/chocolate/jelly mould in a homewares shop around Australia Day, but didn't purchase it for whatever reason until recently. I guess you could say I'm getting my patriot on with this. This mould does come in another version, with kangaroos, koalas & the Aussie map, but I wasn't fussed on that one when I saw it. Besides, the koala looked like a teddy bear & the Aussie map was missing Tasmania!

Healthy Essentials Dairy-Free Probiotics (not pictured)
I've banged on about these probiotics before, so I won't say anything else other than 💙. 

I also made an order for some Pretty Serious Cosmetics polishes, but I'm still waiting on shipment as I purchased during one of their pre-sales & there's a delay on pre-sale orders (which I didn't realise at the time - I'm a bit grumpy & a whole lotta impatient about that). I'll pop them in the next Shopping Cart post.


Forever New Mabel Stripe Shirt (size 8, currently on sale)
I eyed off this shirt sometime in early February, but it took another 6 weeks or so before I bought it. I held off in the hopes of getting it on sale (which it currently is), but I had to nab it when I could as it was fast selling out in store & ended up forking over the original RRP of $69.99. I'm kinda into wearing shirts atm & I like how effortless & cool they can be with a pair of jeans, especially the jeans I'm wearing above & below. This shirt is incredibly light-weight & long, so it can be styled several different ways, as seen above. Despite my grumbling about the price tag, I know I'll get a lot of use out of it.

Mavi Alexa True Blue skinny jeans (size 27/32)
I'd been lusting after these jeans for a good 4-5 months, but wanted to wait until (a) I dropped some weight & (b) they were on sale. Thankfully the Mavi store had them on sale for an insanely good price, so I went there back in mid-February to snap them up. (You can get them online too, don't fret.)  Whilst I'm not one for distressed jeans (especially all the ones that have rips & holes everywhere), I admit I like the slight distressing on these pair of Alexa's + I like that they're a lighter wash as opposed to the mid-dark washes I normally sport. However (and this is a big however), these only have 1% elastane in them & they feel firm AF, so they have been somewhat uncomfortable to wear + I've already got a tear in them at one of my knees....I guess that was meant to happen? Regardless of these small negatives, I'll continue to wear them as I do like them.

Asics GT-1000 trainers in Aquarium/Silver Flash/Coral (size 11W)
These are a replacement for my old Asics trainers, which I had to throw out because they'd had it. I'd considered buying a pair of Hoka trainers, but cba going into The Athletes Foot & waiting to be fitted. I wanted something bright & colourful since the majority of my activewear is dark and/or monochromatic, so these were perfect in that regard. They were also a perfect fit for me too & I managed to get a small discount as they were a previous season's model. Thank Christ there are some companies out there that will cater for wider feet!

Witchery Tie Waist Pant (size 8, on sale, only size 10 & 12 left online)
I originally had my eye on the shorts version of these pants, but once I tried these flowy wide-leg pants on it was instant love. I wasn't prepared to pay full price for them (at $119.95 I thought they were a bit over-priced), so waited ever so patiently until they came on sale, which they did in early March. They're just insanely comfortable & I can't wait to get full use out of them.

Supersoft by Diana Ferrari Waterlily Block Heel Sandals in Black (size 10, on sale, only available online in Ivory)
Unlike the Lovisa earrings you'll see below, these were a semi-planned purchase. I'd been searching everywhere for a Black pair in size 10, but could only find Tan (which I'd tried on for fit purposes) or every other size but mine. I'd all but given up on them when I did one last store search on the DF website, only to discover my closest DF store had 1 last pair in a 10. You better believe that I hot-footed it to the store within days & snapped them up, although not before thinking it through first. Although I already have another pair of black sandals from the Supersoft range (you can see them here), they don't go with much in my wardrobe (willing to work on that though!), so these will be my all-rounder black heels. I'm pissed off that Diana Ferrari are closing down all of their stores in the coming months, but it is nice to know that they'll still have an online presence as well as an in-store presence elsewhere.

Lovisa rose gold earrings
A whimsical purchase & one I wasn't expecting to make. I'm still in love with all things rose gold & these earrings are right up my alley in terms of taste. God knows I don't need any more earrings (I already own a lot of them & rarely wear them all), but hey, sometimes you just make a purchase without thinking about it too much. I swear these are rose gold, despite my camera!

St Frock Maxine Top in White (size 8, sold out, not pictured)
I really wanted to find something to wear at night-time (or to a nice day event) with the aforementioned Witchery pant & this, my friends, was my choice, but not before trying on several unsuitable tops. Everything out there seems too over-sized, too blouse-y, too....pyjama-like with those pants, but luckily this doesn't. This is my 2nd Maxine top from St Frock (after purchasing a leopard print-esque one around 2 years ago) & that leopard print-esque top was something I went to as a point of reference when deciding what kind of top I could wear with the pants.

Marcs Puppy Love tee (size XS, currently on sale, not pictured)
Another item I'd been stalking for a little while was this tee from Marcs. It's the most expensive T-shirt I've ever purchased at $59.95AUD, but given the print & the fact that it's fairly monochromatic overall (save for the tiny silver foil dots), I know I'll get a fair amount of wear out of it. I held out as long as I could for a sale, but I wanted to pounce while they still had my size left. I also wanted to pounce while I had some extra coin in my savings account haha (although I should've waited another week because I would've shaved about $30 off the full price grrrrr). Just like the top I mentioned above, if you want to see what it looks like, head on over to my post about taking wide leg pants from day to night (this post also features the Witchery pants + Diana Ferrari shoes I just spoke about).

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Are you a sales stalker like me, or are you willing to pay full price just so you can have the item?


  1. Sale stalker from way back but sometimes if you really want / need something you just have to bite the bullet and fork out the RRP! I love the jeans and shirt combo on you and now I'm going to read more about the wide legged pantaloons.

    1. Thanks Beth, it's one of my favourite outfit combos atm.

  2. Love a good sale! I have some earrings like that. Also love the Aussie ice cube moulds and that Glasshouse candle scent would be right up my alley too!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    1. Me too Di! God knows I have enough pairs of earrings, but couldn't resist 1 more pair. The Aussie ice cube moulds are cute aren't they?

  3. Thanks for sharing your monthly empties Shell. LOVE THOSE ASICS SHOES and of course your Priceline haul!! Freaky :)

    1. Haha Jen, I love my new trainers too! The colours spoke to me from the moment I saw them.

  4. I'm definitely a sales stalker, I hate paying full price. I'm actually considering taking advantage of the 40% off cosmetics sale at Priceline, even though I'm not in need of any makeup (story of our lives, lol)

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

    1. I hate paying full price too, but sometimes when you really want or need something, you just have to bite the bullet & fork over the cash. I too have been considering taking advantage of that sale, BUT I also know that I probably wouldn't use all the stuff I'm planning on buying, so I'll probably mull it over until the next sale.

  5. There are so many things I would have loved to have bought myself in this post! One of the next things I definitely need is another pair of ASICS. My current pair are worn out and no longer offering the support I like from my sports shoes.


    1. Definitely get yourself another pair Ingrid, it'll be worth it! (FYI, I bought mine from a Just Sport outlet, so you might have some luck there.)


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