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I love a good stationery haul. Other than makeup stationery has to be my weakness but I’ve recently been able to control it quite well, even if the huge Sharpie set from WHSmith was on sale and I have never been so tempted by something in my life. (slight exaggeration but they were incredible!)

The first thing I needed for the new year was a new diary, in the past I’ve used Moleskine but since I really like the one-day-per-page diary’s I opted for a Paperchase one last year. This year however I went for a Sainsbury’s one, Sainsbury’s stationery game is pretty strong at the moment and they have such fab prints on everything from notebooks and diary’s to pen and paperclips. I was between a few of them but in the end went for this black and gold polka dotted one and I’m really happy with it, I love the layout of the pages as well as the extra space for notes, I only wish it also had a bookmark.

Finding a notebook was by far the hardest challenge of the last few weeks but I love to start the new year with a new notebook. Last year I picked up a soft cover, black notebook with no lines (I think that might make it a sketchbook) from a Pinterest event and although quite boring it was absolutely perfect! The soft cover meant I could role it up and the plain inside meant I could write or draw as big or as small as I wished. Who knew finding a replacement would be so hard?! I searched high and low but everything had lines or a hard cover, even sketchbook in art shops were never right- often having very thick paper. In the end something had to give and I decided that I would have to buy one with lines, I spotted this pastel set of Moleskins on offer in Sainsbury’s and the colour persuaded me, even if they are lined. They’re also a little smaller than I would have liked but I guess getting a new notebook three times a year could be quite exciting.

Last month I was also introduced to Kikki.K which is a Scandinavian stationery shop, everything in there is so beautiful but a little on the pricey side if you want an organiser or something of the kind, not so pricey that you won’t be able to afford it but enough to make you think twice. I didn’t really need anything but could help but pick up a pen and some gold tape, silly but I wanted something.

Then onto yesterday evenings Selfridges purchases, all silly and unnecessary but such a bargain I couldn’t resist. I bought quite a lot in the sale this year (haul coming soon) but sadly most of it will be going back. Last night I popped into Selfridges in the evening just to exchange a lipstick and stumbled across the sale table in the stationery section. I largely bought bits for props for blog photos such as these letters which cost 10p down from £1.50, the string of stars £1 down from £18 (who pays £18 for these?!), some bronze paper for 20p and some gold binder clips for £2 down from £18.

Whilst in Selfridges I also checked out the Kate Spade section, all so beautiful but just so pricey!

It’s no secret that I have fallen in love with MAC lipsticks now more than ever and my collection is ever growing. I recently picked up seven new shades ranging from a bright red to darkest plums and nudes. I picked up some from Debenhams and others from Fragrance Direct which is a great place to look for a slightly discounted price.

I’d love to know what your favourite MAC shade is in the comment as I have bought most of the ones I was originally after and need to add some more to the wish list.

I simply can’t pass Duty Free without at least picking up a MAC lipstick, this time I picked up two perfect for summer and a few other bits. I’ve shared my opinion on my MAC palette here of you missed that. Sadly I don’t have any other holidays planned but I am pretty much mentally planning my next World Duty Free haul, it’ll include a few more MAC lipsticks, of course! What’s your favourite thing to pick up at Duty Free?

Last week I was kindly given some credit to spend on Zeek which is an app where you can buy gift vouchers at a discount and sell unwanted ones. I decided to buy a John Lewis and a Boots Voucher at a around £4 off their value which is great if you are watching the pounds or just want to save a little money.

The app has a good variety of vouchers you can buy from lifestyle and electronics to sports and fashion with up to 45% off (it’s seems particularly good for Pizza Hut vouchers)

It was great that I managed to get a few pounds of these MAC lipsticks (shades: Lady Danger and Vegas Volt) as I had been eyeing them up but didn’t really want to part with the full price but managed to get £3 off this way. I also decided to go for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua as an alternative to my usual heavy foundation for the summer which I got £4 off. 

Although my savings weren’t huge there are some really good ones to be made if you have the time to keep looking back to find the right one for you and every little saving helps I guess. Of course it’s great if you are looking to sell some of your unwanted voucher and although it possibly not an app I would use regularly I’ll probably be keeping an eye out to see if any vouchers for my favourite stores do become available.

If you’re thinking of checking the app out you can get £5 off your first voucher with the code: 2uudul which would actually allow for a really good saving, especially great it it’s from a store you always shop in. The Zeek app is available from the app store but also keep an eye out for my reviews on my purchases. 

Late last year I added the third instalment of the Naked Palette by Urban Decay to my collection and sat wondering did I really need Naked 2. I was quite possibly the only beauty blogger not to own the full collection but I just wasn’t sure I needed yet another neutrals palette. However this weekend I finally added the Naked 2 palette to my collection to finish it off (well I don’t have the mini one, if that counts)

I got the original Naked Palette years ago and I love it even now. Although I think the third one is beautiful I didn’t find it quite as versatile as the original as it is very pink toned. However the second one is very similar to the original in that it has very warm tones and even has Half Baked like the original. I’m interested to see which palette I prefer over this and the original as I am sure the warmness of this palette will mean I get on with it more than the third one.

I haven’t had a chance to test it out properly but I will let you know how I get on.

Which Urban Decay Naked Palette is your favourite?

The Naked Palette are available from Debenhams and other Urban Decay counters

Check out my review of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Here

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