One day my mum dragged me into a poundshop and I begrudgingly followed. 30 seconds in and we found ourselves at the health & beauty isle & me muttering under my breath that I wanted to leave.
A further 30 seconds later I had picked up some Revlon nail varnish, a large tub of Johnson's cotton buds, an ipod arm strap for the gym and a pair of Scholl gel innersoles which went on to be perfect for my high heels. The penny dropped - well one hundred of them actually: I realised if I had purchased these brands elsewhere it would cost me a whole lot more than £4. From that day on I was a poundshop convert.
Admittedly it's not all great; some of the nail polish shades would never make it onto the shelves of Boots. Baby poo-esq mustard or metallic bogey green anyone? ...but after a bit of sieving you do find some fabulous bargains. You also get a great sense of achievement knowing your paying a quid for something that is worth - or at least retails elsewhere - for a whole lot more!
I thought a great idea for a frequent blog post would be my Poundshop/Discount store fashion & beauty bargains although I'm pretty sure this tag already exists in the beauty blogosphere.
Here's a collection of items I have picked up in the past few months. I'll do these more frequently as & when I find my marked down treasures!
First up we have the Charles Worthington Root Lift Spray. As someone who has naturally poker straight hair I was chuffed with this volumising purchase. Unfortunately the can is almost empty, so first rule of poundshop bargain hunting is when you find something you know you'll love - stockpile!!
Next up we have the Trevor Sorbie Volume Spray. I haven't had a chance to use this yet and admittedly I did pick it up on the basis of the label & that I knew this would be around £6-8 in Boots.
Another haircare find was this Nicky Clarke Great Body spray. I use it on towel dried wet hair before blow drying and whilst I don't think the product particularly gives my hair any more oomph, it does leave my hair smelling rather nice to which I've earned a few compliments!
This Sally Hason haul is my most recent smug pound shop purchase; Salon Effects Polish Strips. These retail in Boots for much more than their quid price tag in Poundland which is why bought up the majority of my local stores stock! I haven't had a chance to try them yet but think the glittery wraps will be perfect for the party season.
Finally, a lesser known brand but for the price I thought were worth a try. 3D Glitter Nails: Very Ciate Caviar-esq! I know the glitter looks like its everywhere inside the packet and that I will probably have to attach them using my trusty pricer nail glue... but I thought for 99 pennies it was worth a wizz! I noticed lots of other girls scrambling for these too!
Have you ever found any great pound shop bargains? I've been a discount shop convert for a good few years now but I wish I had discovered them sooner!
Worryingly, I'm also partial to the odd a turkey dinosaur too! :)