Thursday, January 6, 2011

Recent splurges

I don't know what's with me this week, especially given that we just went through Christmas and I got plenty of gifts, but I keep buying stuff! This is a problem, I know, and I feel a little guilty about it. So, in a feeble attempt to wipe my conscience clean, I thought I'd confess to you my shopping sins.

First purchase this week:
Item- the chic and simple, but so beautiful, fay necklace.

I had my eye on this dainty piece since the moment Rachel added it to her shop. But I always talked myself out of buying it, convincing myself that I had enough necklaces. (But honestly, in my world there's no such thing as too many necklaces!) But when Rachel's newsletter showed up in my inbox Sunday announcing a 20 percent off sale (sorry, it ended yesterday) to ring in the New Year, I simply couldn't stop myself any longer! Isn't it pretty? There are so many others that I'd like to add to my collection, like this pendant necklace, a light and airy bracelet, and these rings.

Second purchase this week:
Shop- Sephora

My justification for these purchases is this: I have heard rave reviews about the Urban Decay Naked Palette. (One of you first told me about it when I posted about this gorgeous Tarte palette, which I got for Christmas by the way.) One look at the UD palette and you know why people are gushing. Look at all those wearable shades! Plus, it comes with mini version of UD's cult-favorite Primer Potion. So why didn't I snatch it up in November? It was out of stock! That's how popular it is.

Well, as I told you before, I'm what they call a Beauty Insider with Sephora, which basically means they tempt me and test my willpower via email every week. They're always sending me new offers and codes! This week's deal: Enter 2011 at checkout and get two free mini products to celebrate the New Year. That's what got me browsing Sephora in the first place. When I saw the Naked Palette was finally back in stock I, again, couldn't resist! So there you have it. And why a nail file? To get free shipping, of course (I had to add a couple bucks to my order to reach the threshold). But it is a useful purchase. This will explain why...

Third purchase of the week:
Shop- Zoya
Items- Nail polish

Zoya polish in Isla (a rich, blackened red shimmer), Kelly (a neutral gray with soft blue and purple undertones), and Edyta (a dark metallic with hints of gold and olive)

I was watching new YouTube beauty guru Nancy and she mentioned that Zoya, to celebrate reaching 20,000 "likes" on its Facebook page, was giving away three free nail polishes; just enter FB2011 at checkout and pay shipping. Well, I am still doing pretty good on my whole not-biting-my-nails-even-when-I'm-super-stressed-out thing and I figured what better way to motivate myself and keep my tips looking nice than spoil myself with some new nail polish (and the aforementioned nail file)? Especially free polish! Each bottle is usually $7 and I paid just $6.95 for shipping. If you want to get in on this act fast-- the offer ends tomorrow! What do you think of the colors I chose?

Ah, I feel better now that I have gotten that off my chest :) Do you think I'll be forgiven for my shopping sins? Are they good enough to get me a free pass to retail heaven?

Please do share your recent splurges, too! Shopaholics unite.

Ok, full disclosure. I just realized this post doesn't even take into account my run to Kohl's late Monday night. I had $40 in Kohl's cash from my Christmas shopping that was about to expire and I wasn't going to let it go to waste! Someone needs to save me from myself. Or confiscate my wallet.


Mo Pie, Please said...

Well this is a fun post, one that I can share about too. So ever since we've been back from Louisville for Christmas, I have been on an organizing kick and can't stop. We have SO MUCH clutter in our house so I said it was high time it stopped ruling my life and making me feel crazy. So I went to West Elm, bought the sale organizer stuff (uh, not much) and then went to Home Goods and bought a clearance basket that now sits next to our couch with all our blankets (so much better than them folded on the floor). I've gone through almost everything in the house to get rid of so I'm goign to donate a lot and try to sell some clothes. With that being said, I'm totally goign shopping afterwards. You're not alone!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Oh shoot and I forgot that I went to Old Navy on a trip to the grocery store (in the same strip mall area, seriously, it's evil) and bought a sweater and a henley...two things I really don't need but have been wearing non-stop since. There. I'm guilt-free now!

Lillian Chang said...

Hehe, what a fun post! I have recently been splurging too - I think it's the new year thing, wanting to start anew (or something...I come up with all sorts of justifications :). But I just bought three jackets/coats and two pairs of boots over the last two weeks! I adore the necklace you got from Elephantine (I love everything from that shop!). But even with all my justifying...I think it's time to stop buying at least for a bit :)

And what always makes me feel better - when I put my purchases to good use! So I hope you enjoy wearing your new makeup/nail polish and necklace...and feel very pleased with your splurge! ;)

kira said...

carissa!! you found me, i found youuuu! i keep buying myself post (as i did pre-) christmas presents, too. it's a problem. the internet makes it TOO EASY TO PRESS 'BUY' !! oh well. new things are nice, sometimes (always). anyhow 'twas a pleasure to meet you at the meet-up and i would have gladly given your plague-ridden self a bite of my bread pudding, i'm one of the only only children that is pretty good at sharing. : ) hope this week sees you feeling all better!

rachel said...

aw! thanks for blogging about the necklace :) my apologies for being behind in getting your order done! that darn cold really slowed down my week. but I'll definitely be making your necklace this weekend! xo