Sunday, 25 March 2012

Shopping Ban Update: Week 2!

Hi guys,
So this was my second week into the shopping ban. And all was going well - until I slept in and almost missed a deadline. I had to get a taxi to University (which takes about 2 hours to get to via public transport) which kinda annoyed me cause that was quite a chunk of money I could've gone without spending. But never mind, assignment was handed in on time.

I am still struggling with the leaving/arriving at work situation - especially as the stores on the way out of the shopping centre are BHS, Accessorize, The Body Shop and Lush. VERY difficult. I had a nosey in Claires Accessories at the start of the week, and I was surprised at all of the lovely jewellery and make-up. To be honest I hadn't visited Claire's in about 6 years, as a teenager I swapped my love for the store to Monsoon's Accessorize. To my suprise, they stocked products that would appeal to a woman of any age. AND the point of this story/ramble initially was to tell you about the pretty amazing sale they had on in store. I was so so tempted... but I behaved. So be proud of me.

A lovely blogger Kezzie gave me a brilliant idea to implement during my shopping ban - to put a pound into a box every time I craved or had the urge to buy something! Then after the challenge is over you have a nice little savings box to spend on something nice! I've also been listing the things I've been lusting after this week, some will be listed below. At the end of the challenge, I'll look at the list and maybe choose one or to things from the list.. and continue to save up! I think its brilliant... although, already after only a few days doing this the money box is feeling quite heavy already...
Do check out her blog, its brilliant and shes such a pretty and lovely girl.

This week has been spent (majority) at work, in lectures, and doing a bit of studying. I also went to see Charlie Simpson at a gig on Saturday after work - he never fails to amaze me. My third time seeing him solo and he is so, so talented. If you haven't heard of him, he is a UK artist that used to be in a pop band called Busted, and is front-man of rock/alternative band Fightstar (Whom I also love). He sings beautifully, and if you like musicians such as City and Colour and Bon Ivor, I would definitely recommend you take a listen. My lovely boyfriend even treated me to a Charlie Simpson shopping bag from the Merch stand, bless him. (Picture will soon follow!)

My money this week was spent on said taxi fare (sad face), public transport, my fiances birthday presents, card and wrapping paper, a Mcdonalds (naughty) and drinks for work. Not really saved any money this week, but I still haven't actually brought anything for myself, which is something to be proud of I think.

This week I've been lusting after:
EVERYTHING from Boots as most things are mix and match 3 for 2 :(
Eylure Katy Perry Lashes - Cool Kitty - Oh Honey  both £5.95
No 7 Vital Brightening Eye Pallette £13
Real Techniques Starter Set £21.99
Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Tint £6.99
L'Oreal Color Riche Made for Me Intense Lipstick - Limited Edition Cheryl Cole £8.16
Jimmy Choo EDP 40ml £39
Maxfactor Colour Effect Flipstick in Bloomy Pink £6.49-£8.49

So as you can see I have a pretty heavy money box already!

By they way, I am also thinking of doing a weekly feature on my blog of weekly or fortnightly photos, would that be any interest to any of you? Let me know! 

How have all you been this week?
Any tips or advice you could give me?
As always, comment or tweet me @zoelianne_x I will always get back to you.


  1. I tried a shopping ban it lasted 3 days :o( Its just impossible! To much temptation

    Over on my blog I am having a Mac lipstick give away, you could win a Mac lipstick in the colour of your choice :o)I would love for you to enter

    Check it out:


    1. It is really hard isn't it hun!
      I'll have a go :) x

  2. ahh must be tough!
    love your blog hun! it's so good! you have amazing tastes!
    keep up the good work!
    mind chekcing mine out? i recently changed the web address, its now Idiotic fashion
    thank you! would be an honour!
    <3 Lottie

    1. Aw thanks hun :) bless you.
      Yeah offcourse babe I'll follow you xxxx :) <3

  3. Let's try again- I tried posting a comment this morning and it didn't save and I had to get a train! Very sweet of you to mention me, glad the idea was of some help- I should try what I suggested although since mine is for Lent-based reasons at first, the pot will go elsewhere for then! I do think the ban is a good thing! I've been wearing things that are new in my wardrobe that I hadn't got around to wearing before the ban and hopefully I'll clear some space in the meantime!

  4. Wow I'm so impressed that you're doing a shopping ban - I dont know if I would be able to! Good luck! Nice blog :)

  5. It's such a great idea of putting in a pound, cause by the end you'll definitely have enough to buy something you've decided you really really want, and I guess appreciate it more :)

    Congrats on getting so far, I really do admire you!

    Love, Elizabeth xx

    1. Aww, thank you babe that means a lot :) bless you.
      Yeah defintely, hopefully it will stop me from lusting so much too! hehe
      hope you are well hun xxx

  6. Hello Sweetie,

    Just wanted to thank you for having such an inspirational blog. Hope you have an amazing week full of lots of beautiful things.
    Feel free to drop past my blog if you have time =)

    -Mia xoxo

    1. Aww that is so kind! Thanks hun :)
      am now following your blog babe :) love it! hope you would like to follow mine too :) xxx

  7. such a lovely and nice idea with putting a pound in a box to save it. :)
    i would love to buy also the technique brushes. heard so many good things about it.
    in btw you have a really nice blog, dear :))


    1. Aw thank you hun, bless you :)
      I know I'm so desperate for them!