Body shop, Lush, Primark: what does that spell… Shopping?

So last Thursday Ummi (thats arabic for my mum) sent me a little bit of money to buy some meat so I’d cook stew to have in the house for breaking my fast, ‘cos it is Ramadan :).

Having secured a promise, from one of my maternal uncles, to take me food-stuff & meat shopping, I decided to redirect the funds my mum sent me into buying other needed ย things(okay wanted, I didn’t absolutely need these things) products :). I headed down to Stratford. The weather wasn’t as hot as it has been of late, so it was a nice little sojourn.

The first place I headed to was forever 21, I browsed a bit, didn’t end up buying anything, which is- a bit weird and- out of character, as normally whenever I go to forever 21, I buy something, I just really like the shop. Anyhow I went in to a few other shops I think, before remembering that I wanted to start dressing for the job I wish I had/ have been applying for.

Thats when I recalled I wanted to buy a blazer. It occurred to me that i had seen sone cute-cum-affordable-cum-smart jackets in Primark during spring, so that’s where i headed.

Not only did I find this lovely number


I also found these adorable ballet flats:


I also hit up The Body Shop, there I got some White Musk Libertine body moisturiser, which I definitely recommend. I’m surprised it works so well. Normally I have lots of problems with moisturisers not specifically tailored to African & sensitive skin. I find that my skin turns ashy/dry pretty quickly. So colour me impressed when this kept my skin moisturised all day.

At first the sales representative recommended their chocolate moisturiser (sorry I forget what it’s called) – she told me it was a 48h moisturiser, I might go back and pick some up at a later date. I told her I was looking for something with a musky scent though.

She took me to the front of the store, where they were actually having a promotion on some products. trying out the two musk moisturisers I decided on the Libertine, because I liked how it smelt best.
The sales representative said it had a combination of musks in it, and Shea butter.

I also signed up for the body shop discount card. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I was on my way out of Westfields, when I spotted a Lush store. I didn’t know there was one in Stratford, even though I’d used their online store locator – as I’d been planning to check it out ever since I read this blog post from Eccentric Owl when I was going through the archives about two weeks ago.

Anyway I went in, and wandered around looking lost, because I couldn’t find a free sales assistant, and sort of taking in the smells ( the shop really does smell lovely), until this lovely lady came up to me to ask if I needed help. I told her I was looking for some hair products.
After a lovely time spent looking at different products, and explaining my hair needs, I was wearing my hijab…
She recommended three products for me. Curly Wurly shampoo, American cream conditioner, and R+B leave in conditioner. I asked for samples, and she happily obliged.

I am in love with Curly Wurly shampoo, when I get paid I’m buying it! I love what it does to my hair. The sales rep did explain to me that she used it herself, because it helped define her curls, but I was seriously amazed at what it did to my hair. I may buy the American Cream conditioner too, and I’ll probably end up buying the R+B leave in conditioner for when I don’t want to use product in my hair.

My one warning about Curly Wurly? Don’t let it get in your eyes, it hurts, though I suppose that’s true of a lot of shampoos.

Just thought I’d share that with you folks out there in WordPress land.
Have you guys found any great buys recently?

Let me know … I want to hear ๐Ÿ™‚


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