Because It’s Friday and You Want to Buy Something


There is something about Friday that just gives off this ‘screw it’ vibe, in a good way, you know? The more ‘lets see if we still have that paddling pool in the garage from when we were kids and fill it up and sit in it’ end of the screw it spectrum (my Mum reminded me the other day that me and my sister did this about two years ago and then sent pictures of ourselves in said paddling pool to my parents while they were at work). For example I’m currently sitting here perusing the ‘Bathroom Organisation’ section of John Lewis and will no doubt be purchasing a freestanding cupboard to house my ridiculous number of bathroom bound beauty supplies that I don’t need but really want. You know the feeling. So I’ve cobbled together a collection of recent purchases, all under £25 that you may wish to consider if you’ve got that Friday feeling spendy feeling…

Alphabet Bags ‘You Look Lovely Today’ Pouch because who doesn’t want a daily pep up from their makeup bag? How cute is this? Roomy, washable and just the right length for even my über long makeup brushes, this has become my go-to storage for my travelling makeup stash.

Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzing Powder – because sometimes it’s nice to have options aside from NARS Laguna. I actually picked up the ‘Blonde’ version of this over the ‘Brunette’ compact as the shaded stripes seemed a bit more honey-toned and so far I’m loving it. Not too much shimmer and packaged in a way that’s easy to customise your colour.

Josie Maran Argan Colour Stick in Coralbecause it might come in handy come the morning after Friday night drinks. A creamy cheek product that may just be the most perfect formula I’ve come across. Easy to apply, blend and amp-up, the shade has a Tarte Tipsy quality about it in the perking up stakes.

River Island Strappy Cami Topbecause it goes with everything. Jeans and heels for the evening or trainers and denim shorts by the day River Islands twist on a simple cami can go from AM to PM and everything in between. I’m tempted to expand my colour options…

Allure Magazinebecause you’ll read it from cover to cover. My favourite magazine, which annoyingly is a little tough to source in the UK but is well worth scouting out. I did have a subscription (linked above), but it was a little slow for impatient ol’ me so I pick mine up in person from Selfridges or Wardour News on Wardour Street, though I have also been it stocked in bigger WHSmiths.

Nudestix Eye Pencils and Magnetic Eye Colour Pencilbecause who doesn’t love a good sweep smokey eye product? Nudestix have all eye options covered. The Eye Pencils line beautiful, though don’t bring them up to lid height, that’s where the Magnetic Eye Colours come in as they do not budge. Twilight is my fave.


  • tiggles

    Great picks! I personally love Maybelline’s bronzing powder!

    Beauty Challenged

  • Bella

    Great ITG reference there LOL! If I’d been able to go braless I’d have been all over that top, ages ago.

  • philippa

    I really wish Allure was easier to find too!

    Philippa // Time For Teal

  • Amanda

    I definitely am guilty of a Friday splurge. I love the pouch a lot!


  • I always buy something on a friday, usually online! xx

    Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  • I love Allure….remember Borders (bless it’s little soul) American magazine lover paradise!

  • Hope

    Now there are two things I want to add to my Firday shopping list haha! I have a weakness for strappy tops, and who doesn’t want a pouch that everytime you look at it you feel complimented! H xx

  • Oh man, I had this feeling majorly today and had planned to hit up the shops after uni. Luckily I got sidetracked or some major damage could have been done!

  • Love the look of that cheek tiny from Josie Maran – I think I’d buy it just to look at the pretty Rose Gold tube!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  • Ohh great buys 🙂

    Ana, x

  • Everything sounds lovely! I really want that RI black cami! x


  • That make up bag is the cutest!!

  • Hollyzee

    You can download the electronic version of Allure on your iPad or phone, that’s what I do 🙂


  • I have that stappy cami from River Island and it’s one of my faves ever! Need to buy some more in different colours!

    Alex @

  • dat pouch!! i wantt

  • I just subscribed to Allure myself! Love the fact its purely 100% beauty wth extras! x

  • PeonyandPeach

    Love this post 🙂 I definitely start to feel very spend on a friday but I think I’ll have to restrain myself this week as I did some damage last weekend! Love that makeup bag though, and it’s washable? And fits long brushes in it? Basically an essential then! Beauty blogger maths tells me I need it :S

  • lauren

    Loved this post Anna 🙂 I really love everything you chose, I really need to try the eye shadow sticks 🙂 x x

  • byClara

    I love your new makeup bag. I subscribed to Allure a good six weeks ago and have yet to receive it… I have never owned an issue I think and I really want to be able to see why everybody loves it soooo much 🙂

  • Rosie

    Spendy fridays are the best! Glad you enjoyed yours xx

  • Emily Knott

    Allure magazine is the only magazine I read from cover to cover! Love it! And I must pick up a couple of those camis!

  • Gaby Zickar

    All very cute but I could probably only find the Maybelline product in Australia 🙁

  • Stephanie

    I want to buy something every day of the week! 😉



  • Lizzie Wilson

    Love that cami! x

    Lizzie’s Corner

  • Yeah, Friday is definitely a shopping day, specially when You and Your best friend meet every friday….in a huge shopping centre haha 😉

  • You read my mind Anna, it’s Friday….it’s pay day….and I MUST buy something!!! 🙂 great post!

    Lis xx

  • OOooh love the look of the maybelline, cream stick and of course the RI cami, always a win

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • That’s such a cute makeup bag! x

    A Tiger’s Life

  • Is Allure magazine available in the UK iTunes Newsstand shop? Why not just download each issue or opt for a digital subscription? That way you get every issue as soon as it’s released.

  • Loving the make up bag. And yes, it is Friday and I DO want to buy something!! 🙂

  • I really like the River Island camis x

  • Yess “Because it’s friday” haha love it! 🙂

  • MaquillageMagic

    I went out and bought stuff today! That weekend feeling took hold of me!!

    Laura xx

  • Lovely recommendations. Any reason to splurge is a good one right 🙂 Although I must say, I have a it’s Friday and I just want to sleep and feel better feeling right now. Who gets sick in the middle of summer?!

  • Hahah, oh Anna, you read my mind!

  • The bag is just so cute!

  • Rachel Polansky

    the maybelline bronzing powder looks gorgeous, once again not available in the USA 🙁

  • Definitely just signed up for Allure! 6 monhts for $3 right now!!

  • I love that river island top! I love reading all of your posts 🙂


  • Allure is one of my favorite magazines!

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

  • I love the look of that makeup bag, so cute! x

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • Loved this post! Now I’m feeling spendy 😀

    Celine //

  • Belle

    I think most Friday morning are in need of extra cheek colour, thanks to Thursday night drinks. Great post, perfect for pay day!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Anna

    The “you look lovely today” pouch looks so adorable and simple. I definitely want it!

  • Ropar Rhodes

    I don’t know about anyone else but I get this feeling everyday x

    • I know exactly how you feel, I’m constantly looking at stuff online that I’ll probably never buy 🙂


  • I have never read allure magazine before but after reading this post it sounds really enjoyable and I wan to go pick it up! 🙂

  • I love that river island cami top! i can’t find river island in us though 🙁


  • when do I not want to buy something?! x


  • Erin

    Great recommendations! xx

  • Geena

    Oh yet more Anna-inspired products to add to the shopping list! I love that make up pouch in particular.

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  • Sara

    Hi Anna! If you have an iPad or similar I can recommend subscribing to Allure digitally. At least for me (in Sweden) it’s not only quicker to get hold of but a whole lot cheaper! Thanks for great blog and channel! / Sara

  • I really want to get a hold of the river island cami top! What are some other recommendations for river island purchases? I can only order online and I don’t want to waste the shipping cost if I only get a cami!

    I love the saying on that makeup bag =]

    Carolyn | BLOG

  • Jennifer

    That makeup bag is adorable. I remember reading Lily’s blog where she showed the same one. Extra tempting now.

    My Most Coveted| A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Angela Sandez

    I love your river island top! It´s pure perfection.

  • I love the Alphabet bags stuff so much!

    Kate xo //


    Hi Anna! Loved your post. I was wondering what size did you get the strappy top? I want to order it online but not sure what size. Thanks xo