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my £40 John Lewis challenge

My £40 John Lewis Challenge

What happens when I had a £40 John Lewis gift card and could buy anything with it. Well, let me show you what I brought. Here is my £40 John Lewis challenge.

One day a Joh Lewis gift card came through the post quite unexpectedly. I wasn’t expecting and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It came from one of my client who thought I did a good job recently on their website, so as well as paying me – they also gifted me with a £40 gift card. How kind and I swear I have the best clients.

So this sets in motion a little idea I’ve been sitting on for a while on here. You see, last year around Christmas I set myself a similar challenge: How much could I buy in The Body shop for £20. An easy enough challenge I think you will agree. I thought that I would repeat the theme of the challenge and instead use John Lewis. I’m going from high street to a high brand department store.

Now for this challenge I actually visited the big John Lewis store on Oxford Street, I was visiting a friend and thought it would be a wasted journey (and opportunity) not to pop in and put my plan into action.

In all honesty, shopping in John Lewis when you on a £40 budget is a lot harder. Really hard. You see one thing and then that one thing could blow your budget and challenge out of the water. Apart from the overpriced items – it’s the pushy-in-your-face assistant and the security guard following you around.

Ok maybe I might have imagined that a security guard was following me around, but I swear to god there was a security guard following me around. I’m not sure why exactly. All I was doing was looking at products and putting them down and calculating every item on my phone. Nothing strange about it. I wasn’t wearing a dodgy brown trench coat with the collar up and peeping from a hat. It made me feel really uncomfortable and as I couldn’t decide what I wanted, I just went home. I’m also certain that the security guard radioed in ‘she left the building, brought nothing’. Well, I won’t be shopping in there again for a while.

I went home and decided the Joh Lewis website was the best options with this challenge. In the comfort of my own home, in pyjamas and taking all the time in the world.

I’m sure you are dying to know what I bought. And wondering if I succeeded. Well, let me show you.

my £40 John Lewis challenge

First up it’s the Rituals relaxing serums, followed by Rituals Fortune Scrub. Now for the past 6 months, I have been completely loving Rituals products. If I could I would buy the whole shop and live there. Now I’m a shopaholic so any spa products I can’t help myself and not love. However, I do find Rituals to be a little pricey and often out my budget. I think Richard would kill me if I spent £30 on a singular product. Plus, I also often can’t make up my mind and usually leave empty handed. So with this £40 John Lewis challenge, I wanted to incorporate a little Rituals. That was how I ended up with the relaxing serums and fortune scrub.

Next up is Orgins Flower Fusion face mask, another brand I love – but is often out of my price range. This work in a similar vain to The Cure facial mask. The fact that this is drenched in orange oils peaked my interest and it was only a fiver.

The last thing I will show you is the Nuxe my beauty collection. I had this idea that instead of buying individual items and working out if it would fit my budget – I’d just buy a gift item. That way you get more products for your money. So that was how I picked up the Nuxe collection. Five little sample size Nuxe products. I keep hearing people raving about Nuxe products so I was interested to see how I would get on with these.

And that conclude on what I brought in my £40 Joh Lewis challenge: Let me run in down for you:

Amount Paid by Gift Card: £37.0

I can’t help but give myself a pat on the back. I did good, didn’t I?

Oh, I also had free delivery as I did a click and collect from my local Waitrose store.

I will be doing a full proper review on each of these products soon. But that was my £40 John Lewis challenge.

Let me know if you will do a similar challenge, I would love a read.

(There are some affilate links here but it all items I purchased myself, and gave an honest blog post.)



Hello, it’s so lovely for you to join me. Let me introduce myself. I’m Anna Nuttall living in London and married to my husband, Richard. I worked in retail for ten years before I left and fulfilled my addiction to social media and blogging, where I’m now working as a fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger and also in digital marketing.


  • Crystal

    Wow- I love the thriftiness of the blog post and you got a lot!

    9th August 2017
  • Vox

    Cosmetics are much more expensive than I thought! Congrats to you for saving as much as you could, so that you can keep looking good!

    9th August 2017
  • Worth for my spouse…. Thanks….

    9th August 2017
  • Love your blog! Sucks to hear about the security following you around (and a bit un-called for) but I think it was ment to happen so you could buy it online instead! Keep it up! 🙂

    9th August 2017
  • Great Picks!!!

    9th August 2017
  • Awesome post and Well written 🙂

    9th August 2017
  • Yeah more challenges!!!

    9th August 2017
  • Abi

    Very impressed with how much you got! All look like good products too 🙂

    9th August 2017
  • That’s good going! I know what you mean about some of the staff. I always feel a bit uncomfortable in the beauty hall because they pounce. Thanks for sharing, Leanne x

    9th August 2017
  • Some good finds there ! I agree it can be a challenge sticking to a budget in there

    9th August 2017
  • This is such a cool idea, you got some really nice things too!

    Sophia x

    9th August 2017
  • Smart picks, you won’t be disappointed by Nuxe especially l’Huile Prodigieuse <3

    9th August 2017
  • Dee

    I have yet to hear of this brand but LOL for the pushy assistance! I guess it is an international matter 🙂

    9th August 2017
  • Great post! i loved how frugal you were.

    9th August 2017
  • Lea

    You really have the loveliest clients… and so good you managed to still find some products for under 40£. I guess we all would have a small struggle finding things.
    Lea, xx

    10th August 2017
  • These products sounds worth a try! I’ve heard lots of good reviews and I can’t wait to try it!

    10th August 2017

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