You're probably already familiar with Daiso, but if you're not let me tell you right now that it's the best thing since sliced bread. Daiso is a Japanese variety store chain and everything in store costs a measly $2.80, it's amazing and I love it. You would think that for such a cheap price everything would be pretty cheap quality as well, but I'm always pleasantly surprised by how well constructed the products are - the quality well surpasses that of Australian dollar stores. I would usually hesitate to buy makeup so cheaply, but I love the mascara (the pink and silver tube) so much! I'm yet to try the eyeliner, but I have moderate expectations that it'll be okay, and I've head good things about the brush and sponge cleaner (the white bottle) so I figured for $2.80 it's no big loss if it's not wonderful. I also bought a cute li'l lunch box and notebook to take to work, yay cute things!
I purchased the little French Vanilla candle from a lolly shop in Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast. It smells almost exactly like Glasshouse's Bordeaux scent, and for $9 it's half the price of a small Glasshouse candle. The scent isn't as strong while it's being burnt, but it's not so weak that you can't smell anything, still worth it for the teeny price tag!
I picked up a Victorias Secret body spray while I was at the airport waiting for my flight home. I've never really understood the hype about Victorias Secret - to me it all seems pretty overpriced for what it is - but I love the smell of this body spray. It's sweet, but not sickly, and the plastic bottle means that I can throw it in my handbag and not have to worry about it breaking like I do when I take a perfume anywhere with me.
And finally, clothes! I picked up these perfect pieces from a little store called Trash Monkey, located in Fortitude Valley. As soon as I saw the Rilakkuma cardigan I knew that I'd come to the right place, I've been trying to get my grubby mitts on one of these babies for months! I'm also a sucker for a good Wednesday Addams-esque dress, so of course this long sleeved Disturbia dress was going to end up in my suitcase. It's so soft and stretchy, and it's lightweight enough for me to wear throughout spring and cooler summer days.
Aside from some of the neat shops I found, I didn't really think much of Brisbane. It was very hot while I was there, and it just wasn't really my jam, I much prefer the southern states, and Sydney still reigns supreme as my favourite capital. I did have a wonderful time with my family on my short visit though, and that's what really matters!