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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Old Favourites

 
Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub - £9.50
Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter - £10.50
 
Hey Guys,
 
It's really comming into autumn now and over the last 2 days the weather in the UK has been cold and wet.  Already I can feel my skin drying up with the wind and central heating.
 
To make it through the winter I have stocked up on some winter essentials.  These have to be my two favourite pampering products.  They have been around for ages and I love to try new products but these are always a winner.
 
I love a scrub that is rough and you can feel working on your skin and these products smell grear.
 
Do you have any tips on keeping skin soft during winter?
 
Laters
 
G xox

Sunday, 23 September 2012

How Handy


Wild Rose Hand Cream - £5
Hemp Hand Protector - £10
 
Hey Guys,
 
During the winter my skin gets very dry especially on my hands.  I have never been a huge fan of hand cream because I can never find one that doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy.
 
Eventually I have found 2 that I will be using all winter.
 
I carry the wild rose cream in my handbag and the hemp protector I use before bed.  I have now been using these for 2 weeks and notice a huge difference.
 
Laters
 
G xox

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The BIG Clear out

 
 
Hey Guys,
 
I have finally found the house of my dreams and have bought it.  Things seem to be moving so fast at the minute.  I feel in a bit of a daze.  I put that all down to excitment.
 
I was able to save for the house by cutting out on the amount I spent without having to cut out the amount I bought.  Its all about smart shopping and that's what this blog is all about.
 
Having a look round my room was scary.  The thought of moving all the clutter was stressful so there was only one thing for it.  Get rid of all that clutter.
 
This is what I did:
  • Make up-  If its not my colour or I have never used it - get rid of it.  I probably never will use it.
  • Products - Same as the make up, just let it all go.
  • Clothes - I went through my wardrobe and gathered up anything that no longer fitted (I must accept my love of food means my size 6 days are well and truely gone), anything that as losing its shape, out of fashion or I no longer wore.
  • Jewellery - I was amazed at the amount of jewellery I have never and would never deam of wearing. 
  • Accessories - I have alot of accessories I have bought because they were different and a bit funky but they never went with anything in my wardrobe.
  • DVDs/CDs - This is when I noticed I am a hoarder.  I must have kept every DVD, CD and even video tape I have ever owned.  I had no intention of watching these.
  • Odds and ends - Out, out, out. 
I gathered up enough to have a car boot sale, put any designer gear on ebay or send to a designer second hand shop (which actually give you money for the clothes) and take old books to a second hand book shop.
 
This has made me realise that there are more important things to be spending money on than designer clothes and makeup.  I have made a few more necessary purchases and I will be blogging about them soon.
 
Follow this blog for more product reviews.
 
Laters
 
G xox
 

Friday, 14 September 2012

Foundation Favourites

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation - £5.99
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - £3.99
 
 
Hey Guys,
 
I am (or was) a firm believer in Estee Lauder Double Wear is the only way to go, until recently.
 
It has been a long time since I have bought foundation that wasn't from a makeup counter.  This is when I realised I had no idea what colour I needed or what texture of foundation I needed. 
 
My skin can get quite oily as the day goes on so I choose the Stay Matte range.  It took me over an hour to choose this one.  I had swatches of foundations all over me.  To be honest I didn't have high hopes from these two products because I loved the Double Wear so much.
 
I first tried this on a day when my skin was playing up.  I was oily and spotty and the worst thing is that im not even a teenager any more.  This did help to keep my skin Matte throughout the day while I was at work.  So I do think this does the job and I continue to wear it Monday - Fridays at work and I do still use my double wear at weekends.
 
Would highly recommend this or to anyone who only buys foundations from a makeup counter, go and try other brands.  Once you get the colour right you will find the right one for you.
 
Do you find it difficult to change foundations?
 
Laters
 
G xox

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Moisturing Mission

 
 
Boots Moisturing Cream - £1.52
Garnier Essentials Day Cream - £4.95
Nivea Q10 Day Cream - £6.66
 
I went on a little bit of a mission lately to find a moisturiser which was great value for money and for under £10. 

What I found was that it is actually pretty easy to get a moisturiser for under £10. 

My least favourite is the Boots Moisturing Day Cream.  The only good thing I can say about this is that it was good value for money (100ml for £1.52).  When I bought it I thought it would be really fresh with the cucumber frangrance but when I tried it I hated it.  It was such a thick cream and my makeup didn't sit nicely ontop of it.  And then theres the packaging but you canee that for yourself.

My second favourite is the Nivea Essentials Day Cream.  This was nice and fresh but it just didn't feel like good quality.  I will continue to use this but i'm not so sure I will be repurchasing this again.  The packaging was also a little cheap and very plastic.

My all new favourite and still within my budget is Nivea Q10 Day Cream.  There is so much to love about this.  The packaging is glass with a plastic lid which is nice.  The cream is lovely and light and makes a great base for my foundation.  This is the only cream that had SPF in it which is always important in skin products.  I will be repurchasing and also testing the night cream.

I have shown myself that a decent moisturiser doesn't have to cost alot and I will be swapping my Estee Lauder with the Nivea Q10.  It is a winner.

What is your favourite moisturiser?

Laters

G xox
 
 


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The One

Dolce & Gabbana The One 50ml - £53
 
Hey Guys,
 
Do you know when you get an unexpected gift and it just makes your day.  Well this was one of those moments.  My lovely boyfriend brought me this back from his day at the Paralympics.  Don't mean to brag but he really is the best :) and the name of the perfume is just perfect to give to a partner - The One.  Put a big smile on my face.
 
This is such a lovely perfume.  For me its more of a night time, going out fragrance.
 
There are quite a few birthdays and weddings coming up in the next few weeks and this will be getting its first outing soon.
 
What is your favourite perfume at the minute?
 
Laters
 
G xox
 
 

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

New In - Boots



 
Boots - New Look £34.99
 
Hey Guys, 
 
As I mentioned in yesterdays blog I love Autum and Winter fashion.  Buying boots is my guilty pleasure.
 
Last year I looked for a pair of tan biker boots until spring arrived and I eventually gave up.  I am actually glad I never found any as these are perfect and are well within my price range.
 
This season I am loving studs on shoes, boots, jeans and jackets.
 
I have already a few outfits in my head that would be perfect for these boots.  Skinny jeans, t-shirts and parka jackets are all going to be a good look this autumn.
 
The colour will go with so much I already have in my wardrobe (always an important thing to consider when buying shoes)
 
For years I have been buying shoes and boots from New Look.  I think about 75% of my shoes are from here.  For the price the quality is great.
 
Look out for some outfit of the day posts soon.
 
Laters
 
G xox
 
 
 

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G xox

Monday, 10 September 2012

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G xox
 

Autumn/Winter is Almost Here

 
 
Hey Guys,
 
Autumn and Winter are defiantly my  favourite seasons.  I have an unhealthy obsession with buying coats and boots (I guess its just my thing).  I generally love winter clothes.  Whats not to love, with layering and cosy knits.  I love sitting in with my boyfriend watching TV on the sofa while its cold outside.  The thought of it excites me.
 
I will be happily putting my sandals away and bringing out the boots.
 
I don't think I have achieved alot over summer and want that to change in Autumn / Winter. 
 
  • Find a house: Currently house hunting.  I aim to have bought one by Christmas.  This is exciting but it is eating away to my money.
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  • Find new and exciting ways to cut back on my spending without cutting back on the amount I buy.  This is going to mean trying lots of new products to try and find alternatives for high end makeup and clothing. 
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  • Review Review Review.  I am going to try products and give honest opinions on the quality and price.
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  • Brush up on my photography.  To be honest my photography skills are not good and I have no excuse as my boyfriend is a photographer.  I think it will mean ditching my ancient digital camera in exchange for something decent. 
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  • Write a blog post every day.  As I have just started my blog I feel I have so much I want to blog about.  Beauty, fashion and a bit about my life.
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  • Have some more me time.  Over the summer I have neglected myself more than usual.  I am going to spend more time doing things I love with the people I love.
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  • Read.  I do read all year round but I have decided I am going to aim to read every night before bed.  I will of course be letting you know what I'm reading and if it was any good.
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  • Learn to cook.  I am no Jamie Oliver thats for sure.  I am going to start off with the basics and then work my way up.  I think my boyfriend is going to be very pleased with this one. 
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    What do you love about A/W?
    Laters
     
    G xox

Sunday, 9 September 2012

This Weeks Wish List




 
 
 
Hey Guys,
 
This week I have been looking at my makeup and deciding I need to update a few things.
 
I have heard amazing reviews about the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser from Sprinkle of Glitter and really want to try it for myself.  She also did a fab video on youtube of you to use it.  You should check it out.
 
These chubby sticks look amazing.  I want to see if they actually live up to all the hype.
 
I love this OPI nail polish.  The little tiny bits of glitter look amazing.  I think this will have to be one if my Autumn/Winter buys.
 
Loving NARS makeup at the minute and this baby pink blusher is perfect for my pale (yes even in summer) skin.  Embrace the paleness I think.
 
Laters
 
G xox
 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Smart Jewellery Storage


 
Storage Boxes - ebay £1.45 (free delivery)
 
This has been the best storage buy I have ever bought.  Altogether I purchased 4 of these for jewellery.
 
I was having endless problems with jewllery getting lost or getting so tangled it was beyong saving. 
 
These boxes have literally been the end to all my jewellery disasters.  They aren't bulky like alot of jewellery boxes and can be stacked or put away in a drawer.
 
Visit this ebay seller here.  At such a cheap price it would be silly not to.
 
If you have any other great ideas for storing jewellery let me know.
 
Laters
 
G xox
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 6 September 2012

In Love with Leather

AllSaints Perry <em>Leather Shorts</em>
 
Black Faux Leather Dress - Oasis £65
Leather Shorts - All Saints £150
Leather Jacket - ASOS £100
 
One of my favourite winter fabrics is leather and was estatic when I found out it was going to be so big this season.
 
Black leather is my favourite as it can be dressed up or dressed down rather easily and is so versitile. 
 
Leather has the look of being so effortlessly cool and very few accessories is ever needed.
 
Autumn / Winter are my favourite fashion months.  This year I will be stocking up with leather for day and night looks and wearing it with simple jeans, t-shirts and shoes.  Making leather a key piece for my wardrobe and pairing it with simple items from last year.
 
Although leather shorts look stunning I am not sure I am brave enough to show quite that much leg for winter (I am extreamly jealous of anyone who has perfect pins to make these look fab)
 
Keep checking the blog for more A/W looks
 
Laters
 
G xox

Happy Hands



 
Body Shop Hand Cleanse Gel - £2.50
 
I am quite new to using Body Shop products and so far I have been impressed and excited to try more of their range.  Their fruity fragrances leave me in a happy mood and perfect for summer when you need a bit of freshing up.
 
 
I have quite a hectic lifestyle with working, studying and socialising.  As I am very rarely at home during the day to freshen up these have been a life saver.
 
It has taken me a long time to find a hand gel which doesn't make me smell like i've dipped my hands in alcohol (not great when in work)
 
Will hopefully be reviewing alot more Body Shop products in the future.
 
Laters
 
G xox
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Pretty Polish

 
 
 

Rimmel Nail Polish - 402 Urban Purple £4.59


I have been a massive fan of Rimmel nail polish for a long time.  One of my favourites is the Pro range.  It has a maxi brush for easy application and although it says it lasts for up to 10 days I would say its more like 3 with my lifesyle.  Although I think 3 is pretty damn good compared so some that only last for 1.
 
This is not usually a colour I would choose for my nails.  Usually I would prefer pastel shades but this is ideal for winter  (I know sun is still shining and I'm thinking about the cold months already)
 
After being so impressed with the nail polishes I have decided to try more Rimmel products to see if they match or even beat the quality of higher end products.
 
Do you have any recommendations for other nail polish brands?
 
Laters
 
G xox
 
 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Welcome

Welcome to High Street Heaven

 

Hey Guys!
 
This blog will be about fashion and beauty that is affordable and available on the high street.
 
A couple of weeks ago I visited a few beauty counters and purchased 5 products which soon racked up to almost £200.  This got me thinking and researching other products similar which are available in the high street at a fraction of the price.
 
This is a new challenge for me to let go of all the high end branded products and try out many new products in hope they will match the quality.
 
While this blog will mostly be about beauty I will also throw in some fashion and lifestyle.
 
Any suggestions on blog posts or reviews are always welcome.
 
I am away to try out some fab products to review!!
 
Laters
 
G xox
 
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