Getting Your Glam On

I am a great believer in the adage that we are all beautiful in our own way. We all have our best features, and then the ones we would love to change if we had the chance. But even though we are all beautiful in our own way, it doesn’t mean that we can’t give Mother Nature a helping hand when it comes to looking our best. Sometimes that means faking it to enhance what we have already been given. Whether it be fake tan, fake lashes or lip plumping kits, we all have make up and beauty items that we turn to when it comes to getting our glam on. The rule with beauty is that as long as we are looking after our skin, we can wear whatever make up we like. A gentle skincare routine is also important.

What other beauty fixes can we use to give nature a helping hand?

Keep Your Skincare Organic

The general belief is that a skincare routine helps to keep your skin in tip top condition, but the reality is that some products actually cause more harm than good, with ingredients that contain parabans,  harmful ingredients and chemicals.

If your skin is suffering from your skincare, you should switch to an organic routine like the Amanda Jo Organic Bunny subscription box which curates some of the best organic beauty products around.

Fake that tan

I’ve written many posts about faking our tans and looked at the health implications that mean we now want to be sun kissed without the threat of skin cancers. But many of us do prefer the look of our skin when it is tanned, when we have a lovely, healthy glow that makes us look and feel better. St Tropez is one of the best brands around, but if you are on a budget I would definitely recommend St Moriz which is a stunning dupe brand with fabulous results. I often use their self tan mist, it is easy to apply and costs less than £5. (You can read some of my tips for applying fake tan here).

St. Moriz Professional Self Tan Mist Medium 150ml £3.99 Click to visit Boots

Fake those lashes

Long, thick, lustrous lashes are the dream of most of us. But, in reality, my own lashes are fairly thin, not as long as I would like them, and quite blond in appearance. And so, when it comes to a night out, I fake it. Eyelure are the queen of false eyelashes, with a range of styles that can either add to the thickness of your lashes, or give you a full on, swinging sixties, dollybird look. My current favourites are the ‘Cheryl Oh My Goddess’ set that are dark, featherlite and fluttery and give a real glamorous look.

Cheryl – Oh My Goddess £7.25

Fake those lips

We can’t all be blessed with bee stung lips or a perfect pout, but again, we can give nature a helping hand. Many lipglosses now contain ingredients that will plump your lips. Soap and Glory’s hilariously named Sexy Mother Pucker brand has a variety called Pillow Plump. This features LIPSWELL, a natural flower oil infusion and glassy-shine technology that will give you a pretty glorious pout.

Soap & Glory™ Sexy Mother Pucker™ Pillow Plump XXL

You are beautiful, but sometimes we just need to fake it!

How to save money when shopping

Are you looking for more value for money when you shop? Then step this way for hints and tips that can make your money go further.

Is looking stylish all about the money spent on an outfit? Not at all. In fact, it’s possible and quite easy to dress in style while staying frugal. These days people no longer boast about how much they have spent on their wardrobe, rather they wear their bargains and the savings they have made like a badge of honour, proving you really can look good for less.

The same is true when it comes to all our shopping. Budget supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi are busier than ever as people look for value from their shop, and want to make savings that can really help when it comes to budgeting. The same is true of both BM and Home Bargains who offer real savings on home wares and toys.

Here I am showing you five clever ways to save money on your fashion and your general shopping without sacrificing quality and good looks.

  • Browse for sales. Gone are the days when one had to travel long distances to shop. Today, the world’s top retailers are available for you at the click of a mouse. Moreover, it’s possible to come across sales that offer up to 70% off at websites selling clothing and footwear by top brands by searching sites like Brand Alley and The Outnet. Sign up to email alerts so you know when sales are about to start, this will avoid you missing out on a bargain.
  • Search for coupons and latest deals. When at a store ready to check out, use your smartphone to search for clothing coupons. There are plenty of popular applications for Android and IOS.  You can also try Shop It To Me service to get regular notifications of your favourite brand clothing available on sale. Similarly, before you shop check out https://frequent-ads.com/ for the latest deals, both online and instore, this will ensure the price you pay is the best price, and may also alert you to BOGOF offers or flash sales.

  • Have a look at Charity Shops and discount shops. As we move towards a more eco friendly form of shopping, don’t forget that charity shops offer really good quality clothes at bargain prices, and do something good for both the planet and charity, stopping used clothes going to refill and supporting a good cause. In addition, discount shops and outlets can offer last seasons clothing items at bargain prices.
  • Look for clearance items. Online retailers sell out of season clothes and footwear with great discounts so keep looking for clearance items. Buying winter coats in spring and bikinis when summer is over is totally worth it.
  • Sign up for newsletters. Newsletters are a great way of finding out about sales, one day events and discounts on all your favourite products. Most online stores have them and you can also be rewarded for your shopping loyalty with special offers on your birthday, so they are definitely worth a look.

As can be seen, shopping doesn’t always have to mean spending a fortune. Shop cleverly and you will have extra money in your account at the end of each month.

 

We Need To Talk About Savvy Shopping!

Do you adore shopping like me? Some people see it as a sport, even a hobby? Even if you don’t love to shop, you’ll still need to buy things at some point. So check out my tips for savvy shoppers below and get the most for your money.

Your Credit Cards

Many of your purchases, particularly when you are shopping online, are made on credit cards. This seems to be a good thing, you have protection if your items don’t turn up, and can then pay on a buy now pay later basis. But is this really such a good idea, and how much do you actually end up spending on your item? The answer is that this is fine if you pay off what you owe at the end of each month. If you don’t, your payments could actually be made up more of interest than actually paying off your balance, and that balance will grow every week. Use Calculator.Me to find out how much you are actually paying in interest each month, they have a credit card payment calculator which can show some quite shocking results and may encourage you to switch to a much lower interest credit card.

 

Loyalty Scheme

Another thing that savvy shoppers do is take advantage of stores loyalty schemes. It is always worth signing up for a shops loyalty scheme, especially if you shop there regularly. You’d be surprised at how many reward points you can collect over time. Maximize your points by combining them with other offers to get the best use out of them

Voucher Codes

Coupon and Voucher codes are a great way to be savvy when you are shopping. They can save you money on the item, get you items free or even provide you with free delivery.

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You can use coupons in store. Clip and organize them before you go, and make a list of the items and the amounts that you are aiming for. Some people even get into extreme couponing and managed to get their weekly shop entirely free of charge.

Another way to use coupons and voucher codes is when shopping online. Always do a quick search for coupons codes before you complete your purchase, as you never know what discounts you could be missing out on. Vouchers and discount codes can enable you to buy a better quality of the product because of the reduced price.

Sales

Savvy shoppers always make use of the sales. Unless you are just going to grab any old bargain, it’s best to have an idea of the sort of thing that you have in mind, otherwise, it can be too tempting to buy something you don’t need, just because it has a massive price reduction.

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A good technique is to look at and make a note of the full price items that you like. Then go straight to those when the sales starts. This means you are saving money on items that you would probably get anyway.