Saturday, 25 May 2019

7 Ways To Save On Your Beauty Purchases



Every girl loves a good beauty splurge. Whether it’s the latest eyeshadow palette or a gorgeous skincare product, there’s something about beauty items that feels ultra-luxurious. Let’s face it; it’s a buzz buying them, isn’t it? 

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However, lots of these items come with a pretty steep price-tag, which isn’t such good news if you’re working to a tight budget. The good news is – you can still get your hands on the latest, greatest beauty items, if you adopt a savvy approach. 

7 ways to save money when buying beauty products 

· Recycle (and get stuff back!). Recycling is not only great for the environment, it’s awesome for your bank balance too. Some shops let you return used product packaging, then in return, they give you free items! For example, when you return six packaging containers to MAC, they’ll give you a complimentary lipstick in return. Now that’s tempting. 


· Gather some samples. Beauty product samples are everywhere. You find them in the pages of magazines, you can request them in department stores, and most perfume shops are happy to let you try out their products for free too. Sometimes you have to ask though, so don’t be shy! You can also request free makeovers at your local department store, which is really useful if you’re going out for the night. 


· Get the ‘inspired by’ versions. Ask yourself – does it have to be designer? Some ‘inspired by’ versions of designer items are really convincing. For example, Copycat Fragrances’ perfumes feature many of the same ingredients as the big-brand originals, but for a reduced price. Also, when you see make-up that you love in your favourite fashion magazine, check the high street shops – many of them offer catwalk-inspired equivalents. 


· Rescue your make-up. Whatever you do, don’t bin your old make-up – chances are there’s life left in it yet! When your nail varnish goes gunky, add a few drops of nail polish remover, then stir. This helps to smooth it out again. If your eyeshadow smashes, squeeze a tiny amount of argon oil into the container, then press the powder back in with a spoon. Likewise, tiny remnants of lipstick can be melted down and added to lip balm to create a tinted lip colour. 


· Wait for the sales. Okay, so this is a bit of an obvious suggestion – but it really does pay to wait for those Christmas and summer sales. Shops often knock huge amounts off the retail price, which means you’ll get a great product for way less. Keep an eye on your favourite brands throughout the year too. Many offer exclusive discounts and freebies, so it’s worth following them on social media or subscribing to their newsletter. 



· Make your own. If you’re the creative type, this will be right up your street. Creating your own beauty products is pretty fun, and it means you can tailor them to suit your tastes (and skin type). Easy products to make include exfoliators, moisturisers, make-up removers, lip colours and more. Apparently, this ‘DIY’ approach can get quite addictive – so you have officially been warned.






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Thursday, 2 May 2019

I'm still here



Mate I’m actually writing a blog post. It’s a completely different feeling cos I’m doing this on my phone. Sitting at my desk with a cup of tea and bags of time and inspiration hasn’t really been a thing since Mila was born and I relish the opportunity to lay down...

 So here I am, tapping away on my little iPhone screen spelling almost everything wrong as I’m not used to typing so much on this tiny keyboard. I’m more of a voicenote or a 'few words on whatsapp' kind of girl. The temptation to add emojis is high, I admit. 

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So I haven't blogged in a while. I’ll put that partly down to becoming a mum of two but also because I’ve just not been feeling it. To be honest I started to think I didn’t 'fit the mould' as a blogger- especially a beauty blogger. Although I wear makeup everyday I don't buy half as much  as I used to- which is probably a good thing. I felt out of the loop.

I love taking pictures and sharing my thoughts so instagram has been my go to over the last few months but I don't want to forget my, as we call it 'little place on the internet'. After all, if insta went away so would my pictures and those thoughts and rambles that go with each post.

 And I have a lot of thoughts. 
The last month especially has had my mind wandering and racing like a curious sniffer dog on speed.

Maybe I’ll go into that in more detail at some point. Maybe.

I realised that while I’m definitely not your stereotypical blogger I can still blog. Life would be boring if we were all the same and there’s so many fantastic beauty blogs out there doing their thing bigger and better than I ever could. 
When I felt like giving it all up I realised that’s what old Jenn would do. Now I tackle things head on when they are important to me. Who cares if I'm more OTT than OOTD and if I have no clue where my nearest flower wall is?!

I’ve been writing for years, what started off as ranting about boys turned into sharing my love of beauty products. Then I liked to document my life a bit, share my thoughts on what was going on. I'd talk about my mental health, not only get some understanding for others but for myself. Writing is cathartic like that.

When I’m not quite sure what to do I write, it's my go-to when I feel a bit lost. I hadn't quite realised how far that goes back until I found some old notebooks the other day.

 I have a lot of notebooks. 
Some completely full, some untouched. 
Some had an account of each day that year, others I wouldn’t pick up for months but when I eventually did I would write for pages just to get things out. I don't think I'd ever looked back and read them but it’s interesting to see how I’ve changed over the years. Things that bothered me back then are tiny drops in the ocean now. People that mattered years ago are now distant memories, some are closer to me know than ever.   If You’ve been in my life in some way or another you can guarantee I've written about you at some point in some shape or form. Does that sound creepy? Hey, I'm just being honest.

I like getting my thoughts out, and sometimes sharing those thoughts helps people. Something as simple as finding a brightening shampoo that actually works, or a self cleaning make-up brush (we can all dream); I'd tell my bestie about it so why not you guys? 
Then there's sharing the personal stuff which I've toyed with over the years. In many ways I'm a very open book but in others I keep my cards extremely  close to my chest. Maybe some stuff will remain private, some might be a bit cryptic but it can be good to take a leaf out of the the Mean Girls (burn) book and 'let it out honey'. Who knows, it might even help someone else who is going through something similar. The internet has the power to feel like such a lonely place, like you're a teenie tiny fish in a huge pond, but also it can bring the most distant people together. 

This Mum stuff in particular comes with a free gift in the form of a whirlwind of emotions. So many worries and so so many questions. That thrown in with every day living and niggles of self doubt that always creep in when least expected - well I need an outlet for it all somewhere.  


So this little ramble is my kind-of jumping off point, and where I jump to I don't quite know yet but I enjoy the idea of finding out. I just know I’m not quite done yet. 







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