Thursday, 30 April 2015

Money Saving Tips For The Shopaholic

With university just around the corner, I need to learn how to make my money last longer and resist the urge to spend on unnecessary things. To help me in my quest, I have put together a list of Dos and Don'ts that I will be attempting to follow and thought it may help some of you out there who are struggling to stick to a budget. I am here for moral support if you need a shoulder to cry on after not buying that new lipstick.

If you are a student, apply for a discount card // Cards like NUS are available to get you discounts in all your favourite places to shop. Although there is a small fee to get it (£12, I believe), it will save you money in the long run. This means that you can still buy that outfit for your night out, but feel a little less guilty about it because you didn't pay full price. However, you still need to be careful. Don't just buy something because you think, 'hey, I get a discount so why not?'. You still need to be wise. Do you really need it? Are you only spending the money because you are getting it cheaper?

Shop your stash // Have a hunt at the back of your drawers for things you bought a while ago and forgot you even had. You might even end up liking it more than you thought you did! Better yet, if you are a blogger, you can even turn this into a great blog post. It's a win win situation.

Don't buy something new just because you are bored of the old one // I am incredibly guilty of this, and end up with a bottle upon bottle of half finished foundations. Similar to the last point, try to use things until they are actually finished before going out and buying a new one. There really is no need to buy a new blush every couple of weeks when they last aaaages.

Compare prices // Different retailers sell the same products for different prices so it is definitely worth shopping around. Even if you are only saving a couple of pound here and there, it all adds up and you can end up saving a fair bit of money that can be stashed away for emergencies (like when you have had a particularly bad week at work/school - definitely calls for a shopping trip).

Sign up for cashback websites // My favourite is topcashback.co.uk and I use it regularly when shopping online. Most retailers are available, although not all, helping you to get a little bit of money back each time you place an order. Like the last point, it may not be very much but again, it all adds up and you can save a good bit of money. The money is stored in your account and can be transferred into your bank account at any point. I like to leave it in my topcashback account so that I can see it adding up because then I can keep track of how much I am saving. You can even use it for money off your insurance or holidays.

Think before you buy // This is the most important fact that I have to drum in to you. Do you really need it? Would your life be so different without it? If the answer is no, put it back. You'd be surprised how often you actually manage to do it.

What are your top tips for saving money?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

How Much Is My Face Worth?

It recently popped into my head that I have actually got quite a lot of relatively expensive makeup that I use on a daily basis, which must be costing me a fortune. I hummed and hawed about whether it was a good idea to add up the price of my 'face' and eventually decided 'why the hell not'. As I am writing this sentence, I don't yet know how much it is going to add up to and am feeling slightly nervous about the result the calculator on my phone is about to show me.

Bare Minerals Original Foundation - £26
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - £5.99
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - £3.99
Benefit Gimme Brow - £18.50
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - £38
Benefit Roller Lash - £19.50
Rimmel Lasting Finish blush 'Live Pink' - £3.99
Soap & Glory Solar Powder - £11
Revlon Lip Butter 'Berry Smoothie'- £7.99
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TOTAL - £134.96

Well. I guess that explains why I am always complaining about having no money, doesn't it.


P.S. A very exciting giveaway is coming your way very soon. I am nearing the end of the planning stage so keep an eye out for the blog post!

Monday, 20 April 2015

20 Reasons To Celebrate Being a Girl

Look at me, posting twice in the space of a week! People really do change after all. I've actually really missed blogging this past month and, like I said in my Life Update post, I am ready to get back into the swing of things. I thought I would start off with a fun, feel good post to celebrate us females. We are the superior species after all. 

1. You can totally blame a bad day on your period, even if it is not that time of the month yet. Instant forgiveness and a 'please never bring your period up again' look from all males.

2. Similarly, it is acceptable to buy yourself a new handbag after a bad day to cheer you up. And what is a new handbag without a matching pair of shoes? And maybe a new lipstick?

3. There is no need to aim to pee. We also get to sit down and rest our legs.

4. Women statistically live longer than men (go us!)

5. We have a wide variety of wardrobe choices - skirt, dress, trousers, shorts, you name it.

6. It is acceptable to have crushes on both male and female celebrities.

7. Guy's clothes can be worn for comfort without getting a strange look.

8. There is no need to shave our faces daily (or at least I hope there is no need...).

9. Concealer can be used to cover everything, including the giant spot that appeared on your chin overnight.

10. Make-up is a life saver when you are having an ugly day. Make-up is also a life saver when you are having a half decent day.

11. Dry shampoo is always an option when you cannot be bothered washing your hair, so basically every day of the week until you work up the motivation to actually get your hair wet in the shower.

12. We give awesome advice.

13. Every single detail can be shared with friends, even the embarrassing things, so that they can laugh and cry along with you.

14. We can take pride in the fact that we have neater handwriting than males and can therefore forge notes to hand in at school that state we have a doctor's appointment at 2.15pm and should therefore be excused from class.

15. It is assumed that we are all bad drivers so it is acceptable to make plenty of mistakes and blame it on our gender.

16. We are always right, no matter what people tell us.

17. We can paint our nails, talk on the phone and make dinner all at the same time. Yep, women can indeed multi task.

18. There is a built in lie detector for me in our brains. Don't even try to tell me that you didn't eat the last bar of chocolate.

19. The current monarch is a woman. Nuff said.

20. We can write lists called '20 advantages of being a girl'. I feel like '20 advantages of being a boy' wouldn't go down as well and may be considered sexist.


Let's all celebrate our womanliness together. Woopee for being a lady!

What do you love about being a girl?

Friday, 17 April 2015

Life Update.

I would like to start off by saying hello after my extended absence from the internet/blogosphere. You may have noticed that it has been one month and one day since my last post - something that has annoyed me every day as the figure increased, yet I did nothing about it - and even longer since I last tweeted. I'd like to be able to say I have a really good reason for this, but truth be told, I think I just needed a break from it all after being relatively dedicated for so long. I feel refreshed and ready to get the ball rolling now and churn out some more posts for you all. 

I may not have been blogging and tweeting much, but life has certainly been hectic and full of twists and turns this past month. I am still no further forward in knowing where I going to university because I am the worst decision maker ever. I have a few unconditional offers from some really great universities, meaning that I don't need any more grades and am guaranteed a place. I just have to buckle up and pick one so that I can get my student finance and accommodation sorted. I have a fair idea of which one I want to pick but every time I log on to the UCAS website I panic and close my laptop. 

I also passed my driving theory test yesterday which I am very happy about as I am one step closer to being able to drive, and can now book my practical test. I'd love to pass before the summer, although I doubt I will actually be able to afford to buy a car and pay the insurance and upkeep, as well as go on two holidays and start uni in September. WHY IS LIFE SO EXPENSIVE RIGHT NOW.

Speaking of holidays, the countdown is now on till summer! This year is gonna be a good one, and I am especially excited to have a week in the sun with my friends in Malia, before jetting off to the USA to visit my sister and my new little nephew who was born last night! He has been named Gabriel, which I am still not sure about but it is definitely growing on me. His big brother Noah is a very excited five year old right now, and Auntie Holly is equally happy.

Exam time is also looming, so I really need to start getting prepared for that. My mum thinks I have been doing a lot of studying over Easter, and I don't want to burst her bubble by telling her the truth. I need to find the motivation from somewhere, but it just isn't happening yet. Any tips on how to locate this so called motivation would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for listening to my rambles, and I hope you are as happy as I am that I am back in business! What have you all been up to recently? Any holiday plans for the summer?

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