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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hello October

September seems to be a month that came and went before my eyes and already its October, the month of pumpkin spiced lattes and and pretty coloured leaves. I'm looking forward to October, and here's a few reasons why.


New Job
Probably the biggest change this month is that I'm leaving my current role on Friday, and I'm starting a new job on the 13th! I decided it was time for a new adventure, and I'm really excited to start!

Halloween 
Of course the main event in October! I'm not the sort of person to make a big deal out of it, but I'm going to a halloween party this year and I'm looking forward to dressing up and being all spooky.

Autumn
Although it seems like autumn has already started, I'm looking forward to it being in full force, being able to burn festive candles and drink hot chocolate.

Christmas Shopping
Yes I'm that person. Every year I say I'll start my Christmas shopping early so that I don't leave it until the last minute, whether I do or not is another thing.

What are you looking forward to this month?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The End Of No Spend September

This month I've been taking part in No Spend September in an attempt for me to stop spending so much money, and trying to save up some up pennies. As it's now the last day of September it means my spending ban is now over! So how have I been getting on?


I decided to make my spending ban only a month long as I probably had more hope in completing it! Earlier in the year I did a 100 day spending ban challenge and I really struggled to stick to it, although I did save some money.

 With this spending ban I did manage to save some money, although not loads as it was only a month long. But I did make it through a month without buying any beauty products or items I didn't need, which I think is a big accomplishment for me! I've learnt that I don't always need to buy new things the minute I've got paid, and that it's a good idea to put some money aside for a rainy day.

Although there's not much to report back on No Spend September, I'm glad I took part in this, and maybe I'll start being sensible with my money!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Essentials

With Halloween just around the corner I thought it was time to think what I was planning to do this year. I've never really made a big deal out of Halloween, although when I was at university we would make a big deal of it all and dress up, decorate the house and everything. Now I'm back home in the countryside, there's not a great deal going on. Although I'm sure I'll be celebrating Halloween some how, either being at a party or having a night out, so it's time to think about what Halloween themed items I need!



When it came to looking for Halloween things I decided to take a look at Asda, as they have some great Halloween products this year. First of all this Women's Skeleton Dress Set caught my eye for something to wear, as I never really know what to dress up as and thought this would be something cute I could dress up for a night out or party. Next I liked this Dog Frankenstein Fancy Dress Outfit, and although I don't have a dog I thought it might be funny to dress my cat up in if I have a party! When it comes to decorating my house for Halloween I thought about using this Frankenstein's Monsters Treat Bucket would make a great addition to the decor. And then I spotted this Skeleton Sleepsuit and Hat and thought it would be adorable on my friends little girl, and couldn't resist it! 

Looking into all this Halloween stuff has really got me in the mood for a good Halloween party now! What Halloween essentials do you need?


*Collaborative Post

September Favourites

It's been absolutely forever since I've done a favourites post, and mainly because I've been using the same products over and over again, and I didn't want to create loads of posts made up of the same products! However September was a different month for me, I've found loads of new products that I've loved to share with you.



Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner
A few months ago I decided to invest in some high end hair care products and decided to try out Redken's Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner. Both contain protein and really helped to make my hair feel stronger, shinier and healthier. Although these are both quite pricey I really feel like it's worth it for my hair!

Burts Bees Sensitive Night Cream
When my old night cream started to get a bit low I decided to look into trying out a new one, when someone recommended to me Burts Bees Sensitive Night Cream. I've never really tried anything from Burts Bees before so I wasn't too sure what to expect, but I find this really soft on my skin, and it works really well as a moisturiser.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment
I'm a fan of hair oils but it's been a long time since I've tried out a new one. I got this one as a freebie with something else, but didn't really think much of it and it sat in my samples drawer for a while. Once I finally got around to using it I was amazed at how it makes my hair feel super sleek, shiny and healthy! Definitely think I'm going to repurchase this once it's ran out. 

Bio Oil*
I've never tried out Bio Oil before but when I got send a sample to try I thought I'd give it ago. I have a lot of scars and I've found from using this a couple of nights a week has really reduced the appearance of them.

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream 
It seems like my hands are always dry, and I'm always trying to find a new hand cream that helps them. I decided to try out The Body Shop's Wild Rose Hand Cream after hearing some great things about it, and I'm glad I did! It certainly helps with my dry skin, and I'm forever carrying this around with me in my handbag.

That's my favourites this month, what are yours?

*PR Sample

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Being Creative With Loom Bands

It seems like everyone and their Nan is obsessed with Loom Bands these days. Not really being 'down with the kids' I didn't get what all the fuss was about. Why make bracelets out of small elastic bands? It wasn't until I saw a few images of people who'd made other things out of them I realised it was a great chance to be creative. Having never used Loom Bands before I was excited when Paddy Power Bingo got in touch and sent me over some colourful bands to have a play with. I decided I'd try and make something pretty out of them and decided to try and make a flower.


I was surprised at how easy it was to actually make things with Loom Bands, and I had great fun making hundreds of flowers. Sadly that and making several bracelets, that's as far as my Loom Band skills can go. I've seen some wonderful creative designs on the internet, but mine kept pinging apart! Although saying that I am very happy with my flowers, and it even fits in well with my room!


Thanks to the guys over at Paddy Power for giving me the chance to be creative! Maybe for now I should just stick to playing bingo on their site -www.bingo.paddypower.com Now to practice my Loom Band skills.. 

*PR Sample

Monday, September 22, 2014

An Obsession With Face Masks

If you're a close follower of my blog you'll probably have noticed I have a small obsession with skin care, I just can't get enough of it. I probably spend a small fortune every year on serums, eye creams and exfoliators, yet still I'm always wanting to try out something new. One certain product I've got an obsession with is face masks. Every weekend I treat myself to using one, maybe two, but I still don't have a single favourite face mask and have a bathroom full of products.


A great one for when my skin is having an outbreak is Good Things Blemish Control Gel Mask. It's bit of a strange consistency, but I find after ten minutes or so this really clears up my skin. My all time favourite face mask is probably Origin's Clear Improvement, it's my go to mask for when my skin's playing up. It helps to clear all the impurities out of my skin, leaving it feel like it's had a good deep clean. Elemis's Enzyme Gel Mask is one I've only tried out a few times, but it works similarly to the Good Things one, helping to calm my skin down when I've had a bad spot outbreak. After 10 minutes my skin instantly looks calmer, and any spots I have are less red and angry looking.

I only bought Soap & Glory's No Clogs Allowed recently, but already it's a face mask I turn to on a regular basis. I really like how this one works, as you have to apply it, then wet it and it gives off this warming feeling, and once I've rinsed it off it makes my skin feel super soft. Another firm favourite in my face mask collection is REN's Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask. This is one I turn to when I feel like my skin is looking a little dull and in serious need of a pick me up. After just ten minutes my skin looks brighter, younger and I have this amazing glow for days afterwards. A face mask I use more in the winter months is Origin's Drink Up. Its just fantastic for any dry patches, and my skin just drinks it up and feels amazingly soft for days after. 

My collection of face masks will probably continue to grow as I'm always on the hunt for a new one that makes my skin feel great, and I can't imagine I'll be happy just sticking with these six! Are you a fan of face masks? What are your favorites?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No Spend September Update


After being the type of person who's always poor and can't ever save money I decided it was time to start No Spend September. Being absolutely hopeless at spending bans, and completely failing at the 100 day ban I did before I decided a 30 day ban would be a lot easier. I'm now over half way through No Spend September, so I thought it would be the best time to update on how I'm doing.

I'm actually really surprised at how well I'm doing, I've managed to not buy any beauty products! My favourite Kerastase Nutrive Nectar Thermique has actually ran out and it's killing me not being able to buy another one, but it's making me finally use up some old products I've got lying around in my drawers for a change. When it comes to saving money I'm not doing so well, I haven't been paid yet this month but once I am I'm going to put some away into savings and hopefully will keep this up.

I'm feeling a bit more positive about saving money and I'm starting to realise that maybe I don't need to buy so many beauty products for a change! Let's hope I can keep this up for the rest of the spending ban...