Shopping The Stash #3

Cannot believe I am on my third shopping the stash post. Crazy how quick months go by. Well this week I ...

Barry M Sugar Apple

I'll let you in a on a little secret...Im kinda obsessed with mint green nail polish, so when Barry M released their spring...

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush In Corail Affranchi

YSL to me are 'the' if not thee luxury brand, from the packaging to the colour range and lets not forget the hefty price tag...

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer In Funk & Kooky

If there is one thing MUA do best, its lip products, they impressed me last year with their matte lipsticks and now they have gone and done it again with the new Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers...

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo


Thursday, April 24, 2014

30 Day Spending Ban Challenge Update

30 Day Spending Ban Challenge Update

''Day 24 on the big spending ban and Lauren has gone mad''.....Hey everyone today I have another spending ban update. It has been 24 days since Jess and I started this spending ban and boy it has been hard. I have had times these last 2 weeks where I have had the urge to go shopping. I really want to go into Pennys/Primark and buy literally everything. I have a few makeup items on my wishlist but the urge to buy clothes and handbags and homeware is way stronger. How sad do I sound. 

In terms of spending this month, I haven't bought anything since my last update. Not even a easter egg. I did send a few parcels off so thats the only thing I have handed money over for.I also took it upon myself to remove my credit card off paypal as I did find myself browsing ebay way to much over the last 10 days. So I removed the card. Its the only way. Half the time I would be lounging in bed on ebay and the effort of getting my credit card out of my bag and then to type in numbers....major effort so removing the card was my best bet. 

I don't really have anything else to say in terms of an update. I have had moments where I just want to say f**k it but then I just go and talk to Jess on facebook and I forget about even wanting to buy anything. I am really not sure how I will last sticking this ban out till August. I think I will need therapy after it all. So I have decieded to wait till May 1st, go one a little splurge and then restart a ban till August. I will get to Barcelona this year and hopefully to Wales, so a longer ban is needed. 

Make sure to head over to Jess's blog to see how she is getting on. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Beauty Of Coconut Oil

uses of coconut oil

uses of coconut oil

There is nothing I love more than a multi use product. I was in my local health shop a few weeks back and noticed a jar of coconut oil, remembering  I had seen a youtube video of someone making their own cleansing balm I thought I would pick one up and give it a go. Since then I have been addicted to this little jar, it has so many uses, here are a few of my faves. 

Cleanser/Makeup Remover
This literally melts all your makeup off your face, applied to dry skin and massaged in, it not only cleanses the skin but gets rid of all your daily makeup. I usually apply it massage all around my face including my eyes and then remove with a face cloth. Voila, makeup is removed and my face feels like a baby's bottom. 

Grow Your Lashes
Applying this onto your lashes every night encourages growth. Its makes them super soft, nourishes them leaving them in top condition and gives them all the nutrients it needs to make them grow. Huge, long lashes, what more could you want. 

Shaving Those Hairy Parts
Applying it to the areas you need to shave is a great use for cocount oil. It helps with sensitive skin and moisturises them throughout the shave. Giving you a close, comfortable shave. 

Easy Hair Mask
Applying to the hair and leaving in for 15 mins or overnight what ever suits Either way it will leave your locks looking amazing. Just make sure to thoroughly wash out as it is an oil after all. 

Body Moisturiser or Massage Oil
Get someone to give you a back massage with this oil or apply it as a body lotion. Either way you skin will thank you when its feeling super soft.

Replace Normal Cooking Oil/Butter
Next time you fry up some chicken apply some coconut oil in the pan instead of normal oil. It tastes great and is way better for you. 

Oil Pulling....What Is That?
Oil Pulling is the new craze. You basically take a spoonful of coconut oil, pop into your mouth and swiss around for a few minutes, 20 mins is recommended. This has all sorts of benefit, it helps with getting all that bad bacteria out of you mouth, which may cause you to get sick, it help whiten teeth and overall teeth hygiene. I've also read it can help headaches. I have tried this, didn't find it too bad a little gross at first but I got over it haha. My teeth felt stronger after a week of doing it. Just remember when you spit the cocount oil out do it down the toilet or in the bin, incase it hardens in your sink. Unless you want a call from a hunky plumber....that's totally optional. 

So there are some tips for coconut oil, leave a comment below if you have any more. We would love to read them. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Easy Clean Vanity Table Makeup Mat

DIY Easy Clean Vanity Table Makeup Mat
keep vanity area makeup free

Hey everyone today I have another DIY post for you in collaboration with Lovely Jubbly Blog. We have teamed up for the month of April, put ourselves on a spending ban and thought we throw in some DIY projects while we were at it. I have created a easy clean makeup mat for your dressing table/vanity table so you avoid getting makeup all over the place. So what will you need for this task.

1 Piece of white card or any colour you want. 
1 sheet of laminated paper or that plastic sheet thing that comes in photo frames (fake glass)
Some Glue/ hot glue, prit stick or pva glue.
A pencil 
A steady hand, mine is a little crooked. 

First get your white card and draw whatever design you want, you can even leave it square, but I cut mine into a heart shape cause my desk is small and I like hearts. When drawn cut it out, Then trace around the laminated paper and cut that out so they are identical. Mine was a little off, but I tidied it up once I stuck them together. 

Next grab some glue and place along the edges of the card and place the laminated sheet cut out over the top and press down so they are stuck together well. If you actually have a laminator machine, you can pop it in there to make sure its stuck together forever, I didn't I just got some laminated paper left over from a previous project. 

Then once dry pop onto your vanity table and apply your makeup as normal then any spillage just wipe clean with a makeup cotton wipe or even a tissue. Viola! 

Head on over to Jess's Blog to see what she has created. If you make this, let me know.