I often get asked which are the best charity shops in London, and to be honest I have no idea what the answer is! It’s such a big place and with so much variation it really depends … Continue reading
Guess what – I’m hooked!
I’ve done a second YouTube video for you guys showing all the stuff I bought on my recent charity shop adventure. Hopefully you like it, and please do subscribe, like, and send me a bunch of comments/feedback! It takes forever to edit, record, upload etc, but I’m really enjoying it and am so psyched that I’ve already had 100 views on my first vlog!
BIG NEWS I’ve done my first ever vlog! This is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages but was too shy/busy but I’ve finally made the time and taken the leap. Pretty please watch it, like … Continue reading
I love Creme de la Mer products and having worked there got addicted to basically all of them. However, sadly I can’t afford to sustain this fan-dom, and as a thrifting blogger I thought I’d better see if I could find some bargain alternatives. I’ve been trying out loads of different things over the past couple of years and of course nothing is quite as good (you get what you pay for really) but they make pretty amazing dupes.
Here’s the results…
I never used to use toner and didn’t entirely see the point of it, but since I’ve started using it between cleansing and moisturising my skin has improved hugely. It’s amazing how much grime (sorry for the over share!) comes off onto the cotton pad even after you’ve cleansed. Getting that last little bit seems to stop all my spots appearing. Amazing!
The thing I love about this toner is that’s really thin and watery – I just put a drop onto a cotton pad and sweep it over my whole face. Most toners I looked at were oily or creamy but these ones leave no residue at all. This No7 ‘Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner’ is identical to the Creme de la Mer toner as far as I can tell. Definitely a winner!
No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner - £8 (and always on offer!)
The Cleansing Fluid
I was never sure about oil cleaners until I tried this Creme one – I figured it’d be really oily and terrible for my oily skin. However, once I tried it I finally believed all the hype. It balances my skin really well, makes it supple and clear instead of tight and dry. You hardly need any each time so they last forever. I just use one pump of either of smooth it onto dry skin. You let it sink in a bit so it gets all the mascara off and then wash it off with a damp cloth. I find these are the only cleansers that get everything off so I’m not stuck with panda eyes in the morning.
The Creme de la Mer ‘The Cleansing Oil’ has the added benefit of being awesomely glittery iridescent in the bottle, but the L’Oreal version smells incredible – super fruity!
The Refining Facial
I tend to be a bit rubbish about forgetting to exfoliate or use face masks, but whenever I do I really notice the differences. The beauty of the Creme de la Mer Refining Facial is that you can rub it on damp skin as an exfoliator or paste it onto dry skin and leave it for a few minutes as a face mask. It’s super thick and chalky and the exfoliant is diamond powder (too cool!!!). I’ve never seen another exfoliator like it – they’re normally too liquid or the beads are massive and oily and don’t do anything. This one is exactly the right balance between too rough on my sensitive skin, or full of pointless ‘beads’.
Soap & Glory ‘The Fab Pore Facial Peel’ – £6.67 (but £13.34 per 100ml – the same as the Creme product)
When it comes to concealer I can’t see any point messing around with something that doesn’t cover up 100% of the redness or bags. When I tried this Creme de la Mer concealer I was an immediate convert – it gives flawless coverage that lasts all day and isn’t cakey or shiny. It’s a cream in the packet and then on your skin it looks powdery and perfect – exactly like you perfect skin! I’ve never found anything quite as good but bought this Look Beauty concealer pallet on a whim when it was reduced in Superdrug – and was so happy I took a risk. The formulation is really really similar to the Creme version and you get two shades so you can mix and contour too. It’s not quite as long lasting and flawless, but it’s pretty darned close!
Creme de la Mer ‘The Concealer’ in Medium – £48 for 3.5g
Look Beauty Conceal It concealer pallet – £8 (I got it half price!)
Would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve got any other great dupes, or if you’ve tried any of these products?
Good evening lovely thrifters, Today’s outfits is a full smorgasbord of bargain trends for you. I’ve combined monochrome (head to toe black and white) with a sheer AND embellished top, a mini bag, and of course a cape/poncho. I don’t … Continue reading
I wasn’t planning on posting the OOTD but I got so many compliments today I thought I’d better share! Sorry the photography is a bit sketchy, it was getting dark by the time I got home from work. But…. excuses aside – hope you like the outfit!
I was going to wear all monochrome today, but then at the last minute I threw on my favourite neon necklace to give an extra bit of energy and fun. So glad I did!
Houndstooth peplum top: £2.49 – eBay
Neon necklace – £1 – Primark sale
‘Trouser look’ leggings – Gap sale
Black and brown boots – £5 – eBay
I know it’s still acting like summer weather, but I have missed all my winter boots so brought out my first pair today.
What do you think? Is monochrome a trend you’re on board with? It’s really flattering but sometimes a bit more colour can be great to cheer you up in Winter…. would love your thoughts in the comment boxes below!
This week Postsnap offered me a trial of their new app so I thought I’d share the results with you.
The purpose of it is to be able to send personalised greeting cards, postcards and announcement cards to friends. It’s super easy to use and I was really impressed with the results. I ended up doing all postcards as I don’t have any exciting announcements (babies/weddings!) right now. Sent a few to myself (obvs), one to the boy, and one to my bestie. They all loved getting them as a fun surprise and I think the prices were really good. I’ve included a bunch of screen shots for you to show what the process of building one is like, and then some snaps of the results. Hope it’s helpful!
The prices are really decent in my opinion – and it always includes postage so there’s no annoying hidden costs. As you’ll see later the large postcard is really large – so £2 seems like a bargain! Cards in shops are super expensive (hence I normally buy the charity shop ones instead) so you could easily spend £3 on a card and postage and it wouldn’t be super cute handmade personalised :)
Here’s an example of the edit-able cards you can make. Most of them come in several colour pallets, and you can edit the text and images on the front. It’s very user friendly but also gives quite a lot of functionality – a rare combination.
So, making a card is super simple – here’s how to do the postcard….
First you pick whether you’re doing card, postcard, etc. Then choose your design (collage, template, etc).
Next you add your images! It’s super simple – just tap to add and then resize etc. This is the best thing about the app – that you can import from facebook, instagram, or your camera roll. Saved me loads of time as I didn’t have to import images or bother with any editing – just added them straight from my instagram feed! Interestingly, my images all came up with the exclamation mark symbol meaning they’re not high enough quality, but as you’ll see in the results pictures at the end I think the quality turned out fine. Good to know it doesn’t need to be super high res!
Then you write your personalised message (with any font or colour you like) and even add a signature! Thought it was good you could choose a handwriting style font – make’s it a bit closer to a ‘traditional’ post card.
Finally – send it to any one who’s address you know! It saves the addresses for future, and if you don’t know the address you can email it instead. Handy :)
The only thing that I thought wasn’t much good was the filters. They were a bit intense so I’d prefer to just import straight from Instagram.
And here’s the results….
The colours are really great, and the borders turned out super cute. Like I said the picture quality seems absolutely fine to me despite the warnings – so that’s another plus. The ‘large postcard’ is actually even bigger than I expected – it’s double a normal postcard so is well worth the extra 50p I think.
The only unfortunate bit was that the corner of one was peeling off. The finish was a lovely matte suede feel, but I think my dog might’ve reached this one before me!
So – what do you think? Would you prefer it to traditional post cards or greetings cards? I think they’ll be best for holiday postcards as you can send real life pictures of your trip rather than the standard touristy ones. And you don’t even have to pay international shipping if you’re sending them back to the UK!
If you like what you see you can download Postsnap (for free!) from the App Store. And use PC50 to get 50% off your first postcard – happy days!
Today is a bit of a different post to normal because I wanted to let you guys know about a product that really disappointment me. I was given this mascara and figured it’d be amazing as it costs £19 (gasp!!). The Mac False Lashes mascara is supposed to give you uber long and full false looking lashes. I’m all for epic false lashes but this mascara didn’t really meet the claims.
It did make them nice and long but fairly spidery, and was buildable but took ages so I couldn’t be bothered to do enough layers to make it work. But worst of all it ended up really panda-y but the end of the day. I was so embarrassed to come home (several days in a row!) from work to already find it’d made a huge mess under my eyes.
So overall, sorry Mac – I love some of your products but this just isn’t one of them. However, my favourite mascara ever is also Mac – the Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash (also £19). It’s got two different brushes so you can choose between natural spidery and intense falsies – amazing.
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Charity shops. We love them. Whether we need a new staple cardigan, a crazy fancy dress outfit or a gift for a quirky friend, you can always find something truly different in a charity shop…
I’ve recently been approached by Justfor5Pounds.com to become one of their regular bloggers. Obviously I love the site as EVERYTHING is £5, and you know how much I love a bargain. I’ve actually bought some things off there before so this is going to be a good chance for me to try more of their range. In the past I’ve got things from similar sites and they’ve varied quite a bit in fit and quality, so will always be totally honest with you about how the items turn out. But so far… I love my first one!
It’s always a surprise to see what arrives in their bright pink packages and this time was a similarly bright pink playsuit. As you may know from previous posts I adore a good playsuit. I think they’re perfect for day-to-night looks and so comfy/chic. This one was fully put through it’s paces as I wore it to a bridesmaid nail salon appointment, full on day of thrifting, girly lunch, and then fancy dinner out. It worked out brilliantly for all the occasions and I felt glamorous all day long.
It’s quite thick waffle-ish fabric so seems like really good quality, and the concealed zip down the back is so much nicer than a standard one.
The exact item is here: http://www.justfor5pounds.com/products/CLOTHING/PlaySuits/p_EL3696 (sadly sold out – you’ve gotta be quick on this site as stuff does go really fast).
But you can see all their jumpsuits/playsuits here (there’s plenty to choose from): http://www.justfor5pounds.com/products/CLOTHING/PlaySuits
The belt was actually my best best best find of my recent America holiday (masses of thrifted OOTD looks to follow….). It got it in Goodwill assuming it was fake (I’d been thinking of buying a fake off eBay but they’re still pretty pricey) but when I googled the markings later I found out it was actually genuine!! They can cost up to $200 on eBay and mine was just $1.99!! Crazy excited about this (obvs).
The black studded shoes are from a charity shop on my trusty Ashley Road, and the wicker bag too. Love bargain accessories!
Playsuit: £5 – Justfor5Pounds.com
Black studded kitten heels – £2 – Waggy Tails charity shop, Ashley Road, Poole
Moschino belt – £1.20 – Goodwill charity shop, Boston, USA
Wicker circle handbag – £3 – Waggy Tails charity shop, Ashley Road, Poole
All round a wonderfully bargain-ous outfit. Hope you approve….