Saving money with Zeek (+Free £10 Gift Card)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

I should probably start off by stating that this is not a sponsored post, I just really like using this app at the minute and wanted to share it! Zeek is described as the gift vouchers market place. It's an app where you can buy and sell unwanted gift cards. Buying from there is great because you can pick up say a £15 worth of voucher for £10. The even better part is that they currently have a promotion running. If you download the app on Play or App store, sign up with your phone number and use the code 2jiltg as a promotion code then you automatically get £10 of free credit. You do have to pay a £1 fee (I think for shipping) but it's well worth it for the £15 odd value of gift card that you can pick from one of a huge amount of brands. There's so many to choose from like TkMaxx, Topshop, Starbucks, River Island, Newlook, Schuh, ect. The best part is, after you buy your first item (free with the credit) then you get your own code that you can share with your friends and earn an extra £10 when they use it! Sounds almost to good to be true right? Well it definitely works. A couple of the things I've treated myself to are below and I have lot's more on it's way. Happy shopping!

Simple makeup for blue eyes.

Monday, 18 May 2015

A couple of weeks ago I was sent some bright blue contact lenses from Spooky Eyes to try out. Instead of writing a boring review I decided to try something different and work a makeup look around them. Makeup tutorials definitely aren't my forte but here's to trying.

I started with my ugly bare eye before covering it all in a white eye shadow crayon which, I realise looks awful to start with but it gets good, I promise.

I lined my bottom lash line with a blue eye liner, smudging it down a little with a blending brush. I also worked a little of the same blue into the crease, making the white look less horrific already.

 I worked a dark purple shade into the crease and buffed it out using a large Too Faced blending brush.

After applying mascara and gel eyeliner to my lids I popped in my blue contacts for the finished effect- Literally the quickest and easiest eye look ever!. Get your own bright blue contacts, or hundreds of others here.

*Disclaimer- This really seemed like a more in depth post while I was making it but clearly not. I think I need more practice! (Monkey with eyes over face emoji)

Create Urban Side Ponytail- Toni & Guy

Sunday, 17 May 2015

I've been trying SO hard recently to keep up to date with the hair trends. I find it really difficult to work out styles for myself, so 'how to' videos like this, help me out so much. This video shows you how to get the perfect Urban side ponytail using products from my favorite Hair care brand, Toni & Guy. It's such a simple tutorial but looks SO good! Definitely one for festivals this summer.

My Tips For A Healthy And Beautiful Self This Summer

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Summer is the best time of year for most people, I know I love how the sunshine and heat makes us all feel happy and good about ourselves. That being said, like in the depths of winter, the height of summer is associated with certain beauty and health issues. 

For example, when it’s hot outside, my skin tends to get dry and my hair straw-like. For some of my friends, it’s the opposite. The heat makes their skin and hair oily and greasy. And in terms of health, well, the big issue is protecting your skin from UV rays. There’s a bit of preparation that needs to be done in order to look and feel good throughout summer, and here are my tips on how to do just that. 

1. Start shopping for products now! Everyone needs the summer essentials like sunscreen and aftersun, but most people leave it until the last minute to get them! If you start shopping early, you’ll get to choose from all the options before they sell out and take advantage of all the fantastic deals. 

2. When you are thinking about protecting your skin this summer, don’t just rely on sunscreen. You’ll also need plenty of protective (and gorgeous) clothing and accessories. For example, kaftans, maxis, summer shirts, straw hats and sunnies

3. Remember you can always fake it! You can use self-tanning spray, lotion or gel to get that summer glow you are after without damaging your skin. 

Don’t forget about your hair! A lot of us focus on looking after our skin in summer, but your hair needs care too. Buy shampoo and conditioner with built-in UV protection. Apply a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a week to keep your locks looking beautiful and healthy throughout the warmest months.

Be sparing with makeup. Reduce your makeup as much as you are comfortable with. In summer, your skin needs to be able to breath. Using lots of products on your face can prevent this and lead to oil buildup that results in pimples and blackheads. Less is more girls! 

If you are going on holiday, don’t forget to bring a basic first aid kit (e.g. including aspirin) and to stock up on any specific medication you need before you go. This can get expensive. So, do check out affordable pharmacists online where you can register and receive discount diabetic supplies, for example. The last thing you want to do is to arrive at your destination to find you've not brought important medication. 

Don’t forget about your feet! Our tootsies often get forgotten about over winter because they are always hiding in winter boots or thick socks. In summer, it’s time to get them out and about so make sure you've dealt with cracked heels or old nail polish. 

Lastly, water is your best friend in summer. Drink plenty of it to keep you hydrated, healthy and to keep your skin and hair looking soft and beautiful. With a little planning, you can prepare to have a healthy and beautiful self all summer. I hope you have found these tips helpful. 
What are your tips for a healthy and beautiful summer?

To Buy or Not to Buy: How I Decide!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

If you're anything like me sometimes you'll spend hours over deciding what to buy and what not to buy. I'm forever seeing pretty pictures and reviews of new and exciting products, but I just can’t buy them all - my bank balance wouldn't allow it! In some cases, there are multiple products suited to my needs, and I just can’t pick which of those would be best either. I suppose you could say I’m a bit indecisive. If you also have these problems, use my guide to work out whether you should buy or not:

Consider Your Budget

This is something I wish I didn't have to take into account, but I do. If we don't consider our budget before buying, we’ll end up running out of money and unable to buy something essential. Trust me, it’s happened before when I bought one mascara too many and had to substitute it from food money. You should know how much you have to spend on miscellaneous items every week/month so you don’t overspend. If something is about to tip me over my budget, I don’t buy it!

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Look for Reviews

Reviews are my best friend when deciding whether to purchase a new product. No matter how expensive or cheap a product may be, I don’t take buying it lightly. It doesn’t matter what kind of product it is either; I’ll search for a review. This Venapro reviews blog is a good example of a blog that goes into plenty of detail. I watch reviews on Youtube too, and read lots of blogs to get a general idea for what the product is like. If it looks amazing in Instagram photos, then I won’t lie, I’m way more likely to buy it. I realise that sounds shallow, but it’s the truth! I love it when my Insta feed looks all pretty. 

Watch Tutorials

Watch tutorials on Youtube to get an idea of how exactly to use the product you’re thinking of buying. Some products will be great, but if they’re too hard to use you won’t get the value from them. Will you really have the patience required to use this product properly? I usually watch tutorials for every product I buy (even sometimes when i've already ordered it, I just like to excite myself over it's arrival!) 

Buy a Tester

If you’re still dubious about buying a full sized product, you could always buy a tester. You should be able to find these on sites like eBay or Depop, but you can just do a Google search and see what happens. You’ll save so much money this way. Reviews help, but everybody is different. You could read 101 good reviews and then end up not liking the product yourself. Buying a small tester will ensure that this product is really for you before committing to a full size! 

I love trying out new products and then reviewing them myself on my blog, but full sized products can leave me with a low bank balance and lots of wasted products. Use these tips and you’ll save yourself space, time, and money! Let me know if you have your own advice on buying or not buying.

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So...? Couture Collection

Sunday, 10 May 2015

With So..? fragrance launching a new so couture collection there's a scent for everyone this summer; Whether you opt for the lychee and peach cocktail of So...? NYC or the Saturday night scent of So Paris. The range boasts 4 fragrances inspired by popular cities, each with their own matching body spray. 

Each bottle has it's own lid colour and a really pretty design which makes them look a lot more expensive than they are (yay). 

So...? Paris
Mandarin, Plum & patchouli makes for a really light, fresh smelling scent.
So...? NYC
Lychee, peach, jasmine & praline
So...? London
Grapefruit, mandarin, apricot & vanilla perfect for an everyday scent.
So...? Rio

My personal favorite of the collection is so...? Rio. Made in honour of the next Olympics it's blend of Citrus, pineapple, mango and melon makes it so sweet and fresh. I've deemed it my perfect summer scent. I do adore the whole collection though and it's going to be a hard choice deciding between them all each morning. Pick up your own from Superdrug or Boots for £9.99 each.

*This post contains items gifted to me.

Crabtree & Evelyn Garden Party Event

Thursday, 7 May 2015

It's been a while since I attended a blogging event, and even longer since I blogged about one. On Tuesday I went down to Crabtree and Evelyn Nottingham for their Garden party event. Despite shopping in central Nottingham a lot i'd never actually been to the store before and had no idea about the many different products sold by C&E. I've tried a couple of hand creams before which I loved but never knew they also sold tea's, fudge, shortcake, mens shaving kits and some really good smelling perfume. With a glass of bucks fizz in one hand, and my Nikon in another I spent all evening exploring the shop discovering so many nice scents and products that I now need.

We all got a hand treatment with our prefered lotion which was sooo nice. Usually when I apply hand cream I blob it on, rub in, and done. I'm definitely going to start taking more time over it. I received my favorite cream in my gift bag at the end of the night so that's my cue to start trying.

Selfies with Siobhan 
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