Is it worth investing in a liquid highlighter / Illuminator? 

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All over my Instagram and further afield, I have picked up on everybody’s Illuminator drops obsession. So I decided to see what all the hype was about. I’ve purchased Collection’s illuminating touch liquid radiance, which retails at £5.99. 

I love reviewing budget brand products, because the feeling of satisfaction when you discover a new cult product – or better still, a brill dupe, is amazing. 
The collection illuminating touch comes in a pump bottle (I was hoping to find drops but nevermind), and contains gold pearl. 

I was completely under the impression that liquid highlighters were that bit more pigmented, and that was probably the fundamental reason I purchased this. I used it as I would my normal powder highlighter, it’s easier to glide on, being fluid. It’s not as gold or as pigmented as I would have liked (I like to shine to the high heavens). But it is buildable; you got to give it a minute to dry, then you can view its luminous qualities. 

I layered it with my usual powder highlighter and it worked a treat. It’s safe to say that my everyday Primark highlighter is not going to be replaced. However, this product is great for those who want a natural dewy glow, and because it’s liquid it will last forever. 

Happy glowing! 💦

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Best of budget: Aldi’s caviar cream review 

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This little baby here, costing a mere £6.99 from popular budget supermarket Aldi is a real game changer. The caviar cream has already been compared as a dupe for La Prairies skin caviar luxe cream, which is a staggering £299.95 (prices may vary slightly depending on website retailer). 

How does the Aldi version perform? 

I have been using the cream daily for around 1 month. It has improved the radiance of my skin, and the moisturisation has longevity. 

Moreover, according to scientific studies the cream decreases the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 35% and has a 24 hour moisturising effect. 

The cream has a luxuriant feel. It’s thick without being cloggy (think I just invented a word there, but it sounds great if you ask me?). It contains an spf, so you don’t need a seperately product to protect against sun damage. And the packaging also scream elegance and class. 

Let’s talk ingredients 

Surely if the La Prairie version is so much more expensive, it must contain exclusive ingredients right?! RIGHT? 

Actually, not really. Both the creams contain algae extract and caviar extract. 

The caviar extract is what gives skin an anti aging boost 

The algae extract is said to provide hydration 

The La Prairie cream does contain a few ingredients which the Aldi version does not. Gold extract, horsetail extract, and ginseng root extract. However gold extract is not scientifically proven to improve skins elasticity – so this could be just another marketing trick for the product to appeal more luxurious. And the horsetail extract is irritating to some skin types, so better left out. 

Overall the creams are completely on par which it comes to quality of ingredients. 

I have to ask myself, why is the skincare industry so behind with scientific ingredients? Why do brands like la prairie charge the earth for ingredients which can be found in a cream that costs £6.99? 

Before investing in luxury skincare, analyse the ingredients and the budget market. Because throwing away good money is pure idiocy! 

#StopTheFacade 

Five fun things you can do in London for under £20 

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Let’s face it; as Londoners we moan insistently about the god awful weather, the ridiculous queues everywhere you go (even in toilets), and we moan at how bloody (ever increasingly) expensive everything is! BUT did you know there are a lot of things to do in London that are cheap, entertaining and full of culture. 

I’ve been mentally compiling this list for a while as I’ve been on a mission to save money. So here are my hidden gems: 

1. The Tate Modern gallery 

Many of the exhibitions here are free, and often they offer interactive workshops where you can network with industry professionals. And get involved first hand with the art. (I even got to make a key chain for myself and keep it for free). 

They have some amazing exhibitions which are culturally rich and diverse. 

Expenses for the day: 

Museum entry – free 

Food – You need to be organised and prepare a packed lunch beforehand, this way you spend zero on food 

Travel, train fare to the museum return – £7 

That leaves you with a £13 budget to get something from the gift store! Or save the change? 

2. Picnic at Holland Park 

I mean this one is obviously weather permitting. But definetly on a warm(ish) day, this park is lovely to sit have a picnic and a good old chinwag. 

The park itself is absolutely stunning and provides the perfect backdrop for an Instagram worthy photoshoot 💁🏼 

Expenses for the day: 

Return travel for the day – £7 

Food for picnic – £7 

Leaving you with £6 spare – winning 

3. Visit bagel bake @ brick lane 

What do I say in Defense of the shoreditch hipsters ? If you can’t beat em, join em! 

THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BAGEL PLACE EVER 

Mouth watering salted beef roll with juicy gherkins, Source: Google Images


You have to try their salted beef bagel they are infamous. 

Plus when you arrive in shoreditch there is usually some sort of free entertainment…… believe me you’ll make a day of it! 

Expenses for the day: 

Travel return – £7 

Salted beef bagel – £3.70 

4. Treat yourself 

Why not get a massage and pamper yourself? You work hard you deserve it. And you can still do this on a tight budget. 

Groupon often have deals on massages, I have found one based in London, which includes a 15 minute chair massage, eyebrow & upper lip threading for just £9

Amazing value. 

Expenses for the day: 

Massage – £9 

Travel return – £7 

Lunch – £4 (Tesco meal deal/optional) 

5. Go and see Shakespeare at the theatre

Too expensive?! Never say never. At the young vic in Waterloo tickets start at just £10 

You can be cultural and cheap if you try hard enough! 

Expenses for the day: 

Ticket – £10 

Travel – £3 (going to have to bus it this time as the budget is tight) 

Food – £7 (opt to find a local kebab shop after the show is finished) 
Enjoy London and enjoy saving! 

How to make a budgeting plan to save money in 2017 – and actually stick to it 

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The sheer discipline which is required when saving money can be utterly draining. I won’t lie to you, it is severely difficult especially when you work hard. 

You work bloody hard right? All the hours God sends, and you can’t treat yourself? Sounds like torture? 

Well it isn’t torturous actually, it’s sensible. Budgeting helps you to decide when the correct time to treat yourself is, whilst saving at the same time. 

I have been using this budgeting plan which I formulated myself for a few months now, and it’s been very successful. 

How to formulate the budgeting plan (you will need a pen, paper and a calculator for this part): 

1. Jot down your total income, let’s start with what you earn per month. (Any additional incomes should not be taken into consideration at this point, they can go straight into savings unless needed for bills). 

Once you have calculated your average monthly income, you need to work out your monthly expenditure. For example; 

Monthly income – £1000 

Monthly Bills: 

Rent – £200 

Oyster card – £90 

Food shopping – £45 

Toiletries – £20 

 Phone bill – £30 

Going out – £160 

Misc bills – £30 

The next step is to analyse how you can cut the monthly expenditure. So to use the example at hand, of course something like rent is difficult to negotiate; however food and going out budgets can be reduced. 

2. How to cut your expenditure 

Continuing from the example above, you can try to cut food bills by shopping around. Instead of buying from Sainsbury’s, why not try Lidl. It is a lot cheaper, but still excellent quality. You could reduce your food bills by up to 20%.

Also with going out budgets, try to minimise these also. Perhaps give yourself £20 per weekend to go out for a meal etc. If you want to drink you can always invite a friend round, after all a decent bottle of wine only costs £9! This is much easier to practise in winter. Hibernation is key. 

In regards to your phone bill, unless you are stuck in the Stone Age chances are you’ll have a contract. So your monthly tariff isn’t up for negotiation. But what you can do is plan to get an alternative, cheaper deal when the time comes to renew the contract. So that the next year you are saving that extra amount per month. 

Miscellaneous bills – of course things like gas and water bills can be reduced slightly by careful usage of utilities, but they aren’t bills you can do away with. Any other subscriptions or direct debits you have that aren’t absolutely necessary, cancel them right away. 

Toiletries; as a woman it can be difficult to minimise the amount of toiletries we need, we get taxed for bleeding once a month for starters. But what I have found really useful is buying these essentials from the pound shop. They have all your favourite products and brands for £1. You just need to go once a month spend £15 and stock up. Essentials like: make up wipes, feminine washes, Tampons, shower gel, shampoo & conditioner, hair products etc. This will save you bundles. 

3. Maximise your income 

In addition to minimising your outgoings, what you can also do is spend every piece of spare time you have trying to maximise income. And this extra income can go straight to your savings. 

For example, selling unwanted items on eBay (not so great these days as fees have risen, it is difficult to make a profit), depop is a popular app where you can sell make up and clothes. The selling pages on Facebook are handy for selling stuff too, free to advertise. 

You can also check your local area for weekly car boot sales, and sell your unwanted items for cash. Whilst you are there, you can also look for bargains to resell for profit. 

Why not start your own business? 

Everyone has a skill, and you never know who out there could do with yours. This money on the side will help immensely, with the aid of social media, advertising your skills and services has never been easier. 

Conclusion: 

Of course everyone’s situation will differ, but using these guidelines you can create a budgeting plan each month on a sticky note / paper. Attach it to your diary (so it’s always in mind), and stick to it. The motivation will come from seeing your savings stack up. The rest my dear, is up to you. 

Hope everyone has a prosperous 2017. ✔️