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 

Three key items for pure 70’s vibes 

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I think the pivotal moment for me to realise my innate love for 70’s styling; was watching Rihanna’s wild thoughts video. She just looks so good, retro good. And since that moment I have been trying to copy. 

I thought I’d break it down for you guys and pick out three key items you can purchase (that won’t cost the entire earth too btw), to allow you to be on trend. Trends can change from one season to the next, so conforming excessively and changing your entire wardrobe to suit is not economically feasible. 

Here’s my top picks 

1. Suede away 

Photography by Claudia Araujo Robles

Suede is a key texture in 70’s style, it epitomises the era. It is also super comfy and soft. If you don’t feel quite brave enough to venture outside in a suede top or skirt, an accesesory will be sufficient. (I was conscious of looking like an ABBA extra too). The skirt featured above is from Primark, and so isn’t available online. But I found another emerald green pretty suede skirt online for £8. Bargain

2. Bell sleeves 

Yes I was completely terrified of these sleeves at first too. They are huge. They could probably knock someone out in all fairness. But they have grown on me, grown all over me actually. I think they are so sexy now. 

The black off the shoulder top (as pictured) is from Zara, it was sadly purchased on sale. However you can find many more online of the same design. They are a key trend within the 70’s theme. Flamboyant and extravagant, they are guaranteed to make you stand out. 

Tops with these sleeves are so versatile, they can be worn with suede skirts as mentioned above. 

They can also be styled with jeans, denim skirts, high waisted shorts. For the full Austin Powers effect I would recommend wearing with flared jeans or a suede skirt 😍 

3. Elie Saabs Girl of Now perfume 

The new fragrance encapsulates vintage femininity. And from this perspective, I believe every girl needs this perfume. It’s vintage styling makes it a dressing table staple, and the fragrance makes you feel on top of the world. You are the girl of now. 

Go kill em girls! 

Why staying in is the new going out 

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For me, staying in at the weekend is a sensible choice. I don’t mean being a total social recluse – but choosing to stay in once in a while rather than going ‘out out’. You know, wasting ridiculous amounts of money in pretentious clubs and bars, surrounded by pretentious people you pretend to like. Don’t get me wrong, you can have a great night out partying when you are celebrating an ocassion. Or attending an actual event. But for me, long gone are the teenage days when I got shit faced for no reason; or to drown my sorrows. Because you know what, getting drunk to blur out your dull reality does not work. And quite often it’s an expensive mistake. Both emotionally and on your pocket. 

I am approaching 25 this October; I actually can’t think of anything better than chilling with a close friend, watching a horror movie with a night filled full of carbs. 


We are part of a millennial generation whom can’t afford cars. We can’t afford to leave our parental homes. I can’t understand what everyone is celebrating every weekend? 

Sure it’s great to let your hair down and relax. And everybody has different ways of doing so, I get that. However, we work damn hard for our money. And with the current economic climate, unless you happen to be in a very generously paid job. If you are young, living at home, or even alone… chances are you are struggling financially like the rest of us. So don’t go out every weekend getting drunk because you feel it’s the socially normal thing to do. Think for yourself. Do you really want to waste over £100 every Saturday night? You could save up and do something much more productive, without the hangover. 

So next weekend, or maybe even the weekend after. Consider this: staying in with a friend, getting some awesome carby snacks and watching a movie. I guarantee the entire night will cost you under £15. Bargain! 

Of course you can’t stay in watching films every weekend. But there are cheap alternative days / nights out; 

1. Find a gem of a restaurant 

Once I discovered Tortilla, which is basically the subway heaven of Burritos -my life changed. All this for under a tenner. You need to find your Tortilla, and it can be your go to restaurant every time you are trying to save money. 2. Free events 

Time out is great for advertising free events around London, or cheap nights out. They also advertise when restaurants do free food or giveaways. Great if you want a free lunch / dinner. 

3. Find your interests, attend events 

We are lucky enough to have some of the best museums and events in the world in London. And I feel young people don’t exploit this fact enough. Many of them are free to enter, you can spend your weekend exploring cultural and historical facts. Who knows, you may awaken a new hobby or interest. 

I hope everyone has a blessed weekend 💋

Is affordable make up a false economy or smart shopping? 

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I’m going to use Rimmels wake me up concealer as the prime example to this much needed debate. (And it is a bloody good concealer by the way, just putting it out there). 

At £5.49 it’s undeniably cheap, yet gives medium – good coverage. However what I have found in the long term is that the cheaper concealers are less thick (in the sense of giving a full coverage not a cakey texture). This means they run out twice as fast as the more expensive brands; I’d say using the Rimmel concealer on a daily basis it could last you perhaps 2-3 months. 

Naturally if you have to keep replacing the product, surely it becomes no longer quite as cheap as you anticipated? In comparison to (just for example sake), Urban Decays naked concealer – which was my previous concealer of choice. Weighing in at £19, but lasting between 7-8 months with everyday use. 

It does make you question whether actually buying cheaper make up does save you money in the long run? The quality is lesser, meaning that you use more product per application, and could potentially spend more or the same amount over longer periods? 

Here’s my advice to get the best bang for your buck; 

Take into consideration regularity of use. For example if you could manage to make the Rimmel concealer last 6 months, of course £11 a year on concealer is an absolute bargain – and cheaper than a majority of high end products. However if you know you use products quite excessively it may be worth investing in a slightly more expensive product, maybe midrange which will last you for most of the year (if you have cheaper ones laying around use them up in the meantime). 

I’m all for shopping smart and not just throwing away money. These are the questions you need to be asking yourself when make up shopping: 

 What products do I already own that are similar? 

Do I actually need this or am I buying it for the sake of it? 

Is this too expensive for what it is – am I paying for a brand name? 

Have I seen a good dupe for this product which will save me money? 

How often will I use the product / can I justify buying it? 

Just being generally more conscious of your consumption patterns and what you currently have in stock at home could help you save a lot of money! 

Happy shopping and happy saving guys 💕