#Frugal February

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I have been seeing a lot of twitter statuses including the #frugalfeb tag. I was really intrigued to know what was going on and whether I thought I could get involved logically. I’m not a huge spender anyway so the idea of being frugal is not a new concept to me anyway as I’m saving up for a house.

I stumbled upon a lovely blog post over at My Pale Skin which has really inspired me to share some frugal living tips of my own for this month (I know we are over a week in to the month now but hey ho!)

  • Take cash out when you go for a meal/drinks etc and set that as your budget so you don’t just keep paying by debit card.
  • Swap your usual makeup buys for a cheaper brand. I am going to be doing a makeup revolution haul in the next week as I have recently fallen in love with the brand and its so much cheaper than some others.
  • Use up all your products at home before running out to buy more. I have so much shampoo, perfume, body lotion etc that I aim to use up then blog about empties and whether or not I liked them or not.
  • Keep a jar of spare change. I throw 1p’s, 2p’s and 5p’s in mine and just collect them up.
  • Try and have no spend days where you don’t just spend for the sake of it whether its a coffee to go or buying your lunch. I take lunch to work with me and also invested in a travel mug for my tea/coffee to save money.
  • Sell old clothes etc on Depop/Ebay/Vinted. I am going to be listing a few items this month in order to make a bit extra money
  • Try not to waste any food in the fridge, use up as much as you can before you think about throwing half of it out and be aware of expiry dates on things.

These are just a few of the practices I use in my life and I am immensely proud of the fact that we are now getting ready to buy our first home at the age of 24. I will doing these and then some when we eventually find a home and get moved in.

What are you frugal living tips?

Thanks

Laura x

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Makeup revolution: Go to the City Palette

Where to start with Makeup Revolution. A new affordable brand that can be found in the aisles of Superdrug. I have spotted it on several occasions trying to entice me to buy, but I will openly admit to not being afflicted with an urge to buy makeup all the time. This has changed recently and I have branched out of my comfort zone more with new brands and makeup revolution has been lucky enough to now feature in my makeup drawer.

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win a 6month Blogaversary competition from the lovely Brenda Busy Bee over here! The prize was a bundle of palettes from Makeup Revolution and a Benefit set. I have been super busy the last couple of weeks but have finally got round to posting a review of the first of four palette’s The “Go to the City” palette.

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The Palette Features 2 blushers, a highlighter and 6 eyeshadows. The eyeshadow colours are gorgeous and all with a metallic hue. The highlighter is a lovely soft pink champagne colour and looks lovely on over the blusher. I was a little unsure of the blusher shades as in the palette they look rather bright but with a careful application and slight mix with loose powder they can look lovely and natural.

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The palette is on the Makeup revolution website for a bargain price of £3.99 and for amazing quality as well, I would say it’s well worth the investment. I will be posting about the 3 other palettes in the next week so keep your eyes peeled folks.

Can anyone recommend any other makeup bargains to me that I can check out?

Thanks

Laura x

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Beanies Coffee: what a lovely surprise

I was recently contacted to find out if I would be interested in trying out some coffee samples from the lovely company that is Beanies! I was asked to select a couple of flavours that I would like to try out and can say I snapped it up quickly. When I had a look on the website I was pleasantly surprised that all the flavours were interesting and nothing I had come across before. The flavours I selected were *Amaretto Almond and *Chocolate Orange. I was also sent the *Double chocolate as an extra to sample as well.

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I have finally tried them all after initially worrying about the flavours. When You first open the jars you get a really overpowering smell of each of the flavours. As you can imagine, it’s quite hard to imagine the coffee tasting anything like coffee rather than chocolate or amaretto. I was pleasantly surprised by each of the coffees once I followed instructions and added water to my trusty Starbucks mug. The taste is lovely in each of the 3 flavours and the coffee itself is very prominent with more of an aftertaste of each one.

An amazing bit of info I didn’t spot until I received the samples is that each serving is less than 2 calories and all the flavours are 100% sugar free! How incredible is that? That means you can indulge in chocolatey goodness in your coffee without feeling guilty later.

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I have recently started enjoying black coffee which for anyone who knows me, knows I normally pour the milk in. I’m really glad I have started doing this or I would never have been able to appreciate the Beanie’s flavours. I would thoroughly recommend these lovely coffees and they can be found on the website direct or are now being stocked in Tesco and Sainsbury’s. If you can’t choose between the amazing range of flavours then you can order a stashbox which includes 9 of the flavours to try.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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