Sunday, 31 August 2014

Spending Ban - How did I do?

Hi Guys,

First of all a big thank you for all the support through my spending ban, I can now say I have done it! Today I have put everything together, and have figured how many products I used and the monetary worth.

I am glad that I can now finally throw away all of these empties buy a few new shiny things (but not too many) and also see what I have acheieved.

As the ban went on my goals changed according to how I was doing it started at 15 and the goal rose week upon week, until it got ot 60.

My finished number was : 76!!!!!

 This is so much better than I ever could have expect but it does make me realise how much I was hoarding. I am currently on a low buy and will continue to be so for the rest of the year, as my goal is now to finish 100 products total. In all honesty, I know I can do it and I am looking forward to the end result. I have also hit pan on seven additional products making them easy finishers.

Now, for the money. I used up £331 worth of products. This is way more than my £200 goal and makes me realise, just how much I was wasting!

The pictures shared throughout this post are highlights from the last two months.

Have you tried a spending ban? Let me know how you did, in the comments below.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

OOTD's From Scotland

Hi Guys,

So today I thought I would do something a little different: an outfit of the day. To give you a little background, I am a size sixteen and I love girly clothes.

I buy most of my clothes from lower priced shops such as new look, h and m and Primark and this is what you will see here.

Side Note: These are my first pictures of this style so please standby whilst I learn to get my poses right!

Day 1

So this was an outfit fit for wondering around the beach and dawdling through little towns and villages.

Skirt: New Look Last Season £14.99
Kimono: Primark Last Season £12.00
Cami Top: Primark Current £3
Sunglasses: Primark £1.00

Day 2

This picture I am no so keen on! This was for travelling home in and I just wanted to be pretty and comfortable!

Skirt: Primark Current Season £12
Kimono: H and M Current Season £14.99
Cami: Primark £2.00
Tights: Primark 100 Denier £2.50 (they last about 20 washes)
Shoes: Primark £6.00

I really enjoyed writing this post and I would love to do some more. Let me know what you think and we'll go from there. I am by no means a fashion guru but I love clothes and at the moment I am loving building my own personal style.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

H x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Review!

Hi Guys,

Whilst writing this I am coming to the end of my spending ban and I am looking at the products I have been using during this time. One of these products is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. In the last few months I have fallen in love with light coverage foundations this is perfect.

First of all the bottle is slim and easy to store with a pump (always a benefit) and is quite a thin consistency this can also be built up to medium coverage. This states a staying power of sixteen hours and although I would say this is a little imaginative it does well for my ten hour days.

I am the lightest shade, in Vanilla and it matches me perfectly. The range is quite limited, so if you are especially pale or have a deeper skin tone this will not suit you. This is also great for my normal skin, however I do not believe this would do so well for oily skin types.

This blends very easily, is very comfortable on the skin and considering it has lasted me two months of daily use I can say the £8.99 price tag is a winner.

Have your tried this foundation? If so, let me know in the comments below.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A Few Days in Scotland!

Hi Guys,

So if you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed (my constant tweets for the last few weeks) that I was going to Scotland this bank holiday weekend. Scotland is somewhere I have visited before - Edinburgh and Glasgow - and have wanted to go back for sometime. This time we went to the South West coast and stayed in Ayr.

We are big castle and history fans and knowing there was lots to see and do we were really excited we stayed in the Mercure hotel. I must say the hotel was very tired and could do with an update but the friendliness of the staff and the proximity to the beach (including the sea view) more than made up for it.

The beach is my favourite place to be, but due to how packed the beaches near to us such as Llandudno or Crosby get we don't often bother. Ayr was pretty much empty and there was a huge space to walk around and the sea was lovely and clear. It was also full of Jelly Fish!

On the first day we went to Culzearn Castle, which was absolutely beautiful. It boasts the largest collections of Weapons to have ever seen battle in one room. We also did the Robbie Burns birthplace museum. This has recently been updated and has some great interactive features. We then went to Dundur, this has a ruined castle and the most beautiful bay. We also stopped at a gorgeous little Cafe for a fish finger roll!

For the evening we stopped at the Watefront in Ayr, which was one of the best meals we have ever had. The food was yummy, the drinks fantastic and the service excellent.

The second day we were both very tired so we did a little less. We went to Kilmarnock in the morning, this town boasts some pretty impressive statues, but generally. I would give this a miss. We also went to Dean Castles and Gardens,stopped at a beautiful Abbey on the side of the road and had a delicious afternoon tea at Glenapp Castle.

I can honestly say this was one of the best trips I have ever had - and it has got us planning more!

Have you been to this part of the world? What did you think?


Ps I never remember to take pictures!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Benefit Big Easy in Fair: Review

Hi Guys,

So today I bring you a review on a product I have heard a lot about - The Benefit Big Easy.

This is an oil free, cream to powder finish BB style cream with SPF 35. I was at the benefit stand picking up High Beam when the sales lady approached me and blended some of this into my hand. I loved the way it looked it seemed to perfect my skin (even on my horrible dry hand) so on a whim I decided to use some of the huge number of Boots points I had to buy it.

I have since used this a number of times and each time, I begin to enjoy it more and more. This blends beautifully in the skin and as it is a cream and powder finish I don't need to set it. It lasts all day. A little extra stippled onto the trouble area, covers them perfectly. This really is Bigger than BB!

Fair is the perfect colour for me, and I just can't believe how great it is. I have normal skin and it works really well on me, but beware if you have dry skin it may appears a little cakey.

This sells for £27.50 and I think this is well worth the price tag and I will continue to use this going forward. A definite repurchase.

Have you tried this?

Let me know your thoughts in the comment below.


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Spending Ban: Six Week Update

Hi Guys,

Admittedly I have been a little quiet on here recently and partly this is due to me being on a spending ban. I have been reading mainly project pan style blogs to keep me inspired and this has kind of made me reject my own.

The Rules:
  1. I can only buy things if I have nothing else to do the job, for instance if I finish all of my foundations I can buy another but not if I still have nine in my collection!
  2. Using solely vouchers or reward points to buy makeup and freebies in magazines (aslong as I am buying the magazine to actually read) is allowed.
  1. To go two months without buying any makeup or health and beauty products. 
  2. Use 20 products across health and beauty. 
I have so far stuck to all of the rules and used up a total of 55 products!

I will do a full post on them all at the end of the two months.  I am not going to lie this has not been easy but I have also quite enjoyed getting through things My makeup collection has reduced as I've been giving loads away too.

I would recommend it!

Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts below!


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Blogger Meetups!

Before I start this post there are two meetups I am involved with on the following days:

Chester on the 16th August
Manchester in the beginning of September date TBC 

Both are just casual lunches and maybe a little shopping afterwards there are no sponsors or contributors arranged. 

If you are interested in meeting some new guys and gal either tweet me on @grumpylovebeaut or comment below.  

Hi Guys,

Recently I have decided to up my game when it comes to my social life and I have decided 2014 is the year for meeting new people, spending time with old friends and having fun. This year so far I have done more than I did all of last year and I already have tonnes of other stuff planned.

One of the ways I thought I would meet new people were through blogger meetups. I have to be realistic here I have a combined following (including all soial platforms) of around 800 people so I am in no way a famous or successful blogger. I have also become much more relaxed about blogging meaning that it is not something I am super serious about all the time. So when I see a blogger meetup I see nothing more than going out for a burger and talking about makeup.

I know bloggers that have thousands of followers go one these amazing days with loads of fab freebies and a tonne of different plan contributing but I'm not at that point in my 'blogging journey' yet. I just want to go out and have a laugh with some new guys and girls.

Do I have the wrong idea here? Do we need free stuff and sponsors to have fun?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below :)