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Great quality secondhand clothes from a pet and smoke free home!

I love shopping and equally selling my unworn clothes. I am in the middle of a great clear out of clothes and thought I may as well share with my blog followers incase anyone is interested!

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The Body Shop Deep Sleep Dreamy Body Mist

A good nights sleep is crucial for our bodies to recooperate.  Sometimes we get too much and sometimes we don’t get enough sleep. We should learn to be aware that our bodies and minds respond and react to our sleeping habits.

Stress and worries have been leaving me wide awake until as late (or early) as 7am. Wanting to avoid falling into the sleeping tablet habit a spray seemed like a good (but pricier) alternative.

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On first looks in the shop I though it was small, smelly and dark. But this kind of made me feel like it was appropriate for nighttime! It is aromatic and although strong it isn’t harsh on your nose or overwhelming.

It is desribed as a body mist however I have been using it as a pillow spray. One spritz is enough as during the might the scent is released by movement. It may be psychological hut when I spray it I automatically feel a bit more sleepy and relaxed. This could be because of the oils (I am no expert), or it could be because I am finding myself with a new bedtime routine.

After just over a weeks usage I have found myself sleeping much better and I have not been waking up in the night. I feel relaxed and refreshed in the morning as a consequence.

The smell has’t overpowered my small bedroom which I am glad about. I do my university work in my bedroom so I do not need a further reason to be falling asleep at my desk!

The Body Shop Deep Sleep Dreamy Body Mist retails at £10 but you shouldn’t let this get in the way of a worthwhile purchase! It seems a lot but as usual The Body Shop make their products stretch a far way and I know this will keep me going and I feel more confident about my ability to get a good sleep at night.

Baby Powder vs Batiste

Dry shampoo has been a hair saver for many ladies over the years. It allowed us to refresh our hair and give it more ‘oomph’ when we don’t want to go through the lengthy process of washing and drying our locks. It’s a great product to own if you’re lazy like me and in the morning would prefer an extra hour in bed over freshly washed hair for school or work!

For a couple of months I haven’t purchased any new dry shampoo as I’m trialling Johnson’s Baby Powder as an alternative. I remember using it once before school when my hair was unwearable and I had got up too late to wash and dry it. I had no dry shampoo so I raided the house to find something that would be a good alternative. The baby powder made my hair go grey and although it wasn’t greasy any longer it did age me 40 years!

This time round I am trying to apply it differently. Having dark brown hair, dry shampoo sometimes shows up if I spray it too close and if I put too much on in one area. Taking this I’ve learnt that baby powder works equally as well if you pour a small amount into your hands and clap above your head. This might work well with a towel wrapped around you or in the bath so you don’t powder all of your lovely clothes! Then gently massage it in.

The other method that works for me is to pour the powder onto a paddle brush and simply brush through. This is better for adding texture to the bottom of your hair rather than de-greasing. It’s helped puff my natural curls and I noticed when I use kirby grips they hold much better!

If you haven’t already tried baby powder in your hair I recommend you do! You can get a small bottle which goes a very long way for as little as 97p in some saver shops. Much more cost effective than Batiste. For a little bit more effort it can be worth it.

Johnson’s baby range, although designed for babies, is actually really good for your skin. It’s kind to sensitive skin, alcohol free and leaves you feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom. The baby powder is not only great for your hair but it really helps dry off your skin after a hot bath or shower, it’s a softer way than rubbing or patting a towel over your body. I also noticed when I have irritated legs from shaving or having the water too hot it calms the itch down!

If you’re looking to cut your beauty spending or just want your money to go further it can’t hurt to try this alternative.

Elderflower Eye Gel

Life is stressful and tiring for many and our eyes are so sensitive to our environments. Mine have recently been looking very puffy and tired. The eye bags have returned with the cold weather and they have lost the bit of sparkle they had in the summer. Drinking plenty of water will help reduce bags and bring back the sparkle. Fine wrinkles and dull skin can be revived by cold cucumber slices.

It seems a waste to keep putting perfectly edible food on my face so I’ve been on the look out for a nice eye gel or cream. Having no idea on where to start I looked through my existing beauty products to see what brands I like. The Body Shop has been a favourite a while so on a recent shopping trip I popped in and purchased this Elderflower Eye Gel. The lady at the till really recommended it and said it was one of the longest standing products which hasn’t had its ingredients altered.

It’s a tiny pot with a larger price of £7.50 – although there are usually money off vouchers to shop with making it a healthier price for the bank account!

I’ve used this at least once a day for a couple of weeks now and I am still a bit unsure of the effects. I’ve been gently rubbing it in using circular motions to the bags beneath my eyes and outer corners. A lot of the reviews I have read previously said it is treat for headaches and relieving stress aches. I have noticed the cold refreshing texture did relieve some stress tension around my eyes after a long period of computer usage. And it works well to help set eyeshadow too. With regards to the price, I’ve learnt you really do only use a minimal amount. One tiny dab on your little finger goes a very long way!

I imagine this is a really great product to use during the summer months when your skin is suffering from sun exposure and dehydration. This would be so welcomed after being chilled in the fridge. It’s not a wow- factor purchase but I will give it some more time and see what it’s like during the sunnier months. There’s a lot in the pot so I know I won’t be running out any time soon.

Pump it Up!

I’ve been using the Tresemmé hear defence spray for years now and after running out I made a quick cheap replacement purchase for the summer. I used Tesco curl defining heat defence spray which smells lovely and really boosted the beach waves look all summer long.

I keep meaning to try new products to see if there are any better suited to my already thick hair. I wanted to poof it up a bit and not weigh the natural curls and waves. I didn’t want shiny or too soft to touch hair as I like texture when it’s in an up-do.

This VO5 Pump it up spray describes itself as ‘volume & thickness with natural bounce’ – first box ticked. It said it would do what I wanted it to do!

In Tesco this was in part of a two for £5 offer so I bought some more hairspray making this just £2.50 – box two ticked.

I’ve tried it for a while now and the bottle appears to be never ending! Because it has a very watery texture it has good coverage on your hair. I like the clear packaging because I can see how much I have left and how much usage I can get for my money. This is something I didn’t get with the Tresemmé spray.

I officially tick box three as its defined my natural bounce, given me texture, extra thickness and has a lovely smell.

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Excuse the tired eyes, it’s been a stressful week!

Smart Shopping

Living off what I call a ‘student salary’ can be really difficult when you love to shop. Especially for those much needed clothes. My wardrobe is bursting at the seams but pretty much all of it is second hand, part of a multi-buy offer or a sale purchase. Over the past few years I’ve developed habits I wasn’t even aware of until now! So here’s a few pointers to becoming a smart shopper:

Charity Shops
Don’t be afraid to step inside a charity shop – especially alone. For ages I avoided these shops because I didn’t want to be seen to be going in and when I did start, I did it with a friend. A few years on and I walk in with pride, knowing that I am giving to a charity and will probably walk out with a bargain no one else will get!

EBay
eBay can be pricey when bidding wars commence, so try and search for items without using brand names in the title. This way you will find items you like for what it is rather than for the shop it was originally from. Also sort your search results with ‘Time ending soonest’, it can be dangerous for impulse buyers like myself but it does feel good when you win a dress for 99p. Always keep in mind how much the seller is charging for postage and just add this to the value of the item so you don’t go overboard with the spending.

Hold on to labels and receipts
Keep labels on your new purchases until you wear them. From past experience I have learnt that things that look and felt like a good decision in the shop often do not give the same satisfaction when you look in your bedroom mirror. If you remove the label right away you will have trouble trying to return.  To return you will most likely need the sales receipt too so learn to clear your purses and pockets and keep all proof of sales in an envelop or basket at home. If an items gets lost in your wardrobe for a year and still have the label on, you can sometimes sell these for a profit!

Discounts and sales
Try and always look for discount codes before you hit the shops or proceed to checkout online. Most high street shops always have some kind of discount running and I always found out about them after I had made my purchases and the discount had expired! For students, your student card is as much of a necessity as your bank card whenever you go shopping.

Try new shops
Shop around! Many people can get used to making purchases just because they want to be known for having a certain type of style, like the Topshop girl or Burton man. River Island is the new favorite in this town. If you are sad like me, when you read the labels of clothing you start to notice that a Zara jumper is made of the same materials as a Primark one. So you can just be paying for a logo. Speaking of logos, I can’t stand items with brands being shoved in your face. Subtle works well for me.

Primark
Primark, also known as ‘Primani’ isn’t as daunting as it once was and their prices are creeping up so you have to be wary that you can’t fill your basket with 5 new outfits for £10 anymore. It still is a place which sells pretty much anything you could need in a clothing emergency. They are a staple for everyday items like vest tops, pants, socks and they have a great range of PJs! Most people are already aware that they sell very similar items to other high street brands and a cheaper price, and I personally haven’t found much of a different in quality. They have a great developing range so if you refuse to shop there, you are missing out.

Supermarkets
Don’t overlook the supermarket clothes departments. F&F, George and TU all provide good value pieces and they have started to introduce other branded items for sale online, such as AX Paris and Billie and Blossom. So if there is something out of stock on one site, always check these sites! Every item I have worn from supermarkets has attracted compliments and people rarely know that my clothing is from Tesco or Asda! I love that I can go food shopping and casually pick up a dress on the way out too!

Banking rewards
Money saving is always a hot topic and you sell your old clothes to get some cash back. But if you haven’t got the time check your what your bank has to offer! Halifax have an automatic cashback scheme and all you have to do is log on and see what offers are there for you to enjoy! I love it when I shop somewhere and see I’ve got 10% coming back to my account! There are no fees to pay and the money you have earned via cash-back comes into your account monthly.

Online shopping
Quidco are a cash-back website that you shop through and you can earn back all sorts of amounts! If you are a regular online shopper this could save you lots of monies.

Loyalty Cards
Use your store loyalty cards. A lot of people don’t bother with them and some people don’t understand that you do not have to spend a penny to get one (unless it’s The Body Shop and it’s a pricey £5). Boots give you 4 points to a pound, each point is worth a penny! If you’re a regular shopper there than you can soon end up having enough points to grab a free lunch or nail polish. If you’re a keen saver you could save all of your pennies earned on your loyalty cards over a year and save lots on next years Christmas presents! Loyalty cards also come with the perk of additional discounts on products.

Know your limits!
Enjoy shopping but be aware of the money you are spending. Avoid those Credit Card shopping sprees wherever possible and try not to get store cards unless you’re in a position to pay off your statements in full every month. Interest rates are high and add so much money onto your purchases if
you don’t keep up with payments!

Be green, recycle an reuse clothes, sell on and pass on. Give to charity! It makes you feel good and it helps those who are less fortunate than you.

Happy shopping!

Hibernating Clothes

I own a fair amount of clothes but before I caught on to the selling frenzy on Facebook and eBay I had a lot more! Despite this, I still can never really love my wardrobe and think ‘yes I have a dress perfect for that occassion’ or ‘my shoes will really compliment my dress’. This could be because I am one of those people who finds something that fits and flatters and buys it in different colours. So if I take away all of the doubles in my clothes, I actually haven’t got much at all!

I’m always buying clothes for the future too. Nice sparkly skirts and dresses that will do for one day but not today. So I have a box full of hibernating clothes. For the remainder for this year I’m challenging myself to not purchase another dress for Christmas or New Years but to use the ones in my wardrobe.

And then of course, I think about those who aren’t fortunate enough to have clothes at this cold time of year all over the world and throw all of the new clothes in a big charity bag just in time for shoppers at Christmas, because the charity needs my unused clothes more than I ever will.