Trinidad and Tobago Pt. 1

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Although, i went to Trinidad and Tobago September last year, i thought i would share some pictures of my holiday with you! The Caribbean is amazing, I'm a huge fan of hot climates (who isn't?).
If it was overcast, you still get tanned. If it was raining, you still get tanned. Win win, right?
Trinidad, for me, was not overly 'Caribbean', its a built up city with a lot of hustle and bustle, its quite busy and heavily populated for an Island. It was so lovely to drive around Trinidad and see all the little different coloured houses, and the men sitting outside watching the world go by with a beer (or rum!) If you drive further out there are some pretty beaches. If i'm honest, i didn't spend a lot of time in Trinidad when I first arrived.
Tobago, on the other hand, is beautiful. If you're looking for palm tree's/coconuts and white sand, then then this is your place! You could easily drive the length of Tobago in a day, if you get up early enough. Its absolutely breath taking.

Save your money (and soul!)

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

For years i never had any savings. I wasn't shown the 'art' of saving. I was also terrible with spending my money, every week i would spend at least £20 on Asos, and i would always treat myself when i popped in to a supermarket.
I just couldn't save. I found it difficult not to dip in to my money.
I'm going to share with you a few tips and tricks i have learned, whilst trying to save some pennies. Hopefully they can work for you too!

One Month Mega Challenge.
This was my first test. The one month mega challenge is where you go an entire month without spending anything on yourself. Obviously, allow for bills/rent/travel etc, but put a hand break on treating yourself. Try and give up spending on nights out/clothes/makeup or any other outgoing that is an unnecessary expense. Calculate what you would have spent, and how much you have saved. Pop that in to your savings!

Replacement products/stores.
Removing yourself away from the shops and products you are familiar with can be daunting. But, most, if not all, of the products in supermarkets are the same. Granted, there are certain products that i personally will not scrimp on, such as shampoo & conditioner/toothpaste and skin care. Asda/Poundland/Savers/Superdrug and Aldi etc are all great stores, you'll save money and are bound to find a product you love/like.

Multiple Money Stash.
The title says it all. For years i just had an ISA attached to my bank account. Although this is good, it is very easy to dip in to. May 2015 i invested in a money can (you need a can opener to open it!). My input for this can is pound coins and notes only. I don't feel tempted at all to dip in to this, and secretly, i can't be bothered to cut it open! I also have a little change pot, 5p/10p/20p/50p's this is a handy little jar, and a saving of some sort!

Use what You have.
This was one of the biggest mistakes i made. If like me, you are continuously buying toiletries, then STOP! Is it really necessary to have 4 different moisturisers?  No it is not.
Use up what you have first, don't clutter your personal space with bottles/jars and tubs that you really don't need. Whatever you would have been spending that moisturiser/hairspray etc, pop in to your savings!

Alternative shops.
Although i absolutely adore the likes of Asos, Boohoo and Urban Outfitters, i'm spending a small fortune. Now, i'm not fussy whether i wear second hand clothes or not, as long as they're in good condition.
I've found myself using Ebay again. I've made quite a few purchases in the last month or so, and they've all been bargains on brands that i love. Don't forget, if you also have a Nectar card then this can also be linked to your Ebay account. So, you'll be saving points, and money!
I have also swapped Sainsburys for Aldi. As much as i love Sainsburys, its a shop that i spend way too much money in. I can get 4 bags of shopping for £27 in Aldi, in Sainsburys that would cost well over £50.
Can you see where i'm going with this? Most of the products are exactly the same in supermarkets, so why pay more for them?

Give the DebtFree savings chart a go!

What have you all bought recently? Do you have any alternative shopping methods? What is your secret to saving money?

Beauty on a budget

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Investing in makeup or beauty products can be quite expensive, lets face it, we've all been there. Whether its been the UD palettes/Benefit Hoola or M.A.C special edition products, we've all gone a bit mad on the higher end at one point or another!
I cant help but think that although some higher ends products are incredibly good, there's also a lot of drugstore products that are better and inexpensive.
After watching many videos on YouTube, i was convinced that all i needed to buy was higher end products, it was all i knew. A few years back i started to branch out and i started to invest in some drugstore makeup. Rimmel/Maybelline/L'Oreal and most recently, Makeup Revolution. These are all good products. Like ANY brand, there are a few products that are hit and miss.

Unless gifted to me, or on the rare occasion i do buy a special edition product, i can safely say that i just don't reach for high end anymore.
If you are new to starting out with makeup or beauty products, are wanting to branch out with drugstore products or are simply wanting to save some pennies, then keep reading!

I'm quite happy to mix and match my products now. Obviously my choice of products aren't for everyone. But, there are some great drugstore products out there that i want to share with you!
Don't be afraid to try different products, eliminate products that you don't need (there's no need to be excessive), set yourself a budget and stick to it. Enjoy your new products!

MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer £3

Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte palette £8 (I got it for £6!)

M.A.C Alluring Aquatic Collection blush in Sea Me, Hear Me. €21 (I got this in Paris)
Makeup Revolution baked blush in Hard Day £2.50

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle £19

Maybelline Colour sensational lipstick in Tantalizing Taupe £6.99
M.A.C Rocky Horror (SE) lipstick in Oblivion £12-15 (gifted)
Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Rouge Jet Set £7.99
Urban Decay Lipstick in Anarchy £15

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