Frugal Beauty

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Do you, like me, have a large collection of beauty products? I spend approximately £80 every month on toiletries. According to Google in the UK most women spend between £50-100 each month. I have to confess that I almost have a heart attack when I’m doing my shopping in Boots & the cashier cheerfully says “That’ll be £83.72 then please.” I finally got a Boots Advantage card a few months back which has come in handy upon occasion. Need some Iburofen but you’re completely broke? Use the points on your Advantage card, yay! Also they send you out vouchers which are obviously useful. However I feel that I really need to bring that average monthly spend back down.

I’m a sucker for a deal as much as the next person (read: woman) so sometimes I end up buying more than I intended. Buy one Body Wash & get the second half price? Awesome! Except.. why am I buying Body Wash in the first place? What’s wrong with good old fashioned soap? It costs less, lasts longer & is naturally    antibactericidal to boot. Basically soap just isn’t fashionable! Body wash, bubble bath, shower gel, make-up remover, cleansers & toners are. The honest truth is that these overpriced & over packaged products just aren’t all necessary. 

I know that some women choose to spend their money on beauty products as their luxury. I’ve had my moments of coveting beautifully packaged and smelling products but I can’t afford them. For me money is tight and I’ve set myself on a path to living a more sustainable lifestyle so spending money on toiletries is something that I need to think about.

Going back to basics doesn’t have to mean completely missing out on luxury though.The variety of beautiful handmade soaps you can get these days is astounding. I’ll wait until my three (yep, three!) bottles of shower gels & creams run out and then I’ll replace them with soap. I’m already out of bubble bath so I’m now using sea salt and essential oils such as lavender or lemongrass. Yes these can be expensive but as you only need to add a couple of drops to running water they last for ages.

I have a few other tricks up my sleeve for my product declutter including using body oil as moisturiser (it lasts forever and leaves your skin silky and soft) and make-up remover and a flannel instead of disposable wipes. 

How about you? Are you a Luxury Beauty Junkie, a Green Bathing Queen or somewhere in between like me?
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Today’s The Day!!!!!!!!



Today my best friend is getting married!!!!!!!

Which means that I’m in Newquay, Cornwall, trying not to ruin my make up & signing the witness papers… exciting!

Above are the necklaces I made a couple of days ago.

These three are for the bridesmaids, as thank you gifts from the bride. The first one is a vintage fashion illustration from a 1977 book, the second is from a postcard & the final one is actually fabric with a ball of yarn motif on it.

I’m hoping to sell the others… every single other one was made using vintage stamps, who knew they had such cute designs?!





August Giveaway

This months giveaway is a needle-felted brooch with two vintage owl buttons made by none other than me… It’s about 2″ x 3″ & will look very cute on your jacket or bag!

To be in with a chance to win make sure you’re a follower & just leave me a comment to say “hi” on this post!

Giveaway will close on 15th August.


Five Images

Today’s Five Images are all from previous posts on my blog! Follow the numbers for a mini tour of some of my earlier posts… I thought it might be a fun way for some of my newer readers to get to know me better.

Happy reading xox

Recent Makes…

Here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of days between shifts… there’s more to come folks! 

All available here

Latest Creation

Please exscuse the quality of the pictures, they’ve been taken on my particulaly awful Orange Rome phone as I have no camera! What do you think??

2009 Craftiness Part 2

I’m not feeling too well today… it’s my day off & I’m in bed in my pj’s feeling vaguely flu-ey hoping that I’m not going to come down with anything! So… since I have zero energy I thoght I’d post a few more pics of some more bits I made last year… 1) Leaf Brooch: needle felting & seed beed embroidery… 2) Flower Brooch: needle felting (sold to the lovely Alex!)… 3) Sunburst necklace: carnelian & sunstone pieces… 4) Coral Necklace: twisted yarn & silk strands embellished with handcut felt shapes & upcycled pink shells & 5) Seashells Brooch: needle felting embellished with seed beads & upcycled shells. The next lot of pics are Dawanda gems…                                                                                    Currently I don’t have an online shop… I stopped selling on etsy last summer because my ‘day’ job is far too time consuming. I am thinking about opening another shop though this year & to this end have just signed up with Dawanda. They have some fantastic stuff on there, some real talent, maybe I’ll just stick to shopping!!! Without further ado… 1) Owl tights available miirazukale… 2) doll+house available gypsyandtwink 3) cute birdcages pendants from moumou & 4) this gorgoeus top from chivato. If you haven’t been to Dawanda you should definitely check it out… happy window shopping! xoxox