Friday, 19 December 2014

The Greedy Book

Ever wanted to make a wedding list, but aren't having a wedding? Tired of faking happiness when being given yet another pair of socks? Did you find it hard to decide what to buy everyone for Christmas? Better go on over to The Greedy Book and create an account for free.

The Greedy Book is the creation of sisters Millie and Charlie who's sister-in-law kept a 'Greedy Book' to keep track of everyone's loves, dream gifts and favorite trends in an attempt to take the hassle out of buying presents. A bit like Pinterest, you simply add gifts you would love to receive to your own personal online 'Greedy Book', and then share your book with family and friends. No more having to strategically leave web pages up, or circle items in magazines, you can take the hassle out of shopping for your friends and family, whilst ensuring you get something that you really want.

The site itself is so easy to use and addictive. It's packed with loads of handy features including adding a button to your search bar so you can add things as you browse the web!  Never again struggle to buy for the person with everything, you can now get it right every time. Ideal for birthdays, weddings, Christmas and house warmings, the Greedy Book let's you be as greedy as you dare.

What would your dream gift be?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Black Friday Haul

Beats Studio Headphones

Sony Alpha 5100

GHD Air Hairdryer
Foreo Luna

Indeed Labs
Watching the evening news on Black Friday made me thankful I stayed at home. Over from America, Black Friday has recently drifted to the UK and people have gone a little bit crazy over it. Anyway, before I go into detail over my rather large haul, I just want to add a very quick disclaimer. I saved up for about 10 months to get bits I've wanted and needed. I work full-time and spend my wage how I want. This is by no means a "bragging" post as chances are I won't be buying much for the foreseeable future. Haul posts are always popular and this one was requested by quite a few people. If your not a fan, here's your warning to click off.

I have been looking at Beats by Dr Dre headphones since they first came out, but the price tag has always put me off. After umming and ahhing for the longest time I finally decided to buy a pair as I always have my headphones in. I got a pair of the noise-cancelling Beats Studio headphones and I have to say I absolutely adore them. I love that their foldable and come in a case too, great for travelling. 

Next up is my new toy, the Sony Alpha 510. If you follow me on twitter you'll know that I've been looking at new cameras for quite some time. After reading lots of reviews I had settled on the Sony Alpha 500. However, when I went onto Amazon on Black Friday they were offering 50% off the newer model making it the same price as the 500. The only reason I had ignored the 510 is because of it's price. It was clearly meant to be. To top it off, 32GB memory cards were reduced to £15. I snapped two up because I know I'm going to need that space once I set off on my travels next year.

I have a beauty blogger confession to make. The only hairdryer I've ever owned cost £10. It does the job, but only has one setting and leaves my hair less than perfect. I've wanted to upgrade for the longest time, and really should have done it sooner but never got round to it. The GHD Air is now my new baby and transforms my hair from drowned rat to big blow dry in under 10 minutes. You can't argue with that. 

The Foreo Luna also made it's way into my shopping bag, I'm not sure if it's normal to say this, but I really enjoy cleansing my skin. Up until now, I've never used a cleansing tool alongside a cleanser even though I've read plenty of rave reviews about Clarisonic and the like. Anyway my skin's really been playing up lately and that's pushed me into finally getting the Foreo Luna. It's supposed to be a lot more hygienic and less abrasive than a Clarisonic, plus you don't need to buy any extra heads! I'll report back about how I get on.

The last few bits were complete impulse buys and not planned at all. Boot's reduced Indded Lab's Hydraluron and Retinol Reface by 50%. I am very impressed that I have resisted trying Hydraluron for so long considering the hype around it, but I just had to cave when it was half price. Retional Reface sounds great for making your skin smoother so naturally it just so happened to fall into my basket. Oops. Boot's also threw in a sample of Liquid Gold!

I know a lot of people were pretty anti-Black Friday after the complete mayhem it caused but without it I would not have been able to afford everything I wanted. 

Did you manage to grab anything?

Monday, 15 December 2014

Origins Superstar Minis

Origins Samples
Origins Superstar Minis - £35

I'm rather proud in saying that all my Christmas shopping was done before December even rolled in. I'm usually that person running around a department shop on December 23rd, or even 24th, grabbing anything and everything for presents. Despite all our best intentions, sometimes you just don't get round to picking up someones present until the last minute. In times like this you can always rely on gift sets. 

Out of all the gift sets available, this one caught my eye. Containing some of Origins best-selling products, the set is perfect for skin care novices to brand enthusiasts alike. All products are free from parabens, synthetic fragrance and other nasties, and aren't tested on animals making it suitable for anyone.The set includes:
  • A lovely tote bag.
  • High-Potency Night-A-Mins Night Cream
  • GinZing Moisturiser
  • Checks and Balances Face Wash
  • GinZing Eye Cream
  • Modern Friction Scrub
  • Clear Improvements Face Mask
  • Make a Difference Hand Cream
I couldn't resist treating myself to a pre-Christmas present. Well, it is a time for giving ...

What's your favorite product from Origins?