Sunday

5 Beauty 'Hacks' That Will Save You Money & Save The World! (Kinda)

Howdy all!
So I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite beauty 'hacks', I hear some at work from customers & others I've discovered from experience. They will help you get more use from your beauty tools, make them perform better & save you pennies coz you won't need to replace them as often :D Plus the less you buy & more you recycle/reuse/repair the higher you get on the 'eco-babe' chart ;)

1) Sharpen tweezers using a knife sharpener.
I have been plagued with rubbish tweezers for many years, I've never splurged on a Tweezerman pair but when I was debating it, I noticed they offered a 'tweezer sharpening service'. Err why had I never thought to sharpen my tweezers before? So I ran my cheapy, blunt pair over my knife sharpener & boy what a difference it made! They are now much more precise & I don't spend ages trying to grab that one unruly eyebrow hair...

2) Use a 'magic sponge' to clean eyelash curlers.
Y'know the gross mascara gunk that likes to stick your eyelash curlers together so they don't perform that well. I'm guilty of leaving it for a while before I actually remove it (sorry!) but those amazing white sponges that claim to be magic really are! Just rinse them with water & the make-up residue comes off so easily. It takes seconds & they look good as new. My Shemura curlers have been going for over a year & they do recommend that you change them every 12 months but after they've been cleaned they still work really well.

3) Cut edges off worn down beauty sponges.
This one is a little more common sense than anything but if you have a beauty blender & it's stained with foundation & looking a little tatty simply cut off a layer of sponge at the same angle with some sharp scissors so you have nice new sponge underneath. Super simple & it means you can get more sponge for your dolla ;)

4) Keep & re-use travel size bottles. 
I'm a sucker for miniature products but if you buy them once, rinse them out real good & keep them for next time a sleepover or weekend away arises. You can then re-fill them with whatever your favourite shampoo/shower gel/ body lotion is at the time. I begrudge buying empty travel bottles when I throw away so many throughout the year! Save them £££s recycle your plastics & save the world maaan!

5) Have a designated brush cleaning cloth.
What? Use a face cloth to clean make-up brushes? Yep indeedy it works a treat! The texture of a flannel means that when you swirl the brush over a wet cloth it gives it a real deep clean. Apply a brush cleaner/mild shampoo & use a circular motion for best results. I recommend a visit to Home Bargains or the pound shop to pick up a cheap one & use it especially for cleaning your brushes. The cheaper ones often have a rougher texture so are prefect for the job.

I hope these tricks will help some of you!
Do you have any unusual beauty 'hacks' that you swear by?
Thanks for reading :)
Rachelle xxx

Life Up North: MARY & MILLY BOUTIQUE BLOGGER MEET

Aloha!
So it's always exciting when a new shop opens up in Preston. It's even more exciting when it's an independent clothing boutique & it's super exciting when they invite a group of local bloggers over for an evening of mooching & a mingling.
The shop I'm talking about is Mary & Milly boutique which has just opened it's doors on Guildhall Street just off the main high street.. If you're wondering why the name sounds familiar- they've been trading on ASOS marketplace & doing pop up fairs across the North-West for the past couple of years.
The boutique itself is cosy, or it is when there is a huddle of bloggers snapping from every angle! The rails are carefully curated with on trend pieces that are a little more special than typical high street items. There is also a selection of statement jewellery (lots of sparkle!) cute clutch bags & handmade cards.

On the walls are framed articles about the shop's success & the brand's story. Poppy Waters is the lady behind the business & set it up after being inspired by her grandmothers-Mary & Milly! Poppy said that Preston is the heart of her brand, she grew up, graduated & set up shop here. I love that the photoshoots for the collections are shot in Avenham park (my favourite place in the city). I think its fantastic that she's working with local university students & bloggers. Preston isn't exactly known for it's fashion scene but I feel like it's an up-and-coming city! I believe with more independent shops, the creative fashionable folk will spark some interest & the scene will hopefully blossom.

Another point that Poppy mentioned was that one of her goals was to make the shopping experience more exciting! At the moment you can buy through various channels, online, fairs, the boutique & they are even offering private shopping parties at your own home! What more could a girl want?
As always it was lovely to meet up with local bloggers. I already knew Claire & Lily from past events so it was great to have a catch up. Plus it's fab to meet some new faces too (I hope I include everyone) Sarah, Amy, Emmi, Katy, Chloe & Lucy :)

If you are having a little shopping spree or fancy an outfit that's a little different for a night out you should definitely head over to the boutique. Follow all their social media too, there's always something new & exciting up on their page whenever I look.
Thank you Poppy for hosting such a lovely event & I'm so excited to see how the boutique grows :)

(Pic on the right stolen form their Facebook Page)

Have you visited the boutique yet?
Thanks for reading :)
Rachelle xxx

PS: Life Up North is going to be a new segment on here with any exciting news based around the North-West area :)

Monday

North-West Christmas Blogger Meet: PRESTON EDITION!

Hii everyone,
As some of you know I work for The Body Shop and over the past few years I have organised blogger events in store. My personal favourite being the Christmas event!
So I'm planning another meet up for December but I want to meet as many local bloggers as possible, This invitation is for all bloggers in the North West region who fancy a trip to Preston to experience the Winter Wonderland. Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, fitness, food, whatever genre of blog you write-it would be lovely to get together.

The event will be on Friday 19th December & it will be after 6pm as I know a lot of people will be working in the lead up to Christmas.

The evening starts with a warm invitation into The Body Shop to tick off those last minute gifts on your list with an exclusive blogger discount, nibbles & a good natter about all things beauty.
Photo of the last year's Christmas blogger bonanza!

Next we can head over to the Lancashire Christmas markets for some traditional festive shopping around the log cabins and maybe a cheeky mug of mulled wine in the pop up Merry Monks Tavern bar ;)


The gorgeous new Turtle Bay has recently opened it's doors to Prestonians and it has such a great atmosphere so we can continue the party indoors (did I mention it was a rum bar!)
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What better excuse do you need to parade your favourite Christmas jumper, finish off you last bits of Christmas shopping (& treat yourself too!) and spend a lovely evening with like-minded blogging pals?!

I cannot wait! If you want attend or have any questions please contact me on twitter @mynameisrachey

Thanks for reading :)
Rachelle xxx

#CheapNChicChallenge: 22/30 AUTUMNAL CHARITY SHOP FINDS!

 Aloha,
I'm hoping you are enjoying the #CheapNChicChallenge so far. I've got just one more week left & I have a few great posts lined up for you, including an exciting giveaway-so stay tuned! I shot these photos a few weeks ago when it was actually still summery. I am dressed 'neck-to-knee' in charity shop finds! I thought I'd style an outfit that has a vintage feel but still nods to the trends for Autumn.
Coat, Jumper Belt, Skirt -All Charity Shop Finds
Boots-New Look

The coat is my fuzzy lil bear baby. I bought it from a charity shop in St Annes where everything was only £1! The only downside was on that fateful day it was about 25 degrees out & I'd just been to the beach & the last thing on my mind was a huge furry coat. However this is a prime example of shopping for upcoming seasons. If I wanted to get an over-sized furry coat in the height of winter I'd definitely expect to pay more! It's originally from BHS & is a size XXL, again not my size but I want it to fit over 3 jumpers & a scarf :) 

The jumper was from the same charity shop (so again only a quid!) I'm a little bit obsessed with roll neck jumpers & the bright orange shade is perfect for Autumn. When I wear it with my glasses I do feel a little bit like Velma from Scooby Doo but I think it's a strong look :)

The Houndstooth skirt is an original 1960s St Michael found in a charity shop in Cleveleys. I can't remember how much this one was but it's a pretty snug fit! I'm a fan of houndstooth & I don't think  a pencil skirt ever really goes out of fashion.

The belt was 50p from St Catherines Hospice in Preston. I love the detailing to the buckle, it's almost a bit cowboy/western inspired. I tend to buy black belts so this brown one is a welcome addition to my wardrobe.

Have you found any amazing autumnal charity shop pieces?
Thanks for reading :)
Rachelle xxx

#CheapNChicChallenge: 15/30 Preston Charity Shop Map!

Bonjour!
So today I've got an exciting post compiled for y'all.  Preston may be small, & mainly famous for a bus station but scratch the surface and there are some lovely places to discover. It's not named the eighth happiest place to live in the UK for nothing y'know, even if some trolls call it Depressedton (De-Preston) they just can't be bothered to appreciate the whimsy! After the #CheapNChicChallenge has finished I'm going to include more reviews of my favourite places in the 'city' :)

As you know I am THE BIGGEST fan of a mooch around the charity shops. I have developed a 'kooky keen eye' and can spot a vintage bargain a mile off. This has resulted in a fairly eclectic wardrobe, an obsession with eBay and I know the local charity shops like the back of my hand!

Preston has loads of charity shops, from the standard high street ones to some lovely independent shops where you can find some real gems.

Obviously everyone has a different agenda when they're 'thrift shopping' so you might be looking for a good quality, vintage dress or perhaps you're looking for something to cut up and customize.
I tend to have a good look around the charity shops every couple of weeks, and of course if I'm  just passing I'll have a little snoop around.

So I have been a kind soul & I've made a map of the charity shops that I visit regularly. I think hunting out new charity shops is like my sixth sense. What can I say-It's a gift ;)


Click on the map for a more detailed interactive view :)

I'm afraid you'll have to ignore K because British Red Cross has closed so a Tesco can be built there instead hmpf :( & it won't let me remove it


If you're from the Preston area I urge you to visit the charity shops instead of the high-street for just one shopping trip. I promise you'll be surprised, you'll save some money & you'll help a great cause.

Are you a charity shop convert yet? Where are your favourite places in the UK to go charity shopping? 
Thanks for reading :)
Rachelle xxx




Wednesday

#CheapNChicChallenge: 10/30 Fashion themed TV to get you thinking...

Hello Everyone,
We're a third of the way through & I hope you are enjoying the #CheapNChicChallenge :) I have another little prompt for you today-instead of spending an hour trawling through the ASOS website or perusing the Topshop sale why don't you watch a programme that will help you with the challenge & really realise you're wardrobe's potential!
I've been trying to ignore the tellybox & only watch TV that I'm really interested otherwise I'll waste time watching re-runs of Come Dine With Me and old episodes of The Simpsons!
Here are some of my favorite fashion-themed watching that you can watch on 4OD at the moment.

This Old Thing
I absolutely love Dawn Porter and her latest show is a treat for the eyeballs. Showing ways to re-work your wardrobe, gorgeous vintage shops & the general high-street obsessed to vintage lover make-overs. It's a good watch :) I have serious hair envy & I would like to own all of her whimsical. vintage dresses that fit her oh-so-perfectly.

Fabulous Fashionistas
I watched this documentary last year but it was such a lovely show that it stuck with me. It follows a group of older women who still have a lust for life! They tell the stories of their modelling, charity shop work, husbands, parties & how things were back in the good old days. There's a few heartfelt/weepy bits but it's such a good portrayal of these glam nannas :)

Mary's Bottom Line
I love Mary Portas too, She's a very love/hate character but you can't deny that she talks sense! This series was all about the 'Kinky Knickers' company she started to embrace craftsmanship & to try & give the UK textiles/manufacturing business a kick up the butt. Virtually all our clothes are imported now but years ago we were a thriving textiles nation. Now our mills are derelict & we're at a record high rate of unemployment. Hmm coincidence? It's a great insight into the trials & tribulations of starting your own fashion company. I want to start my own eco-knickers company. Sexy eco ones don't exists guys! A real niche market!


So I know this isn't a programme as such but this video of Vivienne Westwood is so unbelievably eye-opening. Our Viv is passionate about raising awareness of current climate issues and her incredible journey through the different trends & tribes is an interesting watch.

I hope that this post has given you some 'Wednesdayeveningwatching' ideas :)
Thanks for reading!
Rachelle xxx



Monday

#CheapNChicChallenge: 8/30 Ideas To Shake Up Your Wardrobe

Hello everyone :)
I hope you are excited for the second week of the challenge! I thought I'd share some prompts to give you a bit of inspiration.  I'd love it if you could leave a comment or even share your posts/photos using the #CheapNChicChallenge hash tag.

The Under £10 Outfit
Can you make up the majority of your outfit for under a tenner? Maybe exclude underwear and shoes but how about the rest? When you look amazing (if you say so yourself) in a cheap outfit it's a kinda justified smugness you're allowed to experience ;) Show us your best cheapy outfit as an instasnap or a blog post.
The 'Thanks It Was My Mom's From The 80s'
Everyone has seen Mean Girls and I love the quote 'Thanks it was my moms in the 80s...ooh vintage' but lets not dig out the 'Ugliest effing skirt I've ever seen' and lets raid our parents wardrobes! I have borrowed a vintage Levis denim shirt from my mum that I wear all the time! My mum isn't really that bothered about shopping & fashion but I bet some of you have super stylish mummas who have some vintage gems in their wardrobes or even better some 'Glam Nans' who can never throw anything away. Offer to help them sort their wardrobes and adopt the best bits as your own, free fashion with a lovely bit of history.


The Altered Beast 
Who used to play Altered Beast on the Megadrive? The main message from that game is if you want to be a dragon-you can, or maybe a bear? It's possible! Anyway everyone has something in their wardrobe that could benefit from a little tweaking. Whether you decide to DIY it yourself or send it on a little holiday to the tailors share with us your new and revamped piece!

The 'I Made It Myself'
There is no better feeling than when someone compliments you on something and you have created it yourself, same with clothes :) I'm not suggesting you whip up a ballgown (although that would be awesome) but how about finding a vintage pattern and attempting to sew a simple garment. There are hundreds of tutorials online for the most novice fashion designer.
My favourite GIF everrrr
The car booty looty
One of my personal favourites, show off your ultimate car boot/flea market finds! It's often the place to find the best bargains, other peoples castoffs can be great, as Macklemore says 'one mans trash that's another mans come-up' come up is cool right?


I hope this post has giving you a few wardrobe ideas or you've at least enjoyed the GIFS!
Thanks for reading :)
Rachelle xxx