• November 1, 2021

Top 10 Beauty Boxes in UK

In past years the Beauty Box industry have sky-rocketed and there’s nothing surprising in it, after all everyone loves getting box full of exciting beauty products right at their doorsteps. It’s really simple you just need to subscribe for one or more Beauty Box services and every month you will receive a box full of beauty treats right at the comfort of your home.

There are multiples types of Beauty Boxes, some of them provides their subscribers a monthly based box full of skincare products from new skincare brands, however rest focus on delivering the latest beauty products to their subscribers.

Are you a beauty-obsessed or planning to try a beauty box? We have put our heads together to bring the 10 best Beauty Boxes in United Kingdom in one place for you, also we have reviewed hundreds of Beauty Boxes on our website, you can also check them out.

Top Beauty Boxes:

  1. Glossybox
  2. Lookfantastic
  3. Birchbox
  4. Latest in Beauty
  5. The PIP Box
  6. Secret Scent Box
  7. Cohorted
  8. The Vegan Kind Beauty Box
  9. Mintd
  10. Nomakenolife

 

Glossybox

Glossybox is one of those beauty box service providers which offers full-sized products to their subscribers. If you subscribe to Glossybox, each month you will receive a recognizable pink box containing full-sized five products from your all time favorite brands. Previously Glossybox has featured multiple brands including Elemis, Nails Inc, Clarins and a lot more. The best part is that the box you will receive will be full of the combination of skincare, haircare and makeup products worth up to £50.

The Glossybox subscription starts from £8.50 per month if you go with yearly subscription plan or you can also in advance for 3, 6 or 12 months an enjoy your subscription every month with exciting products.

 

Lookfantastic

Lookfantastic is also one of the most popular subscription box for women. With Lookfantastic’s subscription you will receive their hand-curated box, containing 6 health and beauty products. Also, you will get a latest Edit magazine each month with your Lookfantastic’s subscription box in only £13 per month.

If you are beauty enthusiast then this is the beauty box you should go with considering the perfect blend you will receive right at your doorsteps.

 

Birchbox

Birchbox monthly subscription costs just £10 in which each month you will receive a box at your doorsteps containing 5-6 sample sized products which will surely fulfill the beauty needs of everyone. The products inside the subscription box can be a combination of makeup, haircare, perfume and skincare items and the interesting thing is that a buyer can choose one product to be delivered with its box at its doorsteps each month.

You can also get 50% off on your first order if you are a student, which means half or regular price which is just £10.

The PIP Box

If you prefer your products to be cruelty-free then The PIP Box is one of the best choice for you as all of the products inside their box are vegan and they’re never tested on animals.
With PIP Box subscription, each month you will get a box at the comfort of your home containing a combination of full-sized and travel-sized products including moisturisers. Oils, cleansers, lip balm and a lot more from huge-named brands. The PIP Box subscriptions costs your just £13.5 each month and the best part is that they donate 50p from every single box to Animal Fee Research UK.

 

Latest in Beauty

Latest in Beauty is one of those top subscription box providers which allows you to decide how many products you want to receive per month.

Latest in Beauty offers you multiple plans to choose from, such as you can either go with basic plan and receive 3 products of your choice every month at your doorsteps in just £9 or you can go wild and receive 9 of your favorite products at the comfort of your home in just £18/month.

It’s three different monthly subscription service are knows as the Beauty Novice, Beauty Enthusiast and the Beauty Guru. Each of them offers a perfectly hand-picked boxes according to your choice. All of the above-mentioned plans come with free shipping. Also. in case you are not sure about which plan you’d like to subscribe, you can purchase the boxes separately.

 

Secret Scent Box

Smelling good doesn’t need to be expensive and Secret Scent Box proves that perfectly with their monthly subscription where they are providing a whole-month supply of three travel-sized fragrance delivered right at your doorsteps.

With Secret Scent Box subscription box you will get a 3 x 3ml fragrance sprays containing enough fragrance to last throughout your month. Secret Scent Box is clearly an exciting way to try out new fragrances.

 

Cohorted

Cohorted offers its beauty box fully loaded with all those must-have beauty items to their subscribers. Cohorted has launched its beauty box back in 2016 and till now it’s been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, The Independent, and Glamour. Cohorted has been delivering the premium experience to its subscribers with its products from huge-named brands and its elegant all black exterior.

It is a bit expensive as compared to some of the other beauty boxes but it is one of those few beauty boxes that ship internationally. Those who subscribe to Cohorted beauty box subscription, receive a free gift along with their beauty box.

 

 

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box allows you to treat yourself with cruelty-free and eco-friendly beauty products that are especially designed to fulfill your personal needs.

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box is a perfect combination of skincare, perfume and haircare items and they guarantee that you won’t receive any product twice. They also allow you to either pay per box or you can subscribe and pay for a whole-year and enjoy hassle-free subscription.

Also the best thing is that The Vegan Kind Beauty Box donates each month to Animal Free Research UK on your behalf.

 

Mintdbox

After Cohorted, Mindtdbox is another premium beauty box service that allows their customer to create their own personalized profile in order to receive the products according to their choice.

With Midntdbox subscription, you will receive 4-5 full-sized products every month worth up to £135, also you will get a perfect blend of all the essentials you need to fulfill your beauty needs, from skincare to haircare and bodycare to nails. As it is one of the Luxury beauty boxes so it is a bit expensive than some other ones, its per month subscription will cost you £65.

Mintdbox allows you to either go for monthly/bi-monthly plans or you can also make an upfront payment for 3/6 or 12 months and enjoy your hassle-free subscription.

 

Nomakenolife

Nomakenolife offers an original selection of Japanese and Korean beauty products and offers those beauty boxes which are shipped straight from Tokyo to at your doorsteps.

With Nomakenolife subscription, you will receive eight to nine original Korean or Japanese product including makeup items like lipsticks and blushes, skincare products from the Innisfree, The Face Shop and Hada Labo along with hairecare items from well-known Korean brands. However Nomakenolife gives you multiple subscription options to choose from including their 12 months subscription plan which costs you $31.5/month.

 

Conclusion:

Beauty Boxes allows all those beauty enthusiasts to try out latest beauty products from their all-time favorite brands as well as from new brands by just staying at the comfort of your home. The Interesting thing is that you never know what you are going to get inside your monthly subscription box.

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Coupons for Grocery Shopping

Everyone knows that how prices for the daily household utilities and groceries are touching the sky these days. Actually, they have never come down; they always go in the upward direction. Whenever there are chances for the decline in the prices, something happens like a disaster or a war that result in the opposite. These high rates make things difficult for people who are looking out for saving money.

One of the most effective ways to save money is by redeeming coupons on your routine shopping trips to the market. There are a lot of misunderstanding about coupons that how using them is only a waste of time or how there are no coupons that work for the brands that families usually use. I believe that every person should use coupons and that is why I am going to bust some common myths and misconceptions about using coupons.

1- You can never find a coupon for the items you are interested in; it is what a lot of people say about coupons. What I have to say is that you can even find coupons for toothpaste and shower gels not to include other basic needs. I am a frequent coupon user and I believe if you do it right, you can literally walk out of a grocery store with a couple of items for free. I personally bought a Crest Pro-Health Clinical Toothpaste for $0.24 which offered at a retail price of $3.49.

2- People also claim that there are no coupons available for non-processed foods, what they don’t know is that you can buy a Rudi’s Gluten-Free Tortillas tin for $1.99 which is originally priced at $3.49. It is only one example. If you are a healthy living enthusiast then you would want to switch from junk and processed foods to the healthier options. There are a lot of stores like Whole Foods, Sunflower Farmers Market and Trader Joes that accept all kinds of coupons for their all-natural, organic food options. You can use a manufacturer’s coupon with the ones that the

Whole Foods offer to save a lot of money on non-processed foods.

Another thing that a lot of people relate to using coupons is that they think it is a lot of time-consuming thing to do. It might be true to some extent. But I think the only activity that takes time is arranging your coupons and clipping them together for the next time you go shopping is worth the money it saves. I prefer doing this task of clipping while I am watching TV or listening to music. There are a couple of websites on the internet that can help you save a lot of time because all of their coupons are already put together.

Using coupon is a good habit for saving money and living a more frugal lifestyle. If you have any tips or suggestions about how to make it more efficient then do share.

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How to save Money on Theater Tickets

According to the Managing Directors of Encore Tickets and Londontheatredirect.com, “Ticket sales and bookings have slumped by 20% or more”. It is happening because people are not coming in because they want to avoid Olympics and even London as a tourist destination. So if you are planning on going on a London Show with your partner during anytime in August or September you can get cheap ticket for your favorite one. Luckily, you can even get a discounted ticket price for famous musicals like Billy Elliot and Shrek that are otherwise never offered on a lower price.

People consider them lucky for finding a seat for these shows during the summer. Almost 700-800 tickets for the musical Billy Elliot are offered at a discounted rate of 32% to 35% each night from Monday to Friday and it will be happening till 9 September. You can also find cheapest seats for Shrek the Musical at a discounted rate of 16%. You can even get a front row at just 1/3rd of the normal price.

Same is the case with “The 39 Steps” which were being sold at a low price of £12.50 which is actually half the original price. Another great show like Chicago is offered at up to 40% discounted rate.
Take a look at all the lowered rates.

Shrek the Musical
Original Price was £67.50 and now the tickets are being sold at £29.50. You save £38.

We Will Rock You
Original Price was £60 and now the tickets are being sold at £36. You save £24.

The 39 Steps
Original Price was £49.50 and now the tickets are being sold at £23.75. You save £25.75.

Chicago (Closes on September, 1)
Original Price was £67.50 and now the tickets are being sold at £39.50. You save £28.

The Wizard of Oz (Closes on September, 2)
Original Price was £65 and now the tickets are being sold at £45. You save £20.

Ghost the Musical (Closes on October, 6)
Original Price was £70 and now the tickets are being sold at £40. You save £30.

Blood Brothers (Closes on October, 27)
Original Price was £60 and now being sold at £36.50. You save £23.50.

All of these discounted prices are for the Top Price tickets; you can save a lot more on cheaper seats.

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Blog 101 | How To Grow Your Blog

I’m not an expert at blogging. My blog is my hobby. Although it’s not my job, I still find the time every day to look at ways of improving it. I put a lot of time and effort into my blog therefore I want to make sure I’m getting the most out of it – not just for me, but for my readers too. This post is a hopeful attempt at giving you advice based on issues I’ve had to face in the past. Also to share my experiences with various tips and tricks that has helped me to date.

YOUR BLOG’S NAME – Firstly, I’ve had numerous people ask me lately, ‘Why did you change your blog name’? This blog was previously known as Finders Keepers. The reason I’ve changed the name is due to a rookie error I made at the very beginning. Always come up with a unique name. If one pops into your head, google it. Check out whether other blogs are highly associated with this name or not. A couple months back I did a bit of research. From this I came to the conclusion that there’s around 10+ blogs/websites out there related to lifestyle, fashion, beauty, all things this blog is, with the words Finders Keepers incorporated into them. Not a great find when you are trying to be unique. Don’t jump at the chance with the first ‘genius’ idea you come up with. You may find you were secretly inspired by that name because of something you’ve previously seen in the past.

SOCIAL MEDIA – Be consistent on every platform you sign up for. Try not to prioritise one over the others. I’m guilty of this, Twitter being my main choice, but I’ve found a love for all the others and found different ways of communicating through each one. Through this I’ve seen a rapid increase in visits towards my blog as I’m opening it up to new opportunities and people.

BLOG DESIGN – Don’t be pressured into thinking a custom blog design with a hefty price tag is your only hope of making it into the blogging world. Blogger templates are just fine. I’m using the ‘Simple’ template right now. However if you happen to have a hundred and one different colours floating about, multiple crazy fonts and strong patterns, my eyes will hurt and I will leave instantly. Try and make things organised in your blog layout. It makes for a tidy looking blog but also keeps things simple for yours readers to navigate around your site.

NETWORK – This doesn’t mean make an appearance every now and then on Twitter, or post a pretty picture on Instagram. It means interacting with your followers and readers and engaging in the blogging community. If you’re in a ‘blogging slump’ and can’t think of new content to share, why not post an Archive Post? Simply share a link to a post from a couple days, weeks or even months ago. This way you are letting your readers know your blog is still alive and moving forward. You may find you’ll gain new readers from doing this simple step. We also enjoy receiving notifications when someone has commented on our blog, don’t we? Why not return that favour. The only way you are going to engage with other bloggers is by communicating with them through their blogs or social media.

EVERGREEN CONTENT – This phrase gets thrown around a lot when it comes to writing content. It’s something everyone looks out for though, so beware. Evergreen Content means content which is fresh and innovative. If someone else’s post or website has inspired you to talk about a certain topic, don’t copy them. By all means gather ideas, but when it comes down to the words make sure it’s something your readers haven’t read before. Personally I believe this links to how often you create posts. I post three times a week; Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays. This gives me enough time to refresh my mind and get the creative juices flowing. If you are posting every day, sometimes even twice a day, you’re not allowing yourself time to breathe and think. This is where your content becomes repetitive or boring.

REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY – This links slightly to the Evergreen Content section. As a blogger we want to be unique and fresh, but the only way to do that is by being ourselves. When I first began blogging I found myself being drawn to topics which highly-ranked bloggers were talking about. I knew no better than to think their blogs and its contents were the only way to success. I was wrong. If popular topics don’t float your boat, don’t write about them. If you’d prefer to talk about your weekend with Grandma, then talk about your weekend with Grandma! I don’t tend to stick to one category, i.e Fashion. Instead I find myself alternating between numerous things which keeps things exciting for me. I simply go with my imagination.

GOOGLE + – This can slot in with the Network and Social Media side to growing your blog, but I find it has a power of its own. Google+ isn’t a tool a lot of people use, yet I find it so useful! I simply use it how I do with Twitter; post my latest content with a link to follow. Google+ has big blogging communities which consist of 20,000 plus members who all post daily. You can’t get that on twitter. Think of it this way – when you post on twitter you firstly only reach your direct followers (mine being 750). If your followers happen to retweet your link, it’ll reach their followers (perhaps a further 500). If you use trending #, then others can find you that way. Point being, it’s not instant recognition, whereas a community that you post directly into has an automatic audience of 20,000+. Catch my drift?

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You Beauty Discovery Beauty Box

This is my first-ever YBD – You Beauty Discovery beauty box. It is by far the cheapest beauty box I have found. I usually go with Latest in Beauty which can range from £14-£25, which is a good price for what you get. However, YBD is only £6.99. Let’s take a moment to appreciate this price, girls. Plus, it is free delivery. Hallelujah!

How YBD works is, at the beginning of each month you are sent an email listing all the available products to buy. From that list you pick two products you would like to have in that month’s beauty box. You then receive 3 additional items which are a surprise. As the subscription goes on if there happens to be a month where none of products take your fancy, then you can simply un-register. If you find another month throughout the year is more suited to you, they keep hold of your details and you simply re-register and pick the items you want. Simple as that! No contracts, which I love! Because of how cheap this is I am waiting it out till October to see what goodies are next. Let’s wait and see!

Tony & Guy Volume Plumping Whip, 90ml – I’ve heard nothing but good things about this product, and Tony & Guy as a brand. I love their hairspray. The smell I am addicted too, which may be a bad thing, but it does the job without leaving the hair feeling horrible. This was one of the surprise items in the September Issue, and a good surprise it is!

Sanctuary Spa White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion, 75ml – This is one of the products which I picked but sold out very fast! So I was fortunate enough to get this when I did. This is my Mum’s all-time favourite brand when it comes to skin products, so I couldn’t resist giving it a go myself. The bottle reads, “A comforting & delicately fragranced blend of lightweight moisture infused with rose & shea butter”. The smell really is amazing. What first attracted me to this product when I opened it was that it states it is ‘lightweight’. There’s nothing I hate more than using lovely smelling body lotions and moisturisers that end up sitting on your body feeling greasy.

Wild About Beauty Nutrilips Colour SPF15, Eve 09 – I’ve not come across this brand before which intrigued me more, therefore I picked this lipstick as my second product. The fact that this has SPF15 is a bonus alongside the moisturising Mango Butter and Argan Oil. Argan Oil is slowly becoming a top ingredient in beauty products alongside hair products. I’ve noticed mascaras around the place are including the oil which is great, because I love it! This lipstick is in the shade Eve 09, which is a subtle coral which is beautiful. The smell reminds me of marshmallows which is odd given the main fragranced ingredient is Mango. I think my smelling senses are a little messed up. Although this lipstick is a lovely shade, the pigmentation isn’t too great. I did three to four swipes for the swatch above before any colour started to show. Another downfall is I think I am allergic to an ingredient in here which I am going to have to investigate. My hand had a slightly burning sensation afterwards and when tested on my lips they felt slightly swollen. Do not let this put you off, as obviously this is a personal issue. I will however keep you posted on what I find out! On the plus side, the packaging is a lovely deep purple with butterfly and flower sketches all around the case.

Additional items I received in this month’s box were a make-up sponge which is not branded. I am currently using this as an under-eye sponge for concealer until I finally buy a beauty sponge. So this has come in handy as a free alternative for the mean time! You also get two Crabtree & Evelyn Tea Bags in Afternoon Tea and Blackberry Green Tea – I’ve never particularly liked the idea of flavoured tea or any tea other than Tetly for that matter! I have been convinced to move to Asda’s Chosen by You tea bags to help save money, and I am getting the Tetly blues. So picky. I also received a £25 Gift Card for Hello Fresh. I’ve never heard of these before but was definitely intrigued when it involves food being delivered to your door. I have not tried these out yet, but definitely will give it a go. If all goes well I will most likely do a separate post as a review of their service and products. Let me know if you’d be interested in that.

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Hair Care Routine with Simply Argan, Tangle Teezer & BaByliss

When it comes to my hair care routine, I’d like to say it’s somewhat simple. I don’t do a great deal with my hair on the daily, even after getting it cut short to make it more ‘manageable’. A number of times throughout the week you will find me with my hair up in a ponytail or a bun, but the routine I follow with my hair before that is straightforward. So here goes:

Shampoo & Conditioner.
When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, I’m not one of those who will roam the beauty aisle for the best duo that offers x amount of benefits and so on. I’m very much someone who opts for the best deal and pops it in the basket. However since trying Simply Argan’s Argan & Violet Infused Shampoo & Conditioner* set, I have become obsessed. The first thing I need to mention about this pair is their smell. Anyone a huge fan of the smell of Parma Violets sweets? If so, you are going to love these. They smell identical to them, obviously due to the violet infused aromas within them, but still. As soon as I opened the package they arrived in, the smell just hit me and instantly I was like, ‘I need to try these right this second!’

It doesn’t stop there though. The first time I used these I was sceptical as to weather this oh-so amazing scent would actually remain in my hair after washing it, and to my luck, it does! As I like to put the products I review on this blog to the ultimate test, I went three days without washing my hair for two reasons:

  1. To see if the smell disappeared quickly – 3 days in, you can still smell it! It’s not as strong for obvious reasons, but the scent still remains which is just shockingly good.
  2. To see how long it lasts before needing to wash again – now my hair gets greasy pretty quickly. The joys. So usually by day two I’ll already be reaching for the dry shampoo just to spritz a little on the roots to give them a little boost and freshen up. But in the whole 3 days I’ve not washed my hair after using this set, I’ve not touched the dry shampoo once. I’m more amazed as I go on.

As you can see, it’s a great shampoo and conditioner set for these two reasons alone but when it comes to your hair type, what can this offer? My hair is fairly frizzy and extremely dry. The thickness doesn’t help with either of these two issues. As for the frizziness of my hair, these products didn’t do a great deal. However I’m accepting of that because the weather has been hotting up again and my hair is the first to know it! As for the dry hair I rock, the Argan infused elements of the two has helped to calm this. Hair feels softer and is definitely more manageable.

The oh-so important hair brush.
Due to the thickness of my hair, a good quality hair brush is important. I use the Thick & Curly Tangle Teezer which suits me perfectly. The original version is good, but it’s not suited to my hair type. Another brush I do use is the Braun Satin-Hair 7 Iontec brush which is perfect for those with frizzy hair too.

BaByliss Diamond Straighteners.
I’ve always been a huge fan of BaByliss hair straighteners. Back in college I owned GHDs which was the be all or end all of your social existence if you didn’t own a pair back in those days. Oh how times have changed. After my little sister managed to break them however, I moved over to BaByliss as an initial ‘quick fix’ and haven’t steered away from them since.

This is one of the newest models of straightener by BaByliss right now and was at an absolute bargain on Amazon for £30, reduced from £80. I was in need of replacing my existing ones which I had owned for the last 5 years (told you they were good) and after seeing this deal, it was meant to be. In terms of straightening your hair, they’re simply awesome. But the best thing about them is you don’t get that static when you’ve reached the ends, which is something I’ve noticed when using other branded styling tools.

What else do I love? The Ionic Frizz Control is great for my hair and goes hand in hand with the static issue, the Diamond Infused ceramic plates are gentle on the hair as lets the plates glide as you style without feeling like it is tugging at your hair. But I also love that your have the choice between 3 heat settings to suit your hair type. Due to having thick hair, I do opt for the higher setting, but if you have finer hair then it’s advisable to choose the lower setting to avoid any damage.

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5 Tips to Help You Sleep Better

Every now and then we may struggle to drift off at night which can have a negative impact on the day after when we need to go to school, work, errands, or anything else you need to do during the day. Little sleep can cost us energy and the ability to focus, amongst an array of other things. But what’s costing us our sleep? Simple habits we have at night are a major factor to this.

Sleeping Pattern

There’s no need to go to the sleep bang on the same time every single night, then wake up at the same time the next day, but it helps. I roughly go to bed around 11:30 – 12pm on weeknights and wake up around 6:30am – if I haven’t hit the snooze button that is. Weekends are different if I don’t have much planned, but who doesn’t appreciate a lie-in? The point is, having a scattered sleeping pattern every night can affect your body clock throughout the week so try and have a vague routine to follow.

Change Your Mattress

Seems obvious, but some of us can put up with sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress for a couple nights. However, holding off purchasing a new mattress or simply buying a mattress topper can cause you to get a restless night. The first step to getting a great night’s sleep is getting comfortable and feeling relaxed where you lay.

Control Your Naps

I’m not one for naps; I feel groggy afterwards and achieve nothing from a quick 30min-1 hour ‘power nap’. But for those who enjoy a good nap and are capable of carrying on with their day afterwards without feeling un-human, make sure you time them right. We’re all tempted from time to time to just collapse on the bed when we get in from a long day, but avoid evening naps. You may feel refreshed for a little while, but once you try to sleep later on that night, you may find it a lot more difficult.

Bright Night

Although many of us don’t follow this advice, try to avoid television and computers etc. within 1-2 hours of you going to sleep. If you do happen to be looking at a screen before bed, dim the lights. Bright lights are not ideal when you’re trying to wind down, so turn it all down. When going to sleep, try to sleep in total darkness too. This is my weakness, as I’m not a huge fan of the dark when on my own. Therefore I have a small lamp on every night which, although I eventually get to sleep, I do notice it takes me far longer to drift off as opposed to it being dark. I’ve now got into the habit of sleeping with the lights off, but opening my blinds ever so slightly to let in the tiniest bit of light from the lamppost outside – it’s not as bright as my night light, but isn’t too bright to effect my sleep.

Eat Right

 

Eating large meals or snacking on junk food before bed is not wise. You can often feel discomfort and can stop you from sleeping. Also avoid too much caffeine, even during the day. A morning cup is fine, as we all need a little pick me up every now and then, but drinking too much can prolong sleep later on.

What tips do you have for a good night’s sleep?

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Bank Holiday Money Saving Tips

Finally, it’s the start of the Easter bank holiday which means a long 4-day weekend for many of us! Normally I wouldn’t do much for bank holiday weekends, mainly because the weather is always dismal, but this Easter is different! My birthday was two days ago – yay – and now I’m off to spend the majority of my Easter Bank Holiday weekend in glorious North Wales!

Now, visiting friends and family for a couple of days is always fun and exciting, especially when you haven’t seen them for months! But, the downfall is the expense. Travel alone is pricey from Nottingham to Wales, let alone all the eating out and day trips galore! So I’m dedicating this post to ways you can save money this Bank Holiday, or any holiday for that matter!

Free events
It doesn’t matter where you are, there’s always an event or attraction of some kind that you can go visit. However, bank holidays are always the busiest times of year and everyone goes for the expensive options; theme parks, weekend retreats, extravagant days out etc. Sure, these are fun, but they aren’t your only option. Search for free events in your area that are suitable for your group; friends, grandparents, the little ones etc. I typically use Facebook’s events search for my area, and you’ll be surprised how much is on that you never knew about! You can also check out Just Free Stuff who always update with free events.

Plan in Advance
The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is already here but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan in advance for other holidays in the near future – 2nd May is the next one, so bear that in mind! Plan in advance has its advantages, but understandably has cons to it too. Planning far ahead opens you up to early bird deals. Whether its travel, entry fees or booking free spaces for an event before fees are applies, planning in advance is something you should consider! Unfortunately plans can sometimes change when we least expect it, and typically the cheapest deals are non-refundable. Therefore, make sure you can travel/attend an event on the date you specify to avoid missing out.

Last Minute
This may contradict the previous point, but booking very last minute always gives you some great discounts and opportunities. If you’re booking hotels or a holiday, bank holiday deals are always floating around but if it’s any ordinary weekday/weekend, you’ll find you’ll get some great deals for a retreat that begins in just a couple days. Signup to sites you’ve enquired about and enter your preferences for dates, locations etc. and they typically will email you when the best competitive price has come up!

Eating out
We all love a nice meal out somewhere new, but boy is it expensive. Dinner for two is pricey enough, but if you’re a family with more mouths to feed then the price can be heart-breaking. Note that you don’t always need to eat out and instead can go home-made. Depending on the weather, picnics are always a favourite for many. Simply take a trip to your nearest supermarket and stock up on the essentials for sandwiches, snacks, drinks and the sweet treats for later on! If eating out happens to be on your agenda, then consider looking for vouchers online beforehand. You’ll find many eateries do 2-for-1 deals, but sometimes you can get even better offers online! Be sure to call your eatery of choice to ensure the voucher is still valid to avoid disappointment.

Travel in style
If you can drive, great. I can understand it gives you more flexibility and freedom when travelling but sometimes can be very expensive. Not only do you have to take into account the fuel costs, but also the parking and potentially any toll charges you may come across depending on your route. It all adds up and you may just find a group ticket for the train, bus or coach could have saved you around a third of what you paid for travelling by car!

Check out my money saving experts that could save you £1378 in a year, by following one simple rule.

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Personalised Photo Magnets | PicStick

I’m a lover of photographs, especially when it comes to pictures from my travels, days out or family gatherings. I’ve always dreamed that one day when I have my own house there will be a wall – a very large wall – which will be filled with random photographs and miss-matched frames. Anyone else have that vision? My Mum has a mini one going on which I love, but I am talking extravagant sized mural for me! I’m not sure how big this dream house is in my head.

Anyhow, PicStick kindly let me pick nine photographs which were sent to me as mini magnets. I’m also a lover of novelty magnets, but I don’t have big dreams for them. I would need a large fridge. Whenever I go travelling or have a day out to the seaside or a theme park for example, I never tend to print my photographs unless it’s as a gift. Reason being, it is so darn expensive nowadays! One little 6×4 print costs you 25p in shops today and personally I find that a rip off. Also I can only re-call buying one photo key-ring when at a theme-park which cost me £10! No one can agree that this is an acceptable price!

Back to my point, PicStick allow you to upload your own photographs which are then sent to you in a grid on magnets. You simply fold and tear across the lines and there you have it, a set of personalised magnets to post all around your house! A set of nine cost you a mere £9.50 with free delivery. I ordered mine around 11am and got mine the very next day! So you are guaranteed speedy delivery. If that isn’t enough, they have kindly sent me a discount code for you lovely readers to benefit from. The code CHIPS25 will give you 25% off your order. Let me do the maths for you…hang on. £7.12! What a bargain. I’ve already cheekily passed the code onto my Mum because Christmas is near and all the relatives get photo-related presents from her. My face is a shrine in most of my relative’s houses when I visit, thanks to my Mum.

I decided to go for a mix of photos from my very large collection. I didn’t want to go for your standard, ‘Say Cheese!’ photographs. Instead I wanted something a little more fun. I picked my Graduation ones as they are a document of a very memorable day for me. I also picked the funniest selfie of all-time which me and Eliot managed to capture when in Boston. Here’s the story behind it; We were on a boat heading out into the sea to do some Whale-watching and as you can imagine the wind was pretty strong. I got my camera out and thought I had complete control over my hair, then this happened when I flipped the screen back round. It’s not a flattering picture of the two of us, more so for Eliot, but who cares?!

So again, if you would like to check out PicStick and their services and products, click HERE. Remember, you can get a further 25% off when using the code CHIPS25 which is also listed in my ‘Discount Code’ section on my sidebar. A tip I could suggest, which I am doing next week, is buying these for your friends. If you have lots of friends to buy gifts for but you only want to get something small and meaningful, order one sheet of these with two or three magnets for each of them on. That way they get some nice photo magnets of your memories together, but it has only cost you £7ish in total.

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Blackspade Nightwear: Luxurious & Stylish Loungewear

I don’t know about you, but pyjama’s and cosy dressing gowns have to be my ultimate favourite thing to wear; if only it was acceptable to wear them to the shop nowadays without getting strange looks as though you’re some raging psycopath…

I’m one for novelty pj’s and have my own collection of Minions, Frozen and The Big Bang Theory-themed items, but sometimes it’s nice to have something a little plain and simple that just looks nice and luxurious.

Blackspade is a luxury nightwear range which holds your standard nighties, PJ sets and dressing gowns, but they are a lot more sophisticated to my usual nightwear so to speak. In all honesty nighties are not my thing; the closest i’ll get to wearing something of that style is by wearing a really baggy shirt as a form of night dress. The style just isn’t for me, but it may be for you!

 

Dressing gowns on the other hand are something I love! They’re so cosy, soft and snuggly and I could literally live in them. However, due to my height it is sometimes ratehr difficult to find one that covers my modesty after a shower or that isn’t too thick that I feel like I’m cooking inside it! Blackspade have this luxurious and stylish wrapover robe* shall we say, that is a beautiful light grey and has this incredibly comforting fleecey material. To touch, the material is fairly thin but once on you are nice and toasty suprisingly.

For me, this is the perfect dressing gown for this time of year; spring/summer. It’s not too cold that you require all the layers, but it’s not quite warm enough at night to be in vest and shorts. It’s hoodless and collarless, which makes it look even more stylish, and is the kind of robe you can eaily open the door in without feeling awkward!

The only disadvantage in my opinion for this dressing gown, is the length. I know this may appear as though I’m contraditing what I mentioned earlier about other gowns being too short, but this one is almost too long! Where’s the middle ground?

I’m 5ft 10in and this falls past my knees. With the way I sit, this can get all tangled and awkwardly wraps around my legs until I simply want to take it off! However, I’ve made it my mission to get creative once again and simply hitch up the hem to sit just above my knee!

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