Monday, 22 December 2014

Tales From The Earth secret message bangle

If you're looking for a last minute gift idea, or maybe something to spend some hard-earned pennies on, I think you're pretty much onto a winner with jewellery brand Tales From The Earth.

They say a picture says a thousand words, but I reckon jewellery says a few more. Ahem. Well, these secret message bangles certainly do as hidden beneath their shiny exterior, you'll find a message inscribed that only a select few will ever get to see.

tales from the earth secret message bangle

tales from the earth secret message bangle

They remind me a little of those kind of positive affirmations that you see mentioned in motivational ideas posts - you can keep one of your secret desires close to you at all times with a lovely reminder every time you look at your wrist.

Tales Of The Earth kindly let me choose a bangle with a message that spoke most to me - I went for 'an abundance of happiness' as it's something I wish for not only myself, but for everyone around me (cheesy, but true!). It's nice to have a bit of positivity attached to your wrist at all times - it serves as a good reminder in those grumpy b**ch moments!

There are also options for travel enthusiasts or dreamers and I think these would make a beautiful gift for a special someone that you want to send a message to.

The bangles themselves are rhodium plated and feel like excellent quality - it's thicker than I thought it would be and I'm loving stacking mine up with a selection of silver bracelets for a chunky look.

Secret Message bangles cost £45 each and can be found on the Tales From The Earth website.

What sort of message would you like to see inside your bangle?

*PR sample
Sunday, 21 December 2014

Giftmas giveaway: win Makeup Revolution and Models Own goodies

Christmas is almost here and it's time for the fourth (and last) of my giftmas giveaways that have been running throughout December. This time around you can win these two lovely gift sets from Makeup Revolution and Models Own.

The giveaway will run until 23:59 GMT on 28th December and due to the fact it contains nail polish (subject to postage restrictions) is open to UK entries only. To enter, simply complete your chosen entries on the Rafflecopter widget below. 

Good luck! 

Makeup Revolution and Models own giveaway prize

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Friday, 19 December 2014

The 100 day spending ban

After a few months (ok, most of the year) of being Mrs Spendy, I’ve decided it’s high time to crack down on purchasing and take on the 100 day spending ban challenge in the new year.

The thought of this fills me with fear if I’m honest – no beauty purchases for three and a half months seems like a really, really, really long time. But after looking through the drawers of my stash and realising I might need some sort of intervention, it’s time to get serious and curb the habit for a while.

I’ll be starting my ban on 1st January and aiming to last the full 100 days. I’m setting some ground rules for myself to help make it a bit easier, but I’m hoping that the experience will help me to use up lots of the products I already have at home, save some more money and at the end of it all, use the money I’ve saved for a bigger treat and a charity donation.

My rules are:

- I can only buy beauty products if I have completely run out of that type of product (including those in my stash). I’m weirdly fussy with mascara and foundation so if my daily supply runs out, I’ll allow myself to repurchase a replacement, but that’s it.

- Magazine freebies are ok, but magazine purchases need to be limited to two per month (I have a terrible habit of buying them and only ever reading half before recycling them)

- Bring breakfast/lunch to work with me – since moving to an office in central London I’ve gotten lazy with food prep and tend to buy my lunch out every day. This adds up to a scary amount of money, so as part of the ban I’ll be aiming to bring my own lunch in at least 3-4 times per week, with a day off as a treat.

I’ll still be posting lots of product reviews over the ban, along with more tutorials, how to guides and beauty tips, which you’ve said in the comments of previous posts you’d love to see more of.

I’m hoping these changes will get me more into the mind of saving money and not just making random purchases for the sake of it, but I have a feeling I’ll need some encouragement to keep with it! I’d love to know if you’re planning a spending ban for the new year – it’d be great to have a motivational group around to keep us all on track!