Spring Clean: Wardrobe Edition

As the lighter nights roll in, it’s perfect time to insert some colour into your wardrobe and give it a spring shake-up. If you’re a bit of a clothes hoarder like me, it can be daunting to get rid of any old clothes. Here’s a few simple steps to take to spring clean the old and bring in the new (pastel coloured most likely) goodies!

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Clear out

Turn all your coat hangers to face one way in your wardrobe at the start of the month, and turn it the opposite way when hanging the clothes back up after wearing/washing etc. If come the end of the month your hanger hasn’t moved sides then you know you aren’t wearing it. Then comes the time to look at these items and decide if you will wear them within the next week, or it’s time for a clear out!

Have a clothes swap

Once you’ve delved through your wardrobe and decided which ones are no longer staying, why not get your girls round and do a clothes swap? Or, start an event at your University or at work to get a larger group together. This is a great way for someone to give your no longer used item some love and for you to find some great new pieces to revamp your Spring style. Don’t just leave it to clothes either, I bet there’s a few unused handbags you’ve been eyeing up from your colleagues too!

Donation

Donate your old clothing items to local charity shops or give them to someone who would get wear out of them. Local Facebook pages in your area are always a great place to post your donations and it’s really fantastic to be able to help someone in your local area. Charity shops rely on donations so please don’t hand in anything of poor or unwearable quality as it’s simply not worth the volunteers’ time to search through the stuff that should have been binned in the first place.

If you don’t have a local charity shop, try searching for Woman’s Aid or children’s charities in your area. Most of them are highly thankful for any donations.

Selling

If they items are new or have only been worn a few times, try sellingthem on websites like eBay & Depop to earn some cash. I personally prefer eBay just because its the most familiar and has an extra level of protection with PayPal.

The eBay app is also fantastic as it means you can take all the images of your items for sale and upload them from the one device, even on the go on your morning commute.

  • Good images are key as people are more likely to buy it. Take it in the daytime when the lighting levels are best if possible.
  • Timing is also a crucial factor in making sure your item sells. More people are active on eBay in the evenings in general, due to busy work life’s and studies during the day. Sunday is the best day for selling as most people are online.
  • Make sure the name of your item includes all the vital information, eg size, brand, condition, colour. This gives it better search engine optimisation, aka will pop up on Google for people searching for any of these terms.

I wrote an old post here all about how to utilise searching eBay effectively, which is great to search the page for new items. Or, treat yourself with your hard earned cash to these ASOS bits which are currently on my wish list.

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  1. Jumpsuit
  2. Jumper
  3. Jacket
  4. Cullotes

 

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  1. Leopard court Shoes
  2.  Frill Dress 
  3. Star print bag
  4. Stila Matte and Metals palette

And just in case you need a soundtrack to help you Spring Clean:

Music

Isn’t it amazing how a simple playlist can put us in the best mood ever? I use my Spotify app on a daily basis whether I’m in the car, on the train or tidying my room. Get yourself some motivation by making a fresh playlist with all your favourite songs. If you use Spotify, try the Monday Motivation,Throwback Thursday and Feelgood Friday playlists: instant happiness just when you need it! Ed Sheeran’s new album was also released this morning, the soundtrack to my future posts no doubt (whilst I sob onto my keyboard listening to Perfect and Supermarket Flowers)

Will you be Spring Cleaning your wardrobe this Spring?

C x

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£30 of free Makeup Revolution Products

Budget make-up, for the most part, is a complete hit or miss. Cheaper priced items tend to have lower pigmentation, chalky formulations and poor colour matches leaving shoppers to reach for the higher priced equivalents. However, one brand that is completely changing the face of budget make-up is Makeup Revolution and one I am a huge fan of.

They are currently running a fantastic offer online where if you spend £30, you receive £30 in makeup absolutely free. One product I’ve been lusting after since its release is their “Neutral vs New-trauls” palette, which is supposed to be a fantastic dupe for the LimeCrime Vice palette. Khila’s post here includes swatches of the colours and show how pigmented it is so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to place this order and get a few gifts for others too.

The products included are: 3 single eyeshadows in Go!, U Know U Want To and Envy.

Eye dust in Etiquette

Intense lip laquer in Nothing Like You and I

The One Blush Stick in Malibu (a matte bronze) and Pink

                            Pro Looks eyeshadow Palette in EatSleepMakeupRepeat with 15 individual shades

                       Salvation eyeshadow palette in Welcome to the Pleasuredome with 18 individual shades

I heart Makeup eyeshadow primer in Wow

The single eyeshadows and the eye shadow palettes have incredible pigmentation for the price and are something I would highly recommend to anyone looking to expand their collection or for makeup newbies. If the bold colours in the EatSleepRaveRepeat palette aren’t for you, they would be fantastic for Halloween/fancy dress looks or to gift to a friend. All of the products are very versatile and wearable, and could even be put away as birthday or Christmas gifts (yes, I know its September but it’s never too early to start planning!)

Offer is valid until the 1st of October and can be purchased from the Makeup Revolution website here.

Will you be placing a Makeup Revolution order, or have you tried any of their products?

Save £10 on Urban Decay Naked Smoky with Feel Unique

Another day, another Feel Unique discount code but this one is definitely worth a look at.

Thanks to one of my favourite money saving sites Money Saving Expert, you can save a massive £10 on any order over £30 on the website until 11.59pm on 7th August. Use voucher code “10mse30” at checkout. (Valid on full price items only and with the exception of Dior, GHD, Moroccanoil and Tom Ford)

The new Urban Decay Naked Smoky has just launched in the UK and has already sold out on Debenhams and Urban Decays own website this morning at full price. The fourth palette in the award winning range has 12 sultry smokey neutral shades to allow you to perfect that elusive sought after eye look. With the discount code, the palette comes to £28 instead of £38 (around £2 per eyeshadow – and you get a double ended brush included!). The palette is rumoured to be limited edition so the discount is even more fantastic.

The palettes are my favourites due to the quality, pigmentation and in general they are just oh-so-pretty to look at. If Smokey doesn’t take your fancy, I really recommend any of the other Naked palettes. The original Naked palette is packed with bronze-hued shadows which are perfect for day or evening. My personal favourite is Naked 2, which has the perfect mixtures of the popular bronze tones mixed with silver hues and a gorgeous deep purple shade. Naked 3 is, admittedly, my least used of the three but is gorgeous never the least which an array of pink and rose-hued neutrals.

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Naked, Naked 2 & Naked 3.

Naked, Naked 3 &; Naked 2.

If you don’t fancy getting Naked (sorry, I had to) then there’s a huge selection of fragrance, beauty, skin care and hair care to chose from on the site to take advantage of the deal! You can visit the site here.

Will you be grabbing the Naked Smokey palette or any items from Feel Unique?

FeelUnique Skin Care Savings

I make no attempt to hide the fact that I am a huge lover of all things beauty. Whether it be make-up, skincare or fragrance, it could definitely be said I have an ever growing collection. FeelUnique is a fantastic website that I use regularly to feed my habit as it always has fantastic prices and a huge variety of both low cost and high end brands such a Decleor and Urban Decay.

They are currently running a “specialist skincare event” with up to 1/3 off best selling brands such a Vichy and La Roche-Posay, alongside 3 for 2 offers and free gifts. What’s even better is that you can get a further 15% off using code STYLE2015 (this is valid on all products on the website) meaning huge savings to be had! They also offer free worldwide delivery on all orders over £10.

I placed an order for my holy grail skin care of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light and Rich creams, which already had a fantastic 33% saving at £12 each and then a further 15% off taking the order down to just £20.40 in total (from £36 normally). I highly recommend the moisturisers if like me you suffer from dry and dehydrated skin.

The skin care event ends midnight Tuesday 30th June, and you can visit the site here.

Will you be placing a FeelUnique order?

Free Tastecard for Royal Bank of Scotland Students

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Before I started University, I set up a new student bank account with the Royal Bank of Scotland. The bank account gave me student royalties such as a tax free overdraft and the opportunity to receive a student credit card. However for me, the best part about the student account was the free TasteCard membership which came alongside it. (You can also sign up for a TasteCard without an RBS account, however it does cost £79.99 per year for a membership)

How to Use

  • A TasteCard allows you to get 50% off OR 2 for 1 at 7,185 restaurants in the UK. The website allows you to enter your postcode and search for any participating restaurants near you. Once you have input your location, you can then use the search menu on the left to narrow down your options.
  • Then, you book a table for the selected restaurant ensuring you mention you have a TasteCard
  • Lastly, attend and when paying present your TasteCard.
The search bar to the left allows you to narrow your options

The search bar to the left allows you to narrow your options

My Experience

As I am currently studying in Glasgow, there are many restaurants within the city centre which accept the Tastecard.

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I recently visited AskItalian, situated on Port Dundas Place. To eat, we ordered two drinks, two main meals of spaghetti carbonara and garlic bread to share. As they offer 2 for 1 on meals, the total bill came to £15.95 with thanks to my TasteCard. I would highly recommend visiting ASK, with or without this offer as it really was good value for money and excellent food and service.

Overall, TasteCard is a service I would highly recommend enquiring about if you are a student and have an RBS account.

Visit the TasteCard website here for more information, or here if you have an RBS account.

Do you have a TasteCard?

No7 Money Off Vouchers

no71Whilst stocking up on some essentials from my local Boots, I was handed a No7 money off voucher. These usually do the rounds in Boots around 4 times a year and every time I grab the opportunity to buy some of my favourite products from the No7 range.

The Concept

All you need to do to obtain a voucher is spend £4 on anything from your Boots store. However, if you keep your eyes peeled at a self scanner you’ll often find loads lying around that people simply haven’t picked up. They offer £5 off any No7 skincare and £3 off No7 make up.

My recommendations

No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser – £9.95 // £4.95 with voucher

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I swear by this cleanser and have purchased numerous bottles of it over the years. I myself struggle heavily with dry skin and eczema and it works just as well for a friend with oily skin therefore fantastic for all skin types. It removes all traces of makeup and leaves my skin just feeling very clean and soft.

No7 Beautiful Skin Face Wipes – £7 // £2 with voucher

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These are for the nights when I arrive home late, and the thought of crawling to the bathroom to remove my makeup is just too much (admit it, we’ve all been there). You get 30 wipes per packet, and if stored and sealed correctly these will last forever if not used every day. Once again, these are a repurchase of mine.

No7 Natural Blush Tint Power in Soft Damson – £8 // £5 with voucher

Natural Tint Blush in Soft Damson

Natural Tint Blush in Soft Damson

Moving onto makeup, the No7 blushes are some of my favourites which I own. I find them very pigmented so they are build able, but also look very natural on the skin.

No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter – £9.95 // £6.95 with voucher

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It’s rare to find a good highlighter in the drugstore but after discovering this gem I have been hooked. It comes in both a champagne shade and a bronze shade so perfect for every skintone.

What are your top No7 products?

How To: Save Money on your Supermarket Shop

supermarket shopMaking the leap to University means many students leaving home and leaving the comfort of home-made meals and food shopping done by our lovely parents. Whilst I chose to stay at home during my studies, here’s my top tips (with a little help from my dad) on how to save money on your food shop.

  1. Make a weekly meal plan

We usually plan our meals from Monday to Friday as these are the days when everyone in the house is busy with work/university. Changes can be made fairly easily to our lists as we try and stick to “base” ingredients such as mince allowing a variety of meals. I find this really effective as it allows us to ensure we use up everything in our stocks.

  1. Always take a shopping list

Before going food shopping, check the cupboards, fridge and freezer to effectively plan what you actually need to buy and make note of this. My dad never enters a supermarket to do the big food shop without a list in hand and will try and stick to this unless he sees the odd bargain reduction.

  1. Don’t shop hungry

Yes, I know it sounds like a bit of an odd one. However, entering a shop full of every possible food you could crave whilst hungry is a recipe for disaster which will probably overrule both of the above tips.

  1. Know your store reduction times

As I have a job in a supermarket part time, I’ve actively done and watched the reductions occur in store and you really can get some fantastic items with nearly 85% off. Many of these items, bread for example, can be bought and frozen as it is simply reduced due to its “display until” or “best before” date and NOT the “use by” date. Food can still be frozen to extend the “use by date” however which this article explains.

  1. Ignore the branding

Skip the branded products and try and lower cost own brand alternatives. I guarantee if the labels were covered on a branded tin of beans and a supermarket own brand, it would be almost impossible to tell the difference.

  1. Stick with basic ingredients

Instead of buying pre-made meals, buy the ingredients and make them yourself. This is something that we never used to do in our household but slowly but surely we’ve began making meals from scratch and have noticed this has saved us money. My dad often makes a larger batch at the weekend and then freezes the meals for throughout the week. If you’re struggling for some inspiration, my friend Josephine runs a fantastic food blog which is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

7. Start a spice collection

Start buying a few pots of spices from your local supermarket which can be added to basic meals to completely change the taste. Steer clear of the packet spices and buy the tubs instead as this is cheaper in the long run and they last for ages if stored correctly. Our favourites are mixed herbs, chilli flakes and paprika.

How do you save money on your weekly shop?

Best Of: Discount Codes 16/03/15

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There’s a lot of fantastic discount codes floating around the internet this week, so I decided to compile my pick of the best discounts with all the required codes and links needed to make some great savings. What better way to cheer yourself up on a gloomy Monday than by some (sort of) guilt free shopping?

Health & Beauty

Fashion

  • 20% off Topman via Unidays/Student Beans/NUS
  • 10% off Adidas via StudentBeans
  • 10% off full priced items at Matalan using code 63YT28UP75

Food & Drink

  • 35% off when you spent £35 at Dominos using code MARCHVOU
  • Free cheeseburger, hamburger or original McFlurry when you purchase an Extra Value or Deli Meal at Mcdonalds using student card instore
  • 25% off Pizza Express all day Monday-Thursday, sign up via the website 

Entertainment

This allows you to gain a 12 month subscription to the service for only £4.99 a month. Spotify Premium is a fantastic service as you can download songs to your phone or music device for free and listen to them with or without an internet connection.

  • Up to 15% off Apple using UniDays

I’ve already signed up to the Spotify offer and made a Feel Unique order.

Have you made any purchases with a discount code this week?

How To: Search eBay Effectively

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eBay is one of my favourite websites for finding well priced items and the occasional bargain. If the search function is used correctly, the possibilities are endless.

Benefit from sellers mistakes

Many sellers will list items in a rush or without proof reading their post, causing them to misspell vital words in their titles. A fantastic website to use for this is FatFingers, which allows you to enter the term you are looking for and it will then list all the common misspellings.

If you’re searching for a clothing item or a quantity of a specific item, use both the numerical and the written term for the number. For example, “dress size 10” is much more common than “dress size ten” however many sellers do still use the later.

Time your watched items effectively

eBay is most active on a Sunday evening, and the weekends are also a busy period for listings to end. If a listing ends during the day when many people are at work, or during a big event such as the X Factor final you will have less competition for bids and therefore more chance of winning your desired item.

The eBay app which can be downloaded is great as it sends reminders to your device before the listing ends, meaning you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to place your bid.

Use the sort by function

Within the search facilities, use the drop down function to change the format of the search results. The most popular function is “price & p&p lowest” which will then bring up the lowest priced items in your search terms. This function can also be used to find the items “ending soonest” which is a fantastic opportunity to buy a last minute bargain.

Lastly, the Advanced Search facility allows buyers to really narrow down their search. If you are looking for a large item which would require collection, such as a coffee table, the advanced search allows you to input your postcode and the distance you are willing to travel. It’s a really handy tool which I recommend playing around with to suit your own search requirements.

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What are your eBay search tips?

How To: Find Student Discount Codes

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Online shopping can be a dangerous game. You’re bored, find yourself browsing Topshop’s website and before you know it you’ve placed an order for £100 worth of clothes. We’ve all been there. However, being a student has more perks than just the university degree (yes, unbelievable I know), and allows us to have some amazing discounts to aid our weeping bank balances. There are various websites I use to source these codes.

Unidays

You simply register with Unidays with your University details and it then allows you to view an array of different discount codes. The website has separate sections for online and in store discounts so gives the best of both worlds.

You can visit the site here.

Student Beans

Again, you have to register with your University details to gain access to the site. Student Beans is aimed specifically at students and is separated into various sections from tech and mobile to home and utilities so covers all the bases regardless of what you’re shopping for. They also have a magazine section full of quirky articles (think BuzzFeed style) which I frequently find myself reading instead of actually shopping, so that’s got to be a bonus!

You can visit the site here.

Money Saving Expert

Whilst not solely featuring student discounts, Money Saving Expert is a fantastic website filled with discount codes and general money saving tips. Founder and editor Martin Lewis is a fellow journalist with a thirst for money saving tips and covers everything from fashion and beauty to cutting your electricity bills. This website is fantastic for the whole family to use and is one that my dad personally loves due to the straight forward layout and helpful posts.

You can check out Martin’s tips here.

What’s your favourite student discount website?