Saturday, 21 December 2013

Cute As A Button | Present Wrapping


One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is saving all the presents I've bought, hiding them in my room for when I am home alone to wrap them all in pretty paper and fancy decorations. The tree is twinkling, Christmas films are playing and the presents are stacked high whilst I make a nest for myself in amongst paper and ribbon for the evening.

I absolutely love giving gifts and like to go the whole hog when it comes to wrapping the presents. Every year I have a different theme and colour scheme; this year my chosen decoration is the humble button! Teamed with brown paper and garden twine I envisaged beautiful, rustic and vintage gifts nestled under the looking all cute lit by the golden lights of the tree and shimmery baubles.

Brown paper is always my favourite for wrapping gifts all year round, it goes with so many other colours and acts as a nice backdrop to other, slighty more fancy papers. It is really cheap too so wont cost you an arm and a leg especially if you have millions and zillions of presents to wrap. I usually get mine from the pound shop in the postage section.

I know that I am one of the rare few who actually enjoys spending a whole evening or two putting all my efforts into wrapping, so to help you along a little smidge, I thought I would give you a little inspiration of how to wrap your gifts this year.

As you can see I have chosen paper with tonal colours to compliment each other. The polka dot and deer paper came in a beautiful set of four rolls, ribbons and tags from Next for £6.50 which I thought was fantastic. Their paper and wrapping sets were 3 for 2 and I am a little annoyed I didn't take advantage of this offer - bah humbug!

I then wrapped the presents in either the red ribbon from the set which has really cute iridescent polka dots or with the twine. You can get twine from a range of shops; hobby craft do various sizes but you may be able to find some cheaper in a pound stretcher or another bargain bucket shop. For the buttons you can use any that you may have lying around or saved from the spares that come with jumpers or coats etc. As I am not that thrifty, I bought a large pot of mixed buttons and super glued them directly onto the twine. The glue sets pretty quickly but to make sure they stay put I held them down for roughly 10 seconds each.

I really love the final result and think it looks really effective against the plain paper. To add a little extra, you can always slip a candy cane under the ribbon or string as an added treat to whoever you are giving it to :)



If you prefer something a little more vibrant and eye catching, you can opt for bright greens and reds or any colour you prefer. Again I have incorporated a little touch of brown as it is my absolute favourite and enables the more expensive, colourful paper to go a lot further. The paper here is from last year which I believe is from Primark but I am sure you can easily find something similar.

Here I have used mini baubles tied onto the shiny ribbon. These are reasonably inexpensive but if you want to get them for next to nothing, keep an eye out after Christmas and save them for next year. You can get these in a huge variety of colours so pick ones that fit your colour scheme best. I have gone for gold as I think this this is a classic colour that can be used year after year with many other colour variations.

Baubles look so pretty paired with fancy ribbons and make the gifts look really special. I used baubles on the majority of my gifts last year and everyone loved how much effort it looked I had put into the wrapping.

Another idea that I love is thick, sheer, wired ribbon. Tied around delicate paper whether you chose a block colour of a fancy pattern, a huge bow on top looks so pretty and impressive sitting under the tree. Ribbon can be a little expensive so be sure to shop around. It might be worth while heading to your local market to see if there are any haberdasheries where you should be able to pick up ribbons, bows and fabric a lot cheaper than you would in a stationery or craft chain.

Alternatively if you prefer to not wrap at all, you can find really adorable gift bags in supermarkets, craft shops or even diy stores. This small bag is from Wilkinson's for 60p each. I really like the little bird with a sprig of mistletoe in its beak - very cute! These are perfect if you want to give a small gift to your friends or if you want to keep all your presents for that lucky someone in one place. Also - if you don't have time to wrap for a surprise visitor or if you are going visiting and want to give a little present, you haven't got to worry about paper, scissors, tape and sticking, plonk it all in a bag and you're good to go.

If you prefer gift bags but want to give it a personal touch, my favourite idea is ... surprise surprise... brown lunch bags. I am sorry but I am in the midst of a full blown addiction. Plus you get 12 for like £1 in cheapy home shops!
To make them look special, add a bauble or if you own one - a pretty Christmas stamp with festive ink colours like red or gold. Finish it off with a ribbon and you have a really easy and quick personalised gift bag with no tape in sight!

I hope that these ideas have helped and inspired with wrapping your gifts this year - the extra effort you put in is so worth it when you give a beautifully wrapped present to a loved one - their face looks so excited to tear it all apart. I know it can seem a little wasteful but that really doesn't bother me when it all looks so pretty under the tree.

Please let me know if you use any of my ideas when wrapping this year - I would love to see your variations or any beautiful creations of your own!

I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and a spectacular New Year! Happy Wrapping!!










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Friday, 20 December 2013

DIY | Christmas Stockings



Today’s post is a little DIY for you all to get your crafting fingers in action! I have decided to show you how to make Christmas Stockings which you can make as decorations for your home, as gifts for others, or, like me you can use them as a kind of gift bag. I made mine for people I work with but shall definitely make some more for family.

The stockings are really easy to make and adds a nice personal touch to any gift you are giving this Christmas. You can make them out of any fabric you may have such as shirts or old, clean sheets or you can buy fabric like I did. I really wanted calico which proved a little hard to find but luckily I stumbled upon calico shopper bags for £1.00 each in Hobby Craft. I bought various ribbons in different colours, textures and sizes with autumnal tones to give an extra Christmassy feel.

Before I started I ironed all the bags to get rid of any creases to make a nice, smooth surface to work with. I would recommend you do this to any fabric you choose to use to give a neat finish.

Next, fold your ironed fabric over so when you cut out your stocking shape you create two pieces. As I had a bag I didn’t have to do this. You can then draw a shape of a stocking onto the fabric – be sure to include 1cm seam allowance to allow for stitching the sides together. I drew mine free hand but alternatively you could always make or print off a stencil from a computer.

To give a neat finish to your stockings I would recommend folding over the top of each side of the stocking halves and to run a seam to secure it in place. Be sure to only do this to the opening; remember to fold over to the side you don’t want to see. Here you can add a little loop of ribbon to hang the stocking. As it’s homemade, a few rough edges are fine so you can skip this step if you are a little unsure.

Start adding your ribbons, buttons and any other decorations you like. With my stockings I only decorated one side, but you can of course do both if you prefer. I attached mine using a sewing machine but you could easily use a needle and thread. It is a little fiddly and takes more time so just set aside a few hours across a few days so you don’t rush, loose focus and make mistakes.

Once you are happy with your design, place the undecorated half on top of its far more attractive twin ensuring that the edges meet. To stop it wibbly wobbling everywhere when you sew, you can use little pins to tack the two pieces together. I am quite a confident lass on my sewing machine so was happy to skip the pins.

With both sides mingling with one another, turn it right side out and VOILA! You have yourself a cute, thoughtful and reusable gift!


I hope this has inspired you to make your own! If you do decide to get crafty, be sure to tweet me your pics to @rheyamaek – I would love to check them out!

Happy crafting, have an amazing Merry Christmas and an extremely happy New Year!

 
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The 'Does It All' Mascara



If you are in the market for a new mascara my dearest readers, then sit back, get a glass of hot blackcurrant or what ever beverage takes your fancy, and get ready to put this onto the top of your wish list for Christmas (or just buy it yourself - its a bargain!)

The product in question today is Collection Does It All 5 in 1 Mascara. I am not really too sure what drew me to popping it into my basket, the packaging isn't anything special, I didn't look at the brush and hadn't heard anything about it to grab my attention.

A few days after it had been in my stash of things to try I decided to give it ago and put my in desperate need of replacement Maybelline Rocket Volum mascara in the bin. On opening the tube revealed a brush that could be twins with the infamous balled tip brush found in Benefit They're Real mascara. I am not going to lie I did have a little squeal of excitement.


As you can see the brushes are almost identical. When using the brush, there doesn't seem to be a difference in how the product is applied, Collection gets just as stuck in to those teeny corner lashes as does the ever popular Benefit. The stick is slightly thinner on They're real but this doesn't effect the application. Both have varied length bristles and to the touch they are equally as soft.

In regards to the packaging, I think Benefit does win, it looks classy in your make up bag and looks like you have paid full whack for it. Collection Does it All doesn't look like it would be anything fancy but really does do what it says on the tin and for a mere £5.00, whose going to moan at a little bit of tacky packaging - not me girlie!

Value for money wise, I feel I can justify coating layer upon layer with the Does it All mascara as I don't feel like I am wasting a luxury product where as I felt like too many applications of They're Real left me worried it wouldn't last long. The price automatically made me so impressed on first application as I couldn't believe a product so affordable could take preference over something that has been hyped up like crazy.

In comparison to longevity, I didn't think They're Real lasted as long as I had hoped - it seemed to dry really quickly and I started to use the brush dipped in to other mascara tubes. This worked just as well by the way if you love the brush but are unsure of paying the hefty price again! I have been using Collection for about 3 weeks now and it is working as well as it did on first application.

Unfortunately I wasn't a blogging babe when I used up Benefits They're Real so do not have a comparison of my lashes, but here is how Collection 5 in 1 looks on my with a rather reserved two coats.


I found it a little difficult to capture the length of my lashes in all their glory when wearing this mascara but can definitely tell a difference between others I have used - eye photography is not my forte.
For fuller and thicker lashes you can build this product nicely to create a more dramatic look which is great for nights of disco dancing and beverage sipping.

When it comes to bed time and you want it gone, it comes off well too. My usual routine of a cotton pad and make up remover does a fine enough job of swiping away the face of the day!

So really - I think I have done enough persuading, I think you should head out to Boots or Superdrug or wherever you prefer to buy your bits and try it for yourself! I highly doubt you will be disappointed.

And to all those that are dedicated Benefit junkies, it's not you, it's me. I felt it was time to go on a break and move on to bigger and better things - hopefully one day you will move on with me and in the process save yourself £14.50









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Monday, 9 December 2013

Toodle Pip November



In true Rheya style, I am late to the whole November favourites party, but if you're still interested in all the things I had a little fling with over the past month, dangle your tootsies into the majestic, collective river that is my first everrrrr November Favourites wahoooo!

November is the time of the year I feel it is acceptable to others for me to get excited about Christmas (obvs I have totally been gagging for the festivities since August! Yes, I am 22). I love all the leaves going crisp and falling to the ground in an array of gold, ruby and bronze. I love winter walks, overly priced shop bought coffee, hats without the hat hair, boots, Christmas markets and everything else that everyone loves this time of year.

So as a farewell to November, I have decided to share with you everything I have enjoyed within this month and welcome all the new exciting things in the run up to Christmas and NYE!

Wearing - If you are a follower of PixiRella (and if not, heyyyy, welcome! Fancy joining my gang??) then you may be aware that I was a little naughty and bought not one but two pairs of Dr Martens. At £110 each they aren't the most affordable pair of shoes I have ever bought but then where have the cheaper shoes I've previously bought ended up? In shoe heaven that's where! Both pairs are so snug and comfy that these are definitely my new winter essential. No more soggy soles for me!
To join in with the theme of keeping warm and cosy, I purchased a faux fur head band with a fleecy lining for like £5.00 from eBay. This has been a life saver for my ears! My ears HATE the cold, all I have to do is get caught in a slight frosty breeze and they are throbbing in pain, the head band stops this perfectly and looks beaut with a big coat and mittens. Plus I happen to think I look rather cute hehe.

Beautifying - Collection Does It All 5 In 1 Mascara is hands down one of the best mascaras I have tried. This is worthy of a post all of its own and don't doubt that I wont post one homies! I need to share this amazing find with you all! I would highly recommend to anyone to go out and buy this fantastic beauty find - watch this space for a proper review :)
I have also been loving Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer slathered under my eyes and buffed in with a lovely fluffy brush, it is so illuminating and the perfect product to brighten dark circles and hide under eye bags.

Watching - I don't really watch much telly any more. I do, however, watch a tonne of youtube. I am addicted uh ohhhh. A few fond favourites are to name but a few are Helen aka Melon Lady, Louise and her cute little baby glitter & Zoella. I can also spend hours watching dogs, cats, monkeys and other adorable species.

Reading - I have massively fallen off the reading waggon and miss it rather a lot so if anyone has any recommendations that would be terrific! I do, however LOVE Cosmo magazine just a small amount - it is definitely my favourite mag I have stumbled upon and I am just a little sad that I have been missing out for so many years - Cosmo if you read this, I would be extremely grateful if you wanted to back date me? Mwah x

Eating - Proper Corn Popcorn. YUM YUM YUM. I feel these are such a perfect treat as a good size bag is around the 100 calorie mark which makes me and my tummy happy bunnies.

Drinking - I don't have a local Starbucks, the nearest one as far as I am aware is in the next town so, naturally I had to see what all the fuss is about on my recent visit. If you like coffee, cream, yummy little caramel crunchie bits and hot, snuggly drinks, then their toffee nut laté might tickle your taste buds.

Listening - The 1975 album is terrific. I know I am probably so late on the hype for this but better late than never right? Every songs reminds me of being 17, listening to local bands at teeny tiny venues, getting the last train home at like... midnight and getting a little too involved in moshpits. My boyfriend dislikes the album all for the same reasons aha!
I am also having a massive girl crush on Haim; Honey and I makes my journey to work! I love the hippy vibes with a slight touch of grunge and their hair is out of this world beautiful.

Lusting - Vagabonds, Dr Martens, glossy perfectly touselled hair, but I think more than all of that, is a shearling coat yummmmm oh and I want my own little house to make into a nest *sigh*

Missing - Charley <3 A real summer tan & a slightly more acceptable body for a bikini *double sigh*

Waiting - CHRISTMAS EEEEEEEK! Agh I am so so excited; receiving gifts, giving gifts, eating too much, drinking excessively, friends, family and a whole lot of nestling in the warm.
After that, I don't think I have EVER in my WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE been as excited for my birthday as I am for my next one, Macy's, Broadway, Empire State... need any more clues? EEEEK!!!!

What have you loved throughout November? Any plans for December? And dont forget to tell me your book recommendations mwah mwah.






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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Tag You're It | The Sunshine Award



I do love a 'tag' me & today's post shall be just that! I was 'tagged' by the cutest little hazelnut on the planet - Collette from Shrewd Fox to take part in The Sunshine Award. You may of seen Collette pop up in my recent Frugal Friday Finale post where she shared some fab tips on Christmas present shopping and thrifty, creative gift ideas, if you've not had a mooch, I would highly advise it :P tehe.

So with every tag, there are some incy wincy rules which are... *drum roll please*...

11 random facts about yourself
Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you
Nominate 11 bloggers
Write 11 questions to ask them
And finally.. so they know to take part too, send them a cheeky tweet or some kind of notification to get your fellow beauts involved too!

So... on with the show :)


11 Facts About Me
1. Melon gives me an itchy throat along with plums, honey, cucumber, tomatoes, bananas and various other fruits
2. I really dislike odd socks
3. I was nominated as a gifted and talented student through out my school years 
4. I have a really deep hatred for wrists to the point where it is a phobia
5. My dream job would be to have my own little shop selling crafty bits, vintage gifts and other pretty curios with a room upstairs for sewing classes and all things creative
6. For about a year I had my own cupcake 'service' :)
7. I rode horses for about 3 years
8. My favourite theatre show I have seen so far is Oliver
9. I stand at a tall 5"11
10. Without a doubt and without hesitation I would move to the seaside, specifically Southwold in a heart beat. Such fond memories in that place <3
11. I met Scouting for Girls aha - is that even cool to admit these days?
To find out more about me - I have a whole post on 50 Facts About Me :)


My Answers for Collette

1. What inspired you to start a blog?
Urrrm, initially I wanted to start a YouTube channel but after deciding I felt a little uncomfortable talking to no one and didn't have the right equipment to produce anything of a decent quality, I decided I should venture into the world of blogging. So far - no regrets!

2. If you could steal one celebrities wardrobe who would it be?
I am about to completely ruin this question aha - there are so many chickas whose style is phenomenal however what would be the point in stealing their wardrobe when my little finger wouldn't be able to fit in them? By ruining it even further, I don't think I could pick just one female celebrity whose wardrobe stands out, I think I much prefer looking at normal girls and seeing how they style their clothes and the various trends.

3. Name one beauty product you are currently loving.
Pretty please can I have two? If yes then Collection Does It All 5 in 1 Mascara and dark, autumnal lipsticks.
If just one then I will go for the mascara hehe <3

4. What is your all time favourite song?
The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses

5. Name one thing you would like to achieve in 2014...
To save up enough for a deposit on a house (with change to spare for a fab holiday)

6. Essie, OPI or another brand. Tell me why :)
You can't beat Barry M nail varnishes! They have such pretty colours and so many sparkly & festive glitter polishes that makes me become a magpie whilst I browse their range. Plus on top of all of that, they are super affordable with deals on them usually flying around and they last just as good as more expensive polishes. Phew that was long!

7. Who is your favourite blogger/youtuber?
Hmmm, bebby do you mean 'famous' or non? YouTube is pretty easy for me - I LOVE Melonlady & Zoella but I think my all time favourite is Sprinkle of Glitter - I relate to her and her interests so so much! Plus she answered my question on one of her posts a few months back and I had such a huge fan girl moment aha!! For this reason, Louise is also my favourite blogger.
My favourite blogger, or should I say bloggers are three of the nicest girls I have met so far on my blogging journey, Collette, Saranne & Chanelle. These beauties have made me feel so welcome in the land of blog and have been so friendly, kind and supportive. Thank you girls for making my blogging experience such a joy!

8. Describe your fashion style in 3 words.
Pick and Mix :D aha - I always mix up what I like to wear and how I like to wear things. Sometimes I want to be really put together and other times I want to be a goth, so to solve that I just wear for the mood I am feeling in that morning.

9. Name one film that everyone should watch at some point in their lives.
Hmmmmm, this is such a tricky question! As soon as I read this question Up! automatically popped into my head, and as much as I do love this film I don't think its for everyone. I think everyone should see Shawshank Redemption - such a good film!

10. What tip would you give to someone thinking of starting a blog?
Stop thinking and just do it! There are so many 'what if's' I worried about before starting a blog; would people be interested in it, what would people I know think about it? What if I have nothing to write about? What if I am boring? And so on and so forth. The answer to all of the above is ultimately you are not doing it for anyone else other than for YOU. I completely get that a lot of the content people write about is in some way aimed at helping or guiding others, but in the sense of what to write about and if people will want to read, just write! Type away about the things you love and have a real interest in and will enjoy writing about then all the people with the same interests will find you! It may not be over night, but soon your followers will start.. well.. following and with a little extra time spent interacting with other bloggers, you too may feature as someone's favourite blogger like I did with Collette and when you do - the happiness and joy it brings you is amazing and makes you feel like all the time you have spent writing and rambling has been worth while <3

11. And lastly your favourite quote...
Its more of a section of a poem so I think this is a little bit of a cheat answer;

"I carry your heart here with me, I carry it in my heart".

Love that soooo much even if it is a little gooey and smooshey aha.


My Nominees
1. Chanelle | Chanelle Jade
2. Beth | Beauty In Beta
3. Gemma | Yummy Mummy Blog
4. Helen | Fragile Bird
5. Jade | Gracious Silhouettes
6. Megan | Maybe Its Megan Leigh
7. Lucie | FatBeautyx
8. Bex | Bex And The City
9. Jess | Coffee and Cosmetics
10. Leah | Painted Daisies
11. Kirsty | Taupe and Pearl


My Questions
1. What inspires you as a blogger
2. How do you fit writing (& YouTube-ing if you do that too) in to your life and around work etc?
3. What would your dream career be?
4. Would you change anything that you have/haven't done in your blogging journey so far?
5. Favourite Christmas/Festive tradition
6. New Years Resolution?
7. What are your three favourite pieces in your wardrobe?
8. What are you doing for NYE?
9. Laid back lounge wear or full blown festive frocks on Christmas day?
10. The best advice you have been given?
11. Tell me a random story of make believe and magic :) aha

Thanks again to the beautiful Collette for tagging me! I hope you have all enjoyed reading this post - be sure to leave a link to your answers if you have done one already. Sadly I could only pick 11 nominees so feel free to take part also - the more the merrier!







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Friday, 29 November 2013

Frugal Friday | The Finale



Firstly I would like to make an apology for missing last week's Frugal Friday, I had zero internet and then when we finally had it reconnected, mother dearest unknowingly had child protection on which blocked my beloved Blogger. But do not fret - Frugal Friday is back for the last instalment of the series - The Finale - wahooo!

You have read my tips and tricks, my story from when I first started employment and how I saved (or didn't) along the way and now it is your turn to share your own saving secrets!


Eleanor; Blooming El' | Twitter

The big question - 'Do I really need it?' This has helped me not only save money but stopped me from stuffing my face with chocolate at midnight. Whether it's picking up items in store or adding them to your online basket, ask yourself 'Do I really need it?' If the answer is no, put the item back, delete it from your basket  save yourself a few pennies. You can save yourself a lot of money by adding your must haves to your Christmas list. Instead of struggling to give your Grandparents an answer and ending up with a jumper you'll never wear or bath salts you'll never use, use your noggin and give your rents original ideas instead of 'Um just a voucher will do'.



Saranne; BlueEyedWithStyle | Twitter

So whenever your payday is, save 10% of what you make, ask your bank to take 'x' amount each week and pop it into a savings account. Honestly - you don't even notice you are saving. If you save 10% you still have enough money to cover everything else - you don't want to be halving your wages as this isn't a realistic amount you can live on. Also, track your spending. Every time I spend I add it to a spread sheet to see where my money is going. It helps you realise where your money is going. Of course you can treat yourself, but just do it in moderation.



Beth; Beauty In Beta | Twitter

Plan your meals ahead. I mean breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Plan for the whole week and buy everything on the weekend. That way you're less likely to spend unnecessarily.
Always check for voucher codes before buying anything online, there's always one hanging about somewhere.
For DIY gifts, buy cheap photo frames from Tesco, decorate and pop in a printed out picture. This is especially good for mum's and nan's - they love stuff like that. Also you can make your own candles by melting down old ones and adding your own scent.



Gemma; Yummy Mummy xo | Twitter

My mother has helped me with my money saving ways, as she has 'years' of experience in her words. One thing is to do grocery shopping online, saves buying all those little bits that aren't necessary as well as planning the weeks meals ahead, this way you only get what you want. Boring but saves over £200 a month, shocking! Also, I always do lists, constantly! Such as how much money goes on what & how much money comes in, then work out how much you have left over to spend on goodies. The slightest change and I re-do my list, so I know exactly what I have or haven't got. If you're a good organised, planner these handy tricks are for you :) Unfortunately for me, my shopping addiction takes over - I am a bit of a comfort spender, as well as a comfort eater (nightmare!) Good luck working on saving the pennies!!



Jo; Mumma & full time beauty

Spend within your means; if you don't have the money in your bank/wallet/pocket/purse then I am afraid no purchase can be made!
At this time of year there's so much pressure to spend, spend, spend but the focus should be spending time with friends & family, we should consider the importance of the real meaning of Christmas rather than how many gifts you give. We are such a 'disposable' society; things that you think are destined for the dustbin may be fixed or reused. If you no longer want it then you can always earn a few pennies by popping them on eBay or if you want to do a good deed, take your unwanted goods to one of many charity shops.




Collette; Shrewd Fox | Twitter

My number 1 Christmas tip is NEVER last minute buy. I always make a list and a plan of who I really need to buy for and what I want to get. I then go browsing the shops to find the best deals. I find that doing this means I buy presents that have been well thought out rather than something 'that will do'. Just because it's christmas it doesn't mean you have to fork out lots of money. One of the best way to save money is to give a home made gift; some of my most treasured gifts have been ones that are  homemade and I love giving something I've made as well. The key thing to remember when giving a homemade gift is to give yourself enough time - no one wants a rushed present. A good effort needs to be made;  use Pinterest to get some ideas and plan in advance. A good idea for anyone is a '52 reasons why...' gift. The idea is that you get a pack of cards, bind them and then on each one write a reason, for example, why you're my bestie. It's such a funny gift which you can make really personal to that person. plus you can pick up a pack of cards cheap so it's really up to you how much you spend.




Paige; Echoes In Your Heart | Twitter

Join Top Cash back and earn money back when you buy things online etc. It's free to sign up and eventually all the money adds up!
Like "10 ways to have more money as a student, without working" on Facebook. This page offers discount codes and links to free samples, etc :)
McDonald's offers a free McFlurry original, hamburger or cheeseburger when you buy an Extra Value Meal and show valid student ID. Free food!



xoxox



I hope that you have enjoyed reading the Frugal Friday series and that it has helped or inspired you in some way :) Be sure to share any tips you have below if you wasn't able to get involved or if you wasn't aware you could.

Many thanks to the beauties above who did take the time to share their savvy hints and tips - definitely will be taking note and trying a few myself!

As always if you have any suggestions on posts you would like to read then pop these in the comments below or have a little natter with me on Twitter, I am lovely lol :)




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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Tag You're It | 50 Facts



1. Full Name; Rheya Mae Keable
2. My first name in another language - I forget which.. means 'to laugh'
3. 22 years young
4. Hertfordshire born & bred
5. I absolutely HATE wrists, I hate looking at them, touching them, mine being touched and even talking about them. I can wear bracelets and watches fine until I consciously feel them 'there' then I get all panicky and have to take them off. Recently this has extended to inner elbows too. BLEURGH!!
6. I have a beautiful sister who is ten years younger than me
7. I am a Pisces
8. I love art and being creative
9. Swimming is my favourite but particularly under water - mermaid 4lyf
10. I could eat pasta all day eerrryday, even just plain with a sprinkling of cheese YUM
11. I love to cook, and am pretty decent in the kitchen
12. I passed my driving test first time with only 1 singular most minor-est of minors - not pulling up to the side of the road enough
13. Taylor Swift is my guilty pleasure <3
14. Migraine sufferererererer
15. Hayfever victim
16. Colour It In by The Maccabees is my favourite album
17. Allergic to cats and sadly - horses :'( my eyes swell and I get soooo so itchy. I find this so weird though as I rode for like 3 years fine. This makes me sad as I love horsies and now have to avoid them
18. DESPISE JAMES BLUNT - NOOOOOO NOOO NO! His music is banned from my life
19. I had my own little part time baking service for about a year making all kinds of cupcakes and cake pops, google 'Rheya Mae's Cupcakes' :)
20. I am pretty tall at 5'11
21. I absolutely CAN NOT stand FIFA. It is satan in game form
22. Kenya is somewhere I really want to go. I want to see the elephants and the amazing wildlife
23. I once volunteered at BBC Introducing at the Herts, Beds & Bucks station for like 8 months. I still would love to be a radio presenter
24. I drive a navy KA called Luby Lou
25. Christmas is my most favourite time of the year. I have been excited since August this year which has been the earliest I have ever looked forward to it. Sorry not sorry.
26. I make the best spag bol & chili con carne hands down
27. It's a little morbid, but my one wish when I pass away is to be cremated and put into a firework and set off at the end of a big party
28. From the age of about 3, I went on yearly holidays with my Nanny and Grandad in their caravan all over England. These are some of my fondest memories
29. The Sims, GTA and Halo are the best games I have ever played. And Crash Bandicoote. And Barbie Race and Ride, that game was awesome
30. If someone has touched the towel I have got out ready to be used when I get out the shower/bath, I have to get another out. It's just gross
31. I have the worst knowledge in Geography. Literally. No. Clue
32. My favourite number is 12
33. I spend waaaayyyyy too much time watching YouTube videos on such random things ranging from beauty to vlogs to funny dogs to 'fails' to... SPOT POPPING oooooooh
34. I wore a brace for like 2 years I think?
35. I am equally as happy as spending time on my own as I am with my beautiful friends, family and boyfriend. My own company doesn't bore me at all
36. My dream car is a Nissan Figaro. Adorable!
37. I went to the same school as Ed Westwick. He gave me a strawberry lace. And no - I don't fancy him
38. 99.9% of the time I am super happy and bubbly. It takes a lot and quite a while for me to get cross but when I am it isn't just anger but full blown rage. There is now a hole in the bathroom door from when I hated my hair cut short. Luckily this happens like once a year if that - Sorry Motherrrrr xx
39. I miss school SO MUCH. Mainly 6 form/post 16. People weren't lying when they said it is some of the best years of your life.
40. My body shape is like a human lolipop
41. I feel so uncomfortable in the sea when I can't feel the bottom. The thought of what could be under there makes me shudder
42. I am allergic to melon and lots of other fruits which makes me sad as they are so yummy :( I get all itchy-throaty and have to guzzle gallons of milk to make it go away
43. I hate people whispering in my ear or getting close to my neck. WAHHHH so vulnerable!
44. I shall be spending my 23rd birthday in NYC <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
45. Vera Wang - Princess is my favourite perfume, it just brings back so many memories of adventures and drunken nights out with my best friends and when James and I first got together. Plus it smells like chocolate mmm
46. I have been to Boardmasters Festival twice, both as VIP, both for free. So nice not having to use porter loos!
47. I have been skiing in Austria on a school trip with all my best friends. I was useless but was one of the best experiences ever. My award for the week was taking out the most snowboarders. Ooopsies 0:)
48. No matter what anyone says, I still believe James is my very own Ryan Gosling. The resemblance is uncanny
49. My favourite show I have seen in the theatre is 'Oliver'. It was amazing!
50. I have spent far too long thinking of 50 facts about me :)

I hope you haven't found this too yawn inducing and feel like you know the girl behind the blog a little better. 50 facts doesn't seem that much but when you have to come up with more than a handful, things get a little tricky dicky.
As I love reading these, I tag ANYONE who fancies sharing a few random facts and anecdotes - be sure to let me know so I can have a good nosey!






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Monday, 25 November 2013

Winter FLORA'ls


So if you have seen my two most recent OOTD posts you may of seen that I was sporting a pair of rather delightful Chelsea boots.

I know, I know, I have already bought a pair of Serena Docs but I didn't know which pair I liked the best and I was going to send one pair back but then whoops, I wore both pairs outside so that means that they can't be sent back and they are so comfy and pretty and I love the colour and I love wearing them with everything and I JUST WANTED TWO PAIRS!

I am sorry.

But just look!

In my defence I did get discount off both pairs and I have wanted them for more than I can remember. Plus docs are sturdy, good, reliable shoes that will keep my feet warm for years to come. I always buy cheapy boots and they never last, always letting the big, bad, splashy puddles in and giving my socks a little more than a drowning. Not pleasant!

So there we have it, a second pair or booties to add to my collection. I am going to stop kidding myself as well as all of you with the reasons why I bought two pairs. I just couldn't resist!

And before you all go crazy and say 'WHAAAAT?! What happened to Frugal Friday?', this crazy purchase was made before I decided I really needed to stop spending money and focus on saving and buying Christmas presents for my loved ones. Please don't hate me, it was a moment of weakness and now we can all go back to being super scrimpers together again and forget this ever happened.


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Monday, 18 November 2013

Dermalogica @ Beauty900 | Tried & Tested





What you see here is a beautiful selection of Dermalogica treats that I was luckily sent from the lovelies at Beauty900.co.uk. Beauty900 are official, authorised sellers of all things Dermalogica and stock cleansers to masques to travel bags and shaving kits. Not only do they offer competitive prices to other Dermalogica stockists, but they offer free delivery and even 30 day returns. Their website is super easy to navigate; displaying products by category, skin type, product type and skin concern which enables easy access to the products best suited to you.

I already use the Daily Microfoliant which I love so was so excited to add these to my daily routine.
The first thing that caught my eye is my favourite of all the goodies which is the Special Cleansing Gel, the bottles states 'recommended for all skins types' however I think I sway to the description on the website that it is suited for oily-combination skin. My t-zone, particularly my nose likes to look like I have done a cross country run if I don't use the right products to tame it and this gel seems to work with my skin a treat.
Prior to receiving this, my skin decided to have a horrendous breakout of white heads and hard under the skin bumps. Since using this every morning in conjunction with the microfoliant, my skin has become a lot more tame with a nice glow.
The gel has a slightly sticky texture that I haven't experienced before with cleansers but this is no longer noticeable after a weeks use. There is a slightly 'spa-like' sent to the product which runs nicely throughout all the products that I like as it feels like you are really treating and pampering your skin.

My second favourite is the Multivitamin Power Firm which came in the Daily Radiance set. Due to being a happy and smiley soul, I have developed lovely wrinkly creases under my eyes. This has done wonders to relax and smooth out any fine lines and whilst they are not gone completely, I have definitely noticed my under-eye concealer doesn't half as crease as much as what it used to. You don't need very much, a little less than a pea sized blob did well to cover the desired area and sinks in quickly ready for other lotions and potions to be smoothed on over the top. This can also be used around the mouth, forehead and neck to prevent the aging process but as I don't need to use it so much in those areas, I can only recommend trying it for the eyes.

Another eye product is the Total Eye Care which has been working wonders alongside the multivitamin power firm. The light reflecting cream makes me look wide awakes and gives the illusion I have had a really good nights sleep even thought I may not feel it! It comes out in a light peachy, slightly salmon shade which erases puffiness and under eye circles. I pop this on every night and morning to hydrate, strengthen and smooth the eye area to prevent ageing. I had never really used an eye product like this before and have been really impressed with the results. Like the power firm, you don't need much at all, when I say the size of a grain of rice - even that is too big, think more one grain of couscous!

The other two products which came in the Daily Radiance set is the Dynamic Skin Recovery & a Skinperfect Primer.
I apply the Dynamic Skin Recovery in the morning after I have cleansed my face and before I put on my make up. This intensely hydrating moisturiser leaves my skin feeling nourished and soft ready for the application of my make up. It has SPF 30 which is great to avoid premature aging of the skin.

The last, but no means least product I have been fortunate enough to try is the Skinperfect Primer. This primer is primarily aimed at more mature skin which at the moment in time I am thankful that I don't have. I can, however, still apprectiate the benefits this primer has when applied prior to applying foundation; I am not sure if it has increased the longevity of my make up however it does slightly enhance the finish and gives a more illuminated glow. This is also a good product for those with sensitive skin as it is free from any artificial colours and fragrances.

A huge, massive thank you again to Beauty900 - I absolutely loved trying out the products and shall definitely be putting some of the bits on my Christmas list this year if I do not make a few purchases myself!

Be sure to go check them out as they have a great gift section which would be perfect for those who want to dabble with Dermalogica products or to give to those who are currently using the range a nice set as a Christmas pressie ready for the party season.

Let me know if you have tried or are going to try any of the products I have mentioned - what did you think?







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Friday, 15 November 2013

Frugal Friday | Urrrrrm

Bonjournooo little beauties, I hope you are all well and enjoying the Frugal Friday series! I have a slight apology to make, after a million ideas rushing through my head of what to write about in the third instalment and then deciding that I really don't think they are good enough, I have decided that I am just going to write about my own experiences with money and saving and spending and just see where it goes.

So I am 22, employed full time and have been in a steady, reasonably paid position for just over 2 years. I am fortunate that I live at home and have little responsibilities such as a house or a kidlet to consume every penny I make. I have worked since I was 16 and looking back on all the money I have made in the past six years, I really have very little to show for the hundreds of hours I have spent beavering away.

Of course when I was in my first job at a shoe shop, my priorities where a new Topshop dress every Friday, finding enough money to get the train into the next town for a little disco dance and a spot of underage drinking (sorry but we have all been there, you know it girl!) I wasn't overly bothered about being a little worse for wear for work in the morning or ringing in sick when I couldn't be bothered; looking back I wish I didn't have that mind set. I think it was mainly because I didn't really like it there and found it difficult to get along with the other girls, I always felt like an outsider and a little too 'alternative' for them. That isn't an excuse and if I found my younger sister behaving like this I would be rather disappointed. Anyway... in my first job I made £3.20 an hour and thought I was raking it in. How wrong I felt when my best friend got a job in MotherCare and earned like... £5 something. I felt cheated. We both encouraged one another to leave our jobs and decided on a summer of scrimping every penny we could get from our parents. How we made it through 4 months or so without anything coming in is beyond me.

My attitude towards making money soon changed when Christmas was soon approaching and bagged myself a temp job at Game. I really had no clue what I was trying to sell, there are a few games I like and know about and that is as far as my knowledge goes. I worked every hour I could; before school, after school, on the weekends, and to tell the truth I actually really liked it there. It was fun and the people I worked with were relatively nice and funny. I was told that I would be made a permanent member of staff once the Christmas period was over and lived happily in the comfort of knowing that I wouldn't have to find somewhere else. Lies! Unfortunately my new found willingness to work wasn't noticed as I thought it would be and instead I found myself printing off 20+ CV's and traipsing through town in hope of finding a 'JOB VACANCY' sign in the window of pretty much anywhere. I suppose you can call that karma.

Fortunately I quickly found a part time position in retail, selling 'distinctive' clothing for the slightly chav-ier individuals amongst us. Here I met some of the loveliest girls and really grew up and became more responsible with money. I was 18 and in a relatively new relationship which might I add can be a rather expensive addition to your life. Meals out, dates to the cinema and dreams of going on holidays all adds up. I still didn't really actively save, the only outgoings I really had was driving lessons and a phone bill. Everything else I spent was a treat and I loved being able to buy what ever I wanted. I wish I had bought things that would of lasted me forever, I wish I had the willpower to put some aside and understood that I didn't need to spend every penny until next pay day. I was able to save enough to go on holiday with le lover and it was worth every penny. Sadly my ambition to work full time led me to leave my position in retail, a place that I have missed hugely since.

The next job is something I wish I could erase from my memory, no amount of money could of made me stay there. Never have I felt so belittled by someone three times my age, who reviewed me on not making enough tea and not doing the dishwasher - tasks that never officially where given to me. I hope that they experience some kind of karma of putting me through so much distress at that time. It is this time that I started to struggle with money.

Due to leaving I no longer had an income, I couldn't go on my weekly driving lessons and struggled to justify going out with friends when I had no money to spend. I proceeded to gain an apprenticeship at a local newspaper and got given all the jobs no one wanted to do themselves however I did get to produce a few columns and I felt so proud when the paper was published every week knowing that I had some input. Sadly,  again I was fed empty promises and left within 5 months once I completed the apprenticeship. Saving on such a little wage was horrific, I just about managed to start up driving lessons again and finally passed my test first time - wahoo! Holidays were pretty much a no no but my boyfriend was aware of how hard I was finding life in general on such a small wage and treated us both to a two week break in Turkey. I don't think I have ever felt such a relief and overwhelmed with emotion from one act of kindness and such generosity before.

The pressure of finding full time employment in an industry I enjoyed and wanted to progress is soon weighed heavy on my shoulders. My boyfriend had and still has the same job since the age of 16 and as a result has been able to save quite a decent sum which is amazing. Due to my rather varied and short bursts of jobs, this has been a little hard for me. Even after securing a position as a receptionist in my current place of work, I pushed saving to the back of my priorities. Holidays, clothes, short trips away and then finally buying a car all seemed so tempting and on a full time wage made it all the more accessible.

Finally in my mind of wanting and needing everything that is relatively sparkly, floral or shabby chic, I decided enough is enough. I don't want to live at home forever. I don't want to be dipping into my ISA when something pretty things pops up in the 'New This Week' page on whatever website. I have finally decided that I really need to be more responsible, that I need a few pennies saved for a rainy day or emergencies like my car dying on me. I really do want to move out and saving has enabled me to be one step closer to it becoming a reality. I want to explore Kenya and have a real Pad Thai curry in Thailand and by putting a little away at the end of every month I will be able to do so.

Now I spend with in my means and never spend excessively, I try not to buy everything I want all in one go and treat myself occasionally. I still enjoy myself, going out with friends, family and my beautiful boyfriend but have learnt to say no if I cant afford to do so.

Really my priorities haven't changed THAT dramatically in the past 6 years, I still want to have a good time at the weekend and still want a new dress every week. I still want to go on 5* holidays and weekends away. I still lust after new shoes and to go wild in Boots but I now have the ambition to take the next step as an adult and can appreciate that a few too many splurges means a few extra months it will take for me to own my own house with a garden and country side view. I am not there just yet and still have a long way to go before I reach my goal and by no means do I stick to my routine 100% every single month but I try my hardest and feel so proud when I see the results of my will power paying off.

I am not sure if this is helpful, interesting or something that will inspire you to tackle the subject of money, but I thought this would be a nice change to the usual fashion or beauty related posts.

If you would like to get involved in the last of the Frugal Friday series by sharing your saving & money related tips, then please send all your contributions to pixirella@hotmail.co.uk before Monday 25th November. These will be put together to share with other bloggers and readers. Feel free to include any links such as YouTube, Twitter etc. You don't even have to have a blog or YouTube channel to take part - your input is just as welcome!





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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Goodbye For Now xx

























 
As you are reading this, Nadia, Keely, Jade and I shall be getting together to say our good byes to our best friend Charley who is travelling to Australia with her boyfriend Mark for a year!
We had a fabulous time on Saturday 9th November 2013 at their going away party with all of their close friends and family - as you can see they have quite a few and will be missed by shed loads of people. We have also decided on having a little meal out - just us girls - as a final seeing off, fingers crossed we keep it together!
 
I am not quite sure what it is going to be like having my best friend half way around the globe; whoever invented Skype is an absolute genius! I hope that we will have loads of Saturday night Skype dates and get to see loads of snaps of your adventures -  and Mark I know you are subscribed to my blog so you best still read whilst you are away, get your bum down the internet café!
 
I hope you create the most beautiful and amazing memories, I hope that you make loads of friends and spend Christmas together sipping voddy on the beach. I hope you get to hold a koala and avoid all the dangerous spiders - don't go getting bitten please! I hope you have an incredible New Years there - I bet it will be so so so amazing! I would be there in a flash to celebrate it with you under the Australian stars. I hope that your 23rd birthday will be the best you have ever had and your tan is the darkest you will ever be! If you get a job, once the pennies run out, I hope that it is in something you enjoy and that you become mega rich and famous and you can fly us out there to disco dance with you! But most of all I hope you are safe and have the best time of your life!
 
I don't want to get too personal seeing as this is something that Charley isn't aware of, but I really hope that you know how much we will miss you - it is times like this when I think you realise you take the people you love the most for granted. I wont be able to see your gorge face or eat your 'love sandwich' or hear your wheezy laugh. I am so proud of how much of an independent chick you are - but please don't ever move to another country aha! I look forward to all the updates and instagram photos. Please don't forget me on your amazing travels and please don't come back too brown, I am already a ghost as it is - but more importantly please come back!
 
Loads of love, forever and always
 
Rhe xx
 
 

Hold the Straighteners & Save the Blow Dry



You have caught me red handed. I use shower caps! Now don't get me wrong I looooove freshly washed and straightened or curled hair, but what I love even more is when my hair can look as nice the day after without having to re-wash and re-style.

I have been a big fan of ye olde shower cap for quite some time now after being aware of the health of my hair after many years of dying and blow drying and heated tooler-ing it. I used to wash it everyday and wasn't in the know that excessive washing causes all the important oils and goodness to come out leaving dry and limp hair, masked by conditioner so it pretends to be healthy.

When I decided to wash my hair less, the idea of using a shower cap didn't even cross my mind. I just risked getting my bare hair wet and ruined by cleansers and exfoliators for so long until mum was bought one for Christmas or birthday or summin or summin. I quickly stole it and thought it did a pretty okay job, that is until I was given the opportunity to try a shower cap like no other from Save the Blow Dry.

This moisture eliminating shower cap has a clever, super absorbent micro weave towelling layer that slurps up any water or humidity caused when showering meaning that your beautiful, bouncy curls that were styled to perfection the day before can be scooped up in this snuggly miniature quilt, protected from any risk of being ruined and emerge just as glorious as they did before.

What I love the most about this Save The Blow Dry shower cap is how roomy it is. I found my previous, bog standard cap a little tight on my shoulder length hair and would struggle to have my hair in a bun underneath. Now I can have my hair loose or in a top knot or pretty much however I please and know that there won't be any sneaky strands poking out and suffer a good drenching due to the fabric being stretched. How girls with longer hair use these I do not know, I presume that they just don't bother? It is soooo comfy and looks cute too; I really like the pattern and think it is a little more luxurious than the boring ones available on the high street.

Needless to say my hair comes out as dry as a bone and the cap dries really quickly with a few shakes, I like to put mine on the radiator for a small spurt to ensure there are no cheeky droplets hanging about. I also can't wait to try it with a deep conditioning treatment to help penetrate my hair - something that was a little difficult with the size of my previous caps.

It has definitely become my new favourite addition to my morning routine and keeps my hair looking lovely and ready to go for the day ahead. Now I use a shower cap I highly doubt I would ever go back to my old ways, not only does it preserve the style of my locks but allows me to have that all important extra ten minutes in bed - especially when it is so cold out and leaving my pit where I am snug as a bug in a rug is the biggest chore everrrr!

Be sure to add this to your Christmas list - your hair will love you for all eternity!





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