A Night at Fashion District

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Hi Lovelies

Happy Easter, hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. On Thursday night myself and Lisa D hit the road again on another little adventure. This time our destination was Fashion District Pop-Up Shopping Outlet in Mullingar’s Bloomfield House Hotel. We were kindly invited to the event by the lovely Elaine Bradley-Ryan. Elaine is a total fashionista and a stylist for our fave jewellery Stella & Dot (check out her Facebook page “Elaine Bradley-Ryan, Stella & Dot Stylist”). When we heard what was involved for the night we were all over it and super excited to go…fashion, jewellery, vintage, hair & makeup demos, free bubbly!!!

The event ran from 7-11pm and when we got there shortly after 7 it was in full swing. We didn’t waste any time and started to browse the fashion rails straight away. There was some gorgeous pieces for sale from some fab boutiques, Cocoon, Nells Closet, BeYoux and Deja Vu to name a few. The bargains were unbelievable, one dress that caught our eye was reduced from €218 to just €50!! A boutique we particularly liked the look of was Deja Vu (Deja Vu Ranelagh on Facebook). They had the prettiest Louboutins for sale, second hand but in perfect condition. We also spotted some Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo while we were there.

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Being the magpies that we are we were totally besotted with all the Stella & Dot jewellery on show. I’m a big fan of Stella & Dot and hosted a trunk show last year. A stylist came to my house and all my friends came around and we could try on all the pieces and order anything we wanted to purchase. At the time I bought a gold charm bracelet with 4 charms and a delicate gold arrow necklace. I’ve worn both constantly since then and they’re still perfect. Our faves on display last night were these gorgeous stacking rings and the multiway earrings. Is it too early to start our 2016 Santy list??

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After we had our fill of shopping we took our seats for the part we always enjoy most…the makeup demo. The makeup artist in action last night was Angela Greene of Monroe.ie. We were delighted to see some of our favourite products ready for the demo, we spied the Penneys brush holder and brush and the Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess oil. Angela seemed to be a makeup artist after our own hearts!! The demo was a quick and easy everyday makeup look achievable for busy mammys. Her finished look was beautiful and fresh and she showed us then how to make a few tweeks to turn it into a glam night-time look using Ken Boylan products. When Angela was finished we seen Vaida from First Floor Hair & Beauty create some easy-peasy hair looks to complement the makeup. We were busy taking notes and we can’t wait to try them out for ourselves.

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The style on show rivalled any wedding or day at the races we’ve ever been to and it was no wonder with a prize for Best Dressed Lady up for grabs. Lisa McGowan from Lisas Lust List was judging the best dressed and her pick was gorgeous. The best dressed lady wore a beige ankle length jumpsuit with an Obi belt and tan boots, we had spotted her earlier and commented on how fab her outfit was!! To finish off the night we were treated to a style masterclass from stylist Julie Cobbe from Stylefish.ie. Julie talked us through how to detox our wardrobes….if you haven’t worn it in a year get rid, if it doesn’t fit you and hasn’t fitted you for a long time…get rid!! She also gave us great advice on dressing for our body shape and how to identify our body shape….as much as I would like to think I’m hourglass I’m afraid I’m more of an apple!! It was an eye opener and we came away with lots of new tips and learned lots.

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We had a great night and we’re so looking forward to the next Fashion District but we might need a bus next time to bring all the girls (and our shopping!!) with us….

 

Until next time

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

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Budget Beauty – Top 5 under €5

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Hi Lovelies,

Happy Saturday, hope you’re all having a nice weekend and are getting into the swing of Spring. Today we wanna talk about budget beauty. Now I know we talk about our high end products on here and recommend our Mac, Estee Lauder, Charlotte Tilbury……but girls we do love a good budget beauty buy. More often than not it’s the Penneys and pharmacy brands that have us going gaga. And we know you lot love yourselves a beauty bargain too. So with that in mind we’ve put together a few products we’ve been loving recently, all under €5.

 

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Essence Make Me Brow €3.10

This product arrived in a little hamper I was sent before Christmas from Ryans Pharmacy. I never used it before but was curious to see how it worked. It’s a gel product with little fibres that adhere to your brows instantly plumping them out a bit and adding definition. After using it on myself for a while I was really impressed and now it’s a  staple in my pro kit. It’s so easy to use all my students are hooked too.

 
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Catrice Camouflage Cream €3.50

I seen this concealer first on Lucy Bradleys snapchat (@lbmakeup) when she used it during a demo and I was blown away by how well it seemed to work. It’s a high coverage cream concealer perfect for covering blemishes or doing a little defining work. I gave these a whirl on my bridal trials and they were amazing, even covering a shoulder tattoo for a bride to be!! They’ve been compared to Mac Studio Finish Concealer and so far I’m loving them.

 

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Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipstick Velvet Matte €2.90

This is another recent purchase I am loving. With all the hype for liquid lipsticks and matte lip tints I thought I’d pick this up and see how it fares against some of the more expensive brands. The matte finish is so on-trend and the colour I chose is a warm browny peachy nudey (LOL) shade and it’s perfect for everyday.  This doesn’t dry out the lips which can be a problem with some other matte lip products. I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the colours.

 
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Catrice Blush Artist €4.95

This is a palette with 3 shades of blush and can be used to shape and highlight the face, using the darker shades on the apples of the cheeks and the lighter shades on the cheekbone to highlight. Although the packaging says Shader I don’t think there’s a shade dark enough to really use as a shader or contour in this one. But the colours are so gorgeous and they sit lovely on the skin. 3 blushes for under a fiver….yes please!!!

 

 

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Essence All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara €2.50

Waterproof mascara is an absolute must in my kit. Working on so many brides I can’t run the risk of using a mascara that could end up half down the face during the day. I’ve tried and tested a few and this is one of my favourites. It’s a nice intense black and won’t move once applied. Perfect for anyone that suffers from watery or irritated eyes.  Yesterday the fabulous Kate McCormack Makeup also featured this mascara on her Facebook so it seems to be proving popular with all the pro’s.

 

So there you have it, 5 fantastic affordable beauty buys that rival any of the higher end products in our makeup bags. You could pick up all these for under €17…FAB!!!! So Happy Shopping ladies, if you try any of these products be sure to let us know what you think.

 

Essence and Catrice are available from Penneys nationwide and Ryans Pharmacy in Edenderry.

 

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

Makeup & Hair Bridal Master Class with Amber Dean & Katrina Kelly from K2hair

Good Morning Ladies!

Happy Monday to you all! So yesterday myself and Lisa Moore took to the road and had a well deserved girls day out!  We both attended the fab Bridal Makeup & Hair master class hosted by Katrina Kelly for K2Har / Push Makeup and Amber Dean from facesbyamberdean.  Both of these ladies are among some of our favourite talented ladies that we both follow so when this masterclass was announced we were all over it!

As makeup artists already its great to always keep up-to-date with trends, this is why we love to attend such classes like these.  Even though we know an extreme amount about makeup etc… there is always something that you might pick up on whether it be a new technique or a new product.  No matter what you do or know there is always something else for you to learn.

Amber Dean is one of the best makeup artists out there and for me she has such a distinctive look to her makeup, I suppose its like a trade mark, you know when someone has been ‘Amberfied’!!  She is such a sweet lady and I was really inspired by her and motivated to really bring out my creative side.  What I like most about Amber is how down to earth she was and so approachable.  This class would be especially perfect for someone starting out in the makeup field as she runs through all her products, kit essentials and must-haves definitely keep any eye out for further classes as this is one not to be missed. Amber is also on snapchat @itsambermdean for those that want to see what she gets up to (bascically stalk)!!

When we entered K2Hair we were greeted by the gorgeous Katrina and Amber who both looked amazing might I add.  We have been following Katrina and Amber on snapchat forever @katrinaK2hair so to meet her in person was great as we felt like we have known her for so long through her tell all snaps which are lol!  She is a wonderful character to be around, very talented and extremely knowledgeable in her field.

Katrina is the owner of K2hair which is based in Cabra and Glasnavin she is also the creator of Push-Makeup which I have been adding to my makeup kit collection as some of you may have seen on my snap chat recently.  And I can honestly say that I am mad about, but anyway that’s another post.

We had a fab goody bag or OSCAR bag as Katrina calls them and my were we spoilt with some fab products inside!

  
The first of five demos to take place started with Katrina who showed us the very popular and most requested hair do ‘Vintage Waves’.  Katrina used Amber as her model and showed us step by step how to create this look using the Tondeo Cerion Curve to perfect the vintage waves.  This can be purchased for €120 and can be ordered by contacting K2hair directly!  Katrina swears by this hair tool for smooth curls without that dreaded pulling on the head when been used!  


We then moved onto Amber Deans first bridal demo. The look Amber wanted was a bronzed beachy bridal look and that she did!  The look was flawless due to the great skin prep that I always harp on about.  Skin prep is so important to a flawless makeup application and Amber really spoke so well about this and key products on how to perfect the skin.



I loved this look it was so simple but yet captured the exact bridal look that Amber wanted to achieve.  With Katrina adding her beachy wave hair style to complete the look!  To create this type of beachy wave you simply curl in different directions this way the curls will not marry into each other to form one big curl!  Using the Joico Hair Shake to give a little texture to the look .  I have this product and adore it, its exactly as Katrina said, “its kinda in between a styling product and a dry shampoo but not as white as a dry shampoo, it will expand the hair” which basically gives texture to the hair.

The next look came from Amber which was another bridal look with a bit more of a dramatic twist.  This look would be for more the funky bride that wants something a little edgier for her big day.  The dark smokey eye with the inner v liner and flick topped with a beautiful pigment from Inglot, this look was amazing and really pulled out Amber’s makeup artists talent.  The technique Amber uses in her makeup is definitely something that I will learn from and hope to practice with my own clients.  Like I said at the beginning you can always keep learning!

 

The fifth and final demo of the night was by Katrina who created this badass hair updo using padding to create this funky bun style with a twist.  At first we were like what the hell is going on but again Katrina pulled off a beautiful creative style in probably 5 minutes!

So that’s what we got up to yesterday.  It’s so nice to attend classes like these, you get to meet new people and discuss topics such as makeup, hair and more with girls that have the same passion as you.

I would highly recommend any future classes that these duo hold.  A very down to earth chilled out evening with Katrina Kelly and Amber Dean is a must for all you hair and makeup enthusiasts out there.

  
This will more then likely not be the last that we will be seen these two ladies!

Thanks for reading and hope you felt like you were part of this class to!

Until next time xx

Live pretty

 

Lisa D xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS Love To Glow – Review

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Hi Lovelies 🙂

So this week people have been going crazy for Penneys new PS Love to Glow range. It landed midweek and has been flying off the shelves. The range includes a mask, a serum and a moisturiser. What really grabbed our attention though was the comparisons of the mask to Glamglow YouthMud, our favourite face mask ever!! We were lucky enough to manage to pick up a mask in Penneys Mullingar on Thursday and naturally only dying to see if the comparisons are justified…..Lisa M gave it a go……

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Looking at these side by side they are very, very alike. They both have a grey muddy appearance, the same scent and the 50g jars are similar. The Penneys one is slightly lighter in colour and doesn’t have the “bits” in it like the Glamglow has, that’s the only noticible difference at first glance. Time to put it to the test….

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On application the texture is less clay-like than Glamglow, it has more of a creamy or gel texture and it kind of disappears into my skin, I had to apply two layers. I get a tingle on my skin with the Glamglow which the PS Love To Glow doesn’t give. It still felt nice on the skin and I left it on for the recommended 10 minutes.

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To get the exfoliation benefits you have to wet it and massage it into the skin the same as Glamglow and at this stage I couldn’t find any difference between the two. What I love about the Glamglow is that it’s really gritty and gives a great exfoliation. I was a bit dubious about whether our Penneys bargain would live up to it but I needn’t have worried, It’s super gritty and worked a treat.

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I did a quick check on the the ingredients and they do have some of the same ingredients.  However the Glamglow has way more natural ingredients (volcanic minerals, green tea leaf, cucumber etc.) which are beneficial to the skin. Saying that though the Penneys one does have some aloe juice and shea butter so some great skin nourishment there.

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So how does my skin feel after using it? To be honest………..FANTASTIC!!  Soft? Check! Smooth? Check! Hydrated? Check! Seriously this stuff ticks all the boxes. Now we believe in honest reviews so we’re not going to lie, it’s not 100% the same as Glamglow YouthMud but it does seem to work just as good!! And girls……it’s only €3.50. Yes that’s right. Three euros and fifty cents!!! Unbelievable value! Now if you’re looking for us we’ll be in Penneys stocking up on the whole range…

 

Until next time,

 

Live Pretty,

 

Lisa M xx

 

 

Step by Step – Cranberry Gold Smokey Eye

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Hi Everyone ,

Son of a nutcracker can you believe it’s only 3 weeks to Christmas!!! We are just so excited. As we’ve said before it’s the perfect time of year to step out of your comfort zone and try new things with your makeup, add a little something extra!! Today we are going to show you how to create a gorgeous cranberry and gold toned smokey eye, perfect for party season.

 

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First up, shape your brows!! It’s much easier to blend out your eyeshadow correctly if you have the brow shape framing the eye, it almost gives a shape to follow with your eyeshadow. Use an eyeshadow primer if you like, I used Inglot Under EyeMakeup Base. An eyeshadow primer will prevent creasing, holding your shadow in place and also intensify the colour pigment.
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Now to create the cranberry tone I used Inglot shade 74 but any pink/wine/berry colour will work as long as it’s not too dark. Use a round fluffy blending brush to apply this colour in the socket line blending very slightly above the crease. This looks completely dodgy at this stage but stick with it, this is just your base to blend your darker clours onto.
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Next up , use some matte brown shadow to darken the crease, blending the same way as before. I used a medium and a dark brown, keeping the dark brown to the outer corners of the socket line. There’s a smokey eye starting to take shape now !!
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Now use a flat shader brush to pat a gold shadow on the lid. Start at the inner corner and pat across the lid as far as the other shadow already applied.

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Next up, repeat what you have done on top along the lower lashline using a small pointed bullet/pencil brush. So start with your cranberry shadow blended all along the lashline from outer to inner corner. then darken it up with your matte browns, keeping the darker shade towards the outer corner. With the lower lashline, be careful to keep close to the lashes. If we blend to low down we might end up like we had a couple of rounds with Mike Tyson….not a good look!!
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Eyeliner is next, I used a black gel liner for a really intense dark line that won’t budge. Apply along the lower waterline with a liner brush and smudge a black eyeshadow on top for a really smokey look. Then apply on upper lid along lashline. Gel eyeliner can be tricky so start with a short line and then extend it bit by bit, it’s much easier to get right doing it this way rather than trying to do it in one perfect line 🙂 Once you have your liner on you can use a black shadow to really smoke out the outer corners depending on how dark you want to go.
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Now that the liner is done we are down to a couple of finishing touches. I like to use a highlight along the browbone to lift the brow and give that polished finish to your look. You can use any light coloured powder for this but avoid anything too glittery. Apply with a flat shader brush and then use your blending brush to blend the eges of the highlight and the cranberry together. Also adding a little dot of highlight in the inner corner will really open up the eyes and make them pop. Finish off with a couple of coats of mascara or your favourite false lashes. And there you have it, a super easy and quick eye look that’s festive as fa la la la la la la la laaaaa.
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We hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step look and have fun recreating it, let us know what other looks you’d like to see and we’ll get them up asap.

 

Until next time,

 

Live Pretty,

 

Lisa M xx

 

Amp Up Your Winter Makeup with 3 Simple Swaps

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Hi Ladies,

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. With only 5 weekends between now and Christmas you’re probably starting to organise a Christmas night out or maybe your office party for sometime soon. We love our Christmas nights out, there’s something about hitting the town in the run up to Christmas that just feels more glam than our usual nights out. We usually dress up a bit more, break out the glitz a little bit!! We see people at Christmas that we might not see from one end of the year to the next, we bump into old friends and catch up with our closest ones. And we want to look good while we’re at it. If you feel like trying something new with your makeup or just changing up your normal look a little bit, it’s much easier to do than you might think. You don’t need to go out and buy lots of new products to create a whole new look, just try swapping a couple of bits to amp up your look to something a bit different.

 

Darker Lips

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One easy step is swapping your usual lippy for a seasonal berry shade. Anything like a plum, deep cranberry or oxblood red are perfect for this time of year. Just wearing a bolder lip can totally transform your look with minimal effort and won’t break the bank. You can’t go wrong with Penneys PS Love range, Pictured is their Berry lipliner for €1.50 and Matte Lip Crayon in Dark Purple for €2.50!! So on-trend and so affordable! Other favourites are Kate Moss for Rimmel and NYX. And of course Mac “Rebel” and “Diva”.
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Eyeshadow Pigments

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Next up, try swapping your regular eyeshadows for pigments. Pigments come in a pot or jar and tend to be more intense than ordinary shadows. They are a loose powder formula and really pack a serious punch when pressed onto the eyelid with a flat brush. There’s different finishes to pigments like normal shadows, you can get matte, shimmer, sparkle and even two-tone. I find the sparkle or two-tone ones the best for a “wow” look. A few of my favourites are Inglot #14, #82 and #85 and Mac “Tan”. All the Barry M ones are amazing quality too at a budget friendly price . A good tip if you find your pigment doesn’t stick is to use a cream eyeshadow first and then press the pigment on top.

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Highlight

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And lastly, how about swapping that contour for lots and lots of highlight. Strobing has been the buzzword lately and  we’re all only just getting our heads around contouring!! You’ll be glad to hear strobing is much less complicated. It focuses on enhancing the features of the face with illuminators or highlighters, leaving a light ,fresh, glowy complexion. Illuminating creams like Mac Strobe Cream or Boots Radiance Balm are used under foundation , dot it along the high points of the face and blend in with your fingers in a tapping motion for a really natural glow. Use a dome or angled shape fluffy brush to dust highlighting powder on the cheekbone, browbone, down the centre of the nose and the cupids bow. You will have seen us mention all our favourites here before including Sleek Solstice Palette, The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer, Mac Soft & Gentle and Becca Champagne Pop.
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So there you have it, our three secret weapons for the makeup we’ll be rockin’ this festive season!! Let us know if you give it a go and tag us in your selfies 🙂
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Until next time,

 

Live Pretty,

 

Lisa M xx

Hello…it’s Adele’s Eye Makeup Step by Step!

 
Hello Ladies!

I think we can all agree that we will never be able to say hello to anyone without wanting to breakout into a full on It’s me…chorus!!!  

But to say that I am totally addicted to this tune is an understatement, having said that her makeup look seems to be even more addictive!  This look that Adele wears in the video is very similar to what she already wears, but for some reason it just stands out from all her other looks!  

Her makeup artist Michael Ashton just knows exactly how to enhance this already beautiful lady,  by emphasizing her eyes and and using great contour techniques to elaborate her already chiseled cheek bones!  Whatever he is doing is amazing and I am all about this makeup look!  

Now, I am by no means or in anyway, look like Adele, but this is just my interpretation of her Hello Video look.  So why not make a step by step guide of her eye look and give you some pointers in the right direction in how to achieve a similar look!  

So let’s go for it…   

First up is a base!  I like to use Mac Cosmetics Painterly Paint Pot as a base, as not only can it act as a great primer but also sets matte, so you can use other shadows on top!  I use my Crown Brush C124 to apply all over lid and up to brow bone.

 

Secondly, I then go in with another MAC Cosmetics eye shadow in Blanc Type, this vanilla/bone coloured shadow is also a good base colour and a great shade if you want to keep that lid looking bright and fresh!  Using a Mac Brush in 252 I again apply this on lid and up to brow bone.

  

I then use Wedge from Mac as a transition colour, which is a shade that will help blend with another darker shade and make it easier to give that more gradient finish!  Using my Inglot 6ss brush to apply and blend into my crease, which is the area just below your brow bone and above the lid.  Using window wiper motions (back and forth) until you build up the colour to give you that slight darker crease or contoured eye area!

  

Then with Cork, again another Mac shade, this is a warmer soft brown shade that will help to just intensify that socket area!  Using Blank Canvas E26 to apply with the same technique as above, blend in with the Wedge shade. Then go back to your 6ss brush and blend the two colours again so that you get that soft diffused look!  

Keep both colours separated from the lid, as we want the lid to just have that Blanc type shadow as this will act as a highlight for the lid!

 

Now for the star of the show is Adele’s liner!  Adele always wear’s a thick liner because she has the lid space to carry it off!  This might not suit everybody as we don’t all have the same eye shape, so if you find that you don’t have that much space between your lid and start of crease, keep the liner thin on the lash line, if you do have the space well you can do the thick liner!  

Using Inglots 13T ankled brush, I like to start from the outside and work inwards, people differ, this is just the way I do it, but do whatever way works best for you! 

No Adele look is complete without lashes! I used Ardell’s Demi Wispes but any lashes will work!

   

These are the brushes that I used and couldn’t be without!  But if you have anything similar I’m sure it will work just fine! 

 

 

Hope you like my first step by step makeup look, if this is something you would like to see more off, please leave a comment below and maybe we can do a monthly makeup tutorial!! 

Until next time ladies!!

Live Pretty xx
Lisa D

Saving A Little for Christmas – Top 3 Tips

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Hi Lovelies, hope you all had a lovely long weekend and had fun whatever you got up to. We were busy busy busy with lots of makeups but that’s the way we like it.

Now that the October bank holiday is over and we’re heading in to November our thoughts are turning to the festive season…..that’s right Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas is an expensive time for everyone, with presents for everyone and the food and drinks for the festive feast, the costs don’t be long totting up. If you’re like us though and like to be prepared , you’ll love our 3 top tips for saving some pennies in the run up to Christmas.

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1. Save your loose change everyday.

Those coppers that we carry around in our purses, we forget that they carry value. At the end of every day empty out the coins from your purse into a savings jar or piggy bank and you’ll be surprised how quick they add up. With just about 8 weeks to Christmas you could have a nice little sum saved up by then, a few bob for a night out or a new party dress maybe….

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2. Sign up for loyalty cards

If you haven’t already , you need to sign up for store loyalty cards asap!! These are such an easy way to earn rewards in your favourite shops, you simply scan your card every time you shop and every cent you spend will earn you points on your card. The points on your card are then converted back into money and sent back out to you as vouchers to be spent in store….it’s like free money!! I keep all my Tesco vouchers to spend at Christmas on the food shopping and use my Boots Advantage points to help with the presents.

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3. Step away from the Coffee shop

Now this is definitely easier said than done if you depend on your caffeine fix to get you through the day. However a trip to the coffee shop will cost you at least €2 or up to €5 if you go for macchiatos or frappucinos. So if you go to the coffee shop every day Mon-Fri  that’s a weekly spend of €10 – €25!! And that’s before the scone or muffin!! Save some of that hard earned money by picking up a nice travel mug and some of your favourite coffee to make a cuppa yourself to bring with you or have in the office. You’ll spend a tenner on the mug and some coffee but that beats €25 a week, and you could save yourself €80 – €200 between now and Christmas.

Has anyone else started a little saving for Christmas? Be sure to let us know your top tips.

Until next time,

Live Pretty xx