I recently moved into my first house and thought I would share with you some of my top picks from IKEA to help you furnish your home on a budget.
This sleek three drawer Hemnes unit is great for storing clothes and is a steel at £115. There are other sizes available too if you need slightly more or less storage.
Hemnes dressing table
I’ve never owned a dressing table before and didn’t want to spend a fortune so decided to go for the matching Hemnes one for £125 (usually £150 but was discounted with my IKEA family card). I also got the matching ‘tinius’ stool for £20.
Hovslund rugThis grey printed rug for £55 is definitely on my wish list. It would go perfectly under our dining table and add more texture to a plain room.
Brunsta pendant lamp shade
I got the large version of this lampshade for £18 for our hallway and the smaller one for £12 for our upstairs landing; I love how modern and affordable they are.
Fasalt swivel armchair
Mustard yellow features a lot in our house and this swivel armchair would add a great pop of colour to the living room. It retails at £450 which is quite pricey compared to the other items but is such a statement piece.
This sideboard would be perfect in a hallway or dining room and looks a lot more expensive than it is at £350.
What are your favourite pieces from IKEA?
The ‘Nostalgia’ box is finally here and contains five lovely makeup products!
The first thing I got was this gorgeous shimmery baked blush from Karl Lagerfield + ModelCo which gives an amazing natural looking glow.
RRP: Glossybox early exclusive so not known yet.
A tube of SPF15 strawberry Carmex was also included which is one of my favourite lip balms.
The AFFECT matte effect transparent loose rice powder was the next product I recieved. It’s made with a combination of mica and rice starch to give a perfect matte finish; even to oily skin.
The Modellauncher ‘Savanna Sun’ Bronzer has definitely became a firm staple in my makeup bag. It suits my skin tone perfectly as it’s warm without being orange to give you a natural sun-kissed look; it’s also waterproof which is great for the summertime.
I’ve never tried out anything from Eyeko before but am really impressed with this Fat Liquid Eyeliner in black. It gives the most flawless thin line in seconds and stays in place all day.
Have you tried out any of these products?
I’m so done with lugging around loads of unnecessary things in my bag so I’ve had a huge clear out. Apart from the obvious essentials such as my purse and phone I’ve narrowed it down to these six items.
My Lips have been extremely chapped lately and nothing seems to soothe them other than good old Carmex! A definite must have.
I always carry around a hand cream as my hands get so dry this time of year, I’m currently using The Body Shop’s mango one which smells good enough to eat.
When travelling on public transport hand sanitiser is a life saver. This Merci Handy cherry one is my favourite.
I’d be lost without my headphones and this Skullcandy pair come with a little faux leather pouch meaning they don’t get tangled up in your handbag.
I take my tangle teezer everywhere to keep my hair in check.
A roll on perfume is perfect for touch ups throughout the day and this Zara one in the scent ‘cashmere rose’ smells divine.
What are your handbag essentials?
I’ve been going through a horrible phase with my skin over the last few months, suffering from a dry scaly texture and painful acne all along my jaw line. Nothing I tried would make any difference, even products which have helped in the past. I decided to try out the Avene skincare range as it had some really positive reviews online and was on 3 for 2 in Boots at the time.
For the first few weeks of use my skin seemed to get drier and drier until all of my spots had cleared up but it still had a horrible bumpy texture. I decided to try the serum from the range underneath the light hydrating cream and this definitely made a difference, all of the products seem to work together to keep my skin balanced and healthy yet help to combat any spots I get.
Firstly I cleanse my face using the cleanance cleansing gel (£11) to remove any dirt and left over makeup.
Then I tone using the cleanance mattifying lotion(£11) on a cotton pad to tighten my pores and remove any left over grime.
Next I massage in the hydrance optimal serum (£17) and the soothing eye contour cream (£9.50) which keep my skin hydrated and glowing.
If i’m doing my morning skincare routine I apply the hydrance optimale light with SPF 20 (£14.50) on top of the serum which helps to protect my face from sun damage.
I also exfoliate twice a week using the gentle exfoliating gel (£13) to remove any dry skin and leave my skin looking bright and healthy.
Have any of you tried Avene skincare?
With Christmas day fast approaching I thought that I’d share with you a few ideas in case you’re stuck on what to put in her stocking this year.
Phillip Kingsley ‘polished perfection’ gift set
This Phillip Kingsley cracker containing an elasticizer(40ml) and polishing balm(20ml) is a perfect stocking filler and a bargain at £10.
Any face mask is great to go in a stocking however this Montagne Jeunesse set from Feelunique.com is a definite winner. It retails at £5 for six sachets.
Ted Baker Body Spray
This mini Ted Baker body spray retails at £4 from Boots and is the perfect handbag size.
What would you like to receive in your stocking?
Here’s 5 gift ideas your mum will love this Christmas!
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
Liz Earle’s cleanse & polish hot cloth cleanser is perfect for all skin types and this limited edition sweet orange and mint scent is divine.
Paco Rabanne Olympea gift set
Paco Rabanne Olympea is a gorgeous feminine fragrance with top notes of green mandarin, ginger lily and hydroponic jasmine, a base of sandalwood and ambergris and a heart of salted vanilla. This gift set from feelunique contains a 50ml eau de parfum, a body lotion and a miniature bottle; perfect for keeping in your handbag for topping up throughout the day.
Pyjamas are a great gift to receive at Christmas time and you can get some lovely ones no matter what your budget is; these floral button down ones are from Next.
This marble and gold jewellery holder from Sainsburys is a fantastic option if you’re on a budget!
Phillip Kingsley Heavenly Hair collection
This Phillip Kingsley set from feelunique contains a 75ml elasticizer, 60ml daily damage defence and a 75ml PK prep polishing balm in a handy wash bag; the perfect treat for a mum who looks after her hair.
What are you getting for your mum this year?
I recently had a horrible reaction to a Fake Bake false tan which left my arms, neck and legs covered in scaly, dry skin. I had just about tried everything from exfoliating to sudocrem in an attempt to get rid of it but nothing seemed to make a difference, until a friend recommended the cica repair balm from French pharmacy brand Mixa.
I applied it twice a day for a week, by the second day all of the redness was gone from the rash and by the seventh my skin was completely back to normal. I have been using it regularly since on any dry areas such as my hands, elbows and knees and am so impressed with the difference it makes.
The balm is definitely a holy grail for people sensitive skin and is an absolute bargain too at £5.99 from Superdrug.
Have any of you tried it?
Giving yourself a facial at home is a great way to keep your skin both looking and feeling it’s best; I love to treat myself once or twice a week to keep any spots at bay.
The first step I take is to remove any makeup I have on using the Soap and Glory ‘drama clean 5-in-1 micellar cleansing water’ (£4) on a cotton pad. This ensures my skin is being properly cleansed in the next step.
Next I cleanse using Murad’s ‘environmental shield essential-c cleanser'(£26) which washes away daily environmental aggressors and infuses skin with moisture.
I then remove any dry patches and brighten my skin using the Guinot ‘Facial Radiance Gommage Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel'(£30). I use a pea sized amount and massage it into my face for a few minutes until it warms and turns into an oily texture, then I rinse it away and I’m left with soft, glowing skin.(Sample size)
After this I apply the Liz Earle ‘Deep cleansing mask'(£17.50) to my t-zone and on any blemishes to reduce oiliness and draw out impurities; I leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse.
The last step is to apply Origins ‘Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'(£25) all over my face and 111skins ‘space defence bright eye lift gel'(£110) to my under eyes. When I wake up my skin looks radiant and clear and my dark circles are banished.
Whats your at home facial routine?