When I suggested to my friend that we tasted all of the new Christmas drinks from Starbucks she was on board.. until I told her we were doing it all at once lol. I thought it would make a good video and I think it did.. we tested them all and although I didn’t LOVE anything they weren’t as awful as I expected
We tasted Orange Mocha / Toffee Nut Latte / Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog
The only one that was really terrible was the Orange Mocha but I think that was made wrong because everyone tells me that it’s delicious.. it just tasted burnt. The one I was shocked to quite like was the eggnog, I honestly thought it would be gross but turns out.. not that terrible after all.. actually quite pleasant. Since then I’ve tried a couple of the Costa drinks and have to say I think I’m converting. I even perfer Costa’s regular lattes to Starbucks now.. what’s happening? The Salted Caramel Cream Latte is delish and if they didn’t have SO many we might have done a Costa version but it would have cost a fortune.
What’s your favourite festive drink this year?
There are just no words.. oh no wait, there’s one word – OUCH! I absolutely love these shoes, they have pride of place in my collection but they all out attacked me the one and only time I wore them and now I’m a touch scared to give them a second outing. I will of course but perhaps I wont go on a pub crawl round York next time.. I’m thinking these will be reserved for sensible dinners rather than hen party antics as they need a clear head and a steady step – I swear, I wasn’t even drunk and you should have seen the state of my foot. I have a tendancy to knock my right foot into my left one when wearing super high heels (some have suggested I may be flat footed but I’m not so sure) and when wearing these that ended in spike wounds and a big bruise that 2 weeks later is only just fading and still a little tender. Some may think I’m crazy for wanting them in the first place let alone wanting to wear them again but what can I say? They’re just THAT awesome.
I had lusted after these shoes for a couple of years and ended up getting an amazing deal on Cocosa (which is shutting down by the way *sad face* ) and they were £69 rather than £210. I must admit I may love them less after they ouched me had I paid full price but I didn’t so they’re still in my good books.. just.
Usually when I stumble upon a funny clip or anecdote I will save it for Wednesday but this was just too good so we’re having an early (or late depending on how you want to look at it) Hump Day Ha Ha today, courtesy of commenter Charlieee23 on my recent Pet Peeves video. One of my pet peeves is not grammar in general because there are so many rules it’s tough to be right ALL the time – though I know I make it look easy – it’s the pronunciation of the word H.
I am firmly in the minority pronouncing the letter Aitch, most of you will say Haitch and while I’ve made my peace (kind of) with it.. it’s wrong. So long as you know that I can sleep easy. After the video went live I had so many comments and tweets, some were equally as irritated by Haitch and others argued it was right. The ones that really got me were those who tried to prove their case with the argument that H has to start with the letter H.. don’t even get me started. One example given was that if H was Aitch then House would be Ouse.. *sigh*. Anyway.. I have definitely driven my point home and I don’t go about my life picking people up on their pronunciation because honestly it would consume all of my time and nobody cares but the below clip gave me a laugh and hopefully whichever side you’re on you’ll get a giggle from it too.
What are your Pet Peeves?
*PS. if you’re still not convinced try typing haitch in to your phone, see what spell check thinks..
*What I’m Wearing*
Tshirt – Victorias Secret / Jeans – H&M / Boots – Steve Madden / Coat – Next / Scarf – Primark / Necklace – Topshop / Bag – Cambridge Satchel 14in Oxblood
These are the first photos I attempted to take of my OWN outift.. selfies if you will. I have a wired remote (which you can see here) and a non wired which I’ve used since which moderate success. I’m hoping to find the best place in the house for lighting so I can take more outfit shots for my blog since I am planning to film more OOTDs in the coming year.. we’ll see. Winter is always tough for light so I may struggle but it’s all good practice. This outfit has been frequently worn this month, the weather has turned bitter and this coat is super warm, the scarf I’m told is sold out at Primark but I’ve linked an eBay seller and these boots.. ahh!! I’ve worn them almost non stop since I got them.. love! I still feel like maybe I need some new uggs too though, what do you think? New York in January is pretty freakin’ cold!
So we’ve reached our video gift guide finale.. you should have already seen my luxury and under £20 videos and today we are talking under £10 and stocking filler ideas. This is my favourite category and I think it could be yours too!
You can just read the list or for more info watch the video below. I intend to post individually on as much as possible in the next two weeks for those looking for a more in-depth review but for now this is a quick run down of a few gifts that are available this year in this price range.
Aromatherapy Associates Little Bell Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil Mini – £10*
Weleda Crackers – Skin Food/Pomegranate Hand Cream £3.50 each*
Beauticology Candy Cane Mini Bath Set – £5 but on sale for £2.50*
Beauticology Candy Cane Body Butter Trio – £7 but on sale for £3.50*
Orla Kiely Geranium Bath & Face Cloth – £9.99*
Vintage Cosmetics Company Brush Roll – £9.95*
Sanctuary Must Haves – £8*
NSpa Fragrances – £8 each or 2 for £10 – Available at Asda*
Ted Baker Sweet Treats Fragrances – £10*
China Glaze Happy Holiglaze Be Merry Mini Set – £9.90
Love Me Beauty Box – £10 + P&P*
Glossybox £10 + P&P
Miss Glossybox £7 + P&P
Had to throw in the beauty box options at the end there because I think they’re kind of a cool idea as a gift even if you’re not keen on the subscription service idea. For a friend who’s not familiar with the concept especially it’s a cute box of goodies similar to a stocking but with far less effort on your part and better value for money. On the subject of stockings I will be doing an ‘ideas’ video on how to fill a stocking if you’d like to put a little more thought in to a gift for someone special this year.
PR Samples Marked With A *
Todays gift guide is what I’m going to call ‘middle of the road’ budget wise. It’s probably going to be the most popular but I want to remind you that just because you have £20 to spend you don’t necessarily have to spend that all in one place.. several smaller gifts can be more effective and feel more thoughtful. Of course if your budget is higher you could pick up a couple the items below
Sanctuary Favourites – £15
Manuka Doctor Api Clear Introductory Kit – £14.99
Manuka Doctor Api Nourish Introductory Kit – £19.99
St Tropez Self Tan Starter Kit – £15
Charles Worthington Salon At Home Textured Updo Kit £12
Front Cover Midnight Collection Makeup Kit – £19.50
Conscious Skincare Bath Soak £15.99
Yardley Polaire Fragrance Gift Set – £19.99
The next guide will be under £10.. that’s always my favourite price range and it feels like you’re getting a bit of a bargain and some of the stocking fillers available right now are packaged so nicely!
*All items in this post were sent to me for review purposes
Rather than the ‘Him/Her/Kids’ gift guides I did last year I am sticking to the girls and I’ve categorised the guides by budget. In a bit of an unusual move I’ve decided to kick off my 2013 gift guide with the luxury products. I thought we’d start at the top and work our way down since I’ve already posted plenty of gift ideas for all budgets here on my blog.. just click the tab under my header to browse them.. Hopefully there will be something for everyone!
NUXE Love From Paris Cocooning Gift Set – £36.50
Aromatherapy Associates Festive Collection – £35
Ole Henriksen Ole La La Glow Head To Toe Blockbuster Kit – £59
Aromatherapy Associates Relax Deep Night Time Ritual – £65
Aromatherapy Associates Revive Candle – £34
Vera Wang Princess 30ml Gift Set - £30.95
Paco Rabanne Lady Million 50ml Gift Set – £39.99
Although this is the biggest budget category it is also the smallest.. Outside of the festive season I don’t accept a great deal of higher end samples and Lord knows I don’t buy a lot of expensive beauty products but other than the Ole Henriksen (which is totally new to me) I already use and love all of these all of these brands and though they are pricier I would definitely recommend them if you’re looking to spend a little more.. or ask for a little more
*All Items Are PR Samples
When I first started my YouTube channel I was out of work and totally broke. I had no idea it would become anything let alone as large a part of my life as it has and I had even less clue how important the name of it would be! I effectively branded myself as someone who would talk about only affordable products from that day and so when I got a job and wasn’t quite so skint I met with (lets say constructive) criticism when I spoke about more expensive brands. Almost 4 years later and my budget has far surpassed that of my previously unemployed self and my purchases reflect that. Now I’ve gone back and forth about this, one minute I think it’s my channel and I should be able to talk about whatever the hell I like but I know many of my viewers subscribed to me because they are on a tighter budget and I have to appreciate that the niche that restricts me also gained me the following I’m so grateful to have. So although this idea is not a new one it’s taken me more than a year to finally bite the bullet and start fresh with a new channel.
Those of you who know me outside of this blog may know that I already have a vlog channel which chronicles all things non beauty as well as the day in the life, follow me round style vlogs. I also maintained a ttc/pregnancy/baby channel until about a year ago (when Milo turned 1) so this will technically be my 4th YouTube channel.. excessive? Perhaps but they all serve their own purpose. Those of you who enjoy a good beauty review might not want to see me chatting about nothing on my walk to work and vice versa.. this new channel will hopefully enable me to strip out any more expensive products as well as clothing/accessories videos from missbudgetbeauty to keep it pure and true to it’s name. I’m really hoping that those who are not in to higher end brands will be happy with this change and those who are interested will follow me there as well. Either way this will be a standalone channel that could exist on it’s own and shouldn’t affect the content I’m currently making at all.
Here on my blog I generally feel comfortable talking about whatever I like anyway so there will be no change here.. my readers are a lot more relaxed about the term budget and generally seem to appreciate it’s fluidity and that it differs from person to person.. one day I will review MUA, the next MAC and none of you seem to care. I love you guys. I wish it was the same for my videos but hey.. this will be a fun little adventure, starting fresh is always exciting.
I’m overwhelmed that so many of you have already shown your support and subscribed and if you’re interested in seeing more hauls, beauty reviews, handbags (I can finally review my designer wares) and OOTD’s you might be interested in Diary Of A Spendaholic
I’ve been wearing almost the same makeup every day for weeks if not months now so I thought I would show you what my current makeup bag looks like.
L’Oreal Skin Perfection Serum / Revlon Colorstay Foundation / L’Oreal Lumi Magique Touch / Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder/ Smashbox Browtech To Go / Benefit Dallas Blush / Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner / No7 Extreme Length Extend Mascara / Burts Bees Lip Balm / Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
It’s pretty basic but the colours I’m wearing are deeper and more berry toned than they were a few months ago. I make less effort with my eyes too, I’m not sure why.. maybe I’m just more tired in the mornings but I definitely wear less eyeshadow day to day. That being said when I do where eyeshadow in the colder months I usually go all out smokey. It’s Laura’s hen party at the weekend and I’m leaning towards comfy grunge over girly so you may well see something smokey from me soon in the way of a tutorial.. and maybe an OOTD.
What are your current makeup bag staples?
I really want to make some kind of musical Christmas video with some friends and fellow YouTubers this year and in my quest to find something similar that’s already been done I found this that just HAD to be this weeks Hump Day Haha!
So, so funny.. but I’m still at a loss as to how to even begin to plan my own video.. I want to mash together clips of various people singing one song and I initially wanted it to be sung by US but I think the only way will be to mime the original.. hmm. Any ideas?
Sanctuary Creme Souffle / Sanctuary Ultimate Facial Cleansing Oil / Alpha H Liquid Gold / Anatomicals Don’t Just Clean It Woman Scrub It / Right Guard Unscented Deodorant / Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter Body Wash / Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shot / Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm / Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo / REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
So that’s everything I used up this month.. but what would I repurchase? I loved the Sanctuary Creme Souffle.. everything from them smells amazing and this is whipped so feels super luxe too. The Alpha H was another stand out product, it gave my skin a glow and overnight it seemed improved but i didn’t like how oily it made me, I’m on the fence as to whether I will buy it again. My Bastiste Tropical and my favourite Right Guard unscented deodorants are basic staples that I will never be without and finally the REN mask. This works in a similar way to the Alpha H, it exfoliates, tingles and leaves me skin glowy and super smooth. An added bonus is the smell – orange jelly, yum!
You can watch my Empties video here
What have you finished up this month?
So I know it’s not technically even been Halloween yet but as far as I’m concerned Friday marks the countdown to Christmas (which starts 1st Dec for anyone wondering) so I’ve been patiently waiting but as soon as it hits the festive posts will flood in.. for now I thought I’d share one of my favourite Christmas movie clips – I may make this a regular feature so if you have any suggestions of your own leave a comment!
Also, while we’re on the subject of Hugh Grant and his epic dancing has anyone else noticed the homage One Direction paid to his Music & Lyrics character in their newest video? I’m not a music video person but my daughter made me watch this and I then made her watch Hugh doing the original!
Check out One Direction at around 5.19 and Hugh at around 11 seconds.. in truth I think they pinched a few more moves from the Pop music video too which if you haven’t already seen is below and you’re welcome.. never ceases to cheer me up and it’s just So. Darn. Catchy!
Todays Hump Day Haha is courtesy of the hilarious Mr. Tom Hanks who is spoofing the popular Toddlers & Tiaras TV show
I actually cane across this after looking for the Josh Groban sings Kanye tweets last week.. don’t you love finding something totally new and so funny? This technically isn’t new at all but I’d never seen it.. of all the US imports I wish we had late night talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel is in the top 10 – and that’s INCLUDING Bath & Bodyworks!!!
I was just reminded via twitter by the lovely Claire that I missed this weeks Ha! Ha! Hump Day. We vaguely discussed it last week after I posted this.. I like the idea of a little comedy pick my up midweek so as and when I will post bits and pieces I find amusing. Watching an episode of Family Guy earlier in the week this clip stood out and I was going to post it but it must have slipped my mind.. seemed so fitting for a blog read predominantly by women and so very true..
Don’t you agree?
Apologies for this completely random post but just rediscovered this video during a YouTube-athon and had to share, fans of Parks & Rec will love it – also, they’re married.. gotta love it!