Monday, 26 January 2015

Instagram

I'm far too obsessed with Instagram - a photo never goes on Facebook or Twitter without the special Instagram treatment and the feeling of achievement when I recently reached 350 followers (pretty pathetic compared to others I know) was unreal!

If you like photos of food tips and tricks, guinea pigs, make up and shopping hauls, #OOTDs, #FOTDs, #HOTDs, gym stuff and a few too many selfies, hop on over to Insta and follow me: MsSarahJack :)


Thursday, 22 January 2015

January Sale Shopping!

I've seen a few other sale shopping blogs around and I've loved looking what everyone bagged in the sales this year.. I don't know if it's just me but I've found that I couldn't find as much as I normally do in the sales? Maybe that's just me and I'm unlucky.. more than likely! But thought I'd do a little post as to what I bagged myself over the last few weeks... 

Boots

Soap and Glory Onesie.. yes, apparently now S&G do onesies and it's so flipping comfy, it's not making getting out of bed easy in the morning. Half price at just £14! 


Again from Boots, picked up a cute little Laura Ashley measuring jug as since we moved house, I never brought one so I always have to guess using wine or pint glasses. Super cute for £5. 


This year was the first year I didn't get a diary for Christmas and when I went into Boots on Christmas day they only had 2 left.. luckily the design is lovely and for a fiver, it's really nice inside too. 

My Nan came shopping with me and got me some cinnamon smelling cute little tealight candles as they were only £1.50 for a pack of 6.

Anyone know hows me knows I'm such a granny and love a good pair of slippers/thick socks/house boots so I picked up a cute little pair of slipper socks as well as a pair of slipper boots for £5 for both!

Remember I put the Jack Wills body spray in my Dupe post a few weeks ago? I managed to bag the whole Jack Wills body sprays in the set for just £3! 

Finally from Boots I picked up a Malibu cocktail set for £5 and some huge gold chocolate coins for £1 each for stocking fillers for Christmas number 2 at my Dads... then forgot to take them to Nottingham so have had to eat them myself ;) 

New Look: 

I used to be the biggest headband person until a couple of years ago and used to wear them all the time but recently, I think I grew out of a phase.. until I went on the New Look website that is. They had some really cute headbands (and a velvet bow) for £2, £2.50 and £3! 

Gym Stuff:

For Christmas my boyfriend's lovely Grandparents got me a H&M voucher - I rarely go in H&M but I went in and had no idea they did their own huge range of gym clothing. Picked up this lovely light weight pink gym top to add a bit of colour for just £7! 

My big aim for 2015 is to get fit as well as losing weight and I've seen on a few blogs about walking with dumbell weights so I went into Sports Direct (who are cheap as chips anyway) and picked up 2 2kg dumbells for £4 each. 

I braved Jack Wills in Nottingham in the New Year and picked up this Jack Wills water bottle for about £3 and it's already been used relentlessly in the gym and while out running! 

I keep seeing on TV this advert about Fabletics and I've always thought it was a bit of a con but when I saw a friend put about it on Facebook I thought I'd give it ago! So flipping glad I did.. got a whole gym outfit (apart from trainers) for £26 - a bit of a con as the advert says £22 but I guess I did get a new sports bra and headband too. It's taking forever to come through the post but hoping it's here in the next few days. 


Finally for the gym gear, picked up a new pair of joggers for £5 from TK Maxx - I normally go for running tights or tight fitted joggers but actually found these a lot more comfortable as they're a bit baggier! 

Clothes

The last few times I've looked in the Tesco clothes sale it's been a bit of a mess and there's mainly coats and jumpers but when I went in a couple of days ago, managed to find this pair of cute lightweight flowery patterned trousers! I do love a good pair of pattern pants! Better than half price at £10! 


Over the next few weeks got quite a few birthdays or girlie nights out so thought I'd treat myself to a new address. The only reason I found this was because I was trying to build up to a certain amount as I wanted to buy a camera and if you spend £200 you pay nothing for a year... turns out that camera aren'y included but hey, still managed to get the dress! It's not arrived yet so may not fit but it looks so cute I couldn't not add it (so apologies for nicked photo from Very!)


And finally... my favourite purchase of the last month or so... possibly an all time favourite. A Teddy Bear Coat from Topshop! I'd been looking at it for 2 weeks in Outfit next door to where I work and for some reason when it was £40 I kept putting it down or putting it back before I'd got to the till but then... one day... It was reduced again! £30. YES. They only had 1 size now and it was slightly too short in the arms but oh my days, so worth it! I love wearing really long sleeves so it looks quite good with the coat! It's so comfy I'm not gonna lie, I fell asleep on the train the other night and nearly missed my stop. It's really cosy and comfy, great size pockets and goes with jeans/leggins/tights you name it! Absolutely in love with it and the perfect coat for the Winter!



xox

Thats the end of my spending for a while now we're saving up for a holiday but I'm so chuffed with the bargains I managed to get at Boots and with my coat especially!

Would love to know what I've missed out on so Tweet me links to your sale blog posts :)


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Make Up Revolution: Worth the hype?

I keep seeing so much hype around the new range Make Up Revolution from Superdrug and despite saying I wouldn't, I caved and ended up hitting the shelves and purchasing a few bits to try.

Firstly - oh my god.. HOW CHEAP! The price won me over in the first instinct and with a lot of items being £1-£4, I tried to stock up on something from all areas. I was SO excited to try everything after seeing so many amazing reviews but, and I know this is going to probably lose me a fair few followers, but I think I'm possibly the only person on the planet who was a bit disappointed. Not hugely disappointed, but enough! 

I'll start with the bad and end with the good.. Firstly, the foundation. Now I know with it being so cheap I shouldn't have expected miracles.. but I did! Everyone was raving about it so when I put it on and it barely covered my skin and didn't make a difference, I was gutted. It was the first product I'd tried so it really put me off everything else. I went on though and tried the concealer, and yes, this was better but still didn't cover as well as my regular concealer did but again, for £1, I can't say I was hugely surprised. 


So 2 down, still had 4 to go so there was still room for improvement and time to pull it back! And pull it back it did! The next items I tried were the blushers.. I'd also picked up the Real Technique's blush brush so it was a bit of "what is making it good, the blush or the brush?" but still, the pink one (really should know the name but I'm too lazy to move to find out) is such an amazing colour. At first I put far too much on and I looked like a raspberry but I think that was just getting used to the brush but the pigmentation is just phenomenal! 

A £1 lipstick.. I wasn't holding my hopes for this and imagined that within a few minutes it'd be in the bin and I'd be back on the Rimmel lippies but nope.. must admit, I was surprised as how much I liked this and how well it wore. I had 2 bottles (woops) of wine and it was still going strong! 




Finally, and excuse my short fat fingers, but I picked up the nail polish in Call Me Naive 02 expecting it to be like a base coat and didn't think it would bring out any colour whatsoever but oh my days.. this was the one I was most wrong about! I think the polish was also £1 but I apologise if I'm wrong.. but it only took 2 coats and I was so happy with the colour. The only thing I dislike is it took a while to dry but that might just be the 2 thick coats! 

I really want to try one of the eye palletts so I guess I've not been totally put off, I just would say that the foundation and concealer are for those wanting a really light coverage and more of a BB cream maybe? But again, that's just my opinion! But for how cheap it is and despite me being unsure it's worth it's hype, it is still worth a try if you're on a budget!! 

xox







Sunday, 18 January 2015

#ShrewsburySunday: The Perfect Saturday Night

Introducing #ShrewsburySunday to the blog purely after having the very best night last night! 

Everyone says the best nights are the spontaneous last minute ones and they really are right! Nick came back from a busy day at work and I'd seen on Facebook that a bar in town we'd never been to were doing happy hour cocktails so we booked a taxi and managed to get from gym kit to going out kit in 25 minutes... possibly a new record! 

We'd never been to Havana Republic before so didn't know where it was or what it was like.. all I knew was that they had a Happy Hour and a live singer so I was sold. We got there an immediately the Mexican vibe and atmosphere warms you and excites you. Despite being a little disappointed that there was only 2 cocktails available on Happy hour and not really being a fan of either, the cocktails that we did treat ourselves too were loooovely! Anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for some groovy drinks glasses (or cans in this case) so I was in my element! 


It was so good to have a Saturday night with the fella as this is a bloody rare occasion so was nice to try somewhere new and meet some lovely new friends... who naughtily convinced us to try the restaurant next door - The Peach Tree. We'd seen in on Trip Advisor and Facebook etc since we've moved but we've never been so thought considering we were being spontaneous, why the hell not!


Firstly, a huge thank you to Grant for squeezing us in when you were full! Despite Havana and Peach Tree being linked together, they atmosphere changes a lot when walking from one to the other - the stunning piano player and singer in the corner gave the romantic, calm vibe. 

We started off with a glass of procescco and a small starter of "piggy bits" which were in-cred-ible! Not sure what they exactly were but it was beautiful chunks of pork in a gorgeous chinese-y sauce! (Was so good I didn't even take time to take a photo!)


I was a little price conscious on what I ordered as we're trying to save money and some meals were a little pricey but you were certainly paying for what you had. Nick's steak looked totally perfect and I really wish I'd had the duck from looking at it on the next table but the fish and home made chips was delicious for me. 


We both said we were quite full but didn't want to miss out on a pudding so we picked one and when we ordered we said we were going to share it... now, I don't know if they made it bigger as we were sharing it or whether it is genuinely this big! But oh my days... a banoffee version of an Eton Mess (we did order the gingerbread version but can't say I mind as this was just as scrummy!) I definitely means I need a good gym session now today but this really was amazing! Cream.. meringue, banana, toffee sauce, ice cream.. wowza. 


To be fair, when the bill came, I wasn't overly shocked. Think it was £62 for 2 glasses of bubbly, a starter, 2 mains - one being a £25 steak, and a giant pudding! 

And of course, it would've been rude to leave without having 1 more cocktail while waiting for our taxi back from Havana Republic ;) Helloooooo Strawberry Mohjito! 

Can't wait for some of my girlies to come visit next month so I can take them and we're definitely debating this for Valentine's Day as they have a great deal where you can get 3 courses for £27! Hmm.. already debating what to have ;) 

xox 



Friday, 16 January 2015

Cordelia

So a couple of years ago, I was stalking Instagram (c'mon, we all do it) and on my Explorer/Suggested page, a photo came up of a c-yooouuuu-te tie-dye t-shirt that I NEEDED in my life. It was a Nirvana one and immediately imagined myself wearing it to jazz up my gym outfit or generally look pretty cool! So I clicked on this "Cordelia" person's profile and started scrolling through her photos until I came to a photo of a computer in a call centre with her name badge on the top... but wait a second.. I recognised the style of the name badge and realised that (who I now found out wasn't called Cordelia) Jen sat in the same office of the same call centre as I did.

Don't worry, I didn't walk up and down the aisles to find her.. I'm not that much of a stalker.. but I did drop her an email and say hi! At the time I was doing Bows and Hearts, my own little "off the kitchen table" business which I've already blogged about and invited her to a summer market I was organising for the office! We got chatting and clearly we had no work to do as emailed too much about clothes and fashion and businesses... and David Beckham!

ANYWAY... So yes, I found out that Jen personalises t-shirts and makes slogan T's from her own flat and ran a cute little website and Instagram!


(Hands up if we need this T bloggers!)

Jen spends her free time making t-shirts and running possibly one of my favourite Instagram accounts with OOTDs, fashion ideas and a number of beautiful selfies! But it's her T-shirts that have attracted thousands of followers and likes on both Insta and Facebook!


It only took a couple of weeks to get my mitts on THAT t-shirt and believe me, it's been one of my favourite Gym tops to jazz up a boring pair of joggers ever since! 


In 2014, the world went Selfie crazy and Jen brought out (what I believe is) one of her most requested and most popular T-shirts yet - queue the music.... LET ME TAKE A SELFIE! Jen's Insta was a craze of customer selfies in these beauts so with a holiday looming, I HAD to get one for the suitcase. Jen's wonderful in the way of customising a T for you, whether you want studs, glitter, various colours.. she's ya gal! 


(I NEED this tan back!) 

You can order your T-shirts online using the website below or find her in various little stockist shops around the country (see her Facebook or website for more info). Prices are so decent at anywhere up to about 25 quid and with % discounts from time to time and the t-shirts being such good quality, it's really affordable. 


I also want to say a HUGE thank you to Jen for making us these personalised T-shirts for our 3000 mile challenge to wear in the gym to get people involved and aware of what we're doing! You really do have the kindest heart! <3 

(Had to add this photo of my champagne drinking buddy on my last night in Nottingham!)

As well as collaborating with other fashionista's to set up their own Fashion line, Jen's now joined the blogging world and has teamed up with various other bloggers (how she fits it all in I'll never know) so be sure to give her a follow, and take a look at her website/Instagram for fashion ideas or to purchase a new wardrobe essential! <3 


(There's probably more.. I can never keep up!) 

So yeah, that's Jen, go stalk her like I did! 

Disclaimer - not being sponsored or paid for this blog etc etc, I just love Jen and wanted to say thank you! 

xox 

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Monday, 12 January 2015

My Golden Globe Favourites

The Golden Globes seem to have taken over the internet at the moment and I keep seeing all the lovely dresses plastered all over Twitter and the Daily Mail website! There's so many dresses I'd love to have in my wardrobe (along with the body to fit them) so thought I'd do just a little post with my favourites!

First Up, Sienna Miller and Jennifer Aniston (who have both been slated quite a lot) and Kate Bosworth. All of these dresses are to die for (not sure about Jen's leg slip but the rest of it is nice!) but Kate's in particular is possibly my favourite of the Golden Globes! 


Melissa McCarthy, who again has had quite a lot of slack for her outfit, I thought looked really glam. I love the scarf and shirt combo. Her hair and make up looked gorgeous too. Lorde had a couple of outfits on but both of them were really trendy and not too over the top which I quite liked! What I'd give for a stomach like hers! 


Lorde again in pretty much the same crop top on as previous but again, if I had the stomach for it, I'd kill for this outfit! I have never been a bit fan of yellow but with the dark blonde hair, red lips and beaut tan, Taylor Swift is actually converting me. 


I kept seeing photos of J-Lo and despite her having 4 different outfits, I didn't like any of them however she does win my "hotd" award and despite being so basic, I have epic levels of hair envy! 



Just a little post but it's giving me "abspiration" to get in the gym and hair ideas for the spring and summer! If you've done a Golden Globe post, Tweet me the links so I can see your favourites! <3 

Friday, 9 January 2015

Boots No7 Vouchers

It's that time again when Boots are dishing out No7 vouchers when you spend £5 or more in store. These vouchers are so flipping useful... as well as dangerous. (I think my record of how many times I've brought something, got a voucher, spent it, got another, spent it, got another.... is 6 times - woops!) and if, like me, you work for Boots, you know that a little bit of discount goes a long way! 



If you don't know about the No7 vouchers at Boots (firstly.. where have you been), but when you spend £5 in store, you get a voucher which gives you £3 off make up and £5 off skincare. There's so many products I've brought with them to try when first launched, particularly the mascaras, BB  Lip balms and lip stains as well as new shades in eyeshadows over the years but there's always those products that I make sure I stock up on each time! I've, as always, brought quite a few bits and pieces this time round so I thought I'd let you into the secrets as to the products that come out with the best value... and generally a look into how I spend mine ;) 


First up - WIPES! Yep, the No7 Beautiful Skin wipes are great for taking off make up or generally having in your bag! After the voucher, they work out at just £2! Yep, £2! Amazing I know. I always struggle to spend the skincare vouchers as the skincare is a little more expensive than the make up so it's normally make up vouchers that go first. But if I have any vouchers at the end of the month I normally end up with about 7 or 8 packets of wipes. I wouldn't pay the full £7 for them but for £2, they're so handy to keep on my desk, in my bag or stashed away with a collection under my dressing table! Biggest bargain of No7 methinks. 

The No7 Foundations are a bit pricer than normal foundations like Rimmel or whatnot what the vouchers help bring it down to their price band and as I'm an avid user of No7 foundations including the Beautifully Matte and the mousse foundation, it's always handy to pick one up with a make up voucher.



Men's shaving gel... yes.. men's! It's only a couple of quid after the £5 skincare voucher and it's as good as any women's shaving gel that's for sure. It doesn't even smell that man-ly so who cares - no one has to know!

I'd never thought about this until a few months ago but you can get a brilliant Make Up brush for just £3 or £4 with the vouchers (even the eyelashes are great for £4) - I recently purchased the eye contour brush as I kept seeing all the hype about similar brushes from Mac etc. I've never used the Mac or Zoeva eye contour brush but I'm definitely more than happy with my No7 one! 

No7 nail polishes have always been a favourite and they work out at just £3/4 with a make up voucher and as there's always a new colour, shade or texture polish, it's a great way to try the new ones - and if you don't like them, you've not spent as much money as you could've! 



I recently discovered that No7 do a small range of self tan products including the Face gradual tan which is just £4 after a skincare voucher. Brilliant for these winter months and doesn't have that sweet/cakey smell that other tans do.

My final little No7 treat is again, something that's quite handy just to pick up for your desk or hand bag and it's the Protect and Perfect Hand Cream which is just £5.50 after the voucher. The bottle size isn't too big either so it's great for carrying around with you!

If you're a No7-aholic like me, let me know what products you use your vouchers on!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Rimmel: Brow This Way Review

I recently put in my 2014 beauty picks that 2014 was the year I finally learnt about brows and started making more of an effort on them! I've always used the No7 Eyebrow pencil as it was easy and the brush (don't know the technical name) was brilliant for making them look good! 

But the other week I was scanning the Rimmel shelves in Boots as it there was a 3 for 2 on and I stumbled across the new brow gel; Brow This Way! I'd seen it mentioned in a magazine but I'd not seen anyone blog about it so I didn't know much about it or how to use it or whether it was even any good! 

The first time I tried it I made a mess and ended up stabbing my eyebrow and smearing it across my forehead so it's safe to say it can take a while to get used to until you get a bit of a tactic. But after a few attempts, I learnt that if you use the nib of the mascara-style brush to do a bit of an outline first, it's easier to fill it in with the body of the brush! It's also wise to get rid of some of the excess gel before going anywhere near your face with it! 


It's one of the best products I've used for making them look darker and giving them more definition and the long handle gives you a bit more grip so you're not struggling to hold it - always good if you don't want to go for the uneven look!  The staying power is one of the key things that I look for in a product and this outstays any other pencil I've used! It doesn't smudge and it stays put until you take it off with a face wipe at the end of the day (doesn't even sweat off in the gym!)

(Right, before - left, after)

The only bad things I could say is that when you put it on, it can feel a bit "wet" and until it's dry, it's tricky not to smudge it but it dries within a minute or so, so it's just a case of being careful. It comes in 3 shades, a dark blonde, a brown (what I use) and a black and for just £3.99, this nippy little tube has pushed all of my eye pencils to one side and definitely given me my first favourite for 2015!  


xox 






Saturday, 3 January 2015

Product Sale!

Today's been one of those horrible rainy days where you don't want to leave and just want to stay in your PJs all day so I ended up clearing out my whole dressing tables and beauty storage boxes. After a good 2 or 3 hours, I had a whole bag of stuff I was going to throw away - stuff that's literally sat in boxes, some having never been used! I've seen so many great product sales on blogs before so thought I'd give it ago. It's all a bit random but there may be something you like ;) 

50% of prices will go towards the money we're raising for Bone Cancer Research Trust. If you're not aware, I'll be taking part in a year long 3000 mile challenge for BCRT with good friend, Luke, in memory of my little sister, Caroline, and Luke's Brother, Thomas! You can read more about it and get involved by seeing the below: 


So yeah.. even if it's just a little, it's better than nothing (and I don't feel sad as I'm not throwing them away!)

POSTAGE IS £2 FOR THE FIRST ITEM + 50P PER ITEM THEREAFTER. 

SOLD Gucci Flora 100ml - Barely used. £7

SOLD Chloe 75ml - Barely Used. £7. 

Kylie Minogue Darling Body Lotion - Never used. £4.

SOLD Jimmy Choo Body Lotion - Never used. £4 

Victoria Beckham Intimately Beckham 30ml Perfume Set - Never used (package slightly marked). £5

Bumble and Bumble Surf Style Set - Never used. £5 

Fake Bake Extreme Self Tan - only used a handful of times. £2

SOLD Mac Matchmaster Foundation in Shade B33 - about 2/3s full (normally my end-of-holiday foundation). £5.

 Make Up Revolution Matte Effect Foundation and Concealer (lightest shade) - used once to try. £2 for both.

SOLD Sensationail Gel Polishes (Blue Yonder and Disco Fever) - only used once each. £3 each or both for £5. 

Elf set of 14 nail polishes - only a couple have been used. £5.

Barry M Red/Black Glitter and Silver/Star Glitter polishes - barely used. £1 each.

Sally Hansen Nail polishes (one in black with slight glitter and one in a very dark berry). £2 each. 


If anything takes your fancy, email me at mssarahjack@gmail.com or Tweet me: @MsSarahJack! Payments via Paypal only :)