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Last week I picked up two gorgeous bracelet sets from The Bead Shop. I love a bit of DIY and I love jewellery so stick the two together and that's a winning combination for me. Yesterday morning, with a bit of help from Sean, I set about putting the bracelets together. 


They were really simple to make and the instructions were easy to follow. After only a few minutes me and Sean had both completed a considerable chunk of our bracelets, and they were  already starting to look quite good. One problem we did come across whilst putting the beads on the string was that it would easily fray at the ends, making it hard to thread the beads. This problem was soon sorted by cutting the string at an angle and melting the wax around it. 


After about half hour we had both finished our bracelets and had a few beads and rings left over. I really enjoyed making the Seed Bead and Jump Ring bracelets and think they would make great little gifts. If your looking to for some little presents or even if you want to treat yourself I would recommend you check out The bead shop as they stock really good value beads and jewellery kits. The Seed Bead and Jump Ring bracelets are only £3 each and you can find them here.

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This isn’t my usual type of post but as I do travel a lot and on a budget too I thought I would share a bit about how I save with you guys. I'd like to think I'm pretty damn good at saving now though I do want to disclose that I am extremely lucky as I still have a comfortable life living with my parents which I know is a luxury not everyones has.

Photograph of a life vest with the ocean in the background. a jet ski can be seen splashing about to the side of the life vest

So here is how I scrimp and save to go on my perfect holidays!

I work a minimum wage job and lets face it, that doesn’t always leave me with lots to spend so I have to make cuts in what I buy. I used to buy lots and lots of cheap things. I didn’t think anything of it. A few items off eBay at 99p a piece was nothing. But this soon adds up believe me. Once I cut out buying crap I soon noticed my bank balance looking a lot happier. Another thing to go was magazines. I love reading magazines. But reading so many magazines a month was costing me a lot so I cut them out. And I still get lots of free inspiration from reading other peoples blogs.

One really good tip (especially for you bloggers out there) is to use the make-up you have before buying more. If you are like me and you just love trying out new beauty products I’m sure you have box full of bits and bobs that you’ve only used once. USE IT. You don’t need another £15 lipstick, believe me, I’m sure you have another 3 somewhere almost the same colour. If you don’t like it or don’t want it, set up a blog sale. It won’t make you millions but it’s more than you would have.

And that brings me onto my next thing, sell your stuff! I love eBay, I think everyone knows this but it’s such a good way to make a few quid. I’m always selling clothes and bags etc on there and yes I know sometimes they don’t sell for loads but its money you wouldn’t have had. My wardrobe is always full of clothes I haven’t worn in ages so every now and then I do a huge clear out and make a bit of money towards my next trip.

Okay so now you've saved a fair bit and you are looking for the perfect holiday. Here are a few more tips on how to get the most for your money. These won’t work for everyone but if you’re not fussed about when or where you are going you could really get a bargain.

If like me you are quite flexible in where you will go or when you can, try and book last minute. Travel agents will tell you last minute deals don’t exist anymore but I can tell you they definitely do. Also it’s always a good plan to try and book out of school holidays. Prices always go up the week’s kids aren’t at school so avoid these if you can, and your trip will be more relaxing too!

Another obvious tip is to look around. There are so many travel sites that provide holidays in the same places I’m sure you can find a bargain if you look hard enough. One more thing I would suggest is if you plan on taking a few trips abroad in one year is to get annual insurance. I wish I’d have thought of this at the start of the year as I would have saved quite a bit of money.

So those are my tips for saving and finding a bargain holiday. I hoped this has helped anyone wanting to start saving but not really sure where to start. I’d also love to know what you guys think of this sort of post as its nothing like my others!

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So here it is, the June Glossybox. I couldn't wait for this little beauty to arrive and now it's finally here! Unfortunately this will be my last Glossy Box as I'm saving for a holiday and I'm going to start taking my own advice about saving. But hopefully someone will buy me a Glossy Box for my birthday ;)

Right now let's get down to what I got...

June Glossybox and magazine
June Glossybox and magazine

Inside the June Glossybox showing the beauty products
Inside the June Glossybox

bottle of Embellez Novex Brazilian Keratin
Embellez Novex Brazilian Keratin

Small bottle of Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau Fraîche perfume
Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau Fraîche

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Flat Brush for eyeshadow
Teeez Trend Cosmetics Flat Brush

Nailgirls clear strengthening nail varnish
Nailgirls 3 in 1 base, topcoat and nail strengthener

small concealer palette
So Susan Cosmetics Concealer Quad

1. Nailgirls 3 in 1 base, topcoat and nail strengthener - A clear nail strengthener has been on my to buy list for so so long and now I've finally got one! I had an avon version some time last year but that ran out and my nails have been looking pretty sad since then so I have high hopes for this product.

2. Teeez Trend Cosmetics Flat Brush - I have a few eye shadow brushes but they are all pretty cheap and basic so I'm looking forward to trying out a pretty pricey one. This brush comes in at €19, much more expensive than the ones I currently use, so heres hoping it works well.

3. Embellez Novex Brazilian Keratin - My hair is in a really bad condition and I'm forever using cheap hair treatments to revive it but I'm yet to find anything completely amazing. I'm hoping this treatment will do the trick and sort my dry locks out.

4. So Susan Cosmetics Concealer Quad - The first thing I noticed about this little product was its gorgeous packaging. I can never say no to a cute packaging and I'm hoping I will be as happy with the actually product as I am with its appearance. I currently use a very cheap concealer every now and then when I get a spot but Ive never had one this expensive. This concealer palette is currently £20 which is much more than I would ever be willing to pay. 

5. Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau Fraîche - I've never heard of this brand before, but after taking a sniff of this little bottle of perfume I'm sold. Like most girls I have my favorite perfumes that I wear all the time but I'm more than willing to try this lovely scent for a while. 

So that was my June Glossybox! I'll likely be reviewing some of these beauty products in the coming months so keep a lookout!

Have you tried out any beauty subscription boxes yet?

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I've been really enjoying putting together my monthly beauty favourites posts. Knowing I'll have to do a round up of beauty items every month inspires me to try out new products and use things I might not have previously. My bank balance might not be loving me right now, but I'm having fun with them!

So here are my favourite beauty products from the month of May!


1. Nice 'n easy colourseal conditioner - I usually get this product free with my hair dye, but  some days I use a small amount on the ends of my hair after I've finished styling it as a leave in treatment. I love using it as it smells great and I makes my hair feel so soft.

2. Bourjois Colour Boost #6 Plum Russian - Last month I had another lighter lip crayon in my favorites and I loved it. I bought myself another and love this one too. Its darker than the last one and I think its suits me more. The lip crayon isn't particularly thick and I usually use it as a top coat over a lipstick but this isn't a problem. 

3. No7 Exceptional Definition mascara - I have loved this mascara for years and I'm not really sure why its only now found its way into my monthly favorites. I have really small eyelashes, and it has taken me quite some time to find a mascara that makes them look longer and thicker without them looking clumpy but this mascara does just that. 

4. Rimmel Stay Matte foundation #200 soft beige - I don't wear a lot of foundation, usually just a very fine layer, or when I go out. It's hard to find a foundation the right colour and one that isn't greasy/ gives me spots. It also can't be too thick as I don't like to it to be obvious that I'm wearing foundation. This foundation is the perfect colour for me. It is slightly thicker than I would like, but it is easy to apply and hasn't affected my skin at all. My sister also steals it quite a lot so it's safe to say we both like it.

So those were the products I've been loving this month! What beauty products have you been using this month?

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So as you might know last week I flew off to Turkey with my family. I'd been once before and fell in love with it. We booked the holiday super last minute and got a an amazing deal. We did so much fun stuff, and went places I'd never seen before.

We stayed in a little town called Sarigerme, which is pretty central to everywhere we wanted to go, so that was perfect. 

looking out of an airplane window at the clouds below
The view from the airplane window on the way to Turkey

A turtle can be seen peeking out of the water
A turtle peeping up to say hello in Dalyan

a coffee cup with the Iztuzu beach logo on the side which mimics the starbucks logo
Hot chocolate on Iztuzu Beach (Turtle beach)

We flew really late and spent the first day chilling out and seeing what there was to do at our resort, but by day two we were ready to explore Sarigerme. We headed into the town for some shopping and ended up booking an excursion to Dalyan to see the turtles, the tombs and the mud baths! And that's exactly what we spent the third day doing. Let me just say if you are ever on holiday near a place that has natural mud baths, do it! Its really gross and doesn't smell all that fresh either but believe me its an experience! 

where the sea meets the shore on Iztuzu beach
Iztuzu Beach just outside Dalyan

a large hill at Dalyan with carvings in the style of temples in the side
The cave carvings at Dalyan

myself and my sister with beach towels on our heads as we take the boat back to Dalyan harbour
After a dip in the mud baths and thermal spa in Dalyan

Standing in the mud bath smoothing ourselves in mud
Having fun in the mud at the Dalyan Mud baths

On the third night there was a foam party in the town so me and my sister decided to go up and have a few drinks. We definitely did have a few drinks, so we had to spend all of day 4 relaxing by the pool. We spent all of day 5 relaxing around to resort too.

We decided that our 6th day should be a beach day as we weren't all that brown and we wanted to come back with a bit of a tan. 

Sarigerme shingle beach, the sea can be seen in the background
The shingle beach at Sarigerme in Turkey

myself, my sister, and my mom standing in the hotel reception with a large ornate vase in between us
In the hotel Lobby 

footprints on Sarigerme beach leading into the distance
Footprints on the beach in Sarigerme

My whole family standing at a viewpoint near the Blue Lagoon
This was taken near the Blue Lagoon by Fethiye 

On day 7 it was time to pack up and head off on our second and final excursion. This time we decided to go Fethiye Market and the Blue Lagoon. The market was huge and we really couldn't be bothered to do it all as it was way too hot so we headed back to the coach to be taken to our second stop.

We were taken to an abandoned Greek town where we had lunch, and a Camel ride. That's one more thing ticked off the bucket list! Our final stop was at a beautiful beach called Blue Lagoon where we did a bit of sunbathing and hired a pedalo. Then it was back to the Hotel to wait for our ride to the airport and our plane home.

** Edit 26.06.2020 - looking back at this post I would not recommend taking animal rides in holiday destinations as I don't believe they are always well looked after **

a tub of ice cream with sprinkles near the pool
It's not a holiday unless you eat ice cream around the pool is it?

My self and my sister riding camels in Kayakoy
Taking a camel ride in Kayakoy (looking back I would not recommend this)

a closer shot of the camels we would ride
The camels we would ride in Kayakoy

We had such an amazing week away and I literally can't to come back and explore more of this beautiful country!

Have you been to Turkey before? 

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