I’ve been taking a good look at my life and finances lately and to say its frustrating is an understatement. It’s downright stressful. I am constantly reorganising my budget to fit things in and take things out. I can’t seem to go a week without something needing to change.
When it comes to my budget, all bills and payments come out first. Then what is left is for me to do with as I please – spend or save. However saving is a limited activity at the moment. So I have been looking for ways to cut back on my spending – specifically my food and toiletries and things like that.
In my search I came across this blog – A Thrifty Mrs – and plan on testing out some of her ideas for myself.
First up will be changing supermarkets. Now I don’t shop anywhere expensive (Asda to be exact), but I’ve heard so many people talk about Aldi I feel I should give it a go. So from next week that is where I will be headed to see if I like it and if it saves me money. I’ve been keeping my receipts from my Asda shop to compare. A Thrifty Mrs has a good guide on what is worth buying and what is not worth buying at Aldi, so I have a good starting point.
I am also going to take a look at my skincare regime as I feel it needs a shakeup. I’ve been having more breakouts than usual so I want to look at that, but not end up spending a stupid amount of money on a new regime. A Thrifty Mrs has given me ideas!
There are also other fabulous ideas on the blog I am going to borrow to help treat myself well without blowing the bank:
I like to share some blog love every now and then and A Thrifty Mrs has been super helpful at a time when things feel hard.
I saw this before Christmas and thought it would be perfect to have in my handbag for work and it has been super handy in the last couple of weeks.
I decided when I got my new job I wanted to be smarter and check my makeup during the day. I have a tendency for rubbing my face during the day and have noticed sometimes I have very little makeup left on by the end of the day. I also hate carrying around more than I need, so this is exactly what I was after.
This will also be great for when I start running at work. I won’t need to take my whole make up bag with me on those days, just my running gear 🙂
So in the kit is a mini primer, a mini liquid foundation, two concealers and a mini pressed powder. I usually use a couple of things at a time to touch up, then all after running. I love the box it is all held in as it stops anything getting squashed. It also looks like a little book, which makes me happy 🙂
I bought this for myself as a Christmas treat. I love that Lush bring out seasonal products and this one took my fancy as soon as I saw it was purple and made with lavender – favourite colour and relaxing equals perfect.
On the website it is described as:
“Because we are all made of stars A lavender and malt notes shower gel to calm, relax and comfort as it helps you transition from day to night. Do you want to look up at the night sky and remember that you are part of it? Then Twilight will help you connect. For a good night’s sleep, use this before bed.”
It is a lovely shower gel for use in the evening, especially after coming in from running club or the gym. It is very calming and lets me unwind in the shower. I like to use a shower puff to make a little go a long way. It doesn’t foam up as some supermarkets shower gels do, but it feels lovely and leaves a little sparkle on my skin from the snowflake lustre is contains.
I do find this isn’t the best shower gel for the morning or for getting ready to go out as it is too calming. So I have been using a a different shower gel with more refreshing and awakening scents.
This is again part of believing I deserve to treat myself well, both in body and mind. Doing little things for myself, such as using nice shower gels and exfoliators make my body feel nice and cared for, which in turn makes me believe I deserve it. It is all about treating myself with respect and care 🙂
I think this was the first product I ever purchased from Lush a few years a go. I went in looking for a body exfoliator for my legs. I found with swimming and shaving/waxing my skin was becoming irritated. My friend and body therapist recommended exfoliating regularly – something I had not done before. So I went in and was recommended this bar and haven’t looked back since.
On the website it is described as:
“Ground rice, ground almonds and ground aduki beans make Buffy a triple threat to dead skin and lumpy bumpy bits. They are tough enough to polish away the dead, without being too harsh on your skin. Cocoa butter and shea butter make sure that the skin is left moisturised and dewy soft. Lavender oil is a great oil for soothing the skin and calming the mind.”
I use this a couple of times a week and it makes such a difference to my skin. It reduces the occurrence of in-growing hairs after waxing for me. It also it removes the dry skin and moisturises my legs, which makes my skin feel great even after all the swimming I do.
I buy the larger bar as it makes it more economical. I have thought about trying to make my own scrubs and might give it a go once I have my own place, but in the meantime it is nice to make it part of my home spa treatment routine 🙂
I bought this pot while I was in Canada and have just dug it out of my stuff (the downside of not unpacking from moving around) and I am so glad I did as it needs to be used by Christmas and my skin needs a good scrub during the winter!
I’m not the most regular user of facial or body scrubs, but I do feel a big difference in my skin when I use them. Swimming gives me quite dry skin normally and then add colder weather; it can be a nightmare.
So out comes the scrub!
I know I could probably make something with salt and oil from looking on Pinterest, but there is something about treating myself to a visit to Lush and to a pot of this blue scrub 🙂
I use it on my face only. I make sure my face is damp as it dissolves the salt a little to take the roughness away. I tried using it on my body, but taking it into the shower it just dissolved and floated away – I imagine it would work well if you were getting in a bath though.
I love the smell and the way it leaves my face feeling. I don’t like the salt taste I sometimes get if I get it on my lips (but that is because I hate the taste of salt in general). I also find it a bit rough, so that is why I make sure my face and hands are damp before using it.
I bought the small pot as I was travelling, but would get the larger pot next time as it would be better value. It stays in date for about a year, but I have gotten through the small pot in just over a month since getting it out in October.
For me it is the little things I can do for myself that can have a significant impact on the way I feel about myself. Taking the time and effort to take care of my skin is a way of showing myself I deserve to feel good 🙂