Thursday, 31 January 2019

Best affordable beauty products - Amazon advent calendar 2018

Loreal X Balmain lipstick

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I was not gifted the advent calendar by Amazon and I am just sharing my favourites with you as I can't keep these affordable gems a secret!

I was very lucky to receive the 2018 Amazon Beauty advent calendar from my boyfriend to enjoy during December 2018 and I was so excited. I hadn't seen it talked about anywhere so had no idea what was inside each box. I did know the products were going to be very much 'affordable luxury' so right up my street!

I know people have different reasons for investing in a beauty advent calendar. Some might want a treat with products they can't usually justify, but I was really hoping to find some new affordable favourites to switch up my usual routine. I've been stuck in a rut for a while not knowing what beauty products to try so this came at exactly the right time.

The contents were really diverse, ranging from hand cream, to sheet masks, to lipsticks and even a gold love heart tattoo pen (sadly a little too young for me!) Thanks to the gorgeous Amazon beauty advent calendar 2018 I have discovered some new affordable beauty products to add to my regular list, so I was very excited to share them with you here.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Affordable ways to beat the winter blues

Affordable cosy set up to beat winter blues

The products in this post were a gift from Intu Metrocentre, but all advice and opinions are my own.

As we approach Blue Monday, known as the Monday-est Monday of the year, it's normal for a lot of us to be feeling a little down. There's something about January with its cold weather (we had snow in Newcastle this week!) and a lack of funds between paydays that can make it seem like the longest month ever.

There are so many things you can do to beat the winter blues that can be carried out even on a tight budget without too much effort. The lovely folks over at Intu Metrocentre recently sent me a 'pamper hamper' filled with a range of products to help me stay happy and positive at this time of year. This inspired me to write a guide with some of my favourite affordable tips to look after yourself, even when funds are low and you aren't heading out as much.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Where I am taking this blog in 2019

Diary and calendar planning

I can't believe we are already a week into January and I'm here writing my first post of the new year. Does this mean it isn't socially acceptable to still be having a cheeseboard, Lindt mint chocolate balls (best discovery of 2018) and salted caramel vodka most evenings? The tree is down, the flat is clean and tidy and it's got me thinking I need a bit of a blog 'tidy up' as well.

I'm not one for making too many long-term, set goals (read here why I don't have a 5 year plan any more). However, things are going to be changing a bit on this little old blog as we come up to the one-year anniversary of Melis Living!