Sunday, 31 May 2009

My Last Pre Spending Diet Purchase

Okay as well as the bits that haven't came yet, this will be my last purchase pre spending diet. It probably isn't to everyone's taste but I think it cute and quirky and its cheered me up whilst tending to my sunburned skin :) Thanks ebay! Tomorrow the hard work starts - eek:(


Too Much Sun?

It is ridiculously hot in Northern England today - a few hours in the garden this afternoon and this happened - hmm - bring on the after sun

The Last Hurrah:)

I have placed a few orders over the last few days - a last splurge maybe? because they have been ordered before 1st June they don't count for my spending diet ;). I have placed orders with ELF. HQ Hair, QVC, and AVON beauty wise and I have ordered a few clothes and jewellery bits from ASOS, Littlewoods, Miss Selfridge, Powder Rooms and George at Asda. I'll list and pic the beauty bits when they arrive but there are some of the clothes bits I'm waiting for







Hello My Name Is Louise and I Have A Problem..

I am a compulsive shopaholic!!
Whilst looking for something the other day I actually realised how many beauty products I own and to be honest I was shocked. I hope by popping some pics on here I can be shamed into stopping buying new products :(

My beauty case (actually a B&Q toolbox) which contains all my everyday make up and the things I use most often



The two sets of drawer units - the left hand side drawers contain my everyday hair, skincare, perfumes and my make up palettes
The second set of drawers contain my make up brushes, then separate drawers for new and hardly used items separated into drawers for lips, eyes, face (bases and blush, etc) and skincare - this is really bad - how many products I own and haven't used





It gets worse I then decided to look at my unused body, hair and bath stuff - bearing in mind this isn't all of it and this doesn't include things I am currently using in the bathroom , or my Lush ballistics


OK as you can see I have a bit of a problem :( Believe me though my wardrobes and drawers are just as bad - I have loads of gorgeous stuff that I just haven't worn - things have got to change! In the words of Gok - I need to buy less and wear more! -I really need to reign in my spending - I am sick of evil credit card bills.

For those reason I have decided to resurrect my spending ban - ban is far too harsh a term though and maybe that's why I couldn't stick to it- I have decided go on a spending diet and I intend to spend just £30 a month and no more on all my treats i.e magazines. beauty, clothes and so on. I am not including bill payments, and magazine subscriptions that I have already paid for or things I have already ordered (more on those later!). If by chance I don't spend my £30 allowance (LOL)I can carry it over to the next month. I am going to keep track of my monthly spends on here by putting a little section in the sidebar letting you know how I am getting on

Oh and I am also going to make a serious effort to trim down my beauty stash before I start to buy new things - so I am going to add something to my sidebar called "Trimming My Stash" In this I am going to let you know which products I finish over the course of the month and keep a count of how many things I actually manage to finish over the next 6 months

Wish me luck peeps - I really need to stick to this now :(

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Look What I've Got

I received a lovely parcel of goodies this morning courtesy of and twitter. All throughout May they ran a competition for people to give them their summer beauty tips - they picked one of my tips and I won a goodie bag :)
My parcel contained
A Full Size Elemis Tri Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Max (RRP £45!!!)
A Full Size John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray
A Full Size Charles Worthington Dream Hair Blissful Treat Intensive Conditioner
A 50ml Tub of Nivea Creme
A 30ml Bottle of Biotherm Biosource Clarifying Cleansing Milk
A Cute Little Clear Bag With Glitter Bits Floating Around In It Containing 50ml Wella System Professional Repair Cream Conditioner, 50ml Wella System Professional Repair Shampoo,50ml Wella System Professional Ultimation Hairspray

I am really pleased with my goodies and can't wait to play with my bits especially the Elemis mask

Halloumi and Pea Curry - Yummy Yum!

Got this recipe from the fabulous Geeky Weirdo Chick - Tried it on one of the hottest days of the year so far which probably wasn't a great idea but this curry certainly was it was yummy. You could probably replace the Halloumi with Paneer which I am sure would be just as good - Thanks Geek!

Friday, 29 May 2009

Today I Wore - Today I Bought

I had to go to the Post Office and to Tesco's today - I felt completely overdressed and a little bit sweaty today - the heat for northern England is infernal today - it is really warm and humid and I wished I had worn something cooler


High Waisted Jeans - Oli
Hello Kitty T- Shirt - George at Asda
White Stan Smith Lace Up Trainers - Adidas
Glass Bead Silver Tone Charm Bracelet - Somewhere In Cyprus :)

Huge Black Slouchy Leather Shopper - Next
Cobalt Blue With Black Flower Fabric Shopper - Celia Birtwell

Make Up
id Bare Minerals Foundation - Medium Beige
ELF Mineral Booster - Sheer
Lancome Palette Mix Concealer Kit 01 - Light and Medium Shades Only
AVON Smooth Mineral Blush - Blushed

Golden Fern - By Lauren Luke - Luscious Greens - (all over)
Evergreen - By Lauren Luke - Luscious Greens - (blended into crease)
Golden Morning - By Lauren Luke - Luscious Greens - (to highlight)
Revlon Eyeliner Pencil - 01 Black
Maybelline Lash Stiletto - Black

Petal Dew Lip Colour - By Lauren Luke - Luscious Greens - I <3 this
Random Lancome Pale Pink Juicy Tube

OPI Nail Envy

Marc Jacobs - Daisy

I have had a few questions from readers about the Lauren Luke stuff and I have to say I am loving my greens palette - the shadows are soft , really pigmented and easy to apply and they seem to last pretty well, and the Petal Dew Lip Colour is my new fave. I really hope she brings out individual items too as much as I love palettes they aren't the most portable of things but thumbs up from me so far!

I bought a couple of bits while I was out this afternoon - ever the bargain hunter I noticed my local Tesco's had a few beauty bits on sale so I got a few bits - Tommy Guns Shampoo in Pomegranate and Orange Flower - which smells lovely and the Scholl Healthy Nails Nail Brightening System - There are a lot of TV ads for this running at the moment and I wanted to try it out but at nearly £10 I thought it was a bit much considering my toenails don't look that bad but I got it for less than half price today so I'll let you know how I get on with it

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Boohoo Haul

Ordered a few summer bits from




Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Drugstore Haul :)


Had a mini drugstore haul today :)

L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara - The one with the sputnick applicator - haven't got a clue what this is like but it looks interesting and there was £2 off in Boots :)

beautyuk eyeshadow collection No 3 - I haven't got this one but the brights palette still proves elusive

Collection 2000 Blush - 01 Oh So Pretty - Gorgeous slightly shimmery peachy blush with a gorgeous embossed floral design

Too Faced Lockdown Shadow - Prisoner of Love - Nice shimmery pink cream shadow - read about these on the fabulous blog "too much blush" and I am always looking for new cream shadows - I love the textures of creams but I always find they crease so I am going to give this a go fingers crossed its a winner

Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover - A HG product - non stinging and it removes everything- Botanics were on buy one get one half price today so...

Boots Botanics Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes - I wouldn't recommend wipes for regular cleansing but once in a while is OK - these are great they don't sting and they aren't drying

L'Oreal Elvive Re-Nutrition Nourishing Fluid Day - a leave in conditioner treatment with royal jelly extract - I saw this products on Laura aka Lollipop26 's fabulous YouTube channel - I've only tried it once but so far so good - I have really dry ends so I just rubbed a little into them and I could see a difference - L'Oreal hair products were also on buy one get one half price in both Boots and Superdrug so...

L'Oreal Elvive Re Nutrition Caring Shampoo
- thought I would try the matching shampoo :)

Well there you go if you want any more details let me know and I'll try and let you know what I think

ETA - Also bought a mini Nivea deodorant for my handbag

Asda and ASOS Haul

A little splurge today :)

Peaches for Made Necklace from ASOS

Fine Knit Slouchy Kookai Tank Top

Undies from Asda


A Hello Kitty T-Shirt with cute heart shaped button detail

Bronze Glass Bead Gold Tone Necklace <3

Cute Bow Necklace that Em from Passion for Fashion has. If you get this be a bit careful with it - the links are really fine and I managed to snap it almost straight away I have managed to fix it though thankfully, but it took ages to joining the links together again :(

Pretty Lousy Close Up

Also got a lovely cobalt long line vest from the Factory Bargain Shop which I talked about a while ago - it called to me ;)

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Cute Pics

Made my bed yesterday and what happened - Jasper decided it looked very comfy and climbed in - Typical

Monday, 25 May 2009

Porky Pig?

After several weeks of food over indulgence (caramel shortbread, minstrels - nom nom) I tentatively stepped on the scales - argh!!!! Ok I probably way less than a lot of people - sumo wrestlers for example, but I have came to the conclusion that I drastically need to restart my diet. It should be a little easier this time with the weather being a bit warmer, and my being in charge of the majority of shopping and cooking but being of little or no willpower I will probably struggle like mad again but I need to try starting today!

Sunday, 24 May 2009



The title says it all really - I haven't blogged much about football this season for the plain and simple reason supporting Newcastle United has been too depressing. A throughly depressing season ended on a throughly depressing note with relegation to the Championship (the 2nd tier of English football / soccer). It was particularly depressing because we could have saved ourselves with one measly point but instead we lost to Aston Villa. Here is hopin we can have a serious overhaul in the summer, clear out some of the dead wood and above all keep Alan Shearer as our manager hopefully Mr Ashley can do something right for once! - Alan Shearer is the only person now who can pull us round and help us bounce next season - lets keep the faith and stay united

English Barclays Premier League Table (courtesy of

1 Man Utd 38 16 2 1 43 13 12 4 3 25 11 44 90
2 Liverpool 38 12 7 0 41 13 13 4 2 36 14 50 86
3 Chelsea 38 11 6 2 33 12 14 2 3 35 12 44 83
4 Arsenal 38 11 5 3 31 16 9 7 3 37 21 31 72
5 Everton 38 8 6 5 31 20 9 6 4 24 17 18 63
6 Aston Villa 38 7 9 3 27 21 10 2 7 27 27 6 62
7 Fulham 38 11 3 5 28 16 3 8 8 11 18 5 53
8 Tottenham 38 10 5 4 21 10 4 4 11 24 35 0 51
9 West Ham 38 9 2 8 23 22 5 7 7 19 23 -3 51
10 Man City 38 13 0 6 40 18 2 5 12 18 32 8 50
11 Wigan 38 8 5 6 17 18 4 4 11 17 27 -11 45
12 Stoke 38 10 5 4 22 15 2 4 13 16 40 -17 45
13 Bolton 38 7 5 7 21 21 4 3 12 20 32 -12 41
14 Portsmouth 38 8 3 8 26 29 2 8 9 12 28 -19 41
15 Blackburn 38 6 7 6 22 23 4 4 11 18 37 -20 41
16 Sunderland 38 6 3 10 21 25 3 6 10 13 29 -20 36
17 Hull 38 3 5 11 18 36 5 6 8 21 28 -25 35
18 Newcastle 38 5 7 7 24 29 2 6 11 16 30 -19 34
19 Middlesbrough 38 5 9 5 17 20 2 2 15 11 37 -29 32
20 West Brom 38 7 3 9 26 33 1 5 13 10 34 -31 32

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

Made some yummy chocolate caramel shortbread today being gluten free its a bit crumbly and probably doesn't look the best but its yummy!

Friday, 22 May 2009

ASOS Birthday Haul

Ordered a few bits from ASOS with my birthday money and my birthday discount