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Where can I begin? The handbag. The essential, throw-everything-in, must have for all women everywhere. Sometimes I envy men for their ability to leave the house with only their phone and wallet, no need for any extras because essentially that's all they need. But, alas as a female the - what if it rains...what if I get a headache...or what if my feet ache and I need a change of shoes questions all spring to mind when compiling my bag each day.
For starters my bags are large. I don't do teeny weeny shoulder bags that epitamise femininity. Oh no. They're big bags, so big their possibly off of the bag radar.
So, you might ask. What could a girl possibly need to take with her everywhere she goes? And here I am to answer your burning question.
As a brief summary my handbag currently contains :
A spare pair of flat shoes, very pretty gold patent leather pumps that spare my feet from the unnecessary heel inflicted torture I put myself through each day.
Two mobile phones...stupid I know. I have my mobile-mobile, the one I use every day and that is the fancier of the two. Then I have a small alcatel phone which was very cheap and I use for orange Wednesday 2-4-1 tickets as well as for the rip off tetris game which is a great boredom-buster.
One pair of sunglasses...as well as the lenses of another pair (my good pair) that came out of their frames and that I keep meaning to take and get fixed.
My purse. Oh, my purse. My beautiful purple purse. It was a present from my mum which I refuse to replace. Ever. Anyway, its a bit of a bulging purse (not money, unfortunately) it contains every receipt, bus ticket, train ticket, store card, library card, photo-booth photo and taxi firm number that I have ever owned, as well as numerous shopping lists, miniature pens (Argos) and pencils (Ikea).
A mini umbrella, which has blown inside out many times and - living in a very windy part of the country - I expect will do so many more times.
Two rather large books that I keep meaning to return to the library but fail to do so every time I go to town. One "Moneypenny diaries" and one "Bringing home the Birkin" both of which are large, heavy, hardback books.
A pot of Neutrogena face cream, I mainly use this one my hands because If there's one thing I cannot stand its the sound of dry hands rubbing together!
A 20" zip...strange I know...but I bought two unsure of the colour of the fabric I had at home and have yet to remove the spare one.
One shopping bag that folds into a miniature bag of its own. It was a Christmas present from my ever-so-eco-aunt. I admittedly constantly forget I have it in my bag and so accept plastic bags defeating the whole object of the bag in the first place..
Two pens (on top of the ones in my purse) - because you never know when you'll need a pen. Right? It's not like banks provide them...
A mini lip balm tub (the apple one from Superdrug), as well as a tester bottle of Christina Aguilera's new perfume.
Four (!) miniature packs of tissues. I have become a tissue-fiend over the past few years. It's not like I constantly have colds..I just feel better knowing - that if I should sneeze, or someone should start crying, or someone should fall up a step on a bus and have blood gushing from their leg (believe me, it has happened) - that I could be of some assistance.
There are also multiple packs of paracetamol, ibuprofen and hay-fever tablets which I can't leave home without and tend to rely on a bit too much.
Strangely, I have an NHS dental form in there too. I had an appointment yesterday and shoved it in without reading it properly.
Make-up wise we have: one eyeshadow palate, one mascara, one black eyeliner and one powder booklet. Although I never seem to use this make up it remains in my handbag...you know...just in case..
I also have some "drywash" anti-bacterial hand wash to clean my hands with. (Another present from my lovely aunt).
An ipod shuffle which I just found in the zip compartment. I'm pretty sure it doesn't actually contain any music though...just 2gb's worth of language tutorial podcasts (When I'm going to have the time to learn Italian, Polish and Russian I don't know..)
Oooh...a half eaten pack of apple and sultana go ahead bars..might finish them off now.
A very large bundle of keys...you know...house key, back door key (which I've never needed to use as of yet), shed key (likewise), key for a locker (which I no longer have at school) and numerous other unimportant keys that if truth be known I have no idea what role they played in the first place.
Hmmm, that seems to be it, there are also many unidentifiable pieces of paper, lint and dust settled at the bottom, but I think you get the jist.
So there we go. As well as having had a great sort through, clean out and tidy up of my handbag. All of you lovely dooyooers now have a truthful insight into the contents of a girls handbag. (And I now know why I am a victim of back pain!)
This game is a true family classic. It can be played with family, friends...whoever! Just get a group of people together...who are...slightly bored and dig out your Cluedo board!
The game is all about solving a murder that has happened in a make-belief mansion. At the start of the game three cards - stating a person a place and a weapon are picked at random and put into a cardboard sleeve so that none of the players can see. The rest of the cards are then distributed amongst players. Then each player takes it in turns asking other players if they have certain cards...and once they have this information they can cross names off of their own sheet.
The aim of the game is to correctly guess the three cards that were put inside the sleeve at the beginning of the game.
This murder mystery game is a great all round fun family game.
I received the game as a Christmas present (many) years ago...and it is one of the few I regularly play (along with good old UNO). The game doesn't drag on for too long unlike Monopoly and doesn't require in-depth knowledge like some of the new trivia games.
So if you're looking for a good game to play at a family gathering or even for Christmas day...Cluedo is defiantly worth a go.
If you we're considering buying this game for children then child's versions are readily available that might make the "murder" aspect a little less dominant!
This is a game that I have long adored and I can see children and adults alike enjoying the game.
The game can be purchased online for £10-£15 or even cheaper if bought second hand (but watch out for missing cards/parts). In high street stores like Debenhams and Harpers Bazaar the game can be purchased for around the same price...so I can't see much difference in buying it from shop and being 100% certain no parts are missing!
Overall Cluedo is a great family game that I would recommend to all ages. Defiantly one worth buying!
This stuff is my saviour!
A tiny blue booklet filled with pages and pages of lightly powdered sheets that you use to blot your face with and absorb excess oil.
They give your skin a mattified appearance and give you an instant shine-free finish.
They are discrete enough to use in public as you simply look as though you are wiping your face with a tissue!
They can be re-applied as often as necessary and don't clog up your skin either which is a bonus. They work well on top of make-up as well as working well on their own if you're having a make up free day and just want to pop out for an hour or so. They make skin tone appear more even and less shiny which is great.
I always have a booklet (or two) in my handbag..everyone has moments when they think they must be sweating profoundly or panics when they've been in the sun for a while. But with these little babies there's no need to worry. Your face will stay matt for about 3 or 4 hours :)!
The best thing about them is the fact that they're simply a small piece of paper covered in face powder and don't "go off". So there is no need to worry about germs building up on a sponge or on a brush, because as soon as you're done with the sheet you put it in the bin!
The booklets usually cost around £1.50 from Superdrug stores but can be occasionally purchased for 60p! Whenever this offer is on I stock up and tend to go overboard because they are the only piece of make-up that I really rely on.
You know how smokers get panicky when they realise they're out of cigarettes...well it's the same for me with these. Seriously, if you ever get greasy skin these powdered sheets will be an absolute lifesaver!
A must buy for your make-up bag!
Wow! This sure is a card for barginistas. With 4 points to every pound you'll find yourself hooked on using it.
The points build up so easily it's pretty unreal. Use it every time you shop in Boots for 3/4 months and then when you next check it you'll have £5/£10 on it. The cash builds up surprisingly fast; a penny here and a penny there make a big difference.
The Boots card is the only real loyalty card that I own and so I don't really have anything to compare it to. But from personal experience it's great to have one to be able to treat yourself to the occasional nail varnish, or face cream or even lunch!
The only thing that I find annoying about this card is the fact that you have to have the correct (or higher) amount of money on the card to purchase something with it. For example, you couldn't buy a £7 lipstick if you had £6.99 on the card even if you put the penny towards it. This seems to me, like a bit of an odd policy but perhaps it's something to do with the card, and I suppose they'd have people buying things using 4p on the card which would get a bit stupid after a while.
The card can be used when using Boots photo service although I'm not entirely sure about the pharmacy.
In most stores there are little pink and white booths that can tell you how much credit you have on your card as well as letting you change your personal details. The booths offer printable vouchers that you can use in store to get more points when you buy a product (sometimes they have vouchers such as "an extra 100 points when you present this voucher when buying a <<name of product>>". This is always handy if you want to boost your points.
You are also able to take a Boots magazine to the till and show your card and get the magazine absolutely free! The Boots magazine is one of my favourites because they don't focus solely on their own products like some other shops magazines do.
I usually use my card when buying lunch from Boots (the £2.99 "meal deal" offer they are currently running) and so I get 8 points...or 8 pence which is added to your card total.
So overall, I'd say that even if you only shop in Boots occasionally it's definitely worth picking up a card and using it whenever you can...you'll be surprised how quickly it adds up!
This is my day to day foundation that I wear when I think I need a bit of a glow. It works well for me as I use it with a light moisturiser to help it soak into my skin.
The foundation has no scent which is nice because that for me, would be an immediate warning sign that the perfume would probably bring me out in a horrid rash!
From the outside the bottle seems quite small, but there seems to be a lot of content inside. I've had mine for a couple of months now and it still feels full!
The only warning I would give about this foundation, is the fact that it is a gradual illuminator so as the day goes on you'll find yourself getting progressively more and more shiny! Not a good look if you ask me!
This illuminating finish is given by tiny glitter particles in the fluid, you won't really recognise them until you're washing your hands and find that they dazzle in the light which is almost impossible to fully remove!
The foundation without moisturiser gives a matt finish which looks great if you can apply it properly, but the chances are you'll end up with smudge marks or a "tide-line" around your chin! So using moisturiser works best for me. If you have very oily/ greasy skin you might find that the foundation absorbs the oil and works well for you. But I'm imagining that if your skin has a tendency to be dry and flake - wearing the foundation with no moisturiser mixed in would probably result in flakes of foundation scattered across your face!
So yes, a good daily foundation that will last you for a good few months and that won't cost you the earth to buy unlike some £60 "miracle" foundation/ concealers out there!!
Defiantly a good buy for someone wanting a decent foundation that doesn't cost a bomb!
Hope this helped :)
Mmmm! This perfume is so good you'll want to lick it off of your skin!
Seriously though, it's a great, girly, fun perfume that I presume is aimed at teenagers/20 year olds but depending on taste and preference could suit women of any age.
I receive this perfume as a gift and was surprised that a perfume by MOSCHINO (an international designer label) would be called "Cheap and Chic"..well obviously I have no idea of the price but Chic it certainly is!
The scent is light and airy and it's not one of those ones that you have to wait half an hour for it to kick in...you can smell the biter-sweetness straight away.
The bottle is charming. It's in the shape of a person. I assumed that it was a doll of some sort with black hair and a cute bun. It's defiantly a different bottle in contrast with all the glass ovular shapes that are frequently on the shelves. Although it's made of plastic it doesn't make it tacky. It's pretty cute actually.
Anyway...I'm babbling. More about the scent. When I first smelt the perfume it reminded me of fudge. The sweet, creamy smell that you get from the fudge section in the sweet shop. There are also floral notes and a surprisingly earthy tone after a couple of minutes. It's one of those one's that "taste" nice in the air surrounding when you spray it...not bitter or alcohol like.
Anyway, I would say that this is a great little perfume for someone looking for something fun and flirty. The only downside I can think of is it seems to "disappear" quite quickly. You can defiantly smell it after an hour or so but after 2 or 3 you'll be questioning yourself as to whether you actually applied any!
So, yes this is a great perfume. But not really if you're looking for something to last you all day at work.
Bridget Jones is the original...and the best singleton. "The Edge of Reason" (the second Jones diary by Helen Fielding) is surprisingly a great read. I was expecting it to be a major let down in comparison to the first book, but I admit that I was completely wrong...this book is fantastic!!!
The book varies an awful lot from the film, it is most certainly more fun and delves deeper into the "diary" aspect of Bridget's life.
I bought the book today...after having purchased the French version of it thinking it would be a good way for me to improve my french (that failed miserably by the way - I barely got past the first page and was constantly referring to my dictionary). Anyway, I bought the English version to help me to better understand the French version, and it has worked!
The story is fantastic; Bridget is a really humorous character and one that I instantly fell in love with. I have to say that my perception of her image was immediately that of Renee Zellwegger, because I stupidly watched the film before reading the book!
However the main events seen in the film also occur in the book (but not necessarily in the same order) such as the memorable "Mayors dinner" and also the "Mini ski break" with Mark and all of his work friends. Most importantly though...Bridget and Shazzers trip with sleeze bag Daniel Cleaver to Thailand that ends in utter disaster.
I don't want to reveal too many storylines because it really is a great story and I think that the only way you can truly believe me is to go out and buy the book!
Price wise, I paid £7.99 for the paperback copy from WHSmiths. This is a lot - and I'm sure you could get the book a lot cheaper either on the internet or in a discount bookstore. Seeing as I wanted the book for translation purposes I was desperate...and willing to pay any price for it!
"The Edge of Reason" is a fantastic read with a hilarious plot that will having you laughing out loud before the second page. I think it's Bridget's perception of herself that tickles me the most, she tries her hardest to appear as a successful, highly intelligent, independent women but try as she may...it usually turns out completely the other way with her ending up as the subject of many laughs.
A definite must read, one that you most defiantly won't be able to put down (because your arms will be trembling from laughing so hard)!
Thanks for reading, Enjoy!
This has got to be one of my favourite books ever! Unlike the usual cliched story of how a wife doesn't know that her husband is being unfaithful, this is the hilarious story told from the other side of the story...the mistress.
Helen is a respectible secutary, who works for a big company and just so happens to have an ever-so-handsome boss...Matthew.
Helen knows that Matthew is married and has children but refuses to let him go because he's the only man who has ever truly loved her for who she is.
We follow Helen through her desperate stuggle and various attempts to bring Matthew's marriage to an end...which ultimately ends with her "bumping into" Matthews wife Sophie.
Helen gives Sophie directions one day in a coffee shop not realising that her kindness to a woman she strives to seperate from her husband will result in a true friendship.
Helen and Sophie then start meeting up regulalry for drinks, and both women talk about their partners (which happen to be the same man).
Once Helen has established a true freindship with Sophie she finds that she has got in too deep and when Matthew finally leaves Sophie, Helen begins to regret her eagerness for this to happen.
This is when Helen decides its time to start "getting rid of Matthew" and we follow her through a chain of hilariuos events trying to get Matthew to leave her such as leaving incontenance pads around their flat, not listening to him and constantly critising his thoughts.
A really great story about the strain put on marriage and friendships due to love affairs. And not only is it a meaningful book it also provides non-stop-laughter!
A really great summer read for anyone looking for a book they won't be able to put down!
This film always reminds me of a 90's style, and slighty less mean than mean girls type of film. We start the film following our main characters Cher and her best friend Dion through her high-school dillemas. Cher is trying to get her teachers to up her grades after recieving a bad report card and ends up trying to get two teachers together so that "the powers of being in love" will encourage them to make her grades higher.
Meanwhile Dion is upset by her boyfriend who constatly calls her "woman" and "homie", and is trying to get him to be more considerate of her feelings.
In the midst of all these going on's Cher and Dion decide to befrind the new girl in school Ty. Ty is not the typical girl that Cher and Dion would usually associate with but they make an exception and welcome her into the school by inviting her to parties and giving her a makeover.
Cher lives at home with her dad after her mum died when she was just a baby. Her dad has a son (Josh) from a previous relationship and he stays with them every so often.
Cher is easily annoyed by Josh's eagerness to be a do-gooder and it hard to work out why their life-styles differ so much.
But when Cher finds out her current beau is gay, she turns to Josh for friendship and ends up finding a whole lot more.
Although it's a pretty addictive film, sometimes I get a bit lost at the ending because Cher hooks up with her half-brother...which strikes me as a little odd. Maybe there is something that I miss every time I watch it...but it baffles me all the same.
I bought this DVD from Tesco for £2.50 so I can't complain about the price at all...but I think that if you were to buy it from a DVD shop it might cost you £10-£15.
Overall it's a fun girly movie that's great for nights in, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a girly chick-flick and a good giggle!
Camilla Morton is my absolute idol. She is a fantastic author and also has a highly successful career in the fashion industry. This book is her first of two "how-to" guides for women.
We are guided through a number of witty, fast faced instructions/suggestions about how to go about every day situations. Not only can you learn how to get ready in 5 minutes...you can also brush up on your bed-side manner, overcome technophobia, and become an excellent dinner party hostess!
We are also informed of the best way to climb out of a car in a mini skirt, change a tyre and play poker! What more could a girl need?
I love the dry humor Camilla Morton uses and her straight to the point attitude towards female life.
The book is also fabulously illusrated, with cutesy pictures of shoes, butterflies and handbags on every page.
For people interested in the famous fashion designer John Galliano the foreward in the beginning of the book is written by the ever famous man himself.
Not only is this book genuinely useful, but you will be laughing out loud at her addictive sense of humor.
Price wise I bought this book online for about £7 (inc. postage and packaging) which to me is a great deal! you get what you pay for after all! I have also seen the book in WHSmiths for about £8 and a while ago The Works had it in stores for £5!
Seriously you'll wonder how you ever survived without it! I would definetly recomend this book to all females!
Peacocks is a great little shop for reasonably priced clothes, they sell men's and women's wear as well as having a children's section that is quite popular.
My favourite thing about this store is the amazing shoes that they sell. I love being able to go into peacocks with £20, buy a pair of shoes and still walk away with £5/£10 change! I don't think you'd find anything in store that costs over £40. Seriously.
One of the good points about this shop is the basics they sell, apart from Primark I would say their tracksuits, vest tops, and socks are the cheapest. And they last well too. They sell packs of three coordinating coloured vest tops for £5 which is hard to beat.
The main downturn of the shop is the way in which things always seem to be scatted everywhere, which puts some people off. Saying this though, whenever I'm in there the staff are always going round trying to pick up odd bits that have been knocked off of hangers and the stray items people discard at the till. It's got to be a tough job, and when there are 5 or 6 of you it's probably hard to keep up!
Sometimes the jewellery in peacocks is worth a look, although the "silver" stuff tends to turn green after a few wears. I love the beads that they sell, and they obviously try to keep up to date with catwalk trends.
One time I went into another well known highstreet store and bought a pair of dark leopard print jeans which I completely feel in love with...even though they cost me £25. Then a couple of weeks later I went into peacocks and they had the EXACT same pair in there for £16...almost £10 cheaper!!!!!!!
Needless to say I took mine back and got a refund and then went straight into Peacocks and bought the cheaper pair! And I'm not imagining things they were identical, apart from the label inside which obviously said two different shops.
Overall I would definitely recommend peacocks as a great place to pick up something nice and comfortable to wear if you don't have a tonne of money to spend.
I bought this a couple of days ago and am still unsure about it. Application is easy, although too much can look a bit tacky. The spongy applicator makes it easy to direct but I keep worrying about it getting clogged up with bacteria, so I tend to put a blob on my finger and then apply.
It has an ideal consistency, but is a tiny bit sparkly, so doesn't work well if you're going to be in bright light all day, you'll just look you fell face first into a glitter tray!
When applied after the recover foundation by Rimmel it looks good...presumably because they are by the same brand.
Price wise it's a bit of a con. I paid £5.33 for this tiny tube which doesn't last long. At least most products that contain small amounts use opaque packaging to hide the fact it runs out very quickly. These people obviously didn't think of that and made it out of clear plastic...
Overall I don't think I'd recommend this product, for a tiny amount, high price and the fact that it doesn't stay put for long...it really isn't worth the hassle.
Hope this helps :)
Discount books at their best! The Works sells a wide range of books, stationery, music and films all at reduced prices.
Most of the books I have bought from The Works have been very enjoyable reads; although occasionally when they have massive sales and reduce everything to 20p I buy a load of books that I know I will never get round to reading but like the thought of having a book to read should I want one.
I find it very frustrating that the big book stores have the cheek to charge extortionate prices for books that quite obviously don't cost half as much to produce! The Works is one place that I can buy books from without feeling resentment to the middle-man who makes a ton of money because I have bought a book for £14.99 when it cost less than 50p to produce!
One thing I must say though, is that a lot of the recipe books sold in The Works have small errors in them which can be disastrous when baking! Also the index in some of their books can be wrong...the page number it says in the back doesn't always relate to the information you are looking for.
Autobiographies are a big thing at the moment in The Works...and it seems like everyone seems to be releasing them, even the annoying people who appear on reality T.V. shows. These seem to sell well and obviously are a big profit for the company.
At the end/beginning of every year The Works bring out calendars. Which is another great way to save money...the calendars in there are sold for £1/£2 each, whereas in the bigger chain stores they are being sold for £8/£10 a go!
I think that The Works should try to cut down on their plastic bag consumption big time. Every time I buy a book from them I always get a bag...even if you didn't ask for one! Although paper bags - that can rip easily - would be annoying for carrying big bulky books around in I think that the bags should be made bio-degradable at the very least!
All round a great discount book store particularly good for presents, autobiographies and calendars.
I my opinion this is one of the best moisturisers out there. Not only is it very cheap, there are no added chemicals that make it harmful, and it soaks in to skin very quickly.
The Simple Skin Care range use no perfume, no colour and their products are dermatologically tested and approved. The products are amazing on sensitive skin because they don't add anything to your skin (apart from lots of moisture) or take anything away.
I much prefer this light moisturiser to the thicker one. It can be used when skin is feeling a bit tight, and sinks in very quickly meaning you don't have to wait around for 20 minutes for your skin to soak it up! As well as this, it can be used with foundations to make application easier.
As well as being light, and airy on skin the moisturiser contains pro-vitamin B5 which restores, softens and smoothes skin; Vitamin E which helps to moisturise and improve skin condition; and is pH balanced (neutral) meaning it works in harmony with your skin and is not at all acidic.
This moisturiser leaves skin replenished and nourished all the time and is a great every-day moisturiser. not to mention the fact that it is cheap in comparison to most other skin care brands out there!
I would strongly recommend this light moisturiser for anyone looking for an unperfumed, cheap, nourishing cream!
Hope you like it :)
This perfume is surprisingly strong but beautifully scented at the same time. To begin with when you spray a small amount on your wrist there are fresh, fruity smells let off which are much appreciated.
Then once you've discovered you like it, you go straight ahead and spray it all over your neck and in the air above you to settle on your body.
As soon as this scent kicks in you realise it's too late to go back and the stupidly strong scent gets all up your nose and makes you gag!
So in small doses, yes, this is a lovely perfume. And by small I mean minute!
The bottle design is very nice. It is the shape of an apple and the glass is coloured orangey red to give the sparkly look of a fresh red apple.
If you were to wear this perfume on a hot summers day you might well attract the bees. No...not men. Actual bees. That sting.
The perfume is sold in 30ml, 50ml and 80ml bottles, and has a manual press spray top (rather than a squeezy air sprayer).
Although this has some very pretty top notes I wouldn't suggest it to anyone looking for a day-to-day perfume. Especially someone with allergies!!