This vintage psychedelic silk dress was just one of the many fabulous things beautiful Sarah Misfit sent me from Australia a couple of weeks ago. Not being the tallest person in the world it needed turning up a couple of inches and the wet weekend meant I finally got around to doing it.
|Vintage dress worn with Dune "Zinc" suede boots (£7 from a market stall selling seconds) and turquoise chandelier earrings (Colaba, Mumbai)|
There's definitely a frugal theme currently running in some of my favourite blogs with both Christina and Kate discussing the need to reassess their spending. One of the biggest financial drains for many women I know are beauty products. When I worked for a living I was often shocked by how many of my normally intelligent female co-workers were brain-washed by advertising, believing that spending a fortune on the latest beauty innovation would change their lives and their looks. During lunch breaks they'd run up a small fortune in Boots buying whatever they'd seen featured in magazines and on the tv.
If you can afford to buy expensive products that's fine but this is my tried and tested cheapskate beauty regime.
- Johnson's baby oil. I use this for removing eye-makeup (even waterproof mascara) and add it to my bath along with a couple of drops of Patchouli oil. Also good as a body moisturiser.
- Classics nail varnish remover from Poundland
- Botanics day time moisturiser with factor 15 suncream, £5.10 from Boots.
- Botanics night time moisturiser (because at 44 I need extra help), £5.10 from Boots.
- Derma V10 paraben-free face wash. I bought this because it was cheap, I'm not too concerned with chemicals in my products, with the amount of alcohol I consume I'd be daft to worry about the addition of a few more chemicals in my daily routine. I use a muslin face cloth for a more exfoliating wash. £1 from Poundland.
- Pit Rok solid crystal deodorant. I hate sticky deodorants and it doesn't leave any white residue on my clothes either. It's £6.59 from Boots but I've been using the same one for over two years.
- Boots Colour semi-permanent hair colour in Ebony Black. I only colour my roots so can get three applications out of a box. £3.05 from Boots.
- St Moritz self tanning mousse. A great alternative to St Tropez and at £2.99 it's a fraction of the price. As I swim a couple of times a week I use it throughout the winter so I don't scare the public at the council baths.
- Ayurvedic soap and toothpaste, which I stock up on when I'm in India.
- Dental floss. Two packs for £1 from Poundland.
- Philips electric toothbrush. I get the heads from eBay or from our local market as they are lots cheaper.
- Lush solid Karma shampoo and Jungle conditioner. I'm addicted to both, liquid hair products are really gloopy in comparison. Each bar lasts several months and smell divine.
- Wilkinson Sword ladies razors. £1 for a four pack from Poundland. I can usually get a fortnight's use out of each razor.
- Patchouli and tea tree essential oils. Tea tree is brilliant for spots and cuts and being an old hippy patchouli is my favourite fragrance.
Apart from the Indian soap and toothpaste I only buy as and when I need anything. The shops are never going to run out so it's not worth stockpiling products.
Whilst having posh labels and beautifully packaged products do look lovely on the bathroom shelves who apart from you and your nearest and dearest gets to see them? Personally I'll skip the pretty glass jars and posh labels and put the extra cash aside for something far more fun.