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Beauty on a budget



I have a disgusting amount of make up, for one face it is really unnecessary. Despite the stash, I have firm favs that never leave the make up bag/shower.

Lipcare– Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Hydrating Lip Cream.
I also really like Burts Bees lip products and Yes to Carrots lip balms.

Lip liner– Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
Rimmel lip liner’s are very cheap and great at what they do, so never really branch out to other brands. Although I do have the Mac Cherry liner, which is great with any red lip.

Lipstick– Kate Moss for Rimmel in 107 (matte)
This has been my favourite range for a while now- the colour range and the formula is very good and it feels like a high end product.

Lipgloss– Barry M Clear Lipgloss
I am really not too fussed when it comes to clear gloss but this one smells delicious and doesn’t leave your lips sticking together.

Eyeshadow– Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Addictive
A great quad for smokey eyes or the shades can be used on there own if you want a quick and simple eye. I must also mention MUA palettes here. The are fantastic and so cheap! My favourites are the Heaven & Earth Palette and the Undressed Palette (£4 each), which are great is you don’t have the budget for Urban Decay’s Naked Palette (rrp £35)

Mascara– Loreal- Volume Million Lashes
This is a great volumising mascara, I have repurchased several times. I would like to try Benefit’s They’re Real next though but have heard that for the price £18, it does dry out very quickly.

Eyeliner– For winged liner: Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner
This liner is really long lasting and doesnt dry out and crack. I have had the same one for months and is showing no signs of running out. Big thumbs up.

For water line- Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude
This is perfect for brightening the eyes, if you feel white can look a bit drastic, this is a perfect alternative and a lot cheaper than the similar MAC version.

Foundation– Revlon ColorStay
I use different shades throughout the year but tend to be one of the lightest with a yellow undertone- the coverage is medium to full and sets quickly so you have to work it in to the skin swiftly. I also really like the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, but it is a little too dewy for my oily skin. I love the finish that you get with Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation but again, it wasn’t the right finish for me at the time (summer). I may go back to both of these in the future. I need a bit more coverage and ColorStay is perfect for that.

Concealer– Collection (2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light and Fair
Who doesnt like this concealer? It is cheap and great for under eyes. I use Light and Fair depending on the time of year and whether I am tanned. I often use it when I am contouring and blend out.

Powder– Rimmel Stay Matte in Translucent
A cheap transluscent powder- it really does the job- it doesnt leave a colour on the skin and eradicates shine, perfect for setting make up.

Bronze– Bourjois Delice de Poudre
This is good if you want to do a subtle contour on the face. It smells wonderful too (and looks like chocolate). I also like the MUA bronzers which you can pick up for £1 but the colour range is a bit limited.

Blush– Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched
This is a lovely cream blush, I will definitely be picking up more in other colours.

Brows– MUA Brow Kit
A fab brow kit, applies very well and stays on. Great if you need to fill in any gaps and define brows on a budget. I picked mine up for £3.50 and use it daily.

MUA Clear Mascara
I use this just to set my brows, you can pick it up for £1.

Gradual Tan– Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Body Bronze Lotion
Cocoa butter and gradual tanner, which means it wont dry out your skin like a lot of tanning products do.

Overnight Tan- St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse in Medium and Dark
I have never had a problem with applying this product, I buy it over and over again. I have only tried the mousse but have been very pleased with the results every time.

Scrub– Soap & Glory Pulp Friction
One of my favourite S&G products. Its a great scrub, I try and use it once a week.

Shower gel- Lush Snow Fairy (only available at Christmas)
Smells like Love Hearts and candy floss. So yummy! I will be sad when this is all used up, I wish I had bought more.

Shampoo– Aussie Miracle Moist
Conditioner- Aussie Miracle Moist- You will either love or hate the smell of these products but I personally love them. They are very inexpensive and work wonders in damaged hair.

Dry Shampoo– Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Everyone’s favourite dry shampoo?

Brush– Tangle Teezer
Transformed the way I detangle my hair, forever. These can be used on literally all hair types. I will never look back.

Make up remover– Bioderma (French product)
This has transformed the way I take off my make up. It removes everything. I will never use facewipes again! I use some of this on a extra large cotton wool pad (from the baby section of Boots) and it is the most refreshing product that leaves your face feeling clean and revitalised. Bioderma will be coming to the UK very soon and I personally cannot wait!

Face wash– Neutrogena- Visibly Clear Daily Wash
I use this for a deep clean to help with dreaded breakouts. This can be used a mask too, just apply to face and leave for 5 minutes.

Mask– Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Blueberry Mask
This is a lovely calming mask and is great if you have the odd spot. Smells good enough to eat.

Body Butter– Soap and Glory Righteous Butter
This is quite a sweet smelling product but it is really yummy. It is a butter, so you only need a little bit but it feels really indulgent on the skin and the scent lasts for ages.

Body Moisturiser– Garnier Intensive 7 Days in Cocoa Butter
This is such a great moisturiser, it absorbs really quickly and my skin stays soft for a long time afterwards. I got my last bottle on offer for under £2.

Beauty Tool
Body Shop Dry Brush
I try to use this every day to get rid of dead skin and improve my circulation. It stimulates the lymphatic system and helps to eliminate toxins- great for cellulite.

Essie– Head Mistress & Fiji
I’m a big fan of the Essie diffusion line which is now in Boots and Superdrug. I stock up when its on 3 for 2 and my collections is coming along nicely. I could easily wear Fiji everyday. It is a great nude colour for work.

Lover of all things FAST. If I am not in the office, you can find me near a track or under a car. I also work with great people in TrendLife's Editorial team.



Milton Keynes activewear brand Gymcub Apparel opens Christmas pop-up



Milton Keynes activewear brand Gymcub Apparel opens Christmas pop-up

GymCub Apparel, the Milton Keynes born activewear and leisure brand is set to open a pop-up store at Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes following a successful launch online earlier this year. Opening at 10am on Wednesday 1st December, the brand – which has a growing fanbase in the local area – will welcome guests throughout the festive period and into the New Year, for a limited time only.

Marking the opening of its first ever physical store, the brand – known for its bold and daring designs – will sell its best-selling items including its co-ord signature tracksuits and hoodies, as well as its much-loved t-shirts, vests, leggings, and cropped tops. It will also launch a brand-new limited-edition line which will be exclusively available in store only.

Located opposite Victoria’s Secret, the stylish activewear brand which has been spotted on a host of reality TV stars including Love Island’s Connor Durman, Emma Woodhams and TOWIE’s Roman Hackett will finally be available to purchase in store for the first time ever and will celebrate by sharing an exclusive 50% discount to first time customers on Friday 3rd December.

Richard Cayless, Owner of GymCub Apparel commented “GymCub Apparel was born here in Milton Keynes, so it only felt right to open our first ever pop-up in the city. We’ve had a successful launch period, growing our community online and this marks the next step in building that fanbase further. Our ethos is all about looking great and feeling great and that will be reflected in our instore experience”

Milton Keynes activewear brand Gymcub Apparel opens Christmas pop-up

He continued “We know Christmas is always a busy period, with lots of people on the lookout for the perfect gift and we cannot wait to bring our bold and daring designs to Milton Keynes. We cannot wait to welcome everyone when doors open at 10am on Wednesday.”

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TipTop Outlet opens brand new store at The Mall Luton



TipTop Outlet opens brand new store at The Mall Luton

The Mall Luton has today welcomed new store TipTop Outlet to the centre, with the retailer opening its doors to eager customers looking for premium brands at affordable prices.

The store, which covers two floors, is home to an iconic line-up of brands including Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Timberland. More affordable ranges can be found on the first floor, which is accessible via staircase or lift.

Shoppers will be able to browse a huge range of shoes, clothes, and accessories, with a fantastic mix of sought-after, limited-edition lines not readily available in other stores, and great value bargains. Items such as the Nike Jordan Limited Edition trainers that usually are not available within stores in the UK will be one of the first of a selection of unique offers at the store.


TipTop Outlet opens brand new store at The Mall Luton

Manager of TipTop Outlet, Mutaz Alhejoj, said, “We are excited to unveil the store after working hard to get it ready over the past couple of months. Tiptop is a great place to find your next pair of favourite trainers but also to browse through our collections of branded clothes and accessories. Exclusively for the opening, we have secured many pairs of the Nike Jordan Limited Edition released in 2021. We look forward to welcoming shoppers to our store!”

TipTop Outlet opens brand new store at The Mall Luton

The opening of TipTop comes in the same week as the newly extended Primark store fully opens at The Mall, bringing an even bigger and better range of fashion and homeware to the centre. The 10,000sqft extension into an adjacent unit sees the retail giant increasing its presence in Luton and offering a wider choice of products to shoppers.

Roy Greening, General Manager, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Tiptop Outlet to The Mall. Their unique and exciting offer is a fantastic addition to our already impressive line-up here at the centre.

Roy continued, “With the opening of the extended Primark store this week, and the opening of TipTop, all just in time for the festive season, we hope shoppers will love discovering the new lines and brands now available here”.

TipTop can be found opposite H&M in The Mall. Shoppers can access the bigger and improved Primark store through an enlarged entrance within the Mall as well as via George Street.

TipTop Outlet Luton Address

The Mall Luton
Unit 188

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Barking Bags wins the Best New Business at the Pet Awards



Barking Bags wins the Best New Business at the Pet Awards

A pet accessory business based near Milton Keynes has recently won the Best New Business at the Pet Industry Federation (PIF) Awards. Barking Bags is the brainchild of Debbie Greaves and her partner Rob Angell, who were inspired by the need to find a bag that would carry all the paraphernalia that they needed when they were training and out on a walk with their dog, Maisie.

The PIF Awards celebrate success across a wide range of products, services, companies and individuals and provide the perfect platform to recognise excellence and innovation in the industry. The awards were recently handed out at a black tie event at Whittlebury Hall Hotel, Northamptonshire and were attended by the major companies and experts in the pet industry.

Barking Bags are fast becoming an essential companion for dog walkers. Their fashionable and multifunctional design allows the wearer the flexibility to use them cross body or as a bum bag, helping dog walkers to carry everything they need without compromising on style. They are weatherproof and suitable for any climate or environment.

Barking Bags truly come into their own particularly during the winter months as Debbie explains,

“Regular exercise is vitally important in the winter months and it is important to make the walk pleasant for you and your dog.  Always carry bags for cleaning up and disposing of doggie poop—leaving dog waste is not only a health hazard, but also it is against the law. Try to hydrate by carrying water for yourself and your dog, especially in warmer weather, and be sure to pack your dog’s favourite bite-size treats for rewarding good behaviour away from home.

“We have a range of high quality, water resistant, unisex fabrics and also high end luxury leather bags to choose from, but in response to customer demand, we also produce a vegan friendly range as well. These allow you to carry all the essentials you need.”

Inspired by young British designers, Barking Bags make walking the dog easier, safer and more convenient.  Their ingenious designs have mesh pockets for water bottles and soggy toys, a poo bag dispenser, a safe place for keys and mobile and much more. Some models have reflective strips for added safety when walking in the dark and Barking Bags sell police approved panic alarms that can be clipped onto the bags. Barking Bags come with breathable side pockets with the option of a draw string side pocket – large enough to carry the dog waste once it is bagged up which means no more walking around carrying the unmentionable stuff.

The bags are great for professional dog walkers, breeders, show dog owners, groomers and ordinary dog owners. You can fit all your bits and pieces in the compartments and they make the perfect accessory or gift for any dog owner. There are also a range of additional accessories that can be purchased in the Barking Bag range that include water bottles, collapsible dog bowls, alarms, towels to dry the dog’s paws on and belts to hook your bags onto so you can keep you hands free to control your dog. The bags have 100% 5 star reviews on Google

Barking Bags were also nominated in two other categories at the Pet Industry Federation Awards (PIF) and were finalists in three categories at the Pet Quip awards. There are plans afoot to increase production of the range due to demand and to introduce new range of smaller bum bags. The bags are currently made by artisans in India and are packaged in the UK at MK SNAP – a local charity working with adults with learning difficulties.

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