Friday, 4 May 2012

What YOU Say

This month's top Frugal insider tips...

Beatrice Hurst, Freelance Fashion + Prop Stylist:
Even if the pennies won't stretch but you fancy a decadent feeding, it can still be in reach.  Most top notch places have a cheaper brunch or set lunch menu. Bistrotheque do the best deal: on Monday to Thursday, place your order before 7:30pm and enjoy 3 courses for under £20. That can be the cost of a main at other times.
Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson Street, London, E2 9DR

Kim Parker, Beauty Editor, Red Magazine
It's worth remembering that most of today's cosmetics on the High
Street are produced by the same companies and labs that also deliver the High-end designer versions. So there's a trickle-down effect of technology and textures which means that often, the High Street versions are every bit as good as their designer cousins. These affordable must-haves are so good, there's one in every Beauty Editor's bathroom cabinet...
  • Max Factor Mascara
  • Bourjois Eyeshadows
  • Dove Summer Glow gradual tanner
  • Max Factor Crème Blush
  • Revlon Nail Colours
  • Olay skincare - especially the serum masks
  • Simple makeup removing wipes
  • Soap & Glory Eyeliner pen
  • L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray
Emma Meysey Thompson, Buying Assistant at
The Coronet cinema is a good independent cinema on Notting Hill Gate – all films £3.50 on a Tuesday.

Merrick Cassanova, Managing Editor, Red Magazine:
I recently discovered a Paul Smith sale shop, on my way to Bond street tube station.
You wouldn’t have even known it was there to be honest, but it’s up to 70% off their end of season stock. Worth a look for sure!
Paul Smith Sale Shop, 23, Avery Row, London, W1K 4AX, 020 7493 1287

Julia Williams, Press Office at Margaret Howell:
I really like sending cards...but the costs can really mount up so I make them. I bulk buy a coloured folded card from somewhere like Rymans (usually around 40p) and plain white envelopes. Then all I do, is look through a file I keep in my desk at work, of pages I have torn out of magazines of cute, funny, interesting or just plain gorgeous images to illustrate the cards. I obviously am really into magazines and read them all the time, so it is really easy for me to tear out pages.

Lucy Reber, Shopping Assistant, Red Magazine:
I love my black opaques, but with tights it doesn't pay to be too too frugal. Equally I have spent £21 on a pair of Wolford's before only to disappointed when I snagged them. Instead I think its best to go somewhere in-between. M&S do a 3 pack of 60 denier tights for around £10 - they are a great fit, especially if you get them in a big size so there is lots of room in the leg. They are really thick and almost never ladder. Don't go for the super cheaper ones they are really uncomfortable and ladder easily - a false economy!
3 pack 60 Denier tights, £9.50, Marks and Spencer

Samantha Norman, jewellery designer and PR Manager
Brixton village is a hub of BYOB restaurants under the railway arches and close to the tube and mainline - the pizza place, Elephant (curry) and the Thai are all worth a visit!


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