Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Tips From The Pros...

Erica Davies, Editor of MMM Blog (Modern Mum Must-have

"I LOVE stationery. It's been a thing of mine since I was at school. 
Now I've got kids and a full-on job, list-making and getting organised has become even more important so I'm always on the hunt for brilliant, stylish and inexpensive ways to keep on top of the admin and present-wrapping.
Ikea is one of my favourite places for wrapping paper and notepads (have you seen their neon and Kraft paper range!?), but another store that is totally worth a trip is another Scandi brand, Tiger.
Cheap, but totes chic, this is the kind of place you will get way too excited in and end up with loads of things you didn't really need. But for paper goods, it's amazing value - in fact, nothing in the store exceeds £30".
Find your nearest Tiger Store here.

Kim Parker, Beauty Editor at Red Magazine
"Multipurpose products are a great way to spend smarter. One clever product that can work across lots of features or can be blended into other products to create different effects can save you lots in the long run. Try these favourites:

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector; use it neat as a highlighter on brown and cheekbones; add a drop to your moisturiser for an instant glow on 'blah' skin days; sweep it across collarbones to enhance them on nights out; and blend into your body cream and slick down your shins for the illusion of longer, leaner legs. One tube lasts a long time. 

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge / MAC cream colour bases - creamy, blendable, sheer cheek, lip and eye tints. One pot literally does your whole face and is easier to work and blend than a liquid stain. They're especially good with this spring's matching eyes and cheeks in soft pale peaches and pinks. 

Vaseline lip therapy / Lucas Paw paw Ointment / Lanolips 101 ointment - inexpensive all-purpose balms that fix chapped skin, groom brows and lashes, add sheen to lips, cheekbones and eyelids, heal grazes, soften dry patches, the list is endless. A balm's much more useful than a solid stick."

Sarah Clark, Editor of Littlespree

Sarah, the mother of twins Tabitha and Marlow, recommends buying nappies from Amazon to save money when buying in bulk (and means you don't tire yourself out carrying them yourself).

I would also recommend Sarah's blog for gorgeous, High Street kidswear finds. She updates everyday and does the hard work for you. How cute are these Zara mini hareem pants at £9.99?

CASH ABROAD - if you have time, it's a good idea to change up your money in the UK when you have time to compare all the rates. If this isn't possible, then it's good to know that it's generally cheaper to withdraw cash from a cashpoint abroad than it is to spend on your debit card (as this incurs fees for every transaction).


  1. Really handy tips Alex. I think your 'tips from the pros' series is super!



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