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Budget Beauty

Lip scrubs are an effective way to treat your pout to some TLC and put that extra coconut oil from the last Budget Beauty post to good use. Giving your lips a gentle scrub every now and again not only sheds the unwanted dead skin, but also smooths out the canvas for lipstick application. So, if you’re a bold lip lover – listen up!

What you’ll need
1tbsp White or Brown Sugar 
1tbsp Honey 
1 Heaped tbsp Coconut Oil
Process
1. Mix the honey and coconut oil together in a bowl. Binding them together creates the perfect conditioner to protect and soften your lips, locking in the moisture as the sugar exfoliates the layers of your lips. 
2. Fold the sugar into the mixture, being careful not to whisk as the consistency will become too runny. We chose to use white sugar for our home made lip scrub, as it’s not a coarse as brown sugar ad we already had it stocked in our pantry! After all, this is budget beauty. 
3. At this point, it’s optional to add in any essential oils or extras that you might want. We chose not too as the coconut oil itself tastes delicious! But, we suggest a couple of drops of peppermint oil works a treat to freshen your lips and breath at the same time. 
4. Gently work into your lips and remove with a damp cloth. Feel the softness! We were amazed with the results, the sugar wasn’t drying on the lips at all as the coconut oil acted almost like a lip balm and coated the skin with moisture. 
5. At this point, you can leave your lips bare, or apply your favourite bold lippy! 
 So there you have it, a Budget Beauty way to achieving an enviable pout! #selfie
Words and photography Emily Smith

Meet….. Gem Fatale

Gem is definitely up there with our favourite bloggers, so it was a no brainer when deciding who to feature next. We love her infamous Tuesday tips and can always rely on her to bag some awesome charity shop bargains. So what are you waiting for? Read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog…




Ok, first up who is ‘Gem Fatale’? 

I thought the name up before I had a blog whilst I was creating a new email address for an eBay account! I’d been studying Film Noir at the time so femme fatales were on my mind… When I came to start the blog soon after, the name stuck. I didn’t think about the meaning of it much at the time as I never though anyone would read the blog, but now I cringe when my postman brings me parcels addressed to Gem Fatale… I sound like a porn star!

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place? 
I started in the summer of 2007 after being inspired by the few popular bloggers of the time (eg. Susie Bubble!) I was living in an OAP-crammed seaside town and feeling slightly alone in my burgeoning interest in fashion. The blog became a place for me to air my take on all things stylish and a way to communicate with like-minded ladies.



What inspires your blog posts? 
Anything that makes me go ‘OMG’! The things that usually excite me are bargains, cute things (baby hedgehogs etc.) and DIY projects. I’m really inspired by food and craft blogs at the minute. I’ve got lots of festive baking and crafting blog posts planned! 

How would you describe your style? 
Girly with a rocky edge. And always comfy: body-con dresses need not apply. 




What three items can you not live without?
My laptop, my nail art pen and my big brown faux fur coat I found in a charity shop. 

We’re huge fans of your Tuesday tips… have you got a favourite? 
Aw, thank you! My discovery that liquid eyeliner could double up as a nail art pen really kick started my love affair with nail art, and seemed to go viral round the blogosphere at the time which was extremely exciting, so it’ll always have a special place in my heart. There’s nothing as heartwarming as having someone say that they’ve tried and loved a tip you’ve shared! It’s my favourite thing about blogging. 





What do you get up to when you’re not blogging? 
Whilst not blogging I’ll be found working at Topshop, cosying up with my boyfriend in front of the telly, or raiding the local charity shop circuit. 

Tell us something no one else knows about you… 
I have an unhealthy obsession with horoscopes… I once cried when I read that my boyfriend and I were doomed to fail as he’s a Capricorn and I’m a Gemini… I suppose the fact we’ve been together 6 years ought to tell me to stop believing what I read! 



And lastly what’s your favourite thing about Autumn?
Layering! The bingo wings can retire safely away in chunky knit cardigans and bad hair days can be easily masked with a woolly hat. Nippy weather hides a multitude of style sins!

Alice, Alice? Who the…

It seems we have hit Alice-mania. With the new release of Tim Burton’s film, people can’t seem to get enough of her and anything Wonderland related. But cast your minds back to the version you loved as a child – Disney’s animated version.

Paul and Joe have created some amazingly cute Alice in Wonderland make-up, using the original Disney animations in the design, with a choice of a blue Daydream or pink Fantasy.

Each set contains a lip treatment stick, blotting paper and blotting paper refills, all coming in a collectable tin. They are currently available to buy from ASOS and in store at Harrods all for the affordable price of £25.

Grab them while you still can!