lacura lip balm

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Lacura Makeup: grab it while it’s on special

Lacura makeup is currently an Aldi Specialbuy. I came away with a decent haul when I visited my local store at the weekend, so here are my reviews & recommendations. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty12 April 20, 2016

contact lenses online

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How to Get Cheap Contact Lenses

I’ve been playing around with Vision Compare, a free comparison tool for contact lens wearers. It’s simple to use: type in your contact lens make and model. Up pops a list of all the online retailers selling boxes of the lenses, with the prices. As ever, substantial savings can be made on high street optician prices. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 April 10, 2016

morrisons baby shampoo

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Shampoo SOS: Help me, Thrifties, you’re my only hope!

It was a dark day when I set foot in Morrisons and found that my shampoo of choice had been discontinued. AHEM? Where were my trusty bottles of value-brand baby shampoo? Fluffy pink sheep on the front of the bottle … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty19 March 10, 2014

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HOW TO: mend your broken make-up

Once you know how, it’s easy to mend broken make-up. This mess-free method saves plenty of money and takes just a couple of minutes. Here’s how you do it. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty9 February 10, 2014

argan oil for hair - lots of products at Boots

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Argan oil: the thrifty version!

I left Boots with the impression that you can add a bit of argan oil, slap a couple of quid on the price and make a killing… And I went home to my own, thrifty version of an argan oil hair product. Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty16 September 11, 2013

benefit discount

Deals & Bargains, Thrifty Beauty

15% off your Benefit cosmetics order

If you are a fan of Benefit cosmetics, here’s a discount deal for you: 15 per cent off all Benefit products when you order from Benefit’s online store. The discount code is 15TREAT1. Enter at checkout. Orders over £40 also … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty0 October 28, 2011

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With tinted Vaseline, who needs to splash out on lip gloss?

What can I tell you about tinted Vaseline, aka Vaseline Rosy Lips? Just like regular Vaseline, it makes a bargain lip balm. In the tin, the Vaseline is a rather alarming shade of hot pink (it’s pretty toned down in … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty5 July 6, 2010

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Pixi Satin Rose Oil: divine fragrance, divine price.

Pixi’s Rose Satin Oil is one of my favourite fragrances. I got a rollerball bottle of the stuff about four years ago, from a beauty journalist. I kept that little bottle in my bag and mourned its loss when it … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 May 31, 2010

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Get rid of mouth ulcers the thrifty way

Yes, I know that Bonjela tastes nice, but here’s a cheaper idea from Frugal Grandma. Speaking from personal experience, it works very well. I must warn you though: this is a very British cure that isn’t for the faint-hearted. It … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty20 July 6, 2009

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HOW TO: Get a discount on your favourite perfume

I love Marc Jacobs “Daisy” fragrance and usually have a good old spritz if I happen upon a stray tester bottle. For money off, buy your perfume unpackaged! Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 May 7, 2009

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FRIDAY BARGAINS: Nicky Clarke Hair Styling Set

Argos is doing a good deal on this Nicky Clarke Dryer & Straightener Gift Box: £24.99, reduced from £69.99. The straighteners are ceramic-coated and heat to 200 degrees in 30 seconds; the products come in a matching leather-look box. The … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 March 6, 2009

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FruGal’s gym tips

I’ve never been a gym person myself. I have tried, in the past, but I can’t get into it. It’s a lot of hard work for a lot of money, to stare at a blank wall (or worse, a flatscreen … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 January 13, 2009

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FRIDAY BARGAINS: Tesco hair clippers

This hair clipper set from Tesco is only £6.99. It comes with the different sized combs, so that you can select how short you want the hair to be, plus other accoutrements such as scissors and a comb. Not only … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 October 17, 2008

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GHD hair straighteners: I’ve got a better idea!

You know how, if you take one simple financial decision out of the ordinary, it can snowball really easily? Well, a few weeks ago I went and had a haircut. This didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped. I told … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty14 September 3, 2008

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Aldi’s Touche Eclat – just £3.49

YSL’s Touche Eclat is still the best under-eye concealer on the market – but if you’re put off by the £18 price tag, the Lacura range of cosmetics is well worth a look. The products are available from Aldi stores. … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 August 5, 2008

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Perfume bottles and thrifty bath oil

Fill an empty perfume bottle halfway with olive oil and shake it. Voila: delicious-smelling bath oil is yours. I think I read this in Reader’s Digest half a lifetime ago. I was wary until I learned (probably from Just Seventeen or … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty1 July 22, 2008