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Last Wednesday I announced that I was giving up shopping for both clothes and make-up (see the post here). Luckily I have only just replaced all my make-up with all brand new products to update my look. Over the next week I plan to share with you the products I use for the different elements of my face and depending on how brave I am feeling I may share images of me applying my look in the final week of March. For now here is a glimpse into the variety of products I keep in my make-up bag that I reach for almost every day. This make-up is what I use to achieve my “every day” look, there are also many lipsticks and eyeshadows in my bag that I use to spruce up my look and transition me into a night-time look but they aren’t included here.

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Today marks the beginning of lent. Last year I decided to give up fizzy drinks for lunch since my consumption of them averaged at least a can a day. It was a tough forty days where I realised how addicted to them I was, for the first week I suffered from caffeine withdrawal symptoms, the headaches were awful! Sadly since lent last year has ended I have gone back to enjoying fizzy drinks freely although can now go some days without them. Despite them definitely being a habit I need to ultimately kick, this year I have decided to target my main addiction. Shopping. Until Easter I am limiting myself to only buying the essentials, food, toiletries etc. So it is goodbye to Topshop, ASOS, Urban Outfitters and all the other stores I frequent with my dwindling bank balance. I am not even going to allow myself to buy any new make up (I have a habit of picking up a nail polish or two every time I enter Boots), which shouldn’t be too bad since I recently replaced all my make up, it all ran out at once! This is going to be a tough month but hopefully if I take it a day at a time, ignoring all the emails I receive from shops (it ranges from four to about ten a day depending on the promotions), I will make it through the month and save myself some money. I think I will also spend this month going through my wardrobe and getting rid of items that I really don’t need anymore either by selling them or donating them. Whatever you have decided to give up for lent, good luck!

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Today is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day. Today marks the last day before Lent begins and I will spend it eating as many pancakes as I can, with a variety of toppings. This morning we kept things simple by making up a batch of basic pancake batter as instructed by Delia Smith (recipe here) and served with sugar and lemons. It was a great start to the day and a nice change from my normal porridge. I’m sure I will have more sugar and lemon pancakes in the day but I am also looking forward to having some with fruit and chocolate spread as a pudding this evening. Happy Shrove Tuesday!

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