5 Birthday Freebies you too can enjoy. 

I turned 36 last week, yikes! It feels weird just writing that. Anyway…growing old bleat over, I do like to see my Birthday as an excuse to be a little bit indulgent. Thanks to my love of loyalty cards I’ve been able to do just that without damaging my pocket.

I thought it would be great idea to show my readers what Birthday freebies I picked up, just in case you didn’t know that these offers were available. FYI, I didn’t know about free booze from Miller & Carter,  until my brow waxer told me about it.

The Body Shop – 

If you are a member of their Love Your Body reward card you will receive a £5 gift voucher on your birthday.

I traded mine in for a mini of my favourite Hemp Hand Cream.

Benefit Cosmetics – 

If you have a Benefit brow bar near you then make sure you book an appointment for a free brow wax. This has to be scheduled within two weeks either side of your birthday. You don’t need to sign up to a loyalty program just bring along proof of your birthday date to your appointment.


If you hold a Paperchase treat me card then you will receive a £5 voucher on your birthday. The voucher is valid for two weeks from that date and is automatically loaded onto your points card.

I traded mine in for a notebook and cute avocado stickers.

Miller & Carter 

So this I eluded to earlier. If you sign up to Steak Club you can get a free glass of prosecco for yourself and guests on your birthday. At least four of you need to be ordering a main course to qualify.

Now I know this isn’t a cheap please to eat but I was heading there anyway for my birthday meal anyway so of course I wasn’t going to miss out on my free bubbles!
Hobby Craft 

I haven’t actually claimed this one yet, but I have a few days left to do so.

If you are a member of the Hobbycraft Club you will get a £5 voucher on your birthday. Unlike other vouchers of this type you can use it not just on full price items but also sale and clearance items.

Mine will be going towards a knitting needle case. I have so many needles that all sit loosely in a mess. Finding the correct matching pair can be a nightmare.

I hope you found this post helpful.

Fashion Mini Haul – Trying out a new Budget Clothing Website 

Regular readers of Schoolrunbeauty.com will know how much I love a bargain. That’s why after seeing an advert pop up in my Facebook feed I was suckered into clicking through to discover what offerings the website Lessthan10pounds.com had.

The premise is ex branded fashion mostly on sale for less than £10. Some items are actually priced higher than this, and sold under their label rather than as ex-label.

As per usual with this is type of website not all the items will be to everyone’s taste. In my opinion though it has some absolute Gems so it definitely worth a look.

I ordered three items that came to £23.24 including postage. They arrived within 2 days of ordering, well packaged and via Royal Mail.

I’m so pleased with everything I ordered that I had to share them with you straight away. So excuse the messy hair and lack of Makeup…

Ex New Look Wide Leg Burgandy Jump Suit – £7.75

I love a Playsuit. I always feel a bit more sophisticated when I wear one. This one was originally from High Street retailer New Look. The quality is good though as the fabric is so fine you will need to be careful with underwear choice. A VPL is definitely not sophisticated!

It comes up long, which for me is great, it may though be a problem for shorter people.

High Neck Textured Jumper – £5.95

This is so warm and cosy. Most importantly it isn’t scratchy. I ordered this a couple of sizes bigger than my dress size as I wanted an oversized fit.

Blush Sequin Dress – £7.95

The quality of this dress is amazing! I love it and need and excuse to wear it out.

The top is made from a thick stretchy scuba material so is very flattering. I feel I could get away with eating a hearty meal wearing it. It feels quite heavy due to the sequinned skirt and hangs beautifully.

As the label has been cut I can’t see which shop this originally came from. Size wise though I would say it is true to size. I’m typically a U.K. Size 6, which is the size ordered. It does come up very short on my 5ft 7 frame, but I have very long waist to leg ratio so everything comes up short on me.

At the moment there is a coupon code that gives you an extra 15% of ex branded items.  This is 15EXBRAND

Have you bought anything from lessthan10pounds.com before? If you have let me know what your experience was like.

The 7 magical ingredients of Garnier Miracle Sleep Cream

I talked about Garnier Miracle sleep cream in a recent skincare favourites post. Before I wrote that post I was doing some research into the product’s ingredient list. I like to know what I’m putting on my skin, and to be be honest, who doesn’t?

Several of those Ingredients however I had never heard of let alone knew what they were doing for my skin. Are they even safe? I consider myself to be quite passionate about good skincare so its no surprise then this triggered a spontaneous research session. 

Now I understand why Garnier Miracle Sleep cream is so good! These 7 magic ingredients are why;

  • Lavender Essential Oil – Aside from smelling nice and  being relaxing, Lavender oil also has disinfect properties and can help with circulation. 
  • Extract of Albizia – This is a tropical plant extract. Usually this is taken as an oral supplement. Source (Organic facts.net) It has many benefits including helping to keep skin healthy. 
  • Andenosine – This is a type of Yeast. It actually can be found naturally in the body. Used in this way it can help to energise the skins surface and has anti-wrinkle properties. Source Paula’s Choice
  • Jojoba Oil – This can help to soften the skin whist also unclogging pores. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid – This is one of my favourite skincare ingredients. It has moisture binding capabilities so helps to improve the performance of the other ingredients on the skin. I swear by any product with this in. 
  • LHA – This is an abbreviation of beta-lipohydroxy acid and is similar to Salicylic Acid. As it has a PH of 5.5, similar to the skins natural PH level is it suitable for sensitive skin. Source laroche-posay . It has antibacterial properties, lifts dead skin cells and unclogs pores. 
  • Ruscus Extract – This is another plant extract that has calming and soothing benefits. Source Weleda.com

My skin has definitely benefited from this combination of ingredients. I would even go as far as claiming Garnier Miracle Sleep cream has achieved holy grail status with me. Priced at a very reasonable Rrp of £12.99 this is an all rounder skincare product that is worth investing in. 

Bargain Make-up from Cosmetic Fairy |Top Picks!

So one of those emails arrived yesterday. You know the ones, come and spend some money. Oh but this really was tempting.I shouldn’t have opened it and clicked that little link. 

I haven’t bought anything from Cosmetic Fairy in ages, at least a year I recon?

There was nothing really exciting on sale. Well they’ve had some new stock. Yes great products from L’Oreal and Maybelline at crazy cheap prices. So I thought it would be fun to share my top picks from the site. 

L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Foundation £5.39

This foundation has received good reviews on both boots.com and superdrug.com where it is priced at £9.99 so to be able to pick this up for almost 50% off is brilliant. 

Maybelline’s Instant Pore Eraser face primer £3.83 

This has been a huge hit with bloggers. This usually retails for £7.99 so to be able to pick this up for less than half price is a bit of a steal really. 

The only catch is the packaging is written in Italian. It will come with an English translation sticker though. 

L’Oreal Color Riche Les Ombré Eyeshadow palette- Smoky Velours Noir £2.69 (that’s a mouthful!)

I have this palette in the shade nude lingerie, which I love. I paid £6.99 for that in Boots so this is a brilliant buy. 

Looking for a new purse friendly contour kit? Cosmetic fairy have this glam bronze compact in both blonde harmony and the darker shade  brunette harmony priced at just £4.49. Again, that’s over a 50% saving. 

I’m a huge fan of Maybelline Color Tatoo’s! Alas I have both of the colours endless purple and immortal charcoal that are currently available on this website else I’d be grabbing them both. They are worth a mention at just £2.24 though. Yes I kid you not! 

So will you be tempted to pick up anything over the weekend? Delivery is free on purchases over £10 plus you will review a free gift as well. Not bad!

Disclaimer – Images obtained from Cosmetic fairy website for product/offer sharing purposes.

Bargain Alert! – Smashbox ‘On the Rocks’ Be legendary lipgloss Set £12.67

Hi guys! 

Just a quick post here, but I felt I had to share this amazing bargain to be had from Smashbox Cosmetics.  

Image credit : Smashbox website

The ‘on the rocks’ Be legendary lipgloss set is on sale for £12.67 including delivery, plus you also get to pick a free luxury sample at check out. Of course I opted for my Holy Grail Photo Finish Primer. 

Why is this such a good deal? 

Well individually the lip glosses are selling for £11.25 for 6ml. The shade range available at the moment isn’t that great either. Here though you are getting a set of 5ml lip glosses for £12.67. The shade selection is pretty good as well. 

Having tried a sample of these glosses in the past I can confirm that they are pretty awesome. Naturally I had to bag this bargain then.  

As these were part of the christmas 2014 range they will have a shorter shelf life, but if like me you know you will use them straight away it really is a bargain. 

Have you spotted any bargains lately? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Payday shopping trip Part 2 – Latest Poundshop beauty finds

Hi Guys, 

I’m back with part two of my shopping trip. This time I want to share with the the great beauty bargains currently to be had in my local poundshop. I find it’s always worth having a quick nose just in case they have something fab on other.  

 Like thrifting though, sometimes there is nothing to be had, other times there are some amazing finds. Fortunately this trip resulted in the later. 

So what did I get?

Montagne Jeunesse facemask twin pack. I love this particular brand of facemask, and would happily pay full price. 2 for £1 feels like a bit of a steal. 

The ones include here are, Prickly Pear Peel off and Apricot Scrub. 

Be prepared for weird Instagram selfies in the future, I can’t help sharing with the world how daft I look wearing different face masks (cringe).

Bourjois Lady in Black Lashes

These are such pretty little corner lashes, I’m praying to the eyelash gods that I don’t mess these ones up. Still they are so cheap and I wouldn’t be too upset if I did. 

If the little gems aren’t you thing, there were some other cool lashes to pick from, they even had the paperself collaboration ones. 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nail Polish – Misty Jade

I seem to have a bit of a thing for green nails at the moment. Maybe because I’m on the hunt for the ultimate pastel green shade? 

  I have high hops for this one, ans shall be busting it out for a road test later today. 

Radox Muscle Soak I have been in the look out for some bath salts to give a little whirl for a while. I didn’t want to spend loads of money though.  

 These muscle soak ones from Radox seem ideal at the moment as I’m spending a lot of time in the gym. The thought of a nice hot steaming herbal bath almost makes it worth while going to the gym just so I can use these. 

Lastly we have a hair mask from Herbal Esscence. I have tried the Bee Strong variety in the past, which was lovely. So I’m excited to give this Smooth & Soft one a try.  


I’ve only given it a sniff so far, but the mandarin scent smells yum. 

So, that’s my latest poundshop beauty finds, I think there are some pretty great bargains to be had at the moment. This all can to £5’s. They do seem to be lacking in makeup bargains at the moment, but definitely make up for it in the bath and body section. 

Have you tried any of these products before? What did you think? 

Payday shopping trip Part 1 – Primark Haul

Yesterday was the start of our families pay month, which means pocket Money day yay! 

Ok I know that’s a weird thing for a 33 year old to say but this is when that bit of money I’m allocated from the household budget, to spend on whatever I like, comes my way. So yes I am basically like an excitable child, clambering to get out and treat myself. Usually I have spent the week before hand planning what I’m going to do with it. 

This month was no exception, I needed new gym kit. I’m spending more time in the gym now and some of my stuff really has seen better days. So I headed to Primark having seen on ITV’s this morning, a couple of weeks back, that it was pretty good stuff. This resulted in the usual thing that happens on a Primark trip, I come home with some extras. 

So enough waffling, this is what I got;

Grey Marl cropped leggings -£6 These are great as not only are they seam free but they also are made from a quick dry fabric. Ideal if you are sweaty Betty like me. Yep it comes with exercise! Yuck!

Fluorescent Lime cropped top – £3.50

I won’t be missed in this get up, it’s so bright. Not that I street run, but this would be great for someone that did.

Lastly some Trainer liners £2.50 for 7 pairs. 

  Slightly boring but essentials, I do think the colour selection is fab though.  

Now on to the extras, yep the bits I didn’t go in for, but bought on Impulse.

 Printed Tee – £3

  I’m loving my printed t-shirts at the moment, I actually have 2 others of this cut in different prints. Like a magpie with shiny things, the print on this one jumped out at, there was only 2 on the shelf tucked away amongst all the others, so it had to be done. 

White mesh lace pumps – £4  


I love these pumps, so practical yet still pretty and feminin. They will look great with denims and summery dresses. 

Yellow gold coloured necklaces £1-£2   

I’m loving the layered jewellery trend that is going on right now. These are so dainty and perfect for creating such a look. Obviously they are imitation gold but who cares for that price?

Lastly, is a tiered summer dress that is just stunning. It set me back £13 but bought else wear it would easily have cost a lot more.  

 The print and contrasting colours I just love. I can’t wait for some prolonged warmer days to throw this on with some sandals and maybe a denim jacket in the evening. Tres Boho chic! 

So that’s all I picked up in Primark, not bad considering I spent a total sum of £35. Have you done any Primark shopping posts lately? Do leave your link below, I’m a nosy bugger and would love to check it out. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Clothes mini haul – Primark & New look £2 bikini!!

Hi guys! 

Today I met up with my little sis for some lunch and a wander around our local high street. That particular activity usually ends up with one, or both of us, spending way too much money. We are both terrible enablers! 

Today though I managed to come across some amazing bargains. I couldn’t believe my luck with some of these finds so felt the need to share with you guys, you never know you may be able to come across some of these deals yourself. 

First up we popped into New Look, as we are both looking for some inspiration to update our summer wardrobes. Whilst checking out the swimwear we noticed they had quite a large clearance rail with tonnes of mixed size bikini seperates, all at £1 each. 

We have developed a strategy when it comes to searching this type of clearance. 

1. Find all the bikini tops in you size. Don’t forget to check the actual labels as quite often like I found today the size does not correspond with the size on the hanger. 

2. Pick out the ones you like. 

3. Search for a close match in bottoms that are your size. They don’t need to be an exact match if you don’t mind working a mix n match look. 

4. If like me your a bit if a pear shape then this is great as it’s usually odd sizes that are on clearance. 

I was lucky to find 2 suitable bikinis, with the help from my sister. Yay!! 

What do you think, I’m in love with both of these? They cost me £4 in total bargain!!! I can’t wait to go on holiday and wear these now. 

Next up we headed into Primark, in order to look at shoes primarily. Do you remember I said I was after some pool slides? I did a inspiration post showing my top finds HERE

I found a great pair that only set me back £8, which is great when compared with some of the others I looked at.  


The last item I picked up in Primark basically was me being naughty. I couldn’t say no to these joggers that were on sale at £3. Lately I just want a comfy waist band, so was beginning to look at bit of a mess. Well these have fulfilled the comfort factor, just with a bit more style.  


There are some amazing bargains to be found on the high street at the moment it really is worth taking the time to have a bit of a rumage through the bargain rails. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

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Bargain alert!! Nyx diamond sparkle lipsticks @ £1


So, today I had to pop into my local Poundworld, to pick up some household essentials. Like always I couldn’t help having a quick peek at their make-up section. If you are lucky they can have some super cheap branded items available. Today was one of those days as I spotted Nyx diamond sparkle lipsticks on sale for £1, result!

I opted for the shade Sparkling apricot. This is a very pretty sparkly nude peach colour. As you can see from the swatch it does look like it could be a difficult shade to pull of, luckily on the lips though this transforms to a very wearable sparkly nude. I’m very pleased and can’t believe my luck really. I can’t comment on wear as I’ve only just purchased this, but if it isn’t that great than I can live with that as I only paid £1.


If this is not your thing they had plenty of other shades available. I was very good and just opted for the one, but could have so easily picked up more.

I have had a quick look at the NYX website, and some shades (not this one unfortunately) are available in the farewell section. These are priced at a still very reasonable
£3. If you have a chance though it’s worth popping into Poundworld to see if they have any left.

I would love to know what you think of these lipsticks if you have given them a go. Bye for now, Katy 🙂