Top 20 under €20

Hey Guys,

Seeing as it’s January and the majority associate this with  being a bit of an anti climax after Christmas and the New Year, I have decided to do a post that is budget friendly and will help cure those January Blues. Most people’s purse strings are a little tighter at this time of year, unless you are one of a lucky few, so it’s always nice to find items that won’t break the bank. Some say not to shop when you’re not feeling the richest, I say be smart about your shopping. A little ‘pick me up’ that won’t hurt the bank balance too much, can be considered a necessity in  my eyes 😉 So here are my Top 20 items that are under €20!

Top 20 Under €20

Turtle Neck €20.00 River Island

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Messenger bag €19.99 Zara

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Rimmed Sunglasses €13.00 River Island

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€19.99 H&M

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€16.50 Forever21

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Image 1 of ASOS Bead Through Stud Earrings

€11.43 ASOS

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Image 3 of New Look Kool Black Patent Flat Loafer Shoes

€18.47 ASOS

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White Blazer €19.50 Missguided

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€17.99 Newlook

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€19.99 H&M

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Skater Dress €16.50 Forever 21

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€14.99 Bershka

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€17.00 Primark

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€18.20 Missguided

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Image 1 of MIXED FABRIC BLOUSE WITH FRONT DETAIL from Zara

Blouse €19.99 Zara

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€14.00 Boohoo

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€17.99 Newlook

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€12.70 Topshop

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€19.50 Missguided

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€14.99 Bershka

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So there you go ladies, proof that you can justify your shopping addiction in January. Happy Shopping 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Confessions of a Secret Snacker

Hey Guys,

I’ve actually been dreading doing this post primarily due to the fact that I didn’t just over eat over the festive period. I went to town. I had planned to give myself a two week pass to over indulge and enjoy myself over Christmas, however I think I may have gone a little over board. I am definitely feeling the affects now, but I’m not even a little bit sorry. I had a great Christmas and I don’t regret a thing!

As I am back to work as of yesterday, I have decided to get back into healthy eating. I was initially considering doing  a detox however I know I wouldn’t stick to it. Between trying to get my sleep pattern back into shape and also working and commuting, I know I will be lacking in energy and craving junk food. Like many others who work in an office, I hit a slump mid afternoon and so I need to ensure I have enough food to keep me satisfied.

I am going to ease myself back into this healthy eating craic and slowly reintroduce my exercise plan, which I completely neglected over the past few weeks. For me personally I think this works best as I know if I completely cut out everything, I will cave and end up binging which of course defeats the purpose!

I am NOT cutting out carbs and coffee, which I see many people doing. This is for two reasons; firstly if I don’t have carbs I will be hungry as I have built up a larger appetite now over Christmas, in which I had enough white carbohydrates to last an average person about six months! I need to slowly decrease my appetite and allow my stomach to shrink back down. Secondly I am not cutting out coffee because, well mainly due to the fact I will hurt someone if I don’t get my caffeine fix.

I am instead switching to complex carbs and focusing on wholemeal, organic and gluten free pasta and bread as a replacement for the pizza, chips and white bread & pasta that I was indulging in. I am however cutting out fizzy drinks and alcohol as it is unnecessary sugar and toxins. My liver needs a break for a few weeks too.

As with any healthy eating commencement, I do hope to avoid the usual bold (but so yummy) foods such as chocolate, crisps, cakes, takeaways and so on. I have a feeling that I will be having some withdrawal symptoms over the next two weeks. My body will more than likely go into shock due to lack of sugar and alcohol, so pray for me!

I will get back to doing this post now once a week and will keep you guys updated on my progress.

Until Next Time My Loves 

Z x

**Beauty Giveaway**

Hey Guys,

Well it’s the dreaded January and unfortunately Christmas is now behind us. In order to help beat those January Blues, I have decided to do a little giveaway. It is also a thank you for all the support I have received since I started my blog six months ago!

So here it is ladies:

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Ways To Enter:
  • Click Follow to the left on the blog,
  • Please Like & Share the Facebook page; DayDreamerChic
  • Follow & Share on my Instagram account @daydreamerchic
  • Follow & Share my Twitter account @zoeb1991 / DayDreamerChic
  • Tag @daydreamerchic & Comment Done when you have liked & shared so I can put your name in the draw! 🙂

(there are links to all my social media accounts on the home page)

Winner will be announced on Sunday the 11th of January, Good Luck Ladies 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Protect Your Skin Against Winter

Hey Guys,

At the moment the weather here in Ireland is starting to get colder and I have a feeling January is going to be a seriously cold month! This Winter weather can be quite tough on your skin. From the brisk, frosty weather to the harsh wind, our skin really does have to withstand a lot throughout this time. That’s not even including the heating that we are now constantly facing; whether it’s at home, in the office or even in shopping centres and restaurants. Our skin is literally going from one extreme to another. So in order to prevent your skin from getting dried out and over sensitive from the above factors I’ve compiled a list of the best methods to protect your skin throughout the colder months.

Change to Gentle Products: Skin can be more sensitive throughout the colder months and so strong products that are usually fine, can end up irritating it. I have sensitive skin anyway so I look for gentle products all the time. I think swapping a regular toner for a softer alternative can make a huge difference when skin is under added pressure. Instead of using toner, I have now introduced Rosewater and Witch-hazel and I love it. It’s really gentle and doesn’t leave skin feeling raw. The witch hazel also helps prevent breakouts on the skin, which of course is a huge plus! It is available in Boots at the pharmacy counter and it is approx. €4.00.

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Rethink your Moisturizer: I know that people often say that too much moisture can cause spots and breakouts. While this can be the case, skin requires higher levels of moisture during colder periods. In order to prevent any breakouts, think about changing your moisturizer as opposed to over moisturising. One that works well in Spring and Summer may not be sufficient for the harsher Winter months. If your moisturizer is not giving you nivea1what you need, you may find your skin getting dryer. This often leads to people over moisturizing which then causes the breakouts. Instead switch to a stronger oil based option. Always look for ‘non-clogging’ alternatives to avoid pores being well obviously being clogged. Night creams are generally a good option as they create a protective layer around your skin.

Nivea is always one of my favourites as it is so soft and gentle. There are a number of different Nivea moisturizers and night creams IMG_0318available. Have a look at what is the most suitable for your own particular skin type. These products can be picked up in the majority of retailers such as Boots, Debenhams and Tesco, Dunnes etc. Prices vary between €5.00 and €10.00 and it always lasts ages! I also use the Nivea Cleansing Milk as it soothes skin whilst removing the makeup. It costs €6.99 in the majority of retailers too.

 

Avoid hot water on the face: This is true for all year around but particularly relevant for Winter. I am guilty of letting the warm eater hit my face in the shower but I am trying to avoid it now. Warm water dries out your skin and this combined with the false heat also drying it out, will strip essential oils will from your skin. It is also recommended that you apply moisturizer on face and body within two minutes of your shower and it is the most effective time to lock in the moisture.

Add in Oils & Milk: This one is more so for your body as opposed to your face but who doesn’t want soft,Product Image For Grapeseed Massage Base Oil supple skin all year round?! Add in some Olive or Grape seed oil to your shower  as it will help re-hydrate skin. Check out health food stores for these oils, Holland & Barrett stock them for €4.49. Alternatively  pop into your fridge and grab some whole milk to add to your shower. It will have the same effect and leave your skin feeling super soft.

As always the products and methods listed above won’t break the bank. They are all quite reasonable and can be done on a budget as we are not all millionaires who can splash out on expensive beauty products and procedures.

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x