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I love getting all spendy when it comes to skincare. It's always been something that seemed justified. You get what you pay for - right? Well, low and behold, here we are about to talk about some of the most affordable products to grace my skincare basket which have also totally changed my skincare game.


If you follow my blog - or any of my social media for that matter - you will know that I am a massive lover of Pixi's Glow Tonic. It makes my skin feel glowy, toned and smooth. The packaging is super cute and the scent is totally non-offensive. The down side? The £18 price tag. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge believer that on some occasions you do get what you pay for, but I also know that the beauty industry is growing and evolving. Brands are releasing incredible products and often these products don't make you cringe when you add them to your basket and see the total.

After finishing my third bottle of Glow Tonic (that's a whopping £54 spent in the last year EEEEK) I decided that maybe I should hunt for a dupe. Coincidentally, soon after this thought an email from Cult Beauty arrived telling me that The Ordinary's 'Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution'' was back in stock. You bet I added it straight to my basket and ran.


I have been converted; this stuff does exactly the same thing as Glow Tonic and it costs a third of the price for even more product!! It leaves my skin feeling glowy, smooth and toned and reduces redness and scars over time. Pixi, I love you, but until The Ordinary discontinues their Glycolic Acid I'm afraid our relationship is over. Sorry for cheating on you.


I'm not going to spend ages on this one since it feels like I've talked it about it in every post for the last 6 months, but the Glossier 'Balm Dotcom' is still hands down my favourite lip balm ever. Technically it's not that budget friendly since it does cost a tenner but the tube is lasting me so long and I've never found a lip balm that leaves my lips feeling soft without any stickiness, unnecessary shine or gross white cast. I did kind of cheat on this one but it doesn't exactly leave a gaping hole in your bank account so it's justified (I think).


If you've been here since the very beginning of my blog (back before I had a domain or went under the alias of 'The Kate Edit') you would have already seen me talk about this product. The Ordinary is rapidly becoming my fave skincare brand. Albeit I've only used two of their products but each one does exactly what it's supposed to. The 'Lactic Acid', put simply, is a chemical peel. It gets rid of dead skin cells, helping your skin look glowier and increase cell turnover for a more radiant complexion. If your skin is sensitive you may want to mix it in with your moisturiser to start with to get your skin used to the acid. This stuff costs somewhere around the £5 mark and I think it's about time I bought another bottle.


The newest addition to my skincare stash, Garnier's newest addition to their family of micellar water has me seriously impressed. I was kind of scared to use this initially since the whole 'oil-infused' concept had me worried about greasiness but this stuff is super cool. When you first sweep the water over your face it does feel oily, but this is what allows it to easily melt off your makeup. To my amazement, when my skin had dried it didn't feel greasy at all, just nourished and clean. I used to be obsessed with their original micellar water but kind of lost touch with it after delving into the realms of hot cloth cleansers. From now on (fans of a certain musical movie definitely sang that in their head) this stuff will definitely be my go-to for makeup removal.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little look into my current skincare saviours. It just goes to show that you don't need to spend top dollar for great skincare.

Much love,

Kate xoxo



The Budget-Friendly Products Changing My Skincare Game.


I love getting all spendy when it comes to skincare. It's always been something that seemed justified. You get what you pay for - right? Well, low and behold, here we are about to talk about some of the most affordable products to grace my skincare basket which have also totally changed my skincare game.


If you follow my blog - or any of my social media for that matter - you will know that I am a massive lover of Pixi's Glow Tonic. It makes my skin feel glowy, toned and smooth. The packaging is super cute and the scent is totally non-offensive. The down side? The £18 price tag. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge believer that on some occasions you do get what you pay for, but I also know that the beauty industry is growing and evolving. Brands are releasing incredible products and often these products don't make you cringe when you add them to your basket and see the total.

After finishing my third bottle of Glow Tonic (that's a whopping £54 spent in the last year EEEEK) I decided that maybe I should hunt for a dupe. Coincidentally, soon after this thought an email from Cult Beauty arrived telling me that The Ordinary's 'Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution'' was back in stock. You bet I added it straight to my basket and ran.


I have been converted; this stuff does exactly the same thing as Glow Tonic and it costs a third of the price for even more product!! It leaves my skin feeling glowy, smooth and toned and reduces redness and scars over time. Pixi, I love you, but until The Ordinary discontinues their Glycolic Acid I'm afraid our relationship is over. Sorry for cheating on you.


I'm not going to spend ages on this one since it feels like I've talked it about it in every post for the last 6 months, but the Glossier 'Balm Dotcom' is still hands down my favourite lip balm ever. Technically it's not that budget friendly since it does cost a tenner but the tube is lasting me so long and I've never found a lip balm that leaves my lips feeling soft without any stickiness, unnecessary shine or gross white cast. I did kind of cheat on this one but it doesn't exactly leave a gaping hole in your bank account so it's justified (I think).


If you've been here since the very beginning of my blog (back before I had a domain or went under the alias of 'The Kate Edit') you would have already seen me talk about this product. The Ordinary is rapidly becoming my fave skincare brand. Albeit I've only used two of their products but each one does exactly what it's supposed to. The 'Lactic Acid', put simply, is a chemical peel. It gets rid of dead skin cells, helping your skin look glowier and increase cell turnover for a more radiant complexion. If your skin is sensitive you may want to mix it in with your moisturiser to start with to get your skin used to the acid. This stuff costs somewhere around the £5 mark and I think it's about time I bought another bottle.


The newest addition to my skincare stash, Garnier's newest addition to their family of micellar water has me seriously impressed. I was kind of scared to use this initially since the whole 'oil-infused' concept had me worried about greasiness but this stuff is super cool. When you first sweep the water over your face it does feel oily, but this is what allows it to easily melt off your makeup. To my amazement, when my skin had dried it didn't feel greasy at all, just nourished and clean. I used to be obsessed with their original micellar water but kind of lost touch with it after delving into the realms of hot cloth cleansers. From now on (fans of a certain musical movie definitely sang that in their head) this stuff will definitely be my go-to for makeup removal.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little look into my current skincare saviours. It just goes to show that you don't need to spend top dollar for great skincare.

Much love,

Kate xoxo





I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about winning the lottery at least once a day. It normally comes at a time when I'm struggling. Like when I roll over in bed after snoozing my alarm for the third time, fantasising about what it would be like to never have to work a day in my life. I think about it when I walk to work, imagining the Range Rover Evoque I'd be cruising along in rather than tripping on uneven pavements and getting soaked in the typical British weather. I think about it all the damn time. I'm not sure if it's healthy.

I know my chances of ever winning the lottery are second to none - my winners' luck so far in life has amounted to winning a prize raffle in primary school and receiving a gorgeous art set, finding a £5 note on the floor during a particularly painful jog and landing every job I've ever gone for (a grand total of three).  I was also lucky enough to receive some gorgeous prints from Printiki that have fit perfectly in with this post. If you guys love to print out your photos, they have so many options and the photos are so high quality. You can find their site here (and if you use my link and the code DVPSU8K9 you can get free shipping)! Plus, if you're looking for some inspiration on how to use your prints, you can check out their Instagram here.

The whole theme of luck has got me thinking. I realised my perception of luck revolves around tangible, material 'prizes'. The art set, the £5, the job that pays for my spending habit. But what about the non-material things in my life? There are so many things I am lucky to have that do not belong to me or pay for what I want. That's why I'm a lot luckier than I think I am.


I'm lucky to have my family. My amazing mum, who I can go to about anything and trust like my life depends on it. My brilliant dad, who can always cheer me up and has taught me that there are great men out there (my mum is lucky she's got him). Then there's my sister. There's seven years between us yet she's one of my best friends. Sure we bicker constantly. But we also laugh together, share interests and spend time together. She takes the majority of my outfit shots for me and I am so lucky to have a sister who genuinely wants to do this for me, without expecting anything but friendship in return (although I do like to treat her to a Costa now and then and I did spoil her this Christmas).

I am lucky to have known my granddad, a wonderful man with the greatest sense of humour and the  kindest soul. Boxing Day 2017 was the first anniversary of his passing away and, while it was one of the hardest days in a while for me and my family (especially my mum), the happy memories I have of the 18 years I had with my granddad in my life are what keep me feeling lucky.



I'm lucky to have the best of friends. Friends come and go in life; some will simply drift away without cause, others will no longer deserve to be a part of your story. My best friends, Liv and Maddie, are my rock and I know they'll always be a part of my life. We can talk about anything and everything and we definitely overshare but that's what friends are for. I'm so lucky to have them by my side, even when they're away at uni. I'm so lucky for all my other friends, too. The friends I go for coffee with, the friends that help me with blog photos, the friends I work with.

I'm lucky to have had the opportunities I've had in life, brought to me by family, friends, teachers and even strangers. I was lucky enough to have a scholarship to go to a great school which gave me so many opportunities; I performed in plays, took my first trip abroad and achieved results that got me into my dream university. If it wasn't for my parents encouraging me or my teachers' support I would never have pushed myself in those ways. I also have so many amazing memories from school which I feel so lucky for. While it was by no means an easy road, I only look back on it fondly.


I'm lucky that I'm surrounded by people who understand me and support me. My parents backed me all the way in my goals to attend university and they welcomed me home with open arms when I decided it wasn't right for me. They supported me when I said I didn't want to go back and they're so happy I've found my passion for blogging. I think my mum might be my biggest fan but my dad is a bit of a fake fan (he actually asked me what my blog is called the other day...). No, but on a serious note, they're great parents and I'm so lucky that they never pressure me, patronise me or make me feel disappointed in any of the choices I've made. My friends support me and my blog and don't cut me off despite the fact I no longer have the common ground of uni.

At the end of it all, I may not be lucky in a 'winning' way. I don't often win anything. But I am so lucky in many other ways and I'm #winning (cringe) in life. I may not have money pouring out of my ears. I may not have my own car, house or personal stylist or ever win any Instagram or Twitter competitions OR the lottery. But I'm so lucky to have my family, my friends and my opportunities. Sure, I wouldn't complain if I won a £71 million jackpot, but I already feel like I've won enough with the life I have.

I hope today's post got you thinking about why we're all luckier than we realise. I really encourage you to stop and think about all the ways in which you're lucky; even if not every aspect of your life is perfect, it's so important to think about the ways you are lucky, rather than the ways you're not.

Kate xoxo


If I Won The Lottery... | Why We're All Luckier Than We Realise.



I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about winning the lottery at least once a day. It normally comes at a time when I'm struggling. Like when I roll over in bed after snoozing my alarm for the third time, fantasising about what it would be like to never have to work a day in my life. I think about it when I walk to work, imagining the Range Rover Evoque I'd be cruising along in rather than tripping on uneven pavements and getting soaked in the typical British weather. I think about it all the damn time. I'm not sure if it's healthy.

I know my chances of ever winning the lottery are second to none - my winners' luck so far in life has amounted to winning a prize raffle in primary school and receiving a gorgeous art set, finding a £5 note on the floor during a particularly painful jog and landing every job I've ever gone for (a grand total of three).  I was also lucky enough to receive some gorgeous prints from Printiki that have fit perfectly in with this post. If you guys love to print out your photos, they have so many options and the photos are so high quality. You can find their site here (and if you use my link and the code DVPSU8K9 you can get free shipping)! Plus, if you're looking for some inspiration on how to use your prints, you can check out their Instagram here.

The whole theme of luck has got me thinking. I realised my perception of luck revolves around tangible, material 'prizes'. The art set, the £5, the job that pays for my spending habit. But what about the non-material things in my life? There are so many things I am lucky to have that do not belong to me or pay for what I want. That's why I'm a lot luckier than I think I am.


I'm lucky to have my family. My amazing mum, who I can go to about anything and trust like my life depends on it. My brilliant dad, who can always cheer me up and has taught me that there are great men out there (my mum is lucky she's got him). Then there's my sister. There's seven years between us yet she's one of my best friends. Sure we bicker constantly. But we also laugh together, share interests and spend time together. She takes the majority of my outfit shots for me and I am so lucky to have a sister who genuinely wants to do this for me, without expecting anything but friendship in return (although I do like to treat her to a Costa now and then and I did spoil her this Christmas).

I am lucky to have known my granddad, a wonderful man with the greatest sense of humour and the  kindest soul. Boxing Day 2017 was the first anniversary of his passing away and, while it was one of the hardest days in a while for me and my family (especially my mum), the happy memories I have of the 18 years I had with my granddad in my life are what keep me feeling lucky.



I'm lucky to have the best of friends. Friends come and go in life; some will simply drift away without cause, others will no longer deserve to be a part of your story. My best friends, Liv and Maddie, are my rock and I know they'll always be a part of my life. We can talk about anything and everything and we definitely overshare but that's what friends are for. I'm so lucky to have them by my side, even when they're away at uni. I'm so lucky for all my other friends, too. The friends I go for coffee with, the friends that help me with blog photos, the friends I work with.

I'm lucky to have had the opportunities I've had in life, brought to me by family, friends, teachers and even strangers. I was lucky enough to have a scholarship to go to a great school which gave me so many opportunities; I performed in plays, took my first trip abroad and achieved results that got me into my dream university. If it wasn't for my parents encouraging me or my teachers' support I would never have pushed myself in those ways. I also have so many amazing memories from school which I feel so lucky for. While it was by no means an easy road, I only look back on it fondly.


I'm lucky that I'm surrounded by people who understand me and support me. My parents backed me all the way in my goals to attend university and they welcomed me home with open arms when I decided it wasn't right for me. They supported me when I said I didn't want to go back and they're so happy I've found my passion for blogging. I think my mum might be my biggest fan but my dad is a bit of a fake fan (he actually asked me what my blog is called the other day...). No, but on a serious note, they're great parents and I'm so lucky that they never pressure me, patronise me or make me feel disappointed in any of the choices I've made. My friends support me and my blog and don't cut me off despite the fact I no longer have the common ground of uni.

At the end of it all, I may not be lucky in a 'winning' way. I don't often win anything. But I am so lucky in many other ways and I'm #winning (cringe) in life. I may not have money pouring out of my ears. I may not have my own car, house or personal stylist or ever win any Instagram or Twitter competitions OR the lottery. But I'm so lucky to have my family, my friends and my opportunities. Sure, I wouldn't complain if I won a £71 million jackpot, but I already feel like I've won enough with the life I have.

I hope today's post got you thinking about why we're all luckier than we realise. I really encourage you to stop and think about all the ways in which you're lucky; even if not every aspect of your life is perfect, it's so important to think about the ways you are lucky, rather than the ways you're not.

Kate xoxo


About The Blogger.
I'm Kate, a 19-year-old shopaholic and certified latte-lover from Worcester, England. You'll find me anywhere they sell clothes, cosmetics or coffee and, if you're into all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle, then we can most definitely be friends. Oh, and I also love puppies, or anything dog related for that matter.

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