A young friend of mine who's brilliant at make-up took pity on me and gave me a Bobbi Brown manual and the ever popular Naked palette from Urban Decay. All my favorite shades in one box. Genius! I know... I know.... For a clueless cosmetics shmuck like me, I'd never figured it in a million years that it would be far cheaper and convenient to get a palette than little pots which are often a pain to locate when I'm in a hurry.
I love reading intelligent books. Books that rock my world and change my life. Like cookbooks. Hah! Fooled ya there, didn't I? Did you think I was going to say something brilliant like - 7 habits of Highly Effective People or a biography of a brilliant dead person? Lately, I've been enamored with Gwyneth Paltrow's Notes from My Kitchen Table and River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The recipes are simple to follow and the steps are limited to a few. I don't have to fly to the moon to get some obscure ingredient that doesn't exist on this planet. I'm a mom. I work. I love good food. But I can't deal with pretentious food that's the size of a peanut and cost £50 even if the Michelin chef looks like a Greek God.
|1. Heyland & Whittle candle £12, Geodesis candle £20, Geodesis Reed Diffuser £35|
I wouldn't turn down a Diptyque candle but at the same time, I feel rather guilty for burning a lot of money in 40 hours. I've been hunting for good alternatives. I'm rather sensitive to fragrance. The ones seeped in chemicals trigger off my asthma in a bad way. These soy wax based with natural oils from Heyland & Whittle and Geodesis are fabulous.
So, what cheap thrills are rocking YOUR boat at the moment?