I have to admit to being completely baffled by a news story over the
weekend which reported a Ryanair passenger eating an £8930
winning lottery scratchcard! Why? Quite simply he wanted his winnings
there and then, mid-flight, and was told he'd have to wait until the
plane landed because it was such a large amount of cash. So, in what can
only be described as one of the most expensive temper tantrums ever, he
ate the ticket. Quite what he hoped it would get him I really don't
know, but I'm sure it'll go down (no pun intended) as one of the
priciest in-flight meals ever.
It did get me thinking though, of some of the most expensive things in
the world, and their more affordable alternatives...you could be
Last year my life, and my skin, changed for the better thanks to the miracle in a pot that is Boots no 7 Essential Moisture day cream.
Encased in a glossy white jar and with a smooth as silk texture it bears all the hallmarks of a high-end brand without the punishing price tag.
I first chanced upon this bargain beauty find when a friend bought me a no 7 gift pack and, after languishing atop my chest of drawers for a number of months, I finally delved into the beautifully decorated box to fish out a mini face cream that would tick all the right boxes when it came to those pesky airport restrictions – every girl's worst nightmare realised!
After a few days of absentmindedly slathering the mixture onto my face, I noticed that a brighter, fresher version of myself was staring back at me.
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at 5:40PM, a year ago |
Money Saving Tips
As I am sure you are aware, the Versace collection for H&M has been revealed. This long-awaited marriage of couture and the High Street was greeted with loving approval by fashion's media elite, a usually fickle crowd who delight in the fall as much as the rise to grace. Maybe it is the enduring love for the house of Versace or the fact that these mass produced dresses are actually high fashion but every review I've read has been overwhelmingly approving of the line. As I am certainly not in the media elite circle, I can unbiasedly tell you the truth about this "purse-friendly" endeavour. It is gorgeous! While the collection is primarily focused on partywear, there are some nice jackets and separates to mix in with daily wear. Donatella was even generous enough to include jewellery and accessories into the budget friendly line.
You can look at summer in two ways - beautiful blue skies, warm sunshine and an abundance of colour laid out by our country's natural foliage and abundance of flowers. Or, sunburn, heat rash, insect bites and hayfever! Whilst the latter may be less than enticing, it's a fact that just about every Brit will suffer from one or another in their lifetime so, as the warmer weather approaches, get your medicine cupboard in order so you're fully prepared for whatever the summer throws at you.
First things first. Before you update your medicine cupboard you need to
give it a good spring clean. Check expiration dates on lotions, potions
and medicines and anything that's past its sell-by date needs to go.
(And remember, medicines can be returned to any chemist for safe disposal.)
Last year, NHS Direct received 850,000 calls over the festive period, a 16% increase on the year before. So, to ensure you stay healthy and your Christmas isn't ruined by illness, we've put together a Savoo survival guide.
Stock up - The most common ailments over the festive period
include coughs and colds, indigestion and hangovers. Fortunately, these
are all things that can be dealt with quite effectively with products
available at your local chemist. Unfortunately, if you don't have
any of these products - especially when everything is shut on Christmas
Day - then you'll have to suffer your way through the biggest day of
the season. Plan ahead and stock up on antacids, cough medicine, Vitamin
C and paracetamol, along with plasters and ointments for any unexpected
bumps and falls (we all have an elderly aunt who might over-indulge on
the sherry!) Try Boots or Asda if you'd rather not venture out in this weather and want to find all those OTC remedies in one place.
British Summer Time (an oxymoron if ever there was one) officially ended last weekend and this work week has been the first of many in the long winter months ahead where twilight is setting in before the work day finishes. But what price are we paying for that extra hour in bed we all enjoyed on Sunday morning? Well, at least 7 per cent of us are quite literally paying with our sanity according to a report in the British Medical Journal. So, could you be suffering with SAD?
Putting back the clocks has been an annual event in the UK since 1916
when the then-Government adopted a Daylight Saving system to save coal
by having longer daylight hours. Nowadays many people opposed to the
Spring and Autumn changing of the clocks not only argue that the energy
savings are negligible but are also bad for our mental health.
which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a type of winter
depression thought to be triggered by the clocks going back. Half a
million Brits are affected by the condition every year, suffering with
problems sleeping, lethargy, loss of concentration, anxiety and over
eating (it's no coincidence that companies like WeightWatchers see a massive uptake by the beginning of Spring).