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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  My name is Victoria Sully.  I'm a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker who’s always trying to make and save more money.  I’m passionate about making money online, healthy living and blogging.  I’m a mama on a mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Please join me on my journey.

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  1. High Fashion On A Budget? Here's How It's Possible

    I’m sure many of us are all the same. We’d love to treat ourselves to some high-fashion pieces and designer labels, but their price tags are just too big for our budgets. Unfortunately, some of fashion’s biggest names and iconic clothing pieces are always going to be expensive. But that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your dreams of ever owning them. In fact, there are a few clever tips and hacks that can help you find excellent fashion items on a budget.
    Intrigued to learn where you need to look and what you need to do to be able to afford all of these quality pieces of clothing? Read on! This blog post is jampacked with lots of tips that will make high fashion on a budget perfectly possible!

    Look Through Different Collections

    Did you know that all of the big fashion houses have many different collections? For example, Gucci has its very fancy Runway Collection and a Cruise 2017 collection, amongst many others. So what exactly is the point of all these different collections? Firstly, it gives the fashion house a chance to explore different styles and trends. But not only that, though, it also gives them a chance to release clothes aimed at various budgets. For instance, Gucci’s Runway Collection will probably be its most expensive line of clothing. And aimed at those interested in haute couture. However, some of their other collections will feature clothes that are a lot cheaper and more accessible to regular shoppers.

    Know Your Terminology

    This tip is closely linked to the first one, as collections are all part of the confusing terminology you need to know if you want to get fashion savvy. Once you know all the terms that designers use to describe their clothes, you will be able to hone your shopping searches. So you only look at items that you know are more likely to be in your budget. For example, take the term ‘capsule collections’. This refers to a few staple pieces that show off the overall style of the fashion house. These are usually mass-marketed, which makes them cheaper than buying one-off pieces. ‘Bridge line’ is another term it is important to understand. This refers to collaborations between high-end designers and mid-range retail outlets. They are usually a lot cheaper than the designer’s own collections.


    Look For Coupons

    Coupons are a great way to save quite a bit of money on your shopping. You probably already save up coupons for your groceries. Well, did you know that you can also find many different coupons for your favorite fashion brands? There are ones for popular brands and shops including Laura Ashley, Adidas, and Topshop. You will find that these coupons offer you a range of various discounts. Some might give you anything up to 20% off an item of clothing. While others might allow you to take advantage of a special deal, such as buy one, get one free. There are a number of different places where you can find coupons. One of the best places to get them from is from the shop or brand themselves. These days, many shops offer previous customers exclusive deals and discounts. So once you have made a purchase, you may find that you get regular newsletters into your inbox regarding coupon codes and other deals! Alternatively, you can search on specialist coupon websites for all the latest coupons that are valid in shops.


    Buy Out Of Season

    If you are shopping as soon as a shop brings out its latest clothes and trends, you will probably find that the clothes are very expensive. So rather than hit the shops as soon as all their new collections come out, you need to start buying all your clothes out of season. Clothes will be a lot cheaper once they have been out in the shops for a while. Another benefit of shopping out of the season is that you are more likely to find a lot of shops are having sales. There will definitely be a lot of bargains for you to grab! One thing to remember about shopping when the sales are on is that many of the sales items are probably clearance. That means you won’t be able to return them if you find that they aren’t quite right when you get home. So make sure you always try on clothes before you buy them, even if they are in the sales!

    Buy Second-Hand

    Did you know that second-hand clothes shops are a great place to find hidden designer gems? And, as they are second-hand, you won’t have to worry about paying the hefty price tags that usually comes with designer pieces. If you are desperate to get your hands on designer items, it is usually best to go to second-hand stores and charity shops in the centre of cities. As there are many wealthy people in cities, there is a greater chance that you will find some excellent designer items of clothing.


    Swap With Your Friends

    If you and your friends are all fans of designer clothing, then you could drastically cut down on your clothing bills by swapping clothes. This is especially great if you all end up buying pieces that you realize you actually aren’t that into. After you have had your clothes a few months, why not get together with all your friends and pool the clothes. That way, you can all look at each others’ items to see if there is anything you want. Of course, you don’t have to swap on a permanent basis. You may just want something different to wear to a party that you have planned. You could even turn your clothes swap into a fun event. Host it at yours and put on some drinks and nibbles!

    As you can see, designer fashion doesn’t have to always be out of your budget. Hopefully, all of these tips and hacks can help you find great pieces at very reasonable prices. And you’ll look amazing as a result!

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    As a busy working mum, it is easy to ignore our own upkeep while running after our little ones all day.   While our youth and vitality may mask the signs of ageing, our ignorance of a healthy skin care regime will show its effects once we are in our late twenties. For that reason, I have decided to talk about an enduring routine that will preserve and pamper your supple skin.

    Use a cleanser and toner

    While it may sound optional, it isn’t. The key to Kiera Knightley’s glowing radiant skin is a good routine and for this, cleansing and toning is a must. A good cleanser removes oil and dirt without stripping the skin of its natural moisture and oils. A toner will further tighten pores and prevent that dreaded sign of ageing; large, open pores. Invest in an effective one, as skincare can’t be skimped on.

    Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

    Remember that the cleansing and washing that is essential also reduces the moisture in your skin which is what maintains its suppleness and glow. Dry, flaky skin ages much faster than oily skin and moisturising regularly prevents winkles and blemishes. Make it a point to apply a good moisturiser before applying foundation, as well as a good overnight cream to hydrate your skin.

    Remove makeup

    It is natural to feel lazy after a long day and hit the sack without removing makeup from our face.  We’ve all experienced those mornings of waking up disgusted, with eyeliner caked over our lids, mascara clumped on our lashes, and foundation smeared over our pillow. These chemicals not only damage skin but also clog pores, promoting the growth of bacteria and fungus. It takes just a few minutes to remove that dirty layer of makeup.  Do it.

    Do not pick at pimples

    The most tempting thing to do when we have a break out is to pop all the zits with our fingers. This is the worst idea, as we not only transfer the bacteria from our nails and fingers to open zits, but also to other parts of our face. We must make a conscious effort to avoid touching our face, as this can increase breakouts and irritate broken skin membranes.

    Get enough sleep

    The thing even people who have the best skincare routine fail to do, is get eight hours of sleep. The importance of this cannot be stressed enough. Studies have shown a person’s attractiveness drops significantly when they are sleep deprived, and the stress causes additional bursts of acne. Get some good old shut eye, as this is the most important part of your makeup kit.

    Use a good facemask

    A good facemask to exfoliate the skin is essential. Fruit based masks, like avocado, orange, grape, papaya blended with honey or oats can be made at home too. The nutrients in these fruits nourish skin, as well as making the skin soft and supple.  A good pass time is to put a nice facemask on and indulge in a game of stress busting online bingo, with Dotty Bingo. Read the Dotty Bingo review here. Your ten minutes will just fly by.

    Follow these tips and see for yourself the staggering difference in your skin texture!


    * Blog Disclaimer


  3. Eden’s Semilla Vitamin E Oil Review

    Only recently have I started to use serums and oils on my face as part of a daily routine.  As I get older (now starting the journey into my 30s), I am noticing more wrinkles and tired looking skin.  I do my best to eat super healthily every day and exercise, but sometimes I need something extra to help nourish my aging skin.  Enough sleep will probably do the trick one day, but with a four year old and one year old who rarely sleep through, a good night’s sleep is still a faraway dream.  To give my skin the TLC it so very much needs, I have recently been using a variety of different oils including argan and retinol, so was thrilled to be offered Eden’s Semilla Vitamin E Oil for review.

    The oil is currently on sale on Amazon for only £12.95 for a rather beefy 120ml bottle.  It’s the largest bottle of oil I’ve ever had so it will last an impressively long time.  I find you only need to use the smallest of amounts with oil, or else you’ll get an undesirable greasy shine all over! 

    If you’re wondering where the pipette is, it’s in the other side of the cardboard box, hidden under the cardboard!  I think I was a bit dumb here.  I wondered where the dispenser was and poured far too much on a cotton wool pad.  Thinking I must have missed something, I dug the box from the recycling and luckily found the pipette (it’s very lightweight so that’s my excuse!).

    I’ve been using the oil for the best part of one week now and I’m already impressed.  It’s my eyes that are most wrinkly with drawn skin around, so I sweep a cotton pad sprinkled with a few drops of the vitamin E oil over my cheekbones and up past the sides of my eyes.  I’ve been doing this just before bed after cleansing and toning to allow the oil to seep in throughout the night, and also again in the morning just before I put my make up on. 

    During the day it also acts as a highlighter leaving a healthy gleam which shines through my BB cream showing off some very happy skin.  In the mornings I notice my skin looks so much more refreshed, glowing and supple.  So much more so than if I were to only cleanse and tone, which often leaves my skin feeling dry and unpleasantly taut.  This is the first Eden’s Semilla product I have ever used and I will certainly use more again.  I’ll be using this bottle until the very last drop as it’s already making such a noticeable improvement to my facial skin. 

    The oil is derived from plants so is a natural source of vitamin E rather than a horrible synthetic version.  As vitamin E is super sticky in its original form, no less than 25% is blended with jojoba and rosehip oil to give the perfect consistency.  Meaning benefits for skin from 3 wonderful natural oils, instead of just one.

    Have you tried any Eden’s Semilla products?  Which oil is your favourite?


    * Blog Disclaimer - I was sent this product to review.  All thoughts are my own.  I refuse to publish a review of anything I am not happy with & would not buy myself.




  4. 5th Brace Tightening! 

    Gosh I seem to be flying through these tightenings.  They come around so quickly.  This was the fifth tightening for my top brace, but the very first tightening for my bottom brace.  It seemed the easiest yet.  In and out in around ten minutes, even though there were two to tighten this time.

    My biting blocks had worn all the way down, so more were put in.  Goodbye biting teeth together again, well at least for a month or so.  I was given the choice of whether I wanted them, but as they can make the teeth move quicker then I’m happy to do it and put up with the awkwardness.  Especially as I’ve not really noticed much movement since the last appointment at the top and the gap for the false teeth isn’t big enough yet.

    I’ve not noticed anything change with the bottom teeth, so hopefully now there’s a thicker wire things will begin to happen.  I can tell the wire is zig zagging and not perfectly straight like the top wire.

    I’ve found my inner gums more affected this time round.  They are often quite sore and I do something weird in my sleep, like sucking my inner mouth towards the gum.  I can tell I’ve been doing it when I wake up and my gums feel funny like they’ve been rubbing on the brace all night.

    One of the ends of the wire has also been left too long.  It’s sticking out a good 3mm or so and catching my mouth, especially if I try to smile.  It’s only 4 weeks between this appointment and my next, so I’m just going to bear with it until she changes the wire in December.  Hopefully there will be some big improvements next time when I have the third thickest wire.



  5. Sometimes you can get so familiar with your home decor that you barely even notice it anymore. It all just blends together and you never really think about how it looks or if it's actually decorated the way you want. Eventually, you can find yourself walking into a room and just thinking "wait, did it always look this awful?" Suddenly a room you were so used to can seem dark, drab and dull. Sometimes it's even that obvious, the moment you don't even notice your decor anymore might hint that it's time for a change. Here are three signs that it might be time to redecorate your home.

    It feels dark

    Sometimes a home doesn't even need to be dark. It just needs to feel dark. Have a look through your home and see if any rooms just don't quite feel like they're getting enough light. A lot of this could be down to the way the room is laid out. Try and think about how you could change it up to create a lighter, more spacious atmosphere. You should also look at the walls. Does the color on the walls actually help the room feel brighter? Or does is suck all the light out of the room and leave it feeling dingy? Just a few quick and simple changes can make such a difference, making the room feel not just lighter, but bigger and cleaner as well.
    It's totally dated



    When you last decorated, the decor you chose might have felt like the peak of fashions. But time moves on, and now you might look around and wonder why you ever thought that style was a good idea. Not only to times change but people change too. And there's a solid chance that you're not the same person you were when you last decorated. Re-decorating can create an atmosphere that feels much closer to the person you are now. Get rid of that dated wallpaper, shop for bathroom taps to bring some modern flair to your bathroom and change up the colors. Just a few subtle changes can have a massive impact and help bring your home into the modern world.

    It doesn't feel grown up



    Perhaps you were much younger when you moved in, or maybe you decorated for the kids, and now they're grown. Either way, the house doesn't properly reflect your adult life and the person that you are. Go through your home and figure out what does and doesn't represent you properly. Those posters on your wall? Why not frame them and turn them into mature looking wall art? If you have kids, try to create some more elegant storage solutions for their toys and belongings. Clean out the clutter and let your home breathe. You'll find a style that's right for you, but in order to do that sometimes, you have to take an "out with the old, in with the new" approach.