Mystery Shopping!

Hey guys.

Right… this post is going to be solely on mystery shopping as i have been doing it for a few years on and off. i have a few websites that i am registered on and they have been really good in providing me with local shops/places to do these visits and earn a bit of money(and often freebies)

Here are my main websites that i use.

ESA RETAIL – this is a good website that i have just recently started using the last year. I really like it, i get good local visits and have got a lot of free things such as chocolate from Thorntons, free food shopping, train tickets and more. You get a refund of your purchase(taking a photo of your receipt) and then you also get a little extra money for your time.

Market Force – I have been on this site for years and it is my favourite. I have earned quite a lot from this site and have visited places such as Next, William Hill, Restaurants, Bowling, Greggs, Prett, Superdrug and lots more! Again, you get to keep the purchase and then get money added for your time. I like this one as lots of jobs get added and every time you complete a job, you get points and the more points you have, the more jobs you can do. 🙂

GRASSROOTS – I have had around 10 jobs with this site, and have earned around 60 pounds. Its a good site, but very detailed and if you get something wrong, you will not get payed.

Saros – You get emailed jobs – very rarely, but you have to apply for the job which is normally  a discussion panel or similar. A very high payer though if you get accepted, you typically get £30 to £100 for two hours’ work.


Here is a lot more information on mystery shopping, the dos and don’ts and the legal jumbo etc etc.


Inspiration :)

Ive been searching the internet for a while now for new craft ideas, tutorials, inspirational images to gather information for my upcoming projects that i have in mind. 

Then i thought… i am going to write about my findings on my blog! That way i can keep a log on what i find and so can refer back over time. Good Idea?? Yup.

So prepare yourselves for some inspiration! They might just be random images… or stories, poems, words, just a bit of randomness. but they are all picked because they have inspired me in someway and i hope they will help you in your crafty journey too!! 🙂

Belle and Boo

Created by Mandy Sutcliffe


Welcome to the world of a bob haired little girl called Belle and her adorable bunny friend Boo – a charming world of innocence, warmth and adventure. Belle and Boo is a British lifestyle brand known for original, nostalgic ‘story book’ illustrations of children. The collection includes gift items, books, framed artworks, stationery, home wares and a beautiful collection of girls’ clothing.

A wonderful website and book. Lots of cute illustrations for children and adults!! Very inspirational indeed!!


10 quick ways to revamp your hairstyle in 10 mins

Having fabulous hair takes a lot of effort, in fact dragging yourself out of bed and into the shower to wash last night’s antics out of your hair, can feel like a mammoth task.

For those mornings when you have no time, will-power or hot water to make something out of your bed-head: here are 10 quick ways to fix your hair.

All you need is ten minutes and some bobby pins, and you’re boring old pony tail will enjoy a whole new, revamped look.

1. Fishtail braid

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2. Fringe braid

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Section off the hair to be braided in your fringe by creating a parting. You can start the parting on your left or right hand side, whichever you prefer.

The size of the parting depends on how big you want the braid to be and the style you want to achieve. You can also create a middle parting for added effect.

Once you have created a parting between the front section to be braided and the rest of your hair, check that the parting is even and brush the front section forward. Tie the rest of your hair into a ponytail.

Take the front section of hair and divide it into 3 separate and even strands as if you would when braiding/plaiting your hair in the back.

Continue to braid the three strands of hair across the front section of your hair until you get to your ears.

Source: Hair Romance and The Beauty Pot

3. Cut your fringe

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If you want a dramatic new look, all it takes is ten minutes of your time and a bit of courage.

When cutting your own fringe, always consider what’s being left behind and not what’s being cut off. Take small snips, you can always cut more.

Section off , and clip back the hair that you want to keep.

Usually, all the hair in front of your ears on the crown of your head is drawn forward for bangs, but this depends on how thick your hair is. If your hair isn’t thick enough then you will need to draw more hair from the back.

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Pull this fringe section into a point at the front of your head, then take your comb at about eyebrow height and comb the hair down until only a few millimetres are visible underneath the comb.

NEVER cut your fringe past the outer corners of your eyes. The farther you cut away from the centre of your face, the wider your face will appear.

Once you’ve made the cut, blow dry with a rounded brush for heavy, fuller bangs.

Source: Aging Hot Girl

4. Add waves with your straightener

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Separate your hair into workable layers. Take the first piece of hair and place it in the flat iron.

Pull straightener towards you, giving it a half-turn and glide it down until you reach the end of your hair, then release. (Hold the straightener horizontally to get more of beachy wave, vertically to get curls.)

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Finish the layer of hair you have down, then let the next layer you want to work with down from the clips and work through the rest of your hair.

When finished curling all of your hair, take a small amount of product and work it through your hair. If you want your hair to set for a long day or night out, you can spray through a bit of hairspray too.

Source: A Fashion Love Affair

5. DIY Headband

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A headband is a great way to hide greasy hair. If you don’t have one at the ready, and you’re feeling a bit crafy try out this DIY headband by Kelly Hicks.

Start by gathering materials needed: floral wire (available at any craft shop), fabric, and basic sewing tools.

Cut a strip of fabric wide enough to fold in half (can be as thick as you want) but make sure it’s long enough to go around your head once or twice with some extra on the ends. Fold right sides together and iron flat.

Sew together the long way. Attach a safety pin to one side but only through one side of the fabric. Then feed the pin through the tube to make it right-side out.

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Take your wire and bend one end into a loop. Feed the wire through the fabric tube.

This part is a little tricky because you want the wire loop to stay put at the ends. Hold the wire loop at the end while sewing the fabric shut and make sure you put stitches through the wire loop too. So now the ends of the wire will stay put. Then just repeat on the other end and you are done.

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Source: Kelly Hicks Design

6. Hair knot

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Ensure that your hair has enough texture for the hairstyle to hold, you can add texture with a bit of mousse before blow drying.

Using a comb divide the hair at the back down the centre hair line, beginning at the crown of the head and finishing at the nape of the neck.

Hold both sections of the hair part separately ensuring that you’re holding all strands of hair in your hands.

Tie a single knot in much the same way you’d tie any knot.

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To do this place one section of your parted hair over the other, loop that section though the created hole and pull the two parts tights.

This will give you a single hair knot, to achieve a double knot simply repeat the step again tying another knot.

Slightly twist for effect. Then put a bobby pin through the right hair part and the hair knot. Secure the knot by placing a bobby pin through the left hair part and the hair knot.

Source: Fashionising

7. Messy side ponytail

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This works best with unwashed hair.

Make a deep side part on one side of your hair.

Backcomb the top quarter of your hair – brush the hair downwards toward your scalp so it’s sort of frizzy and can stand on its own.

Gently brush the very top layer of your hair to make it smooth on the top. That way, all the back-combing will be hidden under the layer that you brushed. Still, don’t brush too much, you want it a little messy.

Take the entire back-combed section and pin it behind your head. To make it secure, place the bobby pins in an “X.”

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Take all your hair and put it in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Tighten the rubber band as tight as you can. This will help “push” your hair up, creating more volume at the top.

You can either leave the rubber band exposed, or hide it by taking a small half-inch section of hair from the ponytail and wrapping it around the rubber band. Take a small bobby pin and pin the hair to the rubber band.

Rough up the ponytail with your fingers to match the texture at the top of your hair. Use the same motion as you did to back comb, but use your fingers instead, since this will create a messy texture but will be softer and gentler than using a comb.

Source: Joanna Goddard

8. Braided crown

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You want to start by pulling the majority of your hair forward (in front of your face) from nearly the back of your hair line, as you want most of your hair to be toward the front of your head before you begin. Start on one side of the base of your neck and separate three strands of hair.

Begin braiding these three strands together. As you braid, follow along the crown of your head and add a little hair to each strand as you braid around.

Once you’ve braided around the front of your head finish the braid and use an elastic band to secure it. Pin the braid in place, tucking and pinning any loose pieces.

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If your hair is not long enough to braid all the way around your head you might consider adding hair accessories, such as bows or pins to where your braid ended, to sort of disguise any loose ends.

Source: abeautifulmess

9. Loose bun

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Source: seecreatures

10. Half-up do

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Grab a section of hair on your crown, pull it right back to the back of head. Where your fingers are holding your hair, insert the bobby pins horizontally.

Grab a section on the left side of your hair, cross over the two horizontal bobby pins and insert a vertical pin. Push it right underneath the section you have volumized. Do the same on the other side of your hair, again inserting the pin vertically.

With the remaining hair, repeat the process with another section of hair that falls in front of your ear – bring that around and fasten with a vertical pin. Repeat this on the other side.

Source: thesmallthingsblog