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Top Ten Posts of 2014


Hello everyone!

To welcome in 2015, I thought I would post a roundup of the most popular Bewitchery posts of 2014.  Despite the fact that I was less active on my blog, 2014 was another successful blogging year, so I’d like to thank all of my readers for their continued support.  The following ten posts were my most read of the year that were actually published in 2014, and I’m pleased to see a couple of my personal favourite posts in there!

10. Collective Haul: Thrifted, H&M, La Senza, Primark

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One of several haul/thrifty posts of 2014, this one features a lot of clothes that I bought for work, as well as a few carboot bargains.

9. CheckoutSmart App


CheckoutSmart is still one of my most used apps, and to date I’ve got £67.63 back from it, which isn’t bad for a free app!  Definitely worth downloading.

8. Urban Outfitters Leicester Press Preview

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I had a great time checking out the new Urban Outfitters store in Leicester back in September, and I got some awesome photos.  See them at the link above.

7. Degustabox April 2014

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This was my second Degustabox and was definitely one of the best.  Visit the post for my recipe for Chocolate Ginger Tiffin!

6. Primark PS Love Lip Gloss

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Primark’s PS Love lip glosses are surprisingly good quality for only £1.50.  Perfect for Spring/Summer.

5. What I Wore: Rat Face

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Because who doesn’t love a slightly naff, oversized, animal face t-shirt?

4. What I Wore: Victorianesque


I am so glad this What I Wore post reached the Top 10 as it is probably my favourite outfit post of 2014.  Check it out if you want to see more pics and find out where everything’s from!

3. Collection Gothic Glam Lipstick in ‘Revenge’

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Collection’s Gothic Glam Lipstick in ‘Revenge’ is a classic deep red, and an absolute steal at £2.99.

2. 2True 3 in 1 Concealer


I use this concealer on a daily basis and I still swear by it.  Fantastic at only £1.99.

1. Swap & Save with Aldi – Lacura Skincare


In January 2014, Aldi challenged me to Swap & Save my usual lotions and potions for their Lacura skincare products.  Find out my thoughts by visiting the link above.

Naomi x

Swap & Save with Aldi – Lacura Skincare


Not so long ago the lovely folks from Aldi’s Health and Beauty team set me a challenge – to Swap & Save with Aldi.  I am currently saving for a deposit on a house, which means I have far less disposable cash to spend on beauty products, so I was more than happy to accept Aldi’s challenge!  I received three skincare products to try out in place of my usual lot, all from the Lacura range; their Aqua-Complete Moisturiser, Aqua-Complete Multi Intensive Serum, and a large tube of Nourishing Hand Cream.


Here’s what Aldi have to say about the Lacura range:

Lacura products are carefully formulated with the finest ingredients to provide the perfect daily skincare routine.  You can trust Lacura to gently care for your skin as each product is dermatologically tested.

I’ve been using all three products for over a month now, which I feel is enough time to comment on their effectiveness, so here are my thoughts on each.

Aqua-Complete Moisturiser for Normal Skin – 50ml – £1.99

With Hyaluronic Acid Complex, Hydrating Minerals and Provitamin B5.


Aldi’s Lacura Aqua-Complete Moisturiser has become my staple facial moisturiser for my morning routine. It has a lovely fresh scent and a light gel consistency, and I find that it creates an even base for make up, that keeps it in place all day.  It’s actually quite similar to Nivea’s Express Hydration Primer.

When I first started to use the cream it seemed slightly greasier than what I’m used to, which worried me as my T Zone can get quite oily. However, it absorbs quite nicely and leaves my skin looking and feeling healthy and dewy, rather than shiny.


It has also been a great help to my skin throughout the winter months. I often get dry cheeks during the cold weather, but the moisturiser has kept that at bay this year, and as the packaging states it ‘provides long lasting all day moisture’. I’m interested to see how it will work with my skin in the summer now, as it has an SPF of 6 so will provide some protection from the sun.


I think I’ll be adding this one to my repurchase list, and I may even give the Lacura RENEW Night Cream a go too!

Aqua-Complete Multi Intensive Serum for Normal Skin – 50ml – £3.49

With Hyaluronic Acid and Amino Acid Complex, Glacier Water and Aloe Vera.


I’m fairly new to using serums and hadn’t been wowed by any I’d tried… until this one.  At £3.49 the Lacura Aqua-Complete Multi Intensive Serum is the most expensive product of the bunch, but it’s still amazingly affordable.  I mean, where else can you buy a good face serum for less than a fiver?!  The serum is aimed at people aged between 20-35, so it’s perfect for my 24 years, and is supposed to make the skin appear ‘more radiant and youthful’.


The serum itself has a strange formula.  It looks light, but feels rich, and it transforms into the silkiest, smoothest layer on the skin, and is quickly absorbed.  It really is an absolute pleasure to use, and feels comfortable, leaving your skin visibly smoother and plumper.  In that respect, it definitely gives a more ‘youthful’ appearance.


I have combination skin, so I was slightly dubious about trying a serum made for normal skin, but it actually seemed to create a balance; moisturising the dry areas whilst mattifying the oily areas.  Two pumps of product is all it takes to cover the whole of my face, neck and chest as well.  I think I’ll be repurchasing this one.

Nourishing Hand Cream – 75ml – £0.75

With Beeswax and Glycerine.


I suffer from very dry hands in the winter, and it has taken me a long, long time (literally years) to find a product that actually helps, so I was a bit reluctant to give it up for this.  Aldi’s Nourishing Hand Cream is a basic beeswax and glycerine lotion, but it’s surprisingly silky, and not in the slightest bit greasy.


The cream absorbs nicely, and is quite softening, but it just isn’t intensive enough for my skin.  Having said that, at 75p I’m still quite impressed, and I’d perhaps use it more as a summer hand cream when my hands aren’t as dry.  I’d definitely recommend it if you have skin that isn’t overly troublesome though.

Overall, I think I’ve been convinced to Swap & Save with Aldi when it comes to facial moisturisers and serum, but unfortunately the dry skin on my hands means I need something a little bit more intensive at the minute than the Lacura hand cream.

If you want to check out the Lacura skincare range for yourself, you can visit Aldi’s website here, or visit your local store!

Naomi x

*These Lacura Skincare products were sent to me by Aldi for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

‘Spend or Save’ Fashion and Beauty Christmas Gift Guide


Whether you’re on a tight budget, or you’re able to flash the cash this Christmas, today’s festive post features a selection of ‘Spend or Save’ fashion and beauty gift ideas for women.  The ‘Spend’ section includes a variety of luxury options for those who want to spend that little bit more on a loved one, and the ‘Save’ section includes some great alternatives that are just as good, but don’t cost the Earth.

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Alexander Wang Kirsten Bag $295 from / Jurlique Rose Shower Gel (300ml) £14.40 from LookFantastic / Urban Decay Naked2 Palette £33.30 (was £37.00) from Debenhams / Ciaté Tree Trinkets £21.00 (was £30.00) for 6 from Ciate / No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum (30ml) £23.95 from Boots / Dr Martens Cherry Red 1460 Boots £100 from Dr Martens


Multi Belt Two Way Bag £38 from Rings & Tings / Bayliss & Harding Wild Rose and Raspberry Leaf Shower Creme £1.99 from Superdrug / MUA Undress Me Too Palette £4 from MUA / Lacura Multi Intensive Serum Aqua £3.49 from Aldi / Limited Collection Mini Nail Polish & Lip Gloss Bauble £5.00 each from M&S / Burgundy Boots £24.99 from H&M

I’ve been lusting after Alexander Wang’s Kirsten Bag for ages, but it’s really quite expensive and difficult to track down, so when I spotted the copy on Rings & Tings I just had to share it with you all!  I don’t yet have either bag myself, but from photographs the copy looks pretty impressive.

I currently have both the Jurlique and the Bayliss & Harding rose shower gels in my bathroom, and they are equally lovely.  The Jurlique one foams better, but each has a distinct sweet rose scent and luxurious packaging, making them both gift-worthy.

The Urban Decay Naked2 palette is perhaps one of the most highly sought after beauty products in the blogosphere, so would make an excellent gift for any beauty blogger.  If it’s a bit out of your budget though, MUA’s Undress Me Too palette is the perfect dupe.  I have it myself and the eyeshadows are all excellent quality, and at £4.00 you really can’t complain!

I’m new to serums, but have recently started to use the Lacura Multi Intensive Serum from Aldi.  It’s aimed at women aged 25-35, so I’m almost in that age bracket, and it makes your skin feel so soft and plump.  It’s lovely, and an absolute steal, but if you want to gift a more classic brand then No.7 is the way to go.

When I first put this guide together, Ciaté’s Tree Trinkets were £30 for the set, but they have now been reduced to £21 which is actually a pretty good deal, especially if you want to split the set up as smaller gifts.  If you want more for your money however, M&S’s beauty bauble contains a nail polish and two miniature lip glosses for £5.  I also spotted a Primark equivalent earlier this week, costing £2 for a bauble containing 3 little lip glosses, which is even better value for money!

I absolutely adore Dr Martens and am building up quite a collection.  They last forever and, once they’ve been broken in, are incredibly comfortable.  But if you’re looking for a cheaper version for your fashion-loving friend this Christmas, H&M’s burgundy boots look fab.

Check back soon for another ‘Spend or Save’ gift guide!

Naomi x

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