Last month marked the two-year anniversary of my first ever visit to Bicester Outlet village where I bought one of my favourite bags, my Coach Leather Handbag – a black well-loved, every-day but not too casual bag. I recently went back and fell back in love with Bicester village, so I thought I would share my experience as well as a few tips.

If you’re from England, you have most likely heard of Bicester Outlet Village as it seems to be the most popular outlet in the country. It’s based just outside Bicester (not too far from Oxford & Milton Keynes) and really easy to get to from London: you can drive an hour and a half or so, or jump on the train at Marylebone Station for a 45 min journey to Bicester village station, which leaves you a few minutes stroll from the shops.

If you’re worried that the stock is all going to be sample products or products that didn’t quite make it into non-outlet stores, then don’t worry: everything that goes to Bicester must have been for sale in a regular non-outlet store from at least 30 days and now be discounted by at least 33%.

I also wondered if maybe some days are better to go than others but apparently, they get deliveries daily so it’s down to luck really.

I think now is probably a nice time to set expectations…

I like Bicester and I think it’s worth a visit every now and then but if you think you’re going to find that £4000 bag of your dreams for just £200 then you’re probably wrong. Also, if you’re after the belt du jour (Gucci looking at you), that is sold out everywhere, then it’s unlikely you’re going to find one too (that said, I still looked). However, if you’re after a nice purse/bag but with no specific brand in mind; a great shirt for your boyfriend or even updating your jewellery collection then it’s definitely worth the trip.


My last trip to Bicester Village was with my fave blogger, Jess – from Cocoa Chelsea, and we made a day of it. Although the average time spent at Bicester is 4 hours, we were there for more like six hours as it’s a great place for a day out. We arrived by train from London and went straight to Farm House: a Soho House Restaurant with delicious food and which I would highly recommend. It was the perfect way to fuel us for a busy day of shopping.

Then started the shopping. I ended up picking up a Furla bag for £120 (above) which I love and have been using lots! I can’t remember the original price but I think around £400 so I got quite a bargain and Furla had some really fab bags! Other great bargains were to be had in Ralph Lauren: I picked up a few bits which my boyfriend and brother had asked for, for an absolute steal! I managed to get two polos for less than the price of one! I also bought a Coach Bangle (above) and was very tempted by the reasonably priced jewellery in lots of the stores.

I didn’t pick up a Long Champ as I didn’t really need one but I was very tempted – they were only £40 for a medium one and they had lots of colours, including black. They did sell out quite quickly: I popped back a few hours later and the black one had sold out but the other colours were still available.

I was also impressed with YSL and Prada’s stock, again they’re not cheap but they are far more affordable.

My top tips
1. Make a list of what you want before you go.
I was worried that I would either feel overwhelmed and buy nothing or get excited and buy everything, so I thought making a list would help and I really think it did. I wasn’t too specific but I wanted to look for a nice scarf, a Gucci Belt, a bag and some Jewellery.

2. Ask what they have in the stock room.
We tried this lots, admittedly a lot of the times we knew they wouldn’t have them but still ask and they were all very accommodating. In YSL we were after a black bag and although they had none on the shop floor, they were able to get us one from the stock room. It wasn’t quite right for me but it’s still definitely worth asking! In Gucci, we asked for the very popular GG belt’s and they had one in the back but again the colour wasn’t quite right.

3. Allow for a whole day of shopping. You probably won’t need it but you don’t want to have to rush off.
I’ll be honest: we did slightly run out of time but that’s just a good excuse to go back next time! There are lots of food and coffee places too – if you need a little down time mid-shopping – but it’s best to take your time and not rush too much, especially if you’re buying a pricier item.

4. Make sure you check the map and don’t miss of any stores. (some are a little more hidden)
The layout can be slightly confusing, with a few shops on the outer perimeter which are easy to miss if you come via train, so have a look on the map and don’t miss your favourite shops.

5. Check the weather.
Although it’s beautiful all year round, it isn’t an indoor shopping centre, so it’s better to go on a day with no rain. (although maybe with rain it’ll be less busy)

6. Enjoy it!
Don’t get too worried if you didn’t find exactly what you wanted: shopping is supposed to be fun. If you didn’t quite find what you want the first time then you’ll have a good excuse to go back the second time.

If you have any tips for shopping at an outlet or think there is another outlet I need to check out then please leave me a comment below! Also, check out the full list of stores here.

What bargains have you picked up in an outlet store?

jo malone fragrance jo malone perfume jo malone perfume combining jo maone creamWhen it comes to beauty, fragrance is probably the thing I know the least about. I know what I like and what I don’t but not really why and I am absolutely useless at describing scents.

I was told a while ago that Jo Malone fragrances are designed to be layered, that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them all individually but instead that you can makeup something perfect for you by mixing two perfumes together. Since I know very little about fragrance I never gave this a go, I was interested in the concept but too scared to try it myself.

I recently popped into Jo Malone to find out a little more and for my own Fragrance Combining Consolation. Naturally we went through to find the sort of scents that I like but we also spoke about my favourite colour and my happy place. I mentioned that I really loved the new Fragrance Intense Orris and Sandal wood which she recommended I could layer with either Mimosa and Cardamom or Blackberry and Bay. I’m actually not a huge fan of Mimosa & Cardamom but combined with Orris and Sandalwood is the most perfect scent for me.

I ended up picking my favourite combination as Blackberry & Bay with Wood Sage & Sea Salt. The other interesting thing is that you can layer with their Body Cremes too and not just with the actual colognes, I ended up getting Wood Sage & Sea Salt as a Body Creme (although the Cologne is top of my wishlist) which I plan to wear under my Blackberry & Bay Cologne but apparently Mimosa & Cardamom also works well!

I feel like I’ve just added so many new fragrances to my collection just by learning with ones work well layered together, it’s amazing that mixing two fragrances can take an evening fragrance and turn it into a funner day one. I also just discovered the Jo Malone France Combining Tool on their website so I can’t wait to discover which other of my fragrances I can wear together!

I’d highly recommend popping into a Jo Malone store for a Fragrance Combining Consultation which are available in most stores, particularly if you’re after a signature scent, are getting married or just love fragrance!

Have you tried layering fragrance? Which fragrances do you like to layer?

This morning whilst browsing in Boots and picking up a few foundations I noticed that there are brands I trust more than others for certain products and I thought I would share which they are. I know some people are a little scared of drugstore products as there often is anyone to help you chose the best product and there are so many brands it can often be overwhelming. 

I try to stay clear of the very inexpensive brands when it comes to foundation and my go-to has to be L’Oreal, I think True Match is just as good as most of my highend foundations and I have high hopes for Infallible too (picked it up today so will get back to you soon). Other great options are the Bourjois range (although do be careful as my skin is particularly sensitive to these) and Revlon Colorstay if you are looking for good coverage. To set my foundation I almost always use Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder if I want one with a little colour. 

Although it seems every blogger loves the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer I find it to be far too drying my go-to are Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer, Rimmel Wake Me Up and Bourjois Healthy Mix although I have also been loving the Barry M Instant Light Concealer which is great if you don’t need too heavy coverage.

I would be lying if I said I regularly reach for drugstore eyeshadows, it’s not that I think they’re bad it’s just that I love my highend palettes. If I had to pick I do use my Makeup Revolution palette every now and then, the L’Oreal Maybelline Colour Tattoos and I’ve heard great things about the L’Oreal La Palette Nude although I have never tried it myself. 

I haven’t strayed from Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for a while but before I became so loyal I loved all of the Max Factor mascaras, if it’s volume that you want than I find that they always deliver and would always be my best drugstore bet. 

In terms of lipliner and eyeliner Rimmel are my fail safes, super inexpensive, great colour range and just work exactly as I want them too. Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob is one of my all time favourites. I haven’t yet found a liquid/gel liner that I love (I’m struggling in general with these) but I’d love some recommendations if you have any.

I think Bourjois do the best blushers and bronzers with their baked blush in Rose D’Or being an absolute must have for everyday. 

There are so many great lipsticks in the the drugstore; L’Oreal do some beautiful reds, I regularly reach for my Rimmel Lipsticks but Revlon and Bourjois also have great ranges. 

The one place I always save on has to be nails, I rarely buy highend nail polishes, instead opting for; Barry M, Rimmel and Models Own, the quality is great and the colour range is extensive.

There are some real gems to be found in the drugstore, hopefully this will help you with your journey if you are someone that feels a little overwhelmed/untrusting of drugstore. Every brand has a few good products it’s just knowing which ones they are, if you have any further questions regarding Drugstore makeup head on over to my Facebook Page where I am happy to help

 It’s no secret that I like beauty boxes, there’s something about opening the shiny box to find perfectly folded tissue paper and an array of beauty products and of course it’s even better when I fall in love with the beauty products.

I was very excited to discover the Millie Kendall and Anna-Marie Solowiji, the founders of BeautyMART have joined forces with Latest in Beauty to create a carefully selected beauty box.

 Once I opened the lid I noticed just how crammed and full the box was, probably the fullest I’ve ever seen a beauty was which was a great start. I noticed that there was a range of full size and no so generous samples, as well as quite a few products I’ve received before in other beauty boxes.

The smallest size samples were Astalift Jelly and Mary Greenwell’s Plum perfume which I have seen in Beauty boxes before. I have also seen Weleda Skin Food and DHC Cleansing oil however they were both decent size samples and great for travel.

The Rimmel BB Matte comes in a small but useable size and luckily in Light which is a shade I would use.

The Balmain Silk perfume for hair naturally caught my eye first as it’s a huge full size (retails for £24.50 which is almost double the box price) and I’m actually quite impressed by. I can’t wait to try the Bronze Buffer Tan Remover as I a little sceptical and the Kevin Murphy Colour Bug has been on my wish list for a while. 

Overall a really nice selection of products, clearly carefully edited- the amount of products and the consistent quality of the products is quite unusual and impressive. It all retails for £12.95 plus P&P and is available to order here while stocks last. To make the box even better it includes a 20% Off code to use on BeautyMART!

What do you think of this beauty box?

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Recently I have been loving eBay and have recently dedicated a lot of time to selling unwanted items as well as searching for a few bargains. However eBay is one of those sites that can get a little overwhelming, what are you really looking for and how do you find it?

To help eBay has launched a new Collections option which is almost like a Pinterest for online shopping. You have themed boards with items that relate to the topic all of which you can purchase on eBay. It’s a great way to create your own bookmarks but also to follow what others are lusting over (and possibly even out bid them!)

I had a go at creating my own set of 12 boards ranging from Nail Polishes to Skincare Essentials which you can check out here. I’ll be updating my boards regularly so keep an eye out for new products. This is a great way to introduce yourself to eBay or simply discover new products you’d never thought of buying on eBay.

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