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The Truth About High Street Jewellery Chains

A nice piece of jewellery is the perfect accessory to any outfit so you should always keep a good collection. When you’re going to splash out on some nice jewellery, you’ll want to make sure you’re going to a trusted retailer so you don’t get ripped off. Most people will opt for one of the well-established chains that they recognise. It makes sense that those places are the most successful because they offer good quality products at a reasonable price, but that isn’t always the case. They might have found success in the first place because they were good, but a lot of them don’t offer the quality that they claim to. It’s usually much better to go to an independent jeweller instead. Next time you think about buying jewellery from a chain store, be aware of these problems. 


Quality Of Diamonds 
These big jewellery chains usually cater to people that don’t know a huge amount about diamonds and they won’t ask too many questions about the quality and the cut etc. But if you were an expert and you went and examined them, you wouldn’t be impressed. They tend to have a small amount of loose stones, the rest are already set in jewellery, and they’re usually cheap and badly cut, with a lot of inconsistencies. Blue Nile is a big online diamond retailer that a lot of people see as a trusted source for jewellery but if you look at this review, you’ll see that experts are not impressed with the quality: http://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/blue-nile/. As a general rule, the quality in these places will always be worse than the quality in an independent jeweller. 
Pricing 
It’s usually assumed that chain stores are going to be cheaper than independent places, that’s the way that it usually works in other industries. But when it comes to jewellery, it’s a different story. If you shop around, you can usually save about 10% in an independent place. It’s a little tricky because, on the face of it, the actual prices are often lower in a chain store but what you’ve got to remember is that they are exaggerating the quality. So, if you get the same quality of diamond in an independent, they will be more honest about it and charge you less. 
The other major benefit of shopping in an independent jeweller’s is that they’ll be willing to bargain on the price. In a chain, the price is set and there’s no wiggle room. But if you go to an independent and you tell them that you’re interested in something but it’s a little outside of your price range, they’ll often haggle with you. 
Lack Of Expertise
The people working in chain stores are not jewellers, they are salespeople. They’ll be quick to give you their sales spiel when you enter the shop, but if you want to know any detailed information about the jewellery or the diamonds, they won’t have a clue what they’re talking about. At best they’ll be able to reel off a few general phrases about the classification of the diamond but those classifications are problematic in themselves. Visit https://beyond4cs.com/grading/difference-between-gia-ags-egl-igi/labs-to-avoid/ for more information on classifications and which ones to ignore. If you go to a proper jeweller’s, you won’t have any of these problems because they’ll be an expert in their field. 
The reason that these chains are often considered the best place to get good quality jewellery is simply good marketing. In reality, you’re paying more money for a worse product.

My new skincare regime with Liz Earle





It’s not very often you see skincare reviews or hauls on my blog, mainly because it’s not my forte. Over the years I’ve tried lots of different products but I’ve never really had a specific skincare regime. I’m a massive lover of make up and have boxes full of all of the new brands and products but with skincare I’ve never really known where to start. And in all honesty as gross as it sounds majority of the time I don’t think you can beat a good facewipe when you’re short on time. I know there will be so many people yucking and that comment but when I get in from a night out I just give my face a quick wipe over and then head to bed. Other than that I wash my face in the shower daily but that’s about it. 




Back in 2015 one of my very first blog posts was about the Liz Earle products here. I remember going out and treating myself to the box set that was on offer at the time in Boots, it was a recommendation from the Beauty Therapist that I use. And as much as I loved the products back then I still only used them now and then, I never picked up a routine with them. And I think the tub of moisturiser I still use now was actually out of that box set. Luckily I think I’ve got to the age now where I have realised that I need to start taking care of my skin, 25 is the age wear ageing starts to show signs on your skin, and I’m not prepared to start looking old anytime soon.








What’s pushed me to start looking after my skin then? Last week I was invited by the lovely Charlotte from the Liz Earle counter in John Lewis, Newcastle, to attend an exclusive event where we would get to learn how to achieve the Liz Earle Glow. In all honesty I don’t normally attend many of the skincare events that I get invited to, that’s not me trying to sound snobby, I just don’t have a clue where to start with it all. However this time I thought why not, when I have a box of products at home that are going to waste because I don’t really know what I’m doing with them. It turns out that the event was a success, as a result of that I’m currently writing this post while enjoying the Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask 

So.. what did I learn? Aswell as learning I am absolutely rubbish at looking after my own skin I also learned a lot about the background of the Liz Earle brand. As much as Liz Earle is quite a new brand, they launched in 1995, they have become one of the best selling skincare products on the market. One reason being that they are high quality products but are sold at a relatively high street price, but not only that. Liz Earle is economical in so many ways, their packaging is fully recyclable, their head office is ran off their own renewable energy, all ingredients used in their products are ethically sourced and on top of all that they are against animal testing. Also with products to suit every skin type there isn’t a reason not to try their products! 






Talking about products, I’ll just mention a few of the items we got to try and which ones I have decided to add into my routine. If anyone has ever heard of Liz Earle it will normally be because of their hero product Clean and Polish or Hot Cloth Cleanser as some people like to call it. This cleanser strips off every bit of make up, even stubborn waterproof mascara, and a heated pure cotton muslin cloth is used to remove the cleanser from your face and clear out your pores. This product smells amazing too. I’m going to be using this every day alongside the Instant Boost Skin Tonic which is a toner in the Liz Earle range. I have also decided to use a moisturiser different to the one I already own and I have gone with the Superskin moisturiser as I feel this hydrates my skin better. I am also going to try and use the Nourishing Treatment mask atleast once a week, with exercising daily and showering daily I think this might help keep my skin glowing and replace all the oils I wash out of my skin.





My results so far? Girls.. I’m glowing! I know it’s only been a week but my skin feels so hydrated. Obviously I’ve had a couple of spots come up but that’s because my skin isn’t completely used to the products yet. I feel pampered just by taking 10 minutes out of my day to take care of my skin, something we all should do really. I also feel that my make-up is a lot easier to apply because my skin is nowhere near as dry as it was. Honestly I can really see myself sticking to this regime now. I’m also thinking about trying some of the Liz Earle shampoo and conditioner and seeing if that will help my hair quality because it’s so oily I struggle to do anything with it.





I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post, I know it’s not something you would normally see on here. If any of you decide to try the Liz Earle products let me know what you think...

Roo x 

4 steps to perfect soft boiled eggs everytime.




Call me crazy but there is nothing I enjoy more on my day off than being able to take the time to cook brunch! During my working week there isn’t a chance in hell I would have time to get up, brew an iced coffee, boil soft eggs and everything else, generally I just mix a protein shake and I’m out the door! So when I get a day off I love to cook a nice breakfast.


Eggs are always my go to breakfast due to their many health benefits ...

- Eggs are filled with essential vitamins

- They boost weight loss

- They are a source of low calorie protein

- They include HDL cholesterol 

And I love how versatile they are, poached, scrambled, omelettes, breakfast muffins, so quick and easy to cook aswell! 






At the moment I love soft boiled eggs on a toasted muffin, there is nothing better than buttery toast and a nice runny yolk is there? So with my love for soft boiled eggs I thought I would share with you my 4 easy steps to a perfect soft boiled egg everytime.





METHOD


Step 1

Boiled a pan of salted water, ensure the water is bubbling and there is enough water in the pan to completely cover the eggs. I recommend cooking two at a time.


Step 2 

Place your eggs in the water for exactly 6 minutes, this gives you a runny yolk but solid white without any gooeyness (pretty sure I’ve made that word up). Always use a timer, 30 seconds either way makes quite a lot of difference!


Step 3

Take the eggs out the pan and place them in a container of cold water, as cold as possible and again make sure the eggs are completely covered. Leave the eggs in the water for 1 minute, no longer as the yolk starts to go cold. (Nobody likes a cold yolk)


Step 4 

Lay down some kitchen roll and tap the eggs gently until the shell has completely cracked. I find the more you crack the shell, the easier it is to peel off. Peel off the shell, then voila you have perfect soft boiled eggs. You can then pop them on top of toast, a salad or they go perfectly on top of a grilled steak!


AND ENJOY :) 


Roo x 




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