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How to Make Extra Money Online in 2017

When I first started freelancing, I researched varying ways I could earn money online to supplement my income. There are a range of ways you can make extra money online and I’ve tried varying methods with some working better than others.

I wanted to make extra money online to try and start a savings account, start driving and help pay for a masters degree, all of which I’ve managed to do.

You can make anything between £100/$100 to thousands by setting up some side hustle and I recommend using a few differing methods rather than putting your eggs in one basket.

Whether you’re a student, stay at home mum, or are simply searching for ways to earn extra cash, here is my list of sites that you can legitimately earn extra money online from.

*may include affiliate links

Swagbucks

You may have already heard of Swagbucks as its one of the most popular methods of earning extra money online. You can make money via Swagbucks in various ways, like watching videos, completing a daily poll, surveys, playing apps and more. It’s pretty easy to accumulate swag bucks which you can then redeem.

Sign up here and receive a $5 bonus.

InstaGC

InstaGC is another ‘get paid to’ site that allows you to earn cash via testing apps, watching videos, completing tasks and surveys. Payout starts from just 100 points and its super easy to rack up points just by completing the free offers.

Sign up here.

Prolific Academic

Prolific Academic is definitely one of the best survey sites on the web. Unlike other survey sites, Prolific Academic offers surveys and tasks from researchers and startups. Survey payments can range from 50p to £10 or more. The minimum payout is £5 which you can receive via paypal.

Sign up here.

Mintvine

Mintvine is a site that allows you to earn cash from surveys, daily polls and other offers. You can cash out at 1000 points which is $10 and you can gain extra points by completing your profile.

Sign up here.

Clickworker

Clickworker is a site that allows you to complete small tasks in return for a cash payment. Tasks can include surveys, visiting a shop to take a photograph, mobile jobs (you can complete activities via the app) and more.

Sign up here.

Profit Accumulator

Matched betting is a great way to make some extra cash each month. Many people doing matched betting are making in excess of £500 per month. I’ve made a couple of hundred pounds doing matched betting which has helped to pay towards my driving lessons. Matched betting is a risk-free way to make money using free bets. The best site I’ve found to help you seamlessly through the process is Profit Accumulator.

Profit Accumulator helps you understand exactly what matched betting is and takes you through the entire process, and even with a free trial of the site, you can earn up to £45 so it’s worth signing up just for that – think of the makeup you could buy!

Sign up here.

Do you have any ways to earn extra money online? What do you think of my suggestions?

How to Save Money on Your Favourite Beauty Products

I’m sure most of us love buying a little treat now and then but buying your favourite beauty products can add up, especially if you’re purchasing a luxe item. Luckily, I have a few money-saving tips up my sleeve and these may help you to save a lil’ cash on your favourite beauty products.

Do your research

If I’m buying an expensive beauty item, I always shop around to find the best price. Usually, I’ll type the product name into Google and click on the first few links that come up. Generally, I always find that places like Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and Beauty Bay can be slightly cheaper than other retailers, though it does depend on the product you’re buying.

If you’re looking to test a product before buying, try Love Me Beauty or Latest in Beauty – these sites allow you to build your own subscription box so you can see exactly what you’re spending your money on. Latest in Beauty also have ‘pre-made’ collection boxes that you can buy.

Cashback sites

I’ve used cashback sites for the last couple of years and they’re a great way to get money back on your purchases. You can also use them when you’re signing up to buy a mobile phone, insurance, finance etc. I’ve made over £500 back with Topcashback and 100% recommend it to anyone looking to save money on their purchases.

Cashback sites track your purchase and you’ll either receive a percentage of your spend back or a certain amount. For instance, if you were to currently spend £50 at Space NK online, you’d receive £4.50 back via Topcashback.

As well as a wide range of stores, including Feel Unique, ASOS, Fragrance Direct, The Body Shop and Cult Beauty, there’s also exclusive discount codes.

It takes a few weeks to get the cashback into your account and if you don’t want to add your bank account to have your cashback directly transferred, you can opt for Amazon vouchers, Love to Shop vouchers, Paypal and more.

Amazon

Amazon is a goldmine for saving money on your favourite beauty products. You need to spend £20 to get free delivery unless you have a Prime account – you can get a free 30 day trial of Prime if you haven’t had one before. You can cancel it straight away in your account and you’ll still get the 30 days free.

Just make sure that you’re buying directly from Amazon as there are many fake products sold by marketplace sellers. I’m not saying they’re all fake but its better to be safe than sorry. A few current bargains include;

Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set 

DE’LANCI Eyeshadow Palette (Morphe Dupe)

Revlon Colourstay Foundation

Nip + Fab Glycolic Night Pads

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

GHD IV Styler

Search discount sites

Discount sites offer many reduced beauty items. However, it’s important to know that some of these cosmetics may be discontinued lines or shades. Still, you can save a bit of cash by searching for your favourite products. Fragrance Direct and All Beauty are two sites that I’ve used with no problems. I’d also recommend TK Maxx – they have quite a good beauty selection online but you may find some gems instore too.

Discount codes

Websites such as HDUK show you the latest instore and online offers. You can search for hot deals as well as recent discount codes. I also like to use voucher sites to see if there are any current codes floating around the net. My favourite sites are;

Voucher codes – You’ll find codes on here for stores and restaurants.

Paypal shopping – If you’re paying by PayPal, take a look at the offers on this official website.

NUS Codes – If you want an NUS card to save money on your purchases, buy this Microsoft Course for £4 by e-careers and you’ll be able to apply for a £12 NUS card. Use your NUS card to save at least 10% at ASOS, Superdrug and Office as well as half price Spotify, six months free Amazon Prime and 25% off at Odeon.

eBay

While I don’t recommend eBay for makeup as its overloaded with fake products, its great for buying makeup brushes. The makeup brushes I’m talking about are the dupe versions that you can buy for as little as 99p. I’ve purchased many brush sets and they’ve all been excellent quality. Some of them are even better than shop purchased brands. Here’s a heads up on affordable brushes I rate;

Pro makeup metal brush set

Kabuki style brush set

Spectrum brush dupe set

Zoeva brush dupe set

Unicorn brush set

Indie brands

Finally, I thought I’d mention some of the amazing indie brands on the beauty market. You’ve probably heard of Colorpop and Makeup Geek but I wanted to note some of the other affordable brands you may not have heard of. Obviously Morphe are well-known for their incredible palettes, but lately, I’ve been loving BH Cosmetics – their shipping to the UK is also cheaper than Morphe and you can find some of their products at Beauty Bay. I’ve also heard great things about Coloured Raine and LA Splash.

Do you have any money-saving tips? What’s your favourite way of saving money on your favourite beauty products?

January Beauty Rota

January 2017 beauty

January has been a pretty bleak month but my January beauty rota has kept me going with some great makeup and skincare finds. Last year, I fell out of love with beauty, but in the past month I’ve bought a couple of new makeup buys and I’ve been giving them a whirl over the past few weeks.

The BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo palette isn’t a new release but I spied this on Beauty Bay when I couldn’t get hold of any Morphe palettes and thought it would be a good alternative. The pigmentation is overall pretty good – the matte shades are a little on the chalky side but the selection of shades is beautiful and they work really well together.

BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette

As well as nine eyeshadows, there’s also nine lip shades in this palette – it really deserves a blog post of its own as its super pretty. This palette is so cheap – its currently £18 at Beauty Bay and $14.50 at BH Cosmetics / around £11.50 but shipping is around £8ish to the UK.

This month, I’ve also been using the Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara – This HD mascara does a good job of lengthening my lashes and enhancing volume. The formula is a little on the wet side for my liking but its one of the better high street mascaras I’ve used.

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is seriously one of the best concealers on the market – its covers redness, imperfections and undereye circles. I love how well it blends, you can easily blend it with your fingers, sponge or brush. I prefer liquid concealers and I’m tempted to pick up a darker shade for contouring.

The Nails Inc Kensington High Street nail polish is a stunning deep berry shade and the perfect colour to vamp up a dreary January day. Darker shades really work well in cooler months and this colour makes a good transition shade into spring.

Zelens 3T Complex is a night cream I’ve been using for a while. I only have a small tube as the full size costs £95. I’ll be honest when I say that almost £100 for a skincare product is completely out of my budget. Still, this is a lovely cream and if I had the cash, I’d be seriously tempted in making a purchase. Formulated with plant extracts, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and rice proteins, this rich and nourishing cream has a luxe feel to it. Most importantly, it makes my skin feel great instantly – my complexion looks radiant, plumped and feels softer.

What have you been using this month?

A Colourpop Haul

Colourpop

Colourpop is an indie brand that has blown up over the last year. You probably don’t need any introduction, but in case you do, their products are only available to purchase online via the US website.

I’ve been eyeing up a few of their products for a while but since the introduction of UK shipping (you can also use a shipping website like Shipito – see Jasmine’s post here), I’ve made two small orders.

Colourpop prices are super cheap – they range from $5 for an eyeshadow to $8 for a highlighter. International shipping depends on weight. For the first order of highlighter and lipgloss, I paid around £10, whereas shipping on the second order was free for over a $30 spend. However, I did have to pay a £13 customs charge when it arrived in the UK.

Here’s a look at the things I picked up;

Koosh Eyeshadow – Part of the 2016 holiday collection, this silver taupe has a metallic finish with the cream to powder formulation that Colorpop is well known for. This shadow literary glides on the skin with a soft, smooth texture. I adore this shade and its one that would work well on a range of skin tones. *There’s currently 20% off the holiday line*

Tinsel Eyeshadow – Another shadow that was part of holiday collection, this shade is a grey toned lavender with a metallic finish. Again, the texture is extremely soft and smooth. This isn’t normally a shade I would go for but I’m glad I bought it as it’s a great shade for a smokey eye.

Tassel Eyeshadow – I’ve been searching for a metallic white shadow for ages. Tassel is the perfect shadow for highlighting the inner corner of your eyes. My shadow came broken which seems to be a problem when ordering overseas as Smoke N Whistles highlighter arrived broken too. However, due to the creamy, slightly spongy formula, you can simply press it back in to shape so it’s not too big of a deal. If you’re searching for a highlight shade for your eyes, I’d highly suggest this one.

Smoke N Whistles Highlighter – My favourite makeup product has to be highlighter and this has become one of my favourites. I’ve pretty much worn this every day since I purchased it as it’s absolutely beautiful. This shade is a very light pink with silver highlights. Despite its luminosity, it doesn’t enhance pores which is always a plus. It has a super soft texture and is one of the best products I’ve used.

Flexitarian Highlighter – Another stunning highlighter is Flexitarian. This light champagne shade has a shimmery finish and is super blendable. This is a really good quality highlighter and I’d highly recommend it for those who don’t want a pink toned shade a la Smoke N Whistles.

Birthday Suit Blush – I’ve been lusting after this blusher for a long time and it was worth the wait. A medium pink with satin finish, this pretty blush is ideal for pale girls. The colour is slightly sheer, however, it is buildable for more intense pigmentation. Formula wise, it’s easy to blend and soft to touch.

Bestie Ultra Glossy Lip – Matte lips might be the in thing but I’m still partial to a lip gloss. Bestie is a mid-tone pink in a creme finish. Unlike many lip products, I don’t detect a discernable scent with this one. Bestie has no stickiness and feels really comfortable to wear. It makes a great day-to-day lip as it really feels smooth and soft. Like most glosses, I don’t find it wears for a particularly long time but it’s a pretty shade for anyone looking for a wearable, glossy lip product.

I’m really impressed with Colourpop so far. For the price, they are great quality. I do wish shipping was slightly cheaper, however, I’m sure I’ll take advantage of a future promotion. There’s also $5 off your order when you sign up to the newsletter, so be sure to do that if you want to save a lil’ money.

Have you tried any Colourpop products?

A New Look & Reflections on 2016

This year has been a complete whirlwind. I swear that time goes quicker as you get older and now I’m in my thirties, it’s whizzing by. In time for the new year, I’ve given the blog a new look and I’m really happy with it. There’s still a few small tweaks to make, including a new header but, for now, I’m pleased with how it’s come together.

At the end of a year, it’s pretty standard to reflect on the past few months and start to focus on your goals for the future. I thought I’d share a few thoughts and a catch-up on my year so far, including my blogging journey.

Blogging

I’ve been a rubbish blogger over the past 12 months. Blogging is still very much a hobby for me and due to my workload and other commitments, I’ve had little time to write in this space. I really miss regular blogging so I’m determined to get a couple of posts written each week. I don’t own a camera at the moment, so if you have any suggestions let me know. I’m thinking of maybe going back to Canon.

Freelance writing

I feel very lucky that I get to work as a freelance writer, work from home and make an income. I know so many people that hate their jobs, so I’m fortunate to do something I love. I write posts on freelance writing over on my other blog Diary of a Freelancer and I have lots of posts planned for the new year as well as a Facebook group for job opportunities and how to get started in the industry.

Going out of my comfort zone

As someone who struggles a lot with panic attacks and anxiety, going out of my comfort zone is incredibly challenging. This year, I started driving lessons, which is something I’ve been putting off for years due to my fears. I won’t lie, I was pooping myself during the first few lessons, but I as it turns out, I love driving and I’ve got my test in February. I’m looking forward to buying my own car and having the freedom to go to wherever I want without relying on public transport.

Self-care

This year, I decided I needed some help with my mental health. I currently take anti-depressants and beta blockers , but I’ve felt for a long time that I’ve needed help with getting to the route of what’s causing anxiety and how I can deal with it effectively. Earlier this year, I had some counselling sessions which were really helpful. I’m currently undertaking CBT but its something I feel I continually have to work on. I really feel that with mental health issues, you’re given medication, put on a waiting list and left to drift along. However, I’ve found the charity MIND very helpful and I’d recommend them to anyone struggling with their mental health.

Heath & fitness

In summer, I had a health scare and it made me realise how little I look after myself in terms of health. I’ve also put on half a stone this year, which doesn’t sound like a lot but as I’m only short, it feels like more. A combination of being content in a relationship, eating crap and little exercise has left me nursing a muffin top and extra love handles. Next year, I’m thinking of hiring a personal trainer and going to the gym to shift my extra pounds and get toned up. Mostly, I think it will really help my overall mood though and help me to be more positive.

Travel and other projects

The furthest I travelled this year was Blackpool. I’d love to spend a few weekends away next year, depending on my money status. I’m hoping to move into a nice house with my boyfriend next year so we’re going to be doing a lot of saving, however, there are some lovely places in the UK to visit so even a few small trips would be great.

I have quite a few projects lined up for next year as well as starting a masters degree in mental health science. I don’t know if I’m crazy to be taking on so much but I enjoy being busy. I also have a little somethin’ planned in relation to this blog which I’ll mention more of in the new year.

It’s almost my five year blogging anniversary and after a few name and platform changes, I’m starting to feel on my feet. I have a few free resources in the pipeline which will be handy to both new and old bloggers. I’ll write a blog post as soon as the resources are launched!

I hope you have a wonderful new year and that 2017 brings you lots of happiness.

What are your goals for next year?