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December is a busy time of year for everyone, and that includes us!

Can’t Help but Be will be back in 2010 (scary or what?!) with some fresh ideas and shiny new content.

Watch this space!


Have a fabulous Christmas,

with love, Laura and Eloise



Beauty on a Budget: Eyeko

By Laura.


Eyeko (meaning Love, in Japan) has been around since 2000. Their first product was Eyeko Cream, which still remains the brand’s number one seller. The range has since expanded with affordable and exciting new additions including on trend nail colours and candy scented lip glosses. Fun and affordable, Eyeko is the perfect way to treat yourself and update your look without making your wallet weep.

My personal top picks from the range include:

eyeko%20cream The original Eyeko Cream, of course. This has been a staple in my makeup bag for a couple of years now. For £6 you get a girly pink tub full of pale pink shimmering cream which highlights and brightens the skin as well as providing vitamins for a clear complexion. Wear under foundation or alone for subtle glowing skin, or sweep across shoulders for a night out.

eyeko_magic_liquid_eyeliner Magic Liquid Eyeliner (£5) is an innovative product that  transforms any eye shadow in to a liquid eyeliner, simply wipe the wand between uses and you have un-limited eye liner combinations for life.

eyeko-face-off-wipes Face off Wipes, £5 are my handbag must have. Perfect for freshening up between work and play or fixing smudged eyeliner, they come in individual sachets meaning they can be taken anywhere. Don’t leave home without them, I’d be 100% lost without mine now.

fatbalmsnew Fat Balm! For £5 you get a multi purpose lip and cheek product in gorgeous berry shades. With tantalising scents and a wash of colour these are another handbag staple. They add colour and moisture to your lips, and a soft wash of colour to your cheeks. My personal favourite is Berry for a flirty pink/red flush.

You can buy Eyeko products in larger Superdrug stores, as well as online (with free shipping) at or at

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Something Sweet

Both myself and partner in crime have super sweet tooths and take great pleasure in looking online at our favourite indulgences. Online sweetshop is the best by far, with a HUGE variety of sweets and chocolate with great prices and fantastic shipping (low cost AND fast).

When it came to Father’s Day we were stumped. What do you buy the man who has everything several times over?
Really, the answer should have been obvious….SWEETS!

Eloise treated her Dad to this fantastic Liquorice Sweet Jar £11.99


which I heard was very well recieved!

You certainly get a lot of candy for your cash and the gift packaging and speedy delievery means you won’t be wondering if you’ll have the present on time, or where to find the perfect wrapping paper.






I opted for the Old Fashioned Tuck Box for my Daddy, as he’s well….a bit old fashioned. At £5.99 I wondered if he’d have enough sweets. There was no need to worry, this box was filled to the brim with all his favourites from years gone by.

OldfashTB[1]I had hoped to snap my own picture of the box to prove it’s just as good as the website shows, however it was devoured before I had a chance, which I think tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the gifts this website provides!





As well as gifts you can also buy a HUGE selection of just about every kind of sweet. From old favourites to new releases and some American sweets and chocolate that, well, you just can’t get over here!
I was over the moon to discover Ice Cream flavoured chewits were back and promptly ordered five packets!

icecremchewit[2]I heartily recommend these sweets. If you had them as a child, I assure you they taste just as good, if not better than you remember! If you’re yet to experience the wonder…get clicking now before I buy them all!






If your trying to watch your weight, or can’t eat sugar, Handy Candy also has one of the largest selections on sugar free goodies I’ve seen on a website; there really is something for everyone.

So if you’re stuck for a gift, or fancy treating yourself, check out

We at Cant Help but Be promise you won’t regret it!

(images with thanks to Eloise and the guys at Handy Candy)

Best of Summer make-up on a budget

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with pretty pastels on the eyes and shimmering pink or bronze on the cheeks. Looking great doesn’t have to break the bank though as the highstreet has really come through with some fantastic budget beauty buys.

pop12Pop pastel eyeshadow palette, £12 from brings the best of sugar sweet colours together in one handy palette. Perfect for perfecting your look on the go, taking you from beach to bar with ease.

Use it one colour at a time, or get creative and mix it up for a  more unique look, the creative oppurtunities are endless.






Bourjois little round pot blushers look adorable and are a staple product for celebrities and makeup artists. Available at Superdrug for £6.84 stock up on several colours to vary your look. My top pick is number 34 Rose D’or for a gorgeous pink glow.






With it’s funky animal print packaging, Benefit Coralista blush, available from your nearest Benefit counter, or online at their website packs powerful colour in the perfect shade of summer coral.







To keep your makeup in place during the hot summer days (we wish!) foundation primer is essential. GOSH velvet touch foundation primer available from Superdrug for £12.72 is up there with the high end names in terms of quality and effectiveness.






For budge proof eye makeup I 100% Urban Decay Primer Potion. It’s definetly one of my desert island staples, I’d be lost without it! Priced around £11 and available from, larger Boots stores and department stores hurry out and stock up now!






What are your must have budget beauty buys? Is it worth paying more for cosmetics? Are you buying more in these tough financial times?
Can’t Help but Be would love to hear your views.

MADE- jewellery with a conscience

Written by Eloise for Can’t Help but Be

Ethical shopping has become something of a trend of late, combining the desire for good quality products with the need for our consciousness to feel better about their source. From the fair-trade coffee beans, to the sustainable sourced wood products and organically grown cotton clothes, the world does seem to have captured the trend and taken it to their hearts. But isn‘t it more expensive and unfashionable? Well if that was the case then it is no more, MADE jewellery show there is no limit to tapping into the potentials of local artisans and in turn allowing them to help themselves to a better life; and we in turn get to wear some beautiful pieces of jewellery.
MADE have many mission statements to their brand but the key message is Made by the people for the people. But this isn’t just some pull on the consciousnesses of buyers with pleas of helping the impoverished, this is a truly unique jewellery company that produces stunning pieces of jewellery. The designers are all influential, including big name celebrities. Designs are taken to East Africa where they are sourced and made by workers within the communities. In doing so local villagers get training, fair wages, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty.
Hayley Mardon; She was born in Zimbabwe and graduated from Edinburgh college of Art. Her designs clearly show her love for her African home as they are formed around strong colours and bold shapes.  Her designs include this gorgeous bangles, statement earrings and show stopper rings.
Bex Rox;b6a6ca486d8016c673770c7019015b9b This lady has a real eye for amazing creations. She grew up in Menorca and through her career she has worked for no less than CK, W Magazine and Vogue and her designs have been shown at London and Paris Fashion weeks. And what makes this even more unique? Well Bex has cleverly made the jewellery interactive as her clasp is magnetic allowing you to adapt the jewellery to your heart’s desire!
Three string bead brass necklace £40 by Bex Rox for MADE. 
And if they aren’t names you recognise how about Peaches Geldof? Daughter of active charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof it seems that philanthropy really does run in the family with Peaches designing her own line for MADE. Her designs incorporate  a Daisy theme and are all limited edition. Priced from £15.25 they aren’t going to hang around for long, so be quick! pgdaisyc 


 Three Daisy Necklace by Peaches for MADE £25.00






So where can you get your hands on this collection?
Well, online is a great place to start as MADE not only have items on the high street but they also have a unique online collection available nowhere else. And your budget? well you can own a piece of MADE from as little as £6, or if you have a larger budget then into the £100s.



If you do fancy splashing the cash then how about this gorgeous Natalie Sergeant pendant that was designed for Whistles at £115?










And if you love that then perhaps this brass necklace that was designed by Pippa Small for Nicole Farhi may just be the one for you, it’s pricey but I think it’s worth every penny of it’s £399











If such pieces are out of your price range, do not fear. MADE jewellery can be bought for as little as £9.79 for a pair of earrings.

If you want to get up close and personal with the items and you are lucky enough to live near the following shops then why not call in and see the collections for yourself? Items are stocked at Top Shop, Nicole Farhi, House of Fraser, Whistles and a select few Independent retailers including one in Norway and one in Sweden. Also keep your eyes peeled as are also stockists of this line.
If any of these designs have captured your eye then please head on over to  and peruse their website. You can learn about the other designers, see the full collections and read about their story. Also if you sign up to their email subscription you receive 10% off your next purchase- now what more reason could you need!



MADE clearly shows that through fashion we can not only look great but allow people to help themselves to a better future.

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