beauty

Leaving Christmas shopping a bit late this year? Me too if I'm honest. But don't worry, if you have a beauty lover in your life because I have put together an absolute monster of a gift guide for those who love makeup, skincare, haircare and more! As always I've popped the gifts into three price ranges so there is something for everyones budget.

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- Gifts Between £20 & £50 -
         

       
- Gifts Under £20 -
         

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XMAS GIFT GUIDE - FOR BEAUTY LOVERS | BLOGMAS DAY 18

If you are a beauty lover like me, you probably have more makeup than you would happily admit. I know I have a hell of a lot, and most of it comes in the form of eyeshadow. It's no secret that I like a well made up eye but my collection of palettes is getting a bit out of control now; I have a whole drawer full! 

So when I set my heart on the new Kylie Cosmetics Purple Palette I was faced with a bit of a dilemma: I needed this gorgeous selection of Lilacs and Violets in my life, but I didn't really have the money or the space for yet another set of eyeshadows. Or did I?


There was no way to get these shades out of my head. I needed purple eyeshadows in my life. No other palette I possess has such gorgeous purple hues, and now I can't live without them. How do I own these colours without forking out a shed load of cash or taking up yet more room in my makeup drawer? Easy, I'll make my own palette.

As someone who buys eyeshadow singles to fill the gaps in her eyeshadow colour collection, I know there is no where else that stocks such a range of shades that MAC does. So off I went, with my strict budget and ideal shades in mind to fulfil all of my eyeshadow dreams.


MAC eyeshadows aren't cheap, they start at £13 each, but when bought with an empty palette they go down to just £10. Okay, I know that still isn't mega budget friendly, but it's a lot better, especially if you plan to buy quite a few. I just wanted two. I spent a ridiculous amount of time picking my colours as there really is a massive selection, but I eventually found two I fell in love with. The shades I chose are Parfait Amour (left) and Satellite Dreams (right). The singles fit nicely into a very compact double palette which is quite moderately priced at just £4. The case is magnetic which means your singles wont fall out and its also reusable.

The total for my new personalised palette was £24. Its deffinitley not the cheapest way to buy eyeshadow but I've always found MAC to be incredibly high quality, plus by choosing all of my own shades, I know I will get use out of ALL of them unlike other pricey palettes I've bought in the past (Naked 3, I'm looking at you).


I'm super happy with my teeny-tiny palette. I can take it on the go with me and replace my shades at any time I like. I'd recommend picking out your own colours if you are a big makeup fan because there will always be gaps in your collection if you stick to just buying the popular palettes. I also think it would make a fab gift to buy someone an empty palette and a gift card so they can go wild and make their own perfect palette.

Have you ever made your own palette before?

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THE PERFECT EYESHADOW PALETTE | BLOGMAS DAY 14


I'll be honest, I own more eye shadow than I would probably admit to. I just like playing around with colour and as I don't suit wild lip shades, I can only really experiment on my eyelids. Over the last few years I got into a habit of purchasing eye shadow palettes, which is all well and good but sometimes you just need one particular shade and it makes more sense to just buy a single. Well now I have quite a collection of those too, so I thought I would share my three favourites with you all today!

MAC Eye Shadow in Shade Suspiciously Sweet - This is easily my current favourite eyeshadow. You've probably seen it before as I've been none stop talking about it for months now, but I'm just in love! The vibrancy of this little beauty is just incredible and it lasts forever on my lids. It's on the more expensive end at £13 a pop but it really is worth it!


Topshop Eyeshadow in Shade Wax & Wayne - This has been a firm favourite of mine for quite some time now. I probably don't wear it as much as I should considering I've repurchased it twice. This eye shadow is actually a pretty good dupe for the more expensive Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow which retails at £15.50. That being said this single still isn't mega cheap coming in at £9.50.

Bourjois Blush in Shade #85 Sienne - Okay so this is a bit of a cheat as it is technically a blush and not an eye shadow. I actually bought it as I was on the hunt for the perfect dusty pink/ brown shade that I just couldn't find anywhere. Although this product is meant to be used on your cheeks I think it makes a pretty decent eyeshadow. It's fairly cheap too, retailing at just £6.49. I will mention that the staying power isn't too great with this one, but that isn't much of a problem if used with a primer.


So those are my current favourite eye shadow singles. Do you have a favourite single eye shadow? Let me know! I'm always looking to expand my collection...

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FAVOURITE EYE SHADOW SINGLES | BLOGMAS DAY 4

So let's be honest; when payday rolls around its all too easy to add a few unnecessary beauty bits to your basket. I'm super guilty of this which means I often end up with products that I haven't researched all too well and just aren't compatible with me or my skin. Well I've decided I would round them all up today and tell you why I thought they were a pile of shite!



Benefit Air Patrol Eyelid Primer - So you may remember I posted a full review of this pricey little primer quite a while back. If you fancy reading that you can find it here, if not I'll give you a run down of why this was a waste of time and money. Okay so firstly, the mechanics of the packaging is a nightmare. You have to twist the product which pushes it down the tube and out of the applicator, in theory. In practise this didn't always work. Secondly, when it did work the product often just got stuck inside the tube or sometimes came out on its own. I also didn't think it did much to really prime my eyelids, it just felt a bit like I was putting think concealer on them which definitely didn't help to keep my eyeshadow in place.

Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Shade Gothica - Now I'm suuuuuper disappointed in this lippy. I was really excited to finally buy it, you may even remember it featuring in my Birthday Treat Collective Haul back in August. Well I've had chance to really put it to the test since then and basically I just think it's a bit crap. When I apply the product I feel like it just smudges around my lips instead of actually staying in place and after 20 minutes of wearing the lippy it's basically none existant on the centre of my lips. If anyone has any tips or tricks on how to keep glittery lipstick in place I am all ears!



Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Shade Birthday Suit - I kind of feel like I was mis-sold this eyeshadow if I'm honest. I always knew it was a cream eyeshadow, but in the store I bought it from the display products were quite dried out which meant they were basically completely different to the products you can buy. Because the display eyeshadows were fairly dry, they applied a lot easier and the colours were super vivid when I tried them out on the back of my hand. I didn't know they were dried out at the time, I just assumed that wass how the products came, so when I applied the real thing to my eyelids a few days later I was very disappointed that it just slid around my eyelids without much colour really showing. It's also not creaseless at all. Lies.

MAC Frost Lipstick in shade All I Want - Maybe frosted/ glittery lipsticks just aren't for me, that certainly seems to be the case. I was really happy when I picked this beauty of a shade up in Bicester Village for just £11 a few years back. Little did I know I would make me look pale as shit. I also didn't know just how much the product would slide around my lips and be gone within half an hour.



Benefit They're Real Mascara - Oh look, another Benefit product. I usually get on with Benefit; Roller Lash was my go to mascara for ages. I loved the brush and the solution itself was great too, so I thought I would try out Benefit's other best seller. Well They're Real could not be further away from the quality of Roller Lash. The solution is so thick and clumpy I end up looking like I have about 3 really chunky eyelashes on each side. Its not a great look and however I try to use the brush I get the same result. Save your money, and your energy, just buy false lashes.

So those were the products I wish I'd left on the shelf. The annoying thing is that they were all high end and in total I spent £84 on just the 5 of them. Almost makes me sick to think about!

Do you have any products you really regret buying? I'd love to hear about them so I don't make the same mistake again!

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BEAUTY PRODUCTS I REGRET BUYING

So Halloween is coming up, and while every other blogger is publishing really amazing makeup tutorials I thought I would keep it simple. As Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, most people wont actually be able recreate these wild makeup looks on the day as they will be hard at work. If you are one of those people, don't worry, I got you covered! Today I thought I'd show you a fairly easy Halloween inspired makeup look that you can get away with wherever you work!


This look is quite straight forward, its a simple smokey eye consisting of two colours with a fairly thick eyeliner flick. In theory you only need to buy 3 products to recreate my face here; an orange eyeshadow, a deep purple eyeshadow, and an orange lipstick. Like me you might be lucky enough to have some of the eyeshadow shades in palettes you already own so check those out before you run off to but new makeup! The orange shade I used here is actually from the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette which I know a lot of people in the blogging community ran out to get! 


If you don't fancy the colours I've chosen for this look you could easily change it up for other Halloween themed shades. My look was meant to be quite autumnal and pumpkin inspired however you could go for more witchy vibes using dark greens or even black. 

So what products have I actually used on my face? 

My everyday products are:


I'm clearly a big fan of Collection products; they are just so cheap and I find the quality to be really good for the price if I'm honest. I think they are definitely one of the better budget cosmetics brands out there. I always purchase high end mascaras and eyeshadows, but for the majority of my other makeup products I turn to Collection almost every time.

My "Halloween Products"

So that was my easy peasy Halloween makeup that you can wear to work! I'd love to see some of the more out there makeup tutorials that you guys have been making/ loving! Send them over to me on Twitter!

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HALLOWEEN MAKEUP YOU CAN WEAR TO WORK!

I'm a big fan of dry shampoo; I don't have time to wash my hair everyday and even if I did I still wouldn't because I wan't my hair to stay reasonably healthy. So with not washing my hair all the time, it does occasionally get a little bit greasy at the roots and I can't be leaving the house like that. To avoid looking gross I fill my hair with dry shampoo every couple of days but it's this particular Superdrug dry shampoo that I want to tell you all about today.


I picked this up last month on a bit of a whim as it was buy one get one free and it was only £1.99 to start with. Bargain. It's currently on special offer at 98p per can which works out the same. So I picked this one and a tropical scented one which does the job pretty well. Now as much as this is great for keeping those greasy roots at bay it's also marketed as a volumising dry shampoo and I love puffy hair so I just had to test it out.

It's not very often I fall head over heels for such a budget product, but for real you all need to run out and get this! With just spritzing in a minimal amount of product on my roots, my hair appeared to literally multiply. Now regardless of whether or not I have greasy hair, I pretty much always use this before leaving the house as I just love how thick it makes my hair look.


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A little word of warning, I would try to us this quite sparingly as if I use too much my hair feels incredibly thick with product and it can end up quite hard to style. I would also only use this on my roots as it can look quite drying on the ends of my hair.

So would I buy this product again? Hell yes and I think you should all buy it too. For less than £1 I can virtually double the thickness of my hair and I'm pretty happy with that!

What do you use to volumise your hair? 

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KILLER VOLUME

Okay so I'm a pretty recent convert to the beauty blender. I've been in love with my Real Techniques Expect Face Brush for longer than I would like to admit but there are just some things it can't do. It's not fab with concealer, however I'd heard about an egg shaped spongey thing that is.


Now I think the original Beauty Blender is expensive, but I was determined to eventually try one out so I went on a mission to pick up a cheap one. I'd seen various brands selling beauty blenders but I was really after a smaller version and thats when I came across these babies.

This 4 pack of mini beauty blenders can be found in Primark at the bargain price of £2.50! That means each individual blender costs just 63p, I know it's ridiculous! I haven't seen anything else like this for less than a fiver and although I don't have anything to compare it too, I'm pretty sure they are all the same.



Now because these teeny blenders are so small they are great to use with concealer and foundation in awkward places such as under my eyes and the creases either side of my nose. I don't use liquid foundation but I do use concealer on the regular and found that using one of these really allows me to build it up in certain areas especially when I have angry spots, which I do quite often lately thanks to Uni stress. I don't recommend these little blenders for doing a full face of foundation however as they are just so small it would take forever to finish your makeup. 


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So yeah, these are the absolute bargain 63p beauty blenders you should all run out and buy right now! I've seen them in various Primark stores in the UK so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding them.

Do you have any bargain beauty products that you can't live without? I'd love to hear about them!


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THE 63p 'BEAUTY BLENDER' YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE!

So I've tried and tested a fair few beauty products in my time but nothing gets as rigorously tested as the mascaras I buy. I have very short lashes and teeny tiny eyes so most days I rely on a good mascara to give me a boost in confidence. Today, despite the slightly misleading photograph, I'm going to talk about just two of the best mascaras I've ever used!


Too Faced Better Than Sex - I've talked about this before and I'll no doubt talk about it again. This absolute beauty of a product was a complete impulse buy whilst I was on holiday last year. I opted for the travel sized version as it was half the price of the regular size and I've never looked back.

The Better Than Sex Mascara is a little bit pricey, coming in at £19 for just 8g of product however, I do find this lasts a while. I know you should replace a mascara every 3 months blah blah whatever but I got a good 6 months out of my travel sized version. 

I've written a full review of this baby before so you can read that here, but the main things I love about this product is; the solution - quite thick but not at all clumpy, the brush bristles which really fan out my lashes, and the cute pink packaging. 


Maybelline Lash Sensational - I don't think I've ever done a full review of this product before but it sure as hell deserves one. I've been using this mascara ever since someone pointed out that its basically a dupe for the Benefit Roller Lash - another fab mascara that didn't quite make it into my top two. It virtually does the same job but at a much cheaper price.

Whereas the Roller Lash is a pretty pricey £19.50 this little beauty retails at just £7.99 saving you over £10 to spend on more beauty goodies. In all honesty this is the best budget mascara I've ever used and I'm really surprised more people don't rave about it. 

To sum this product up, the solution is fab and only improves once it dries out a little, the brush really lifts and curls your lashes however it doesn't fan them out, and the price is just fantastic. This product delivers high end quality at a fraction of what you would usually pay. 


These products are honestly the best mascaras I've ever tried, and believe me I've got through a few. Although you can't really compare the two as they do different things, for me Better Than Sex Takes the gold here as it gives me an effortless false lash effect. If you're on a budget however, you really can't go wrong with Lash Sensational.


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Have you tried any of these products before? I've love to hear about your favourite mascara!


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