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A few weeks back I popped down to Resorts World to check out their brand spanking new Beauty Outlet. As a lover of all things beauty I was excited to smother my hands in swatches and bring home some new bargain products to try out. 

So what did I pick?

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist in 'Secret Charm' - I've had scents from Victoria's Secret before and I've always loved them. They're not as long lasting as perfumes but they're still pretty good. That being said I do think they are pricey so when I saw this little bottle for just £8 I knew it was destined to live on my dressing table.

Exposed Cosmetics Sahara Sunset Palette - Heard of Exposed Cosmetics before? No? Neither had I. This palette was a complete impulse buy but I just fell in love with the shades! I've used it a few times now and although the shades aren't as vivid as the likes of Mac or Urban Decay, they aren't bad for a palette under £10.



W7 Makeup Remover Cloth - I've had makeup remover cloths in the past and I will more than likely buy them again in the future. They are so much softer than wipes or flannels and they actually do take your makeup off without any product. I paid a tenner for my first cloth but this one was only £1.99 and works just the same.

Blistex Happy Lips - I have about 400 Lip Balms dotted around the house and in various handbags but I thought one more wouldn't hurt. I actually picked this up to keep in my desk at work (I have an actual adult job now you know) and at less than £2 it didn't break the bank.

Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser & Balm - I haven't tried this out yet but I am very excited to. I have the worst cuticles known to man but I'm too lazy to do anything about them. If a simple cream can handle that mess I will be very very happy.



Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in shade 02 'Flaming Rose' - Now this beauty I have tried and loved. It's a little darker than my usual lip colours but I do think it suits me well and its super long lasting too. I did find that it dries almost like a chalky liquid lipstick so I just apply a thin layer of lip balm before wearing it.

Bag full of W7 goodies - This is the only product I didn't pick out myself and if it wasn't gifted to me I'm don't think I would have chosen it in all honesty. Its a bag filled with W7 products and at only £10 it's not a bad price. It holds practically every product you could want if you were just getting into makeup but as someone with a pretty solid collection it didn't offer me anything special.



Cover FX Highlighting Powder in 'Moonlight' - Like a lot of the brands in the Beauty Outlet, I'd not tried anything from Cover FX before. It's one of the higher end brands in store and had a good selection of quality products. I fell in love with this highlighter as soon as I set eyes on it and I wasn't disappointed. It's a little darker than my usual highlight but it gives me a great little glow.

Rimmel Lipstick in shade 650 'Pretty Penny' - I'm a sucker for a lippy so obviously I went home with two. Both shades I chose were similar but this one is a lot more sheer and shiny than the Bourjois one which is probably why I haven't reached for it too much yet.



L'oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in shade 500 'Lumiere' - Now this little beauty I haven't tried out yet but I cannot wait to. It's a gorgeous bold gold shade that is going to be perfect for the festive season. I've been trying to build my eyeshadow singles collection this year and I'm very glad I picked this one up. If I remember right it was only about £3 aswell!

TRESemme Perfectly Undone Sea Salt Spray - I'm slowly but surely trying out every sea salt spray I can get my hands on. I haven't tested this one yet but I usually get on well with TRESemme products so I do have high hopes. 

So those are the goodies I took home with me from the Beauty Outlet. I honestly could have picked up so much more as there are loads of products from various brands at decent discounted prices.


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* I was gifted a number of items which I chose myself in exchange for an honest blog post. I would never promote anything I didn't believe in.

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THE BIG BEAUTY OUTLET HAUL*

If you haven't guessed I'm a beauty fan by now you obviously haven't been paying attention. I love makeup, and skincare, and haircare etc. But I especially love it when all those good things don't cost a bomb! Let's be honest, good products can sometimes be a bit pricey, but do they have to be?


I buy beauty products from budget, mid range, and high end brands. I like to mix it up a bit and if I'm truthful, I can't always see a massive quality difference between cheaper things and the much more expensive. There are some products I have to spend a bit of money on; eyeliner, lipstick, and usually eyeshadow, but the rest I'm pretty flexible with. 

So when I was given the heads up about a brand spanking new Beauty Outlet in Resorts World Birmingham I had to get myself down there. The store only opened a few weeks back but I've already seen so many of my fellow bloggers and beauty addicts spend a small fortune in there.


The shop stocks everything from well known brands such as; Real Techniques, Rimmel, and Barry M, to lesser known brands that I had not come across before. It also sells a mix of high, mid range, and budget beauty. Although cheap and cheerful is what it does best, you can find a decent range of more expensive Stila and Clarins goodies which start at about the £5 mark.

I was also quite surprised to find a good selection of vegan products for sale. Now call me ignorant (and I probably am) but I didn't even know makeup could be non vegan, I mean what is in regular makeup that vegans can't have? Who knows, but it's good to see companies trying to cater for everyone's needs for once!


Now I'm not massively into nails (as I'm sure you can tell by the photos) so the huge polish section didn't impress me as much as it probably should have. Don't get me wrong, I do like to have pretty nails but once they start to look a bit sorry for themselves I'm usually too lazy to clear it up. Someone who is big on nails however is my sister. Every week or so she's wearing a gorgeous new colour, so imagine her surprise when she found her favourite gel varnishes in store for just £5! That girl dropped about £30 on the spot!


I think I swatched pretty much every lipstick, sniffed every perfume, and stuck my fingers in every eyeshadow before finally deciding on some treats. I was in there well over an hour playing with various products - it really is just so easy to lose track of time (and money) in these kind of places. Think of it as a casino for beauty addicts! 

It's a great place for beauty fans looking for a bargain and also anyone just starting to get into beauty as you can pick up your whole makeup bag for less than £20 in there. I was lucky enough to be treated to some goodies to take away with me so keep a look out for a haul and various product reviews coming soon!

What is your all time favourite budget beauty product? 

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A BARGAIN BEAUTY PARADISE!

Everyone has those products you keep going back to time and time again. Even though it's nice to try out new things every now and then, I'm a creature of habit and if a product works for me I'm going to buy it again.

Now as a blogger I do get to try a lot of new goodies out which means I'm a pretty good person to ask if you're on the hunt for something different. That being said I can't possibly try everything out, I have a full time adult job now after all. So with that in mind I've reached out to some other gorgeous bloggers to shout about their absolute must have products!


But first here are three of my holy grail products which all happen to be skincare!

Simple Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash - As you can probably see from the photos, there's not a whole lot of this bad boy left. I'm almost out but you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be running our to Superdrug the second its gone.

Although it is technically an exfoliating face wash it is incredibly gentle and doesn't scrub at my skin at all which is an issue I've had with other similar products in the past. It also contains witch hazel, an ingredient I always get on well with.

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm - A small but very might product this one. I've tried and tested many libalms in the past, a girl has to have those smooth moisturized lips, am I right? But this little chapstick beats anything I've used in the past. I'd even put this ahead of the universally love Carmex! It also contains SPF to protect your lush lips from the harsh sun!

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser - Another Simple product, what can I say, I just works! My sister and I have been using this moisturiser for years now and we still haven't found anything better. This gentle moisturiser keeps my skin feeling fresh and banishes any dry patches I might develop without feeling oily or giving me spots!

I have used the light moisturiser in the past and whilst its still good, I've always found that the rich version goes the extra mile.
 
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Now onto the other blogger favourites!

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Bethan from beffshuff.comMy holy grail eyebrow product is the Natural Collection Brow Gel for £2.49! It's the cheapest product I own and I couldn't be without it. It's great for sensitive skin and is cruelty free, too.

I've tried and tested a gazillion brow products and I personally don't think anything else comes close. I use it to give my brows some colour on a no-makeup makeup day, or use it alongside my ABH Dipbrow for a bolder look.

Chloe from www.chloexlizabeth.com - I absolutely love using the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Liner and Lipstick. As somebody with super thin natural lips, I've always been insecure and I've wanted them to look bigger. The CT lip products are the only products that allow me to overline my lips and keep them looking natural in the process.

The colour is wonderful for my natural skin tone and seems to change depending on whos wearing it; and it's so creamy that it just glides on. I could wear it all day everyday, and even though it's fairly expensive as a high-end product, I'd repurchase them over and over again. The added bonus is that they're both cruelty free!

Amanda from amanda-jayne.me - When it comes to lipsticks, I'm a die-hard fan of the liquid-to-matte kind. I need pigmentation, no fuss, and long-lasting colour which is why traditional lipsticks are often a bit of a miss for me. However, Fenty Beauty's Mattemoiselle liners are a real game-changer and have managed to win round even me - the opposite of a fan of any bullet lipstick.

Creamy and highly pigmented, the Mattemoiselle line really is the definition of 'plush matte'. There's no high shine or satin finish, but nor does the formula pick up all the cracks in your lips, either, and it doesn't flake or shed through the day so you know it's a good one for a long haul. Touch ups and initial application are made easy by the slim and small bullet, which allows you to deliver bold colour straight to your pout without the added nuisance of a lip liner or brush.

Up until recently I only owned the striking, cornflower blue shade 'Ya Dig?!', but I've just picked up another colour (Midnight Wasabi!) and whilst I wanted Saw-C, it wasn't in stock, (boo!), but despite this I can't wait to get stuck in! The beautiful packaging means nothing if it hasn't got an incredible formula, but luckily RiRi hit the nail on the head with this beautiful selection of matte colours that really pack a punch. These have quickly become a staple in my handbag and I'm excited to play with my new shades!

(Amanda also has two holy grail posts live on her blog right now which you can find here and here.)

Dorota from beautydramaqueen.com - Makeup wise, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is my universal morning tool. I use it as a primer to add glow and blur imperfections, then on top of foundation: top of cheekbones, temple, over the brow arch, Cupid’s Bow and bridge of the nose. It gives the most beautiful dewy finish. Can’t live without it!


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- Skincare -

Emily from emily-ware.com - My current skincare hero is the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic spray. It’s rather pricey and I usually don’t spend that much on one product, especially when it comes to skincare, but this product came as a tester in an Asos beauty box and I will definitely be repurchasing.

The hyaluronic acid in the product has made my skin feel plumper and it looks so much brighter, so much so that I’ve been leaving the house without foundation for the first time in years! It works wonders on my awkwardly sensitive combination skin and I would recommend it to anyone!

Katy from therawrdrobe.com - My absolute holy grail skincare product is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. It’s saved my skin on so many occasions and I can’t fault it at all. Fresh smell? Check. Does the job? Check. Looks pretty in photos? Check.

It’s such an essential in my routine and I can definitely tell when I haven’t been using it because my skin starts to flare up! Also, it’s great for anyone with sensitive skin and fab for the old Boots advantage card points haha!

Dorota from beautydramaqueen.com - Choosing just 1 or 2 holy grail products is so hard. Over the years I’ve fallen in love with so many! Merumaya Treatment Toner was a revelation when I first got it. I’m now on my 4th bottle with 2 back-ups! It’s my go to morning shot of glow without the acids!

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I always love asking others about their favourite beauty products, you can find some absolute gems by chatting to beauty bloggers about what they like. I've actually not heard of many of these products myself so I hope you guys also find this post useful! I know I've now got a list as long as my arm of new beauty goodies to try out.

So do you have a holy grail product? Something you can't live without or repurchase religiously? Let me know in the comments!


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BLOGGER HOLY GRAIL PRODUCTS

So you can probably tell from the fact that this palette is a bit of a mess that I didn't plan on talking about it. To be honest, I didn't ever really plan on buying it in the first place and I initially didn't like it at all. On my way to Disneyland in February 2017 I realised I didn't pack any eyeshadow so I panic bought the cheapest palette I could find in duty free which happened to be this one.
 
   
Truthfully, it took me a very long time to learn to love this palette. I hid it away in my makeup draw straight after I returnED from my holiday and didn't really think I'd ever use it again. I didn't even look at it for months, that was until I was packing for a short camping trip and was tight for room. Its a very small palette with a decent sized mirror and some subtle glittery shades which I thought would be ideal for a weekend away. I used it every day that trip and I've never looked back.

Since that short break back in May I've used this palette every other day and taken it on multiple other trips. I've fallen in love with the pretty shimmery shades and if I'm honest they are really long lasting. I'd even go so far as to compare my favourite shades to some of my Urban Decay eyeshadows which are much more pricey. The quality of the glitter shades in this palette are incredible, unfortunatly I don't get on so well with the mattes which I feel aren't as vivid as they should be.


The shades don't have names in this palette which is a shame but the ones I use the most are; the second from the left which is a beautiful shimmery peach colour, the forth from the left which is a light brown/ bronze colour, and the fifth from the left which is a glowey gold shade. I use the others occasionally but only really on the outer corners of my eyes to give my favourite shades more depth. Because the shades in this palette are so warm I feel that this is the perfect palette for summer, especially warm days/ nights by the seaside. Its an ideal size to pack in my hand luggage and I feel like a glowing summer princess when I wear my favourite shades, not even being dramatic. 

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So how much will this little beauty set you back? £14.99. I know right. A gorgeous palette like this for less that £15 really is a bargain. As I bought mine in Duty Free I paid roughly £12 but I've seen deals on this palette before so its worth keeping an eye out in your local makeup store just incase the price drops.

All in all this is a decent little palette with a few really good quality shades that I now wear most days. I think it retails at a bargain price and is ideal for taking on your holibobs too!

Have you tried any of the Loreal Paris palettes yet?

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THE EYESHADOW PALETTE YOU NEED THIS SUMMER

 I've been in a rut lately, a makeup rut. I rarely bother with makeup on days I go to work and on days I don't I'm usually out and about having fun which leaves little time to play around with new styles in the morning. Its fair to say I got boring. I was wearing the same eyeshadow and the same lipstick in the same way I always had and I was getting a bit fed up about it.


I follow some amazing bloggers who manage to create hugely different makeup looks every single day of the week. I don't know how they have the time/ patience to perfect it every single day but they do, and it looks like they have so much fun playing around with it all too. I wanted a piece of that. I wanted to experiment with colours and feel like a completely different girl every day. I missed using makeup to express myself. 

I've always been a big fan of art and to me makeup is an art. I'm not particularly good at it applying it, and I've only ever worn fake eyelashes once in my life but that doesn't matter. All that matters is that you have fun with what you are doing. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed messing around with new colours and techniques. I'd forgotten that makeup was a way to show my personality. I'd been using makeup to make myself feel pretty and whilst thats not necessarily a bad thing, I started to rely on my mascara's and foundation's a bit too much. 

Even as a teenager I didn't have bad skin. I never felt the need to smother my face in foundation before I left the house, I never really bothered with eyeshadow or liner, and I definitely didn't know what contouring was. I wore makeup as and when I wanted to. But lately I've felt that I kind of need all of that to feel beautiful. I needed to cover my skin and coat my lids in glitter or else I was ugly. I'd not really felt like that before and I think its quite a dangerous mindset to get used to. I needed to remember what makeup was about for me.

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I wanted to be inspired again, I wanted to take myself back to the time when makeup was just for fun and not a necessity. Luckily it wasn't very long before I found my inspiration. Once I'd started looking it was everywhere, from Instagram, to magazines, and huge billboards around my city, there were ideas in every place I looked. One of the major places I gathered my motivation from was my friend Amanda, her Instagram is constantly brimming with unreal new makeup looks. I'd be confronted by an amazing new 'face of the day' look almost every time I scrolled through my feed and to be honest thats when I really started to feel boring. She was doing some incredible things with colours I'd never dare to use and styles that were far from typical, but she looked amazing and she was clearly having a good time.


After a few weeks of watching everyone else try out wild new makeup looks I decided enough was enough. I challenged myself to start using colour. I needed to play around with some new eyeshadows that weren't my usual light sparkly shades. I needed to try something new and so eventually this look was born. Its not a hundred miles away from my every day makeup, the style is basically the same but the colours I have chosen for this look are something I would usually run from! They are so bright and dramatic, and together they even clash a little bit. They are everything that scares me about pretty makeup. But it's not meant to be pretty or flattering, it's meant to be a bit of fun! Its not the best makeup look I've ever created and if I'm honest I was too scared to wear it out of the house because the colours really are just so bright, but its the start of my new outlook on makeup.

I had a lot of fun playing around with this look and I'm determined to try new things more often. Makeup isn't just about looking pretty, at least it shouldn't be, and I need to remember that. 

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