Autumn/Winter Budget Beauty 

I did a post like this for summer, so I thought it was only right to do something similar for winter! I’ve chosen nine products that are great budget items to see you through the winter season in style, so enjoy…

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1. Revlon Nail Polish in Vixen, £6.49

This nail varnish is probably my all time favourite ‘drug store’ purchase. Firstly, I absolutely love the colour. It’s a gorgeous autumnal plum which is perfect to take you from daytime and into the evening! I also think the quality of Revlon nail polishes is great. The consistency is always really smooth and lasts a good few days (with a top and base coat) before starting to chip. If you want something to ‘autumn’ up your beauty routine this is my top recommendation!

2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream, £12.00

Our skin always need a little TLC during the colder months, and layering up your moisturiser is the easiest and most affordable way to do this. I love this Body Shop vitamin E cream, firstly because it suits all skin types. Secondly, vitamin E is an antioxidant for the skin (so really helps to protect and repair), which also helps to slow the ageing process! Alongside this, the shea butter and aloe vera also combines to make it a really soothing cream on the skin. Whilst this is one of the higher priced products here, the good quality ingredients included really do make this great value for  money. Plus, all Body Shop products are vegan, natural and cruelty-free which makes investing in this brand even more worthwhile!

3. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Pomegranate, £3.69

This lip balm was featured in my summer beauty bargains as well because it’s just so great! In my opinion it’s the best lip balm out there. It’s super nourishing, has a gorgeous pink tint to it and most importantly, is friendly on the bank balance! This is the perfect accompaniment to your make up bag especially during the winter months when heating and cold weather causes your lips to dry up.

4. St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub, £4.00

This was the first face scrub I ever used and it still maintains it’s superpower status in my eyes. It’s gentle on sensitive skin yet really penetrates to uplift dead skin and remove impurities and at £4.00 it’s a steal. It’s oil free and has 100% natural exfoliants which is why it’s so amazing for your skin. Use this once a week, or twice if you feel your skin needs it, to help fight the combination of heating and cold air, and, those winter nights where you cake your face in make up to hide the fading tan!

5. The Body Shop Down To Earth Eye Shadow Quad in 54588, £15 (trust me, it’s worth that little bit more!)

My first ever eye shadow set was from The Body Shop. Does anyone remember when they came in a clear box with four small cubes? This blue colour palette is a winner for me because it compliments my skin tone (and makes my blue eyes pop), and is perfect for those Autumn nights out! You can build as dramatic a look as you wish for the nighttime with the darker colours or opt for a subtle shimmer during the day with the silver. The colours are really pigmented (especially when wetting the brush), and although this is the steepest product here, I really do think this is great value for money, as it will easily carry you into next year.

6. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Starry Eyed, £4.99 

If you know me, you’ll know I love a plum lip, so I have hunted high and low for both budget and items to splurge on, and this Rimmel number has come top of my list for the budget end! I firstly absolutely love the colour (I compared it to a Burberry colour last year) because whilst it’s dark, it has a gorgeous warm undertone that makes it perfect for taking you from daytime to nighttime. As well as this, the quality is great. It’s nourishing, long lasting and doesn’t dry out my lips which is impressive even for an expensive lipstick! A big thumbs up all round for this product.

7. Rimmel Glitter Bomb Nail Polish in Mistletoe Mischief, £3.99

Everyone needs a bit of glitter in the build up to Christmas and this nail varnish is the perfect fit – it’s called Mistletoe Mischief which just says it all! I love a glitter polish because you can either use alone or over another colour; and, my personal favourite, I love to apply messily at the top of my nail to give an edge to the normal  all over glitter nail.

8. Superdrug Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask, 99p

With the temperature dropping and heating being blasted out it’s no shock that our skin can tend to get a little clogged up with make up and sweat. This face mask is one of MY FAVOURITE cheaper alternatives to use to help unclog the pores (I’d say it’s the budget version of the Kiehls face mask which I’ve reviewed here). The clay helps to really dig deep and draw out those impurities, whilst the cool eucalyptus helps to soothe and nourish skin. My skin always feels refreshed after using this mask, and at £0.99 per packet, i think it’s a fantastic bargain buy.

9. Soap and Glory Hand Food, £6.00

This hand cream has featured in one of my reviews before, but I can’t leave it out! It’s the perfect formula for dry, neglected hands as the shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow extract (yum!) combine to create a lovely, nourishing formula that delves deep to soothe the skin. It also absorbs really well into the skin, so you don’t need to use much to see it working its magic!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and found some of these suggestions useful! I would actually recommend these products whether you’re on a budget or not, so let me know if you test any out!

Thanks for reading X

The Glamour Beauty Festival 

 
Yesterday I headed to what can only be described as a paradise. The Glamour Beauty Festival. The event runs all weekend, with brands from Rimmel to Liz Earle there with their own section offering amazing free treatments as well as great advice (I particularly enjoyed seeing how to really conceal my black under eye bags that you may have heard me moan about before…)

 The festival was held at the Saatchi Gallery, which admittedly I’d never been to (but definitely will be going back), where the aroma of beauty obsessives filled the gallery. There were four main sections; hair, make up, skin care and nails, where brands were set up ready to pamper and preen to perfection! I tried to get around as many as possible, but there was so much choice I just couldn’t!

 


 

In the makeup section I first headed to Laura Mercier where an artist showed me how to conceal my under eyes as well as any other areas of concern. I bought this little pot of magic, which amazingly concealed my sins from my work drinks the night before.

 I then headed to the Nars counter where I was shown how to properly highlight, contour and apply blush…


They developed this exclusive colour called Goule for the event which I absolutely loved, and so felt it was rude not to buy it….

After that, I headed to the skincare section. Balance Me were offering an amazing skin assessment service. I put my head into this box with curtains where there was a blue UV-type light with a small mirror.


The specialist then looked in from the other side to assess my skin. I had this done years ago before I underwent treatment for blemishes, so it really was amazing to see the difference it had made to my skin! The only issue she could see, which she said everyone would have, is the dehydration on my under eyes *grabs for water*. They had a pick and mix type shop, where 3 sample sized products were £10, so I bought….

I then headed over to Elizabeth Arden, where I had this amazing treatment which I sadly can’t remember or find the name of (if you can help please let me know!). It essentially looked like a mini spray tan applicator, which she filled with vitamins and sprayed over my skin. She then went back over when there was purely air pressure to massage the product in. It was supposed to be a ‘Madonna effect’, which for the rest of the day, my skin really did glow. I have to also say that on a slight hangover, this was the most amazing treatment! It was so soothing and refreshing that I asked her to do it again! She said they offer a 15 minute treatment for £15, so I would definitely pay for another.

They were the only treatments I had as the queues were fairly long, but I loved spending time just mooching around looking at products.

 

 

As part of the ticket you could also choose a talk to attend. I went to one where Jo Malone, Liz Earle and Thea Green (founder of Nails Inc) were talking about how they started and grew their businesses. It was so interesting and actually really empowering to hear about their journeys. Also, Liz’s skin was literally glowing from around 5 metres away, so I am SO excited to try the hot cloth cleanse and polish. Yes I finally have it!

Now for the best part, another perk of your ticket was that you received a goody bag full of amazing products (a lot full sized!). These are the fab things I received….

So stay posted as I’ll be posting a few product reviews of the great products I discovered at the event!

Would love to hear if anyone else was there and what they tried!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Everyday Make Up in 10 Minutes 

 

 I go through phases with my make up, and currently I’d say I’m fairly happy with my routine which for me is pretty impressive, so I thought I’d share it with you all! I like my sleep so I’ve tried to cut down the amount of time I spend on my make up in the morning as much as possible. So, please find below a quick ‘how to’ for everyday make up in 10 minutes. As you can see from the picture it’s a really natural look, meaning it’s pretty easy to recreate!

First, prepping your skin is so important to ensure you get a good base for your make up to sit. I don’t use a primer, but I do make sure to thoroughly moisture my face with my everyday moisturiser. Then, comes the most important part for me, the concealing. I cover any blemishes/red areas using a concealer, my favourite at the moment is Hide The Blemish by Rimmel. I then also use this as a base for my under eye area.

Following this, I apply Oil Free Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser using my fingers as I prefer to blend that way. I take Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Medium and apply under my eyes. To set this all using the real techniques powder brush I apply Mac Select Sheer/Pressed Powder in NC5 over all of my face. I’ll then gently define my cheekbones using the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Palette in Bronze.

To highlight, I dab 3 dots of Benefit High Beam under my eye area and then blend in. Moving onto my cheeks, I take The Multiple by Nars in Orgasm and apply to the apples of my cheeks. I then blend this out with a touch of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Quartz using the Bobbi Brown Face Blending Brush.

Moving onto my eyes, I first focus on my brows. I fill in using the dark colour in the Focus & Fix Kit in Medium by Make Up Revolution. I then brush over to really tidy up using the Benefit Speed Brow Gel.

Using my finger I then sweep a layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Sparkling Champagne over my eye lids and up to the brows. For my eyeliner I turn to my trusty Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Sepia Ink and create a simple flick at the outer corner of my eye. I follow with a coat of mascara in Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black, and then another coat of Ultra Tech Curve Mascara by Kiko Cosmetics in Black.

Finally for my lips, I moisturise first using the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm and then follow with the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish. I then apply a coat of Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour Lipstick in Neutral Rose for the final touch!

Writing it down it seems like a long process but I promise it really isn’t! I’ve done it half asleep before so it is almost like a foolproof guide to applying makeup.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Burberry Lip For Less

 

Happy Sunday all!

If you follow my blog regularly you’ll have seen on my AW15 Beauty Wishlist the Burberry Beauty Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Bright Plum. I became obsessed by this lipstick thanks to the Burberry catwalk show at London Fashion Week last week. A main beauty look was a gorgeous bold berry lip, which was complemented beautifully by a simple base. As soon as I saw the look I was completely hooked! Firstly I am IN LOVE with the colour; it’s great for autumn, and looks amazing against any skin tone. I also think it’s a fab colour to wear if you don’t like being adventurous with your lip colour. Yes it does stand out in the sense that it’s not a neutral colour; yet the fact that it’s so flattering against different skin tones means it’s not too overpowering, which makes it a perfect bold lip colour!

The look as seen at Burberry…

 

The Burberry lipstick used is quite pricey at £25, so I thought I’d try and find a cheaper alternative to recreate the look. I created my first ever video for this look (please be nice), so take a look at it here if you fancy! I’m really not a fan of hearing myself back (I’ve been cringing all morning), and know I have a few things to perfect when posting videos, but hopefully you’ll like it!

The look I created:

Products used:

 

Rimmel Long Lasting Lipstick in Starry Eyed , £4.99
Natural Collection Lip Liner in Mulberry, £1.99
Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16
Benefit Boiing Concealer, £17.50

I hope you guys enjoyed the video and found it somewhat useful (sorry my phone buzzed during it, oops)! Any feedback on the blog/video is very welcome, and would love to hear your thoughts on the look!

Thanks for visiting!
X

Concealer Wars


  


If I was abandoned on a desert island and left with only one product, it probably would be concealer. It hides a multitude of sins, and can make me feel 100 times better in an instant! From covering spots to dark circles to bruises I think it’s the most amazing product!


  


As an advocate of concealer I have experimented with my fair share; so, I’ve decided to share some I’ve tried with you. Apologies for the lack of some products, as you can see, I love them!

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1. Rimmel ‘Hide The Blemish Concealer’ in Sand.

This really is an all-round winner. It’s long-lasting, easy to apply and gives really good coverage. The lipstick style applicator is great, and makes application so easy. However, if you are using to cover a blemish I would use fingers as you don’t want to contaminate the product, and spread this elsewhere on your face. I also wipe clean the concealer every week to get rid of any germs that may be building up. For me, this gets five stars. For an affordable alternative this is the way to go!

2. Benefit – Boi-ing in 02.

This has been a staple in my make up bag for some years now. I first invested in the product when my cousin described it as ‘industrial strength’ concealer. Intrigued and a little bit frightened, I bought it and haven’t looked back since. It really is industrial strength!! Not only does the product itself last long, but the coverage on your face is amazing. I’d only reapply if I was going out on an evening and was touching up my day’s make up. It’s smooth to touch and covers your face so evenly. If you are willing to spend a bit more then I would recommend this product without a doubt!

3. Laura Mercier Undercover Pot – 2.

As much as I love this set, I’ve been disappointed at how quickly the Secret Camoflage (concealer) part of this duo ran out. Whilst it gives great coverage and is super creamy, it lasted me no longer than a month. Which, for the price, I would have expected it to be at least two months. The under eye Secret Concealer however has lasted, and hides my dark circles really well. There’s also a great sheer powder that comes as part of the set. I’ve bought Laura Mercier concealers beforehand as I love how creamy and smooth they are, but always find the same problem that they run out too quickly! I think I’ll just be buying the under eye corrector rather than the set next time.

4. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Natural, Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow.

I really can’t sing the praises of Bobbi Brown enough, I am a slave to her products! But, this concealer didn’t live up to expectations. It does give full coverage, but when applying I feel like rather than easily blending in, the concealer sits on top of my skin. What I do love about the product is the handy mirror that comes as part of the compact, making it great for taking in your handbag. There’s also a sheer powder in the set, but I rarely use this as I don’t usually take my brushes out with me in the day. I think this is ideal for a live-in handbag product, but it wouldn’t take place in my main make up bag.

Pink, Pink To Make The Boys Wink!

 

After going through my make up drawer earlier today, I realised how many lipsticks I actually own that I never wear (oops). It’s surprising how many pink lipsticks I found seeing as I wouldn’t consider myself to be a wearer of pink. So, to show them some love, I’ve chosen four of my favourite colours to show you…

 

  1. Crème Cup by MAC. A bestseller from MAC for a reason! A lovely light pink that will suit any occasion.
  1. Romantic by N07. A beautifully subtle colour to wear that gives your lips a perfect coverage.
  1. Vintage Pink by Rimmel. Such a pretty colour, this is perfect for like me, those with typical ‘English Rose’ colouring.
  1. Pink by Bobbi Brown. If you’re feeling brave this is a fantastic colour. Popping with vibrancy, and super moisturising, Bobbi’s lipstick is a winner for me!