In the seven years that I've been blogging on Makeup Savvy a lot has changed. I've seen something that was pretty humble turn into something that represents a new kind of media which is much more glossy and dare I say it, staged. However, in this time I've found joy in reading blogs that although are aesthetically evolving with the times (i.e more professional photography and blog designs) ultimately stay true to their roots providing honest, genuine content.
Today I fancied changing it up a bit and talking cheap stationery supplies!
I may keep it quiet with all my makeup talk but I'm a total stationery addict. Actually, I take that back... I'm just a pretty notebook hoarder. I literally can't help myself! So today I thought I'd share my favourite places to shop for cheap but stylish stationery.
Apologies in advance if this makes your bank balance a little lighter!
Rewind two years and you would have struggled to have found a single sheet mask in-store, anywhere (I'm talking UK here, FYI). They just didn't exist. Granted they were on many a celebrity face via Instagram and constantly talked about on Korean beauty blogs but here, we had zilch!
Thankfully we are all caught up now with some of the major players in the skincare world offering high-end options, to ASOS stocking 15 different sheet masks and Garnier releasing a budget option at only £1.
Somehow I've got into a flow of buying and reviewing unique makeup brush sets from eBay! I'm definitely not complaining and my makeup brush collection is looking fabulous if I do say so myself, with some of the prettiest brushes I've seen. I also believe it's making getting ready even more fun!
As you can see I have the most amazing wizard wand brush set to share with you today and at the cheap price of £8.45 with free shipping!
Call it minimalism, call it 'on trend', or just a Spring clean, either way decluttering has become a bit of a hobby of mine recently. I've tackled my wardrobe, purged at least a quarter of my beloved candle collection (a big deal for me) and now I'm onto a complete makeup overhaul come declutter.
But it's a tough one... because I truly love makeup! However comparing my makeup process on holiday, with a quarter of my collection (if not less) to my standard hour-long application in front of my hoards of makeup, I know I much prefer the quicker simplistic approach. And to be honest, I think most people do, however much you love makeup, fashion or even candles. Choice equally decisions and decisions equal confusion and time.
I vividly remember the day I uttered the words "Do you think my anxiety could turn into Schizophrenia?". I remember where I was, even the weather, and exactly how I was feeling. Utterly trapped. I guess that's when I knew I had to do something about the state of my mental health.
That was 3 days after my first experience with Dissociation/Derealisation (explanation here) and nearly 7 years ago now, which seems an eternity ago yet like only yesterday. It was the most hellish 3 hours of my life and I could only describe as feeling totally disconnected/detached from my body. I remember not recognising myself in the bathroom mirror, and at that stage of drunk where you don't want to be drunk anymore. The problem: I wasn't drunk. I'd woken up suddenly in the early hours of the morning with a total unknown self of being and thoughts of 'What if this is it? What if I'm actually going mad?'. But I wasn't going 'mad'. Dissociation, although extremely unsettling can happen to anyone, especially those suffering from anxiety or extreme stress and thankfully doesn't last long. It's now something I wish I'd been aware of and believe it needs to be talked about much more. But that's a whole other blog post!
That's when I decided to do the 'right' thing; I took myself off to the doctors. Actually no, it took me months and numerous attempts. Even then I remember my sweaty palms and increasing heart rate as I sat in the waiting room wondering if I should just forget it and buy a book on mindfulness from Amazon instead. Another side note: There's probably going to be a lot of side notes! I joke. Actual side note: This isn't a story about how I cured my mental health problems with medication and therapy through the NHS (although that is an option and a good one for many) but a journey of discovery & kindness.
As a pale skin person (I was going to put 'beauty', but ya know) I'm on a constant hunt for beauty products that match my skin tone. That's of course foundation and concealer, but also all other products as even standard tones can appear too pigmented against my fair complexion.
Of course, I'm not alone in this search, I'm sure dark complexions on the other side of the spectrum find it even more difficult. But at least brands finally are acknowledging this fact and broadening colour ranges.
While the beauty industry is playing catch-up I still need to seek out them gem products, the ones that come to life against my pale skin rather than constant it in a harsh unflattering way or just turn me into an oompa lumpa. If you are a fellow ghost or have fairly pale skin then the below products may very well be for you! These are the products that stand out in my vast makeup collection as suiting my pale skin exceptionally well and I love them dearly for it.
Lacura Beauty Concealer Pen in 100 Cashmere
£3.29 Aldi in-store
First up, one of my favourite under eye concealer (it rivals my Nars one!) to conceal dark circles and the wonderful blue veins that show due to having such pale skin, can you tell I'm being sarcastic? This truly is a miracle product and is often compared to YSL Touche Eclat, which I do own, and would actually say it trumps! What Touch Eclat lacks in coverage this makes up for, while still remaining light feeling and non-cakey. But as this blog post is all about tone, let me tell you that this is one of the lightest shades of concealer I've come across and will suit all pale girls perfectly. Oh, and it can also be used as an eyeshadow base! I'm currently on the look out for back-ups of this and I'm not done using it but cannot be without it now. Worth a trip to Aldi or picking up from eBay here for the lower price of £2.95!
The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder in Light Matte
£14 The Body Shop HERE
If you have pale skin you will know the struggles of finding a pale enough bronzer! I spent years wasting my money on 'universal' toned bronzer that would just look dirty or too orange in contrast to my pale skin. But thankfully over time shade ranges have expanded somewhat and it is possible to find lighter toned bronzer - whoop! One of my lower priced light bronzers in my collection is this gem from The Body Shop. As you may be able to tell this is a fairly neutral toned bronzer, making it perfect for ultra pale skin that can't work with warm toned bronzers. Perfect for dusting over the face in summer or contouring with as it is buildable without looking powdery. I also love that it's matte as it then can appear natural on the skin and even be used as a sneaky transitional light brown eyeshadow shade. I really couldn't be without this bronzer now.
NYX Wonder Pencil in Light
£4.50 ASOS HERE
When putting this post together I was hesitant to include this product as it's a fairly recent buy. But when you know, you just know. And I know! So even after just a week in my mitts I know it will be a staple item in my collection! I bought this on recommendation from fellow pale girl, Lily of Pint Sized Beauty, you can read her lovely review of the pencil here, but also had been on my to-buy list for months. As the name states this is a wonder pencil... and what is a wonder pencil? A pencil that does everything! It's almost a hybrid concealer/lip liner.... concealer in coverage, lip liner in formula. It can be used as a precise concealer on blemishes, to enhance the cupid' bow and as a lip liner (of course blended out a bit), to define the brows and on the bottom waterline of the eyes for that wide-awake effect. I'm also certain it could be used all over the eyelids as a base for eyeshadow, but I've yet to try it out. Before buying the Wonder Pencil my two concerns were that it wouldn't be creamy enough or pale enough, but I didn't need to worry... it's just spot on! It's certainly a light enough shade (also with good coverage) and as creamy a kohl pencil. This needs to be in every pale girls makeup bag basically!
Iconic London Illuminator in Shine
£29.99 Iconic London HERE (10% off for new customers)
Now I wouldn't say there's difficulty in finding highlighters to suit fair skin, the high street is awash with them right now, but I will say that a select few come to life on pale skin - which is what you want! For me, this was theBalm Mary Lou Manizer and Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma eyeshadow which I would use as a highlight. But then the Iconic London Illuminator in the newest and lightest shade came into my life and changed all of that! It may seem dramatic to state but this is a thing of beauty and something you will marvel at on application. I mean it looks like liquid metal and gives the brighter highlight I've ever come across! As for the price, I really think it is justified.... mainly because it is so special and the wonderful formula cannot be faulted but also because a single dot/drop is required per application and you get an incredible 13.5ml, which I'd imagine to last an extremely long time. Love, love, love!
theBalm FratBoy Blush
£16.75 Feel Unique HERE
Lastly, I wanted to include my most favourite long-standing blusher. Again, light toned blushes are widely available, it's only a matter of looking, but there's a few light rose pink shades that are beyond flattering against pale skin. One of them being theBalm FratBoy, an ultra natural rosy pink matte blusher. Against pale skin this never looks too strong or pigment, just flattering and brightening, which makes it my go-to blusher in Spring/Summer. If you are looking for a blusher to fall in love with and have as a staple shade that will suit all makeup looks then this is one to snap up.
Through selecting these products I've realised that shades that perfectly suit your skin tone are rare! So hopefully I've been able to point you in the right direct to some of the best beauty products for pale skin.