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23 October 2014

Under £3 High Street Beauty Must-Haves! #4


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I'm back again with my budget finds... and yes, everything you see above is under £3! As always this just goes to show that you don't need to spend a small fortune for good quality products. Whether it's checking out the makeup section in Poundworld or snapping up half price products there are always bargains to be had - fact!

So here are my bargainous beauty must-haves this week...

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Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter
On Offer £1.23 (RRP still cheap at £2-ish) - Tesco in-store
Over the years I've gone through countless Vaseline tins but for the past year other lip balms have taken over and I forgot about the little silver tins of Vaseline. That is until they created a new retro look to the tins and I realised they did a Cocoa Butter scent. This is pretty damn yummy and a great lip balm to throw in your bag for cold autumn/winter days.

Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer
£1 each (RRP ££6.49) - Poundworld in-store
I think I've possibly been the slowest beauty blogger in trying these but at £6.50 each I just wasn't so sure I needed them. What was until I picked up one on offer in Tesco and then later discovered they're currently in Poundworld and proceeded to pretty much snapped up the entire range. At £1 it's a no-brainer and there are some great berry shades perfect for this time of year.

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Natural Collection Lipstick in Raspberry
£1.99 - Boots in-store
This was a lipstick that was flagged up to me by a post from Miss Budget Beauty and I'm very glad it was as Natural Collection is a brand I tend to walk past in Boots as the packaging is pretty bland and nothing ever jumps out at me. However Raspberry is actually a very nice lipstick that I've been wearing quite a lot of recently. The shade I'm sure will pretty much suit everyone, is fairly autumnal and comfortable on the lips. It's a thumbs up from me.

L'Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing & Taming Shampoo
£2.99 (half price on entire range RRP £6) - Tesco Direct here or in-store 
I try not to babble on about avoiding SLS's in shampoo for the fear of boring everyone but I really honestly believe it's the best switch you can do for your scalp and hair. I've tried countless SLS free ones now in an attempt to find a good foamer-upper (yup.. that is a word) and one that isn't moisture sapping and discovered my holy grail shampoo in the process! This wonderfully white creamy shampoo works wonders on dried out hair that needs, well nourishing and taming, and regardless of if you avoid sulphates or not it's a pretty damn good shampoo. Plus it smells like an Estee Lauder fragrance! Super cheap at the moment so worth giving a go if you haven't already.

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Herbal Essences Breakage Defender Intensive Mask
£1 (RRP £3.99) - Poundworld in-store  
I've been using the Herbal Essences hair masks for a long as I can remember (though I can't stand their chemical laden shampoos) as they do the job and only require a minute on the hair before washing off. So last week when I saw this on the shelves on Poundworld I was pretty pleased and stocked up on a few. I like all the different ones for different hair types but I especially like this as you can apply it from root to tip... great if you are prone to breakages near the roots and end up with a halo of frizz - like me! So far so good with this one... especially as it's rivalling my favourite 3 Minutes Conditioner from Aussie at the moment. The mask also comes with a fruity mango and coconut scent that is pretty delicious.

You can find my past under £3 bargains here

Fee xo.

22 October 2014

Fragrance Direct Haul - Autumn 2014


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Fragrance Direct & I have a relationship were I try my best to avoid the website as best I can... until I inevitably succumb. Which is exactly what happened last week and here is clearly the outcome.

But really it's not all bad as this pretty lot only set me back £20 with free delivery at the time. A savvy shopping spree I'd say. So as I'm pleased with everything I went for I thought I'd show you and be an huge enabler!

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HD Brows Powder Base Foundation
£3.99 (RRP £21.95) here
 I already adore my HD Brows palette so as soon as I spotted this foundation at only £3.99 I didn't hesitate to add it to my basket. I've yet to try it but from a quick swatch the powder feels very finely milled and looks light enough for my pale skin. Excited to try this out! Choice of 6 shades available from light to dark.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
£4.99 (RRP £8.99) here
Oops, another foundation seems to have found it's way into my online basket! Again not a needed purchase but I shockingly had never tried a Revlon foundation before and knowing this was quite a recent release made me go for it. Thankfully this has a touch more coverage than L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation and looks oh so natural on the skin. If you love light coverage foundations I'd highly recommend this. Choice of 9 shades.
 
Mudd Original Mask
£2.99 (RRP£4.99) here
After buying sachet after sachet of this face mask I decided I would finally get the pouch version which gives you 5 applications (I'm thinking I will be able to get more out of it than that). What I love about this mask is that it is amazingly deep cleansing; really sapping out all that excess oil out of the pores. Super cheap but super great for oily/blemish prone skin types. 

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Essie Nail Polishes
£2.49 each (RRP £7.99) here
Ahhh discounted Essie, how I love you so. Fragrance Direct are known for selling Essie nail polishes and offering a great selection of shades. I could have gone overboard here but I was restraint and opted to get two glitters that are just perfect for the upcoming festive season. Hors D'oeuvres is the most mesmerising shade and Peak of Chic is just screaming to be worn over white nail polish come December. So pleased with these two babies! Choice of 30+ shades, plus Essie Luxe Effects here for only £2.50.

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L'Oreal Colour Infallible Eyeshadows
£1.99 each (RRP £6.99) here
Metallic eyeshadows are my bag at the moment so at only £1.99 I couldn't resist this stunning gold eyeshadow. I will admit I only own one other L'Oreal eyeshadow which I don't really love but this shade and soft formula has me wanting to pick up more from the Colour Infallible range... though I don't know if I trust myself to place another order! Choice of 10 shades available. 

Revlon Photoready Cream Blusher
£3.99 (RRP £7.99) here
Last but not least quite a popular blusher in the beauty blogging world and now I can totally see why. This cream to powder finish blusher applies beautifully and looks perfectly natural on the cheeks also how stunning is the shade? One pet peeve though Revlon... please place your stickers on neater! 3 shades available.

Hope you've enjoyed this savvy haul!

Fee xo.

21 October 2014

Beauty Blogger Stereotypes - Which kind of blogger are you?


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Last week whilst on Twitter, scrolling through endless tweets, I realised all bloggers loosely fit into different stereotypes. I then thought of a few and they surprisingly came to me very easily... so I thought I'd be brave and share them with you! 

Of course you may not agree with any of these (though it's only a light hearted post anyway) but hopefully some will bring a smile to your face or a nod in agreement.


The Arms-Wide-Open Beauty Blogger 
Lets get the most negative one out of the way first! This is the blogger that accepts PR samples with open arms without much thought for what their readers wants to see/read about. Expect random reviews of home appliances to a trial of a £600 3-day juice cleanse, that they will of course state won't fit everyones budget *tumbleweed*. 

 The Wonder Woman Beauty Blogger 
This is blogger that literally makes you wonder how they do it! A single blog just isn't an option for this person so expect multiple blogs that are updated on regularly basis if not daily! Also you can expect to see this person to be a social media whizz, tweeting their way through the day. The Wonder Woman Blogger is something to be marvelled at... especially if you're a procrastinator like myself!

The Caring-is-Sharing Beauty Blogger 
Ahhh, the blogger that is nice to everyone and brightens your day by leaving you a nice comment reminding you how much they love your blog or simply RT'ing a tweet of your latest blog post. You may not be close to this blogger but you know they are there and always pleased with your success whatever it may be.

The Cool Beauty Blogger 
I feel this is a stereotype a lot of us can slip into from time to time. Think arty photos with that damn out of focus white foliage, over use of the words "Edit" and "Menu" (yup, I'm guilty) and of course blogging on the go with your MacBook in an artisan cafe whilst sipping your drink from a glass jar (optional stripped straw of course). 

The Oh So Serious Beauty Blogger 
Serious blogger is serious. This is a blogger that blogs full-time and makes sure you know about one way or another, because you know, their blog is their business. From TV appearances to merchandise and of course beauty brand takeovers on Twitter. This blogger works hard and keeps it serious... well as serious as you can be when talking about beauty products daily!

The Alternative Beauty Blogger 
All beauty blogger I'm sure are against animal testing but this is the beauty blogger that likes to mention that every product they review isn't tested on animals. They are seem to prefer loose pigments over pressed eyeshadows for some reason I have yet to figure out. But then will open your eyes to brands you wouldn't normally consider or come across! 

The Unicorn Princess Beauty Blogger 
This is the blogger that wishes they were still 9 years old and living in Disneyland. With soft filters and a tangle of fairy lights they show you the cutest products and tastiest of hot chocolates and you can't help but wish your life was as bright and fluffy.

So which stereotype would I be? Well in an ideal world I would be a Cool Unicorn Princess Beauty Blogger but I'm sadly far from that. Really I'd like to think I'm quite the caring is sharing kind of blogger! 

Let me know which type of beauty blogger you fit into if any at all. And please please note this isn't too serious of a post!

Fee xo.

20 October 2014

The High Street Autumn Makeup Edit


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With Autumn in full swing I feel it's the right time to share the products I have and will be reaching for in the next few months.
  
So without further ado as I know this post will be epically long as it is, here are my run down of products I recommend for both Autumn and Winter. All of which can be found on the high street and for the most part are budget friendly.

Come colder weather I opt for strong metallic eyes, which is thankfully on trend this year and medium coverage skin to hide any redness. As for lips I still opt for my go-to nudes, though I will be going a little darker this season to fit in with the 90's nude lip trend and of course vivid berry shades for then I'm feeling daring! As for cheeks, autumnal shades always grab me though again I do revert back to a flush of colour as it just looks so pretty against dewy skin. Below are product recommendations for these trends that I feel most people will get on with and hopefully love.

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EYES
As I mentioned above I'm already all about strong metallic eyes and thankfully the high street is awash is unique shades. However for low maintenance days a good neutral palette is required, as is a good eyeliner that stays put come wind or rain.

The Metallics
First up a true favourite with Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate (£4.99- Boots here); a beautiful burgundy with a soft gold shimmer running through it. This works great alone over the lids or as a base for a dark smokey eye and will not budge or crease all day - think MAC paint pots but a hell of a lot cheaper. Also this shade is just amazing against green or hazel eyes. Onto liquid eyeshadows now with Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paints (£4.99 - Feel Unique here or Boots/Superdrug) in my two favourite shades - Golden Bronze and Manganese Purple. Again perfectly long wearing for wet autumn days and super easy to apply. Both shades are very on point for this year's a/w metallic eyeshadow trend and just beautifully rich looking on the lids.

My One And Only Gel Liner 
So Benefit's They're Real Push-up Liner (£18.50 - Look Fantastic here or Boots) has had very mixed reviews and I will admit it can be temperamental/tricky to use but this is hands down the only gel liner I've been using for months now. The reason - well it literally stays put all day long... in fact I have a job removing it! Yes, it does annoyingly ball up on the end at times so you do need a tissue to hand but if you are like me and can't be doing with applying gel eyeliner with a brush every day then you will love this alternative. A must for blustery autumn days!

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BASE
When it comes to my base I'm usually all about a lighter than light finish but as colder weather can bring out the redness in my skin and also the sallow-ness I opt for a more medium coverage along with a nice liquid highlighter to give a subtle dewy finish. Also I've finally moved away from the blogger beloved Collection Lasting Finish Concealer for an even higher coverage finish to hide my pesky dark circles! 

It's About That Base
Yes I couldn't resist the title... I apologise. Amongst a few light to medium foundations in my collection the Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation (£7.99 - Boots here or Superdrug) is my new go-to for Autumn. With a good neutral shade, medium coverage and amazing staying power I really can't fault the foundation one bit. Then paired with Seventeen Phwoarr Paint under the eyes to banish dark circles my base is pretty much flawless. 

Perfect Highlights
But with a perfect base it can sometimes appear quite flat I feel, which is where Lush's Feeling Younger Skin Tint (£12.00 - Lush here) comes in - mixed with my foundation for an all over dewy finish or used as a liquid highlighter post foundation along the high points of the face this works wonders. Then to set everything L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder (£6.99 - Boots here) is a serious  multi-tasker giving a velvet look and feel to the skin, blurring out any left imperfections and of course mattifying the skin. Really a powder worth picking up (though I'd ditch the sponge in place of a good buffing brush).

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LIPS
Ahh lips! Come colder weather pinks are totally off the menu for me and out come a selection of juicy berry shades... plus of course a lot of nudes, because, well I do like to play safe most of the time! But before I even contemplate lipstick shades moisture is top of my agenda. Being prone to dry lips come even a hint of cold weather I arm myself with my essentials - Nivea Lip Butter for day-to-day use, Bepanthen (yes... the nappy cream) for emergency TLC to chapped/sore lips and Sara Happ's or Lush's Lip Scrub to exfoliate with before any kind of matte lip product.

The Berry Lip Colours 
When I think of berry lipsticks I instantly think of Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 107 (£4.45 - Amazon here or Boots/Superdrug)... which I ironically forgot to include in the photos for this post! But please do Google away and then proceed to buying it if you love a good berry shade - I really have yet to see it not suit someone! Then coming close second would be NYX Round Lipstick in Hero (£3.93 - eBay here), I raved about this last Autumn and the Autumn before that because it's the most comfortable and long lasting berry shade I own, plus the red/berry hue is just stunning. As for my new favourite for this year it has to be Rimmel Apocolips in Across The Universe (£6.49 - Boots here or in select Poundworld stores!) which is a beautiful red berry liquid lipstick, though best reserved for when not eating I find! Anyone else feel super self conscious they are looking like the joker after eating whilst sporting any liquid lipstick? 

Comfort Zone Lip Colour
 When wearing anything overly metallic on my eyes I like to opt for a good nude lip. With a plethora of nude shades I could have featured so many here but I decided to share with you my one and only favourite comfortable matte nude lipstick as I know they are few and far between with high street brands. Soap & Glory Super Fabulipstick Powder Coat in Super Nude (£9.00 - Boots in-store) is as it's named... think a good hydrating lipstick but with a powder coat over the top to give a perfect matte finish. This is a true gem in my collection. Other comfortable nude lipsticks for A/W include the Rimmel Moisture Renew range and anything from Kiko. For more darker nude shades check out my current top 5 here

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CHEEKS
Cheek colour is the easiest thing to switch up I feel and come Autumn every brand has a selection of skin warming tones. Again I like to opt for autumnal shades but then will find myself going back to what I know with a flush of pink, this year it's between Benefit Dandelion Blusher and NYC BB Cream Stick in Never Sleeping Pink; a total bargain and an amazing product. 

Cheek Colours of the Wind
Without a second thought my annual autumn blush palette have to be Sleek's amazing Blush by 3 compact in Sugar (£9.99 - Amazon here or select Superdrug stores). This just screams Autumn to me with it's beautiful trio of warm colours, so much so I can't pick a favourite shade. Shades in this palette include (from left to right) - Turbinado, Muscovado and Demerara. A sweet treat I would recommend to anyone with pale to medium toned skin. 

Working that Contour
Contouring features in my routine all year round but come Autumn as my skin in looking paler I like to tone it down with a more ashy toned bronzer. My favourite for this is Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£23.50 - Feel Unique here) which I apply with the provided brush and then buff it in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. As of yet I haven't found any other cooler toned bronzers but if you know of any I'd love if you could let me know in the comments below.

Hope you've enjoyed this mammoth post! 

Let me know what type of products you love to use in Autumn.

Fee xo.

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