10 Best Beauty Buys Under £10

There’s no such feeling like purchasing a product that didn’t break the bank and it turning out to be one of the best things you’ve ever bought.  We automatically think that if it’s more expensive then it must be good, but what about all those cheap and cheerful products you pick up from your local Boots or Superdrug?  They are amazing for the price!  Don’t get me wrong, some items are just not up to scratch and I have found that out the hard way!  However, some products are the best I have tried and from eyeshadow to lipstick to foundation these beauties are all under £10!

Make Up Revolution Foundation Stick, £5

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If you have been lucky enough to get your hands on this foundation then you will  know how outstanding it is for only £5!  After Make Up Revolution broke the internet with their concealer which was named as a dupe for Tarte’s Shape Tape it was no wonder that they produced such a high class foundation for an amazing price.

With 18 shades you should quite easily be able to find your perfect colour.  Creating a dewy finish your skin is sure to look healthy and glowing all day long.  I love a full coverage foundation but also love a glowing finish and it can be hard to get a foundation that offers you both, but this one does!  I have several shades as I use a darker one for contouring (when I can be bothered) and sometimes would use a lighter one for highlighting also.  They are so creamy it makes putting on your foundation so easy and they blend like an absolute dream no matter how you apply it, be it your fingers, sponge or brush.

Rimmel Stay Matte Finishing Powder, £3.99

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If you know me at all or have been following my blog for awhile now then you will know how much I love and use this powder.  It sounds ridiculous but cheaper powders tend to feel more powdery.  Duh, right?  But this Rimmel powder still manages to leave the skin feeling silky without feeling clogged with too much product.  It always stays in my handbag for little emergency touch ups and with up to 5 hours wear it has me good to go for the rest of my day.

Bourjois Bronzer Maxi Range Delight Bronzer, £8.99

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I love a big old bronzer.  Bronzers seem to be getting more and more compact these days, almost morphing into contour pans but this Bourjois bronzer is a fab size which not only will it last a long time but your brush won’t get ruined swiveling around a small pan.  It’s definitely a warmer colour which suits for a more tanned look making it one of my go tos for Summer!

Sleek Solstice Palette, £9.99

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I know, I know.  This must be the third or even the fourth time that this palette has featured in my blog but it is that good.  Aside from the fact that you can get 4 highlighters in this palette for less than £10, the product itself is amazing.  With a variation of textures there is something in this palette for everyone, from the two baked powders to the silky shimmer powder you’ll be sure to be extra highlighted.  You really need the tiniest amount or else you will end up like a moon beam.

The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit, £10

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Back in the day when I used to work in The Body Shop this was my ultimate favourite brow product and to this day still is!  It has a powder and two powders which are great for creating extra dimension to the brow, perfect for when you want your brow to be a little softer.  It comes with a firm double ended brush allowing for precise application and they also sell a brow gel at £10 which is great as well!  A must have for brow upkeep and a bargain too.

Rimmel Lipstick, £5.49

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I am a longtime fan of Rimmel’s lipsticks so it’s no surprise that these appear on my list.  Extremely moisturising with a vast range of colours you are sure to find something that suits.  The Kate Moss Shade 3 is one of my favourite lipsticks ever, and as you can see from my What’s in my make up bag? post it’s never too far from me.

Make Up Geek Eyeshadow, £4.95

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Available from Beauty Bay these eyeshadows are sure to make a hell of a difference to your makeup bag.  With an outstanding array of colours it’s easy to pick exactly what you want.  From beautiful warm colours like Peach Smoothie and Chickadee to the nicest brown shade I have ever seen, Cocoa Bear.  Typically with cheaper eyeshadows it can be a struggle to blend them out but Make Up Geek have their formula nailed and they blend like a dream. With just a few shades you can create a fabulous look!

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner, £5.99

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Eye love this liner.  Sorry not sorry for the pun.  This liner is a brilliant addition to my makeup bag and is up there with one of my new favourites.  The tip always holds pigment and therefore never dries out and creates even lines on even the shakiest of eyelids.  This pen is great if you are looking to be a little more creative with your lines and it creates such sharp lines, perfect for editorial.

Make Up Revolution Blush Palettes, £4

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Yes, yes you did read that right – £4.  Hot Spice is my palette of choice and I was shocked at how pigmented they were.  The fact that there’s 8 shades in the palette for £4 was what made me think they would be terrible.  Honestly, no they are amazing.  I’ll be honest I throw my brush through all the shades and hope for the best because they are all fairly similar.  There is a selection of mattes and shimmers perfect for all occasions.

Nyx Dewy Long Lasting Setting Spray, £7 

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I don’t know how much I believe in setting sprays but once this is sprayed over my makeup I feel instantly energised and cooled down.  It can be a stressful ordeal applying makeup, especially when you are in a rush and I love the little spray at the end to finish it all off.  Available in Dewy Finish and Matte Finish there’s something for everyone.

Updating your makeup bag doesn’t always have to break the bank and hopefully you have seen something on this list that you would love to try or have already.  Let me know your thoughts on these best beauty buys for under £10!

 

Beauty Must Haves

Whether you are a barely there make up wearer or a Drag Queen there are a few styles of products that everyone must have in their make up bag.

My make up bag changes with whatever beauty counter has had a free gift on, so every month I have a new multi coloured bag to pull all of my unnecessary lipsticks out of.  Obviously, I am more of a self confessed beauty lover and may have more than many when it comes to make up.  Even so, I still have my ‘Desert Island’ products that I would never be without.  This isn’t so much a ‘these are the exact products you must have’ post, more of a ‘you need something like this’ post.

Let’s get started…

  1. Primer.  I am sorry, but I couldn’t bare to touch my face without having at least something separating my skincare from my makeup.  You wouldn’t put a coat of Dulux on without priming your wall first, so treat your face with the same respect! I have an ever growing collection of primers however, so long if you have one in your makeup bag, then you’ll have amazing long lasting make up all day long!  A few old faves of mine range from the Nyx Born To Glow Illuminating Primer to Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer.  I use these two religiously considering I have extremely dry skin and love a drop of radiance.  If you are more oily can I suggest Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer or Nars Pore & Shine Control Primer as I have used both on clients with oily skin and the feedback has been excellent. Happy priming!unnamed
  2. Liner. I don’t care whether it’s a pencil, liquid, gel, powder or cream based product you owe it to yourself and to your eyes to purchase a perfect liner.  I personally am a fan of liquid and gel, I own very few pencils.  The pencils I do have are for enhancing eyeshadow looks however, for that perfect feline cat eye you have to have a fabby liner to help you along the way.  I have gathered a disgusting collection in my time so far as a makeup artist.  I can’t stray from Mac Blacktrack Gel Liner as I have tried them all on the market and this is the only one that takes the cake, guys.  Liquid liner on the other hand, I have a few favourites for different reasons.  My advice is pick the style that’s easiest for you to use and then perfect it! My tried and tested liquid liners are Maybelline Master Ink Matte Liquid for those  that perfer a pot, Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick or Kat Von D Tattoo Liner for those that prefer a pen style.yup
  3. Red Lipstick. Yes, you.  There will come a time in every woman’s life where she will all of a sudden need to go from day to night and god forbid all you have is a bunch of rolled up tissues and an empty bottle of Diet Coke in your handbag.  You will praise the day your read this article and you went and purchased an emergency red for such an occasion.  I always have a red lipstick in the zippy part of my  handbag, even in bags I am not using that day!  I have a red stashed in every handbag just incase the need for it arises.  I like to have a variety of my reds in different levels of intensity as I don’t always want to look like an emoji.  For those of you lip-cheek-stain-1051883-003redpomegranate-1-640x640who are shaking thinking about a red lipstick, why don’t you invest in a stain like The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain in ‘Red Pomegranate.’  Not only is this product the tits, it’s  multi functional and a bargain at £8.  It gives you that ‘your lips but better’ effect without going full of Marilyn Monroe.

For those who like a middle of the road, Goldilocks perfect style of red I can all but suggest Charlotte Tilbury again with her Hot Lips range in the shade ‘Tell Laura.‘  This is a gloriously fabby, orangey red which is seriously flattering against most skin tones.  If something a little less bright is your bag Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in ‘Envious’ is a universally loved shade.  It gives just enough coverage on the lips without going overboard.

Myself on the other hand, when I wear a red my GOD I wear a red!  As if you can’t tell that already from my profile picture… which by the way is Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid unnamed (4)Lipstick in ‘Fire Starter.’  I am usually a Mac loving Ruby Woo, So Chaud wearing big red lip wannabe superstar.  If you are looking one red lipstick to rule them all make it Ruby Woo, Mac.  Countless times it tops the charts as the best red in the beauty world.  If it were a singer it would be Ed Sheeran.

 

4. Spoolie brush.  You have just got to trust me on this.  When I used to talk about a Spoolie Brush pre-Cara Delevigne I would get laughed out of the place.  Well, how you like me now?!  A bigger bushier brow is the first thing my clients draw  my attention to (as if I didn’t see…) is their brows.  ‘Oh, forgive my brows I am getting them done next week’ or ‘I know, there’s hardly anything there I shaved them when I was 5.’ All I can say is, brush those hairs into place and it’ll be  like your face has changed in an instant.  The best thing about this post is that if you dont’ want to spend money on a brush you can buy a pack of disposable mascara wands and they will do the exact same thing!  I do however float between Make Up For Ever Double Ended Brow and Eyelash Brush and Mac 204 Lash Brush. If you currently skip this step, please I am begging you – even if you have 3 hairs, do it! The difference is crazy.

5.  Bronzer.  Ah duh, who doesn’t love to transform themselves into a gorgeously, glowing glamazon who looks like they have lived in Dubai for the last decade?  I know I do.  Not much I can say for bronzer, to me bronzer is kind of like pizza in that even a bad one, is still a good one and you can make do with it.  I like having small compact ones that I can take around with me, preferably one with a mirror (vain much?).  Bronzer is great on the eyes too so don’t forget how multi functional this product is too!  My current favourites are Mac Give Me Sun, Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion 20M and Chanel Soleil de Tan for those cream/gel bronzer lovers.  Nyx’s Make Up Matte Bronzer is a great alternative for those on a budget (or for those prone to smashing bronzers… guilty).unnamed (1)

6. Setting Spray. Yes, this may be extremely unnecessary for some and I thought so too until a few years ago, a lovely girl at Urban Decay talked me into getting a setting spray.  I owe her.  A lot.  Setting spray changed my whole makeup game… not only does it feel refreshing AF, but sprays genuinely help the longevity of your makeup.  WHY wouldn’t you want that?  Again, I used an extreme variety of setting sprays however, that’s now mainly down to the fact I am enjoying collecting them.  I like to look at them all on my shelf.  It’s very satisfying getting to the end of a makeup application and dusting a decent bit of spray over your face to help lock in all that effort.

I use setting sprays to dampen my beauty blenders before application and my brushes before I use certain eyeshadows.  Obviously, I can use good old H2O for that but why would I when I have an array of sprays?

First up, I love the Mac Fix Plus however, as setting sprays go it doesn’t set much?  To me it just adds a little hydration and takes away that powdery cakey look from foundation.  Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is always a firm favourite and the first spray I ever bought (thank you lady).  Make Up For Ever

unnamed (2)once again getting a mention for their Mist & Fix Setting Spray, a spray that both sets and hydrates – DING DING DING – Winner! Basically every counter and brand have a setting spray on the market so my advice is pick a brand you love and try out theirs.  Your skin will thank you.

 

 

 

Now, that’s quite enough from me.  This post is now longer than the majority of essays I have written for school but with a far nicer content!  Please comment and let me know what your must have products are because I will more than likely head out and buy the damn thing!

Also, let me know if you end up with anything I mentioned and tell me how you get on, I would love to hear.

Thanks,
Ciao Bellas xo

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Skinkissed La Meor Vitamin C Serum Review

Hello friends,

I know, I know… it’s a long title.  I am very excited to bring you this post as for once, I have researched something and actual given a product a fair chance for me to see a difference.  Normally I post about fall-in-love-immediately products like lipsticks or chocolate.  This time, I am bringing you my thoughts on a serum I came across and I am so glad I did.

I have seen this serum floating around on the odd YouTube video and Instagram page so naturally, I had to try it.  I have for a long time been used to my skincare range and haven’t dared move away from it.  I am pleased I sucked it up and tried this serum but it seems to have been the missing ingredient that has made everything else work together.  When it goes on, I feel like I can conquer the world.

 

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Firstly, some background on my skin.  I am relatively lucky with my skin however, we are all our own worst enemy so of course i’ll pick up on every little aspect of my face that I would love to change.  Normally I have a nose like Rudolph, small broken veins around it constantly making it red.  I have quite uneven texture on my skin around my jawline, small bumps and my skin would range from normal to dry.  Don’t get me wrong I get the odd demon spot every month, who doesn’t?

This Vitamin C serum has quickly become my holy grail product because the difference that it has made to me is sensational.  My redness, although still there is bearable and I actually am just back from Tesco after leaving with no makeup on.  That. Never. Happens.  I always feel the need to wear makeup, especially in the industry I work in.  This serum is the  only thing I have changed in my regime in the last 2 months so I know that it’s definitely this that is making the change.  It’s actually become a go to for ridiculous things, like I burnt my hand on the oven the other day and I put a little serum on it and it calmed right down.  I’m like the Dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and his bloody spray.

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Plumps and hydrates dry/dull skin

Reduces wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes

Leaves skin soft and fresh

The perfect base for your makeup

Leaves skin looking youthful and glowing

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Main active ingredients are Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen.  Each one of these ingredients carry powerful benefits which are designed to help you achieve healthy and natural looking skin – SIGN ME UP, AM I RIGHT?

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Lipstick Lover

Namaste people,

As any of my whole 12 or so followers might know I am partially (completely) addicted to lipstick.  Yes, makeup is my profession and I am around it constantly however, I am genuinely weirdly in love with lipsticks.  It doesn’t matter what type of lippy – matte, satin, cream, matte liquid, frosted, lip stain, gloss – ANYTHING.  Even a damn balm – LOVE.

Sometimes I will legit zone out of conversations thinking about things like ‘oh God, her lipstick is nice… should I ask her what it is? I can’t be rude and not listen to her.  Oh wait, I’m not listening to her.’

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My friends great me with ‘Hey, how are you? My lipstick, before you ask is Mac Creme d’Nude.’  I actually once sat on Face Time to my friend Jenna and made her count my lipsticks with me… I think she liked me a little less after that conversation.  My collection has grown considerably since that video call as it would take hours to go through them all now.  I blame my clients (jk. i love you and you feed my makeup habit.) everytime I book someone in for a Bridal trial I think I suggest a new lipstick that I don’t have yet just so I can go and buy it.  I know, I have a problem.

I stand in work for example and I mean, I work there are so am fairly familiar with every lipstick on my counter.  I still end up swatching the same 20 lipsticks halfway up my arm that I swatched a few days earlier.  I stand and look at them, shake my hand under a light to see how they glisten.  My hand is always so dirty looking – I can’t help it.  At least it’s dirty with pretty colours.

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I don’t know why I love it so much I mean there’s so many articles of makeup that I absolutely love but lipstick always takes the cake.  Lipstick completes every look!  When I’m doing makeups I know it looks good but there’s always something missing and it’s until the lipsticks goes on that it really looks good.  If you scroll through my camera roll on my phone, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are around 500 screenshots of lipsticks that I have seen on Instagram, Pinterest, etc and am waiting to buy.  My lipstick shopping list is more in depth than my actual grocery shopping list.

I’m now away to sit in my little beauty room and rearrange them all into my new beautiful acrylic containers.

I know right, typical female who loves makeup… it’s groundbreaking.  I’m expecting a call any day now about my book release from a publisher.

I once queued outside Debenhams (before I worked there) for a Limited Edition MAC Lipstick…

I Require A Dress

Hi readers,
So for me, one of the best parts of my week is waiting for the order to arrive that I ‘accidentally’ placed at some point during the week.  I have a little bit of an obsession with shopping if you see some of my other posts or know me personally.
‘Oh, Joel I didn’t mean to add my entire wish list to my basket. Oh well… may as well wait until it arrives.’
There is something borderline orgasmic about opening a package from somewhere like Missguided or ASOS and bursting through that cellophane to feel the fabric lying within. Feeling it to see if it’s how I imagined it would be when I fell in love with it through my phone screen.

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The sad part is that more often that not – the items are disgusting. Like actually U.G.L.Y.  It’s a different kind of stress when you don’t need the clothing or are just buying things willy nilly but, I have a rugby dinner ball to go to this Saturday and I have actually nothing to wear.  I know in my last post I talked about going shopping in charity shops and not wasting money on things I don’t need but – EXCUSE ME I NEED A DRESS.  I ordered what looked like a beautiful mint green dress from ASOS and I was so confident about it.  When it arrived and I ripped apart that cellophane, my soul fell through the floor.  Never in my 26 years of life have I never had a more horrendous item of clothing come across my door.  Even those God awful satin pink trousers my mother used to force me to wear were better.  Ugh.  I wonder if I could fit into them…

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So I’m in dire straights,  I have no idea what I am looking for and at this point I will wear ANYTHING.  I have no time off before the ball so I am relying on shopping online.  I am currently browsing websites looking for something fabulous to pop out – like, what is it that’s so hard about online shopping when you need something and so easy when you don’t?

It’s not like I am refusing to wear dresses that I already have it’s just that I have found that I really like eating, anyone else this way?  I can’t fit into the dresses I have as I’m a little rounder than I was when I got the others.  I broke my ankle a year ago and i’ve gotten so lazy from that having to sit down all the time.

I know, I know… First world problems.  Anyway, if any of you see a dress send me it ok thanks.

Au Revoir,

Amy xo

@cosmeticsjunkiee

Bargain Bin Baby

I don’t mean the title of this to sound as homelessly charming as it does however, I am a bit of a self confessed dumpster diver.  One of my favourite things to do is take a trip down little streets and hit the local charity shops and retro vintage stores.  When I say I hit them , I really don’t mean it in the ‘Look at me, I’m alternative and my scarf was 80p from Oxfam’ – I genuinely spend my entire paycheck on makeup as it’s my number one passion and if someone on YouTube tells me I need something, I’m after it (Here’s looking at you Jamie Genevieve…)

I’m not some rich bitch who is looking for a kitsch little purse to match her Vivienne Westwood  pumps.  I have the odd night out and in an attempt to a. look nice and b. wear something that isn’t black my first thought would be to look through the charity shops first.  There’s something thrilling about finding a little gem hidden in the rack among the moth ball infested coats that look like your Great Aunt might wear.  Would it not be the worst thing to go into your favourite high street shop and panic buy a top that you only really half like and that costs you 6 hours worth of work?  To then casually drop by somewhere like Oxfam and find a little beauty for £2.  Not only have you saved yourself around £48 but you’ll have contributed to charity AND not even feel as bad if you only wear it once.

Now, I don’t shop exclusively in charity shops.  I shop in Topshop and River Island and online with retailers like Missguided, etc but I LOVE going into charity shops too.  I think it’s great to find a balance between them.  I like to get my statement pieces, like my jeans and things I wear all the time brand new but I can’t help but want a cheeky little bargain from the charity shops.  One of my all time favourite cardigans I got in St Vincent de Paul in Newcastle, Co. Down about 6 years ago and I snuggle into every now and then – it’s so comforting.  There is something thrilling about the fact that someone else’s trash is my treasure.  There’s an ornament chilling on my shelf that cost me £1.50 and I LOVE it.

Anyway, I didnt really have a point – just that I love bargain hunting and in fact I’ve talked about it that much now that I’m going to have to go to Red Cross Vintage for a nosy.  Last time I bought a bag that had a little sachet of glitter hidden inside – it was magical.  That was a good day.

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Ciao Bellas,

Amy x

@cosmeticsjunkiee