Bargain beauty buys to use everyday*

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If you have read my blog for a while you know that I am not adverse to bargain beauty buys. I have a range of posts on budget beauty including this everyday eyeshadow look and this pound picks post.  Recently, I’ve fallen in love with some great products that really don’t cost the earth so thought I would share my bargain beauty buys I use everyday!

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(*AL) Collection Primed and Ready Illuminating and Reviving Eyeshadow Primer £3.99

It seems like there is a primer for everything these days and when I first bought this I was not expecting much, but I have to say this is honestly one of the best eyeshadow primers I have tried.

It’s a good consistency, not too thick and sticky and applies evenly over or under foundation. As it has a brightening effect, I sometimes do apply this underneath concealer as a base on my lids and don’t apply any eyeshadow and it really helps to brighten the eye area. If I apply shadow once it has set, it really helps to bring out the colour and helps the product blend.

For best results do not set with powder!

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Esqido Lashes and Companion Eyelash Glue*

Anyone who knows me will know that I love a good set of eyelashes. I was thrilled to be contacted and asked if I’d like to review a pair of the Esqido Lashes along with the Lash Companion Eyelash Glue.

Esqido were tired of the unnatural and uncomfortable lashes that were available on the market and decided to set out to create something better. Their lashes have been worn by many a famous names, including Rhianna and upon checking their website to choose my style, I was amazed at their extensive collection of lashes, view them all here.

I chose the style Starlet, which are a medium volume lash with more Volume towards the outer corner. Delivery was fast and I was amazed at the quality of the lashes when they first arrived.

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Upon receiving my lashes in the post, I was struck by the packaging in particular. These definitely feel like a little piece of luxury and are definitely a world away from the lashes you buy at the drugstore. The package contained a sleek, white, padded box which housed the lashes making them easy to store for future use.

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Beauty Bucket List – Part 1

So I thought for today’s post I’d try something a little bit different. Welcome to my Beauty Bucket list. There are 15 different things on my list and I’m going to split it up across a few months and reveal 5 things on my list in each post!

Have you ever thought “I’d love to try that” or “I wish I could apply that better”, that’s what this beauty bucket list is all about! It’s all the little things I wish I could do but just never get around to it. So here we go, the first part of my beauty bucket list counting down from 15:

15.  Master winged eyeliner

We’ve all seen the beauty gurus and makeup artists online who are so amazing at applying eyeliner they are just showing off. Why can’t mine be that easy, it literally takes me 5 minutes on each eye, I always have to have the wipes ready and the line never looks completely flawless. So I’m tired of just being able to apply a wing, I want to master it! I have a weird eye shape on the outer corner so i’d love to be able to find the right wing for my eye shape.  I’d love to venture into the world of gel liner too, which I only use on the lid if I want to do a dramatic smokey eye.

14. Try a fringe

Ok, so I have been growing my hair for years now and it is finally all the same length. I’d love to get a fringe cut in just to see what it is like. The problem is I am so scared to do it. What happens if I don’t like it

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Starting a new skincare routine with The Ordinary

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have no doubt heard about The Ordinary. A brand under the Deciem umbrella, that has quickly become a cult favourite for it’s amazing active skincare products at very affordable prices.

I’ve been wanting to revamp my skincare routine for a while, but had no idea where to start. I know that I have problematic skin. It’s extremely oily normally, I have redness, hyper pigmentation, blemishes and acne scarring. I have very acne prone skin and find that some of my regular skin care products can make this worse once spots appear. I also do not have much of a budget, so The Ordinary was an extremely affordable option for me.

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For someone who is so used to just cleansing, toning and moisturising with products from the drug store, I was well out of my comfort zone when I visited The Ordinary website. Although there is a small guide on there, I decided to research a little bit about the products and found some great advice on a post from Victoria Health amongst others.

One of the main things I was able to get my head around was the difference between AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) exfoliants and how these might benefit my skin. The biggest difference is that AHA’s work on the skin’s surface and that BHA’s work on the surface and in the pores.I was able to read the information and choose products which I thought would be best suited to my skin type and would help to improve the things I wanted to target.

I thought I would go through each of the products that I chose and then at the end I will share with you my new skin care routine. I will then update each month with how I think the new routine is going.

Direct Acids

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Party Season Makeup Tips – Get your glitter on!

Without a doubt, this is my all time favourite time of year. I just love the glitz and glamour of party season and it means I can wear glitter to my hearts content without having to justify myself. In the first post of my Party Season Makeup Tips, I’m going to be helping you to get your glitter on by sharing my favourite products to give you that extra sparkle! All are hopefully budget friendly, like nothing is over £10 so let’s get stuck in!

Collection – Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner

I’ve talked about this product before on the blog, but it is still an essential part of my makeup collection today! I love these Glam Grystals Gel Liner’s becuase they are so versatile and dry nicely without looking crusty on the eye. With them you can add glitter to your look by lining under your eyes or adding a full on cat eye and ditching traditional black liner. You can also use them on your lid for a more dramatic look, like in a cut crease look or just all over. They definitely are alot more subltle and easier to use than some other produtcs on the market. They are so precise so if you’re new to using glitter, then these are definitely for you! These are priced at just £2.99 each at Superdrug

Primark PS – Glitter Obsessed Palette

Ok, so this is definitely another one for you beginners. Beauty bloggers have raved about this and seemingly it is hard to find in Primary stores, but I’ve had mine for quite a while now and have seen it recently in my local store. The palette contains 28 different glitter creme shades that are soooo perfect for adding a bit of glam to any makeup look. There is every colour you could ever need in this palette, from golds and bronzes to blues and purples this palette will take you from party season to festival season so it is definitely worth investing in. I like to pat the creams onto the inner corner of my eye or all over a neutral smoky add to add some drama. Beware though, do not go CRAZY with application, these are creme formulas so if you apply too much it will crease up on the eye! For £4 can you really make an excuse not to try this?

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Plus Size Fashion and Beauty Black Friday Deals!

So, it’s that time of year again where we all go mental for a bargain before Christmas and with party season just around the corner, what better way to shop this black friday than for your favourite fashion and beauty essentials! All the deals I’m sharing are for either plus size fashion or beauty! Please not this post contains afilliate links, please check out my disclaimer for more info!

Black Friday Beauty Deals!

Tam Beauty – The home of Makeup Revolution amongst others has up to a massive 70% off across their site at the moment. This deal lasts until 27th November! Not only that but as a standard you get free delivery on all UK orders over £30! Shop here

Superdrug – If you’re in the market for some new makeup brushes,you can save up to HALF PRICE  on selected Real Techniques! It’s time to stock up on those Miracle Complexion Sponges I think!  This offer is running until the 02/12 so grab yourself a bargain by clicking here 

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Xtava Satin Wave 5 in 1 Curling Wand review and giveaway*

In terms of styling my hair, I probably use tongs more than anything else. In fact I live for curly hair and my old trusty Babyliss hair tong was coming to the end of its life. Buying a new one just was not an option for me at the moment, plus there are too many out there to choose from so I was really excited to be sent the Xtava Satin Wave 5 in 1 Curling Wand set to review and giveaway one set also to my readers!

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I was taken back by how well packaged this was! It felt so luxurious. Inside the box you get the curling tong with 5 different interchangeable wands/barrels, a travel case and a heat resistant glove. All items are in sleek black and my first thought was that this felt so high end and fabulous. My next thought was that itcould be used for SO many different styles! If you’re looking for a professional quality styling set for only £21.99 here (usually £45.99) then this is the one for you!

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SENSSE Go Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush Review!*

So, skincare is a really important part of my everyday routine. I have incredibly oily skin and that means that I am prone to acne and black heads. Sometimes, I have to change up my skincare routine in order to prevent breakouts, so I was really happy to be sent the SENSSE Go Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing brush to try! To be honest, I’ve wanted to try an electronic cleansing brush for a while and it came at the perfect time as I was going through a difficult breakout that I could not clear alone!

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The Sensse Go Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush retails on Amazon for £39.99, so it is perfect for those of us who are on a budget. When the package arrived, I was blown away, it is packaged so well, it feels sleek and sophisticated and I could not wait to get it open and give it a try!

Inside the box is the cleansing brush, two seperate brush heads, a brush head guard and a USB charger.  I was pleasently surprised and it quickly became easy to see why this product is a great choice for so many.

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It’s compact, meaning that it’s not only easy to store but easy to take with you anywhere. The brush head cover means that it won’t get dirty between uses or covered in anything else that might be in your luggage whilst you’re away. The USB charging option makes it easy to charge this brush anywhere, even though the generous battery life means it lasts for 180 uses!

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