Friday, 13 October 2017

Makeup Bag For A Weekend Away

Last weekend I went to stay at the beautiful, Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno. Here's a peek inside the makeup bag I took with me for a pampering evening and a day out at the seaside.

Friday, 6 October 2017

First Impressions: Revlon Youth FX Collection

Revlon recently sent me these new YouthFX products to try out, which will apparently "fill, blur and transform" my skin. I am always interested to try new drugstore base makeup and am intrigued by the "age corrective technology" associated with this particular range.

Friday, 29 September 2017

September's Drugstore Empties 2017

The month of September seems to have flown by quickly, and I have used up all these lovely, affordable products.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Instagram Made Me Buy It!

Instagram has long been my favourite place to discover beautiful, new makeup products. In this post I'm going to share some drugstore items which I bought myself after being tempted by Instagram photos and reviews. Were they worth the hype? Did the products live up to the promises of their glamorous packaging? Let's find out...

Friday, 15 September 2017

My Soap & Glory Makeup Collection

Soap & Glory products are priced at the higher end of drugstore cosmetics, and a lot of people ask me whether or not they are worth trying out. I bought all of these items myself from Boots and really enjoy using them. Soap & Glory do not test their formulations on animals.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Disappointing Drugstore Products #2

This kind of post is such fun to put together, but of course I realise that we all have different skin types, different likes and different expectations from products. So please don't take offence if I mention any of your favourites here: to quote one of my favourite CBeebies shows, "different is good".

Friday, 1 September 2017

Review: Barry M Colour Change Lip Paint

Barry M Colour Change Lip Paints are available at Boots for £4.99. I have the shade Neptune: a blue lipstick which turns a bright purple shade on the lips. Also available are the shades Unicorn (yellow to pink) and Genie (green to pink).

Friday, 25 August 2017

August Drugstore Empties

August has been a month of holidays, fun and relaxation, and I have used up all these lovely products. I bought them all myself, with none of them costing more than £3.50.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Love Me Beauty Subscription August 2017: Kat Von D & Buxom Cosmetics

Love Me Beauty is a UK monthly beauty bag subscription service which offers you a choice of products to receive from a selection of beauty, skincare and haircare items for £10 per month. You can choose to pay every 1 month, 3 months or 6 months on their website, and use the code highstreetbeauty20 to receive 20% off your first bag.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Review: Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colours

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colours cost around £7.99 and are available in eleven shades, ranging from a very soft pink to deep purples and reds. I was kindly sent two shades by Revlon to review.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Review: Avon Planet Spa and NutraEffects Skincare

I bought these affordable Avon products myself in a recent sale as I love trying out new moisturisers on my dry skin.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Drugstore Empties July 2017

I used up a lot of lovely drugstore beauty products this month, all of which I bought myself with nothing here costing more than £12.

Friday, 21 July 2017

5 Top Picks: Drugstore Peach Blush

Peachy blush shades are my favourites for the Summer. All of these are drugstore powder blushes, ranging in price from £1.99 to £10.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Kiko Sale Haul

I don't have a Kiko store near me, but always keep an eye on their website for new products and offers. I recently took advantage of their Summer sale and purchased these lovely items, each of them costing less than £8.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Love Me Beauty UK Subscription Service July 2017

This month, Love Me Beauty kindly sent me some items from their July Vacation Vibes selection which comes in this beautifully designed bag.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Drugstore Makeup Review: Collection Cosmetics

I bought this selection of Collection products myself and have tried them out for over three months. Collection is a cruelty-free brand available in supermarkets and drugstores with most items priced at under £5. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Drugstore Empties June 2017

The products I used up this month cost between 70 pence and £10 each and include some great bargains.

Wilko Cotton Pads: 70p for 100 pads
These are really soft, useful cotton pads with one soft side and one textured side. Great value for money and very gentle to use.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Review: ASOS Exclusive Nyx Cheek and Lip Duo Set

I recently treated myself to this exclusive-to-Asos Nyx set which cost £10. It is a Cheek Contour Duo Palette in the shade Cheek On Cheek and a Butter Gloss in the shade Sunday Mimosa. Both the shades look perfect for my fair skin and the contour powders are described as sheer and natural-looking which is my preference.

Friday, 16 June 2017

I went shopping at Wilko!

I recently treated myself to these great value Wilko goodies. I found some gorgeous items, particularly the Essence Rainbow Highlighter which I had been looking out for, and my whole basket totalled only £7.50.

Essence Shine and Sheer lipstick: £2
This beautiful lipstick is really a tinted lip balm: extremely moisturising and comfortable to wear, with a glossy hint of colour.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Love Me Beauty Subscription Service June 2017 #HelloSummer Edit

Love Me Beauty is a UK monthly beauty bag subscription service which offers you a choice of products to receive from a selection of beauty, skincare and haircare items for £10 per month. You can choose to pay every 1 month, 3 months or 6 months on their website, and use the code highstreetbeauty20 to receive 20% off your first month.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Review: Garnier Skinactive Honey Flower Range

I bought these Garnier SkinActive products myself and have been using them for over a month. This range contains 96% ingredients of natural origin with no parabens, silicones or artificial colourants. The products are all enriched with honey flower and designed for use on dry to very dry skin.

Nourishing Botanical Cleansing Milk £3.49
This cleanser dissolves makeup very gently and easily which means you do not need to rub at the skin. The whole range has a honey flower fragrance - not sickly sweet but subtle and floral. I only need to use a small amount of this on a soft cotton wool pad to cleanse my face at the end of the day, and my skin feels soothed and moisturised afterwards.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Drugstore Empties May 2017

I bought all these products myself and used them up completely. Everything here cost under £8.

Co-Op 25 Cleansing Wipes: £1
These are good quality, moisturising wipes containing soothing aloe vera. They are thick enough to cleanse my face effectively whilst feeling soft and comfortable on the skin.  

Friday, 26 May 2017

Drugstore Makeup Review: Essence

I bought Essence's Satin Touch Blush and Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss myself from Wilko, and the other products featured here were kindly sent to me. Nothing mentioned in this post costs more than £4.

Essence Volume Stylist 18 hour Lash Extension Mascara: £3
I had heard great things about Essence's mascara range but never tried one out until now. I like the chunky packaging of this Volume Stylist mascara and its textured top which allows you to get a good grip on the wand.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Review: Mediheal Sheet Masks

I bought these Korean sheet masks from TK Maxx for £1.99 each.

Pumpkin Ade Sheet Mask
These cheap and cheerful masks are made from Tencel which is a sustainable, environmentally friendly fabric similar to rayon and bamboo. You apply them for 15-20 minutes, allowing the ingredients to sink into the skin. The packaging is very appealing with the fresh, natural colours of tempting fruits and vegetables which caught my eye as I was browsing the large selection of face masks in TK Maxx.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Drugstore Makeup Review: George

I bought this selection of George makeup myself from Asda and have tested it out for over two months.

George Under Eye Concealer £4.50
This sleek-looking concealer pen is packaged beautifully and works wonders to brighten up the under-eye area. You click the button at the base to dispense concealer into the brush end.
This is in the shade Light which has quite a pink tone. It is also available in the shade Medium.
I am very impressed with how well this concealer blends and stays in place under my eyes. It creates a brightening, light-reflecting effect much like L'Oréal's Lumi Magique concealer pen which costs almost twice the price. With its creamy formula and neat packaging this product has become one of my firm favourites and you can see its smooth finish in the picture above.
Verdict: Effective, brightening concealer. Great value.

George Fibre Lash Mascara £4.99
I love the metallic-style packaging of this Fibre Lash Mascara. The tube is very lightweight and looks sleek and sophisticated. The bristles are densely packed and wider towards the end of the wand which helps to coat lashes easily and evenly. The mascara makes my lashes look long and fluttery, but several of the times I have worn it it has smudged under my eyes by the end of the day. This is good if you will only be wearing it for a few hours, but otherwise I don't think it is great value for money.
Verdict: Gives length to the lashes but has a tendency to smudge.

George Queen Bee Bronzer  £4
I have this bronzer in the shade Nectar Shimmer and it is also available in Honey Bronze. The Body Shop sell a Honey Bronzer which costs £14, so this George alternative is a great bargain if you love the idea of a honey fragrance in your makeup.

I think the packaging is great for £4, a nice big pan with a honeycomb pattern embossed onto the bronzer.
The product contains subtle shimmer which gives the skin a sun-kissed, glowing effect and the powder feels very soft. This is one of my favourite products from George and the most unique. You do need a light touch with it, just a gentle dip of a bronzing brush into the product picks up a lot of pigmented powder.
Verdict: Shimmery bronzer with a subtle, honey scent.

George Powder Blush £3
This blush is another great powder product. It is soft, pigmented and lasts all day long on the skin. It is available in three shades: a bright pink, a rosy pink and this peachy colour named Sorbet.
A high-quality, affordable choice along the lines of Essence and Makeup Revolution blushes, these are definitely worth a try.
Verdict: Great value, pigmented blush.

George Moisturising Lipstick £3.50
This lipstick is extremely hydrating and easy to wear. The shade 06 Beige Bliss has an almost frosted, shimmer finish and feels like a balm on the lips. You need to reapply it regularly but it is a pleasure to use so I don't mind that at all.
l think the packaging looks great for the budget price and I appreciate the fact that the black and white design is different from other highstreet brands. The Moisturising Lipstick is available in four shades and George also make a Matte Lipstick range.
Verdict: Great value, moisturising lipstick.

Overall I love these George products and recommend them as a good quality, budget brand. In the picture below I am wearing all the products I have mentioned.
It seems that rather than creating a vast range, George offers a smaller selection of well-made products which really appeals to me. My top picks here are the Honey Bronzer and Moisturising Lipstick which I am enjoying getting a lot of use out of. Have you tried these or any other supermarket brand makeup?
Thanks for reading,
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George Fibre Lash Mascara: George Moisturising Lipstick:
George Under Eye Concealer £4.50
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

I Went Shopping At TK Maxx!

I haven't had chance to use these products yet, but I wanted to share some bargains I found last week at TK Maxx whilst you still have a chance of finding them there.

L'Oréal Skin Perfection Micellar Water and Revitalift Day Cream £9.99
This set is my favourite bargain. The Revitalift Day Cream alone is on sale at Boots for £11.99 so I couldn't believe my luck at finding these two products together for £9.99. I am really enjoying trying out different skincare at the moment and these two sound a perfect match for me. The Micellar Water is suitable for sensitive skin and the Revitalift Day Cream is aimed at 40+ skin with its anti-wrinkle Advanced Pro-Retinol and firming Fibrelastyl ingredients. The cream smells luxurious and I can't wait to use it.

TonyMoly Sheet Masks £2.99 each
I have heard a lot about the TonyMoly brand with its super cute packaging and I was tempted to buy some sweet looking hand creams but I decided to get these masks instead for £2.99 each. I chose Broccoli for Vitality, Tea Tree for Soothing and Tomato for Radiance. They are sheet masks which you apply to your skin for 20-30 minutes. I love the enforced relaxation of wearing a mask for half an hour and am looking forward to finding out if these give results. I will share a full review of all these products when I have tried them out.

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Warm Rose £19.99
Mac is not easily accessible where I live so I was very excited to spot some of its black packaging in amongst lots of other palettes and boxes. The only Mac products I own are lipsticks (thanks Ummbaby) so I was curious to see what TKMaxx had in stock. They had two  single eyeshadow shades which I didn't buy because I don't get a lot of use out of eyeshadow and already own too much, but they were nice neutral shades and still available on TKMaxx's website if you are interested. I chose this Mineralize Skinfinish because I have heard so many beauty bloggers and YouTubers talk about the Soft and Gentle shade, and I don't own any other powder highlighting products. They only had this colour available which looks very pale and natural on my light skin and will hopefully give a gentle glow. It is sold on Mac's website for £24.50.

Mac Studio Eye Gloss £12.99
I couldn't resist trying this glossy eye product. I have a sheer cream eyeshadow pot from H&M which is very pretty and easy to dab onto the eyes for a really quick look, so I hope I will get a lot of use out of this one too. The shade is Lightly Tauped and it is a tacky, shimmery gloss which you can use alone or to add dimension over powder shadows.
It has a beautiful, pink shimmery reflect and would be great for an all-out glamorous party look or to add a glossy, Summery sparkle to everyday makeup. It is very sticky though, be warned! It is available in several shades on Mac's website for £18.50.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Bam £1.99 each
These make such great gifts for the girls in your life or treats for yourself for only £1.99. I chose two limited edition "flavours": Lemon Zap and Pina Colada Pow.

W7 Blush With Me Colour Cubes £5.99
I have been enjoying a lot of W7 makeup recently and there was a plenty of it available in TKMaxx ranging from eyeshadows to powder to contour palettes. I chose this palette as I don't own any of their blush products.
I haven't tried it out yet but I love the tin packaging which will be ideal for taking on holiday, and the shades look pastel and pretty.

Mediheal Sheet Masks £1.99 each
And finally, I chose these two sheet masks. TK Maxx had a huge selection available and whilst looking at the TonyMoly range I was tempted by these Korean masks: Pomegranate for Skin Firming and Hydration and Pumpkin for Face Lines and Revitalising.

I am looking forward to using and reviewing all these products.
Thanks for reading,
Find all these items at TK Maxx here (subject to availability):