Christmas gift guides – Gifts under Β£20

Beauty gifts are great to receive, but can often be quite expensive. I’ve put together some of the best little gifts for under Β£20 that can be great for anyone on a budget or for secret santa!

ZOEVA Screen Queen Lip Crayon – Β£10 each (Beauty Bay, Selfridges, ZOEVA)

These lip crayons are only Β£10 each (Β£5.99-Β£6.99 if you get them while the Beauty Bay sale is on!) and come in four absolutely beautiful colours. The shades are universal and would look stunning on all skin tones and the shape of the lip crayon mean that it should be very easy to outline the lip.

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Milani Baked Blush – Β£10 (Beauty Bay)

The Milani Baked Blushes are so pretty and really good value for such a pretty blush! I have Luminoso (which is their most famous shade) and have had it for years and even when I was using it every day, I’ve barely made a dent in it. A high end quality blush for a good price! At the moment, Beauty Bay is having a 30% off sale, and the blush is now Β£7!

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Jordan Lipscombe x Beauty Bay Eyeshadow and Highlighting Palettes – Β£20 each

If you are interested in any of these colour stories, then these palettes could be for you! The colours are quite different to the usual palettes we’ve been seeing of late and after trying one of the Colour Theory palettes from Beauty Bay, I have faith that this palette will have really good pigmentation. The shades are perfect for autumn/winter and come in at Β£20 per palette. If you were to want to buy all three, there is a bundle that will save you Β£20 at the moment – Beautybay is 30% off! (Β£30 for all 3).

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THIS WORKS Sleep Tight – Β£13 (Space NK)

Let’s bring a bit of self care into this! There is nothing more important than a good night’s sleep, so if you know someone that struggles to get their 8 hours, or just deserves a little treat then this is for them! I bought this for my sister last year and she said it made her get to sleep quicker (she usually lays awake for hours trying to get to sleep).

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Mini – Β£16 (Cult Beauty)

The Becca highlighters are famous for giving a beautiful glow, but the full sized ones are pretty pricey if you’re not sure whether the shade will suit you. The mini ones are small, but you use so little highlighter at a time that this will last ages. There is a shade for every skin tone and preference, including the new Vanilla Quartz shade (below) that you can only get as a mini!

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Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipsticks – Β£6.99 (Boots, Superdrug)

The Maybelline Colour Sensational lipsticks are honestly among the best lipsticks I’ve ever tried. There is a massive variety of shades and finishes so you’ll be sure to find the shade you’re looking for. My favourite is 725 Tantalising Taupe, which is just the perfect pinky-nude for fair skin. This is definitely wearable if you’re darker too, all you need is a lip liner!Image result for tantalising taupe maybelline

Dr Jart+Β Shake & Shotβ„’ Rubber Hydro Mask – Β£8 (Selfridges, ASOS)

I am a massive Dr Jart fan and this face mask form the K beauty brand looks so much fun! The mask comes in 3 varieties – hydrating, firming and brightening. The idea is that you mix the contents into a gloopy mask, apply it and peel it off. You’ll probably have seen this all over Instagram from above with the creepy baby face, and I for one want to join in!

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NYX Whipped Wonderland Shadow Set – Β£15 (Selfridges), Β£17 (Nyxcosmetics.co.uk, Boots, ASOS, Very.co.uk, Lookfantastic)

For whatever reason, this palette is Β£2 cheaper at Selfridges to every other retailer… and there’s no sale going on at the time of writing this (WEIRD). But regardless, this is a really nice little palette to create some really lovely, dramatic looks perfect for winter. There is a good mix of mattes and shimmers, with enough diversity to create different looks just by changing up the shimmers.

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I hope you enjoyed my budget buys! There are loads of good sales on at the moment, including up to 30% off BeautyBay and 20% on ASOS when you use the code HELLO20, so don’t miss out!

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Bright eye look

I saw the NYX Ultimate shadow palette in Brights and knew I had to have it. My make up is always very tame. I don’t wear a lot of colour and stick entirely to neutrals. BUT, the colours are so vivid, and I was feeling inspired.

 

This is the final look. It’s a transition from yellow, into green and finally into blue along the lash line. I felt so beautiful wearing this and it is the perfect look for summer!

img_9816.jpgI actually used every colour in the bottom half of the palette.
  1. I started off with the true yellow shade and put it on the outer corner and into the outer part of the crease. I tried not to take it too far in to keep the rest of the eye blank for the other colours.
  2. I then took the orange-yellow collour and went back into the outer crease to deepen the yellow colour. I started to bring this colour onto the main part of the lid and blend the colour out near the centre of the lid.
  3. Taking the light green shade (second from left), I blended this into the yellow shade on the outer lid and started to bring the cover onto the lid.
  4. To add more colour, I started to blend the darker green into the deepest part of the crease and blended the colour out to the outer part of the lid.
  5. On the outer most part of the crease and lid I added the light turquoise (first on the right, second row). It was quite a subtle colour, but added a nice transition between the upper eye and lower eye.
  6. Again, to deepen the outer corner I added the darker turquoise and blended this towards the lower lash line.
  7. I had initially wanted to add blue to the lid as well, but thought a bright blue would overload it so I added it along the lower lash line instead. I applied the darker blue (second from left) first before adding the electric blue to make it really pop. I then blended this out with a dome brush do it didn’t look quite so harsh.
  8. I added a thick liner and mascara to the upper and lower lashes and voila!

Let me know what you think of this look! I’m in LOVE!

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Full face of forgotten favourites/rarely used products

It’s super easy to get into a routine of wearing the same products day in, day out. I went through my make up collection recently and found so many old gems that I had forgotten I even had, or stuff I had bought on impulse and never used. I’m going to compare these to my favourites I use everyday, and see whether there was a reason I stopped using them!

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Foundation – Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation in 117/Y225
Concealer – Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Chantilly
Powder – RCMA No Colour Powder in Translucent
Blush – Nars Orgasm blush
Bronzer – MUA MosaicΒ bronzer
Highlighter – Sleek highlighting palette
Eyeshadow – Morphe 35T palette
Lip pencil – Nyx Peekaboo Neutral
Lipstick – Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick

Foundation/Concealer
I love the Make Up Forever HD foundation and it just fell out of the regular foundations I use because I tried out new ones. It has always been quite dark for my skin tone because when I bought it online, Make Up Forever wasn’t easily found in stores. So to make the foundation work, I thought I would mix it in with the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer. When I bought this, I colour matched myself online and the shade was too light to use as a regular concealer. However, together these two made the perfect shade for my skin tone. So I will definitely be using this combination again! I have the same trouble with some of my other foundations, so now I know I have a concealer that can be mixed in, lasts a long time and has a lovely finish.

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Powder
I saw a lot of people raving about this translucent powder so I decided to try it out. It was my go-to powder for quite a long time, but I didn’t like that it left a white cast on my face when I took pictures with flash. I’d often use this to set my foundation before a big night out, so I wasn’t happy that I looked like a ghost. I used this to bake under my eyes again and lightly applied it to the rest of my face and was pretty content with how it looked. It did take the colour out of my face a little bit, but not as much as before. The finished look didn’t beat the Nars Soft Velvet powder I usually use, so I won’t be turning back to this again soon.

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Blush
When I was living in Spain and got a bit Sephora obsessed I got a set that was Nars Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer in one. But I then thought that the Blush was too pink and the bronzer was too dark for my skin. But I thought I’d give the Nars Blush another go. It actually was a really flattering shade of pink that wasn’t as bright pink as I thought it would be. I was really pleasantly surprised and I’d definitely start rotating this in to my usual routine!

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Bronzer
I decided to use my old favourite which is the MUA bronzer. I was pretty excited about using this one again because I actually liked this one and only stopped using it because I discovered the Make Up Geek ‘contour’ instead. However, when I applied this I did one swipe and was shocked at how red it looked on my skin. Rather than looking like a nice bronzey tan like my MUG one, I just looked really strange. I really loved this a few years ago, but I’m not sure I’ll be grabbing for this any time soon.

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Highlighter
This palette was huge in 2015/2016 when American Youtubers stumbled across Sleek for the first time (when us UK gals have known about it for ages). It’s a little annoying to buy a palette and only really be able to use one colour, but I bought it anyway. I used to use this every day after I shattered my Mary Lou-maniser. I decided to try the slightly darker shade in the pan (bottom right) combined with my usual shade (bottom left). Somehow, I think some of the purple residue had fallen onto the darker shade, as my cheek had a purple sheen to it, which I wasn’t happy with. The lighter colour also wasn’t as golden and luminating as I remembered, which was a little sad. Even though my current Mary Lou-maniser has smashed AGAIN, I’m going to carry on using it because it’s just such a beautiful golden glow, especially for pale skin.

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Brows
This was one I was really nervous for. I had bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer when it first came out because I’d been dying to try ABH brow products. But it was such a disappointment! The idea is that you’re supposed to use the wide end of the Brow Definer’s triangular ‘nib’ to fill in gaps and then use the narrow end to draw on thin hair-like strokes. However I found it really difficult to use, it looked patchy and I couldn’t get the brows I wanted. So using this again, I felt like I really had to take my time (which I don’t usually have the time to do that!) The end result was okay – they were a nice shape, they were even (after combing through a lot) but the colour was not quite as dark as I’d like. The NYX Micro Brow pencil is just so much easier to use as the nib is very small and I can get theΒ result I want with less effort and lessΒ stress.Β I would potentially try this again, but with a brow powder as well and not during the week when I’m in a rush to get ready.

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Eyeshadow
I thought I’d find the eyeshadow portion of this make up experiment easy because I do tend to use most of my palettes fairly regularly… except this one. When I reopened this again, I hadn’t realised how dark the shades all were. There is no light shade for a base. There are no lighter transition colours. All of them are dark and that made it really hard for me to do a wearable look. I took one of the ‘lighter shades’ thinking it would be okay to use as a transition colour… NOPE. It was really dark straight away and I was a bit like… oh shit. I stuck to the lighter shades in the palette (aka 4 shades) and had to dive in to my usual go-to palette to make it more wearable. I really don’t think I’ll be able to use this as an every day palette. I’d certainly dip into this for night out make up, but I have other eyeshadow pans in my go-to palette that I’d much rather use.

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Lip pencil
I used to use Peekaboo Neutral all. the. time. It was really tricky to get a hold of and I used to buy it in bulk from Amazon. Because it was tricky to get my hands on, I stopped buying it when I fell for MAC Whirl lip liner. It was much more pink than I remembered, but it wasn’t unpleasant! I prefer a pinkish-brownish nude and this overall look was maybe a little pinker than I would have liked but I was happy with it (: As it is so difficult to find in the UK, I’m probably not going to repurchase this for a while.

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Lipstick
Again, when I was living in Spain and was v. make up happy, I would buy the same nude shade by different brands. I got the Rimmel lipstick in 45 and basically never used it. Then accidentally bought it again lol. When I used it again, it was pinker than I like now, but it felt really nice on the lips, so I’ll definitely be using it again! It won’t be my go-to lipstick, as I prefer my Maybelline and MAC ones, but it’s one I would consider when I want a more pink lip.

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VERDICT:
I was pretty pleased with the over all look. I thought my base make up looked brill, but the red bronzer kind of ruined it a little bit. I did actually apply my Makeup Geek ‘contour’ in Love Triangle before I left the house just to warm my skin up and tone down the redish hue. I was really disappointed how the eyes ended up because I expected more of the eyeshadow palette. However, I. AM. SO. PLEASED. WITH MY WINGED LINER! I never do winged liner (because I can’t do it) but I thought I’d try and it came off really well.

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What products have you rediscovered lately? What do you think of the ones that I used? Leave me a comment on here or on my instagram

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