November beauty heroes 

product review

The past month has been crazy busy; and what has been a flurry of beauty reviews, starting a new job and alcohol fuelled event launches has just flown by. Having a superabundance of products to try is certainly nothing to complain about, but it does however making choosing the best of the bunch a hard job. 

Here is what I’ve loved this month and why: 

1. Protect the skin your in 

What skin needs, Skin balm, £9.99 

Forever fighting a battle against my skin, I’m always on the lookout for ‘miracle’ products to surpress my ever growing list of skin concerns. This skin balm works at reducing several types of irritations, including eczema, dry skin, acne and sunburn. It is made in Australia, and derived from a Phyto Activated plant extract. From the first night I used it, I saw a visible difference to my skin condition. An absolute steal at £9.99. 
2. Perfect for Christmas, perfect for you 

Ghost sweetheart gift set, £38 

This gift set is amazing value for £38. It contains a 50ml version of the Ghost Sweetheart perfume (which is absolutely enchanting, without being overpowering), two nail varnishes, a candle, a make up bag and body butter. Everything smells divine, everything has rose gold on it. It’s a beauty bloggers dream. This would make a perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, or why not for yourself!? 

3. Sometimes natural 
Kiss Lash Couture Eyelashes in Little Black Dress, £5.32 

As a serial lash wearer (I feel terribly bald without them), it’s difficult to find daily lashes. The trouble of searching for a glamorous false lash that isn’t totally ridiculous in the workplace. I think I have finally found a feasible solution! Kiss’ latest Lash Couture range uses faux mink lashes, which are soft and easy to use but give a good length. They look really pretty on, a lovely flirty natural lash. 

Kiss Lash Couture Lashes in ‘Little Black Dress’

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Is affordable make up a false economy or smart shopping? 

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I’m going to use Rimmels wake me up concealer as the prime example to this much needed debate. (And it is a bloody good concealer by the way, just putting it out there). 

At £5.49 it’s undeniably cheap, yet gives medium – good coverage. However what I have found in the long term is that the cheaper concealers are less thick (in the sense of giving a full coverage not a cakey texture). This means they run out twice as fast as the more expensive brands; I’d say using the Rimmel concealer on a daily basis it could last you perhaps 2-3 months. 

Naturally if you have to keep replacing the product, surely it becomes no longer quite as cheap as you anticipated? In comparison to (just for example sake), Urban Decays naked concealer – which was my previous concealer of choice. Weighing in at £19, but lasting between 7-8 months with everyday use. 

It does make you question whether actually buying cheaper make up does save you money in the long run? The quality is lesser, meaning that you use more product per application, and could potentially spend more or the same amount over longer periods? 

Here’s my advice to get the best bang for your buck; 

Take into consideration regularity of use. For example if you could manage to make the Rimmel concealer last 6 months, of course £11 a year on concealer is an absolute bargain – and cheaper than a majority of high end products. However if you know you use products quite excessively it may be worth investing in a slightly more expensive product, maybe midrange which will last you for most of the year (if you have cheaper ones laying around use them up in the meantime). 

I’m all for shopping smart and not just throwing away money. These are the questions you need to be asking yourself when make up shopping: 

 What products do I already own that are similar? 

Do I actually need this or am I buying it for the sake of it? 

Is this too expensive for what it is – am I paying for a brand name? 

Have I seen a good dupe for this product which will save me money? 

How often will I use the product / can I justify buying it? 

Just being generally more conscious of your consumption patterns and what you currently have in stock at home could help you save a lot of money! 

Happy shopping and happy saving guys 💕 

The £3.99 product you need before Christmas 

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For months I have searched high and low for the ultimate concealer. For without concealer I am merely an ugly panda with black rimmed eyes, ready to pounce. Such has been a very difficult task; I’ve ended up with watery concoctions along the way, highlighters with zero coverage, followed by various days where I look like a complete make up rookie with so much cake under my eyes even a bakery would be envious. 

But finally the time has come where I have found the ultimate in concealing genius. This concealer gives even coverage, coverage which lasts allllllll day (and when I say all day I mean right through my 11 hour shift and beyond), a realistic colour & it’s cheap af. Who can argue with that?? 

I had been recommended collections concealer (available in Superdrug) by a good friend a while back. But in all honesty, I never believed that a £3.99 concealer would change my life the way it has. 

If you get one thing for yourself this Christmas. Make sure it is this concealer, it will take you through Christmas parties, dates, New Years clubbing. This baby is ready to take on anything life throws at it. Happy concealing girls! 
P.s mine is shake 2, cool medium and is perfect for hiding dark circles and imperfections

Drugstore delight: Maybelline anti-age concealer review 

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It seems I can’t casually walk into any store which sells any cosmetics or any item even cosmetic related – without buying something, anything. This week I ventured into Boots to buy hair dye and I ended up purchasing this pretty little roll on under eye concealer. 

I’m not usually that keen on drugstore cosmetics if I’m honest, but for £8 (considering the price the look of this product feels a lot more expensive) this concealer is wonderful. Because of its spongy applicator it’s very easy to apply underneath the eye, without dragging the sensitive under eye skin (a common issue I have with concealer). The coverage is rather good also – it almost covered my horrendous blacker than black circles with one application. 

This product is a serious rival to YSL’s infamous touché eclat. Infact I would even go as far to say this is much better. It’s more economical in its price, the quality is better, application is smoother and the range of colours available is more extensive. 

Overall it made my whole eye area brighter and more radiant. Definetly worth trying! Only criticism is that it isn’t really a multi purpose concealer (that could be used for contouring etc – especially cuz I contour the fuck out of my face at any given opportunity) because of the spongy applicator – but that being said it doesn’t claim to be multipurpose. It does exactly what it says on the tin. 

Overall score – 9/10