Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! For those of you who work weekends, I salute you – you can do this!!
It’s been a crazy few weeks, but I can safely say that so far 2020 is off to a pretty good start *touch wood*. I’ve got a lot of things I want to accomplish this year and I would urge anyone reading this to create a bucket list if you haven’t already. It doesn’t have to be extreme, make it achievable and work to meet those goals you set yourself this year.
Ok, let’s bring my attempt at being a life coach to a close and focus on the focal point of this blog post – my December make-up purchases. Last month I had to be fairly frugal with my spending, given that Christmas was approaching (let’s not get me started on Christmas again). As such, I only have two purchases to discuss, both absolute bargains and both with their pros and cons. I want to be really transparent in my posts, and not try to make you believe that everything I buy at a lower price is amazing. Not all cheaper alternatives are great, but I am making it my mission to locate the best ones!
Product 1 – The Concealer
The Price and Product
Having heard some fab things about the concealer dubbed ‘Britain’s no1 concealer’, I thought it would not be prudent to miss out on trying Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Multi-Use Concealer, available here. The concealer I usually use for contour is the ELF cosmetics 16hr camo concealer, but that hasn’t been sitting well on my face recently so I thought it was time for a change.
Eager to make sure I got the right shade, I went into Superdrug on my lunch break at work to select my colour. While it was for contouring, my foundation is fairly dark already so I went for a more neutral colour (06 Neutralizer), although this is still light enough for me to use to contour.
Priced at £8.99 in Superdrug, this is a little more expensive than my ELF concealer, but I was hopeful about the results. Moreover, if you have a UniDays account, make sure you grab a Superdrug health and beauty card, as it allows for 10% student discount and you can build up points to get money off future transactions. In reality, this amount of money is still a fraction of the price of bigger brands, so I am probably being a little fussy here.
First of all, the price is a big pro for me as it falls under £10 ! I was really eager to use this to contour; I know it says it is for under eyes, but it also advertises itself as multi-use. The colour is perfect and blends really really well with a beauty blender. The sponge applicator is really cool and ensures a smooth application and I find that, when I set the concealer, it lasts all day! It lives up to its multi-use claims, and contouring with it was a success. It also doesn’t sit in the creases under my eyes, which is one of my PET HATES, so I didn’t have to spend ages trying to smooth out the creases and cry about premature ageing….
Sadly, this can oxidise a little on your face throughout the day, so you may need to top it up. Also, ensure that you do not put toooo much on your face, as I made this mistake and it went a little clumpy. Other than these minor details, I still think it is great. Just make sure you set it properly with a good powder and setting spray. My recommendations would be:
- Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder – £30
- Morphe Bake and Set Banana Powder – £12
- Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – £24
- Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray – £11
Repeat purchase? YES
Product 2 – The Highlighter
The Price and Product
Right so guys I feel bad even sharing this steal with you now because I have just look and it’s been DISCONTINUED?!!!!!!!!!!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.
I can’t quite believe this, but I will work on locating another highlighter that is equally as much as a bargain! This golden beauty was £3 (£2.70 with discount), and I literally just stumbled across it on the Superdrug website when I was looking for a more golden highlighter – my doll beauty one is more of a light shimmer. As such, I purchased the colour ‘Golden Scintillation’.
So again, the price is just insane – at £3 it really is worth it. This colour is beautiful when you want a more sunkissed glow, and I have been using it almost every day since I bought it last month as I looooove a bronzed look. It works well for a contoured look too, and can be applied under the brows, to the nose/chin etc without going patchy.
Well the biggest one is that it’s been discontinued!!!!! I honestly am gutted about this as I really love this product, but hopefully some more cons will alleviate the blow of not being able to buy it again. I mean, it is quite powdery, which means that you need quite a bit of product to create an impact. When it distributes onto the face, it can be quite dusty. Because of this, I tend to use this on top of my Doll Beauty highlighter in ‘Shine Bright’. As such, my Doll highlighter probably does a lot of the work in terms of staying powder, and this MUA product just injects a golder tone to the colour. If you prefer a more natural look, then I would opt for a lighter shade purely because this can be pretty golden, but I love being extra and feel that it isn’t too extreme to put on every day. As small consolation, you can buy the Doll Beauty highlighter here for £15.
Repeat purchase? Impossible:(
Join me in my next blog where I will be discussing my hair-care process, and please wish me luck as I am going blonder tonight – yay!!! Have an amazing weekend everyone xxx