Tuesday, 26 January 2016

10 Beauty Products Under £10!

Seeing as it's the beginning of the year and we're all still broke from Christmas, here's my Top 10 Beauty Products that you can get your hands on for under £10.00! Don't forget to let me know your favourite beauty product under £10.00 by leaving a comment below or tweeting me @MsMegan91

Seventeen Foundation - £6.99

I got this foundation on offer in Boots over the Christmas holidays for £3.50 so I had to try it. It's a full coverage foundation and I absolutely love it. I bought "Fair" but it's available in a number of other shades so there should be one to match your skin tone. I will definitely be buying it again because even at the regular price, it's a total bargain.

Make-Up Revolution Translucent Powder - £2.00

I couldn't get a good picture of this one as the name on the packing has worn away, and as you can see I've hit pan. I would consider this powder one of my holy grail products because it creates a lovely matte finish and I hate looking shiny. I always use this to set my foundation and concealer and I would rank this powder way above any higher-end ones that I've tried.

Freedom Pro-Studio Primer - £6.00

I tend to lean towards water-based products because they feel like they're better for your skin (this might be total rubbish but it makes me feel good) I previously used a silicone based primer but I think I'll be sticking with this from now on. 

Freedom Pro-Studio Brush Bath - £7.00

I find cleaning my make-up brushes to be so therapeutic, there's something really satisfying about watching your brushes go from covered in make-up to squeaky clean. This product from Freedom makes cleaning brushes so easy. It's basically a hard soap, you can see that mines a bit stained around the edges from excessive use! All you have to do is damp your brushes in a glass of water, swirl them around in the soap until it lathers and then pat them dry with some kitchen roll. The soap leaves your brushes as if they were brand new.  For the price, you get a huge amount of product, I can see this lasting forever!

L'oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Eyeshadow in "Gold Mania" - £5.49

What a mouthful! I don't normally buy single eyeshadows as I'm more into palettes but this is fabulous. When I wear this eyeshadow, I prefer to pack it on with my fingers instead of a brush because it makes the colour appear more intense. The eyeshadow itself is a creamy, buttery formula which glides on like a dream. This could be used on its own or with other shadows to add shimmer to your look.

Batiste "Frizz No More" Frizz Tamer - £4.49

I might be clutching at straws to call this a beauty product but it's going in the list anyway. Batiste are best known for their dry shampoo, which I used anyway, so I was keen to try the rest of their hair care range. I use this most days as my curly hair has the tendency to go frizzy ALL the time. It's completely inexpensive and you just spray it on the frizzy section of dry hair and problem solved! It smells really good too.

New Look Pure Colour Lipstick in "Plum" - £3.99

I can't believe the quality of this lipstick for just £3.99, especially when it's a brand from what's normally a clothing store. This lasted nearly all day on me and I will definitely be going back to get more shades. 

New Look Pure Colour Dark Purple Lipliner  - £1.99

I got this lipliner to match the Plum lipstick. I can't wait to try the rest of the New Look make-up range if these are anything to go by. Buying the two of these together cost just shy of £6.00, whereas in the likes of MAC you'd be spending around £30.00 for a lipstick and matching lipliner.

W7 Eyebrow Stencils  - £2.00 (I got mine in Peacocks)

If you're like me, 1) Not good at eyebrows  2) not enthralled at the idea of spending hours perfecting the technique either -  these are PERFECT for you. In the pack you get 4 stencils, with different "arches" - you just put the stencil over your brows and fill them in with your chosen product. I use Benefits "Brow Zings". It does take a little bit of practice keeping the stencils in place but it's worth it when you nail it. 

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer - £8.49

This concealer is the budget version of the super-popular Touch Eclat from YSL. I use it as a highlighter instead of a concealer, the coverage isn't heavy enough to cover dark circles but it does an amazing job of brightening your under-eyes after you apply concealer first. It's a brush applicator which is great, and then I just pat the product into my skin using a Beauty Blender.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Review - Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Shame"

I recently picked up this lipstick in House of Fraser for £15.50. I had been looking for a dark reddish/purple shade because I don't have a lot of "winter" lipsticks. I would describe "Shame" as a deep berry colour. I've been looking at some other reviews of this lipstick and it's really interesting to see how it shows up on different skin tones.

The Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick collection consists of 24 shades and they're all available online from the Urban Decay website  or in-store at Debenhams and House of Fraser (UK only)

In terms of packaging, the tube is silver and very slick. It seems pretty sturdy so it can come in the handbag on a night out.  The only negative that I've experienced is that due to the flat shape of the lipstick within the tube, it's quite hard to apply on the lips without a lip brush but once it's on it looks fantastic.

I've been pairing this with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On lip pencil in the shade "Venom" (£13.50) and I've found it to be a perfect match.

As with their eyeshadows; Urban Decay lipsticks are SO pigmented and they stay on for hours. Even when it does start to show some fading at the end of the day, you're still left with a decent stain on the lips. The formula is so buttery, which leaves your lips feeling hydrated which is exactly what you need in the cold weather!

Overall I would definitely recommend this lipstick. It's my first Urban Decay lip product but now I look forward to trying some of their other shades.

Let me know what you think of this lipstick, or if you've tried any others from their Revolution Lipstick range by leaving a comment below or tweeting me @MsMegan91. 

Friday, 1 January 2016

New Year : Get to Know Me Tag

According to my blog statistics (thanks Blogger!) a large percentage of my readers are based in the US, which means a lot of you don't know me personally so I thought I'd share a little bit of my life with you. Any other questions I haven't answered, leave them below or tweet me @MsMegan91. 

1. Do you have a middle name?
Margaret (after my auntie)

2. What was your favourite subject in school?
Government and Politics - but I liked English too.

3. What is your Zodiac sign?

4. Do you participate in any sports? 
Absolutely none!

5. Favourite Book?
I love the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and of course, the Harry Potter series!

6. Favourite Colour?

7. Favourite Animal?
Sea otters, meerkats, cats, penguins and hedgehogs.

8. Favourite perfume?
Glam Jasmine by Michael Kors.

9. Have you been out of the country?
Many times but only within Europe. I'd love to visit America or Australia in the future though.

10. Do you speak any other Languages?
I learnt French and German at school but I'm in no way fluent in either!

11. Do you have any siblings?
One younger brother, he's 20.

12. What’s your favourite store?
For clothes I love Forever 21 and Pull and Bear. For make-up, I get my high-end products from Debenhams and my drugstore ones from Boots or Superdrug! And doesn't everyone love IKEA?!

13. Did you like school?
I really didn't like it until I got to sixth form. And even then, it was touch and go!

14. Favourite YouTubers?
I'm going to do a separate blog post on this but at the moment I love Laura Lee the most for beauty and Rose and Rosie for general video goodness.

15. Favourite Movie(s)?
Bend It Like Beckham, Man on a Ledge, Peter Pan (Disney version), The Parent Trap, Taken and Speed.

16. PC or Mac?

17. What phone do you have?
I  have the iPhone 5C in white.

18. How tall are you? 

19. What do you order at Starbucks?
As it's holiday season, I order Toffee Nut Latte but otherwise I tend to go for a Caramel Frappucino.

20. What’s one thing most people probably don’t know about you?
My favourite thing to do in the world is lie in bed and listen to heavy rain.

21. One thing you want to do before you die?
Go to Disneyland in Florida.

22. What quote/phrase do you live by? 
Carpe Diem. I even have a bracelet with that engraved and I wear it every day.

23. What’s your most listened to song on iTunes? 
I actually had to re-set my iTunes recently so it's not accurate. But since the re-set it's Do It Again by Pia Mia.

23. What kind of style would you define yourself as having?
I don’t think I have a particular style. Some days I'm really girly and wear floral prints, then somedays I like sporty-casual and then some days I just unleash my inner Taylor Momsen.

24. What was the last thing you bought?
Some colouring pencils.

25. Are you going to nominate anyone to do this tag?
Indeed I am. I’m going to nominate my friend Rachael from Sugarlumps and Lucky Charms.