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How to Save Money on Your Favourite Beauty Products

I’m sure most of us love buying a little treat now and then but buying your favourite beauty products can add up, especially if you’re purchasing a luxe item. Luckily, I have a few money-saving tips up my sleeve and these may help you to save a lil’ cash on your favourite beauty products.

Do your research

If I’m buying an expensive beauty item, I always shop around to find the best price. Usually, I’ll type the product name into Google and click on the first few links that come up. Generally, I always find that places like Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and Beauty Bay can be slightly cheaper than other retailers, though it does depend on the product you’re buying.

If you’re looking to test a product before buying, try Love Me Beauty or Latest in Beauty – these sites allow you to build your own subscription box so you can see exactly what you’re spending your money on. Latest in Beauty also have ‘pre-made’ collection boxes that you can buy.

Cashback sites

I’ve used cashback sites for the last couple of years and they’re a great way to get money back on your purchases. You can also use them when you’re signing up to buy a mobile phone, insurance, finance etc. I’ve made over £500 back with Topcashback and 100% recommend it to anyone looking to save money on their purchases.

Cashback sites track your purchase and you’ll either receive a percentage of your spend back or a certain amount. For instance, if you were to currently spend £50 at Space NK online, you’d receive £4.50 back via Topcashback.

As well as a wide range of stores, including Feel Unique, ASOS, Fragrance Direct, The Body Shop and Cult Beauty, there’s also exclusive discount codes.

It takes a few weeks to get the cashback into your account and if you don’t want to add your bank account to have your cashback directly transferred, you can opt for Amazon vouchers, Love to Shop vouchers, Paypal and more.

Amazon

Amazon is a goldmine for saving money on your favourite beauty products. You need to spend £20 to get free delivery unless you have a Prime account – you can get a free 30 day trial of Prime if you haven’t had one before. You can cancel it straight away in your account and you’ll still get the 30 days free.

Just make sure that you’re buying directly from Amazon as there are many fake products sold by marketplace sellers. I’m not saying they’re all fake but its better to be safe than sorry. A few current bargains include;

Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set 

DE’LANCI Eyeshadow Palette (Morphe Dupe)

Revlon Colourstay Foundation

Nip + Fab Glycolic Night Pads

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

GHD IV Styler

Search discount sites

Discount sites offer many reduced beauty items. However, it’s important to know that some of these cosmetics may be discontinued lines or shades. Still, you can save a bit of cash by searching for your favourite products. Fragrance Direct and All Beauty are two sites that I’ve used with no problems. I’d also recommend TK Maxx – they have quite a good beauty selection online but you may find some gems instore too.

Discount codes

Websites such as HDUK show you the latest instore and online offers. You can search for hot deals as well as recent discount codes. I also like to use voucher sites to see if there are any current codes floating around the net. My favourite sites are;

Voucher codes – You’ll find codes on here for stores and restaurants.

Paypal shopping – If you’re paying by PayPal, take a look at the offers on this official website.

NUS Codes – If you want an NUS card to save money on your purchases, buy this Microsoft Course for £4 by e-careers and you’ll be able to apply for a £12 NUS card. Use your NUS card to save at least 10% at ASOS, Superdrug and Office as well as half price Spotify, six months free Amazon Prime and 25% off at Odeon.

eBay

While I don’t recommend eBay for makeup as its overloaded with fake products, its great for buying makeup brushes. The makeup brushes I’m talking about are the dupe versions that you can buy for as little as 99p. I’ve purchased many brush sets and they’ve all been excellent quality. Some of them are even better than shop purchased brands. Here’s a heads up on affordable brushes I rate;

Pro makeup metal brush set

Kabuki style brush set

Spectrum brush dupe set

Zoeva brush dupe set

Unicorn brush set

Indie brands

Finally, I thought I’d mention some of the amazing indie brands on the beauty market. You’ve probably heard of Colorpop and Makeup Geek but I wanted to note some of the other affordable brands you may not have heard of. Obviously Morphe are well-known for their incredible palettes, but lately, I’ve been loving BH Cosmetics – their shipping to the UK is also cheaper than Morphe and you can find some of their products at Beauty Bay. I’ve also heard great things about Coloured Raine and LA Splash.

Do you have any money-saving tips? What’s your favourite way of saving money on your favourite beauty products?

January Beauty Rota

January 2017 beauty

January has been a pretty bleak month but my January beauty rota has kept me going with some great makeup and skincare finds. Last year, I fell out of love with beauty, but in the past month I’ve bought a couple of new makeup buys and I’ve been giving them a whirl over the past few weeks.

The BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo palette isn’t a new release but I spied this on Beauty Bay when I couldn’t get hold of any Morphe palettes and thought it would be a good alternative. The pigmentation is overall pretty good – the matte shades are a little on the chalky side but the selection of shades is beautiful and they work really well together.

BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette

As well as nine eyeshadows, there’s also nine lip shades in this palette – it really deserves a blog post of its own as its super pretty. This palette is so cheap – its currently £18 at Beauty Bay and $14.50 at BH Cosmetics / around £11.50 but shipping is around £8ish to the UK.

This month, I’ve also been using the Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara – This HD mascara does a good job of lengthening my lashes and enhancing volume. The formula is a little on the wet side for my liking but its one of the better high street mascaras I’ve used.

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is seriously one of the best concealers on the market – its covers redness, imperfections and undereye circles. I love how well it blends, you can easily blend it with your fingers, sponge or brush. I prefer liquid concealers and I’m tempted to pick up a darker shade for contouring.

The Nails Inc Kensington High Street nail polish is a stunning deep berry shade and the perfect colour to vamp up a dreary January day. Darker shades really work well in cooler months and this colour makes a good transition shade into spring.

Zelens 3T Complex is a night cream I’ve been using for a while. I only have a small tube as the full size costs £95. I’ll be honest when I say that almost £100 for a skincare product is completely out of my budget. Still, this is a lovely cream and if I had the cash, I’d be seriously tempted in making a purchase. Formulated with plant extracts, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and rice proteins, this rich and nourishing cream has a luxe feel to it. Most importantly, it makes my skin feel great instantly – my complexion looks radiant, plumped and feels softer.

What have you been using this month?

A Colourpop Haul

Colourpop

Colourpop is an indie brand that has blown up over the last year. You probably don’t need any introduction, but in case you do, their products are only available to purchase online via the US website.

I’ve been eyeing up a few of their products for a while but since the introduction of UK shipping (you can also use a shipping website like Shipito – see Jasmine’s post here), I’ve made two small orders.

Colourpop prices are super cheap – they range from $5 for an eyeshadow to $8 for a highlighter. International shipping depends on weight. For the first order of highlighter and lipgloss, I paid around £10, whereas shipping on the second order was free for over a $30 spend. However, I did have to pay a £13 customs charge when it arrived in the UK.

Here’s a look at the things I picked up;

Koosh Eyeshadow – Part of the 2016 holiday collection, this silver taupe has a metallic finish with the cream to powder formulation that Colorpop is well known for. This shadow literary glides on the skin with a soft, smooth texture. I adore this shade and its one that would work well on a range of skin tones. *There’s currently 20% off the holiday line*

Tinsel Eyeshadow – Another shadow that was part of holiday collection, this shade is a grey toned lavender with a metallic finish. Again, the texture is extremely soft and smooth. This isn’t normally a shade I would go for but I’m glad I bought it as it’s a great shade for a smokey eye.

Tassel Eyeshadow – I’ve been searching for a metallic white shadow for ages. Tassel is the perfect shadow for highlighting the inner corner of your eyes. My shadow came broken which seems to be a problem when ordering overseas as Smoke N Whistles highlighter arrived broken too. However, due to the creamy, slightly spongy formula, you can simply press it back in to shape so it’s not too big of a deal. If you’re searching for a highlight shade for your eyes, I’d highly suggest this one.

Smoke N Whistles Highlighter – My favourite makeup product has to be highlighter and this has become one of my favourites. I’ve pretty much worn this every day since I purchased it as it’s absolutely beautiful. This shade is a very light pink with silver highlights. Despite its luminosity, it doesn’t enhance pores which is always a plus. It has a super soft texture and is one of the best products I’ve used.

Flexitarian Highlighter – Another stunning highlighter is Flexitarian. This light champagne shade has a shimmery finish and is super blendable. This is a really good quality highlighter and I’d highly recommend it for those who don’t want a pink toned shade a la Smoke N Whistles.

Birthday Suit Blush – I’ve been lusting after this blusher for a long time and it was worth the wait. A medium pink with satin finish, this pretty blush is ideal for pale girls. The colour is slightly sheer, however, it is buildable for more intense pigmentation. Formula wise, it’s easy to blend and soft to touch.

Bestie Ultra Glossy Lip – Matte lips might be the in thing but I’m still partial to a lip gloss. Bestie is a mid-tone pink in a creme finish. Unlike many lip products, I don’t detect a discernable scent with this one. Bestie has no stickiness and feels really comfortable to wear. It makes a great day-to-day lip as it really feels smooth and soft. Like most glosses, I don’t find it wears for a particularly long time but it’s a pretty shade for anyone looking for a wearable, glossy lip product.

I’m really impressed with Colourpop so far. For the price, they are great quality. I do wish shipping was slightly cheaper, however, I’m sure I’ll take advantage of a future promotion. There’s also $5 off your order when you sign up to the newsletter, so be sure to do that if you want to save a lil’ money.

Have you tried any Colourpop products?

3 Quick Beauty Fixes for Eyes

 

For busy women who cant commit to spending time in front of the mirror, beauty fixes that offer a speedy solution are the perfect answer. One area that tends to need a little TLC are the eyes. If you’re like me and suffer from tired looking eyes and dark circles, applying a little makeup is just whats needed to look human.

Despite having limited time for makeup application, I alway spend the longest on my brows. Your brows define your whole face, so a lil grooming can make a huge difference. Once I’ve filled in my brows with a dark powder or Anastasia’s Dip Brow Pomade, I use a coat of the RMK Eyebrow Gel*, a clear brow mascara that keeps the hairs in shape throughout the day.

RMK brow gel

This wand is ideal for taming the smallest hairs, especially in the arch of the brow.

For adding brightness to the eye area, I like to use the NYX Hydra-Touch Brightener in radiance. This pink toned pencil helps to make your eyes look wide awake and refreshed. This creamy pencil can be used under the waterline and in the inner corners of the eyes. Blend out with a small blending or buffing brush and you’ll have a subtle soft glow, creating an illuminated look.

For those with dark circles or small eyes, using a black liner on your bottom lash line appears harsh. Instead, I opt for a brown or beige liner like the Maybelline Master Drama The Nudes Liner in pearly taupe. This super soft, creamy eyeliner is long lasting and can also be used on the lids as a cream shadow pencil. Pearly taupe is a beautiful metallic taupe hue that looks especially flattering on brown eyes. There are only three shades in the Maybelline Master Drama range but all are highly wearable.

Have you tried any of these beauty wonders?

What are your favourite quick fix products?

Flattering Pink Makeup Hues

While daring shades can inspire creativity, there’s something strangely comforting about wearing complimentary makeup hues. Pink makeup hues, in particular, are always my go to option whenever I’m searching for flattering shades that create a fresh and soft look against my porcelain skin.

The options I’ve selected above are suitable for a wide variety of skin tones. The MAC lipstick, especially, is a great choice for dark skin tones requiring a wearable pink tone.

MAC Lovelorn Lipstick

Lovelorn is a blue-toned medium pink in a lustre finish, which is glossy and feels lightweight on the lips. This stunning shade of pink doesn’t feel as drying as other shades due to its hydrating finish. The sheer texture is highly wearable, making it a great choice for the office or drinks with the girls.

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush

Versatile and high performing, the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in pink hedoniste is a pretty cool toned, light to medium pink with an air whipped texture. The lightweight cream transforms into a powder once applied to the skin and it provides a subtle flush to the cheeks and lips. The doe foot applicator is highly effective in application. Simply dot to the cheeks or lips and blend with a brush or your finger. The formulation, shade and packaging are pure perfection!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

Formulated with shea butter for intense nourishment, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors are ideal for those with dry lips. These shea lip balm/gloss hybrids feel lightweight and hydrating without highlighting any dry, chapped areas. I have the shade rose shimmer which is a beautiful soft medium pink. Highly wearable and easy to transport, these are a good investment for your beauty collection.
Benefit Hervana Blush
An underrated beauty buy, Benefit Hervana is the pretty pink summer hue that gives you a magical, radiant flush. Fusing tones of peach, pink and berry, this satin finish powder blusher is ideal for pale girls who are searching for a soft, wearable pink. Described as a peachy pink when the four shades are swirled together, the texture is soft, smooth and highly blendable. For a natural look, opt for this shade over Benefits other offerings – it’s extremely flattering.
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick
Winning the award for the most luxurious packaging in the beauty sphere, no one does lipsticks quite like YSL.  This YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick is in the shade pink in confidence – a stunning light rose shade. These lipsticks feel lightweight, hydrating and comfortable with a stunning glossy finish. Anyone searching for a luxe pink lipstick will relish wearing this beauty as it’s truly spectacular.
Do you have any favourite pink shades?