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How to Buy Luxe Beauty Products for Less

If you’re partial to luxury beauty, then listen up! I adore certain brands like Dior and Urban Decay but it’s not always within my budget to spend £40 on a makeup palette. When it comes to buying makeup, I’m pretty savvy at finding luxe beauty products for less. I’ve recently found some amazing bargains and I think I have it down when scouring the internet for gems. So, if you’re wondering how to find luxe beauty products for less, here are a few of my secrets;

Blog sales

Blog sales are amazing for finding bargains. I recently found a new Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette for £19 (thanks Adrienne!) in the Sunday Girls blog sale. However, I have definitely seen a few other great blog sales around. My tip is to search on twitter or Instagram under the hashtag #blogsale and to follow your favourite bloggers on social media. Many bloggers sell brand new items on Depop – try downloading the app and following your favourite bloggers!

Beauty sales

Beauty sales are my favourite way of finding discounted luxe makeup. My favourite sites are Feel Unique – the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Shadow Sticks are currently reduced to £15.95. But, you can also get 10% off the majority of brands if you have a student discount card. I also love TK Maxx, Fragrance Direct and Escentual.

Random finds

It’s always worth checking your favourite brands for discounts that aren’t advertised. I recently found the Dior Backstage Eye Reviver Illuminating Neutrals Palette for £20 (half price) – its still on site so go, go, go!!

Store loyalty cards

Store loyalty cards are always worth signing up for as you can save up your points for a discount. The best ones are Boots (obvs), Debenhams and Space NK.

Student discount

As I’ve mentioned Feel Unique offer student discount as do ASOS, Look Fantastic, Urban Decay, Fragrance Direct, Benefit, Aveda and others.

What are your favourite ways to buy luxe beauty products for less?

 

Skincare to Make You Glow!

Clear, glowing skin is something we all crave. I’ve noticed that as I’ve got older, my skin has started to lack the natural radiance it once had. To put some luminosity back into my skin, I’ve incorporated a couple of products into my skincare routine. Skincare is something I’m very much enjoying at the moment – just taking a few minutes out of my routine to have a mini pamper is definitely something I can get on board with. One of my favourite masks is the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. If your complexion needs a pick me up, this is the product for you. Formulated with four AHA’s, including glycolic acid which is great for eliminating dead skin cells to brighten and revitalise the skin. It also helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and reduce the appearance of scarring. I use this mask once a week and I love how my skin feels after use – it’s soft, smooth and plump. It’s not recommended for sensitive skin types. My skin can be prone to break outs after using certain products but I’ve never had a problem with this mask and it’s one I’ll keep repurchasing!

 

The Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher is a new product in my skincare drawer. I’m not a massive fan of scrub type formulations but this is one I can make an exception for. Containing calcium and magnesium, as well as fruit extracts, this facial polisher features natural pumice to gently exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells, improve your skin tone and brighten. I’ve only used this a few times, but so far I’m finding it works a treat. Again, I only use this once per week instead of my regular cleanser. After use, my skin feels clean, refreshed and radiant. This retails for £65 for 100ml but I got my smaller tube via Latest in Beauty – I highly recommend trying out beauty boxes like this if you want to sample an expensive product before splashing out.

The DR Jart+ Ceramidin Cream* is a lifesaver for dull or uneven skin tones. A few months ago, I had a weird breakout of small flesh coloured bumps on one side of my face – I still have no idea what it was, but I applied this cream morning and night for three days and it disappeared. Since then, I’ve been using a little of this highly nourishing cream on any dry patches or irritated skin. Now, Ceramidin Cream is expensive (mine is a press sample from ages ago) but so worth it. I’ll definitely be purchasing this cream myself as the results are amazing. Your skin looks plump, smooth and glowing after use. If you don’t like creams, it also comes in a liquid and gel-cream formula.

 

The Natural Spa Factory Dusk to Dawn Night Oil* is also a newbie in my skincare collection. This night oil contains a variety of natural oils, including sweet almond oil to promote a youthful complexion, wheat germ oil to promote luminosity, rose hip seed oil to regenerate and mandarin peel oil to encourage cell renewal. I’m really impressed with this nourishing oil. Despite being blessed with very oily skin, the Dusk to Dawn Oil helps to balance my complexion, hydrate and add radiance. Unlike some other facial oils I’ve used, this one isn’t too rich for oily or combination skin types and it doesn’t feel really greasy either. I apply it in the evening, after using a serum and I’ve found it works really well in my skincare routine.

Have you tried any of these products?

What do you use to keep your skin glowing?

The Makeup That Survived a Beauty Declutter!

     

One thing I’ve learnt as an adult is that it takes longer to clear out your crap than it does to buy it. I can easily spend £50 in Boots in ten minutes, but when it comes to streamlining my makeup – un huh! I recently bought some Muji storage. Ya know, the one everyone and their dog has (seriously though, its bloody lush and so easy to keep clean too), which prompted a complete review of my makeup collection. I still have a few bits to sort through but, for now, I’m much happier with my lil stash and I know I’ll get good use out of everything.

After throwing out any outdated makeup, giving the rest to my boyfriend’s mum and saving a few things to send to charity, there were a few pieces left that I was umming and ahhing about. Do I sell, throw or keep them? I finally decided on keeping them and I’m really glad I did as I’ve discovered a few old favourites alongside some new gems.

Benefit is a brand that holds a lot of nostalgia for me. My first ever mid-higher end makeup purchase was High Beam. I think it was around £16 at the time and I’d been lusting after it for so long that I made it a 17th birthday mission to track it down. I’ll be honest, I think Benefits packaging is super tacky but I still love a few of their products, including their mascaras. I actually think Benefit Bad Gal was the most I’d ever spent on a mascara at the time and I wore the shit out of that tube. While Bad Gal is a challenge to remove, I’ve had better success with Roller Lash. This mascara lengthens, defines and adds volume without clumping or smudging. I’m unsure if I’ll repurchase this as the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Mascara just edges it in terms of enhancing thickness, however, I’d probably pick up the travel size version again if I needed something for travelling or taking with me on the go.

In terms of lip products, the Kate Moss for Rimmel lippies have always been a favourite of mine. I decided to keep Rock n Roll nude as it’s a really pretty nude pink that works well with both daytime and evening looks. The only thing that puts me off is the scent. It’s the kind of synthetic scent that smells like a cross between awful medicine and playdoh, which obviously isn’t pleasant, but it’s ok when applied and it doesn’t taste awful so I can put up with that.

A fairly new product that I’ve not got round to trying is Tarte’s blush in Exposed. I’ve never tried anything from Tarte before and it’s a brand that I’ve been keen to try, so I’m not quite sure how this one slipped my attention. Exposed is a nude shade with a hint of pink. I normally stick to pink hues as I’m really pale so I’m hoping this shade is buildable. I’m sure I’ll be mentioning this soon as I have high hopes.

Bobbi Brown needs no introduction and her cream shadow in sand dollar is one of the best I’ve used. You might be able to tell that it’s started to dry out (I’m sure a blast of the hairdryer will help) but I’ll probably re-purchase it at some point. I’ve got a few more shades on my wishlist – I highly rate both these pots and MAC paint pots for easy cream shadows that are super quick to apply.

The last product on my saved list is Colurpop’s Flexitarian Highlighter. I almost sold this in a blog sale, but boy am I glad it fell through. I’m blown away by the formula of Colourpop’s products and how cheap they are for the quality. The highlighters have the same type of formula as the supershock eyeshadows and blushes in that they feel like a cream but apply like a powder. If you’re not in the US, its best to buy Colourpop makeup when free shipping is on and make several orders to avoid customs fees. I’d love to see Colourpop on a site like Beauty Bay, but, luckily, Colourpop’s shipping times are pretty good and it normally takes just over a week to arrive in the UK.

Have you tried any of these products or brands?

Nip + Fab Highlight Palette Stroboscopic – You Need It!

If you love makeup, then no doubt you know that ‘buzz’ feeling when you find a product that’s affordable and amazing quality!

Nip + Fab is a brand I’ve used for several years – I use their glycolic acid pads religiously, so naturally, my interest peaked when I clapped eyes on their makeup line. The highlight palette in Stroboscopic is a must-have for highlighter fans. If you’ve been looking at the likes of Anastasia for highlighter palettes and want a similar glow without the price tag, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this.

The Nip + Fab Highlight Palette in Stroboscopic contains six shades of highlighter and there’s something here to suit all skin tones. From a light champagne to a pretty rose gold, the shades are stunning. On my pale skin, only the top three shades will work for highlighters but the bottom three are perfect for using for eyeshadows.

The top three shades include selfie, champagne and golden, while the bottom shades are sun beam, rose gold and sunkissed. The powders all feel soft to touch without being crumbly and they transfer well onto the skin. They leave a glowy look on the face rather than being glittery. I think they’re perfect for both highlighter newbies and those that adore luminosity. You can apply these lightly with a fan brush or build them up with a lil’ more buffing.

The contour kit also contains a highlighter which is different to those in this palette. If you’re in the market for a new palette or you wanna treat yourself, I’d highly recommend this gem. It’s priced £15 but I purchased mine from Superdrug where it’s currently £10.

Have you tried any Nip + Fab makeup?

How to Create An Effective Skincare Routine on a Budget

effective skincare on a budget

Budget skincare has come a long way in the past few years and it’s likely to get even better. No doubt you’ve heard of Deciem and their affordable brand, The Ordinary, who are killing it right now. I’ve used their Salicylic acid and Retinol – both of which get the thumbs up from me.

Creating an effective skincare routine on a budget is pretty easy, thanks to some of the amazing products on the high street and internet. I admit, I used to be a skincare snob, but in the past few months, I’ve found several products that work well in harmony together for a clear, radiant complexion. If you’re looking to create an effective skincare routine on a budget, then here are a few suggestions as well as retailers that are perfect for finding skincare gems.

Cleansing

As cleansing essentially involves removing dirt and impurities from the skin, I find it makes more sense to save money on cleansing products. I love using the Salcura Daily Face Wash as it’s super gentle and makes my skin feel clear and refreshed. If you’re into more creamy cleansers, the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser is a lovely option (the muslin cloth is so-so but you can buy some great cloths from Primark for a couple of pounds).

budget skincare

Toning

Toning is an essential step to remove any cleansing residue or to deal with your specific skin type. After cleanser, I use the Nip & Fab Glycolic Acid Night Pads which are around half price when they’re on offer at Superdrug and Amazon, then I follow with La Roche Posay Serozinc. Using a green tea or tea tree toner is perfect if you have oily or combination skin – Lush have a great tea tree oil toning lotion. If you’re on the dryer side, a rose water will be effective at providing hydration – I suggest buying pure rose water from Amazon or your local supermarket rather than one with added ingredients.

Serums

Remember when serums used to hella pricey? These days, it’s relatively easy to find a super cheap serum thanks to The Ordinary. As I said at the beginning, I love the salicylic acid and retinol, but I’ve also heard good things about the hyaluronic acid. I also use the Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum which is amazing for breakouts. If you’re searching for other affordable serums, Boots Botanics range or Una Brennan skincare is well worth a look.

Moisturisers

Moisturiser is where I tend to spend a little more money. I generally use the Bioderma Intensive Purifying Care which works well under makeup and as an evening moisturiser – it’s really light, so good for oily skin. Escentual regularly has 1/3 off French skincare promotions so it’s worth picking up when on offer. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is ideal for dry or sensitive skin – there are no nasties in this either! Olay Regenerist 3 point cream is something I use on my fine lines and neck and it’s definitely improved the tone of my skin – Amazon is where I tend to buy this as its cheaper than other stores. For oils, Trilogy Rosehip Oil is incredible, as is the Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Oil.

Masks

If you’ve got oily skin, the Loreal Clay Mask is effective in leaving the skin feeling balanced and refreshed. Clay is a cheap ingredient so there’s little point in splashing the cash here. The Avene Soothing Moisture Mask is highly calming and cooling for dry or dehydrated skin types.

The best shops for creating an effective skincare routine on a budget are

Amazon, Superdrug, Boots, Escentual, Feel Unique, Lush

What are your favourite stores for buying budget skincare? Do you have any amazing affordable gems you want to share? Let me know in the comments!