affordable makeup haul & first impressions

buckle up because this is a long one!
I’ve been collecting a few bits and pieces of affordable makeup brands (supermarket, drugstore, pharmacy, high street), and I decided to do a video where I try several of those products on my face and get to see how they behave throughout the day.

you can find most of the products at your local drugstore/pharmacy, but Feelunique, Look Fantastic and Boots International are always great international references for these kinds of brands (except Essence, Kiko, H&M and Makeup Revolution).

Kiko Smart Dry Nail Laquer

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (Look FantasticFeelunique)

L’Oréal True Match Foundation (not many shades at Feelunique, but you can find it at your local drugstore)

Essence 2 in 1 Highlight and Contouring stick

Essence I Love Color Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

Essence My Must Haves Eyeshadow 14 – Purple Clouds

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow in Purple Heaven — I couldn’t, for the life of me, find an online store that looked reliable, so check your local drugstore or pharmacy to see if they carry the brand.

Essence Eye and Face Palette 01

Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara

L’Oréal True Match Pressed Powder, again, through Feelunique or Lookfantastic

Essence My Must Haves Highlighter Powder

Essence Strobing Highlighter in let it glow!

Essence My Must Haves Lip Base

Essence My Must Haves Lip Powder

Essence Glossy Stick Lip Colour 02 – clear nude

also mentioned but not worn:
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
H&M Sensorium Eye Color in Cuveè Rose

L’Oréal Low-Shampoo

on my last visit to the supermarket, I was flabbergasted: they have discontinued the only sulfate-free shampoo line that was not meant for extremely damaged and colour-treated hair and that was readily available (as in, in the supermarket). this oily haired gal that prides herself on keeping her locks on a delicate balance that only need washing up to 3 times a week but gets dandruff whenever she uses a regular sulfate shampoo was outraged.
then my eyes hit that new thingamajig L’Oréal came up with. I’m no stranger to the no-poo trend but had never tried it — and this is just LOW-poo, but still… it probably will be too heavy, I thought.
then I reminded myself of my 3 readers/subscribers and decided “what the heck! it’s for science!”

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Clinique Take The Day Off vs. The Body Shop Chamomile — the cleanser breakdown

The Clinique Take The Day Off Balm is a highly rated cleansing balm and it is frequently mentioned by Caroline Hirons (my skincare guru) as a great first cleanser.

I had to give it a good go and compare it to my all-time favourite makeup removing cleansers from The Body Shop Chamomile range.

Here are my thoughts on all of these terrific products.

Where to buy?

Clinique is available in beauty stores and departments worldwide, and you can also find it through some online retailers like Feelunique, and U.S. Sephora.

The Body Shop is widely available in almost every country, so you can look for their shops and website on your location (many have an online shop). Here are the U.K. website links for the butter and the oil.

red carpet, low budget

I couldn’t let this opportunity pass. I’m a sucker for cinema, and ever since I was a little girl I found myself crying when watching the Oscars acceptance speeches. Lame, I know. I also know it’s all publicity and money and hypocrisy, but what to do, eh? I’m an actress!

being an actual actress in the real world, I’m broke. so here is my low-budget twist on some red carpet old Hollywood glam makeup. I hope you enjoy!

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5 tips for wintery skin

drink water.

*eyeroll*

there you go, see you next week for another life-changing post!

no, seriously, though.

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some of my winter skin goodies. don’t despair, I have some great budget suggestions

 

I have that kind of skin that gets really dehydrated in the winter (with the cold weather and the air conditioning and heating everywhere) — 3 or 4 hours into my workday I already look like a shrivelled prune, all dry patches and wrinkles, and no glow. but I can’t just slather on thick layers of moisturiser in the morning: it slides off in a matter of minutes, taking my makeup with it. my diva skin, despite dehydrated, is a careful drinker that takes its time reluctantly sipping a heavier moisture, but then swallows up my foundation in gulps like nobody’s business. like me with soup and chocolates, respectively.

also, I have sort of a treatment routine going on (anti-oxidants in the morning and retinoids in the evening), so I can’t seem to fit in that extra boost of moisture anywhere without feeling like I’m sort of diluting the effect of the amazing and expensive products — therefore defeating the purpose of said treatments. in the evening, if I slather on some good moisture, my face sticks like velcro to the pillow and I can hear 10€ of product hydrating the cotton fibres.

here’s how I worked around all my woes:

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colour pop — a pop or not?

I was planning on doing a video on this brand, but I recently got a newsletter from them that triggered this post instead (more about it on the end of this article).

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Shadows in Mittens, Kaepop Crenshaw, Bandit, Trois; Lippie Stixs in Grunge and Lumiére; Eyeliners in Mr. Bing; Ultra Matte Lips in Beeper, Ultra Satin Lips in Dohee.

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