Firstly, I hold my hands up; I don’t think I could ever be a beauty blogger. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good pampering, but what you won’t in find my make up collection is extensive lippies from MAC, eyeshadows from Illamasqua and blah blah blah with cute silly names. When I find something I like, I tend to stick to it but when a beauty bargain comes my way, it’s a different story.
Last week before our camping trip, I picked up some cool cheapies in Tesco, such as a few bottles of Tony & Guy’s Detox Shampoo for £1-odd and some Tesco PRO face creams and cleansers. If you’re tempted yourself then you may still be able to get them as I’ve managed to be suckered yet again with more things added to their sale.
One thing I’ve learnt that works well for my dehydrated skin is a facial oil before moisturising. Decleor neroli oil is a great choice but it’s so frickin’ expensive when I was still in my 20’s (Side Note: You can get free samples). But today I found a bottle of BD Facial Oil reduced to £1.65 so you didn’t have to tell me twice about throwing it in my basket. And after a quick test, I’ve found it’s much lighter than almond oil and sinks better in to the skin so. Brilliant already.
Then to the BB creams! After being curious last year, I tried my first tube of Garnier and to be honest was quite nonplus about it; it just felt like a tinted moisturiser until I started to see the different in photos. I’ve been quite low recently, so picked up Simple’s Beauty Balm at half price and Tesco’s own PRO brand for £1.25. A BB cream has been great to cover dehydration lines under foundation and generally gives a fresher, cleaner finish. And while I was at it, I was sold on the claims of Simple’s illuminating + radiance cream. It feels light enough to sink in to the skin and gives a nice glow, so impressed me for £2.
But something I’m finally getting really excited about is painting my nails. I’d given up long ago titivating my stubby claws as varnish would chip in a matter or hours so ditched the pointless exercise but as my fingers take centre stage in cooking tutorials, I got a bit more embarrassed. So for my birthday, I opened my first ever UV lamp and gel nail starter kit but with one colour: Princess. I kid you not, the varnish you see in the pic was applied 4 weeks ago; they just grown out and have taken a many a beating while camping, DIY-ing and what not, so picked up W7 ones in Purple and Silver Sparks from a local beauty discount store for 4.99 each. I just hope I have the same luck with them. And the Tesco £1.73 cuticle cutters…. yoink; if it speeds up the prepping then I was all for it (and I couldn’t resist buying a extra pampering tool).
And I nearly forgot to talk about the Batiste XXL Plumping Powder for £1 (grabbed myself two) which leads me to another break through this year already: mastering curls with my new Remington Hair Straighteners. For the first time ever, I can now say my hair curling routine takes about 10-15 minute and stays in place, but to add some extra oomph, I’ve been using Batiste’s XXL spray, so had to pick up these and save some money! I’ve bought wands, tongues, crappy straighteners and have given away most of them; I even got some fake Babyliss knock-off Pro Perfect Curlers for my birthday but it takes forever due to amount of hair I have, although it’s fine. So out came my laptop for some more YouTube tutorial-research and found that GHD straighteners were the way forward. (There was no way with my hair history I was forking out the money) so I trusted Amazon’s reviews on the Remingtons which were apparently just as good and I’ve cracked it!
That’s me done until I have another splurge…
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