Autumn/Winter Budget Beauty 

I did a post like this for summer, so I thought it was only right to do something similar for winter! I’ve chosen nine products that are great budget items to see you through the winter season in style, so enjoy…

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1. Revlon Nail Polish in Vixen, £6.49

This nail varnish is probably my all time favourite ‘drug store’ purchase. Firstly, I absolutely love the colour. It’s a gorgeous autumnal plum which is perfect to take you from daytime and into the evening! I also think the quality of Revlon nail polishes is great. The consistency is always really smooth and lasts a good few days (with a top and base coat) before starting to chip. If you want something to ‘autumn’ up your beauty routine this is my top recommendation!

2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream, £12.00

Our skin always need a little TLC during the colder months, and layering up your moisturiser is the easiest and most affordable way to do this. I love this Body Shop vitamin E cream, firstly because it suits all skin types. Secondly, vitamin E is an antioxidant for the skin (so really helps to protect and repair), which also helps to slow the ageing process! Alongside this, the shea butter and aloe vera also combines to make it a really soothing cream on the skin. Whilst this is one of the higher priced products here, the good quality ingredients included really do make this great value for  money. Plus, all Body Shop products are vegan, natural and cruelty-free which makes investing in this brand even more worthwhile!

3. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Pomegranate, £3.69

This lip balm was featured in my summer beauty bargains as well because it’s just so great! In my opinion it’s the best lip balm out there. It’s super nourishing, has a gorgeous pink tint to it and most importantly, is friendly on the bank balance! This is the perfect accompaniment to your make up bag especially during the winter months when heating and cold weather causes your lips to dry up.

4. St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub, £4.00

This was the first face scrub I ever used and it still maintains it’s superpower status in my eyes. It’s gentle on sensitive skin yet really penetrates to uplift dead skin and remove impurities and at £4.00 it’s a steal. It’s oil free and has 100% natural exfoliants which is why it’s so amazing for your skin. Use this once a week, or twice if you feel your skin needs it, to help fight the combination of heating and cold air, and, those winter nights where you cake your face in make up to hide the fading tan!

5. The Body Shop Down To Earth Eye Shadow Quad in 54588, £15 (trust me, it’s worth that little bit more!)

My first ever eye shadow set was from The Body Shop. Does anyone remember when they came in a clear box with four small cubes? This blue colour palette is a winner for me because it compliments my skin tone (and makes my blue eyes pop), and is perfect for those Autumn nights out! You can build as dramatic a look as you wish for the nighttime with the darker colours or opt for a subtle shimmer during the day with the silver. The colours are really pigmented (especially when wetting the brush), and although this is the steepest product here, I really do think this is great value for money, as it will easily carry you into next year.

6. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Starry Eyed, £4.99 

If you know me, you’ll know I love a plum lip, so I have hunted high and low for both budget and items to splurge on, and this Rimmel number has come top of my list for the budget end! I firstly absolutely love the colour (I compared it to a Burberry colour last year) because whilst it’s dark, it has a gorgeous warm undertone that makes it perfect for taking you from daytime to nighttime. As well as this, the quality is great. It’s nourishing, long lasting and doesn’t dry out my lips which is impressive even for an expensive lipstick! A big thumbs up all round for this product.

7. Rimmel Glitter Bomb Nail Polish in Mistletoe Mischief, £3.99

Everyone needs a bit of glitter in the build up to Christmas and this nail varnish is the perfect fit – it’s called Mistletoe Mischief which just says it all! I love a glitter polish because you can either use alone or over another colour; and, my personal favourite, I love to apply messily at the top of my nail to give an edge to the normal  all over glitter nail.

8. Superdrug Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask, 99p

With the temperature dropping and heating being blasted out it’s no shock that our skin can tend to get a little clogged up with make up and sweat. This face mask is one of MY FAVOURITE cheaper alternatives to use to help unclog the pores (I’d say it’s the budget version of the Kiehls face mask which I’ve reviewed here). The clay helps to really dig deep and draw out those impurities, whilst the cool eucalyptus helps to soothe and nourish skin. My skin always feels refreshed after using this mask, and at £0.99 per packet, i think it’s a fantastic bargain buy.

9. Soap and Glory Hand Food, £6.00

This hand cream has featured in one of my reviews before, but I can’t leave it out! It’s the perfect formula for dry, neglected hands as the shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow extract (yum!) combine to create a lovely, nourishing formula that delves deep to soothe the skin. It also absorbs really well into the skin, so you don’t need to use much to see it working its magic!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and found some of these suggestions useful! I would actually recommend these products whether you’re on a budget or not, so let me know if you test any out!

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Product Review: Lush Santa Lip Scrub

My lips have been really suffering recently due to cold mornings, heating and air con (why my office uses air con at this time of year I don’t know), as well as generally feeling run down. Not only were they feeling really dry, but they were unsightly and embarrassing, especially during meetings.

So, one evening after work I headed to Lush adamant that I wasn’t leaving without some miracle cure. To my relief I came across this amazing lip scrub which has significantly increased the feel and appearance of my lips.

I instantly fell in love firstly because this scrub is called ‘Santa’, clearly making it part of their Christmas range. It has this gorgeous smell that sings of Christmas, with aromas of cherries and dates Jumping out at you as you use it. It actually also smells a little like coca cola, which surprisingly is nice!

To use I literally take a finger tip full and gently apply in circular motions, focusing especially on those areas that need extra attention. I tend to do this for a few minutes before rinsing off with water. The shop assistant also told me it’s fine to lick off, which I haven’t done yet; but given how amazing it smells I can guarantee it tastes pretty delicious too.

It only took a day for me to notice a difference in the softness of my lips, so I can definitely recommend this for instant results. What’s great about this product is that it really isn’t harsh on your skin, as it almost dissolves when you use it. My only issue with this is that is leaves a faint red tinge behind. I’m not sure if that’s to do with the colour of the product, or that it had just given my skin an exfoliation. It did fade pretty quickly, but just to be safe I apply either before bed, or an hour or so before I know I have to go out.

I won’t be using this product everyday, but I definitely think a scrub once a week will be so beneficial in maintaining the condition by buffing away any dead skin.

 

I love to then follow this scrub with this lip balm by Kiehl’s. This product is so nourishing and really absorbs into your lips for when you need an intense treatment. Kiehl’s are great for giving out tester samples, so if you’re dubious about investing see if your local shop offers a sample size of this product!

I’m always looking for new ways to look after my lips during the winter, so would love to hear if you have any other suggestions!

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AW15 Beauty Wishlist

AW15 Beauty Wishlist

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Palette

I’ve been lusting after this eye palette for some time now! As a religious user of the Naked and Naked 2 palette, I was ecstatic when I heard of a new set of darker colours being released. The smoky eyes set is perfect for winter with the darker shades perfectly complimenting the colours that define the colder months. Equally, I also love that Urban Decay has stayed true to its beautifully soft colours that are so perfect for day to day wear to achieve a minimalist look. With a price tag of £38 it’s not the cheapest, but from personal experience I can definitely say that this is a brand worth investing in (especially if you love to experiment with eye colours)!

Burberry Beauty Burberry Kisses – Bright Plum No. 101

Burberry is always my favourite show at London Fashion Week, and when I saw the make up look this year my obsession was once again confirmed. I am besotted by this lip colour as not only it is gorgeous in itself, but it was so flattering against the different skin tones strutting down the catwalk. Of course, alongside these facts, it’s the perfect berry winter colour, so is definitely top of my wish list!

Eve Lom Moisturiser SPF 15

As the cold begins to creep in it’s so important to ensure that the skin on your face is kept as well looked after as your toes in your warm and cosy boots. So, to keep my skin moisturised and hydrated as the cold weather begins to take its toll, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect daily moisturiser. This one by Eve Lom not only enriches and nourishes the skin through deep hydration, but also acts as a great base for make up. Although I never regularly use any products from this brand because of their hefty price tag (this product is £40), I certainly think this would be a special product to invest in. I don’t think it will become a regular in my beauty cupboard, but definitely would be a perfect treat to myself and my skin!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Nail Polish

If you regularly follow my blog you’ll realise I have a slight obsession with nail varnish, and making sure my nails are in tip top shape. I saw this polish recently and was hooked; this is such a great colour for Christmas time, and will be perfect for any nights out/Christmas parties when I want to add a bit of extra sparkle to my look. I’ve never owned a nail polish from Bobbi Brown, but going on past experience from their other products, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed!

Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer Brush

This is the most luxury product on my wish list at £60 (I can dream!). I’ve never really spent a lot on my make up brushes, and actually consider them to be the least important part of my make up bag. I know that the key to flawless make up is a great set of brushes to apply with, however I would always much rather buy a new lipstick/eye liner than invest in a good set of brushes. But after seeing the Charlotte Tilbury collection of brushes I am starting to change my mind. I’ve chosen to feature the bronzer brush as after all this is a winter wish list, so I need as much help as possible to get some colour in my face! Whilst I can’t see myself buying this any time soon, it’s definitely a great product to daydream over.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first wish list! Would love to hear if anyone else is dying to get their hands on these products!

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