Budget Beauties

Payday is still a week away and with that in mind I wanted to show you some pretty budget buys to help beat the January blues.

Matt lipsticks have become a staple in all of our make up bags and one of the best stain / colour combo comes from Wet’nWild and their liquid catsuit. A liner is essential with these as the pigment is so strong it’s almost like a lip paint. You can wear them alone or under a gloss. They offer comfort and long wear. Nudist Peach ( pictured) is a nice warm nude peach that is handy for bringing your make up bag into spring. Another product well worth the investment is the Mega Glow Highlighters . Offering what call a soft focus metallic finish to the skin , they act really well as a tear duct pop of glow too. Avoid if you’re very lined around the face though as the finish may look quite harsh and sit in lines or pores. This isn’t exclusive to this brand it happens across the board.

Lashes are an expensive hobby if like me you wear them every day but I do find that they open my eyes and finish the eye make up look with a glam touch. They can help you look less tired also but I do find a lighter lash with a thinner band works best. I always use Duo glue to apply them as I find this easy to use and won’t pull on the Lashes they just peel off.

The Primark (Penneys) own brand Lashes are only €1.50 and the Wispies are the ones I wear the most these days. The glue that comes with them is quite strong so I would recommend having some Duo on the side. The latest addition to the eye range is pigment and honestly you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between this €3 brand and some of the more expensive ones. Pictured is the colour Mink Pink which is a great dupe for Inglot 119.

The nude liner in Foxy Nude is a nice little addition for €1.50, I have bought quite a few of these in recent times to keep in my desk at work for emergencies. I also for €2.50 decided ya pick up the cotton bud holder which looks good on a dresser and is really practical.

Lastly is the PHr range designed for working out. The range has everything you need for a basic base. Now here is the thing I don’t really condone the concept of working out wearing make up but the mascara is quite good €2.50 and waterproof , and isn’t going to affect your skin. The other products like the highlighter stick is nice for an non glittery highlight, just apply with a synthetic brush and less is more because of the cream consistency. I think oddly women that are Menopausal mag like this range as it’s sweat proof . Penneys are as a brand always striving to improve their range and I have to say in recent times the colour /makeup range has really improved. The bits above are ones I liked and used. I think their brushes are great too and better than some of the bigger brands. They have a no frills approach and I like that.

My only bugbear is that you can’t get Wet n Wild products anymore in Penneys. It’s one of my favourite budget brands and it was so handy picking the bits I wear regularly there.

Happy Sunday and let me know if you try any of my recommendations. X

Lashings of lashes…..

Ooh La La Lashes!

So the weekend is here! Yay! Here is a step by step guide to applying lashes!

1. Make sure your lashes are clean
2.Curl your own lashes
3.Hold the strip of false eyelashes up to your eye as though you were going to put them on, lining them up with where your inner top eyelashes begin. If you put them too far inward, before where your natural eyelashes begin, they will not hold as well.

4. After you have properly lined up the false eyelashes, there will usually be a little of eyelash strip that extends past where your natural eyelashes end. On the strip of false eyelashes, place your fingers a little tiny bit beyond where your natural lashes end and cut the extra portion off. The tiny portion of false eyelash strip that extends past your natural lash line will allow your eyes to look bigger because it creates the illusion that your eyes are also larger, because your lash line looks longer. (top tip)

5. Place some glue on the back of your hand
6.Using a tweezer, hold somewhere on the top of the false eyelash strip. Make sure you are holding the lashes so you are able to apply glue to the proper side. Rub the lash line in the glue.
Pay special attention to either end. Ensure the glue is tacky.

.Continuing to hold the lashes in the tweezers, place the false eyelash strip onto your natural lashes, making sure to match the false strip up with the short lashes on the inside of the eye

8. Use your fingers to gently but firmly press the lash strip onto your natural lashes-lining them up as best you can between the natural eyelash line and where your eyelid begins. Putting them further up the lid makes them look very fake and frankly scary!

9.. Once you have the lashes positioned the way you would like them, use the tweezer to carefully and gently squeeze the false lashes onto your natural lashes. This is a step that many people miss. It is important because it secures the false eyelashes and makes sure they will remain as close as possible to your natural lashes. Make sure they don’t pucker.

Voila! Ooh la la lashes!