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

Ten Commandments

10 Commandmenst of make up
1. Thy shalt not skimp on skincare
2. Thou shalt correct and Conceal
3. Thou shalt wear the right foundation
4.Thou shalt only use powder where required
5.Thou shalt utilised bronze and blush
6.Thou shalt always use lipliner and lipstick or lipgloss
7.Thou shalt define thy holy brows
8. Thou shalt love thine eyeshadow
9. Eyeliner shalt be the second last step
10. A sweep of mascara and thou art ready to rock!


Todays top tip: foundation spreads a lot easier at body temparature so pour a little onto the back of your hand to warm it before applying…. Flawless.
You will notice if you are ever getting your make up done most artists will do this x

Always shop for foundation in the day time… Natural light is best

Repeat after me flat foundation brushes are not flawless or flattering…. When i spoke abou Sam Chapmans real techniques which is the best Pharmacy brand I had to talk about my all time favourite foundation brush and that is Shiseidos one! Its my fave department store find and is €30.50.

Dior recently launched a similar one for €60.
The Shiseido one has a stubby handle for easier control while Diors offering just has a longer handle.

The bristles are dense and soft but give perfect coverage. Perfect and Flawless.