Hey there, So as well as products that have left me disappointed there are a few products that I have been really impressed with this month. There have been a couple of surprises to that have changed my view on budget beauty.
NCLA Nail Lacquer – Orange Coral (not official name but no colour on bottle)
Before using this, I had never heard of the brand before, I had no opinions and no expectations. This retails at £13 so not cheap so I was hoping it was ok at least. The colour in the bottle is bright and vivid, and nothing changes when applied either. It went on smoothly, One cote was enough for I did two coats for a bolder colour. The colour lasted approximately 3 days before chipping which in my experience was really good.
My little Beauty – Skin Luminizer
I received this product in my March My Little Box, a beauty subscription box from France. As this was a product made by the same company that curates the boxes, I wasn’t expecting too much but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a Pink tinted cream that when applied gives your face a natural glow as well as minimising pores and redness. I use this along with a little powder when my complexion is having a rare good day, and as a primer under foundation the rest of the time. I have already purchased a new tube from My Little Beauty.
Tear Drop – Beauty Blender
I had heard a lot about the ‘Beauty Blender’ from bloggers and youtubers but never really caught on. It has been around for quite a while but it was always a product I avoided for some reason. The Real Techniques one costs £5.99, less than a lot of my make-up brushes I use but still, I wasn’t willing to [ay that for something I had no clue about. So to practice, I bought this TearDrop Beauty Blender from eBay for £2.99. Half the price and perfect for practicing. I love it. I have never known a product to blend foundation so easily. You damped the sponge, and dab it into foundation (I put a dollop on the back of my hand) and apply lightly to your cheeks working your way in. This is now a must have and I am investing in the more expensive brand very soon.
Make Up Gallery (Poundland) – Pressed Powder.
When in my local poundland I have noticed they now produce their own range of cosmetics. I am dubious for products that are ‘too cheap’. I had run out of my pressed powder that very morning and was scouring the pan for any remains so I needed a powder quickly, I wasn’t happy with my current powder and wanted to test a few out, but in the meantime I needed something cheap. I noticed Make Up Gallery had a range of pressed powders and I chose the lightest shade that was in stock ‘Natural Beige 2′. It is a lot lighter that the name suggest. It is perfect for setting your makeup and as a base for contouring and blusher. I will continue to stock this whenever I can for at £1, it is a real bargain.
Rimmel – Lash Accelerator Mascara
I have owned soooooo many mascaras it’s untrue, they all have their pros and their cons. Some stand out whilst others are used and forgotten about. The mascara that has stood out for me this month is the Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara. The wand is narrow with long stiff bristles, it really does separate your lashes and makes them look longer The only downside is that it doesn’t make them look fuller. So if your lashes are sparse (mine are getting that way) Then this isn’t the mascara for you. But if you want long luscious lashes, I highly recommend!
What Products Have You been Impressed with this Month?