The Beauty Junkies Guide To saving money

Hi I'm Leanne and I'm addicted to buying new makeup! Yes I would go as far as to say I was addicted to buying makeup. If I read or see a glowing review about a product I convince myself I need it. And new launches I need to try! My mission to find the perfect products is never ending - I've probably actually already found them but I always think there's something better out there. But at the end of the day, I'm not rich and have other priorities I need to pay for. Plus I'm going to New York in November so I need to start saving for that. So I've put to together a few useful tips to save money and curb spending without being to restrictive...

1. Spending Bans Don't work... 

For me spending bans just don't work. As soon as I say I'm not spending any money on makeup, a week later I go on massive shop, and spend more than I probably would if I wasn't on a spending ban! So instead I have myself a realistic monthly budget for makeup and beauty. I know this sounds excessive to have a monthly budget dedicated to makeup and beauty products but it works for me. 

2. Shop around for the best deals... 

This is pretty self explanatory but it's a good way of saving money. I buy most of my highend skincare when it's on offer. BeautyBay tend to have some good deals which makes highend skincare more mid price. Other online stores for great discounts include:

3. Avoid 3 for 2s...

I'm a sucker for Boots and Superdrug's 3for2 deals. If I just want one product I will buy another one to get one free, even if I don't need them. I've lost count the amount of times I've stood at the L'oreal stand trying to pick a nail polish just because it's free - and I don't even really like the formula! So I'm not even saving money!! That being said these deals are handy if there are 3 products in the offer you actually need / want. 

4. Make a list of beauty products you actually want...

Making a wish list has helped me loads. This way I see the stuff I really want and I don't just buy stuff for the sake of it. I'm the worst for new launch emails from BeautyBay, I order it straight away but in reality I probably didn't want said product as much as I wanted something else! 

5. Use and save points... 

Most beauty places have loyalty points that you can earn when you buy something. I like to save these points up for when I have no money and fancy a little treat. This way I get my beauty product fix without actually spending any money! 

6. Shop Your Stash...

I love shopping my stash. If you're a beauty junkie like me I guarantee you have a blush or a foundation you've completely forgotten about. So you can find a new, forgotten love without spending a penny. 

7. Try Before you buy / research well... 

Always try to get a sample before you buy something. This way if you don't like it you haven't lost much. Whereas, if you buy the full size and don't like the product you've wasted loads of money. Most beauty counters are happy to give a sample. If you can't get a sample research the product well; look for swatches and reviews. This is a good way too see if you like the product first and getting the correct shade. 

So there's a few ways to save money if you are a beauty junkie like me! I hope you found this helpful!

What are your tips for saving money?

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Makeup Lately

I can't believe it's time to share another Makeup Lately with you guys! January was more of a high end makeup month for me with some hits and misses. But here's the makeup I've been reaching for...

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer | £14

I recently found this hiding in the back of my primer collection so I thought I'd put it back into rotation and I'm so glad I did. This a really nice, hydrating primer! It has a weird slimy consistency that blends well into the skin. It also has Gold flecs suspended in it that gives a subtle luminosity to the skin. It smooths over the skin leaving a nice base for foundation. This is a great primer for dehydrated skin!

It Cosmetics CC Cream | $38 | POST

I do have a whole review post on this here. And despite me not loving this, don't get me wrong I don't hate it, there is just so much hype around this I had high hopes. Sadly this didn't live up to expectations. It's an ok base. It has a medium coverage and a nice glowy finish. The shade Medium isn't a great match for me. And with only 5 shades in the range it left me disappointed. The wear time isn't great either. But despite my negative thoughts, this is an ok foundation. This is currently out of stock from QVC but I have linked Beautylish

Seventeen Skin Wow concealer | £4.99 | POST 

I completely forgot how much I loved this concealer until I found it in my collection! It has a good coverage and really brightens up the under eye area. The formula is creamy, easy to blend and sits beautifully under the eyes without creasing. Because this is so brightening I don't think this would be great for blemishes but under the eyes it works a treat. This is a great drugstore gem!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores | £21

When I brought the CC cream it came in a set with powder so I've been giving it a test. And sadly I don't love this. Pores are not really an issue for me so I don't know how well it works to disguise them but this didn't make my skin look any smoother. It did help my makeup last a bit longer but all over my face this was too drying. It works well to set my under eyes though.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow kit | £34 | POST

Another hyped up product ( I talked about it here) that I've been testing and that didn't live up to the hype for me. The bronzer is far too pale for my skin tone ( I'm a mac NC30-35) so if your any darker than me I can't imagine this working. The blush and highlighter are ok. The highlighter lacks the real glow factor I like, but if you like something more subtle you might like this. The blush is nice, the best powder of the set! It's a nice Peachy, Coral shade that would be perfect for spring summer. While the highlighter and bronzer lack the pigmentation I like, all the powders are really soft and finely milled.

Urban Decay Beach Bronzer | £22 | POST

As the bronzer in the Too Faced palette wasn't great for me I've been reaching for this. Normally, I like a bit of a shimmer and glow to my bronzers but I've been really enjoying a matte look. The shade Bronzed is perfect for adding warmth to the face. It's finely milled, pigmented, applies evenly and also blends easily.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow | £39 | POST

Foe eyeshadow I've been reaching for this. Despite the glow kit being a bit of a let down I love this! It contains 18 eyeshadows that are all inspired by Peach, with a range of mattes and shimmers. Most of them are warmed toned, which I love. The formula is incredible - so soft, pigmented and easy to work. My favourite shades are Puree and Summer Yum. But I've got good use out of the shades. See this post for swatches. 

L'oreal Sculpt Mascara | £9.99 | POST

I've been reaching for this mascara so much I've actually re brought it. It has a comb wand that catches and coats every lash. It adds a good amount of volume and length, without being too clumpy and it holds the curl all the day.

Lottie London Slay all day Lip Kit | £8.95 | POST 

If you follow me on Instagram I've been raving and raving about this! Lottie London have realised a line of lip kits which come with Liquid Lipstick and matching lip pencil. I have the shade Fleek, which is a warm toned Brown. The lip pencil is creamy and applies so easily to the lips, without tugging or pulling. The Liquid lipstick is one of the best drugstore liquid lipsticks I've come across. It reminds me a lot of the NYX Soft Matte creams but more pigmented. They aren't drying at all and so easy to touch up during the day.

Crown Brushes* 

I also have a few brushes I've been really enjoying to apply my makeup. Which are all from Crown Brushes. These have all washed really well and held their shape. The brushes are:

C320 Pointed Powder Brush* | £18.81

This is a great multi purpose brush. It works well to apply powder all over the face, as a setting brush, or for bronzer, blush and highlighter. I really like to apply highlighter. Because it's pointed it can apply highlighter precisely to the cheek bones but because it's fluffy it blends the highlighter out, so I don't get that stripe effect. It has natural bristles so it doesn't pick as much product, but this prevents powder products from looking cakey. I washed this and it's held its shape well. It shed a bit when I did wash it but that's not uncommon for new makeup brushes.

C403 Chisel Brush* | £19.99

I think this is designed for contouring. Which it does an excellent job at. It's sort of a flat shape which makes it ideal for fitting into the cheek bones. But it's fluffy enough to blend the powder out, for a natural seemless effect. I also really like to use this with a setting powder to set my under eye concealer. Like the pointed powder brush it has natural bristles so it's ideal for powder. The shape makes it perfect for that too!

SS036 Small Cheek Contour Brush* | £5.99

This is a small domed brush that's designed for contouring. Although I don't find this works well with powder contour products, it's just too small and dense. It works brilliant with cream products though. I also really like this as a concealer brush. The dense, soft. bristles blend out concealer brilliantly without compromising the coverage! It works well under the eyes and on other areas of the face.

C456 Pointed Blender Brush* | £6.99

The Pointed Blender Brush is ideal for concealer. Like the Small Cheek Contour brush it has super soft, dense bristles. The point also makes it really easy to blend concealer into hard to reach areas like the nose. And it works well at packing concealer on to blemishes.

C510 Pro Oval Brush* | £5.99

I love this eyeshadow brush. It's small and flat which makes it perfect for packing on eyeshadow or a pigmented all over the lid. It transfers the eyeshadow really well.

C509 Pro Detail Concealer Brush* | £5.99

Another concealer brush, but the flat shape means makes this great for concealer around the eye brows. I really like this when I want a defined brow look. Its synthetic bristles pack on concealer and blend it out seemlessly.

C514 Pro Detail Liner* | £3.99

This is one of my favourite brushes of the bunch! This is the perfect liquid liner brush. The tip is so small and fine, making it super easy to draw on liner and create a neat crisp wing. There's not much else I can say about this but it's just brilliant.

So that's all the makeup and makeup brushes I've been reaching for lately.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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Making Your Own Lip Kit

Kylie Jenners lip kits have taken the world by storm. But they are pricey (especially if you live in the UK) and I don't actually like her liquid lipstick formula. The drugstore have cottoned on to this craze and have started to bring out lip kits at a super cheap price. Although I do find liquid lipsticks hit and miss at the best times and budget ones tend to be more miss. So today I thought I'd share my favourite lipsticks and lipliner that matches them...

ColourPop Echo Park | $6 | POST  and La Girl Liner | £3

ColourPops Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks have to be one of my favourite formulas. Although they are not the most long lasting they are so comfortable and affordable. Echo Park is a really nice Peachy everyday, nude shade. I like to pair it with LA Girls Semi permanent lip liner in the shade Natural. Which is a true nude - it's not too Pink or too Brown. The formula is nice, easy to apply, pigmented and comfortable. This actually goes really well with any nude shade.

Jeffree Star Androgyny | £16 | POST and Maybelline Lip Liner | £3.99

My love for Jeffree Stars Velour Liquid Lips is well documented on this blog. The formula really is spot on - they're easy to apply, well pigmented, non drying and so long lasting! They reapply well and don't sit in any fine lines or exaggerate lines in the lips. The shade Androgyny has to be one of my most worn shades from my collection. It's a Mauve Purple colour, that can still be worn everyday but it's something a bit more than a nude. I like to pair this with Maybellines lip liner in the shade Velvet Beige. Which is a Pink Brown colour. I have read that this has Silver shimmer in it, but I've not ever noticed it! The pencil is super creamy and pigmented. It's so easy to outline and fill in the lips. The shade doesn't compliment Androgyny perfectly but it doesn't alter the colour and makes the perfect base.

ColourPop Calypso | $6 | POST and New Look Lip Liner Toffee | £2.50

Another ColourPop Ultra Satin lip, this time in the shade Calypso. Which is a dusky Purple nude colour. It's slightly more Brown than Androgyny though. It's another great everyday shade in the trusty ColourPop formula. I like to pair with New Looks Toffee Liner. The shade is more of a nude Brown. But this compliments the Brown undertones in Calypso. I also find that this helps the liquid lipstick last a little bit longer. The formula is creamy and doesn't drag in the lips, it's well pigmented and easy to use. This is one of my most reached for combinations.

Jeffree Star Celebrity Skin | £16 | POST and Makeup Revolution Lip Kit | £6 (as part of a set)

Another combination that I love is Celebrity Skin and Makeup Revolutions Lip Liner (this is part of their lip kit set but I can't find it to link individually). Celebrity Skin is a pale nude colour and Makeup Revolution liner in the shade Noble is more of a warm Brown. Celebrity Skin is a great natural everyday shade, but I like my nudes a bit more bold, which is why I pair it with  Noble . Although Celebrity Skin is very pigmented it doesn't make too much of a difference - just a subtle change. The formula of the lip pencil is so good. One of the best I've come across in the drugstore. It's very creamy and really pigmented. It some how makes my lips look a bit more plump. It's also very long lasting and matte without being drying.

Lottie London Slay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Werk it | £5.95 and Lottie London Lip Liner in Fleek | £3.50

Lottie London actually have their own affordable lip kits which are brilliant for there price (see this post for more details) But I picked Werk It as a single. The shade is a beautiful Pinky Brown nude. The formula is well pigmented, long-lasting and not drying at all. It's actually one of the best affordable one I've tried. I like to pair this with the Lottie London lip pencil in Fleek. Which is a warm Brown nude colour. This is actually from one of their lip kits. The formula of this pencil is so creamy - I've had to sharpen it every time I've used it. It's also very pigmented and sits really nice on the lips and under liquid lipsticks. Werk it and Fleek make a really nice warm Pinky, Brown colour.

There are some of my favourite lipsticks and lip pencil combinations.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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How I Ombre my hair at home with Naturigin | AD

Disclaimer - I'm not a hairdresser. If you haven't done this yourself before please use extra caution! But anyway for those who didn't know I ombre my hair myself at home. Although the first time I had my hair done at the salon, so this gives me a rough idea of where to put the dye. I normally apply bleach to the mid lengths to give me the blonde colour. I don't add any colour to my roots because my hair is naturally Brown.

 My hair was looking a bit grown out and needed a bit of a refresh so on this occasion I used Naturigin. They are a Danish brand that have developed 19 Natural hair colours that are Amonia, Paraben and cruelty free. Naturigin hair colours also have very minimal chemicals, so hair damage is kept at a minimum. I used the shade Lightest Ash Blonde 10.2

The Hair colour kits are similar to most home hair dyes - they come with the dye, the developing lotion and conditioner for after. The instructions recommend using the bottle the developing lotion comes in to apply the dye to the hair. However, I mixed it up in a plastic bowl and used a hair dye brush because this would be easier for the ombreing process. Here's a step by step guide:

1. 24 HR before you plan on colouring your hair a patch is recommended. This is basically applying a small amount of dye behind the ear to see how you skin reacts (see how to do a Patch Test ). If you do react to dye it's probably best that you don't use it. If all is well than you can continue with the following steps.

2. Mix the developing lotion and the colour in the plastic bowl. Ensuring the mixture is smooth.

3. Section the hair. For a nice subtle ombre effect it's important you use small, thin sections. I divided the top half of my hair from the bottom. From the bottom sections I then decided which sections I wanted to apply the colour to. For a strong ombre effect apply the colour to mid lengths and ends to all the hair. For a more subtle effect apply in sections.

4. Before I applied the colour I backcombed the sections where I wanted the colour to start (Just under my cheek bones). Backcombing the hair prevents those clean lines so this is a VERY important step!

TIP - Make sure the sections aren't too big or the colour wont develop evenly.

5. I then applied the colour on the backcombed sections and then down the length of my hair. Ensuring the hair was evenly covered. I then massage it into the hair to ensure it was covered evenly. Gently lay the hair down. You can use foil for this process if you wish.

6. I then repeated the steps 3 to 5 working through the rest of my hair.

TIP - try not to spend to long on applying the colour or the bottom sections will develop before the top. In the salon they allow 40 minutes to apply hair colour, so I try to stick to this time frame.

7. When I've got the area around my face I made sure my parting was how I have it on an everyday basis to ensure the colour sits evenly on each side.

8. I waited 30 minutes as the Naturigin recommends. Check it often to ensure the colour was developing well.

9. I then rinsed my hair with warm water, until the water runs clear. I then applied a large helping of the colour lock to the whole of my hair and left it on for 20 minutes.

Here are some before and after pictures..



And that's pretty much the process I do to ombre my hair.

I'm really happy with Naturigin hair colour. Considering this isn't bleach it developed well on my hair, not as well as I hoped but this meant my hair wasn't as dry as it normally is with bleach. It doesn't smell like regular hair colours either, it smells like conditioner! And felt like conditioner on my hair too. Overall, If you're looking for a great, natural, cruelty free home hair dye I can't recommend this enough.

You can find Naturigin hair colours  at or in Lloyds pharmacies throughout the Uk

So that's how I ombre my hair at home! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

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My Most Loved Makeup

In honour of Valentines day I thought I'd share my most loved makeup with guys. These are the items that if I lost or they run out of I would repurchase straight away, no second thoughts. So let's get into it...

Becca Backlight Priming filter | £32 | POST

My most loved primer is the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. It's a glow giving primer that really smoothes the skin, ready for makeup application. I like to use one pump over my whole face because this really does give an amazing dewy look to the skin. It works for all my favourite foundations and even makes the ones I don't like look a little better. I've actually already repurchased this and I will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation | £11 | POST

Since getting this at the end of last year no other foundation has compared. It has a good medium to full coverage, a brilliant glowy finish, all in a long wearing, blend-able formula. I'm running out of ways to describe this foundation but it's one of the best I've tried and well out performs its affordable price tag.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22.50 | POST

This cult classic has really earned its most loved status in my collection. It's my favourite under eye concealer. The formula is creamy and blend-able and sits well under the eyes. I tend to find most concealers like this don't offer the coverage I need though, but not this! A couple of coats and I look like I've had a good nights sleep! Plus this comes in a range of shades so there's something for every skin tone.

RCMA No Colour Powder | £9.95 | POST

I discovered this at the end of last year too and I haven't looked back. This is the best setting powder I've come across. It sets everything and mattes everything down without being drying or leaving my skin looking cakey. It doesn't contain any colour pigments so it doesn't leave a White cast behind either.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette | £59 | POST

Having dehydrated skin means I'm always striving for glowy skin. So when I discovered these glow enhancing powders from Hourglass I fell in love. This trio comes with 3 powders to all add a different glow to the face, Nothing over the top just a subtle, lit from within glow. The powders are finely milled and don't even look like powders on the skin.

Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette | £8 | POST

This is my key to a good glow! These are very similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders (see this post) but they are more pigmented so they work better as highlighters. I like to use the Bronze shade as bronzer. It's not overly shimmery so it gives a lovely sun kissed look to the skin. I then use the centre shade as a highlighter on the high points of my face. These aren't over the top so they give skin a nice subtle glow. I actually use these everyday!

Sleek Solstice Highlighter palette | £9.99 | POST 

I always seem to come back to this little palette. It houses 4 highlighters. But my favourite is the Peachy shade. I've actually hit pan on it (how does that even happen?) None of the highlighters have any glitter in them and are finely milled. They leave the face with a gorgeous dewy sheen.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette | £37 | POST

For contour this is my most loved palette. This palette houses 3 contour shades and 3 matte highlight shades. The middle shade is my perfect contour colour colour and the yellow highlight shade is perfect for setting under eye concealer. All the powders are butter soft and look natural on the skin. I can't recommend this palette enough.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette | £41 | POST 

This was a tough choice between this and my MUG shadows but this one palette won. Most of the shades in this palette are warm tones, with the majority being matte. All the shadows are incredibly pigmented, smooth and easy to blend. It's my perfect palette.

Maybelline Lash Sensation | £7.99 | POST 

I've lost count the amount of times I've repurchased this. I don't tend to be a fan of Maybelline mascaras but this one is brilliant. It has a plastic, curved wand that grabs and coats every lash. It adds a good amount of length and volume, in a formula to doesn't smudge or flake throughout the day.

Jeffree Star Valour Liquid Lipsticks | £16 | POST

I do love a liquid lipstick and my favourite are the Velour liquid lips. Particular the shade Androgy. It's a Mauvey Purple. The formula of these are one of the best I've come across. They're matte but don't look dry or a crusty. It's non drying and so long wearing!

MAC Lipstick | £15.50 | POST 

I wanted to give an honourable mention to Velvet Teddy. It's from Macs Matte line. So it's super creamy and longlasting. The shade is a perfect Pinky Brown nude. It's my perfect everyday nude colour.

So that's my most loved makeup. Please check out the linked post for swatches and full reviews.

Have you tried any of these? What's your most loved makeup?

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