Affordable Discoveries

It's time to share the affordable beauty discoveries I've made throughout October. There was quite a few so let's get into it.

7th Heaven Charcoal Peeling Mask* | £1

These masks are such a throw back for me, I remember these were one of the first face masks I ever brought! They've had a little rebrand since and have added a few new masks to their line, including this peeling one. This is one of those scary Black ones, but fear not this isn't anywhere near as harsh on the skin. It contains a bunch of skin loving ingredients to deeply cleanse the skin. And peeling it off is so satisfying. I left it on until it completely dried (around 20 mins), it was super easy to peel off, it didn't pull or tug on the skin. After my skin looked brighter and fresh. It felt so smooth too! For just £1 this is brilliant!

ST, Moriz Advanced Pro Formula Gel Tan* | £7.99

I'm a huge lover of fake tan and happy to report this is winner! St Moriz have formulated an excellent tan in the form of this light weight gel. It's really easy to apply and sinks into the skin really quickly. It's also very hydrating. I like to apply it before bed and in the morning I'm left with a gorgeous, natural, skin kissed glow! The colour isn't Orange or fake looking and it developed streak free. I have the shade medium which gives a good colour, I do like to apply two coats so I look super tanned though. Overall, I really like this and as affordable tans go this is one of the better ones on the market!

Girls With Attitude Brushes*

I've developed a bit of a makeup brush problem, I just love having loads of fresh new brushes so I was super excited to recieve some more GWA brushes for the Flamingal collection. I have:

Large Fan Brush* | £8.99  | this fan brush is so thick and large! It works well with all powder products. I particularly love this for contouring. It fits perfectly into the hollows of the cheeks and blends everything seamlessly.

Stubby Oval Foundation Brush* | £6.99 | This is designed for foundation and it has short, extremely dense bristles. To be honest this isn't a brush I would get much use out of. I just don't love this type of brush for foundation. However, this does apply cream contour products really well, which is how I've been using it.

Angled Bronzer Brush* | £8.99 | This is large really fluffy brush that is slightly angled. It works perfectly with bronzer and blush. It picks up powder perfectly and defuses it seamlessly on the face.

Fluffy Tapered Blending Brush* | £4.99 | The fluffy blending brush is perfect for blending eyeshadow into the crease. It picks up enough powder and translates it perfectly into the crease, whilst defusing the lines.

Domed Crease Brush | £4.99 | The domed crease brush is ideal for applying eyeshadow in the crease for a more defined look. It works really well for a cut crease look or applying shadow to the outer v.

Pencil Brush | £4.99 | This is a more precise brush for creating the ultimate smokey eye. And placing shadows exactly where you want them. I love this for applying shadow to the upper and lower lash line.

Concealer Brush | £4.99 | The concealer brush is medium sized and has synthetic bristles to make blending concealer super easy. I do normally prefer something a bit bigger for concealer under my eyes but this does an excellent job! It also works really well on blemishes.

Overall, I'm really happy with these brushes. They wash really well too.

GWA Fairy Tale Palette* | £16.99

How stunning is the packaging of this palette? It looks so much more expensive than it is! Inside is equally as beautiful. There are 12 shimmer and matte shades that range from a Royal Blue to beautiful Bronzes. I really rate the formula of GWA palettes and this is no exception. The shimmers are super creamy and the mattes are really blend-able. I don't actually own a palette like this (I don't think) so it's a very welcomed addition.

Sleek Makeup I-Art Liquid Eye Colour* | £6.99

Sleek have added these liquid eye liners to their collection, which are amazing! They come in a range of shades, I have 3:

Futurism - this is a stunning dark Blue colour with Silver shimmers in it.

Symbolism - which is a beautiful warm, Copper, shimmery colour.

Orphism - this is a really nice shimmery plump Purple colour.

They have a really small applicator so it makes creating a detailed line super easy. They can also be used to create a cut crease. I've actually blended them out, like cream eyeshadows all over the lid too, and they work amazingly. Once they set they don't budge at all. They would be great for creating a festive party look.

Sleek Makeup Matte Me Lip cream* | £4.99

Sleek have also added some new metallic matte lip me's to their collection. I'm already a huge fan of their formula. They dry down and do not budge but they're not drying. I have two shades

Molten Topaz - This is a warm, bright Coral. I probably wouldn't normally gravitate to this kind of shade but I actually really like it. It gives the lips a really nice pop of colour. The metallic effect isn't too bold either, it's very wearable.

Electroplated Nude - The name of this is actually really fitting. It's a Pinky nude colour. I really like the shade but for me it's just not that wearable, maybe for a night out or something.

Sleek Makeup I-Lust Into the Night Palette* | £7.49

Sleek are killing it with their new launches! Next I have this eyeshadow palette in the shade Silver which has 6 gorgeous sliver hues. All of them are shimmers and it has two cream shimmers. The powders are so soft and pigmented. The creams are equally as nice. This would be perfect for creating a smokey eye.

Sleek Makeup Strobe Dome Pink* | £6.99

This is a cream highlighter that I've quickly fallen in love with! I'm not sure how I feel about the whole dome shape but it applies beautifully. It's really creamy but not in a sticky way. It's a classic Champagne shade that would suit most skin tones. It doesn't contain any glitter, it just gives the cheek bones a lovely sheen.

Flexitol Moisturising Foot Foam* | £8.99

This has to be one of the most bizarre (in a good way) products I've come across. It's a foam aimed at targeting very dry feet. Upon application the foam melts into skin, instantly hydrating them. The first time I used this I used way too much and it did take a while to absorb but once I started using less, it sank in a lot quicker. Overall, I'm really happy with this and it has definitely helped to combat the dry areas on my feet.

Flexitol Hand Balm* | £5.29

This is pretty much a no frills hand cream, but don't let that put you off, it really packs a punch in terms of hydration! It's quite rich but not in a heavy greasy way. It absorbs really quickly leaving my hands so soft and hydrated! It's become a winter essential. I think this would also be great for those with sensitive skin.

Kiko Make Me Glow Sheet Mask* | £3.90

I do love a good sheet mask so I was super excited when I received this one from Kiko. Although this is slightly different to a regular mask, it's a priming mask that preps the skin ready for makeup. Another noteworthy difference is that it is saturated in cream rather than watery oils like other sheet masks. The cream is actually quite rich and intensely hydrating! I left this on for around 15-20 minutes and I was so impressed with the results. Probably, the best results I've had from a sheet mask. My skin was so soft, smooth and looked plump. It has a healthy sheen to it, but not in a shiny way. Makeup applied like a dream over the top of this. If you have dry / dehydrated skin like me I really can't recommend this enough. I will be stocking up on these.

High five if you made it to the end!

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

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