07 January, 2015

Beauty on a budget!

Everyday Budget Essenand ls
I love budget buys, I always have and when it comes to make-up there are some really great bargain buys out there and I wanted to share what I currently use. Don't get me wrong if I had the money make-up is something I would invest in more but at the moment I trying to cut back at the moment but without having to sacrifice on the things I love to the best way is budget buys! I pretty much wear make-up everyday, unless I'm ill or a just completely disorganised or forgot to bring my make-up somewhere with me which I hate when that happens.  I love make-up and enjoy creating different looks and changing my look and given I wear make-up all the time I am always looking for good products and I wanted to recommend the products that I use everyday and even better there really well priced if not an absolute bargain! This is the first time I've done a make-up post and I thought it was fitting to start with my make-up and what I currently use to recreate my everyday and evening make-up looks so I hope you like it and let me know if you tried and tested any other good budget brands as I'm always on the lookout for new things to try!  Anyway back to my budget makeup essentials...!  I will go through my current budget makeup buys in the order I apply them to my face so that I don't forget anything! I've just taken photo's of everything I currently use so excuse the messiness of it, it's just because there all products lying in my make-up and I bring make-up with me everywhere so they get a bit worn looking! The make-up I'm showing you is what I have for my work/everyday make-up it's very low budget and easy to purchase in any local pharmacy or drugstore. 

I always have to pencil in my eyebrows and I've been using Rimmel pencil in black for as long as I can remember, I have Rimmel brow pencils with me at all times!!! I find this eyebrow pencil honestly really good, it doesn't come off or smudge and works really well for me. I'm not a fan of using shadows for creating brows or other methods but I may just not have stumbled accross the right one as yet but to be honest the pencil is what I always have used and the shade is just right to match my hair colour and eyes so and I'm fussy about my brows so I'll probably just stick with what I always use. I plan to test other products in the coming months so I'll keep you posted! I often get asked who does my brows or what products I use and honestly it takes me less than 5 minutes to use a pencil and once you get used of filling in your brows it becomes like second nature, same with lining your upper lids! It's worth experimenting as different methods suit certain people and depending on who experienced you are with using brow pencils they can look pretty harsh if you apply to thickly or draw a hard line where your brow should be, we've all seen those disasters so I would say practice at home and dont over pluck only stray hair and preferrably leave your eyebrows as natural as possible if you can as otherwise you face a lifetime of trying to draw them back on and believe it takes practice in order for your brows shape to look good and that they look semi-natural!

Eyeshadow are difficult budget buys as more often than not the don't stick very well, there not that pigmented or the quality if just not that great. There are the one thing that in many cases it justified when it comes to spending a bit more on as it usually is worth the money but invest in a good primer too and you get even better value as you won't have to keep layer on the shadow even with the cheaper brands. Collection 2000 is probably a brand that most people wouldn't consider buying if they're over 22 but I've got to say their eyeshadow palettes which I bought are pretty good for a couple of reasons. The colours for the Smokey Eye and Nude palette are great, with three lighter, medium and darker shades to chose from which also includes a cream highlighter, applicator brush all for under £4.00! The texture and pigment is very good as well for a cheaper buy, it goes on well, blends nicely and you don't need to use a ton of it for a pretty look. I would recommend them and I've been using them regularly and I've been really happy with this product so if you're looking for a bargain eyeshadow for everyday, I would suggest trying these out! I also really like the eyeshadow palettes from H&M and I use the white pearl shadow.

I couldn't live without eyeliner and mascara, at this stage I feel naked without having at least one or the other one but preferably both at all times! These are definitely two essentials that every girl should have her make-up bag or kit! I'm currently using Rimmel Gel Liner in Black and Extra 3D lash also from Rimmel in Black. Both are very good and too be honest I've always used Rimmel mascara, it doesn't irritate my eyes and it makes my lashes look really long and thick so I've never thought to buy anything. I've tried other expensive brands but I always return to the old faithful Rimmel mascara as I can honestly say I found it the best I tried so far! The gel liner is good but the brush not so much, if you were not used on putting on liner the brush is very thick so it could get very messy so my advice is buy a better brush which I currently searching for a good one! I always used liquid liners but I've found they don't last as long and the colour is never black enough so that's why I've moved onto gel liner and I have to say it is much better for what I was looking for and last all day without having to top up your liner which can be really annoying. I will share tips on applying all liners well more so how I apply them along with other makeup tips and looks in the coming months for those of you that need a little extra guidance along the way!

The current foundation I use is also from Rimmel in Light Porcelain as I always go a couple of shades lighter for winter as don't get to see any pretty much any sun so my skin goes a lot lighter and I like the look of extremely pale skin at the moment against dark hair and plum lips which is usually my make-up look but I do like red and pink shades but more so in the summer, I'm not mad on wearing colour during the wint I wear foundation everyday or if I do I tend to only use it in certain areas of my face that need covering like under my eyes, cheeks or chin as I can get discolouration in those areas. I mainly only use foundation if I'm going somewhere fancy like a party or a special occasion as I don't like the feeling of lots of heavy foundation on my skin and I don't think it's good to wear everyday if you don't necessarily need it. If I am going out or for photo's I wear foundation, pressed powder and blusher. My budget pressed powder is from Collection 2000 and I recently got Matte Perfect from MUA to try out but I haven't opened it yet, along with a powder highlighter so I'm hoping they will be good as they were really inexpensive. For blusher I tend to use a pink cream blush or an orange shade both from cheaper brands but I can't remember where from as the labeling has faded but I'm sure they are from one of the brands I've already mentioned!
For my lipstick lately I love to wear very dark plum shades, especially in the winter months. I have found a real gem but it's actually a lip-liner pencil but works wonderfully as a lipstick and holds perfectly all night and it's again it's by Collection 2000. The Shade is called Damson in No.5 and it's amazing, the amount of compliments I get when I wear this lip-liner and it cost less than £3, it's crazy! It applies extremely dark in a beautiful wine shade and perfectly matte too for a more vintage feel which I love. I always apply it liberally and it will pretty much last all evening, even if I've had drinks, food and it's great if you're a red wine lover like me it hides the stained lips!!! I would 100 recommend this and have don't think it can be beaten when it comes to price, the quality and the colour is perfect. There are lots of reasonable budget lipsticks I've even tested the ones from Primark where I got a super Barbie pink lipstick which is great during the summer and it literally doesn't come off, you need make-up remover to get it off! I really like Sephora home brand makeup too which I also have a beautiful plum lipstick and I adore there stuff it's just a shame you can't get this brand in the UK. I'll be buying more shades as I just had a massive clear out so I'll be recommended more very soon!  There will be lots more make-up brand reviews, looks, tips and guides and how to's coming soon featuring lots more brands, vintage and pinup makeup. I will also be creating some super simple vintage and everyday hair styles to give you inspiration. Along with hair accessories and much more fashion, lifestyle, interview and exciting features... Why not visit The Chic Guide on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and follow The Chic Guide here on blogger so you can keep up-to-date. 

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