Market Make up. Cheap cosmetics, crazy colour palettes and matte lips!

My last blog was about pricey cosmetics at bargain prices. It felt only right to follow up with cheap ‘market brand’ cosmetics and their quality.

I will let you know quickly… I have spot prone very light skin with an oily t zone and dry elsewhere… yes i’m working with washed out colourless hell lol. So products are brought based on my pale icky complexion lol.

I would never normally have ‘gone market’ when it comes to make up (Icky 80’s memories of gritty, strangely smelling  cosmetic cheapies!) However I felt that drug store brands have been lacking colour and matte variety recently. I was also curious as to if known brands could be rivalled?!

I am a big fan of both matte and multi-use make up, variety and decent colour pallets are a must along with quality. I’m also a lover of unusual shades. Lets face it… I WANT IT ALL lol. So here’s what I brought and how it went…

The photo below:

Left hand palette W7 ‘Neon Nights’ electric eyes £3.99 from Superdrug

Right hand palette Technic ‘Electric beauty’ £2.49 from local market


WOW these are PIG.MENT.STRONG. Yes after testing, i’m impressed. I will say that the neon yellow and pastel orange are the weaker colours, they are more a ‘hint of’ than bold. But even this worked well. What I love about the W7 palette is that it is well constructed. Beautiful chunky clear acrylic cases with nice sized pans.

Between the two sets, I love the scope… From metallics and neons to pastels. Very nice! No smell and with a good primer… they last hours! I was shocked with the variety of pallets offered by W7 and the range of colours are beautiful. I WILL be buying the Mermaid palette with all the greeny bluey purples.

OK, next up are my top pick correctors, highlighters and face powder. (Needed with my skin which is a hot mess lol) Ouuu and a blush which works as a face powder!

Top left. MUA ‘Pro-base prime and conceal.’ £2.99 Superdrug

Top right. MUA ‘Pixel Perfect Multi-Blush’ (Pink Blossom) £1.99 Superdrug

Bottom left. Make Up Gallery ‘Smoothly Does It’ pressed powder (Natural Beige 2) £1.99 Market

Bottom right. W7 ‘Let’s Go’ Illuminating face powder £1.99 Market


OK first up TL: This is a hard pressed correcting base. Now this is solid, I’d recommend a hard powder brush. Despite that, this is a very good corrector. Not overly heavy, and the pan is big enough that if you need more of one colour, just use the brush to pick it up. (I used to be a fan of Avons colour correcting balls… but it didn’t give me the ability to select more of a certain colour, well this does!) I do wish it was a softer powder though, i really have to work the brush to get powder to transfer.

TR: I LOVE this, but not for its intended use lol. It is marked as a ‘blush’ but the blossom shade is so light and soft… I use it as an all over powder. It gives a very natural pale pink glow to my skin. It is softer than the pro-base and lasts longer. For a coloured pan, it’s comes out whitish pink… gorgeous! I love the ‘English Rose’ look.. and this gives me exactly that! Well done MUA!

BL: This is a straight up face powder. It covers pretty well. I like that it is LIGHT light. But it doesn’t cover as well as my usual choices (Either Rimmel or my beloved Soap and Glory powders) This is the one that feels most like ‘market cheap’

BR: W7 for the win again… this is a decent all over powder but also great for that dewy glowing look. It does have a micro pastel glitter in the mix… but this is not overly obvious on the skin. This would suit any light/medium skin tone, but I can imagine red heads rocking this shade!

So, the next photo quickly covers creams… conceal, prime, glow!


On the left we have the Multi Concealer Palette ‘Hide It!’ 69p from Body Care. This is a Technic product. I like the creams and they work pretty well but the case is kind of falling apart on me. I later found out that this is a tester product and Technic sell a bigger concealer palette. The only issue with this product, is that it takes some blending… these are block colours and quite heavy.

On the right we have the W7 ‘Prime and Glow’ illuminating primer. £1.99. This is the better quality cream base. Very light… very bright! How ever, I struggle to mix creams and powders. So I’m not a massive fan of either of these products. They are fine for a more natural look… but when you begin to introduce other make up components these both go a little ‘cakey’

 Next are my beloved matte colour and natural shade lipsticks! £1.99 each


First off I must apologise for the overly bright photo (taken with my phone) the colours are a touch darker in real life. So from left to right:

1. W7 Matte ‘Angel’ (soft chalk pink)

2. W7 Nude Kiss ‘Naughty Nude’ (soft chalk peach)

3. W7 Mad about Matte’s ‘All About Me’ (dusky mauve)

4. W7 Mad About Matte’s ‘On A Roll’ (deep purple)

5. MUA Matte ‘Totally Nude’ (warm pinky beige)

6. W7 Shimmer Lips ‘Pearl Shimmer’ (pearl white)

W7… wow well done. Matte FANTASTIC! 1-4 great colour choice. Nice thick even application. Surprisingly long lasting, minimal transfer. I reapplied after 4 hours in general… but that was after eating, drinking etc…  so not bad at all. I REALLY like these and I love the colour range.. it’s vast. The only downside was that the dark purple stained my lips… but this was easily removed by adding lip balm then wiping off. (The balm lifts the colour)

Now W7 Pearl Shimmer was the only one that wasn’t a winner for me. It was a little patchy. Number 5.

MUA was a nice shade matte but faded faster… I seem to reapply this more often. But for the price… you can afford to.

The biggest let down in cheaper lipsticks were the Technic range. (Not shown in photograph) I could not get them to last and they were very patchy. ‘Pink Lady’ was a bright pink shimmery lipstick in the tube… on application there was NO colour on my lips… it went straight in the bin.

So my last photo’ includes a few random buys I grabbed out of curiosity.


Top to bottom:

Technic Eyeshimmer stick in a sort of ‘dark purpley plum’ £1.49. This was a beautiful colour and applied really smoothly, but lasted seconds. This smudged everywhere and would not hold its colour.

Brow Wow pencil ‘Med/Dark’ Barry M. 99p and worth every penny. This is dark and comes with a brow brush. Long lasting. Nice little buy.

Miss Beauty ‘373 Glitter’ nail polish. £1. From Pound Land. This is a clear varnish with a blue pink pearly shimmer and micro glitter. With a decent clear top coat.. this lasted days without chipping. I love those hard to find pearl effect cosmetics!

Finally the last 2 lipliners are from Wilko’s (yep I know! lol) 99p. ‘In The Nude’ and ‘Honey Berry’ Both are the exact colour of the outer pencil. These needed a little warming up from my breath first befor the were soft enough to apply without scratching my lips lol. But did last longer than expected. I’m still not excited by these, and the packaging design feels cheap.

Soooo.. all in all there is a clear winner in the cheapie stakes. W7 well done, a quality array of cosmetics, fantastic colour choice and finish. I’m impressed! Love the Matte lipsticks. MUA comes a fair second and Technic’s crapped out lol. MUA  ‘Pixel Perfect Multi-Blush’ (Pink Blossom) has become a staple make up bag must, along with W7 Matte lipstick in that unusual dusky Mauve colour.

Who would have thought market make up had come so far!


Cosmetics, my £200 make up haul for under £30. You can too!

Did I really get so many branded products for so little… yes. Did I need to sell my soul… no. Did I fill in questionnaires or provide my bank details… hell no lol.

I am one of those annoying people who always seems to swipe a bargain, on the very same item someone else brought 5 minutes befor for 10 times the amount.  Now don’t get me wrong, I do put the hard work in. I will compare, hunt, coupon, swap, shop and take advantage of those 3 for 2 offers. But there is an easier way to grab branded make up at a fraction of the cost… keep reading!

So first off, let me show you some of the Max Factor cosmetics I currently use and a breakdown of their recommended cost. (Just so you know that I didn’t pull my pricing out of thin air, most of these products I looked up on the Boots drug store website)


Max Factor RRP:

 Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 foundation and Serum £12.99. Smokey Eye Effect 2 step eye shadow £6.99. Flipstick colour effect £8.49 x2. Gloss Cube £6.99 x2. Vibrant Curve Effect gloss £7.99 x2. Colour X-pert liner £6.99. Liquid Effects Pencil £6.99. Mono Eye Shadow single £3.99. Wild Shadow pots £4.99 x2

Next up we have my L’oreal, Mabelline and Rimmel cosmetics currently in use.


Maybelline RRP:

Big Eyes Liner £4.99. Colour Show Blush ‘em £5.99 x2. Big Eyes shadow palette £6.99 x2

Rimmel RRP:

Glam Eyes HD £6.99


Paris Glam Shine Gloss £7.99 x2.

Burt’s Bees RRP:

Tinted £3.69

And finally my L’OREAL Infallible eye shadow pots collection £6.99 x6


So there you are, my collection of 29 goodies with a RRP of £ 194.42!

And for the ACTUAL amount I paid… drum roll please… £27! That’s right 27 pound.

How you ask… simple. £1 shop and 99p stores. Also stores like Home Bargains. That’s it!

A lot of people I spoke to about this subject admitted not wanting to look in such places as they assumed these stores well full of lower end market make up. Or that the make up was some how faulty or a copies of known brands.

This is not the case. Shops like that fill up on over stock from other retail outlets. They also take last seasons left overs, colours that weren’t as popular perhaps or stock that never made it to it’s original destination. Meaning there are real bargains to be had, if you are happy to look through the stacked shelves of the 99p store!

In some cases, items are even sold in sets of two or three items for the same price. It is possible to shop on a shoe string and look stunning for less Stirling!

Hard Candy Cosmetics Review, lid says ‘yes’

OK being in the UK, Hard Candy is a brand I was initially unaware of. However I did like the look of their products, they have a ‘colour pop’ Barry M feel. So here are a few items I grabbed


The purple and green colour pop eye shadow sticks are bright and strong. Quite creamy, so I’d advise a blending shadow brush. Although I do love the colour of the purple stick, it did initially have a strange almost oily white layer on top. (Seen in the photo below.)

I wasn’t jumping up and down with the loose showgirl glitter either. It was very mediocre and the grain wasn’t as fine as i’d have hoped for. Barry M have a micro glitter range that top this by far! Added  to which the nail polish was patchy and watery. Took three coats, could have done with four but I didn’t want to wait an hour and flap around trying to dry.

However it wasn’t all bad. I LOVE the Mocha lip gloss. It is a nice coffee shade and smells the part. Taste wise, it tastes sweet.. pretty good.  It is a shimmery hint of colour and not at all sticky. I love the tube it comes in too… when I unscrewed to apply.. I got that ouuu it’s like a sweetie tube feel lol.

Finally I tried the Fortune glosses. The yellow gloss smells a little like lemon drops and the green is a candy peppermint. Both smell, well yes artificial but my sweet tooth got the better of me. These are both gloss heavy and taste sugary good. They are a little sticky, i made the mistake of wiping one off with tissue… oh crap haha tissue mouth! However I did spend quite a while playing with the glosses as the lids have this 8 ball theme. Shake the lids and get 8 ball answers.


So should I use Hard Candy again? Magic lid says ‘yes’ sure why not. They are cheap and cheerful and all in all quite fun.

The Best of Barry M cosmetics

All the glitters. So Barry M are a mid priced cruelty free cosmetics company and for all my UK friends, can be found amongst the shelves at Boots. They are mostly pitched to a younger demographic but don’t let that put you off, this Mama is down with the kids lol.

Barry M are well known for their beloved dazzle dust pots (eye shadow pigment pots) amongst other things. So very quickly i’m going to show you a few of my favourite must haves and colour loves.

First up we have Barry M  Lip Lacquer crayons. They have been around since 2010 (I believe) and are still a staple quick fix in my make-up bag. They are a high gloss finish and real easy to apply. And yes… the lacquer goes all the way to the end of the pencil, unlike other brands. (Meaning more for your money.) Plus this is one of the few companies who have a ‘blue pearl’ colour in their range. (Clear colour with a blue pearl tinge) Which i LOVE.


Next up are the Dazzle dust post. These are incredible! Available in a few hundred shades (I kid you not) Some pastel, some metallic, you are bound to find a colour and finish to fit any look! I cannot rate these enough, and with a eye primer, these powders last all day! Barry M also sell these cute quads too. (Hard pressed shadow) Offering quite the palette for standout eyes.


So the next photo includes blushers, brow kits and  Illuminating Strobe Cream! Which has been a ‘this year must have smash’ everywhere. the strobe stick is a great highlighter, but I like it most because on its own with a quick brush across your cheeks.. you get the beautiful dewy English Rose look!!

I must give a quick shout out for the brow kits too. Having tried every damn brow kit going, this one does the job perfectly. You get your powder to fill in your brows, a coloured wax to blend and fix. And yes this tames the strays too, keeping them in place. And a white highlighter. These kits come in three shades and the mid brown is warm enough to cover those beautiful red heads out there. Very nice product!


Now I wouldn’t have done this company justice if I didn’t mention the array of polish available. I’m not a massive nail painter lol, so don’t have the biggest collection. However the range of colours and finishes are once again extensive. I love the Jelly Pastels. But their coconut oil range are selling like wildfire! And for the metal heads.. the metallic range are equally as popular!


So there you are. Find a little of what you love, and paint your face happy. Enjoy.

Lets Talk LUSH

So this is my third LUSH post and lets face it, who doesn’t like to smell like unicorn farts and rainbows lol.

There are a few musts for me, starting with Breath of Fresh Air face toner at a cost of £8.50. Now this is a great product for reducing redness and cooling the skin, it is also my favourite ‘face hack.’   In short, this is also a pretty good make up remover and a great quick fix for freshening up through the day.


And as we are talking multi use, I have to talk shower jelly! This is a strange product that reminds me of those goo pots children play with lol. I personally use it as a hand soap but it has a much more devious use… coaxing my Son into the shower lol. Yes, he is of THAT age where he’d rather stink than wash, so this makes for a good bribe lol.

Me personally, i stick to the shower gels and creams. The Comforter (£12.95) being a particular favourite, mostly because the strength of the scent means I can smell it on my skin after showering… heaven! Don’t Rain on my Parade being a close second. This is a ‘green’ violet. Fresh and rain soaked, not the candy violet you’d immediately think of. It’s a great morning shower gel.


I also like to use as part of my routing, LUSH lip scrubs. If I remember right they are roughly £4.50 and a little goes a long way. I have big lips and they need a good polish lol. Highly recommended! And for those who are a big fan of Snow Fairy, The Kiss is very similar.. a mixture of Raspberry and bubblegum. I also use their Popping Candy lip scrub, which I believe was a limited edition. It’s still going strong, so these products have a great shelf life. Popcorn scrub, for the curious… smells exactly like!

Finally my last skin must have is LUSH ‘Love Lettuce’ fresh face mask. This is a soft grain face mask that also exfoliates. 15 minutes of looking like Slimer from the Ghost Busters, and you are good to go! This needs to be kept in the fridge and has a short shelf life… but leaves my skin soft and ‘glowey’ (yes I know that isn’t a word lol)


The only downside to LL is the smell, it is Lavender heavy. I’d like to have this smelling closer to its namesake. But this is a multi fix must have!

One last note, for those who recycle, LUSH have a take back scheme.. take 5 empty full size pots/bottles back and receive a free product. Great stuff!

LUSH Foundation and Face Powder

One thing to note about me, is that I have spent forever finding both foundation and face powder to cover both spot prone and extremely light skin. Most foundations leave me well.. orangutan orange with a layer of chalk lol.

So first up I tried LUSH’s Colour Supplement in their lightest shade ‘Jackie Oates.’ This is £12 for a small pot and it’s worth noting compared to the face powder, this is NOT vegan friendly.  It does contain honey etc… The idea being that it acts as a spot calming treatment and foundation.


The first thing to note is the smell, OMG the smell… yuck! It’s a mixture of strong oats, dust and cardboard. It took me a moment to recover lol! So from there I chose to quick test with my finger. It is light, but i’m still not sold on the shade. Consistency is pretty thick and it does blend well. I’m not sure i’d risk brush application as it seems to work well with warm fingers. However it does sit in the pores and it is on the oily side. It doesn’t last well either, a few hours and it’s patchy. But the odd thing is, that it makes for a good spot treatment, it does calm and tame. But for me it’s a no, I can’t get past the smell and the smell lingers on my skin.

Next up is the Emotional Brilliance face powder. Again this is £12 per pot and unlike the foundation, this is indeed Vegan. I’m also happy to report, that this is LIGHT light! It also has a thread of pink, giving that English Rose dewy look.


 I applied with a nice chunky powder brush and immediately fell in love. This feels like quality. Works wonders over a decent foundation, holds its colour and consistency, lasts, targets oily areas and most importantly doesn’t stink! Winner, i have been using it ever since.

Revlon Scented Nail Polish

I’m not always a massive fan of Revlon when it comes to nail polish, but did select four of the original scented polishes. (Grape Icy, Coconut Crush, Sugar Glaze and Raspberry Scone.)



I was quite happy with the array of scent and colour choices available, but unfortunately not the quality or throw. These were very watery and still patchy after 3 coats. The brush had little control and the polish dripped everywhere. The scent lasted a little over 2 hours. Added to which, the print on the bottle came off all over my hands… nightmare!

So whilst in Boots recently I found a selection of updated and redesigned Revlon scented nail polishes. I jumped straight in with Spun Sugar, Lavender Soap, Fresh Linen and Autumn Spice.


I’m quite taken with the new look, they have that grande apothecary feel. However the brush lids are a little hard to handle, it’s like trying to paint with a marble lol. Now I did note that the quality of the varnish had improved, 3 coats gives a fairly even finish but this formula does chip quite easily. The scents themselves are longer lasting (around 24 hours) and less pungent than Revlon’s first range. Autumn Spice has the added bonus of being glittery bordering metallic.

So all in all, these aren’t too bad. There is a certain childlike fun element to these ‘Look at me I have scratch and sniff fingers’ Probably not the look Revlon were going for though lol!