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!