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Top Tips For Beauty Lovers Living On A Budget!

Posted on July 1, 2014


Hi Guys!

I was recently contacted by GiffGaff to put together a blog post for beauty lovers living on a budget. I thought this was a great idea because as of today I’m starting a self imposed spending ban for the whole of July – eek! It’s going to be pretty tough! So here are my tips for living on a budget if you’re completely makeup mad like I am…

  1. If you’re a fan of high end (expensive) products, as I am, – do your research! With a little online investigation you may be able to find a fantastic budget priced dupe, so you get the product you want (pretty much) without breaking the bank!
  2. Shop your stash! This is what I’m doing at the moment due to my spending ban. If you’re not familiar with the term it basically means go through your current stash of products and fall in love with them all over again! You bought them because you liked them in the first place, remember? You’ll be amazed at how exciting it is to rediscover old products again!
  3. Swap with your friends! Ok so I probably wouldn’t recommend swapping mascaras, you don’t want to be catching any stys or anything. But beauty items such as lipsticks, blushers and nail polishes are fab products to swap. So get your chums together and host a swapping party!
  4. Wait for sales… If you can. You can do it!!
  5. Ebay? Ok I suggest eBay with caution, there are dodgy sellers out there, and there are more fakes than you can shake a stick at. But, if you dig out the reputable sellers there are plenty of amazing deals to be had.
  6. Samples. You know that £40 foundation you’ve been dying for? Well why don’t you go to a counter and try it out? It might not be all it’s hyped up to be, or it may not suit your skin? And even if you do like it, you’ve tried it out for free 🙂
  7. Cash only. Give yourself a spending budget for the month, take the dosh out of the cash machine and use that money and only that for your spending. It might be a fun good idea to also put your debit / credit / store cards in a tub of water in the freezer. There’ll be no spending on that plastic in a hurry!
  8. Stalk your local pound shops. Believe it or not, I’ve heard of some pretty big brand makeup names appearing as if by magic in the good old 99p stores. They’re definitely worth a look! (Also be sure to check out TK Maxx!)

Ok so that’s about all I can think of at the moment! I’d love to hear if you have any tips for living on a budget? xxx

Primark Nail Polish Review

Posted on April 6, 2014

Hi Guys!

You may have seen my recent shopping haul – in preparation for the current drought (as I’m on a spending ban for the month of April). So far it’s not much fun!! I’m determined to last till the end of the month though and if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen yesterday I was asking if any bloggers were interested in a beauty swap. I have loads of makeup and skincare products knocking around and I thought a great way to alleviate my shopping desires would be to swap with somebody – so we both have new goodies to play with! If you have anything you’d like to swap just drop me a line at tsncblog@hotmail.co.uk

primark nail polish

Anyway I digress… I’ve only recently discovered Primark’s beauty rage, everything is cheap as chips so I thought I’d stock up on a few things 🙂 First up today is the nail polishes. They had a great range of colours on offer, the neon pink and magenta really caught my eye!

primark nail polish review

At £1 a bottle you can’t really get much cheaper, so I bought four colours – neon pink, bright magenta, light grey, and a kind of taupe brown colour. (The polishes don’t have their own names or numbers.)

primark nails

The bottles are really good quality, they are a rectangular shape, with a large plastic pull off lid, and a smaller round ‘real’ screw off lid underneath. The only other polish I have that’s vaguely like this is my Chanel!

neon pink nail polish

The colours of these polishes are fabulous – the neon pink is my favourite especially. The colour is so bright and opaque, I was really surprised as I didn’t expect them to be any good at all. The brush is also wide and easy to use. My only complaint would be the formula. As you can see it is a bit streaky and uneven. I used two coats which was plenty enough for full coverage. I would have much preferred Primark spent a bit more money on the formula and a bit less money on the packaging -they could have an amazing product here for only £1 a bottle!

cheap nail polish

Have you tried Primark nail polish?? I hope you enjoyed my review xxx