Friday, 22 August 2014

Budget Beauty : Where to buy.

With so many beauty blogs existing in the blogsphere, we all tend to have a ever growing wishlist of products or brands we would like to try. On occasion though, our bank balance doesn't allow this, so we will go without. Save for it or maybe even pop it on a birthday list. Having said that, there are a couple of places you can look online for specific beauty discounts, I'm always having a look on these sites so I thought it was fair to share my thoughts on them. 

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Now I will admit, it is a bit hit and miss with the ASOS Beauty sale, however pair the savings you make with a discount code and you could be on to a winner. There currently isn't too much on offer in their up to 35% off sale, however I did manage to pick out some bits. If you like a tan, there are a few fake bake products discounted along with this Instant tan from Xen Tan.  I find sales like this are a great time to think ahead and plan for birthdays or maybe even Christmas. Gift sets like this one from Fake bake would be a fab set to give someone who likes to stay bronzed all year around! ASOS always seems to have various nail polishes from OPI, Nails Inc and Models Own in their sale, so it's worth having a look to see if they have any shades you are lusting after, or ones you have struggled to get your hands on. 

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I find Fragrance Direct is the Tkmaxx of the online Beauty shopping. You have to rummage a bit to find some good deals. Which is slightly annoying, but if you persist & have the time to spare you could come across some really good deals. You can get a few 'drugstore' bits on there for cheaper than you would in Boots or Superdrug. This Revlon cream blush is down to £3.99 & the Max Factor Mascara has a huge £7 saving on it. I find that Fragrance Direct is a good site to get some decent skincare deals, I was surprised to see a few products from the Body shop on there along with the popular brand Elemis - There's quite a lot on offer. Well worth the time spent searching in my opinion. 

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All Beauty (formerly Cheap Smells) is my go to website if I want to get hair products and perfumes. They have some amazing savings on particular brands. The Macadamia Oil brand has a lot of fantastic deals including the Healing oil spray which is down to £9.49 instead of £23.50. There also a lot of TIGI products on the site at really good discounted prices so they are worth a look. Along with the more high end perfumes, I love to have a look on All Beauty for the cheaper - dear I say it Celebrity perfumes because you can get them for a pretty decent price. I'll admit I like the Britney Spears Fantasy perfume & if i can save myself £23 when purchasing it, then why wouldn't I pop it in my online basket? It's definitely a site you want to check out if you are thinking about getting a new scent or want to treat hair to a bit of TLC. 

There are also the more obvious places like checkout out department store sales, I know House of Fraser currently have a sale on, along with Debenhams.  Beauty Bay and Feel Unique are also hosting sales at the moment.

Use the Discount code SIZZLE15 for 15% off your order at Look Fantastic 

Much Love, 

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Budget Beauty : DIY Coffee & Coconut Body Scrub.

I wanted to feature a DIY during my budget beauty series, and as the franks coffee scrub seems to be making its rounds in the blogsphere I thought it would be rather apt to share with you a cheaper DIY alternative. 

So why are coffee scrubs so good for you? Well a main reason why people like to use coffee in their beauty regime is because it helps with cellulite.The caffine in ground coffee helps stimulate the toxins that cause cellulite under our skin. It has the effect of dialating blood vessels which in turn tones and tightens. So by using coffee in a scrub and introducing it into our regular beauty regime, it helps remove that build up. Your cellulite wont vanish completely straight away but you will see an improvement. 

There are many variations of scrub recipes online, I went for the most simple and cheap option using just two ingredients. Ground coffee & Coconut oil. If I had a bit of vanilla essence I would have thrown that in for a yummy scented scrub, however as we are midway through packing to move I couldn't locate it. 

To create 10 ice cube sized scrubs you will need to use..

8 table spoons of Coconut Oil (In liquid form, not solid)
3 table spoons of Ground Coffee. 
An Ice Cube Tray
A freezer. 

Mix 3 parts Coconut oil with the coffee and add it to your use cube tray. 
Using the remainder of the oil, top up each cube so you end up with a layer of coconut oil on the top/bottom. 
Place the tray in the freezer for an hour or so... the mixture will set and you will be able to use it!! 

It is probably best to keep the scrub cubes in the freezer until you need to use them. Just take one with you into the bath/shower. Warm it up between your palms, or under warm running water. Then proceed to use the scrub on your desired areas! If you would prefer not to use them in cube form you can always use the mixture straight after you mix it all together. A little less convenient but works just as well. 

Will you be trying out this DIY? 

Much love, 

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Budget Beauty : Primark Mini Manicure set.

I cannot tell you the amount of times I have been out and about, broken a nail and had nothing with me to sort it, this happens a lot at work or on holiday. I also tend to forget to pack tweezers with me when I go away which not only means I cannot tame my eyebrows, it effects my false eyelash application too! Tweezers really do aid the application of false lashes! 

When I saw this adorable little manicure set in Primark for a mere £2 I just had to purchase it. Firstly LOOK at the chevron print. So pretty. They did have other floral designs but this one grabbed my attention, and I felt would go with more things as I am not THAT big into florals. The case is rather sturdy and fastens with a clasp, I would say if you are heading to primark to get one of these do test the clasp out before you buy AND check all the items are inside, yes there were some without the tools in them! Inside you get the standard items, some nail scissors & clippers.Tweezers, They aren't the sharpest, but will do in an emergency! A nail file & a cuticle pusher. 

This may not be a necessity as we probably all have these items  separately in our beauty stash anyway, however I think its a handy little set to buy for only a couple of quid. Keep it in your bag, take it with you on holiday. Leave it in your desk at work. It's just nice to know that if you need it, it's there. 

Much Love, 

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