Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Beauty Prep on a £60 Budget

was recently set the challenge of shopping around for products for my ideal Christmas party look with the budget of £60 by and let me tell you it wasn't easy. I can easily see why each year women spend hundreds upon hundreds of pounds to look their best especially with the make-up prices creeping up each month...or so it seems.

Before I share what I have picked out for a festive night on the tiles let me share some of my beauty based money saving tips. A basic but a goody would be to ensure that you are signed up to any free loyalty programme a store offers such as Boots Advantage Card (not only can you collect points for money off but they do printable in-store coupons too) and Space.NK's Ndulge programme to redeem £5 off every £100 spent. It is also wise to sign up and trawl through online money saving sites such as voucher codes as every little counts. I also recommend waiting to do any big splurges i.e stocking up on your favourites when the likes of Boots and Superdrug do their 3 for 2 offers. Make-up has quickly become an expensive habit eh?

Okay here is where my £60 went. I called in to MAC to quickly browse and ended up walking away with a MAC Lip Liner in Lasting Sensation which is a bright almost red coral. I have decided that as night outs normally result in a lot of drinking and talking it would be best to have something much more long wearing than a typical lipstick and this fits the bill nicely. I will most likely layer a little MAC Lady Danger over the top to promote lasting power. This was £12!

For my face I bought a bottle of Bourjois Healthy Mix (£9.99) which is my all time favourite high street foundation and as it is only one night out you should try and purchase products that you will use again and again. I don't tend to buy anything in terms of make-up other than false lashes that I will only use once. It seems wasteful? As I plan on letting my lips be the main feature I plan on keeping the rest of my make-up muted and felt that the Sleek Make Up Face Form Contouring and Blush palette would be the best way to achieve this. A nifty little trio that allows you to sculp, highlight and add colour in one not bad for £9.99.

As much as I like the effect of bold eye make up and false lashes on others on myself it just looks bizarre as I have hooded eyes so I tend to keep things simple. With a bright red coral pout a quick flick of feline liner in the form of L'Oreal's Superline Blackbuster (£6.99) and lashings upon lashings of L'Oreal Telescope Mascara (£10.99) should be more than suffice. I may also use the Sleek Contouring kit to add a little highlight to my brow bone and define the socket with the contouring shade - can't beat a multi-tasking product!

Last but not least as I am trying to grow my nails and avoid false nails I decided to purchase a pretty but grown up glitter nail polish to compliment my little black dress which was easier said than done. Luckily Bourjois came up trumps with the shade Dangerous Wish within their 1 Seconde line - this is more of a top coat than a stand alone polish and the golden glitter flecks really come alive when layered over a black polish. At £5.99 I can't complain but if you do want this shade you will have to be quick as it is limited edition.

My grand total spend was...wait for it...£55.95. I should have stopped for a Big Mac on the way home haha!

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  1. The contour and blush palette looks so nice! I need to buy one ASAP haha ♥

  2. Oooh it is easy to spend £60 on makeup just for one look! That Sleek palette looks gorgeous :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  3. Everything look so lovely, feel like i need to go get all these thing right now!
    By the way what shade is the sleek palette and the bourjois foundation? :)

  4. @mousse hello :) it is the light palette and the foundation is shade 54

  5. This is such a good idea, you can end up spending so much on make up so quickly! I really want to try the Sleek Face Kit but it's sold out everywhere i go.



  6. I love the sleek face palettes! They are a bargain!

  7. Well that's that lip liner on my lust list! Also LOVING Sleek recently.

    Georgina at

  8. The Sleek palette is brilliant, I use it all the time!

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  9. Nice picks! That Sleek palette looks great and I love Real Techniques brushes! xo


  10. Great selection! I have a few of those products coming in an international swap, can't wait!


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