10 under £10. 

This post is for all of you coupon clipping, points collecting, freebie grabbing cheap skates who realise that a decimal point all the way to the right doesn’t always equate quality. 
So if pay day seems a hella long way away but you need a carb/cheese free pick me up then get ready to sofa surf for some spare change and get your little butts down the high street. 
My top 10 under £10. 
  
Collection lasting perfection concealer £4.19 
Make up revolution vivid blush lacquer £3 
Revlon color burst lip butter £7.99
Maybelline 24h colour tattoo £4.99
Bourjois healthy mix foundation £9.99
Rimmel kate moss scandaleyes £7.49 
Make up revolution flawless palette £8 
Maybelline baby skin instant pore eraser £7.99 
Sleek brow kit £8.49 
Rimmel scandaleyes thick and thin eyeliner £5.49. 
Phew! That was hard, but these are deffo 10 under £10 I’d recommend everyone has in their collection. I reach for these constantly and I will most definitely repurchase when these little stars eventually run out. 
Do you own any of these? Which are your favourites? 
Let me know in the comments. 
Lots of love 
Clo
Xx 
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Allergy makeup guide. 

So Springtime does mean darker skin, lighter hair and shorter skirts it’s not all unicorn love puffs and rainbows. 

If you are an allergy sufferer then this time of year can bring with it blotchy skin, runny noses and eyes be streaming. 

Not cute. 


If like me you suffer in the Springtime here are a few tips I’ve picked up to reduce the blubbering mess that is my face. 

So we need to choose a primer thats gonna tackle the redness on our face. Using the colour wheel, we know that the opposite of red is green. So to neutralise the redness you’ll need a green primer. 

Make sense? Yeah you know it does. There’s loads of versions out there and it can get expensive but a really good budget primer to try in this case is No7 colour calming primer £10.50. 

For your base use a medium to full coverage foundation to meld the discolouration. One I always highly recommended is the Collection lasting perfection  foundation. This will keep your skin looking clear and perfect. You can check out my review here  

Then using a doe foot applicator concealer, cover all the red spots, around the nostrils and under the eyes. I like to use one with light reflecting particles in order to brighten the skin. Rimmel wake me up concealer is a good one to use and is purse friendly. 

 Okay so your face is all ready add your own choice of bronzer/blush/sculpt depending on your schedule and effect you’re after. 

Due to the pesky pollen making your eyes stream minimal eye make up is the best prevention. I’m not a huge fan of waterproof mascara as they tend to dry out my lashes. I once saw on Pinterest, pinner unknown,  that you can use a normal mascara as the first coat. The first coat protects the lashes from getting too dry, whilst using the waterproof number as the second coat stops them running. 

 

 Avoid eyeliner or extra faff around the eyes. If you’re anything like me you won’t be able to leave your peepers alone. 

The final killer blow is by adding a strong vibrant lip. A personal favourite of mine is make up revolution persian rose. 

Having a bold lip makes that the key attraction on your face rather than your stinging eyes. 

Let me know if this helps, have you got any tips for looking good during allergy season? Let me know in the comments. 

Lots of love 

Clo

Xx 

Teen make up kit guide

I was having a clear out the other day and put together a little goody bag for my niece Jessica, 13 years old,  to enhance her make up collection. 

It really got me thinking back to the days of when I first started experimenting with make up. 
Probably 10 years now, which not only makes me feel old, but makes me feel so sorry for my nieces generation. 
When I was 13 social media was just becoming a thing. It was all about myspace and who was in your ‘top friends’ and logging in and out of MSN to grab the attention of your crush. 
Who bee tee dubs, wasn’t worth my time, okay? 
  
There wasn’t daily selfies or FOTD’s to upload. I was free to make beauty mistakes and only I can remember the shame not the 600 facebook friends who can look at all your beauty blunders from the safety of their bedroom. 
So, there’s no point sitting here telling you what not to do. If you’re a young reader of mine or you have a family member or daughter who is just starting out with make up and you want to advise then read on my friends. 
This post is a guide on how to produce your own teen make up kit. 
Skin care
So I only started getting into skin care in my early twenties. Ugh I know, newb, but if you can start young your skin will thank you for it, I swear. 
Remove/cleanse/moisturise
Remove
So removing your make up is a biggy. No I don’t mean throwing a baby wipe at your skin and hoping for the best. 
I mean removing your make up properly so your face can breathe. 
A great make up remover in my opinion is the Garnier micellar cleansing water. It’s quick to use, meaning you’re more likely to use it. It removes face, lip and eye makeup #winning and its kind to your purse. 
You can read my full review here 
£3.99
Cleanse 
A posh word for clean. I’m sure it was a typo that some beauty buff was to embarrassed to correct. It will rid your skin of dirt and pollutants meaning your skin is less blemish prone. You don’t have to go mad with money. I use No7 cleansing milk twice a day and my skins pretty good (ignoring the monthly period pimples, groan) 
£9.50
Moisturise
This is so important. If you have oily skin then I know this will seem stupid but hear me out. 
If you rob your skin of moisture it will produce more sebum (oil) to moisturise itself. When your skin does this it causes blemishes and spots. Adding a moisturiser twice a day will take you seconds but your skin will thank you for it. 
I use simple kind to skin replenishing moisturisers 
£4.50 
Okay! The fun stuff now, make up. 
I was lucky I come from a large family of women so could always pinch their cool products if I didn’t have one. To my sisters constant dismay. If you aren’t so lucky or you aren’t okay with appropriating your siblings property then read on to what I believe should be in your starter kit. 
BRUSHES
Okay, spending money on these might not seem fun but they’ll make a huge difference on how easy your make up is and how good it looks. 
You wouldn’t put up a shelf without a hammer would you? (Well teebs, I wouldn’t even know how to put up a shelf but you know what I mean) 
So you’ll need a collection of eye brushes and face brushes. For value for money I always recommend the real techniques starter kit and core collection. These sets contain every brush a teen could need. Not cheap at approximately £40 combined but an investment you won’t regret. The brushes last for ages, improve the finish of your make up and come with their own Youtube channel for tips on how to use them. 
Put them on your birthday/Christmas lists girls. You will not be disappointed. 
Primer 
I don’t care if you think this is over the top for a teenager. A good primer doesn’t have to be expensive. I currently love Maybelline instant pore eraser. It’s reasonably priced, lasts for ages and keeps make up on for longer. You can get other types depending on your skin issues but I love how similar this is to Porefessional by Benefit.
£7.99 
  
Base
Now if you have clear skin I recommend a BB cream or Cc cream as they will not be so heavy on your skin and will keep your look as natural as possible (the mums reading this are loving me right now) your skin is beautiful and peachy, show it off. 
If your skin isn’t so clear than I recommend a foundation. Now there’s so many to choose from and I have so many I love but if your skin requires medium coverage and needs to be on budget then I personally love Bourjois healthy mix foundation.  It offers long lasting wear, perfect for long days at school, has a good SPF, meaning your skin care routine is shorter and again is not going to break the bank, read about it here
£9.99
Concealer
 Perfect for covering pesky spots and brightening under the eye. My go to favourite is the amazing collection lasting perfection concealer. Creamy, longevity, cheap as chips. I have tried high end concealers that whimper at the sight of this Bad boy
£3.99
Bronzer
If investing in a good bronzer prevents you from frying your skin to look like a packet of ready salted crisps  then so be it. Honey bronze by body shop has been a firm daily fave of mine for nearly a year and I have barely hit pan. Its an incredible dupe for hoola which I’m sure your dying to own but can’t afford it. Save your pennies and take a walk on down to body shop. 
£13
Face powder
Powders are no longer for old ladies. They keep everything in place and rather than lugging all your make up around school, take rimmels stay matte powder. Its slim and compact, reduces shine and restores flawlessness to your face whilst on your lunch break. 
£3.99
Blush
There are so many types of blushers out there from liquid to tints to powders. I highly recommend makeup revolution blush palette. With 8 shades for £6 you could have a new look every day and still have one to spare. Variety is the spice of life! 
£6
Eyeshadow
I’d recommend investing in two palettes when you’re starting out. You can always add more as you get on a bit. W7 from next in the buff, has all the nudes and transitional shades you could ask for. When you start learning how to perfect eye shadow, transitional shades are crucial. 
£9.99
I’d then suggest a glittery night time palette. I had more of a social life back then and I would love to have owned make up revolution Flawless  palette. It has colours that suit all eye colours with just the right amount of glitter to take you through the weekend. 
£8
Mascara
You need a go to black mascara that lengthens and is voluminous. A personal fave of mine is the Rimmel scandaleyes mascara. 
£7.49
Eyeliner
 liquid or pencil, its personal preference. I’d suggest Rimmel scandaleyes thick and thin liner as it lasts a long time and is easy on the pennies whilst creating a multitude of looks. 
£5.49 
Lipstick
 I’d say you can go mad with this category as make up revolution and make up academy do lippies for a pound. I’d suggest a nude pink, nude brown,  and a coral. Red lipstick is great but is a little bit too grown up. If you wanna wear red I’d start with a balm or gloss first. 
£1 each 
So as you can see many of the products are favourites of mine anyway so aren’t childish or too young. They’re modern, brand aware companies delivering awesome products. 
The total cost to kit this out immediately would be £140 roughly. 
Which I know is expensive but I’d suggest getting them in increments and requesting more expensive items for Christmas and birthdays. 
Remember £40 of that are brushes. Without them the rest is just a waste. 
This is my own advice and as always you buy whatever you want, this is just what I wish the 13 year old me, would have had back in the day. 
Hope this helps. 
Lots of love 
Clo 
Xx 

Maybe she’s born with it, Dream flawless nude fluid touch review. 

Maybelline Dream flawless nude 

Fluid touch foundation 
20 ml 
So this was a total whim purchase, I saw this beautiful bottle and had to have it. It’s got this ombre style effect on the bottle but at 20ml I believe thats it is quite dinky for the price. 
However that makes it better for fitting in your make up bag, so swings and that. 
When you unscrew the top your met with an applicator wand. 

 

 I personally strongly dislike the applicator. It’s too scratchy to apply straight to the skin and I can see there being a lot of waste towards the end of this products life as you won’t be able to access the edge of the bottle. Not great for girls on a budget.
The formula itself is really lightweight and feels similar to the Armani Maestro foundation I tried once. It is very sheer on the skin and even my freckles can be seen through the product. It leaves quite a pleasant finish, almost like a powdery matte effect. It almost makes your skin look like its being shot in soft focus. 
Well, thats if you have good skin. I did find that it was not moisturising enough for me and my dry skin felt rather taut. Having a few blemishes on my skin also, (such a lucky girl me) I did find that the formula clung to the edges of the blemishes leaving me with a flaky finish. 
Schexxy. 
   

   

The foundation lasted through an hours gym session really well and here’s a before and after shot. It was set with a Ben Nye powder and it barely moved. 
   

 

   
Through out the course of a night shift I did notice that 7 hours in that the product had faded but it did not bunch or disintegrate on my face. Which is a plus for me. Fading I can contend with, patchy I can not. 
I found that I could not use a beauty blender or brush with this as it was so lightweight and any tools drank it all up. 
My tips for application would be to take the applicator and dot the products on your 4 clean fingers. Then blend the product on with those fingers until you’ve reached the desired effect. 
I will state that the smell of this product was rather strong and when applied near to my eyes the fumes did sting slightly which is rather concerning. 
The shade range is rather poor as frequently demonstrated by the drugstore/ high street and only caters for fair to medium skin tones with 7 shades. 
For the price of this product, I would not repurchase for my own benefit. However it looked absolutely beautiful on my sisters oily/combo skin. 
Once again, I hope this helps 
Lots of love, 
Clo
Xx 

Hop Into Spring And Remember Our March Faves!

April already? Waaah? 

If you can not quite we have hit a quarter of a year already, cling onto the last memories of winter before hopping into Spring with our March Faves. 

As always links for the products are below as are any reviews I may have previously scrawled in case you fancy a more indepth view 

Insert smiley face emoji! 


Barry M chisel cheeks contour kit £6.49

My review here 🙂 

 Bourjois Paris colour boost lip crayon £7.99

Revlon 24H Colorstay™ normal to dry skin £12.49

 My review here 🙂

Real techniques retractable kabuki brush £11.99 

Bare minerals all over face colour, warmth, £20

Elf daily brush cleaner £9.99

Maybelline 24h colour stay tattoo £4.99

Make up revolution vivid blush lacquer £3

Benefit Hervana blush £23.50

Make up revolution ultra base primer £4.99