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The best affordable highlighters | £5 and under

I don’t have the biggest highlighter collection in the world, and I’m not going to lie, I don’t even own a single high end one either. I’m all about affordability when it comes to makeup (bar some things that are definitely worth the splurge - but that’s for another post), so I feel like I’m pretty knowledgeable on which affordable items are the best. I’m of course talking about highlighters today and which ones I rate, but the best part is, all 3 mentioned are £5 or under!


So, my favourite highlighter for everyday wear is the one included in the Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour palette ‘C01’. For me it’s the perfect kind of colour as it’s more on the pink side, so it suits my skin nicely. The formula is so soft and just glides right on, and catches the light beautifully too. This is actually my second palette as my first is on its way out now. I can’t believe how affordable it is at just £3.50 - I would definitely pay more for a big pan of the highlighter by itself. The bronzer and blush included are pretty decent too!

For a more natural, radiant highlighter, the e.l.f Cosmetics baked highlighter in ‘Moonlight Pearls’ is my lazy day go-to. As it’s baked the pay off isn’t as pigmented as a regular pressed highlight but it still gives a really pretty, radiant glow. The shade is more on the champagne side, but blends into the skin nicely without leaving a stripe on your cheek. This little highlighter is only £5, and definitely worth it if you’re into subtle, glowy finishes.

My most recent highlighter discovery is the Technic Cosmetics Mega Glow highlighter quad. I got this little gem in a Little Known Box subscription box and I’ve been totally blown away by the quality of it. It really is mega glowy, with a metallic sort of finish - my now go-to when I want full glam. I mainly use the top left shade as it’s the closest to my skin colour, but I can also use the white shade for an extra pop too. The golden shades are both beautiful, just not usable for me and my pale old skin. I would highly recommend this quad if you love a blinding highlight, it’s only £4!!

The next affordable highlighters to try on my list are the Wet n Wild MegaGlow highlighting powder, and the Maybelline Face Studio Chrome Extreme highlighter, I’ve heard great things about both!

What’s your favourite affordable highlight?

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Christmas gift guide with The Fragrance Shop

If you’re still on the hunt for that perfect Christmas gift, or haven’t even started to look yet, I’m here to (hopefully) give you a bit of inspiration as well as a little insight to some amazing things that are available at The Fragrance Shop.
I love the whole process of browsing and picking presents for others, but I also love to stay purse-friendly and within budget too, so I’ve chose some really good value bits to share with you today!

For the girly girl in your life, and a very affordable fragrance option, you can’t go wrong with the Ted Baker Polly Gift Set. This includes a 30ml bottle of their Eau de Toilette ‘Polly’ and a cute little compact mirror to match. I actually already have the larger version of this scent, which is why I think it makes the perfect gift - I love it for everyday wear with its subtle girly scent, and the bottle sits so pretty on my dressing table too. This retails for only £24, packaged in the prettiest pink box!

For the fun loving party girl, and rose gold lover, new fragrance Pepe Jeans for Her is definitely something a bit different. Exclusive to The Fragrance Shop, this sweet smelling fragrance doubles up as the prettiest rose gold cocktail (not to be consumed!). The bottle pulls out of the top and flips over, then fits right back in when you’re done - so cool! This has got to be the most unique perfume bottle I’ve ever seen. Pepe Jeans for her retails at £39.95 for 80ml, and there’s also a gift set available.

Something a bit more luxurious now, I love this Mugler Alien 30ml gift set complete with body lotion and mini scented candle. This set is brand new for Christmas 2018, and they even have the Angel version too. If you know the Alien fragrance you’ll know it’s a very distinct and recognisable scent, I know it well as it’s my Mums perfume. The candle smells just like it, with the same rich, fragrant notes. The deep purple and gold packaging on this set is just beautiful, and retails for £56, which is really good for Alien as it’s quite a pricey perfume!

You can also currently get 20% off orders with code SANTA20 - I hope this gave you some inspiration, happy shopping!

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All items were gifted to me by The Fragrance Shop for this post, however I specifically chose each item myself.

Colourpop Give It To Me Straight eyeshadow palette | First impressions & Swatches

For some reason, Colourpop products make me way more excited than any others do, probably because they aren’t available to by directly here in the UK, so the whole waiting for your order to be shipped from L.A is pretty exciting.

As you may already know, I love affordable brands, and even though you get hit with the custom charges when ordering from America, I still think it’s well worth it. All of their products are inexpensive, but one of my favourites has to be their eyeshadow palettes.

This time around I ordered the Give It To Me Straight palette, as I didn’t think I needed another fully warm toned palette, and this one looked fairly neutral - plus I loved the look of the purple tones for autumn. I’ve only ordered from Colourpop once before, (see my first order post here) but my experience was a very positive one and their eyeshadow formula is now up there with some of my faves.

Since I already have two of their eyeshadow palettes already, I Think I Love You and Dream Street, I kind of knew what to expect when it came to their formula and pigmentation, so I was mainly looking forward to playing with some new tones and creating some different looks. I know a lot of people aren’t keen on neutral or cool tones but I like them, and find them to be more complimentary on my skin tone.

The palette is made up of 12 shades, 7 of which are matte and the other 5 shimmer. I definitely get more Autumn vibes from it than anything else, with its rich browns and burgundy purples. I really love both formulas, but especially the shimmers as they’re always so smooth and buttery. All shades are so beautiful, and I love the names they’ve been given too. You can create both warm & cool toned looks with this palette, I’m loving all the different looks I’m able to create! See swatches below -

Swatches from left to right;

Matter Of Fact
A pale pink matte shade, a bit too pink for me to use as a base but works well as a blending shade.

Up Front
A light gold, buttery shimmer shade, could be used as a highlight or on the inner corners.

Straight Up
The perfect taupe shade for everyday wear.

A rich brown matte shade, with tiny flecks of gold glitter.

A deep, neutral brown, perfect for deepening the outer corners.

A beautiful shimmery peachy pink.

The prettiest purple toned shimmer, this one is a bit chunkier in terms of glitter.

A matte dusky pink shade, perfect for the crease.

Truth Hurts
A warm matte brown, another transition shade option.

Be Blunt
A vibrant burgundy purple shimmer shade.

A matte burgundy, pairs perfectly with the previous shade.

Finally, a deep, cool toned brown with purple undertones.

Have you tried this palette?

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