budget beauty

NSpa Beauty Balm | Review

I’m a big fan of NSpa skin care, so when I saw that they had a BB cream within their range I decided to give it a whirl. My skin is suffering from dryness at the moment, so I’m investigating anything light and moisturising.

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The NSpa BB cream claims to minimises the appearance of fine lines and blemishes with a light, natural colour for beautiful dewy skin. It has a good 12h hydration promise, with the added benefit of Vitamin C and an SPF 15 UV protection.

The first thing I noticed, when picking up in my local Asda, was that it came with no indication to what shade it was. I’ve never seen this with a BB cream before, they usually come with at least and light and medium option, but alas I could not find anything, so I just took the chance and purchased it anyway.

When I opened it up and first swatched it I thought I’d made a big mistake, it looked very dark, and worryingly orange tinged, however once blended in it adapted and surprisingly looked pretty well matched. I do think though, if you’re very pale skinned then this one is not going to be for you, unfortunate,

The finish is lovely; really natural, light with a very moisturising texture. I’ve tried a few BB creams that cam sometimes leave a slight oily residue on the skin, but this one sinks in really well. The coverage isn’t too high, but that’s to be expected with a BB cream that offers a more natural look, if anything I would really say this leans towards more of a tinted moisturiser, with added benefits.

Overall I like this for a day time product, and have found it easy to just apply in the morning for work. I think you could also use this as a base for foundation, if you needed a better coverage. You can find the NSpa range, usually on offer exclusively in Asda, online or in your local store. The BB cream retails for £6.00.

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Bargain Buy: MUA £1 Nail Polish

If you frequent the isles of high street make up stands then you’ll have no doubt heard of the MUA (Make Up Academy) stand in Superdrug.

MUA is a budget friendly make up brand, that offer up products from as little as a £1, products like these nail polishes….

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I’ve already heard all the hype around the £1 lipsticks, so I thought I’d road test the polishes instead. I pick up three; Fever Red, Ameretto Crush and Moody Mink, as shown in order below (swatches taken with flash)

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First off they’re packaged a lot like Essie, the glass bottle with the right hand side logo and white topper, but they’re a fraction of the size – they’re like mini versions.

Unfortunately the similarities stop there. I’m really not too sure what I was expecting for £1, so I’m trying to not be too negative, because I do still think these are a bargain; however they’re not very opaque and I found myself coating 3 times to get a good block of colour, and they are quite prone to chipping so I would suggest using a good quality top coat afterwards just to add a nice layer of protection.

There are however a good amount of colours and shades to choose from but with this brand I would suggest gravitating more towards the darker end of the spectrum, just because anything too light might just look a bit wishy washy and you may find yourself laying it just too much to get a good colour pay off.

I will say that the overall quality for the price is still really good, they’re not terrible – the brushes are a good size, and the polish goes on nicely, without any glooping or drying out,and they also dry down amazingly quickly too.

You can find MUA stands in Superdrug, online and in-store.

Mandara Spa Bath and Body*

Is there anything better than rich, creamy products that warm you right up? Or refreshing, and calming ones than can change your mood so easily?

Ok, so I don’t mean to sound like a cheesy TV advert, but when I was sent some Mandara Spa products to try out, I was pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous their bath and body stuff was.

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First up, and my favourite product by far is the Amber Heaven Nourishing Body Butter. It’s thick and incredible creamy, but it goes on and sinks in like nothing else I’ve tried. It smells incredible, and is so, so luxurious that slathering it on isn’t actually a chore like applying a body cream can sometimes be.

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The Island Paradise foot butter is also a lovely, thick product which melts to the feet, and leaves no oily or stick residue behind – something that can be hard to find in a foot cream.

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If your more of a shower user than a bath dweller (like me!) then the Tropical Blooms shower gel is a great find, it smells really refreshing and left my feeling lovely. I sometimes struggle with shower gels, as some tend to leave my skin feeling tight and itchy if they’re overly perfumed, but this one left none of that feeling behind.

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Finally the Honeymilk Dream bath milk – it smells so relaxing, that you automatically want to light a few candles and whack out our iPad and just laze in a nice hot bath.

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Mandara Spa is surprising a very budget friendly brand, and after a quick search, is available in Sainsburys, ranging from around £4 up to £9.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Matte Lipstick | 107

I’m still very much on the dark and vampy lip trend bus at the moment.

I like the dark lip, and I like it in a matte texture as well, so it’s fair to say that when I saw that Rimmel had a very tempting shade in their Kate Moss range, I was very pleased.

I really like the packaging of the Kate Moss lipsticks. They’re sleek and sturdy looking, and I just feel like they look a bit more high end than the bulky plastic type tubes of most high street brands.

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The shade that lured me in, was 107. It’s a red, with an almost plum tone to it. It’s quite deep, which I love as I don’t find that bright orange toned reds suit me too well.

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The quality of the lipstick, for the price tag and high street status, is great.

It’s matte, with a velvet texture, so it keeps lips feeling soft and supple. It doesn’t stick to dry patches, or bleed into creases either, which is a thumbs up for a dark, matte lipstick.

The staying power is slightly lower than some others. It’s not up there with the likes of MAC, but at a third of the price, I’m sure it can be overlooked, if you’re looking for a budget buy.

Overall, I’d recommend giving this a go. It’s a shade which I think would suit most skin tones and can be worn during the day, if lightly dabbed on with a finger, or of a night applied heavily, with a nude eye.

You can find the Kate Moss range of Rimmel lipsticks in Superdrug or Boots, online or in-store, for £5.49.