The Best Places to Buy Beauty Products


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What can I say, I love to shop! Being a student and an all round makeup hoarder, I like to search out the best deals on beauty products to make the spending that little less painful. I have quite a few go-to stores/websites for buying new beauty products that I thought I would share with you with an emphasis on some of the great deals that you can pick up on too! Obviously all of my picks are UK based although many of these options do ship internationally.

Feel Unique

Probably one of the best online beauty retailers around.

+ Feel Unique have an incredible range of products and brands and pretty much stock all of the big mainstream globally recognised beauty brands.

+ In the UK, Free shipping when you spend over £15!

+ Ships internationally to many worldwide locations.

+ Regular discounts and sales – I picked up so many great deals through Feel Unique!

+ Occurring Student Discount via Unidays which is usually 10% off however can rise up to 20% occasionally.

Boots

Of course I couldn’t go without mentioning the home of the drugstore in the UK.

+ Houses all of the main drugstore brands in the UK and many exclusive brands such as Soap & Glory, No7 etc.

+ Both online/physical stores.

+ Free Click and Collect in stores.

+ Also has great range of luxury brands too.

+ Advantage card loyalty scheme (more details here) – the chance to be rewarded.

+ Regular great offers – such as 3 for 2! (Classic!)

Space NK

The home of unique luxury beauty brands.

+ Has many exclusive brands that are hard to source elsewhere

+ Online and physical stores

+ Free Click and Collect in stores

+ Great N.dulge reward scheme (mentioned here again)

+ Occasional offers/sales great for when getting spendy!

+ Free samples online and in store

+ Really helpful in-store staff

+ International delivery

ASOS

The popular fashion retailer often overlooked for beauty!

+ Small but good range of beauty brands including Nars, Benefit, Rimmel etc.

+ Free delivery over £20 in the UK.

+ Worldwide shipping.

+ Student discount

+ Regular discounts e.g. 20% off

Cult Beauty

A online retailer I have only used once but I really recommend!

+ Many exclusive hard to find brands, many similar brands to Space NK.

+ Free worldwide shipping over £50.

+ Really quick efficient shipping.

+ Free samples.

+ Occasional discounts/sales.

Fragrance Direct 

An underrated discount beauty retailer for both fragrance and makeup.

+ Sells great range of brands from drugstore to high end.

+ Sells many discontinued/hard to find products.

+ Great lower discounted prices on many popular brands.

+ Cheap delivery/also free over certain amount.

+ International shipping.

House of Fraser

The department store overflowing with all the best luxury beauty brands.

+ Stocks many popular mid-range to high-end brands from Mac, Urban Decay, Chanel, Tom Ford etc.

+ In store/Online.

+ Free delivery over £50.

 + Free Click and Collect in stores.

+ 10% student discount

+ Beauty Reward card – offering £5 reward for every 500 points

+ International shipping.

+ Occasional offers/sales.

Look Fantastic

An online retailer always bursting with discounts. 

+ Great range of brands from Benefit to Illamasqua.

+ Free worldwide shipping to many locations!

+ Regular discount codes e.g. 20% off.

+ 10% Student discount.

Escentual 

One of my favourites for a bargain, totally underrated!

+ Good range of luxury brands.

+ Cheap UK delivery or free over £30.

+ Worldwide shipping.

+ Regular discounts e.g 20/25% off.

+ Regular offers e.g. 1/3rd off.

+ Low Special prices across many top brands!

+ Pretty pennies reward scheme – earn on each purchase and money off on the next.

+ Free gift wrapping for present buying.

Where do you like to shop for beauty products?

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The Spring Lip Edit


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Spring Lip Edit SwatchesWhen it comes to Spring, berry and bold lips are taken aside in favour of peachy corals and pinks in much lighter hues. You may have seen my Spring Edit were I looked into the dewy radiant beauty look fit for Spring but now its time to delve right into some of the lips products I will be reaching for in the much warmer weather. (Each lip product I mention is in order with the swatches from Left to right.)

MAC Shy Girl – I briefly mentioned this one in my Spring Edit post, it is in fact the first ever product I bought from MAC. Its a beautiful nude peachy shade and is in a cremesheen formula which makes it slide easily over the lips. I like a light layer of clear gloss over the top for the perfect spring lip 🙂

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon Peach on the Beach – I bought this late last year and never got much wear out of it since it was around Autumn time. As the warmer weather has slowly settled in, I dug this one out for a try. Its such a pretty bright coral shade and the formula has a glossy finish. I do find this quite drying on the lips and it can settle into dry patches making it appear a little unfortunate although I have found that slightly patting it into the lips works the best.

MAC Creme Cup – I am having a bit of light pink/nude moment just now. I am already eying up several lip products of similar shades, as if one wasn’t enough! I bought this quite recently and I have been pretty much wearing it non-stop. Its such a beautiful light pink shade that isn’t too pale that it washes you out or too ‘Barbie’. Again this one is a cremesheen formula so is incredibly creamy on the lips, look out for a full review coming soon!

Chanel Rouge Coco Cecile – Of course this beauty was going to make the cut! I am totally in love with this beautiful nude pink shade from Chanel which I reviewed raved about here. The formula of the Chanel lipsticks are truly like no others, beautifully creamy and super hydrating, basically like the qualities of a lip balm but with the pigmentation of a lipstick. I am definitely eying up a few other shades from the line!

Benefit Lolli-balm – Speaking of lip balms, there is no better time than Spring to wear a good tinted balm and I can’t rave enough about my love for these Benefit offerings! The formula of these is super hydrating and nourishing on the lips but the pigmentation is also pretty impressive for a tinted balm. Lolli-balm is of a light pink shade and gives the lips such a lovely boost of colour. I reviewed this one and the Benebalm here.

Topshop Whimsical – Topshop lipsticks are something I am pretty on the fence with if I am honest. I know they are pretty popular but the shades I have feel pretty drying on the lips and aren’t as creamy as MAC offerings. Although the shade Whimiscal is something I am trying to be a little more optimistic about. It is indeed a very pretty bold coral shade, perfect for Spring. I find that similarly to the Bourjois option, this lipstick is much better when patted into the lips acting more of a lip stain as I find it uncomfortable sitting on the lips. Interestingly, my original review here still continues to be my most viewed blog post to date, ooo!

Calvin Klein Delightful – Last but not least, probably the boldest on offering here is from Calvin Klein. This shade is a bold fuchsia pink, one I haven’t got a lot of wear out of. Bold pinks are something I used to wear a lot when I was younger but I haven’t got much wear out of them in recent years but this is definitely a shade I need to pluck up the courage to wear more often! While it is pretty vibrant, its not too in your face which makes this shade a lot more wearable. The formula is also very creamy and even better I got this lipstick for only £1.99 from Fragrance Direct, bargain!

What will you be wearing on your lips this Spring? 

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Fragrance Direct Haul: Essie, OPI, Calvin Klein etc.


IMG_3564Hello my lovely followers, I hope you all have had a splendid weekend. I must admit I am quite proud of myself for the amount of posts I have posted recently (pretty good for me anyway). So anyway, I received an order from Fragrance Direct the other day and I wanted to share a few bits that I got. Now if you haven’t heard of the Fragrance Direct website you are really missing out! Fragrance Direct sell branded fragrances, nail polish and makeup at discounted prices mostly because the items are discontinued or are from a previous season.

IMG_3568Firstly, I picked up three bottles of Essie nail polish which was at a fab price of £2.25 rather than its RRP of £7.99. There was quite a nice selection of different shades available although I went for Mind your mittens, Power Clutch and Vested Interest which are all quite dark shades however very appropriate for next season as we approach fall.

IMG_3570I then picked up a couple of shades from OPI at a bargain of £3.99 rather than its pricey £13.95 price tag. This time I picked up more lighter shades Guy Meets Gal-Veston which is a nice bright red shade and Tickle my France-y which is a light pink nude shade.

IMG_3573And last for the nail polish I picked up a cute Ciate polish for a neat £1.99 rather than its original price of £9. I picked up this nail polish in the shade Fly with me which is a turquoise/teal colour and it also appears to have a glimmer of pink shimmer through it which you may see on the bottle above.

IMG_3576I then picked up a great bargain lipstick by Calvin Klein for £1.99! The Calvin Klein makeup range has actually been discontinued so they don’t sell it anymore or make any new products. The lipstick was originally valued at £13.50 which is an amazing saving and I picked this up in the shade Delightful which is a nice light pink shade.

IMG_3581And last but not least I picked up a eyeshadow from Dainty Doll, a makeup range created by Nicola Roberts for people with pale skin (like me). I picked this up a for an amazing 99p! which is even better considering its original £11.50 price tag. I picked up the shade Treat her like a Lady which is a soft light greyish colour. It also comes in a cute compact with a mirror which I think is pretty cool.