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Top 20 under £20

If you're anything like me, you'll always be looking for a bargain or something 'cheap' yet cheerful, so I thought why not add all my favourite 20 items under £20, this may be a mix of home, beauty and skincare, we'll just have to see where this post takes us...

MAKEUP: 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19:

This has been my holy grail concealer for years now, I cannot stress enough how long this lasts on my skin without creasing and how well it hides those big under eyes I have on the daily. If you're looking for a concealer that lasts and doesn't break the bank at all then this bad boy is for you! However, the shade range is a little bit poor I must admit as there are only 4 shades, that is the only downside to this product.




The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer £18:

I had my eye on this for months before I finally got it, and safe to say I will never ever look back, it is so so pigmented and lasts all day. It doesn't have any glitter it's just pure glow! I don't know if I would class this as 'drug store' because I haven't come across it in the usual drug stores such as Boots or Superdrug (someone correct me if I am wrong) I have only seen this in Debenhams or online at FeelUnique. But it is still under £20 so still a bargain for sure.




Rimmel Stay Matte Powder £3.99:

After seeing my friend Holly use this literally 24/7 I had to give it a go myself, she absolutely swore by it and now so do I! As soon as I tried it out for myself I was instantly hooked, as an oily girl I need to stay matte and this stuff works wonders!


Sleek Solstice Highlighter £9.99:

Now, to say this is my favourite drugstore highlighter would absolutely be true! I love this highlighter so much, the 4 shades are so pigmented, last all day and blend like a dream. If I am honest though I haven't used the cream highlighter in it (top left) as it does look a little too dark for my skin tone. I use the purple highlighter mostly for the inner corner of the eye to help add that little something to my eyes.


Seventeen High Drama Intense Liquid Liner £3.99:

This has really been one of my daily go to eyeliners, in fact I've used this all up now so I'm in need of a new one! It is really pigmented, is quick drying but it is also really easy to take off, so if you make a mistake and it's already dried you don't have to apply too much pressure to your eye to take it off or rectify it. I have found this to really help me create a defined wing every time, if you're looking for a new liquid liner, definitely try this one out!


Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation £6.99:

After trying to find a new drugstore foundation that didn't make me look an oily mess or oxidise within 20 minutes, I instantly fell in love with this foundation. It helps to mattify my oily areas without completely drying them out at the same time. It blends well and adds just the right amount of coverage with the ability be built up more and more if you're a full coverage fanatic like myself.

MAC Lipsticks £16.50:

In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with owning a MAC lipstick, they're so creamy and pigmented, if you haven't invested in a MAC lipstick, you seriously need to. They also last a long time too which is great.




Makeup Revolution Flawless 2 Palette £8:

For £8, this palette is a must for your collection! The colours are so pigmented and really blend-able and you can create so many looks with just this one palette as there is 32 shades that you can play with. £8 for 32 shades, need I say more?


NYX Vivid Brights Palette £16:

I actually bought this a few days ago, but I can already tell I am going to love it, I have really been wanting to delve into the brighter coloured eyeshadows, especially for nights out and when I saw my friend Holly had picked it up, tried it and loved it, I knew I would too. for £16, you get 16 extremely pigmented shades so it literally works out as £1 a shade.

NYX Warm Neutrals Palette £16:

Yes. I am putting two NYX palettes in one post, because they deserve it. But also, this one is so so different to the other one. If you're looking for a palette to suit the Autumnal feel, you need to try this out, with soft nudes, browns and reds this will definitely take pride of place in your makeup collection for the Autumn and Winter months ahead.


Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette £18:

This was one of my first ever BeautyBay purchases about a year ago, and it has been one of my favourite palettes ever since. The warm colours really compliment any eye colour and blend like butter. This is my go to palette for a night out if I want to go for a look that I know works for my eye colour, if you're wanting to see what eyeshadow colours will look best with your eye colour, be sure to read my article Conscious Talk magazine here!


SKINCARE: 

I have been raving about this ever since I bought it, so here I go again,

L'Oreal Hydra-Genius Moisturiser £9.99:

This has really done wonders for my skin, ever since I started using it I have seen a major difference in how smooth my skin is and how less oily my skin is as well. L'Oreal has been absolutely smashing the skincare game at the mo so I would definitely recommend trying out this or another product of theirs. I have a full review on this moisturiser here if you would like to find out my exact thoughts on it.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 700ml £7.99:

Of course I had to add the cult favourite to this post, micellar waters, in my opinion are the best way to remove makeup. It is gentle on the skin but gives a really thorough cleanse that wont irritate your skin.

Simple Eye Make-Up Remover £3.80 at Boots, £3.45 at Superdrug:

I don't know about you, but for me I like to use a range of skincare products to help remove my makeup as I don't think one skincare product can 100% remove every single bit of makeup, however if you know something that does, let me know! This eye make-up remover is so gentle on the skin and takes off any left over makeup that the micellar water may not have completely gotten off.


Palmers Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion £4.75 at Boots, £3.99 at Superdrug:

After being recommended this by another blogger, who sadly I've forgotten the name of, as I had been suffering from a bad stretch mark spout. I haven't stopped using it, my stretch marks had been reduced after just a few uses of this and it smells absolutely amazing, honestly you will not regret adding this into your daily routine!


Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask for Normal to Combination Skin £2.99:

I am an absolute sucker for face masks and sheet masks, so of course this was going to be in my top 20 under £20. I find that sometimes with sheet masks, that a lot of the product just drips off of my face as Ive got the mask over my face, but with this one it wasn't the case, none of the product slid down my face and my skin was left feeling super moisturised and hydrated.


Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist £16.00:

I picked this up on a whim a couple of months back and I do not regret it, I spritz this onto my face every morning after I've moisturised to give my face that extra bit of boost in the morning, I instantly feel more awake and it smells absolutely amazing.


Whats In It For Me Body Scrub £9:

This has become a huge part of my skincare routine ever since I started using it, whenever I am having bath or shower I will use this with no hesitation to exfoliate my skin and give it a good clean, it smells amazing and isn't harsh on my skin at all, which is great as I find that sometimes body scrubs can really irritate my skin. I have a full review of the body scrub here if you'd like to find out more.






HOME:

Acrylic Drawers ranging from £5-20

I absolutely swear by acrylic drawers for storing everything but mostly my makeup and skincare. Literally every blogger and their mother has an acrylic drawer, they're super handy and look amazing sitting on your desk or wherever you place them. As they're are so many at different prices I did find it hard which one to link for you, so I just linked the page where Amazon has a range, to make it easy for you to have a look at a variety in the one place!





Storage holders/boxes £3-£20:

When I was first moving into university, I got told to bring some small storage boxes, just to make it easier to place things in and to try and keep your room tidy. So when I was shopping in Wilko I came across these, which were a great investment at literally only £4, theyre so handy and really nice looking for the price too. I keep all sorts in here and it just makes my like that little bit easier.

I am unsure if these specific ones are still in stock however I have still linked the page where you can find your own!

So, there you have it, my top 20 under £20, do you have any favourite products under £20?

I x 



Whats in it for me: Body scrub review

Having been a fan of 'Whats in it for me' for some time now, when they were looking for brand ambassadors to help promote and review their products, of course I jumped at the chance!




The packaging of the body scrub is pretty simple and minimalist, with most of the focus being on the sassy slogan 'totally selfish, indulgent, in love with yourself products' which for me is much better than having busy packaging which sometimes makes it easier to forget what brand it is, so having the slogan as the focal point is very clever. It also has the ingredients clearly listed and extremely visible, so you know exactly what you're putting onto your body.

Upon opening the product, you may expect a body scrub to be a bit creamy  no no, not with this product, it's more like a jelly like formula, with added sea salts to help exfoliate the skin, which for me is way better than microbeads, as its a natural product, meaning it will be way better for your skin!

The jelly like formula is really easy to apply as well, just scoop a bit out of the jar with your fingers, lather into the skin and just feeeel the product work its magic, as you rub it into your skin you instantly feel exfoliated. It also builds up a light soapy foam too so you get a good ole wash and a scrub in one!



It washes off really easily as well, youre not left with loads of microbeads at the bottom, thanks to the sea salt because who wants that rough feeling under your bum when you're trying to relax?

The smell is amazing as well, it reminds me a lot of fruit pastels and definitely gives off a sweet like scent, which, for me is a major plus because I love smelling all sweet and fresh when i'm out of the shower. It also lasts once you're all dried and dressed too yet it isn't too overpowering.

And the best thing about this? It's only £9, which in my opinion is a bargain!

Check out Whats In It For Me...? on Instagram: @whatsinitformeuk

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award



To my surprise I was very kindly nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by the gorgeous @fayejessicaFN / fayejessica.co.uk, thank you so much!

If you don't know, the Versatile Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers who they feel they deserve to be shown some recognition within the blogosphere. All you have to do is reveal 7 facts about yourself and then nominate 15 other bloggers who you feel deserves to be shown some love!

So let's get to the 7 facts about me:

1: I broke my left arm in two places on my 5th birthday by climbing on a soft play object and then of course, falling onto the floor. 

2: I cannot start my day without a cup of tea, I am one moody margaret otherwise!

3: The way to my heart is always through pizza, it is my favourite takeaway food by far. 

4: I cannot watch movies with scenes underwater, for some reason I get all panicky and it stresses me out, so you can imagine what I'd be like with finding Nemo.  

5: My favourite film is Pretty Woman, Richard Gere is as handsome as ever in it. 

6: If I could be any fictional character, it would be Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, she is my spirit character. 

7: I am sometimes, just a little too blunt for my own good... 

Now that i've divulged some of myself to you, let's get to those who I have nominated...













Katie: @ktlgh / katiescorner.uk 



If you guys fancy it be sure to tag me on Twitter @izziebxo when you all post your facts, I'd love to see them!  













8 things I've learnt through my first year of blogging

Through, what seems like a very quick year of blogging, I have come to learn and realise a few little things along the way. So I thought i'd share them with you, whether you being a new blogger or someone who has been doing it for a while, I'm sure you can relate to a few of these.

  • The blogging community is amazing. After joining twitter for blogging purposes and over the months of following and interacting with fellow bloggers, everyone is so so supportive and they all genuinely want you to grow and be the best version of yourself. Whatever mood you're in there is always someone else feeling the same as you. And the retweet accounts are amazing, to a name a few: The Bloggers Hub, A bunch of blogs, GRL POWR are all accounts who do always try to retweet your tweets and get you as much engagement as possible.
  • You will get the 'funk'. Every blogger/youtuber will all know the infamous 'funk' that glooms over us once in a while, where you'll send guess your blog or your channel and think 'why am I even trying' but, I can assure you, this is only temporary. You will wake up with the motivation you thought you lost and you'll be able to start making great content again. 
  • Numbers don't matter. I know for some, numbers are a reason why people do the things they do, but for most people in the blogosphere, blogging is way more than about how many views you get and how much blogger mail you get. People blog to express themselves and help each other whether that be with reviewing a new product or sharing their own stories and experiences. Don't get me wrong, getting lots of views and gaining more followers is amazing but it isn't the soul reason everyone blogs.
  • Interaction is key. While this may seem obvious, the more interaction you do with your followers on twitter and Instagram, the better. You will see so much of a difference in views and followers. Be sure to interact with other bloggers and twitter chats that the blogging accounts hold, to find out the times of the chat, just check their twitter accounts for example the ones I mentioned in the beginning! 
  • Growth doesn't happen instantly. As a new blogger, I know the feeling of just hoping my twitter and instagram would start growing and getting noticed. But I had to get my head around the fact that these things take time, the only way you'll grow is to also engage with your followers and other accounts. Also, if you go on the 'explore' bit on instagram, just have a quick scroll down there and you should be able to find other accounts that are to your liking that you can follow and like their pictures and hopefully they'll like back! I feel like this may be seen as a contradiction to what I mentioned earlier and how 'numbers don't matter' but I am just simply saying this because everyone wants to their social media grow, right? But at the same time that doesn't mean that your just wanting to gain followers or views, you're doing this because you love it. 
  • Believe in yourself. Even though sometimes this may seem like the hardest thing to do, believing in yourself and thinking positive thoughts really helps when it comes to blogging. Especially when you're in a funk, it is really important to just try and believe in yourself, saying this is easier said than done I know, but just thinking to yourself 'come on, you can do it, you're doing great' can really help. And if you're really stuck on something or you just need a confidence boost, the blogging community is always on hand, especially on twitter to give you that little extra support!
  • Find your niche. While you think you may have to find a niche before your blog, that is in no way the reality of it. You learn as you go along what works for you whether that be the style of writing you use, the images you put up or the content you provide on your blog. Once you have found your niche, that doesn't mean you're restricted to stick to it either, its your blog and you can do what you want with it! No one is here to tell you how to run your own blog. 
  • Enjoy what you're doing. For me personally, I think this is one of the most important things I have learnt through blogging. Doing something you enjoy makes you want to do it better and the best you can be at it, so make sure you're enjoying it! If you find theres a period of time when you're thinking 'hmm, I don't think I'm liking this as much as I did' then take a break and come back, make sure you're 100% into it. 

It's hydrating but is it a genius?

Ever since L'Oreal released their new range of moisturisers I have seen so many bloggers rave about them and after seeing a wonderful blog post by ktmy.co.uk I really thought i myself that I had to try it as for someone with combination/oily skin i always find that I can never really find a moisturiser that truly works for my skin, apart from the Nivea Day Cream that I find extremely helpful although it is quite thick sometimes. 

I managed to pick this up while it was on offer at Superdrug which, for me, I always prefer to find something that I want to try to be on offer because if I buy it at full price and don't like it i feel like i'm wasting money, whereas if i'm buying it on offer, if it doesn't work for me I don't feel AS guilty about not using it everyday. 

First of, the packaging is very sleek and looks great on your dresser, it is made of glass however and for someone like me...i'm really paranoid about dropping it. But aside from that the packaging easily pumps out the cream and has a lovely colour to it. 

The moisturiser itself is very light weight and smells amazing, every time I put it on my face I feel so clean and fresh simply because of the smell. The lightweight feel is perfect for summer as it doesn't feel like you have anything on and doesn't weigh your face down. I have also found that if dries really quickly so if you're quick to whack on some clothes after putting this on there's no need to worry about it coming off as you're tugging your shirt over your freshly moisturised face. 

As I mentioned, I have combination/oily skin and I find this really works for me, it moisturises my oily areas but also takes away any excess oils I have without completely drying my face out which is what my skin craves for with moisturisers. For those with normal/dry skin they also have another hydra-genius moisturiser too. 

I have been using this now everyday for about 3 weeks and I've hardly made a dent in the bottle which is brilliant so I know this will last me a long time. And for the price point that is even more of an added bonus!





Updated Skincare Routine

I don't know about you, but I am always on the hunt for a new skincare product and a new skincare routine because I have never really found the one routine that has really done wonders for my skin...until now (I hope!)

After months and months of switching between products and really sort of putting my skin through the mill a tad, I've finally found the majority of skincare products that work for me and that I am bound to stick to. So are you ready? Let's get to it. 


I know cleansing wipes are a bit of a taboo in the beauty community however I love them. And these wipes have been my holy grail wipes for roughly a year now and I always find that they leave my skin feeling fresh, I sometimes even use these when I have no makeup to take off but simply want a quick cleanse throughout the day. They're super affordable and suitable for sensitive skin too, so that's even better right?



I've bought this only in the past month or so as I finished up my Simple dual effect eye makeup remover which I loved and you can see a full review of it over HERE however I wanted to try another eye makeup remover and stuck to the same brand but just one that doesn't have any oil in. I love this one too and it's so soothing on the eyes and really really gentle on them too. I use this on top of the cleansing wipes to really make sure my makeup is removed, as I know that using wipes alone doesn't guarantee that your makeup will be fully removed. 




I received this in my June Latest In Beauty box and I instantly fell in love, I use this in the shower mostly before and after I've exfoliated and it works wonders, it smells gorgeous, leaves my skin feeling super soft and doesn't sting my eyes at all when I go over them with this! In the past I have always had problems with cleaners that say that are suitable for the eyes and then end up with my eyes burning that I am turned off the product for life! Anyone else had this? The sample I received was only a small travel size but I will certainly be repurchasing this as soon as I run out. 





I bought this on a whim about a 2 weeks ago and even though I have only had this a short while, I am already hooked. I have always been on the hunt for a toner as I never really kept one in my skincare routine because I found ones that catered towards the combination/oily skin type always felt that they were too drying, and were striping my skin of its natural oils as well as the excess oils, which of course was not ideal. But when I saw another bloggers review of this (sorry I can't remember who it was!) I really wanted to try this & luckily for me it was on offer! When I tried it It smelt really hygenic which made me feel very clean if that makes sense? And I instantly loved the feel on my face, it doesn't take away my natural oils but it does minimise any excess oils that I had which is what I really wanted!



And lastly, 


This has to be my new favourite moisturiser by far it smells amazing, is lasting a long time and makes my skin feel super soft and refreshed and helps to also minimise any excess oils, thank the lord. I do also have a full review of this here. If you would like to see!






So that concludes my new skincare routine, I am always looking to add to my skincare range so comment below what you're really loving right now!

I xo

Korean Skincare - Foot Peeling Mask

While I was browsing the ASOS website looking for some new clothes, I found myself on the skincare tab endlessly scrolling until I came across something that instantly intrigued me. A foot peeling mask. The skincare brand 'Oh K!' is a Korean based range with different skincare products, that I personally have never seen or tried before, so when I tried their foot peeling mask, I was pleasantly surprised.

 Inside the cute packaging was 2 plastic like socks and 2 foot essences, which you had to pour into the socks before putting your feet in and hoping that something would happen. I have to admit, it felt so weird having these on my feet. The instructions on the back of the box explained that I had to keep my feet in these socks for around an hour to an hour and a half. The essence I have to admit was extremely cooling on my feet and after I took them off my feet did feel a little smoother.


Now, for £6 I wasn't expecting much from this, and considering I had no real prior knowledge of the brand either, I didn't really know what to expect either. The instructions also explained that after around 4-6 days prior to doing the foot mask, the feet would begin to feel off all the bad skin and essentially leave me with new and smooth feet.

A couple of days later I had completely forgot that I had done the foot mask and when I was taking my socks off, to my initial shock, my feet were peeling!!! Until I remembered that this was completely normal, I ran down to my mum and showed her that the mask had actually worked, she was also pretty shocked. The instructions said to not peel the peeling skin - which I admit was very hard, because who doesn't like peeling something that's already peeling? 

The peeling lasted around 3 days, and during that time I showered and gently exfoliated the wet peeling skin to help with the process, now it is safe to say my skin on my feet is so smooth and feel like new, I didn't realise how dead the skin on my feet was until I did this and I would definitely recommend this to anyone with dry skin.

Below I have shown pictures of the peeling process to show you what it was like, no it didn't hurt at all and it looks exactly like your skin does when it peels due to a bad sun burn.

Have you tired any Korean skincare products? Would you ever try this foot peeling mask?







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