Three money-saving beauty brands
I’M no make-up artist but I’ve been painting this face for 25 years and I’ve always have an eye for a bargain – these are my top three beauty accessories that are big money-savers too.
If my stash was hidden away in a drawer I would buy more if I couldn’t remember what I had in the first place (please nod if you do this too). It has taken me forever to realise that make-up lasts forever and I only have one face so if I could see what I loved it would use it.
The first time I saw acrylic storage drawers was on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians in Kim’s bathroom and my eyes lit up.
The joy of being able to see everything at a glance is still something I love – because make-up isn’t just about the quality of the products themselves, but it’s also the packaging whether’s sleek and simple or fussy and ostentatious. Whatever – I’m thrown back to being a child in a sweetie shop with 20 Mojos in my 10p mix-up.
The ones Kim and her clan have are expensive but remarkably similar ones are available for a snip of the price at Muji. There isn’t an actual store in the North-East but their online delivery service is fab – they arrive quickly and securely packaged.
In total I’ve ordered three Muji acrylic storage boxes with drawers, two for make-up and one for jewellery and it has definitely cut down my need for that lunchtime splurge -now I can see exactly what I have, I really enjoy using everything and I’ve spent considerably less on make-up since.
Brushes are tricky, I’ll admit. Fingers for applying foundation are fine, those little applicator sponges that come with eye palettes are (not really) adequate but make-up definitely lasts longer and arguably looks better when good brushes are used – and therefore less make-up is needed.
Now there are brushes and there are brushes. The classic professional make-up ones are from professional brands such as Mac but I just can’t part with £20+ for one tincy, tiny brush.
I’ve tried many over the years from department store to chemist and the best, in my opinion are from Real Techniques. They were launched by make-up artist sisters and mums, Sam and Nic Chapman from Norwich who are incredibly inspiring entrepreneurs and mums.
Both trained make-up artists, Sam started filming make-up tutorials just before the birth of her second daughter, Olivia, and eight years later their Pixiwoo YouTube channel has more than 2 million subscribers and they launched a globally successful brush range – which is absolutely fantastic value for money and they last years. The can be bought individually or in kits and are available from retailer including Boots and Real Techniques.
3) Gel nails
I’ve had my Red Carpet Manicure gel nail kit for almost four years and, hand on heart, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever, ever bought.
As I spend my working days scribbling on a notepad my nails are always on show and I always feel so much more pulled together when they look the part.
Normal nail varnish chips within hours on me so I love the glossy, long-lasting feel that gel nails offer. I can wash-up, garden, wash my hair and it stays put. Result.
Instead of spending £30 every couple of weeks to have it done in a salon I bought a kit in 2012 for about £80 and it is still going strong. I’ll admit, my method only lasts a week but I’m happy with that as it means that I get to change the colours more often.
There are several similar professional kits on the market but the one I bought was from Red Carpet Manicure and it has been worth every single penny. All this means that I’ve got more cash to spend on beauty treatments I have no hope of doing myself such as going ‘bronde’ or having HD brows. Fancy a pamper anyone?