A full face for less than £10?!?

I set myself a bit of a beauty challenge this week…..a full face for under a tenner. Its Jan and payday still seems an age away but the beauty hoarder in me still wants to buy stuff but the budget this month has well and truly been squeezed. So my mission was to see if I can get all the products needed to do a full face of make up but on a budget of not a penny over £10. Seems pretty impossible right?
Luckily for us we currently have some major budget busting brands at our disposal and it was quite literally Superdrug to the rescue for this post!

Here is the finished look – then we will get down to business and talk products and prices. Can you guess how much I actually spent on EVERYTHING that’s on my face?


Here is a full list of products and prices
Make Up Revolution Matte Effect foundation in Cool Ivory – £2
MUA cover and conceal concealer in Fair £1.50
MUA Pressed powder in shade 2 £1
MUA Blush in shade 2 £1
MUA Eyebrow pencil in brunette £1.00
Studio London The Big Smoke kit £1.99
Make Up Revolution lipstick in Treat £1.00
Total Spend £9.49
Make up Revolution and MUA are both also available on the Superdrug website and some of their stores.

So there you go it can be done and even have a bit of loose change left afterwards!
Some of the products I found to be ok considering the price point such as the concealer for example but there are a few surprises in there as well. Make up Revolution lipsticks for £1 are amazing and they offer such a wide range of colours you really can’t go wrong and surprisingly the shadows in the Studio London kit are pretty nice and have a good colour pay off if you can overlook the cheap packaging – I will be taking the shadows out of the plastic holder they are glued in a placing them in my Z palette for future use.

Whats your top tips for beauty on a budget?

Thanks for taking the time out to read this post – I really hope you enjoyed it!

Create a look: 1960’s

Happy New Year!!
So this is my first post back after my Christmas/New Year blogging break! You will probably remember Gemma and I are working our way through the decades and currently we are stuck in the 60’s (cue all the “Yeah, baby Yeah” jokes)
Just a bit of a disclaimer I’m no make up artist and I know I am know near some the AMAZING talent that’s out there…..this is just simply for fun that gives me the chance to play around with make up and its a good excuse to stick lots of products on my face!!

The sixties make up looks was anything from natural hippy-ish to full on over the top looks with LOTS of pastels, black and white. For me the stand out faces of the day was the black and white drawn on crease look such a Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick. Lips tended to be more subtle to keep the focus on the eyes.

Here is my look


For my look I used the Bourjois 123 foundation in number 52 then set this with Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Translucent. For my cheeks I went with a flush of pink using the ELF Studio blush in passion pink. On my lips I used a lipstick from Estee Lauder called Pink Parfait with Elf Hypershine lipgloss on top in Fairy.
On my eyes I wanted to try to recreate a 60s black and white eye – I used MAC Vanila with the lightest shade from the Make Up revolution Go To Heaven palette and the black shade also for the crease and liner. My mascara is L’oreal Flash Lash Flutter – I did want to use false lashes but I’d not got any to hand.

Overall for my first attempt at this look I like where it is going however I’m not happy with the finished look but I think if I kept trying and trying I could nail it. Its just the angle that it finishes at and that it is so difficult to get both sides symmetrical and perfect. However I am just merely an over enthusiastic amateur so I can forgive myself a litte…..I just want to be invited to a 60s themed party now!!

Please don’t forget to stop by Gemma’s blog and see how shes got on in the swinging sixties (you can’t mentions the sixties without using the word swinging can you?)

If you’ve done any 60’s looks then please leave your links below!

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Create a look: 1950’s

In this installment with Gemma we are in the 50’s. The 1950’s is probably one of the most famous decades in terms of make up looks, some of the most iconic women come this decade and I think it probably is the most recreated look people go for. This is the decade that the winged eyeliner look we all try to perfect became popular. 1954 saw Avon coin the now famous “Ding Dong Avon Calling” phrase and mask like foundation and powder was worn on a daily basis.

For my look I decided to go with quite a heavy base and to stick with the eyeliner along with some red lips. Pretty much a classic 1950’s look but my take on it.
Also apologies on the lighting changing in my pictures…..I blame well Autumn for it! 😀


Here is what I used for this look.
GOSH Classic velvet touch primer
Illamasqua cream pigment in Emerge
Revlon colorstay foundation in Sand Beige
Revlon colorstay concealer in 02 fair/light
Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in translucent
GOSH multi colour blush in 02 pixie pink
I heart make up eye primer
W7 in the buff palette – shades 3 + 5
Essence eyeliner pen in black
Elf brow kit in Dark
Estee Lauder Sumptuous extreme mascara in black
Chella Ivory lace high lighter
MUA intense colour lip liner in Red Drama
I heart make up lipstick in Total Diva

I really love this months look and its something I will wear again for sure.
Don’t forget to follow the link to Gemma’s blog and check out her look!

Hope you enjoyed this blog post – please get in touch I love hearing what you think.


Create a look: 1940’s


Its that time of the month where we step back in time – this month we stop as the 1940’s. For me personally I think this is probably the era I would have wanted to be apart of. Women where very much apart of the war effort, the clear defined roles they had in the 30’s shifted somewhat and the make do and mend mentality is something lost in the throw away days we now live in. I adore watching movies from this time as well – they remind me of my Nan who always used to say “they don’t make them like this anymore” My all time favourite 40’s movies are “Its a wonderful life” “The Postman always rings twice” and “Meet me in St. Louis”
The look of the era was quite simple and quite a you but at your best look – eyebrows had become well groomed with a good arch, eyeshadow was kept generally to matte shades usually in light browns with maybe a bit of brown eyeliner (the full on black winged eyeliner is actually more 50s), lots of mascara was a must as well as redder the better lips.

Don’t forget to check out Gemma’s 40’s look over at McCarthy’s Beauty Review!

So for my look I went with bright red lips which I slightly lined outside my natural lip line. This was something that women had started to do to really put the emphasis on them. In fact I read somewhere in the US they considered red lipstick to be essential to keep morale up in the war effort and to send letters covered in red kisses to soldiers to boost their morale while at war! The eyes I kept simple and plain with a bit of eyeshadow and brown liner along with lots of mascara. My brows I just used a bit of dark wax to define them (I’m still trying to grow them out so apologies for them not being a groomed as the women of the 40s). My skin I just used a usual foundation I have in my collection to create a nice natural looking base that wasn’t too made up.


Here is what I used in this look – I didn’t have to buy anything specific this time around.
GOSH classic foundation primer
Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in number 52 Vanilla (I reviewed this foundation here)
Elf concealer in porcelain
Rimmel Stay Matte powder in translucent
Body Shop Honey Bronze in 02
Bourjois Cream Blush in 01
Make Up Revolution single eyeshadow – Mocha Love, Touch Me and Delicious (Wet and used as a liner)
Elf Brow kit in dark
Estee Lauder double wear mascara
MUA Lip liner in Red Drama
MUA Matte lipstick in Scarlet Siren

Overall I think the make up looks of the 1940’s are really wearable and I can see how the forties are still influencing our look today.

Now go over to McCarthy’s Beauty Review and see how the beautiful Gemma got on!

Next month we move on to the 1950’s – another decade in time that I am obsessed with!

Let me know what you think of this post – I’d really like to know

Thanks for reading
Beauty Barmy Bird