Cheaper versions of high end products.. DUPES!


I’d just like to start this blog post by saying COME ON YOU DEVILS!!! Roooooo-bin Vaaaaaa-an Perrrr-siee! That’s Manchester United’s little miracle because they won THE TITLE.. For those of you wondering :)

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When it comes to high end products, they cost way too much to justify sometimes and I don’t see why those of us with lower budgets should miss out! So here’s a list of my favourite products with cheaper versions!

Laura Mercier Mineralised Powder is the exact same consistency and coverage as Rimmel Stay Matte powder! Obviously the two colours shown are different but they look the exact same on!
Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed powder in Real Sands: £31
Rimmel Stay Matte: £3.99

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Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner has a gorgeous creamy consistency and is super black! It glides on and stays on! Elizabeth Arden is completely black too and although glides on, it smudges and smears and I don’t think it looks as nice and crisp as the Avon!
Elizabeth Arden eye liner in smokey black: £16
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner in black: £6

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Everyone should have a nude or dark-ish kind of of lip liner to enhance your lips! I love the consistency of the Elizabeth Arden one but the LA colours one has a lovely colour which looks good when worn all over the lips too!
Elizabeth Arden lip liner in Taupe: £16
LA Colours lip liner in P512 Natural: £1

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NARS Sheer Glow foundation is my absolute favourite! I love the way it looks and the staying power is amazing! I found a good dupe in the way of Bourjois Bio Detox which feels and looks the same! I love wearing the Bourjois in winter, hence the darker shade because it looks flawless and doesn’t let you look sweaty.. NICE!
NARS Sheer Glow in Light 4 Deauville: £31
Bourjois Bio Detox in 53: £7.99

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MACs Pink Swoon has been my first and most favourite blush from MAC ever! And when I found this 17 one in Boots for a fraction of the price, I was in awe! They’re both silky and look the exact same on the cheeks! Fresh and pink ready for Spring!
MAC Pink Swoon: £17.50
17 Blusher in China Pink: £3.49

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I love a red lip and I love a decent gloss so when I got this sample size of Elizabeth Arden lip gloss, I fell in love! This Beauty UK one is the exact same consistency, if not even more opaque! They look fantastic on the lips! YUMMY!
Elizabeth Arden lipgloss in Golden Red: £16
Beauty UK lip lust in no.10 Moulin Rouge: £2.99

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Who doesn’t like a pink lip??? It looks good on everyone! When I went to Paris, I wore this pink lipstick by YSL everyday and me and Miss. A couldn’t help stare at it constantly! Then I saw this MUA lipstick and it looked so similar and is even more creamy! Where the YSL is a gloss, the MUA is creamy!
YSL Rouge Pure Shine lipstick in Tuxedo Pink: £22.50
MUA lipstick in Shade 3: £1

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I’ve truly saved the best until last! This urban Decay Naked palette is the most raved about product in the beauty industry! When I saw this MUA palette, I saw how similar it was.. In fact it’s the EXACT SAME! You’d be silly to buy the Urban Decay for such a high price when the MUA has the same pay off for so much cheaper!
Urban Decay Naked palette: £32
MUA Undressed palette: £4

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Spring time colour.. PINK!


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I blogged last year about my love for purple make up (and everything else) especially because it looks universally good on anyone and at any time of the year! But this year for me, it’s been all about PINK! Can you blame me?? I’m a girl after all!

Here are some of my favourite pink picks from my collection!

KIKO limited edition eye shadow palette in Peach Lake 01

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MAC sheer tone blush in Pink Swoon

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Dior Poudre highlighter in Rose Diamonds

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Dior Lipstick SS13 collection in Bow

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Inglot lip gloss in 95

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KIKO eye liner in 108

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Barry M gelly nail paint in Dragon Fruit

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KIKO Cosmetics haul/ review


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On the way back to my car when I went shopping on Saturday in Westfield White City, London, I saw a shop which had an amazing eye shadow palette right at the door! It was called KIKO! The shop looked like a softer and less edgier version of Inglot or MAC so I went in to take a closer look the shop and I was really impressed!

I think this shop originates from Milan, Italy and I was so impressed by the price and products, I picked up a few items which I am so happy with!

This eye shadow palette was the first thing I saw! The colours are beautiful and I love the way you can use them wet too as they are designed for that! The pinks are perfect for the spring/summer months! They had a neutral and darker palette too but I loved the versatility of this once. I could use the colours for face highlighters, blush, eye brows as well as eye shadow! They are really well pigmented and the packaging is super cute!

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The next item I was were these eye liners which were only £3.90 each! That’s less than drug store prices! I had to pick up a few! I love the purple colour which has a purple/ pink glitter and the green looks really nice and subtle! The nib is a felt tip applicator and is so easy to use!

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When I was paying at the till, I spotted this highlighter duo and when I swatched it on my hand, it was so creamy and pigmented! I know I’ll use this a lot for highlighting my brows and eyes on summer days so the light can show off the beautiful shimmer of the highlighter!

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These four items came in at £31.60! Bargain!

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Pearly Regal Purple super colour eye liner: 110 – £3.90
Dark Slate Green super colour eye liner: 104 – £3.90
Colour Party Palette Wet and Dry Eye shadow palette: 01 Peach Lake – £16.90
Perfect eyes duo highlighter pencil: 1 shade only – £6.90

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Make up collection/ organisation


When it comes to storing my make up, I like everything like to be together. Because I use different products daily, I like to be able to see exactly what I have. So I thought it would be perfect on this fine blogging April day, to show you my collection!

I currently use a chest of drawers to store everything in because its big and easily accessible

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I use the top drawer for everyday used products..

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.. Which I then use glossy boxes, take away boxes and various other boxes to store things in

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I use my second drawer for products I don’t use as often as well as tools and miscellaneous items

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And the main thing I keep in this drawer.. Nail varnish

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My make up collection is quite extreme! People collect different things but mine just happens to be make up! I think I’m happy with all the stuff I have now.. We’ll see how long that lasts!

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£20 make up challenge!!!


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OK!!!! So a little heads up!!!!

1.) Some of these products I had bought a long time ago! The prices were correct then, but I’ve double checked them and they’ve gone up (uh hum.. SLEEK!!!! :O £7.99 for a palette)!

2.) Some of the products are only available online but I’m assuming everyone who can read a blog has access to the Internet :D

3.) Some of the products can only be bought in store! They’re not available on the website!

4.) Most of the products can only be bought in the UK! Sorry all my foreign friends! Perhaps a new post coming up with international products ;)

LET’S GET CRACKING!

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Now when I wear make up, I want something minimal, easy to wear/ apply and really cheap! When I’m using something everyday, I don’t want to have to spend £30 every month to get a new mascara! All the high end products I get generally last out longer (e.g. Don’t dry up, have more product etc) so they’ll keep.

If you live in the UK, I didn’t want to use MUA! A king of ELF to all my international bloggers out there! Everything is £1 at MUA! I feel using their products in a challenge limited to money, is cheating!

1 more thing.. WHEN THE F&;:73&/& DID SLEEK MAKE THEIR PALETTES £7.99! They were £6!!!! They’ve gone up by £1.99 in a year.. NOT GOOD! That made me go over budget! That’s another thing my worldwide readers, everything in the UK is more expensive thanks to our taxes! For e.g. NYX is made in Sheffield in the UK but because it’s an American brand, it costs almost twice as much :O

So here’s the look!

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And the products used and their prices:

  • Collection 2000 Cover Up Stick
    I couldn’t find the price or the product anywhere online but I bought it a year ago for £1.99! I used this almost as a foundation because I didn’t have many blemishes so didn’t feel the need for foundation.. Which is something I often do!! ALSO! If I have a fresh spot/ zit, I never cover it with make up because I think blemishes under make up look awful and protruding and also because it’s bad for the acne!
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    Collection 2000 cover up stick in Light Translucent 1

  • Sleek Ultra Mattes Dark palette
    This used to cost £6 but I recently saw the price at £7.99 online! Hopefully, this will go down once they notice no British person would pay £2 more for a product that hasn’t changed.. RIP OFF! The pigmentation of these are great! The colours are versatile from day to night and they have a lovely, blend able texture! Plus there’s tonnes of palettes and you get 12 colours in a palette!
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    Sleek Eye shadow palette in Ultra Mattes dark

  • Avon supershock gel pencil liner
    This cost me £3 because I saw it on offer in the Avon catalogue once at half price, which they do almost every year! When you do see them on offer, grab them because they’re wonderfully creamy and ultra pigmented! The best black I’ve ever seen!
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    Avon SuperShock gel eyeliner pencil in black

  • Wilkinson volume mascara
    It’s £1 and quite good actually! It does get really crispy though! Ensure that if you like applying a few coats of mascara then you don’t let this mascara dry on your lashes before applying another coat! When it dries, it can be coated no more! No momma!
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    Wilkinson Volume lash in black

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    The eye make up

  • Barbara Daly moisturising lipstick
    The colour I got was watermelon and this costs £5! Rimmel also do a very cheap lipstick which costs £2.99 but they’re so horrible, I won’t go there ;) This is available in Tesco stores and it’s lovely! Really creamy and quite well pigmented
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    Barbara Daly moisturising lipstick in Watermelon

  • Collection 2000 eye shadow
    This is a single eye shadow which costs £1.99! It’s not an eye shadow for me.. It’s a blush! Why not mayn! It’s an amazing colour on the cheeks! It looks rosy and has amazing colour pay off which I’ve highlighted in the image!
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    Collection 2000 single eye shadow in Viva Vegas 006

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    TOTAL:

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    I’ll do a post soon of high end dupes and cheats! So look out for that all my little bargain hunters!!

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    PURPLE HAZE!


    I’ve been absolutely loving purple make up at the moment! Purple has always been my favourite colour but it’s always been something that I enjoy wearing as clothes.. Never on my face.. UNTIL NOW!!

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    I think purple is perhaps the most versatile colour out there! It looks fantastic on darker skins because it compliments rich tones and flatters really pale skin tones by not being overbearing! Word of warning.. If you’re very yellow toned, I wouldn’t wear too much purple cause it can look unflattering with your skin tone as they are opposite colours on the colour wheel!

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    Here’s some of the things I’ve been LOVING!

    If any of you have any other suggestions.. Especially a good lilac blush and lipstick combo. Or a really nice purple eye shadow palette, I’d love to know!

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    Barry M nail varnishes are my favourite and I have quite the collection! (I’ll do a blog post on this soon). These are my two favourite colours! They look fantastic any time of the year and I think the lighter purple would look good on any skin tone! Woohoo! P.S. they’re £3.99! SOLD!

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    Next up is a purple toned blush! I know.. It’s crazy! But it’s not overly purple! It’s very mauve toned but looks quite the plum tone on your skin! I think this is one for all my pale friends out there! Use a light hand with this and use a contour colour and blush colour! It’ll look fantastic! Plus.. It’s so cheap! L.A colours can be found at Beauty Base! It’s very affordable and great quality!

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    Rolling up at three is this lovely eye shadow and blush palette from Elizabeth Arden! I actually got this in a gift set but I’m pretty sure all the colours are sold individually! I love the Lilac purple in this palette called ‘Lucky’ and these are so creamy with a satin finish and they have shimmer, so perfect for those special nights out! Also, I like the blushes in here because it makes this quite the portable palette!

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    If you have hazel, green or brown eyes.. PURPLE IS THERE FOR YOU! If you don’t really like eye shadow then go for eye liner cause its a perfect and subtle balance! This one from Fashionista found at Superdrug is perfect because it isn’t über pigmented and is quite subtle! Also.. Look at the packaging.. Everything you need in one small package! I personally would have liked it to be more pigmented but it’s quite build-able! Not bad at all! I’m sure all the Americans out there will also have a dupe colour in Maybelline’s gel eye liner but for us UK folks who don’t get all the colours, this was the nearest gel eye liner I could find at a budget!

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    I’m loving this scent right now! Body Shop had a 50% sale off all orders recently so I took advantage and got a whole gift set with these Moroccan Rose products in probably the most beautiful packaging EVER! P.S. it was gift wrapped in Eid Mubarak packaging! This is a rose scent with a twist.. Kind of has a mature twist on it and smells really ‘sassy’!

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    This is a cheat but I’m loving the blues and purples in the Sleek Ultra Mattes palettes! This is one of my most favourite palettes by them! I’m going crazy over the purple colour blended really subtly in my crease with a pink based champagne colour on the lid (from the Elizabeth Arden palette). It looks fantastic!

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    Purple on the lips is AMAZEBALLS!!! Not only do purple tones such as plums look gorgeous but lilac is such a fantastic twist to pink! I’m dying for a lilac lipstick.. HELP PLEASE! But this lip stain is gorgeous! Amazingly light and doesn’t look pink but definitely gives a different look to your pout!

    That’s all for today folks! I’m back tomorrow with my perfume collection!

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