9 October 2012

New In: Beauty Bargains

Everybody loves a bargain, don't they? I certainly do; I use my student discount at every opportunity and am constantly looking out for sale and special offer signs. This is a collective haul of various beauty products I've picked up in the last month and I haven't paid full price for any of them, which could be why there are so many here...

The last thing on this earth that I need is another mascara, but recently Debenhams had 10% off all their beauty departments. Benefit are giving you the opportunity to pick up the normal They're Real, with a little travel-size tube thrown in for free. Usually £18.50, I picked this up for £16.65. I haven't tried this out yet- I really, truly have too many mascaras so I'm aiming to use some of those up before I try this out, but pretty much all the reviews I have see of this have been positive, so I'm looking forward to trying this out.

 After I picked up 'They're Real', I wandered out of the Debenhams Beauty Hall so I wasn't tempted any further, but I was approached by a woman who worked on the Urban Decay counter who was offering free make overs. As I said, I am a sucker for a bargain, so off I went to get made up.
The girl was so lovely, chatting to me about all the products she was using and she wasn't pushy in the slightest, which I loved. She tried the new Naked Skin foundation on me and I loved the look, so I picked this up in shade 5.0. This is usually £27 but I got 10% off this too. I still haven't used this yet either as I'm waiting to pick up some Real Techniques brushes first to make the most of it.
 Also from Urban Decay is this Afterglow Glide on Cream Blush in Crush. It is shocking in person- a very, very bright pink, and when I saw it in the light of my bedroom I was horrified by how bright is really was! But now I've gotten used to it, I think it will be perfect for the autumn/winter flushed cheek look that I am aiming for.
I think these cost £16 and I'm going to have a look at some other colours as I love how they apply and blend with the skin.

In my local TKMaxx I saw these OPI polishes in a set together for £9.99! Given that a single OPI polish is about £11, I couldn't resist. The green colour is Mermaid's Tears from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection and the pink is Come to Poppy.
The Revlon polish is Tropical Temptation which I got for a snip at only 99p in 'Discount Brands NI', which I had originally popped in to to find some stationery- but this was much more exciting!

I found this Anatomicals cleanser in a boutique shop one afternoon when out with my parents. It was half price and I was a bit naughty and opened it in the shop and OH MY WORD, it smells amazing. So off I went to the till to snap it up. I had a look online and it's still available, just in different packaging, which I presume is why it was half price. I haven't used this enough yet to review it properly, but I'll do so once I've given it a proper bash.

 Aaaand finally, there is this. This is the Illamasqua Alter Ego Mystery Selection Box. For £26.60 I received £91.50 worth of Illamasqua make up. Every box contains the gold cream eye shadow (which smells so great, just by the way) and the neon pink nail polish, while the other gifts remain a mystery until you open the box.
I was pretty happy with what I received- I love a good red lipstick and the blush is something I wouldn't have normally tried myself but I'm glad to have it now. The eyeshadow is perhaps a bit much for me, but I'll definitely give it a try!

So there you have it, my bargain buys of late. Have you tried any of these items yourselves? Or have you got any tips on where I can get more beauty bargains?!


  1. i really want to try the benefit mascara, god i miss having student discount! x

  2. I need to buy facial cleanser I occasionally get zits and they drive me crazy. The Body Shop (not sure they have it in Europe) has a sale going on so I took advantage of that.