Face Off Challange - Bargain buys

Thursday, August 15, 2013

So we decided that it was time for another face of challenge were myself and Carrieanne would compete in an agreed task and see who comes out the best. Check out are last face off challenge Here.
The aim of the game this month is to find the best bargain buys
I felt for sure I would be pants at this, being a complete brand snob I am rubbish at seeking out bargains and low end cosmetics I'm not saying that there aren't some fantasitc products out there i just love the luxury cosmetics.  I have to say I was really excited though as I always feel I am missing out on great products like the MUA and ELF that Carrieanne often buys plus I am in serious need of saving some pennies so I decided to go for it full on and see what I could get.
I headed straight for good old boots, bypassed all the pretty counters at the front and headed for the endless cosmetic shelves, I was completely overwhelmed by the choice I couldn’t decided where to start so I thought, instead of gong for low cost I would go for something on offer so buy one get one free or buy this product and get that free and I found some fab little goodies.

The offer was spend over £4 on any collection products and get a free Hot Looks Nail polish worth £1.99, Here is what i bought
Colour Pro Lips Laquer  £4.19
There were around 5 shades to choose from and I went for a natural shade that I could wear over a nice lipstick, so I got prom queen which is a lovely natural pink colour.

First impressions – little bit sticky when I swatched but I really loved the colour so I decided I would be willing to give it a go.
Freebie - Hot Looks Nail Polish RRP £1.99 – In boots i could only see 3 shades to chose from they were quite strange colours to be honest and for a second I thought I might put it back and go for something else but then I saw this aztec gold one which is a bronze/gold shade and thought it would be perfect for my hols so I took the plunge. The other colours seemed less appealing although i have looked on the website and there are many other colours to choose from so maybe i didn't look hard enough. 

First impressions – small bottle and strange shade but great wide applicator brush which I love.

I also picked up another great bargain.

The offer was buy the new Seventeen Backlash Mascara and get a free gel eye liner. I was running out of my usual Dior mascara and was really scared to try something different but I have always wanted to try a gel liner so thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give two new things a go without spending a small fortune.

Backlash Mascara £6.49 I got it in blackest black as I always use black mascara, but it does also come in blackened brown.

First Impressions - The brush actually looks quite promising, not too big but not too thin at the same time, the liquid seems quite runny though but I haven’t actually tried in on my lashes yet so I will reserve judgement for now.

Freebie – the gel eyeliner looked so cute in its little pot I initially thought it looked quite thick and cakey but on swatching it I was quite surprised how creamy it was.

First impressions – nice creamy texture, great colour pay off on swatching. The brush is pathetic it literally broke as I picked it up and the bristles were all spread out, but still I will try my best with it and look forward to reviewing it properly.

Number of products bought - 4
Total costs - £10.68
Total savings on BOGOF offer - £5.98
Overall i have to say i was extremely impressed by the choice and vast difference in cost between the type of products i would usually buy and the products i came across during this challange. I think i will be search for more bargain product in the future. Even though i still think shopping my usual way is much more enjoyable and exciting but i wont give up trying. : )

Looking forward to giving you the full reviews on these products once i have given them all a good go.


Well unlike lisa i'm not a brand snob and I don't think you can beat a good old bargain. Im not saying I don't like some luxury Make up items like I love my MAC lipsticks and Benefits Pore fessional but I love the feeling of finding a new inexpensive products with pigmentation good enough to compete 

with the High end brands. 

I went straight to Superdrug as I knew MUA had some new shades out and im happy to say I bought quite abit. I love MUA I think the pigmentation is amazing and I am rarely disappointed with their quality and the price of them are out of this world. 

MUA Lipsticks £1.00 

I bought 4 yes 4 I needed them all I got them in shades 2,3,8 and 13.
I love MUA lipsticks and think the colour pay off is brilliant the only thing I wish was it lasted abit longer but 4 a £1 I don't mind reapplying every few hours.

MUA blushes £1.00
I got 2 blushes from their new range in Marshmallow and Bubblegum.
I love these blushes a lot brighter than any others I own but I look forward to experimenting with them.

MUA Bronzers 
I don't own any MUA Bronzers so I thought I would give them a try as I love their other products and would like use some different Bronzers to contor as I use the same ones all the time.
The shades I got were number 1 and 2. As you can see from the swatches one is a light shimmery bronze and the other a deep brown bronze more matt.

After I finished in Boots I headed for the local pound shop and found a few steal items

Dainty Doll Eyeshadow 
I got this in Lollypops and Roses which is a vibrant pink think I will use it as a blush. Not had any of these products before but the pigmentation is brilliant and love the little mirror inside the compact its
a nice touch.

Rimmel Just Bitten 2 in 1 Lip balm and Stain

I got this in Flame and i wanted to try one of these but didn't want to pay full price incase i didn't like it. 

It is a lovely colour and i like the balm concept as lipstains are quite drying i just don't know how long the pen will last before it dries out.

Rimmel HD pallette 

I got this in 007 which is neutrals and think i will get alot of wear out of this.

The pigmentations are really good and i have worn these twice and they stay on the lids for hours which for £1.00 I cannot grumble. I would definitely pay full price.

Last but not least i went into a makeup shop called Dazzle which sells all types of branded makeup for cheaper then Boots or Superdrug and saw a bundle of 10 eyeliners and lip liners  at a £1.00 how could i say no!!!!

Al in all I was extremely happy with my purchases and know I will get alot of use out of each and every one. 

Number of products bought - 21 
Total cost - £12.00

So We think we did pretty well with our money and we enjoy our little challenges we both went for different strategies freebies vs low prices.

Have you bought any Bargain items Lately???

Lisa & Carrieanne xx

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  1. cosmetics are so affordable in your country!
    Unlike Malaysia where everything costs a bomb :-(
    Thanks for dropping by my blog btw;-)
    Followed you back.


    1. Some are really expensive but we have lots of lower price makeup brands which are just as good Cx

  2. SO many products!!! I read somewhere someone compared that gel liner to bobbi brown but I have trouble believe it. what do you think?? Love those lispticks!!!

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  3. Wow great reviews. Lovely products my goodness!
    Kallie But First, Coffee

  4. I love all of this, such a great challenge. Especially since we don't have those products here in the states. I'm terrible at buying drugstore products. To many bad experiences with them.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  5. You said ur not good in finding deals , but u got such amazing products..
    Loved the glodish copper nail paint..
    Keep in touch,

  6. I usually avoid drugstore makeup because I've been disappointed too many times... And Carrieanne you did amazing! So many products!

    Eyeshadow Addicts Anonymous

    1. I tend to keep to what i know and read alot of reviews to avoid Disappointment Cx

  7. Hi, I'm your new follower! Thank you for commenting on my blog post.

    Great post! I like MUA products!




  8. Lol great challenge! I should try it out and see how much I come up with for, say, $10. Lots of MUA in there. We get MUA here for 3-4 times more than what it is sold for there :(

    1. oh no I love MUA glad we get it for so cheap Cx

  9. I love this post, it's such a good idea!

    I really enjoy finding makeup bargains. Pound shops are definitely a great place to pick up some fab items and MUA is one of my favorite brands as its such good value for money :-)

    The Miss Beauty Saver Blog


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