WEDDINGS ON A BUDGET – THE DRESS! (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY-EIGHT)

Weddings can be an expensive affair and with the general rise in the cost of living, the fact we already have a home to run and children to feed, a smaller scale day was always on the cards for us.

So I’ve made it my mission to create the wedding of our dreams on the small budget available to us. Less money does not mean it has to be less special!

With our venue booked, (a ridiculously good deal at a local hotel right on the harbour, I’ll go into more detail about that at a later date) we’re now starting to get down to specifics and I’m pretty sure any woman would be lying if they said ‘the dress’ wasn’t right up there at the top of their to do list!

As much as I crave the traditional day out with my loved ones, trying on dresses and sharing tears over the perfect gown I know it’s just not financially practical so I’m going to share my journey so far, my search for ‘the dress’ on a budget.

ASOS

ASOS has got to be everyone’s go to for everything, right? With such a wide variety of brands available it’s honestly hard not to be impressed.

ASOS EDITION Francesca plunge wedding dress with tonal embroidery £350

I’ve fallen for several dresses (and a jumpsuit or two!) in the time I’ve been browsing. There are so many styles to choose from with prices starting at less than £100.

Hope & Ivy Bridal sheer plunge embroidered backless dress in ivory £150

I know for a fact that if it really came down to the wire and I had 24 hours to choose a dress, ASOS would be the one!

Chi Chi London

Similar to ASOS in that there are a variety of styles to choose from however I would say that everything feels much more traditional!

Cowl Neck with Lace Insert Maxi Wedding Dress in White £155

From sleek and modern to fairytale princess, Chi Chi has it all and I can totally see why it would be a favourite.

Bridal Long Sleeved Maxi Dress in White £140

I also love their dresses in general, wedding guests eat your heart out!

Coast

A hidden gem of ever there was one! I was first introduced to the Coast bridal range back when I attended The Bridal Beauty Festival and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

V Neck Tiered Tulle Dress £279

Everything feels so extra and I am here for it! Styles I never imagined myself going for have now made my dream day list and I’m so excited to see them up close and personal.

Bandeau Dress And Embroidered Maxi Dress Set £448

They also have a fab line of bridal separates for a truly unique take on the most iconic part of your day. The mix and match system really adds something special.

WED2BE

WED2BE is my wildcard for today. The concept is great, wedding dresses on a budget whilst still being able to experience that all important day out I mentioned earlier.

ELTON
a modern strapless ball gown in luxurious mikado
£599.00

Round up your best girls and get to your nearest store. There are sooo many dresses to choose from of all shapes, sizes and budgets (pricier than the other retailers on my list but still a steal compared to the traditional bridal showroom).

LUCA
an illusion back crepe gown with statement train
£599.00

One of the things I like about WED2BE is that you can browse the website before hand and suss out your favourites whilst also noting the price so there are no nasty surprises on the day.

Happy shopping loves!

5 BEAUTY THEMED STOCKING FILLERS FOR UNDER £5 (BLOGMAS – DAY TWELVE)

Christmas is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me then you’ll be on your way to organised boss street before suddenly realising…you forgot the stocking fillers!

So here is a quick rundown of some really inexpensive but incredibly lush fillers for under a fiver!!!

Makeup Revolution

Purse Spray

£4

MUA Cosmetics

Beauty Crackers

£4.50

Holika Holika

Pure Essence Sheet Masks

£1.95 Each

Profusion

Mini Brush Set

£4

Bomb Cosmetics

Bath Bombs

£3.25

I mean, I won’t say anything if you end up picking up any of these beauts for yourself…

Merry Christmas!

5 FESTIVE RED LIPSTICKS FOR UNDER £10 (BLOGMAS – DAY ONE)

I’m a big believer in the power of a good red lipstick (and if you’re a long time reader or follow me over on Instagram you’ll have heard me say words to that effect many times).

The festive season is my favourite time of year when it comes to the beauty industry because it’s just so extra! Red lips and sparkly eyes everywhere and I’m living for it.

So with that in mind (as well as the ever expanding list of people I have to buy for!) I thought now would be a good time to recommend some of my favourite red lipstick for when you’re on a budget (or like me believe that quality does not always have to cost the Earth).

London Copyright|Profound Matte Lipstick

Shade – Aristocrat £5.95

PROFOUND is a stunning collection of luxurious, high-pigmented, creamy matte, long-lasting lipsticks, infused with a beautiful vanilla fragrance.

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Aristocrat is a creamy, full coverage, no holds barred classic red. A vegan, cruelty and paraben free staple in my collection

Revolution Pro|New Neutral Satin Matte Lipstick

Shade – Stiletto £6

Introducing the Revolution Pro New Neutral Satin Matte lipsticks, our best-selling lipstick formula – with an upgrade!

The new and improved collection features the same incredible highly pigmented lipstick formula; just one swipe across the lips will leave you with full coverage and comfortable colour – that lasts.

Housed in a new leopard print bullet for ultimate glamour, it features a magnetic soft-close clasp for sheer luxury.

The silky-smooth satin-matte formula has gentle moisturising properties which help to keep lips soft and luscious all day.

No bleeding, no drying, no cracking, whether it’s day or night, achieve a seamless finish and a perfect pout.

Available in an edit of universally flattering shades from nudes to pinks to brights; find a colour perfect for any skin tone, any age, and any occasion.

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Stick with the general theme of a classic red but, make it vampy!

The slightly darker tone of ‘Stiletto’ will have you feeling like the main character on your Christmas night out. The ultimate goal right?

Cruelty free and vegan as always.

By Beauty Bay|Matte Lipstick

Shade – Sauce £7

Let your lips do the talking with By BEAUTY BAY’s range of gorgeous matte lipsticks. With an ultra-creamy, intensely pigmented formula, the lipsticks are here to add the finishing touch to all your makeup looks. With eight shades to collect, the lipsticks have a comfortable wearing, extremely long-lasting and a smudge proof finish to last you from day to night, and sweet vanilla scent for that little extra oomph. You’re going to be obsessed.

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If you’re after a true red to take you from day to night without feeling unnecessarily self conscious then ‘Sauce’ is your girl! Such an easy transitional shade for all year round (which is great if you don’t want to invest in a huge collection!). Vegan and cruelty free of course.

By Beauty Bay|Crème Lipstick

Shade – Sidecar £8

Treat your lips to the By BEAUTY BAY Crème Lipstick. With an ultra-creamy, ultra-pigmented new formula, guaranteed to take your lips to new levels of glamour, these lipsticks deliver nothing but pure colour and a luminous finish in just one stroke. With a limited-edition glitter finish on bullet (that doesn’t transfer onto the lips), it’s time to pick your shade or collect them all, for a buildable lip look that will last all day and night.

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Besides anything else I am utterly obsessed with this packaging. Gatsby vibes all round ladies!

Beauty Bay can honestly do no wrong in my eyes but this is just on another level of sultry, decadent goodness.

Sidecar is your Christmas Day red. You heard it here first. She is THAT BITCH. As above this babe is both vegan and cruelty free.

Carter Beauty|Word of Mouth Lipstick

Shade – Bey €6.95

Named after 20 strong women who have inspired Founder Marissa Carter, Carter Beauty by Marissa Carter Word of Mouth Matte Lipstick has been formulated to offer stay all day pout perfection.

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Probably the most used red within my vast (VAST) collection. She’s a comfortable matte with a long lasting and durable formula guaranteed to impress.

Easily paired with the matching CB Free Speech Lip Tint if a glossy finish is more your style. Cruelty free guys, you know the drill.

The Wild Card…

Arttitude Cosmetics|Ultimate Red Lip Set

Shades – Inferno, Legacy and Conquer £24.99

Find your perfect red with our ultimate red lip kit – from the Born From The Ashes collection. Includes creamy satin finish lip bullets in 3 different shades of red, so you can find a classic red lip for every mood. Wear them on their own, or mix them together for the perfect ombre red lip.

We all have a phoenix inside of us – waiting to be reborn.

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Ok, ok I know this is technically cheating as I’ve already given you 5 strong contenders and this set is over £10 but if you price it up per lipstick they’re actually only £8.33 each sooo…

They’re just so lush.

I hope you’ve found you’re perfect red somewhere amongst my favourites!

BLACK FRIDAY WITH BEAUTY BAY!

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Black Friday (or is it week? month? I dunno, I’ve lost track now!) is upon us once again and you I’ve hand picked some of my most coveted goodies from the Beauty Bay sale!

Makeup

Beauty Bay – The Showtime Beauty Box

Was £40 Now £32

Made By Mitchell – Blursh Collection

Was £84 Now £30

Makeup Revolution – Friends Eyeshadow Palette Vault

Was £60 Now £36

Skincare

Revolution Pro – Lip Care Secrets Set

Was £25 Now £12.50

By Beauty Bay – The Facial Cleansing Brush

Was £25 Now £15

Mario Badescu – MB Favourites Kit

Was £62 Now £43.40

Haircare

Brush Works – Molly Mae Styler Bundle

Was £149.95 Now £119.90

Revolution Haircare – Bond Plex Restore Kit

Was £30 Now £18

Mermade Hair – Blowdry Brush

Was £54 Now 37.80

Now get out there and pick up some bargains beauties!

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – PART THREE: THE BEAUTY BAY UP TO 50% OFF SALE 25th – 31st CONTINUED (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-SEVEN)

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A couple of days ago I set my sights on the Beauty Bay Sale and it’s still the hottest news around. Brands galore are discounted within an inch of their lives and if you’re in the position to stock up for Christmas then now is the time to do it!

Today I’ve focused on all things under £10 so perfect for those of us on a budget or if you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler!

By Beauty Bay Sunset Horizons Palette

Was £15 – Now £7.50 (50% off)

Create those classic autumnal looks with By BEAUTY BAY’s Sunset Horizons palette. The 20-shade eyeshadow palette is inspired by the contrasting hues of an autumn sunset with deep purples, bright oranges, and creamy shimmers in BEAUTY BAY’s iconic powder formula. With everything you need to take your looks from dusk until dawn, the collection of effortlessly wearable and ultra-pigmented matte and shimmer shades is your ticket to autumn all year round.

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Corpse Bride x Revolution Brush Set

Was £20 – Now £9.95 (50% off)

For looks that last all Halloween long (and beyond), add the Corpse Bride X Revolution Brush Set to your brush collection. Including four super-soft face and eye brushes, to highlight, blend, contour and define your way to dreamy makeup looks, day or night, this ombre-bristle set sounds like your vibe.

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Sunday Rain Winter Watermelon Collection

Was £10 – Now £6.95 (30% off)

Relax, refresh, and reset with the Sunday Rain Winter Watermelon Collection. This set features four of Sunday Rain’s iconic watermelon bath and body products in the sweet and refreshing watermelon and mint scent, that is good enough to eat (please don’t!). Featuring a bubble bath, foot soak, exfoliating cubes and bath crystals all enriched with watermelon extract, this set helps to hydrate, soothe, and moisturise the skin.

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Sample Beauty Romantic Pigments Bundle

Was £18 – Now £9 (50% off)

Fall in love with the Sample Beauty Romantic Pigments Bundle. Featuring five luxuriously rich matte and shimmer pigments, each contained in a premium glass jar plus a multi-use gel that can be used in an infinite number of ways, this bundle is all you need to create stunning eye looks, that last.

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Beauty Cooler Angel Wings Rose Quartz Gua Sha

Was £15.95 – Now £7.95 (50% off)

Sculpt and shape your face with the Beauty Cooler Angel Wings Rose Quartz Gua Sha Pair. Gua sha’s are a facial massage tool that has been practiced by tradition Chinese medicine for thousands of years to lift, firm and improve the overall health and radiance of the skin. These uniquely shaped wings have been specially designed to mould to the contours of your face, helping to improve blood circulation and reduce puffiness and inflammation for a heavenly, glowing complexion.

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Let me know what bargains you manage to bag!

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – PART TWO: THE BEAUTY BAY UP TO 50% OFF SALE 25th – 31st (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-FIVE)

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Hands up if you want another gift guide?!

I’m actually (so far) surprisingly organised this year (long may it continue!) but if you’d have asked me last October if I was even thinking about Christmas shopping I’d have laughed.

Probably also cried. Anyway I digress…

Beauty Bay have a HUGE sale on right now and it’s the perfect chance to pick up something special for your loved ones. I’ve collected some of my favourite bits to show you guys but honestly, head over and check it out yourself HERE. It’s immense!

Disney Colour and Beauty Bay Mini Palette Trio

Was £20 – Now £14 (30% off)

Step into and world of colour and prepare to be OBSESSED with the Disney Colour and BEAUTY BAY Mini Palette Trio. Featuring all three of the pressed pigment palettes from the Disney Colour and BEAUTY BAY collection, the trio is perfect for completing your Disney obsession. Each of the palettes feature six colourful shades, with inspiration taken from iconic Disney film scenes, and formulated using BEAUTY BAY’s ultra-blendable, ultra-pigmented, and ultra-buildable pressed pigment formula.

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Urban Decay Marvels Eternals Eyeshadow Palette

Was £46 – Now £36.80 (20% off)

A 15-shade eyeshadow palette.

For looks that make a statement, add the Urban Decay Marvel Eyeshadow Palette to your next haul. Featuring a mix of 15 metallic gold-infused shades, pearl-packed mattes, and super-pigmented shimmers, this palette is perfect for your day and night looks. Each velvety, ultra-blendable shadow is enriched with bold, energy-charged pigments, so you can create infinite, versatile eye looks that last.

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Spectrum Collections Malachite 10 Piece Brush Set

Was £54.95 – Now £38.45 (30% off)

These brushes are best-sellers for a reason. The Spectrum Malachite 10 Piece Brush Set features ten expertly created brushes for you to buff and blend your way to makeup perfection. The high-quality, vegan, synthetic fibres apply makeup seamlessly for a flawless finish. Designed to banish bad vibes, these eye-catching green and gold brushes are the ones your kit needs.

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Foreo UFO

Was £169 – Now £118.25 (30% off)

Get a salon-worthy treatment from the comfort of your own home with the Foreo UFO Smart Mask Device. When combined with the sheet mask components that are enriched with Korean skincare formulas, this treatment device will transform your complexion. The UFO’s Hyper-Infusion Technology uses your skin’s natural reactions to heat and cool, as well as T-Sonic pulsations to infuse the skin with skin-loving ingredients.

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Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression Big Hair

Was £60.75 – Now £48.60 (20% off)

Powerful yet kind to the hair, Titanium Expression Big Hair creates impeccable smoothness and volume, resulting in a phenomenal finish. Incredible waves and dramatic shine is guaranteed with this fabulous hot air styler, which combines an ionic rotating premium titanium barrel and a glamorously sleek handle to allow for full creative control.

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Have you seen anything you like?

THE BRIDAL BEAUTY CO ‘THE HONEYMOON EDIT’ REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY NINETEEN)

Where are my future brides at?

I came across The Bridal Beauty Co via Spectrum Collections and I’m so glad I did. They put together the most beautiful collections of goodies and I’m utterly obsessed.

This one-off limited edition is worth over £150 and is jam-packed with travel-size and full-size products by award-winning and best-selling brands to take you straight from the big day, direct to your honeymoon adventures.

From Huda’s refining facial exfoliator, the must-have mineral SPF30 to protect, IPO’s mask to prep and nourish your skin after a day in the sun.

Plus, Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic Magic Day Cream and Huda’s famous Power Bullet Matte Lipstick will add glam to day and night. Not only this but you will receive beauty shots, beautiful makeup brushes and more…

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The Bridal Beauty Festival is also this month in London and I’m so happy to say I’ll be attending and documenting it all!

I picked up ‘The Honeymoon Edit’ which costs just £35 and is worth over a whopping £150!

Inside you’ll find brands such as…

  • Huda Beauty
  • Spectrum Collections
  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • Beauty Works
  • Crabtree and Evelyn
  • Wishful
  • Charlotte Tilbury

…and more! the whole lot is presented in a staple clutch bag and would make the perfect gift to a newly engaged friend or family member (or yourself because you know, treats).

Whilst of course being extremely good value for money ‘The Honeymoon Edit’ is also a great way to try new brands or test out some higher end products that you might have been wary of investing in initially.

I already know The Bridal Beauty Co have collated a handful of other themed collections (that I obviously have my eye on because I clearly have no self control) and I have high hopes for them after being so impressed this time round!

As I mentioned previously I’ll be at The Bridal Beauty Festival this coming Sunday (and the VIP tickets come with a goodie bag worth £150!) so I’m sure I’ll have lots more to say next week!

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – PART ONE: BEAUTY BAY ‘THE SHOWTIME’ BEAUTY BOX (BLOGTOBER – DAY SEVENTEEN)

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If you’re anything like me then you find the idea of Christmas shopping with the masses all kinds of anxiety inducing. I thought now would be a great time to put together some blog posts designed to showcase what I think would make really great presents that take the stress out of gift giving!

First up is the Beauty Bay ‘The Showtime’ Beauty Box

An 11-piece beauty box.

Be the star of the show this party season with The Showtime Beauty Box. Packed full of all the makeup essentials you need to create show-stopping looks, this box is the gift that keeps on giving. With everything from eyeshadows, glitters, highlighters, and lipsticks, whether you’re heading to the Christmas party or adding some glam to NYE, you’ll have everything you need. The perfect gift for your BFF, significant other, or just for yourself, give the gift of iconic makeup looks this year.

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For just £40 you’ll receive a whopping £119 worth of products expertly collated by the Beauty Bay team.

Beauty Bay ‘The Showtime’ Beauty Box

Inside you’ll find…

Milani Baked Blush Sunset Passion, (Full size) – A warm pink shimmering blush.

Sample Beauty Lash Out Vegan Synthetic Silk False Lashes, (Full size) – A pair of high volume false lashes.

XX Revolution XXpress Shadow Palette XXposed, (Full size) – A four-colour, soft neutral eyeshadow palette.

Nabla Ruby Lights Glitter Palette, (Full size) – A four-colour glitter shadow palette.

Ofra Highlighter Mini Rodeo Drive, (Mini) – A universally flattering highlighter.

MUA Makeup Academy Intense Colour Lip Liner Diva, (Full size) – A deep burgundy lip liner.

Soda Beauty #wegotyoubabe Glitter Lip Gloss, (Full size) – A shimmering silver lip gloss.

BY BEAUTY BAY Matte Lipstick Juice, (Full size) – A bright orange-red lipstick.

wet n wild Lash Renegade Waterproof Mascara Brazen Black, (Full size) – A volumising, waterproof mascara.

By BEAUTY BAY 12 Piece Eye Brush Set, (Full-size) – A 12-piece eyeshadow brush set.

Brushworks Complexion Sponge Duo, (Full size) – A pair of complexion makeup sponges.

Each element works perfectly alongside each other to cream the perfect glam look thus festive season. However, I’m also looking forward to mix and matching things into with my usual routine to really take things to the next level.

I think this is honestly without doubt one of the best beauty boxes I have ever had the pleasure of trying. The mixture of brands and products is just stunning (there is also a less expensive skincare version I’m also coveting that you can check out HERE).

ROCCABOX BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION REVIEW – AUGUST BOX (THE GLOW UP EDIT)

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The Glow up Edit by Roccabox is packed full of all of the essentials you need to really give your skin an overhaul to end the summer on a high and I’m so here for it!

The perfect mix of cosmetics and skincare with the most stunning Spectrum Malachite Brush that really is the cherry on top!

Im sure you’ll all know by now that I’m pale AF and any sort of tanning products have to be approached with caution.

This summer I have really loved experimenting with a more bronzed look. I think I look much more healthy and whilst I’m happy with my pasty self most of the time you can’t deny that a decent tan just gives you the kind of radiance you can’t find elsewhere and that’s why this combination was such a stroke of brilliance.

What you’ll find…

Spectrum Collections – Domed Powder Brush

RRP: £10.00

Vita Liberata – Heavenly Elixir

RRP: £5.00

Vegan by Happy Skin – Original Essence Toner

RRP: £34.99

What’s in it for me? – Body Cleanser

RRP: £6.99

Elikya Beauty – Illuminating Highlighter

RRP: £13.00

Experimenting with my news and products has always been one of my favourite things to do as a content creator so I’m really enjoying being able to do that with the help of Roccabox. Have I tempted you to sign up?

ROCCABOX BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION REVIEW – JULY BOX (SUMMER SKIN)

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Last month I absolutely raved about Roccabox and with it being my first ever beauty subscription box it could have gone so drastically wrong! Was it a one off though?

I can’t tell you how excited I was when that little pink box arrived at my door at in July. It’s such a nice surprise, even if you know it’s coming!

For just £10.00 per Month (plus £3.95 P&P) you can have a Roccabox sent straight to your door full to bursting point with beauty treasures for you to try and hopefully fall in love with! The box sells itself when you consider those savings!) The mixture of brands and products massively appealed to me, it’s nice to give up control every once and a while.

This months box includes 5 beautiful products carefully curated to give you the best chance at that healthy summer skin you’ve been craving and it really was the perfect pick me up!

What you’ll find…

Monu Skincare – Firming Fiji Facial Oil

RRP: £26.95

Beauty Pro – Coconut Oil Infused Sheet Mask

RRP: £4.95

Grace & Stella – Rose Water Facial Mist

RRP: £7.00

Mayy Cosmetics – Coral Blusher & Sunkissed Highlighter Palette

RRP: £10.00

Kiehls – Ultra Light Daily UV Defence Aqua Gel

RRP: £30.00* (Full size price, sample size included.)

This box was possibly even better than last month. I absolutely loved the skincare focus as if you know me then it won’t surprise you to hear that my mantra is that good skin prep is the key to your ideal makeup application.

Honestly such a fantastic bundle this month. I can’t wait to see what august holds!