The Budget Buy: Organic Surge First Class Mask

It came around to that time of the month and my skin had a little break out. It doesn't always happen to me so I took the opportunity to test some products I had sitting waiting for me. I needed a deep cleansing mask which wasn't going to dry my skin out - I like to stay away from anything clay based. I reached to Organic Surge First Class Mask* and Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask*, both fitting the criteria I needed.

Organic Surge First Class Mask is a thick cream mask, which is suitable for all skin types. It deeply cleanses and purifies the skin, keeping the skin clear. Simply massage it onto the skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes, before washing it off. It's a non drying mask, so for dry skin gals, there is no need to worry. Organic Surge is a natural and organic dual-action mask, which is untouched by the harsh chemicals in many other products. It's enriched in rosemary and lemon essential oils which nourishes and rehydrates the skin. It's £8.49 for 50ml and available from in store in John Lewis or online on their website.
Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a very similar mask, but with a higher price tag. It's thinner in consistency and feels a little more stronger on the skin. It's a deeply moisturising, cleansing and anti-oxidising treatment. Leave it on the skin for 15 minutes before washing it off, you should see a difference in your skin. Antipodes is an amazing skincare brand, so if you're after a high end product, this is the one to go for. It's £21.50 for 75ml and available online on Feelunique or in store in numerous department stores.

They're both brilliant masks, but if I had to choose one, I would go with the Antipodes Honey Mask. It was a close call though. However, if you're looking for a cheaper option from a brand you haven't tried before, check out Organic Surge! Which one would you choose?

Luce x

The Budget Buy: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

For someone who isn't really into foundation, I have a lot of them. But I always end up going back to the same one, Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. I've been using this for over a year now and cannot fault it. I know that some people have broke out with it, as my sister actually did and passed me on her bottle, which is when I fell in love with it. But I find it perfect for a day to day foundation.

I find that it's a light coverage foundation, but it's definitely build-able to a medium coverage. I find it is applied best with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, but I sometimes do use my fingers to apply it. The finish is very skin like, not too dewy and not too matte, it's very similar to Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. It has also been compared to YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, but I don't own that so I can't comment on it.The shade I use every day is 52 Vanilla, but I also do have 51 Light Vanilla and 53 Light Beige, so I'm able to change the colour according to my skin. I was using 53 Light Beige when I was a tanned throughout the summer and 51 Light Vanilla will be used when my freckles disappear and I am forced to accept my winter pale skin.
For around £10.99, it's worth picking up to try if you haven't already. I chop and change quite a lot with my foundations, but I always end up coming back to this.

Luce x

The Budget Buy: MUA Power Pout & Colour Blasts

MUA is a brand that I dip into every now and then. Some of their products are good and some of them are a bit rubbish, but for the price, you can't really argue. There are lots of brands now bringing out something similar to a 'chubby stick'. I have the original Clinique ones, which I love, but what about the cheaper options?

Both the Power Pout and Colour Blasts are £3 each, so even if they weren't any good, I wouldn't be too upset. In the Colour Blast, I have the shade A Girl Like Me, a light shimmery brown. I have quite oily eye lids, so I usually need a primer as shadows crease on me. Without a primer, these lasted about three hours before they started to crease. With a primer, they lasted the whole day without creasing. To apply it, I just smudged it all over lid and into the crease, before taking a blending brush to blend out the edges. The colour selection is a little naff, but there's three good neutrals which would be worth picking up.
I'm most impressed with the Power Pout, even though the name is a little ridiculous. I have the shades Justify (the orange shade) and Crazy In Love (the berry shade). I picked the orange shade up in the summer when I was going through my coral/peachy phase. Now I'm going through a berry toned phase so the other suited me just fine. The darker the colour, the more pigmented they are. The berry shade is true to the bullet, as well as the orange shade, except that's not as pigmented. Very moisturising and long lasting, I only needed to reapply after eating.

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Luce x

The Budget Buy: Babyliss Curling Wand

A while back, I was getting sick of curling my hair with my GHD's so I had a look on Amazon for curlers and ended up ordering this, the Babyliss Curling Wand. Costing just under £20, there was nothing to lose. Now I will never look back. Sometimes you can end up paying around £60 for a curling wand, when in reality, they all do the same.

It's just a normal conical barrel with no clamp, something I specifically did look for. The heat can go up to 210 degrees and it had five different temperature settings, I usually put it on the second highest one. The ceramic barrel is between 25-13mm and it had an integrated heat rest. It's a simple wrap and style wand, which is what I do. I take the section of hair I want to curl, wrap it around and hold for a few seconds before letting go. I only curl the two front sections up near the root, just so it will frame my face. Other than that, I just do the bottom section of my hair to give it a little texture.

For the price I paid and how much I have used it so far, I've already got my moneys worth. Plus it comes with a three year guarantee. If I could change on thing about it is that it was the thick size all the way down as I like big curls, but I can't have everything!

Luce x