Friday, 18 October 2013


1) Don't Pay Tax, find UK stockists
When looking for international brands (Such as Sigma Brushes, OCC, Bdellium, MakeUpForEver, La Femme, Atelier Paris) find UK Stockist so that you don't have to pay additional taxes and parcel delays through customs.
Below are some UK stockists

2) Use Discounted Make Up Websites
They sell many brands and allows you to hunt down much loved but discontinued products.

3) Make The Most Of Reward Cards
Boots Advantage Card often has offers throughout the year where you can accrue bulk points which can then be exchanged for make up. Also Boots Treatstreet and Nectar cards allow
you to accrue points as you shop in other stores which you can later exchange for cosmetics.

4) Brands To Watch Out For

Ben Nye theatrical make up. Ben Nye is good value, excellent pigmentation and long wearing. UK stockists: love-makeup and Guru make up emporium.

Eyes Lips Face (ELF) Some products are really good- the Mineral Eye Primer £3, studio make up brushes £3.75 and cream eye shadows £3.75.  I wouldn't recommend the palettes they are cheap but not pigmented.

Make Up Academy (MUA) Sells pigmented eye shadows, blushers, lipstick, eye pencils for £1. at Superdrug &

Sleek Sells good quality eye shadow palettes, 12 eye shadows for £7.99, they do pigmented blusher and highlight and contour palettes. At Superdrug and online

5 ) Use Ebay
There are many 32, 88 and 120 eye shadow shades palettes and 6, 10 and 28 blush palettes on offer by Coastal Scents, Manly, BH Cosmetics and W7.
These palettes are all made in China and then shipped to various factories to brand them, so in essence , they really are all the same. These eye shadow palettes offer a huge variety of shades but pigmentation is not so good. These would be best for experimentation with new colours/ looks, or for those new to make up and don't want to spend a lot of money. The blush palettes are better and they often have a contour shade suitable for pale- tan skin tones. There are 5, 10 and 15 shades concealer palettes too which look good although I haven't bought one yet.

Ebay is useful for getting your hands on international brands such as Wet 'n' Wild etc. For high end brands I would approach with caution as they may not be genuine. Here is a helpful guide to spot fakes.The same applies with Amazon. Beware custom tax where you may have to pay on top of purchase if buying abroad using ebay.

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