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WHY HAVE I NEVER SHOPPED HERE BEFORE?? ¦ TK MAXX HAUL

To say I was surprised by all the brands available in TK Maxx is an understatement. It has always been one of those store i'd heard abou...

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WHY HAVE I NEVER SHOPPED HERE BEFORE?? ¦ TK MAXX HAUL

14:47:00
To say I was surprised by all the brands available in TK Maxx is an understatement. It has always been one of those store i'd heard about but chose to walk straight passed and i'm so mad at myself for all the time I did that! I am a newly obsessed TK Maxx shopper and there is no stopping me now - regardless of if I have time or not I will always pop my head in just to be sure I'm not missing out on any of their incredible bargains.



If you are like I was and simply turn a blind eye at TK Maxx then this post is for you - from make up to shoes/accessories/clothing & home ware. They stock some amazing brands at such WOW bargain prices.



I'll admit it was payday and I did get totally carried away but I thought i'd do a small(ish) haul of just some of the secret gems hidden away in the shelves of TK Maxx. There were so many other amazing bargains that I wouldn't picked up if I had any more space in my hands but I figured a basket was far too dangerous for my bank account and sadly left behind the likes of Clarins, Tangle Teezer, PIXI Beauty, Clinique, St Tropez, Bobbi Brown etc... the list is endless.


Anastasia Beverley Hills:
Single Eyeshadows £3.99 (RRP £12)
Liquid Lipsticks £9.99 (RRP £22)
Lipsticks £9.99 (RRP £20)
Nip & Fab Kale Pads £3.99 (RRP £12.95)
Yes To Blueberries Eye Mask £1.99 (RRP £2.99)
Ardell Lashes £3.99 (RRP £5.49)
Calvin Klein Bra £12.99 (RRP £30)
Leila Eve Gems £2.99 (RRP £8.00)
FoxyBae Leave in Conditioner £7.99 (RRP $14.95)
Beach Road Hydrating Mist £4.99 (RRP $18)



I wasn't joking when I said they were bargains - how incredible are those prices....?!

If you don't have one locally, don't panic!!! They now have an online store (RIP Aimee's bank account) you can shop here.







HOW TO ¦ QUICK & EASY HALO EYE

09:00:00
If you're looking for a dramatic but also soft eye make up look then a halo eye is my go to. They're a lot easier than they look and this post is going to be a step by step on how to achieve one.



First of all - prime the eyelids to create a blank canvas.

Then you want to add a transition shade that is going to ensure your darker shades blend easily.

You want to now pack your darkest shade into the crease as well as the outer and inner thirds of the lid and then blend so the transition is smooth.

I then like to cut the crease with the same product I used to prime my eyelids on a flat brush.

Depending on the colours you're using to create your halo eye you want to then add your shimmer or lightest shade to the centre of the eyelid to create the halo effect.

To finish the look I go back in with the darkest shade just to neaten up where the light shade meets the dark.

I then repeat the same deep shade on the outer thirds and lighter on the centre under the eye so it looks seamless before then going onto add lashes and mascara.

Viola.













CAN IT TAME THE UN-TAMEABLE? ¦ GHD GLIDE

11:25:00
When people say their hair is too frizzy and un-tameable - they haven't seen anything until they've seen my natural hair. It would honestly shock you the amount of volume/frizz to my hair when it's freshly washed and straightening it has always been such a chore. NOT ANYMORE, the GHD Glide has changed the game. Because it's a brush I was so sure it would do barely anything except maybe take it from lions mane to the normal size of frizzy hair but it is so quick and easy to tame my hair.

It claims to be the best on second day hair but one or two brushes through each section straight after freshly washing and drying my hair is honestly enough to get it straight, it's not the slick dead straight that you would achieve by going over and over it with straighteners but it's very much tamed and presentable.

Before

With it being a brush you save the time of having to comb the hair and then go over with straighteners so it's a lot more time efficient than my regular straighteners. I simply section the hair and relatively slowly slide the brush from the roots to the ends making sure the hair stays at the base of the brush to maximise the results.

After

The answer is yes, it can tame the un-tameable and if you have overly frizzy hair like me then it will be the best money you ever spend. You can pick it up here.


FULL FACE OF PRODUCTS UNDER £10

12:00:00

I'm not the only one who has wandered into Superdrug purely just for Micellar Water, Deodorant, Cotton Pads... You know all the necessary items and walking out with a whole bag of new make up to try, right? Well this might've happened again, woops.

After about 5 minutes of me wandering up the make up aisle I found myself with a basket... and from there I knew where this was headed. After a mini pep-talk and a spontaneous 'treat yourself' mood I decided to set myself a challenge - treat yourself but don't break the bank, I bought a whole face of make up products for under £10 each and I am going to spill the tea in this post as I cannot get enough of them.





I think a lot of people associate the price of the product with how well it is going to work and that couldn't be further from the truth - yes there are some beautiful products that cost slightly more and are 100% worth it but I think we can all agree on the fact that the drugstores have seriously upped their game on new releases and keeping their products affordable yet good quality. I managed to get my hands on every product needed for a full face all without breaking the bank.

Products purchased:


ELF Tone Adjusting Face Primer in Lavender £7.50 - I will start by saying if you don't enjoy a silicone feel primer then this one is not for you. I am one of those people so this wasn't my favourite product of them all, however this primer did leave my skin feeling very silky. I would recommend leaving this product to set on the skin for about 60 seconds before going in with foundation as initially it feels almost greasy and I can imagine foundation wouldn't sit nicely but after washing my hands and feeling how it was on my skin, the greasy/silicone feel had gone and just left my skin smooth and ready for foundation. In terms of brightening this product doesn't do a lot for my skin but if you're looking for a cheap smoothing primer the make up sat nicely on top of this one.


L'OREAL Infallible Magic Essence Drops £9.99 - I did already have a primer in my basket and I was really keen to try ELF for the first time however I just couldn't leave this on the shelf. Without turning you into a Smurf this primer feels really lovely on the skin. It's a water-like texture leaves the skin feeling very hydrated and absorbs straight away so you can get on with the rest of your make up instantly. Personally this one is my favourite out of the two.

MAKE UP REVOLUTION Conceal & Define Foundation and Concealer £9 & £4 - If you haven't seen anything about this duo then where have you been? I think around 99% of the make up community has tried this foundation and I was the 1% who hadn't but couldn't wait to try it. The concealer is my go-to, I have re-purchased this over and over again and will continue to do so. The concealer is quite full coverage so initially I wondered whether the foundation would be slightly cakey/too full coverage compared to what I like but I have worn it every day since so I think that speaks for itself. It's not too matte, it's not too dewy and it doesn't cake or go gross throughout the day.

MUA Loose Setting Powder £2.50 - Laura Mercier has been my holy-grail powder for as long as I can remember but each time I repurchase I have to live off baked beans for the rest of the month so I have been looking for a fine and translucent loose powder that is a fraction of the price but still sets my face without caking/creasing and this powder is a very strong contender.



MUA Glow Bronzer in Golden Dunes £4 - I was instantly drawn to this bronzer by the swirl of different shades. I was so curious to see what shade it would create if I was to mix them all together or if I could use one half for untanned skin and the other for when I have fake tan on and need a deeper bronze. It instantly joined my everyday make up bag - although the deeper tones intimidated my pale skin initially, the colour is actually beautiful and the perfect bronze.




MUA BLUSHED in Rose Tea £2.50 - I am totally obsessed with this blush, it is such a gorgeous pink. It's super pigmented and you literally only need to tap your brush in once and you'll have a pretty pop of pink on your cheeks, it's pink enough to be seen but not over the top which I love.This is another one who has found it's place in my everyday make up bag.

MAKE UP REVOLUTION x SOPH Palette £10 - After recently trying MUR's collaboration with Imogen and being pleasantly surprised by the pigmentation I had to pick up a different palette from them. The colours in this palette are beautiful and the colour pay off is really impressive for such an affordable palette.I love that with the MUR palettes you can easily create a day to day look or go full glam/colourful all from just one palette and the shadows are really easy to blend out.




MUA Brow Define £2.50 - When it comes to brows Benefit has always been my go to but it can be quite expensive so this is a pretty good dupe for their 'Precisely my brow' at a much cheaper price. It's super easy to create a defined brow as natural or intense as you like your brows.


MAYBELLINE Lash Sensational £8.99 - I have used this mascara for years, even after trialling others I always find myself going back and re-purchasing this one. It's ultra black, lengthening and adds volume without clumping - otherwise known as the perfect mascara.


NYX Duo-chrome Highlighter £9 - Can you believe I forgot to pick up a highlighter? Instead I thought i'd mention this one that's been in my collection for a little while now. This highlighter is unlike any others I own. I'm such a typical champagne highlight kinda girl but the tones in this were too pretty to pass up. On the cheeks it initially has a white champagne look to it however in different lights it actually shows off pink pigments, it's such a pretty highlight.

COLLECTION Liquid Lip Colour £4.99 - For years I was a matte lip person but in the recent months I have been loving the glossy look so much more. This lip colour is as pigmented as a lipstick but also as glossy as a lip gloss without the mega sticky feeling. I opted for a natural pink so I could get a lot of wear out of it but i'll definitely be picking up a few more shade as it's such a comfortable product. It's not the longest lasting but at such an affordable price I don't mind having to use more product and re-apply.

L'OREAL SHAKE & GLOW £9.99 - Setting sprays are my favourite part of my make up routine. Mac Fix+ is my usual go to but again with such a high price tag i'm always reluctant to use a lot of it. This one from L'Oreal has a super fine mist so it doesn't leave your face wet but it still helps to bring my make up together and get rid of the powdery feeling.

You can get your hands on any of these products over on Superdrug's website.

Do you have any drugstore recommendations?