The best budget-friendly fragrances this season

We all know how much cash we have to splash out in order to purchase the smallest bottle of our favourite eau de toilette. However, we often tend to look past all of the other lower-end fragrances on the market, such as colognes, body mists and body sprays. Here’s my list of this season’s best and most affordable fragrances that are guaranteed to keep you smelling gorgeous all winter long!

COLOGNES
Chanel No. 5
There’s something about pairing a spritz of this timeless fragrance with a red lip that screams elegance. This famous fragrance is now available in a cologne as well as a body spray, so there’s no longer a need to keep collecting those bulky bottles!

The Body Shop Madagascan Vanilla
Oh my days, this fragrance is just amazing! This sweet vanilla fragrance is my every go-to fragrance.

Victoria’s Secret Tease
If you’re looking for something that smells exactly like Juicy Couture’s popular Viva la Juicy, then look no further.

BODY MISTS
Gourmet Delights Coconut Marshmallow
This delicious fragrance smells like cupcakes and coconuts! I love it! Sweet and girly, and perfect to pop into your handbag.

Gourmet Delights Champagne Macaroon
If you prefer floral notes, then this one is for you.

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist
If you love the body butter, then you’re bound to love this body mist! Super long-lasting and absolutely gorgeous all-year-round fragrance.

BODY SPRAYS

Oh So Heavenly Strawberry Kisses
For the price tag, this is one hell of a deal! This baby has a classic vanilla pod scent with brown sugar undertones.

Victoria’s Secret Bombshell
I love the glittery body spray that this comes in that this can be used on your body and in your hair. A truly sexy scent.

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Best on-the-go make-up bag must-haves!

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Hi beauties!

Do you ever find yourself struggling to decide what to pack in and what to leave out when you’re packing for a weekend away? Of course you do – we all do! No make-up bag will ever be large enough to fit all of our needs, so let this fabulous list of this season’s beauty must-haves guide you through what to pack in for when you’re away or on-the-go!

THE BARE ESSENTIALS
Liquid face wash (try Neutrogena Gentle Foaming Cleanser)
Facial soap bar (try Johnson&Johnson Transparent Facial Bar)
Facial moisturiser (try Nivea Soft Creme)
Cotton buds
Make-up primer (try Chanel Bronze Universal Makeup Base)
Latex wedges
Liquid foundation (try MAC Studio Sculpt)
Flat foundation brush
Translucent powder (try Yardley Translucent Powder)
Large powder brush
Brow crayon (try MAC Lingering Eyebrow Pencil)
Blush (try MAC Honour Shimmer Blush)
Small blush brush
Mascara (try Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara)
Lip balm (try Labello Vanilla & Macadamia Lip Butter)
Body lotion (try The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter)
Hair silicone (try Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum)

FORGET-ME-NOTS
Body must (try Gourmet Delights Cherrytop Cupcakes Body Mist)
Nail polish remover (try Sally Hansen Strawberry Fragrance Nail Polish Remover)
Nail file
Nail scissors
Nail glue
Night cream (try Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream)
Body shimmer (try The Body Shop The Sparkler)
Face and body illuminator (try MAC Lustre Drops)
Self tanner (try St Tropez Spray Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse)
Surgical gloves
Tanning mitt
Baby oil
Tan enhancer (try NARS Body Glow)

IF THERE’S SPACE, THEN WHY NOT?
Nail colour (try Tip Top Cotton Beige)
Nail hardener (try Sally Hansen Hard as Nails)
Face mask (try Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Cupcake Face Mask)
Dry shampoo (try Batiste Exotic Coconut)
Nighttime fragrance (try Victoria’s Secret Bombshell)

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Flawless skin, bold brows and nude lips

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Hi lovelies!

To freshen things up, I thought I’d write a post on a few of my best-kept beauty secrets and give you the scoop on a few of my new favourite products! These tips will help you achieve a flawless golden complexion with strong contouring and glimmering highlights, bold brows and nude lips. Hope you enjoy!

PREP AND PRIME
Prepping your skin prior to any make-up application is key! I use two spritzes of my MAC Fix + Spray with an almond-size amount of my Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer.

CONCEAL
My favourite concealer to date is my MAC Mineralize Concealer – I just love it! I conceal all of my spots and problem areas or blemishes as well as under my eyes and above my cheekbones prior to applying my foundation.

CAKE UP
I recently purchased the most divine pointed foundation brush from Beautique which I now love to use to start applying my foundation. I use this lovely soft brush to apply an even layer of my beloved MAC Studio Fix Fluid all over my face as well as down my jawline into my neck and chest area. I then use my MAC stipple foundation brush to add more coverage to areas that require it such as my forehead, cheeks and chin. During the summer, I finish off my foundation application with a dusting of my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder to avoid shiny skin throughout the day or night.

HIGHLIGHT
Sometimes I like to add a dash of MAC Strobe Cream to my foundation to create an all-over radiance, but most times I prefer using my index finger to apply my Inglot Face and Body Illuminator to areas such as my temples and Cupid’s bow. Using a contouring brush, I also love adding even more radiance above my cheekbones with a hint of my MAC Trace Gold Shimmer Blush. A light dusting of this blush down the bridge of the nose and in the centre of the chin also gives the face great dimension!

CONTOUR
Using a generous amount of my MAC Bronzing Powder on a contour brush, I always make sure to contour under my cheekbones to achieve that gorgeous high cheekbone illusion. The bronzing powder can be substituted with any matte face powder that is 4-5 shades darker than your natural skin tone.

DEFINE
Eyebrows are such a huge part of my make-up routine! After brushing my brows neatly into place, I use my MAC Mystery brow powder and a flat angled liquid liner brush to softly brush some colour through my brows. I then use my newfound love, my MAC Lingering Eyebrow Pencil, to define, darken and thicken my brows to perfection! This pencil is a real gem and can make the finest brows look bold and defined in minutes. However, you need be careful with it – this pencil tends to look grey when used over a foundation, so what I do is avoid applying foundation close to my brows. After using this magical pencil, I usually go back to my pointed foundation brush and even my foundation out around my newly-created eyebrow shape.

AND LASTLY, POUT IT OUT!
So, we all say we hate concealer lips, but do we really? I love adding a dabbing of concealer to my lips followed by a simple nude lip balm such as The Body Shop Chocomania Lip Butter. This is a quick and easy way to create a nude lip colour without having to use a nude lipstick.

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