Bargain Beauty Haul


The other day I picked up a few bargain beauty items. I have been using them for the past few days and I am so impressed that I just have to blog about them!


Every month I spend crazy money on makeup and beauty products and I decided to give my bank card a little rest. I couldn’t just go cold turkey though, I’d collapse and die! And so, I had a mini bargain beauty binge. 🙂 I bought the following items:

A powder brush – Wilko £4

An eyeshadow brush – Wilko £3

A pack of 12 makeup sponge applicators – Primark £1.50

False eyelashes (4pck) – Primark £3


An Essence eye pencil – Wilko £1.60

Thanks to Wilko’s and Primark I have been able to sustain my addiction this week and, although the products may be cheap and cheerful, they are by no means substandard. I will review my favourite products below.

I was blown away by the quality of the Wilko’s makeup brushes!




I am absolutely in love with these brushes. I use brushes by Sigma, Real Techniques and Zoeva (amongst others) and this powder brush is the softest I have ever come across. It has a large head of beautifully soft, yet dense, bristles which makes it perfect for quickly powdering the face all over. I genuinely can’t get over how luxurious this brush feels, I keep brushing it over my face like it’s a cuddly kitten 🙂

The eyeshadow brush is similarly soft and luxurious. It is perfect for smudging and blending shadows to create a sexy smokey eye. I also love the look of these brushes; the black and gold colour scheme is classy and glamorous. They look special on my dressing table, as well as in my kit. They also come packaged in their own little ziplock bags, perfect for travelling around with.

I will definitely be buying multiples of every brush in Wilko’s range for personal and professional use. Well done Wilko!


I have bought false eyelashes from Primark in the past and wasn’t very impressed. For £1 I definitely got what I paid for. However this pack of 4 styles for £3 caught my eye for more than the bargain price. The style of the lashes is more natural than any I have seen in Primark before. The drag look is fine for Halloween ( or actual drag queens) but it’s not a look I like to rock down my local and so these lashes are a definite improvement! The seams on these lashes are also much thinner which makes them so much easier to apply. Also, how cute is that packaging?! I’ll definitely buy these again 🙂

And that’s it from me tonight! Just remember, just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it isn’t a good quality product. Experiment with products from cheaper brands and I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised. Plus, it leaves more money for chocolate and wine 😉

Colette x


Glossybox! October Edition

Today my Glossybox arrived!

I look forward to this day every month like a child waiting for Santa. It puts a spring in my step and a smile on my face; totally worth the bargain price of £9 a month (plus delivery) for a 6 month subscription (which auto-renews at the end of the subscription period). It’s the perfect way to test out beauty products you may never otherwise purchase from both well-known and little-known brands. You might even discover your next holy grail, can’t live without, beauty item. Today I received my fourth Glossybox and it is definitely my favourite one so far.

Just look at that box!



It’s the prettiest packaging I’ve ever seen 🙂 I was squealing with delight before I even opened the box.

Upon opening my pretty little package I discovered six beautiful products, four of which were full-size. Seriously, all that for 9 quid?!


Delving into the box of wonders, I discovered the following items:

A full size NUXE Masque Crème Fraiche de Beaute

A full size So Susan mascara

An 8ml Rimmel BB Cream

A full size Etre Belle Liplift Peel

A 5ml sample of Yves Rocher Quelques Notes d’Amour Eau de Parfum


A full size Ciate nail polish in Skinny Jeans.


A soothing, beautifully scented, rehydrating mask, essential for restoring life into dull skin.
A must-have product to prevent dry, cracked lips in the colder weather.
A stunning Pop Art inspired shade to brighten up dull, rainy days.
A stunning Pop Art inspired shade to brighten up dull, rainy days.
A light coverage cream for relaxed, no-fuss, natural days.
A light coverage cream for relaxed, no-fuss, natural days.
A feminine, floral yet seductive and potent perfume, perfect for the A/W season.

I can’t wait to try out my new babies and see which one (or six!) makes its way into my everyday beauty bag.

What do you think of this months box?

Thanks for reading, and goodbye from me and Pickles 🙂


Colette x

Desi Perkins American Horror Story Inspired Friday Night Fun

It’s Friday night, I STILL have tonsillitis and so there’s only one thing for it……

Let’s stick things on my face!

Skull/Clown Hybrid Makeup
Skull/Clown Hybrid Makeup

After Christmas, Halloween is my favourite holiday of the year; who doesn’t love to dress up, go wild with makeup and eat junk ’til they feel sick? And now, since we’re adults, we get to do all that AND drink wine ’til we feel just a little bit sicker 🙂

Just kidding. Kinda. Please drink responsibly 😉

Anyway, last night I watched Desi Perkins YouTube tutorial on how to create this skull/clown American Horror Story inspired makeup look and I was blown away. I just had to recreate it for myself. I just love how it’s creepy and pretty beautiful at the same time. Love, love, love!

To create this look I used the following products:

Illamasqua Skin Base foundation in 02

Mac Studio Finish concealer

Art Deco transclucent setting powder

Sleek I-Divine eyeshadow palette in Vintage Romance

Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner

Mac lip pencil in Cherry

OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia

Nyx pencil in Milk

Flat backed pearls from Amazon

I added the pearls as a pretty little extra, and I think they really work well with this look. Such nice pearly whites you got there :p

Pearly whites
Pearly whites

However, if you don’t have the pearls, this look is gorgeous without, as Desi so beautifully demonstrates in her video.


Now, since this is a Halloween look, I couldn’t resist making it a little creepier. Look away if you have a fear of clowns! Haha.

I added some blood and spooked up the eyes and ended up with a character I certainly wouldn’t want to run into on a dark night.


So there you have it, the result of a Friday night in all by myself 🙂 Which look do you prefer? With pearls, without pearls or with blood?

Let me know, and thanks for reading 🙂

Colette x


Welcome to my blog!

“This is the story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down….”

Hi guys,

In my tonsillitis induced fever, I made the decision to start a blog, a decision I’ll probably regret because, firstly, I don’t have a clue how to run a blog and, secondly, I’m not that interesting.

Hiya, this is me 🙂

However, at least a couple of times a day I’m asked questions related to my new career in makeup (“so you’re a makeup artist now?”…”what happened to university?”…”should I use a primer?”…”what foundation would you recommend?”) and so I decided, for the few of you who are interested (hi mum), to document the highs and lows of my new life as a makeup artist.

A few months ago I was a third year Bsc(hons) Diagnostic Imaging student, well on my way to a degree and a comfortable job in the NHS working as a radiographer. So what changed? Why did I walk away from everything I had worked so hard for? Well, honestly, I was desperately unhappy. Since leaving school halfway through sixth year I have never had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and so I bounced from degree to degree, university to university, I even travelled to Newcastle for a job as an air hostess knowing fine well I’d be absolutely awful at it. I was lost.

I felt like I had become a bit of a joke, never sticking at anything, never following anything through. The pressure was on to pick a career, stay with it and make my mum and dad proud. Radiography seemed a good idea at the time.

And for a while, it was. Until it wasn’t.

The tears, breakdowns, all-nighters, wine binges, self-doubt, stress, panic and tantrums just were not worth it anymore and I snapped. I remember sitting in hospitals on my precious breaks watching endless makeup tutorials on YouTube to escape (thanks Tanya Burr and Pixiwoo) and I began to fantasise of a life filled with beauty and happiness, not broken bones and sadness.

I can’t remember my “F it!” moment but for the first time in my life I knew what I wanted to do, I knew it would make me happy and I knew I could do it.

So, a dreaded conversation with my parents and an amazing course at Sara Hill’s Academy of Makeup in Glasgow later and here I am. I am a makeup artist!

Me again! 🙂

Anyway, now my huge, boring, introductory ramble is over we can get onto the fun stuff. I’m not one for making plans and sticking firmly to them, as you have probably realised, but my aim for this blog is to share my journey as a newly qualified makeup artist by giving sneak peeks into various jobs, give my honest opinions on beauty products, provide some makeup tutorials and throw a few random lifestyle posts into the mix as well, but, truthfully, I’m making it all up as I go along.

As usual.

Thanks for reading!

“Yo, homes, smell ya later…”

Colette x

P.S. I’d like to dedicate this post to my mum and dad, who are the most amazing, supportive parents in the world. Awww.