I’ve been slowly but surely trying to update my makeup kit. I’ve reached a point in my life where I can’t afford the time to be applying makeup meticulously every morning …well- I can, but that means sacrificing sleep and I’m not ready for that kind of commitment.
Let’s face it, I just can’t be bothered. But, on the rare occasions where I am, I like to go all out; and there lies comfort in  knowing that I am equipped with the tools and skills to do so if I ever wish to.
In this blog post, I share with you a few of my latest (and affordable) cosmetic purchases. I’ve barely used the products apart from today and haven’t owned them for long enough to form a reliable opinion,  so it’s not really a comprehensive review- but more so my impressions thus far.

I ordered this brush set from- you guessed it- Ebay. Haha. Personally, I don’t think they look like eBay quality brushes, neither do they feel like it. As you could probably tell from the picture, the fine bristles are soft to the touch and being densely packed together makes them ideal for blending product. You can purchase this set of brushes for an unbelievable £4.79

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Again, this purchase was an attempt at saving myself some money. We’re all familiar with the Anastasia Beverly Hills range of eyebrow grooming products (don’t worry if you aren’t, give her a search on Google;) )
While she may be the “queen” of eyebrow beauty products, I’d rather try my luck at cheaper alternatives before giving into the hype surrounding a particular product. There are products out there that may be just as good-if not better than those that are so constantly raved about on social media, but those poor guys just don’t receive much spotlight. For instance, the £10 facial primer from super drug that was cut by half price for a limited time and that I just happened to give a try.
I don’t doubt the quality of ABH products at all. I’m pretty sure they’re a dream to work with and if I’m honest, I will probably eventually end up buying one.

For now, I tried my luck at NYX’s eyebrow gel.

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Now I haven’t tried ABH’S brow pomade so couldn’t compare the two, but from what I have been able to observe, NYX’S tame and frame is not quite as pigmented as the ABH brow pomade.
I found myself having to go back to the pot to apply more product to the brush to build up the pigmentation on my brows.
Regardless of this, this product is excellent for its wearability and will last the entire day unless it’s  wiped off. I have also read reviews claiming that despite its price,  customers have had no issues with the gel drying out as is common with gel-based products.

there are up to 5 shades: Black, Espresso, Chocolate, Brunette and Blonde.
In these pictures I wear the shade “chocolate” which I think is too dark for my liking, however, you can always buy two of the shades to mix together. I’m thinking of buying the shade Brunette.
I applied on the nyx brow gel using a dupe for the ABH eyebrow brush, also from Ebay.

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You can grab this Royal cosmetics brush for £2.79. Don’t bother buying yourself a high-end brush when it comes to your eyebrows because this right here with its densely packed bristles, sharp cut and excellently crafted angle will do the job

Now onto the more higher end of my products.
I purchased a selection of makeup from AOM cosmetics and have nothing but praise to offer for Zukreat’s line of makeup. The highly pigmented shadows are priced at £6.50 and offer more product for less than half the price than MAC eyeshadows. The precision liner pen ensures that I get the perfect stroke across my eyelid everytime and the contour sticks are super pigmented and easy to blend into my foundation.

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