I’m new into the make up industry and didn’t want to rush in and buy all the expensive brands with different make ups. I wanted to experiment first to see what I can do with all these different make ups. At this point Ebay was my best friend these are not drug store products). In this blog I will show what products I use on my face that are an alternative from these expensive brands, what I think about them and how cheap they are.
I knew what the expensive brands were at this point as I had watched a lot of YouTube blogs and tutorials. What I would do is go on Ebay and type in similar key words to the brands. Trusting Ebay there were many companies selling a cheaper version. I would always make sure i refine where the item was coming from, I would change delivered from to UK only, saving me looking at items from China which takes about 4 weeks to arrive and maybe too cheap. And I would always look for free postage and buy from a company that has more than one of the item in stock (that’s just me being fussy or paranoid).
From what I had gathered I needed a Eye shadow palette, Translucent powder, highlighter, brow powder, beauty blenders, contour items, make up brushes and long lasting lip glosses. So that’s what I searched for in Ebay and eventually found everything I was looking for, ordered and got delivered.
Most people have Laura Mercier which is roughly £20-£30. I searched for translucent powder or setting powder on Ebay. I had heard of the brand before L.A. GIRL. I bought it for £7.75 (free postage). I use this after I contour to set it, and find that it’s very deceiving, I would try and blend it in and then I would take a picture with flash and it would show on the camera, so I always have to take my time with blending it in. I suppose for experimenting it’s ok. And will move on to a Laura Mercier one eventually.
Again this was new to me as I had never contoured before. Seeing YouTube tutorials and instagram videos inspired me. So I looked it up, and found that there was a large variety of products to help contour. Powders, creams or different tones of foundation or concealers. Most people would use Anastasia Beverly Hills or Smashbox which would be between £35-£40. As I hadn’t had experience I needed to find cheap ones to experiment with. I got to Ebay and typed “contour kit” and found a decent one for £5.99 (free postage) tried It and wasn’t too keen, not the right colours for me and was too shiny. Then I came across LA Girl – Pro Conceal on Ebay in different shades. So I got 2 and haven’t looked back, these were £3.75 each.
These are not the most expensive make ups ever, but like me you can find them cheaper. A lot of people would use MAC lip liners as they have a variety of colours. For me, again, didn’t have experience with Lip Liners before so went to Primark and got 2 £1 each. I chose neutral colours, a pink and a brown so it would go with a lot of colours. The Liner in the middle was from Ebay, it was actually for free from another purchase if you spent £5.50 on two lip glosses (picture below)
So many to chose from, but which ones. At the moment it’s all about Kylie Jenner Lip Kit “lipkitbykylie” which includes a lasting lip gloss and a liner. You’ll find this at about £20. For me, I found 2 lasting lip glosses on Ebay, both of them for £5.50 and a free lip liner (free postage) I couldn’t wait to try them. And I cant fault them, they don’t come off easy and they do last.
There are so many different highlighters out there. Right now the craze is Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills which I think looks amazing and would love to buy one, but they are roughly £40. Too expensive for me and as I haven’t had experience before I thought I would look for something similar. My liquid highlighter actually looks like the Benefits; High Beam highlighter, but it is actually Technic – High Lights which I got from Ebay, and this was £4.20 (free postage) compared to Benefits £19. I think it works fine, but I prefer the powder.
A powdered high lighter is my favourite from what I have tried. To start me off with my experience I went on Ebay again and looked for a powder highlighter, I found this one which is Freedom – Pro Highlight which was £6.10 (free postage).
I have always had a pencil eye brow liner, but since seeing a lot of people use dip brows I thought I would move on in the brow world. I had seen Benefit – Browzing. Which I thought was amazing but for £25 I wasn’t willing on paying for something I had never tried before. Went on Ebay and searched for Dip Brow or Browzing. This came up which I thought was perfect. Same company as the highlighter that looked like benefit, and this one too. I had trusted Technic with the High Lights so I knew to trust this. I have actually fallen in love with this. I cannot stop using it. Even though it’s very worn down as you can see (It didn’t arrive in this condition) I love it anyway. So I only got this fr £3.95 on Ebay, and I would definitely get another one.
Eye shadow palettes:
OK, we know how many of these are out there, a ton! Most common is probably Urban Decay – Naked Palettes which vary probably £20-£30. Too expensive for me, so got on Ebay and found a ton of cheap palettes, needed to experiment so got one with many colours on it. Found this one called LAROC -BEGINNERS COLLECTION. It’s been really good, I haven’t got through all the colours yet but I’m working on it and they stay on and are pigmented which is great, and it was only £3.99 on Ebay (free postage)
This is an interesting one as it looks exactly like Urban Decay – Naked 2, but I only bought it for £5.99 (free postage) and the company had more than one to sell. They must be store refunds or just small things wrong in them to be the same and be at that price, mind the writing on the colours weren’t there or anything, but it was good enough for me.
Saw videos of people using these so I had to have one. These are great blenders. The actual “BEAUTY BLENDER” brand sells these for £16 roughly. When I went on Ebay and found 2 for £5.98 for 2. Work exactly the same but the company I got them from were TEARDROP from Ebay.
The picture below shows all of the products from above (except foundation).
CONTOUR: LA GIRL – PRO CONCEAL IN LIGHT IVORY AND TOAST
EYE SHADOW: LAROC – ORANGE, BROWN AND SILVER
LIPS: ME NOW – LIP GLOSS AND LIP LINER IN NUDE
BROWS – TECHNIC – ULTIMATE BROW KIT – DARK BROWN
HIGHLIGHTER – FREEDOM – PRO HIGHLIGHT
Check out me “Beauty: Foundation and Contouring routine” to find out how I apply some of the above products.
Thanks for reading guys, hope you like the blog. Hopefully you’ll find bargains just like I did if you’re new in the industry. Don’t hesitate to give tips and advice on more cheap products. See you soon.