Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Budget Festive Beauty Bits

Budget Festive Beauty BitsBudget Festive Beauty Bits
Budget Festive Beauty Bits

Ah December, the time of year where new releases, limited editions and adorable gift sets are everywhere, the time of year where you actually do need party makeup and the perfect red lip and yet, cruelly, December is also the month where all our money is accounted for - all going on presents for other folks.

Now, in Decembers past, I have almost always picked up a gift set or two as a gift from me to me, but this year, budget wise, that's not on the cards. (Or, do you think it would be believable for me to say it's because I've matured as a person and feel that I want to spend all my money on other people because giving is so much better than receiving? Nope? Yeah, didn't think so). 

Still though, even avoiding all the bath bombs at Lush and banning myself from entering Space NK for any reason (I do not trust myself around that Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection), a girl can't help but want a few bits and bobs to giver herself a mini festive makeover -  Am I right??!

So here's a couple of super budget friendly bits I've picked up recently to add some festive cheer to your beauty routines without breaking the bank... or ending up on Santa's naughty list...

Budget Festive Beauty Bits

Love Christmas nail art but don't have the time or patience for it? Primark has you covered with these adorable penguin nails for £1. Primark adhesive nails are my go to for this kind of thing - I think for £1 they're pretty darned good; they apply easy enough and they stay on my nails pretty well - I mean, the reality is I probably don't want penguin nails for 5 days anyway.
Also, you could always paint your nails black or white and just have one of these on each hand as a festive, accent nail.

Budget Festive Beauty Bits

I've already mentioned this in my November favourites, so I'll try not to repeat myself, but honestly, it's hard not to gush about this lip balm. This is from Crazy Rumors and it's a 100% natural, shea butter lip balm that is so freaking nourishing for your lips - and, it manages to do it would being greasy or sticky or making your lips look frostbitten. This is the gingerbread flavour/scent and honestly, it is such an authentic gingerbread scent you'll feel festive (and peckish) every time you apply it. These lip balms are £3.50 each and are available, here, from Holland and Barrett.

Collection Little Mix All About the Eyes Palette

Ah what would Christmas be without sparkly, golden toned eye makeup? This is the Collection Little Mix All About the Eyes Palette which costs just £3.19! It contains six shades of Christmas appropriate shadows - all shimmery, and there's a great highlight shade, a black and a couple of warm and cool toned shadows. Quality wise I'm not going to say it's an Urban Decay dupe, but I was really pleasantly surprised by the pigmentation and how easy to blend and work with they were - this is a total steal for this time of year!
Rimmel Kate Moss Matte 107

If Christmas eyes are all about metallics and golds, then Christmas lips are all about the reds - right? Well, it's good to have the option anyway, even nude lip lover like me recognises that sometimes a red lip is just fun... and festive (think I may break the world record for most uses of the word 'festive' in a blog post). Pictured here is 107 from the Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick range - it's a deep, purple toned red that looks a bit scary in the tube, but I actually find so much more wearable that a lot of brighter reds, something about the matte finish too; I worry about it smearing across my face less. These lipsticks cost £5.49 each.

Looking for a lip colour that's a little more orange toned and bright? I strongly recommend Light It Up from the Maybellie Color Drama Lipstick line. Also a matte finish, lasting formula and great to apply, these lip pencils cost £4.99 each and I literally love every shade! 

So I hope this post has been helpful if you're looking for some budget friendly ways to mix things up this Christmas - you really don't have to break the bank to feel good in the makeup you're wearing, and to keep things seasonal, sometimes you only need to tweak a few things here and there, rather than haul 20 products!


  1. That eye palette looks lovely for just £3.19!! And I'm definitely going to be picking up some of the gingerbread lip balm :) xxxx

  2. I think its very cheap prices!!!thank u to posting know about beauty bits visit Beauty Tips

  3. The Primark Nails are some of the best out there and for a quid they are perfect!

    1. I know right?! I mean, I'm so clumsy with nails anyway, I hate spending more on them and Primark does some seriously cute designs!


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