The Best Online Shopping|Beauty Websites

When I was a teenager, I used to mooch off into town and spend my Saturday afternoon browsing the isles of Boots and Superdrug and when supermarkets started offering their own brand makeup ranges, I used any excuse to go to Adsa with my Mum. These were the days when we had dial up internet, couldn’t use the phone at the same time as being online and eBay was barely even a thing.

Cool story bro, get back to your slippers – I know, but my point is this – “beauty” is far more accessible to us than it was ever before. And ain’t it grand! There’s a wonderful community available to everyone regardless of race, religion, politics, age or gender that actively participates in making this industry more enjoyable, more personal and more inspirational than ever before.

The products that we have available to us now are a far cry from my 10-pot collection of rainbow Barry M pots that I had when I was 16, and the industry is all the better for it. The vast range of colours, textures, finishes and tools available to us has given us the freedom to transform ourselves day in and day without even having to leave our bedroom. How liberating is it that any single one of us can be day dreaming about having rainbow eyebrows and glitter lips and we can pop onto ASOS and the next day we can create our new chameleon skin.

What was once an industry restricted to stuffy, old fashioned counters in high end department stores or to cheap, teenage-aimed drugstore brands is now an industry that is thriving now more than ever before, and what’s best is that it’s all at your fingertips.

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Feel Unique – Beauty product heaven, it has everything. Literally everything.

They stock tens of thousands of products, you can save a favourite brand and you get 10% off. My wishlist is 150 items long… Not sure what else to say, aside from that if there’s something you want – it will be on here.

Fragrance Direct – Super crazy cheap drugstore brands

Fragrance Direct is like Boots had a 70% sale, all year round. It’s incredibly cheap, and the products are perfectly good. They stock all your high street faves like Maybelline, Rimmel and Bourjois, as well as the higher end of the highstreet brands and even Clinique and MAC –  but superbly discounted. They stock skincare, haircare, makeup, mens and fragrance.

Their customer service is great (having ordered from them before at least three times). You really can get a good haul for around £20 – £25 and when you spend as much as I do on feeding a makeup addiction, sites like this are a godsend.

ASOS – Best for a little bit of everything

When I discovered ASOS, I basically said goodbye my wages for the rest of time.

They stock some crackin’ brands and this is where I first discovered my love for NYX. The thing about ASOS, is it’s like a one stop shop for everything. Need a new blazer for work? Party shoes? Hair care? Bridesmaids dress? ASOS has got your back.

Cult Beauty – As the name suggests, some really high end and ‘cult’ brands

Their skincare range is phenomenal, and they stock the Jouer cosmetics mermaid highlighters. Enough said.

Love Makeup – Best for pro kit, American brands and unusual lipstick shades

Love Makeup is another firm favourite and a lot of the blue lip shades that I wrote this post about are from there. they stock Lime Crime, Z Palettes, SugarPill and some mad airbrushing tools that look a little frightening. Some really unusual brands are stocked on here – it’s a babe.

 

Beauty Bay – Best for stocking up on Makeup Geek

I think I’ve used Beauty Bay twice and both times I was really rather disappointed with their customer service – the first time I actually complained. They must go through thousands of orders a day and far be it from me to take those experiences and tell you that it’s always pretty bad.

Their brush range is incredible, and that Anastasia Beverly Hills range their Makeup Geek selection is the thing of dreams.

Cocktail Cosmetics – Hard to get hold of, quirky brands – Jeffree Star, Sugarpill, Violet Voss and Milani 

I have only ever ordered a Jeffree Star lipstick from this site, although they do stock some brands which are hard to get elsewhere.

Their site is an extension of their shop which is in Sutton Coldfield, in the Midlands. If you live near to the shop, it’d be worth taking a road trip to get there…

Space NK – The sale is epic

There are some truly beautiful products on Space N.K, sadly they all come with eyewatering price tags. However, the sale is beyond amazing. I managed to pick myself up a Laura Mercier lipgloss, some Shu Uemura eyelashes and a Lipstick Queen lipgloss for £14.50.

They heavily discount their stock around sale time, some items are reduced by 75% – you really can get some brilliant bargains. Bear in mind that during peak sale times, delivery may take a little longer, and costs £4.
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If you guys have any other favourite internet makeup havens, make sure you let me know. Because we all know what I *really* need is more excuses to spend money online….

 

 

 

 

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Blue Velvet | Top 8 Blue & Teal Lipsticks!

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(From L-R: LA Splash in Livius, OCC Liptar in Rime, Illamasqua in Apocalips, Lime Crime Velvetines in Teacup, Jeffree Star in Blue Velvet, NYX Wicked Lips in Sinful, LA Splash in Deadly Nightshade and NYX Macaron in Blue Velvet)

Hallo little Unicorns!

A few months ago, I was browsing Cocktail Comestics whilst I was supposed to be doing something productive, and I set eyes upon a little beauty from Jeffree Star.

Now, my first encounter with Jeffree Star is when I used to listen to Hollywood Undead and they did a little collab or something, the music is fairly awful but I loved it in the mid-00’s(ish) when I wore three studded belts at a time and had half a shaved head (yep, really). The music is 100% NSFW so, maybe don’t go looking for those songs so much….. But, back to lipstick….

So Jeffree Star is a wonderful human being and, although I had never even considered wearing blue lipstick before, I think I’d had one too many cups of coffee and before I knew it one of his liquid lippies was zooming its way to my desk. When I got it, I was really rather terrified of it, I had no idea how it was going to look, so I toned down my makeup and popped this on. To say I was surprised that I though it looked nice is an understatement, and from that moment I was really rather hooked on blue lipsticks.

A few months after that moment, Miss Kylie Jenner decided she would be releasing a blue liquid lipstick and I was all like “Damn, I was way ahead of you KJ!”, Skylie and Freedom were super limited edition and have now sold out, but with Kylies influence, I feel like blue lips are going to be become a real thing within the next few months or so….

LASplash Cosmetics in Deadly Nightshade and Livius , £9.95

Two from the same brand, oops. Hoever, these are gorgeous and I really wanted to include the fantastic sky blue shade, and then I remembered the denim blue shade I had and I thought I’d just include them both. So, Deadly Nightshade is a dark, denim midnight-ey blue colour and Livius is the closest to that Kylie kit that is on this list. It’s a super bright sky blue. I hadn’t tried this brand before these two colours, and although they are wonderful colours, I found them a little gritty. The packaging also let me down a little – you might be able to see in the photos a sticky residue left on the lid from the seal – kinda annoying. That aside,they’re really affordable, long lasting and highly pigmented – what more do you really need for a lipstick?!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in Rime, £11.50

This is the only gloss in this list, and it only has a slightly gloss finish to it to make it iridescent. I’ve wanted to try out OCC Liptars for ages, and I have about a million shades on my wishlist, but this incredible limited edition shade seemed like one to snap up sooner rather than later. This beautiful turquoise with gold shimmer is from their Magnetic Fields range for Spring/Summer 16, costing £11.50 from LoveMakeup. This is basically the lipstick that mermaids wear.

 

 

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Illasmasqua in Apocalips, £18.50

I originally wrote this post with just liquid lipstick but then I remembered how much I loved this lipstick and I had to redo the photos and redo the post. I created another few hours of work but hey ho. Illasmqua lipsticks are always beautiful quality, and despite this being an unusual colour, I feel like it’s a bit more wearable because it’s darker. I like wearing this one with gold glitter on my eyes. This is quite a famous shade, and at £18.50 is it worth it? I’d say, I’m not sure. I love the colour, and if this is the only colour you’re desperate for, then go ahead, but if you’re just wanting any sort of teal colour, then go for a liquid lipstick – they have better colour pay off and more staying power.

Lime Crime Velvetine in Teacup , £13.95

I harp on about the Lime Crime Velvetines all the time, they’ve become somewhat of an addiction. You can get them from LoveMakeup.com, which is one of my favourite sites and at £13.95, they don’t break the bank are around he same price point as all the others. This is a wonderful pastel blue, and smells like vanilla cupcake. You can read a full review here, but, trust me when I say this blue liquid lippie is a dream.

NYX Wicked Lipstick in Sinful and NYX Macaron Lipstick in Blue Velvet, £5.50

The Wicked Lipstick is the first one you can see when you work your way from left to right on the top pic, the Blue Velvet (seems to be a popular lip colour name!) is the last one. I bought the Macaron shade on ASOS, but when I went to link it seems they no longer stock it, boo! But they do stock NYX, just a select few products. Boots however, do stock the full range on their website, and unless you’ve been living in a cave you’ll know that NYX have opened counters in Boots all across the country. And yes I was there when Boots opened to scope it out because I was just too damn excited.

What can I say about NYX lipsticks? I own about 20. At £5/6.50 a go, how can you go wrong? Their shade range is by the second only to MAC, they have hundreds! Including bright yellows and metallics, everything. The Wicked lipstick has an utterly stunning metallic finish, and the Blue Velvet is similar in colour to the Lime Crime. They’re pigmented, smooth, and affordable. If you’re wanting to delve into blue lipstick without spending a lot, get yourself down to Boots!

Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in Blue Velvet, £14.00

Purchased from Cocktail Cosmetics, the Jeffree Star products sell out almost instantly, the site currently has no stock but they restock every so often and you can sign up to be notified when they have stock of something.

This is a beautiful royal blue colour, and the JS lipsticks are another blogger fave and for good reason. The formula of this is so light, that you can barely feel it on the lips. The only thing I don’t enjoy about it, it that it smells like aniseed, and I *really, really* hate aniseed so very much. Aside from that, yes please!

 

 

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