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Autumn makeup look for under £30 (guest post with Katesbeautyhome)

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Hi everyone, here’s a little introduction to myself and my blog. My name is Kate and I blog over at My posts are based around reviews and guides of all things Make up and Skincare. I was asked by the lovely Kate if I would like to guest post on her page and she set the task of getting a full face for under £30. Quite the challenge, but I think I have managed it. Here is what I chose to use including all my thoughts on all the products.

The Base

After making sure my face was highly moisturised I began by using the E.L.F Flawless Finish Foundation (£7.50 for 0.68 fl. oz.). The foundation is oil free and works really well with my skin. It also has an SPF of 15 so your safe from the sun rays that are holding on right into mid Autumn. I used this foundation a lot during the summer as it has such a light formula that doesn’t slip off the skin. For extra coverage I have built it up to create more of a blank canvas. The Light Ivory shade is very fitting to my skin, I believe there is a choice of seven shades so there could be more variety but if you’re on a tight budget, this is worth a try.

Concealer wise, I would have to be crazy not to pick the Shape Tape dupe: the Revolution Conceal & Define (£4.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.). The formula is amazing, you get a full coverage look with a product that is not too thick and blends well. This will also last throughout the day with no problem, I do get small creases under my eyes which I just buff out with my finger.

There is an amazing range of 18 shades which is such a good choice from a High Street brand, plus it is £4. Yes £4! If you haven’t already got this pocket rocket in your makeup bag then you need to ask yourself why. I haven’t seen Kate’s choices but I will be really surprised if she hasn’t chosen this as her concealer also.

The Palette

Things I have learnt from the full face of makeup for only £30 challenge… You need to utilise every product to do as much as it possibly can to save you some pounds. My palette choice was so important as I need to use it for brows, blush, highlight, bronzer and the obvious eye look whilst keeping me on budget.

I went with the Revolution Soph x Ultra Eyeshadows Palette (£10 for 24 shadows all of 0.038 oz). I figured it had a bit of everything I needed and the shadows perform well so I could create a pretty look that would hold up all day. I used a mix of Pug and Rosewood for my eyebrows, Fairy Lights for a highlight, Peaches mixed with Cloudberry for a blush and Nightmare for eyeliner. Now that is getting your money’s worth from a product.

My eye look consisted of Pancakes, Mixed Berries, Tiramisu and Penguin.


For Mascara I recently tried the Essence Lash Princess (£3.00 for 10ml) and really enjoyed using the item, so I’ve added it into my full face for £30.  The wand is quite firm and curved so I find it great for separating and lifting the lashes as you apply the mascara. It is easy to get down to the root and coat lashes without it becoming messy. I feel my lashes were left looking voluminous and held their shape without becoming crispy spider legs.


This is where things became a little bit more difficult. If you have read my blog you would know I am a massive matte liquid lip fan, what I didn’t realise is how expensive liquid lipstick is when trying to work on a budget. Even my Morphe and Ofra products were taking me over the £30. I had to give a wave goodbye to my favourites and choose something else.

After looking around and with under a fiver left I settled for the Rimmel: Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipstick (£3.59 in number 30). I thought the plum colour was perfect for Autumn and also complimented my eye look well. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the formula and performance of the lipstick. I think my lips are thanking me for the change in the harsher weather as this is lovely and creamy as apposed to my usual drying products. I applied with a brush and the lips lasted some time, only needing touch-ups after food and drink. This has amazing colour payoff for the price and I have been somewhat converted to maybe going back to a lipstick more often.

To finish up I’d like to give a big thank you to Kate for giving me the opportunity to guest post and for setting such a fun challenge. You can find her post over on my page (linked above). My final total is £28.49 so I’ve managed to keep within the limit, how this happened is a miracle. Below is my finished look.

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  • Reply
    Sophia Ismaa
    October 20, 2018 at 4:57 am

    I really want to try out a look using pine tree, petrol, smokey bronze and pug using the Soph palette (also helps that its named Soph). The mixed berry shade by itself is gorgeous. And I know we shouldn’t match colours (but why not?!!!!!) mixed berry with plum lipstick would be fun, it could work great as a Halloween look too. So many possibilities.

  • Reply
    Shan Ellis
    October 4, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Ooo Kate I love this! It’s a bit confusing having two beautiful Kate’s doing beauty though!

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      October 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm


  • Reply
    October 2, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Thank you for having me lovely. I’ve loved working together x x

    • Reply
      October 2, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      same! Thanks!

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