Beauty: Stila on a budget

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

It's easy to get stuck in a makeup rut. I mean, buying a new face is expensive for gods sake and when I'm spending my hard earned cash, I want to be sure what I'm buying is worth it. This often results in repurchasing and repurchasing the same products which I know are going to fulfil my expectations... But what if, sitting very comfortable in my safety zone, I'm missing out something even better. Something I hadn't even contemplated buying but would actually be a better spend of my money and is a complete game changer? It's for this reason that I like to try and jump out of my comfort zone every now and again, trying products from brands I maybe haven't seen or heard much of. I love trying higher-end products, but the prices attached to those, along with the fear that they may not even be as good as my trusty high-street favourites, often means I don't take the plunge.

About a year ago, I spotted a couple of beauty bits in TK MAXX which I had been eyeing up over the Internet. Upon discovering that they were a seriously small fraction of the price I was thinking of paying, I was already at the tills. Since then, I've kept my eyes peeled for unexpected finds and hit the jackpot a few weeks ago when I stumbled across a fresh delivery of stila products. Of course I'd heard of stila and even tried a few products in my local M&S, but I'd never fell in love with something enough to buy it (as I tell myself is a necessity with high-end makeup). Of course, on this occasion, I had some kind of obsessive weakness, resulting in me carrying far too much for my hands to cope with, subconsciously paying on card so I could pretend it never even happened, then intending on returning half of it after I had come to terms with what I had done. I tried to justify it knowing I had saved around 80% off the value of items as a whole. It worked. I kept it all. 

I've been trying it all out since this day and I genuinely feel like I've discovered a rare diamond. I'm not sure if I would have ever tried something from stila, had I not found it at such a great price. Let's be honest, the brand doesn't look anything special. I guess that's the look they were going for with the parcel- like packaging but it doesn't scream high-end like many competing brands at similar prices. I feel if im going to be spending more than usual, I want it to be on something that's a bit more luxurious. This is definitely one of those 'don't judge a book by its cover' situations as the products themselves are just great. Every piece has delivered what it said it would which is my main annoyance with beauty products (and life in general)- why say you're going to do something and then not do it?! The primer is jus brilliant. I have serious problems with makeup sliding down my face with my combination skin, but this seems to even everything out and keep it in place all day. The stay all day foundation (although being about 2 shades too dark for my face and about 4 for my body) really did stay all day. And the colour adapt blush is a beautiful rusty bronze which is the perfect shade to wear all year round. 

I'm so glad I stumbled across so many great products at such great prices. It's really one of those things where you have to be in the right place at the right time but it's definitely worth a look if you're passing. I actually managed to pick up over £150 worth of products for just £30 so I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for more treasures.

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1 comment :

  1. I love TK Maxx for beauty bits, you have to keep an eye out but you can find some hidden gems.

    Tasha xxx