You know when you go into a shop for one thing, and come out with a million things you didn’t need, and without the thing you originally went in for? Guilty. Last week I popped into my local Primark to pick up a photo frame and came out £28 lighter. #sorrynotsorry.
Makeup – Eyes
Primark’s makeup is both affordable and cruelty-free, which is a win for your moral compass and your bank balance. It is, however, hit and miss, so you should probably check out the reviews online first if you can. A lot of their makeup products are dupes for higher end beauty buys, such as Fenty and KKW’s range.
The first item I picked up was the Peach Dream eye shadow palette, which is very similar to the Huda Beauty Obsessions Coral Palette. The Huda product comes in at £25, and so the Primark palette is a snip of the price at just £3. Three quid for nine eye shadow pans. It has a really nice mix of shimmers and mattes, with three glittery numbers and six matte shades. What drew me to the palette was the brighter orange and yellow shades, which are perfect for summer for some warm, sunny looks. The pigment is pretty good, and easily buildable for a pop of colour.
You may have seen me mention in this post that I am mega fussy about mascara wands. Well, I’ve used Benefit’s They’re Real mascara for around two years now, and Primark’s new £3 Wonder Lash is a suspected dupe. I like the look of the thin and flexible rubber brush, but the formula does feel a little ‘wetter’ than the Benefit mascara and is perhaps more likened to BadGal BANG. With this mascara, you have to work quickly to get a good look, but once it’s applied, lashes look super long – like, kiss-your-lash-extensions-goodbye long.
Makeup – Lips
Next I bagged this PS… The Romance Edit set of liquid lip colours. These are also a Huda dupe! It features four shades, working out at £1 a lippy. Three of these dry down to a matte, with one shade being a glittery gloss which is amazing for summer. The Romance Edit is the perfect set for date night makeup, with a mix of reds and nudes. There is also The Tropical Edit, The Mocha Edit and The Nude Edit, but The Romance Edit is the most varied and versatile, in my opinion. They are creamy to apply and comfortable to wear – you certainly can’t expect any more from a £1 liquid lipstick. Primark – you nailed it.
Leopard print is still in and it looks like it is here to stay. Primark nails come in a massive range of styles, patterns and colours and I love to pick up a couple of packs when I have occasions coming up. These were just £1.50 and you get a few different sizes to find the right size for you.
Clothing and Accessories
In-keeping with the leopard print theme, I picked up this little cropped cami for £3 to wear in the garden. I don’t own an awful lot of summery tops since I pretty much live in band tees or midi dresses in summer. If I find myself wearing this a lot I will probably pick up a few others in different colours, too.
This knot headband is in the same patterned fabric as the little cami, so makes a very cute matching accessory. They also stock these in a range of patterns, prices at around £2.50. The Blair Waldorf headband look is back babes, you heard it here first, xoxo, Gossip Girl.
As well as leopard print, zebra print is also hot on trend right now. Actually, pretty much any animal print is. I recently bought a zebra patterned mesh top, so wanted to get a few bits to pair with it. I had seen this zebra print saddle bag a few weeks back, and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted it. My rule is that when I’m not 100% sure on something, I leave it a week or so. If I can’t stop thinking about it, I’ll get it. The bag was £8 and has all the summery, festival vibes. I also grabbed these zebra print statement earrings for £3 because I do love a bold earring.