Is the Missguided £1 Bikini A Real Bargain

If you're an avid fast fashion buyer or you like to stay in the loop, you would have seen that Missguided released a £1 bikini: a simple black triangle shape bikini ranging from sizes 4-24. The offer is for a limited time only; releasing 1000s onto the website each day. For some, this might sound like heaven. A cheap bikini perfect for Summer: a great staple. It even beats the prices of Primark and other brands promising cheap affordable clothing.

But how much of a bargain is this bikini for the consumer and the producers, when the bikini is only £1. This brings the question, how much is it really costing to make it? Are they really making a profit or are they shortchanging the suppliers and the workers behind that £1 bikini? When we break the bikini down it's all about polyester, which is largely unsustainable and harms the planet massively. So, if it's really worth that one photo of you on an inflatable in Greece then you do you, but for the rest of us, I think it's …

The Memory Lane of Makeup

The other day I decided to search through my old makeup, I remember the days of my blue eyeshadow that was as sheer as air and a mascara I got in Shout magazine that did nothing at all for my eyelashes but I used to think I looked so good. I remember saving up my pocket money each week to be able to go to Superdrug and buy the 99p face masks which years later are honestly still great.

I found some of my old favourite products and it got me thinking about my makeup journey. I decided to share with you some of the staple products I constantly used and talk about how my makeup has evolved over the years. My first ever foundation was one that Avon did. I remember begging my grandma for it and I was over the moon when it came. It was one of the most patchiest foundations ever but to me it was like goldust.

I remember the main product I used to obsess over was the Rimmel nail polishes. I used to have almost every single shade and I couldn't resist getting more every time. I blogged about one of the Rita Ora ones, reading the post now makes me laugh so much. I idolised that £2.99 nail polish like it was Chanel. I decided to try one the other day and even after all these years they still work great. The quality of a £2.99 nail polish really is wonderful, the shade range is even bigger now then I remember. It has almost doubled in size since the last time I checked it out. Rimmel was the main brand I used to wear, I loved their 24 hour foundation and the match perfection foundation. For my prom in year 11 I raided the display and created such a decent look from the simplest of products. One Rimmel product I do repurchase a lot is the Stay Matte Powder. I don't use this often but I do like to use it to set my makeup, as it is a pressed powder you can't bake with it but it's good for the Summer days when I need to sort the oil situation out on my face.

Another brand I used to love was Collection, I still check out their stands and displays constantly. I am always looking at their social media to see if there are any new products I want to try out. Now my first love from this brand was their ever so famous Lasting Perfection Concealer. I haven't used this in a while but I would love to compare it to my Urban Decay concealer one day. But the one product I used to constantly use all the time was the Collection Extreme Felt Tip Black Eyeliner £2.99. I started to get into wing eyeliner when I was around 15 so it wasn't too long ago but there has definitely been improvements in my ability over the past 3 years. This is such a thick pen that gives you serious Cleopatra eyes if you aren't careful. How I managed to avoid that was beyond me but this was such a good eyeliner for me to practice with. It never dried out and was fully matte black. I remember I bought the brown and blue ones just to experiment with and to be honest they weren't that bad.

As I got older I started to explore more brands, I had a real phase with Maybelline and I remember being obsessed with this really nude almost beige lipstick they did that for the life of me I cannot fin. What do I remember is that when I started to get a bit more pocket money I splurged at the Revlon stand one day. I was so overwhelmed by the products and how mature they looked compared to Rimmel's bright and colourful packaging. I picked up the constantly raved about Colourstay Foundation and the matching concealer. After being broke out to hell by the foundation I finally dared the concealer. This was at the time when I had just mastered foundation so concealer was the next adventure. I always remember doing triangles of thick concealer and half blending them out as I wanted it to be obvious that I wore makeup because I had this obsession with looking older. Nevertheless it wasn't the cutest makeup look I have ever done. But the concealer really did work quite well when I finally learnt how to use it properly.

I have decided to end this makeup journey on the biggest splurge I did when I was younger. I was heavily influenced by youtube when it came to makeup. All I ever heard about was MAC and the Urban Decay Naked palettes. After months of saving and researching I bought my first ever MAC lipstick. Now you weren't a proper makeup fan if you didn't own Velvet Teddy at the time. It is this peachy nude shade that dries down semi- matte. There is a slight hint of shine but not too much. I remember buying this and feel so grown up because of it. I would take it everywhere with me applying it whenever just so people would see. I was so proud of owing it. Now I don't think I would even go near that shade ever again in my life.

I think the MAC lipstick just summarises my makeup journey, I have gauged the best techniques and methods to applying my makeup and the looks and colours that I like to wear. I am so surprised by some of the products I had when I was younger. There are so many more products I would like to mention here. If you wanna see a part two to this comment down below. Also give my Twitter and Instagram a follow to stay updated with my day to day life.

                                       Until next time, Chloe!


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