Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Products of the Day #3 Beauty on a Budget

I've really been loving 'highstreet' make-up lately.

After many years of (wrongly) assuming that you get what you pay for in the cosmetic world, I've found myself well & truly making up for all that wasted time! So today I thought I would group together some of my favourite, purse-friendly picks! 

I opted for my usual base of Revlons PhotoReady Primer (£11.99), Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (£10.99) & the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) as together they give a lovely natural, dewy, long lasting finish. I've never found anything as good as HMS; it ticks all the boxes. Lightweight, lovely coverage & doesn't cling to dry patches. It's perfect! 

For brows I used Mac Omega (£12.50) shadow & an angled brush; now I know Mac isn't a highstreet brand by any means, but it's a lot cheaper than my other favourite - Hourglass Arch Sculpting Pencil - so, I hope you don't mind me adding it in there! I've never been able to find a natural, blonde/ash eyebrow product that I like for under £10, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!

For eyes, I kept it very simple with a flick of Soap & Glory SuperCat Liquid Liner (£6) which is absolutely wonderful for the price. It lasts all day, doesn't smudge or flake - what more could you ask for? I also added a little bit of Rimmel Scandal Eyes Nude Eyeliner (£3.99) in the waterline to open up my eyes. To finish off, I added Maybelline The Falsies mascara (£7.99). It's my favourite of all favourites. It's a great mascara at a fraction of the cost of some higher end versions, yet it does exactly the same thing. Thickens, lengthens & holds a curl well. The shelves in Boots were completely empty of this the other week, which made me slightly panic (I need a top-up, god dammit!), but it just goes to show how great it really is!
To perk everything up a bit, I added The Body Shops Honey Bronzer (£13) - (again, not necessarily 'highstreet' but still one of the best bronzer for pale skin that I've found!) & Bourjois Cream Blush (£7.99) in Rose Tender. I love these cream blushes as they're so, so easy to apply and look super natural. I have two of the four available shades and they get a lot of use!

On my lips I used Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick (£8.99) in Frambourjois. This is a fairly new purchase and I'm still yet to completely make my mind up about it. I love the colour - it's a true raspberry red shade & unlike anything else I own, however I'm just not sure matte products are for me. 

Initially this feels like adding silicone (or Benefits Pore-fessional) to your lips, which is… a little bit odd, to say the least. They do 'move about' slightly, then after around half an hour of so they dry to a stain, and the 'velvet' feeling goes with it. After two hours+, I find it settles into any cracks or dry patches (hence the Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub!) However, the colour does stay vivid for hours and hours & from a distance, it doesn't look too bad. I think overall they're not really for me as I'm just someone who prefers a bit of gloss/hydration from a lipstick, but that's just my personal preference!

What are your favourite budget products? 
xo


Oh, and a little off topic, but THANK YOU so much for the mind-blowingly awesome response to my previous post. I still can't believe how much everyone enjoyed it! *waves to new followers*
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16 comments

  1. I really want to try the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick it looks lovely on you xx

    www.lulabelloves.com

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    1. Thank you Lucy :) they're a bit odd, I've got to admit! I really love the colours, but I don't think matte lip products are for me unfortunately! Xx

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  2. You have some good products here. I love the wake me up concealer, I use it every day.

    Jess x

    www.jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I do use it most days, but I'm also a bit of a fiend for my Bobbi Brown Corrector! :) x

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  3. That lip colour 0.0 - SO gorgeous on you! Definitely have to pick one of these up soon!! T xx

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    1. Thank you so much Tamira :) it is a lovely colour! x

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  4. That lip colour is incredible on you! Also that mascara makes your lashes look incredible :o
    Stunning look xxx

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. That's so kind, thank you! I really love The Falsies, I haven't used anything else for years now! x

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  5. I've seen lots of posts on the Bourois Velvets recently. The general consensus seems to be that they last forever but you need to have really moisturised lips.

    I can't wait to try them! Re-applying lipstick every hour at work is a pain and I'd love to find something that just STAYS! This is a great shade on you as well :) x

    Katy | Little Miss Katy

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    1. Yes, definitely! My lips are normally quite dry, so I don't think me & matte products are ever meant to be *sob* but the colour really does last very well, it's just a shame that the smooth/moisture 'velvet' feeling doesn't! xx

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  6. I reckon the matte lip really suits you! That colour also really goes with your eye colour - such a beautiful shade of blue, you lucky girl!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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  7. That bold lip is ah-mazing! :)

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  8. That shade looks awesome on you. Really makes your eyes pop
    x

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  9. Literally love and use most of the products you mentioned on a daily basis. You're so right, you don't need to shop high-end for good quality makeup xx

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