Spending money on make-up doesn’t have to be expensive, you can find some really affordable beauty gems on the high street. Although, a lot of my collection is mid to high range price wise there are quite a few products that really stand out to me and don’t cost the earth.
This is my everyday foundation and one I can always rely on. I think I’ve been using this for at least two or three years now. Although I do love the IT Cosmetics CC Cream and Nars Sheer Glow which are certainly more high end, I’ll most likely mix them in with the Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. The foundation is around £8 so a total bargain and it gives you great coverage and also quite a dewy finish which I like. I’m the shade 52 Vanilla and it’s the perfect shade for me, I couldn’t recommend this foundation enough.
Since the launch of Real Techniques in 2011, I’ve built up quite the collection of brushes. The one stand out product though, is the original make-up base sponge. This is my go-to product for foundation application and it’s one of the best sponges I’ve used. However, I will be testing a high end one this month to see how it compares (post will be coming soon). The Real Technique sponges are so affordable, I usually get the two-pack and it lasts me a couple of months.
I also picked up a little case for it from Target in America and it keeps my make-up bag all fresh and clean. They’ve really expanded the sponge line at Real Techniques but I’ve only used the original one. Hopefully, I’ll test a few more out as they have smaller ones for under eye, giant ones and flat ones. So many choices!
I was one of those people who were a little sceptical about primers back in the day. Did they really make a difference?! I still believe that it’s down to the product as I’ve tried quite a few that have done absolutely nothing for me. The first one that I really loved was the NYX Photo-Loving Primer, I think I even included it in my beauty favourites back in like 2016. I feel like this leaves quite a velvety and matte finish which is a great base for foundation and concealer and leaves your make-up looking flawless and long-lasting. I’ve heard some great things about a few other primers at NYX and really want to try the Angel Veil Primer too.
Another product I’ve been using for years and it’s still a staple in my everyday beauty routine. I’ve used a lot of different micellar waters and none have really compared to Bioderma Sensibo H20 for sensitive skin. It’s so gentle and excellent at removing eye make-up which I find some can really irritate my eyes. A 500ml bottle is usually priced around £11 which is on the higher end of high street prices but it’s definitely worth it in my eyes. I’ve also just ordered the Bioderma Micellar Wipes so I’m excited to see how I get on with those too!
I’m going to hold my hands up and say 90% of my collection of lipsticks are on the higher end price wise. I mean, who doesn’t love a good MAC lipstick? I do have a few high-end lipsticks that stand out to me and one is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick but more specifically in the shade Airy Fairy. It’s just a brilliant nude shade and perfect to wear on an everyday basis. I actually think it was Anna Saccone who I heard mention this shade first and I thought I’d try it out as it was so affordable. These lipsticks are like £4 so an absolute steal!
I’m not going to lie, I do find it hard looking for a new mascara. I usually stick to the same couple of high-end ones (Tarte, YSL and Benefit). I bought the Total Temptation Mascara by Maybelline on a total whim last year and actually thought it was pretty great. It really gives me stand out long lashes, the applicator isn’t the best but I can work with it. I’ve been super impressed with the results and I would happily re-purchase this mascara.
Have you used any of these products? What are your favourite affordable products?
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