The majority of you will know that I love high street make up, especially the brands that make a regular appearance on my blog, and after my recent trip to Boots, it’s proven to me that they are just as good as their high end equivalents, if not better.
Before starting university, the majority of my make up bag consisted of high end product, Benefit in particular, and was slightly concerned about the transition to the high street counters that would better suit my student budget. However, now that I’ve sussed out the best high street products, coming from a mixture of brands, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to having a high-end dominated cosmetic case. Don’t get me wrong, I will never, ever swap my Benefit mascaras, but I will however, stop overlooking the drugstore brands.
Having ventured into Boots on Friday, I knew that my main focus was my complexion, and was excited to have a wonder around the store trying out a few different brands.
As always, I was drawn to the L’Oreal counter- my favourite high street brand. Their products are amazing value for money, and with the current 3 for 2 offer, it was nearly impossible to resist. L’Oreal has always been a personal favourite, especially as I love the incredible finish and affordable price tags.
I’m currently using the L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation, which is perfect for nights out, however a little too heavy for day-to-day wear. For this reason, I tried bareMinerals bareSkin foundation. After having spoken to the lady on the counter in my local Debenhams, and asking for her advice on the best colour for my skin, I invested £26 into this so called miracle worker. I have very dry skin on my face, especially on my forehead, however I was told that this foundation would be perfect for me. First of all, the colour was far too orange, and second of all, it showed every inch of dry skin, and if anything, made it look worse.
So, as I entered Boots, my first mission was to find the perfect foundation- lightweight, buildable coverage, perfect colour for my skin, would cover any redness/rosacea.
Having read many reviews on different foundations, and having swatched different shades on the back of my hands, I finally decided on L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation in Vanilla. As stated above, I have the matte version, which I tend to use for nights out, however this foundation gives me the perfect radiant finish which I love for everyday use. This foundation truly is every bloggers dream- it gives you great coverage which you can build up if you prefer without feeling too heavy.
Next in my basket was the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer. Again, having tried many primers, I was instantly sold after trying a small amount of this on my hand. The texture of this primer is quite different to one I’ve used in the past- Porefessional and No7 Stay Perfect, however I feel like this provides more moisture, and a radiant finish, which paired with the Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation, gives me the luminous look I’ve been longing for.
I team my primer and foundation with my L’Oreal True Match La Touche Magique concealer in Ivory Beige. This combined with the products above, really do create the perfect, radiant effect.
Now for contouring; another dilemma. Previously, I’ve used powder contouring kits, such as Maybelline’s Master Sculpt, however, I’ve been looking for a cream kit as I find the powders a little difficult to blend. You can imagine my excitement when I found L’Oreal’s new Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette. This cream-to-powder texture is exactly what I’ve been dreaming of. I bought it in Light/Medium, as I like my contouring to remain subtle, and after having tested it out yesterday, I’m completely sold.
The combination of these four products gave me utterly flawless skin, which is probably the first time I have ever said that. It eliminated every bit of redness, didn’t emphasise any dry areas, and created the illusion of perfect cheekbones, and all for under £25 thanks to the current promotion. Like I said, I’ve used plenty of high-end of products, where one product alone would cost more than my total basket price, and wouldn’t give me the coverage that these L’Oreal products have.
With dark make up taking centre stage during recent fashion weeks, this month, I’ve been trying to find a new brown lipstick with a purple undertone. Since buying their Smart Lipstick a few weeks back, and falling in love with it, I went to Kiko to see if I’d find my dream shade amongst their incredible range of lipsticks. Once again, Kiko got it spot on. Their Velvet Mat-Satin Lipstick in 610 Rosy Brown. I love everything about it, the packaging, the colour and its texture (don’t forget it’s price tag of just £6.90). However, you can’t buy lipstick without its matching liner. I bought Kiko’s Smart Liner in shade 712 Rose Mauve, for a bargain price of just £1.20.
If you’re looking for more high-street products to complete your budget look, then it’s all about the brows. The brow product I was over the moon with. I chose L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit in medium/dark. From colour to tools, I fell head over heels in love with this little compact kit. I have dark hair, so this shade worked really well for me. It comes with a small pair of tweezers in case you need to give your brows a quick tidy on the move, and a brush to apply the wax and powder. First of all, I apply the wax to ensure that the powder sticks, then top it with the powder in small strokes to fill in the brow. If you like using brow pencils too, I chose Rimmel London’s Professional Eyebrow Pencil, which is great for mapping your brows before applying the wax and powder combination.
La Palette Nude in Rose by L’Oreal Paris is a great alternative to the Naked palettes offered by Urban Decay. Don’t get me wrong, the Naked palettes are amazing, however if you’re looking for a cheaper substitute, then these are great. The Rose version, as it says on the tin, offers 10 different pinky shades, including both matte and shimmer finish. If you prefer the champagne and copper colours, then try the Beige version.
And last but not least, Kiko Milano’s Face Make Up Fixer Spray. This is a must have in every blogger’s cosmetic bag. I was a little sceptical to try it at first, but after putting it to numerous tests- a night out in the crowded and sauna-like SU, a 10 hour shift behind a bar, and a day of shopping in the glorious, wet British weather, I cannot rave about this product enough. On all occasions, my make up has stayed immaculate, and it doesn’t leave you with the irritated feeling that you usually get if you use hairspray.
Would love to hear what your favourite high street products are at the moment, so please share any of your must-haves.