As a student with a make-up and shopping addiction, I tend to curb my spending by shopping for products on the high-street. Thankfully, there are some absolutely amazing cheap alternatives, which at times work better than high-end products. Here are my all time Top 10 make-up items from the drugstore.
1. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is my all-time favourite foundation – even though I have previously loved more high-end options such as Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow. As someone with a dry skin type, it gives me the perfect dewy glow that livens up my face and eliminates imperfections. For those of you with drier skin wanting a more healthy look, I could not recommend this foundation enough!
2. Rimmel London Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara is a mascara I got free in a deal when purchasing Rimmel products in Boots. As readers of my blog probably know, Rimmel is my favourite high-street make-up brand and I am completely addicted. I didn’t think much when I got it for free, but I can honestly say that it works amazingly and gives incredible volume and dark colour. The only thing I would say is to be careful when applying it, as it sometimes has a tendency to clump.
3. Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot is a product I have discovered very recently, as I sneakily borrowed my sisters when it looked at me temptingly from her make-up bag. It worked an absolute treat and kept my make-up on all night without any creasing and cakeyness.
4. Sleek Face Contour Kit is a make-up essential for contouring and highlighting. It is a complete bargain, the quality of the product is amazing and it travels really well in a compact little palette. The kit is something I use every time I’m going on a night out and really does transform my face to a more chiselled and glamorous look.
5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is a product raved about by the entire beauty blogosphere, and for a very good reason! As someone who suffers from very dark and deep set under-eye circles, this high coverage concealer gives a brightening effect and is perfect for smoothing over imperfections, eliminating my not-so-attractive panda/I’ve just been punched eye circles.
6. Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadows are so versatile and amazing. They look great as an eyeshadow base or on their own and are amazing value at only £4.99. I personally wouldn’t bother getting a MAC paint pot after trying this product, as its effect is flawless, and it saves me splurging all my money on one eye-shadow base.
7. Gosh Long Lasting Eye Liner Pen Green 1 was a product I really wasn’t expecting much from as it was so expensive and I am not familiar with many Gosh products. I fell in love with the deep green colour so decided to give it a go and was blown away with the results. I’m a bit rubbish with applying eye liner and fail at using gel products, so the fact that it is a liquid formula was perfect for me. The colour looks great and the liner really does stay on all day! Big thumbs up from me 🙂
8. Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquers were my favourite lip product of 2013 as you are all probably very bored of hearing. If you are into long-lasting bright colours on your lips, then this product is a massive winner. My only note of caution is make sure you apply a lipliner underneath and use sparingly, or the lacquer may bleed out a bit.
9. Barry M Gelly Nail Effect in Blueberry leaves your nails looking manicure fresh. I adore the gelly look on the nail and the colour Blueberry is one of my favourites. Spending only £3.99 on this product is a great alternative to going to the salon or buying a more high-end varnish.
10. Topshop Blush in Afternoon Tea is a cream blush that gives a really subtle and blendable effect that can be built up if you want a more dramatic look. I am in love with Topshop make-up and have honestly never been disappointed by any of their blushers or lipsticks. The colour “Afternoon Tea” is so girlie and subtle, even though it looks a bit bright and daunting in the packaging. If you like a more creamy glowy look for your blush, I would definitely recommend investing in one of these.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and have got some new ideas for high-street products to try! What are all of your favourites?