As I’m meant to be on a spending ban, I’ve been trying to make the effort to discover more beauty gems from the high street. There are hundreds to choose from, but these are a few current favourites of mine, with most of them costing less than £10 each.
Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze palette* - 6 neutral eye shadows for under £4 (on offer for £2.99 at Boots at the moment!). Good pigmentation, easy to blend and currently my daily eye shadow staple. Throw out the sponge applicator and use a decent brush and you’ve got yourself a seriously good palette.
2true Pro Bright Touch Concealer* - this liquid concealer is perfect for covering up dark under eye circles. It has surprisingly good coverage for a liquid product but still manages to illuminate the area at the same time. Brush a little on, blend with a finger and you're good to go. It also comes in two different shades (I use the light one). £5
Vichy Waterproof eye makeup remover* – a bi-phase formula, you’ll need to give this a good shake to mix the two liquids in order to get the best results. Use a small amount on a cotton pad and hold it against your eye makeup to dissolve it in minutes. It won’t leave your eye area feeling greasy after use and is suitable for sensitive eyes. £11
Max Factor Creme Puff blusher* – looking for a dupe of Hourglass’ famed Ambient Light Blushers? Well you need these Max Factor blushers in your life. I’ve got a full review over here, but be rest assured they give the perfect glow and just the right amount of colour. £8.99
Barry M Contour palette* – there have been a lot of contour palettes cropping up over the past few month but most are pretty pricey. For a budget alternative, Barry M is a great place to start. There are two powder contour shades (one slightly darker than the other) plus a highlighter included and at just £6.49 it’s a great budget buy.
L'Oreal Blake's Red lipstick* – finding the perfect red lipstick seemed like an impossible dream until I tried this one from L’Oreal. The formula is rich and creamy, with a semi-matte finish, making it easy to wear all day. There are four different shades in this range with each targeted at a different skin tone (see this post for a full review), so you might find your perfect red too. £6.99
Barry M Jelly polish Sky Blue shade* – now that spring is finally here, I can finally get my pastel nail polish shades out with no second thoughts. Sky Blue is a new shade for 2015 from Barry M in their Jelly formula, so it’s high shine and gel-like in appearance with the usual great formula.
What are your current high street favourites?