I find the concept of a purse-friendly make-up bag seriously challenging. I am a total ‘high end’ beauty junkie. Self confessed. So I know what it’s like to crave expensive, high quality make-up and not be able to afford it (especially as a beauty blogger who reads about new products daily and therefore has a wishlist as long as my arm!) But recently I have researched and reviewed some really great products that match the quality of high-end brands but are far more student-budget friendly. So here are my top 6 impressive yet affordable buys:
1. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail polishes, 3.99 Boots: If you haven’t heard about these…where have you been! Nearly all of my friends who have tried them have loved them, and I haven’t seen a single blogger who has a bad word to say about them. They come in such pretty colours, are VERY long lasting, and give a beautiful shellac effect on the nail.
2. Rimmel ‘Wake me up’ foundation, 8.99 Boots: I kept hearing about this around the blogosphere and decided I had to give it a go. I am admittedly a massive foundation snob, but this works brilliantly as a base, and I would compare it to NARS’s ‘Sheer glow’ foundation. It has good coverage and gives your skin a healthy glow. As you can see, my bottle is pretty empty!
3. Barry M and Topshop lipsticks (pictured here in 147 ‘peachy pink’ and ‘charmed’, 8.00): I love both of these brands for lipsticks, as they have a great variety of shades and are so purse-friendly that I nearly always end up picking up more than one at a time!
4. Sleek blushes in ‘Suede’ and ‘Life’s a peach’, 4.49 Superdrug: I still cannot believe how pigmented and gorgeous these blushes are when I remember how much I paid for them. Sleek is sold in Superdrug and is an extremely affordable (but high-quality) brand; try their lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes too.
5. Collection lasting perfection concealer, 4.19: I’m not sure whether I’ve met a person who hasn’t given this a whirl. Before this I was using an Estee Lauder concealer which I loved, but which was also a little pricey. This Collection version is so much cheaper and just as good, so I’ll be sticking with it for the long haul!
6. Real Techniques brushes, 6.99 upwards: Another cult buy that has rocked the blogosphere. I cannot fault these brushes, and they are super affordable compared to high-end versions. I recently bought a Bobbi Brown bronzer brush and I can honestly say these are better and at a fraction of the price. They are sold in Boots and Superdrug so are easy to get your hands on.
Rebecca writes regularly on beauty and fashion in her blog: beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk