Discovering a diverse range of high end and budget beauty products is probably one of the things blogging is really useful for. Whilst I fly the flag for purse friendly alternatives, I do find myself using more expensive make up products from time to time. Although I still remain true to some more affordable brands, I do like to mix it up and treat my face to some more pricey products from time to time. This is a selection of make up that I have found myself using more and more frequently over the past few weeks, despite begrudging every day use, because some of them are more than I’d spend on food for a month. But anyway, here are the products which my face likes a lot this week:
Benefit Big Easy Foundation:
Weighing in at nearly £28 I thought I would treat myself when I acquired a voucher for Harvey Nichols. I actually sat down and let a woman put make up directly on my face for the first time in my life. I liked the colour match and lightweight texture of the foundation and it applies a medium coverage whilst not feeling too heavy. It’s especially good on warmer days when you want to cover all your spots but don’t want to feel caked up to the eyeballs in make up. Unlike a lot of bloggers I didn’t get a sample of this for free either, so if you have the money to spare on this foundation go for it, because it’s pretty good.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: This is a new one in my make up bag which my friend gave me. It’s one of those lovely primers which provides a dewy finish without making your face look like a light bulb. A delicate effect which smooths out the look of your skin and also does actually make your foundation last all day. A little seems to go a long way too, which is always a bonus. A lot of people go on about Laura Mercier products and I’ve always seen pretty positive reviews, so it would actually be interesting to try some other things in the range.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat:
The coveted concealing wonder kid which every celebrity and their dog praises and I’m a bit unsure why. Yeah, it’s good and make your eyes a bit more bright and bushy tailed, but there are other high street brands and products which deliver a better effect with a much lower price tag. I’m literally using this for the sake of using it and even lost the lid because I clearly do not treasure it’s value. But saying that it is an alright product, just not £25 worth of alright. I wouldn’t repurchase it but I also wont be throwing it away, it’s a love/hate kinda thing.
Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner: Not much to say about this, apart from it’s one of the best liquid eyeliners from the high street I’ve found so far. Super black, easy to apply and lasts all day. It comes in at under £3 so you can’t go wrong if you’re an eye liner fan.
Essence Sun Club All In One Bronzer: This is one of my favourite products EVER. So much so, that the cat knocked off one I was using and smashed it and I immediately went out and bought another. I hardly ever repurchase anything, but this is just amazing. It’s a delicate shimmer finish, which adds a lovely fresh, dewy glow to your face. The bronzer adds just the right touch of sun kissed finish to your cheeks and the highlighter compliments it perfectly. I usually use a large, soft kabuki brush and just dust this all over as a finishing touch to my face, or concentrate the brush on the bronze part for a subtle every day contour. £3.50 well spent. Oh, and it smells a bit like coconut and summer.
Maybelline Jelly Glow Blush:
I saw this around a few beauty blogs a while ago and was intrigued. I picked this up from TK Maxx and it’s nice just to add a touch of pink to the cheeks. It’s more of a novelty item than anything though because the formula is like a weird spongey thing which you just want to play with. The colour is delicate due to the nature of the product, but you can build it up effortlessly if you have the time to spare. Not one for weekdays in the mornings, but great for when you have a bit longer to really get the full effect from it. It also compliments the Essence bronzer well, acting as a more pinkish base to transition your make up from summer to autumn. It’s not available to buy in the UK so if you’re intrigued just head to your local TK Maxx to see if they have it in store!
W7 Eyebrow Kit: I really like the shades in the W7 eyebrow kit as they have a slightly red undertone, which is perfect for me with my naturally brown hair which is dyed dark red. This costs under £4 and you can find it in your local bargain basement shops (like Bodycare and the like). It also lasts for a really long time, and this one has been going strong for around 3 months now, and as you can see I am nowhere near close to touching the pan. It contains a lighter brown which I use for every day and the darker one which I use for nights out.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Rose Gold: When I first discovered this I really wasn’t keen, but this is the 3rd pot of the stuff I’m on now and have found it perfect for just popping on with your finger when you’re in a rush or being lazy. It’s brilliant for use with liquid eyeliner as it helps it to glide on smoothly, and the delicate colour is also good to act as a primer for pink toned eyeshadows. I’d about £5 to buy from Boots, but they often have offers on when you go in. It’s a cream gel formula and I have found it’s a lot easier to put on with your finger rather than faffing about with brushes. If you’re stuck for a blusher too, this colour is also perfect for using on your cheeks if you blend it in enough.