How expensive is it to look NICE?
Now that I am a student I have wanted to find ways to save money and keep those pennies in my purse. ALL my money goes on makeup, clothes, hair products and food..
So, I have tried out makeup on a BUDGET for all us girls who spend too much money on Beauty Bay and in Boots…
Primer is key to create a smooth skin look😍! I found a FABULOUS budget primer that is now my favourite because it made my skin look so clear (more than it actually was) and is a perfect base for my foundation.
– CYO MATTE ATTACK MATTE & BLUR PRIMER
This is a new Boots brand that are available is most Boots stores around the UK! My imperfections were instantly covered up and smoothed our from this primer, UNLIKE more expensive brands I’ve used like Mac and high street brands like Revolution.
This primer is £5
I use this by applying a pea size portion to my T Zone and rub in with my fingers
http://www.boots.com/cyo-matte-attack-matte-and-blur-primer-10239264 – Link to CYO Primer
2) STROBE CREAM
I was majorly guilty buying Mac Strobe Cream constantly until I had to provide for myself as a student..
Strobe Cream gives your skin a glowy and dewy look and brightens your skin. ESSENTIAL for Monday mornings as it boosts your tired looking skin.
I was convinced I wouldn’t find a better Strobe Cream than Mac, however… I DID
– NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP BORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATOR
NYX is a new brand that hit the makeup world not so long ago. DON’T BE CONFUSED THIS IS NOT A HIGHLIGHTER. This is a Strobe Cream that, Yes, highlights your face but you use this differently..
It comes in a range of colours to fit your liking. I bought GLEAM which is a pinky/ peachy colour which worked well with my paleness (I’m a ghost)!!!
STROBE CREAM IS £7.99
After my primer I use the Strobe Cream with a flat makeup brush that you can get from practically ANYWHERE! You can use your fingers, I just prefer to use a brush. I use this all over the face as a small amount spreads very easily.
http://www.boots.com/nyx-professional-makeup-born-to-glow-liquid-illuminator-25g-10207802 – Link to Strobe Cream
I suffer with MAJOR stress spots, which is a every day occurrence for me.. So I know for students or people under a lot of pressure this is a VALUED product.
-COLLECTION LASTING PERFECTION CONCEALER
This is a fabulous liquid concealer from Collection! I use Warm Medium Shade 32 but there are a handful of colours to suit all skin tones.
CONCEALER IS £3.99
I use this before AND after my foundation. Before I put a dab of concealer on my spots and blend with a beauty blender sponge. NOTE: You don’t need a branded beauty blender to make your make up look FABULOUS!
http://www.boots.com/collection-lasting-perfection-concealer-10196692 – Link To Concealer
Everybody has a favourite foundation. Mine personally is Mac Studio Fix, however at £25 a pot it is used for special occasions only. I’m aware that certain people can’t wear certain brands of foundations due to sensitive skin. I am not a sufferer of this but if you are I suggest reading into what foundation you are buying, especially if it’s a new one.
Primark in the UK have started a massive makeup section. They have recently launched ‘My Perfect Colour’ which is apparently nearly an exact replica of Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. Primarks Foundation is £5!!!
Fenty Beauty Rihanna’s Brand is now MASSIVE. However, I have heard rumours of the foundation making people coming out with VERY bad skin despite its AMAZING coverage and colour foundation
I decided to go for one of the cheapest foundations around.
Natural Collection is one of the cheapest brands in the market and usually only launch quite bland products. I decided to buy the darkest and the lightest of the foundations they have.
The foundation itself if quite runny so I mix the two foundations together to create a olive/bronze skin look. AND the amount of compliments I got about my skin was unbelievable and they COULD NOT BELIEVE that was Natural Collection.
FOUNDATION IS £2.99 FOR ONE
I like to apply my foundation again with a beauty blender sponge as I think it gives an even coverage!
Brows have been the biggest craze for YEARS now so you have to keep up!!! My favourite product EVER is Anastasia Dip Brow in Dark Brown. This is £19, it lasts for months but is still a big chunk of money. So I’ve tried to find an alternative.
–OBSESSION BROW POMADE
This is another Boots own brand! This is nearly EXACT to Dip Brow and is smooth and defined when you apply to the brow. I prefer using a cream to the brows than powder as you can get precise definition!
BROW POMADE IS £6
I used his with an angled brush on my brows to create a think and precise brow with a defined arch. You can also use the concealer to carve the brows to the shape you desire!
http://www.boots.com/obsession-brow-pomade-10245134p – Link to Brows
There are MANY mascaras out there and I wanted to find one that created VOLUME and LENGTH. Usually I use Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Hutu found loads of budget products that were the same, if not, BETTER.
-SEVENTEEN WATERPROOF MASCARA
This mascara worked a dream and gave me so much length and volume more than my usual brand!
I use on the top and bottom lash to create a dramatic mascara look.
MASCARA IS £1.41 AS A DEAL
NO SPIDER LEGS…
I love a bronzer to contour the face and create definition. You can use a specific contour kit for this then a bronzer but for a day to day look I go for a bronzer. Usually, I use HOOLA by Benefit but it runs out so quickly and is too expensive to keep up.
-RIMMEL RADIANCE SHIMMER BRONZE
This is so shimmery and pigmented in goes on to the skin perfectly! And also defines the face almost instantly! I applied this to my cheeks, forehead and neck with a thick full brush.
BRONZER IS £5.99
LETS BLIND PEOPLE BABY!!! I love a highlighter to be incredibly pigmented to blind people when I turn my cheek… I used to use Sleek Daydream Pallet which I LOVE but wanted to explore other options
-I HEART REVOLUTION UNICORN HEART RAINBOW HIGHLIGHTER
This is the CUTEST HIGHLIGHTER EVER by Superdrug. It is a rainbow highlighter which comes in a shape of a heart!! It’s super cute and super pigmented! I love the pink shade! They have other colours and shapes available too!
I apply it to my cheekbones, bridge of nose, Cupid’s brow, chin, forehead and under brows with a thin wispy brush or angled brush.
We all want Kylie Jenner lips don’t we?? There’s so many cheap lipsticks that are just as good as Mac Lipsticks.
– CYO SHEEN SWEEP CREAM LIPSTICK
Boots SMASHING it again with the own brand! I bought GOSPEL and WISHING WELL which are honestly insane and I now wear every day! So moisturising yet keeps such a pigmented colour!!
So, this is all the makeup I found at BUDGET price which still made me feel amazing and BOOSTED my self confidence.
YOU DONT NEED MONEY TO FEEL GOOD.