Thursday, 29 December 2016

My high street beauty picks

Hi guys,

I hope you've all had a lovely relaxing Christmas! Mine was spent relaxing with family and friends, consuming far too much food and alcohol!!

It has been a while since I've shared my beauty essentials and I wanted to tell you about some amazing high street finds of mine - in particular, three of my new everyday essential products!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Boots, £7.99

I've tried so many mascaras over the years and I've really struggled to find a good one. I have naturally long, curled eyelashes so I really like to accentuate them by making them as long as possible. I find it is really hard to get a good balance between making your eyelashes long and preventing them from clumping together. Usually, you have to apply numerous coats to make your eyelashes even stand out slightly which results in thick, clumpy, spiderlike eyelashes - not a good look! 

This mascara is just the best!! It gives your eyelashes that striking look that you are after without having to apply hundreds of coats and doesn't leave your eyelashes clumped and uncomfortable. I would definitely recommend buying this if you are looking for a new mascara - amazing quality for an amazing price!

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation
Boots, £7.99

A good foundation is key to flawless make-up. You could have the perfect make-up look but without the correct base, you're not going to look or feel your best.

Again, I have tried lots of different foundations. When I first formed an interest in make-up I was under the impression that the more you paid, the better the product and in some cases, this is definitely true. However, foundation wise, I can honestly say that this is not the case at all.

I've gone from being a big MAC lover and using the MAC studio fix foundation to not rating this product much at all. As I've mentioned in a previous beauty post, I found that this foundation really dried out my skin and made me break out in spots - particularly around my forehead area. I also felt that the studio fix foundation was so heavy that my skin wasn't able to breathe underneath, hence the above result.

I recently began using this Rimmel foundation and it is honestly incredible. I have received so many compliments about my make-up since switching over and I feel so much better in myself wearing it. Although it does give a very full coverage look which I LOVE, it feels extremely light on your skin and I don't feel caked when wearing it (no matter how much I have on). I've also found that my skin doesn't feel anywhere near as dry as it did when using MAC which is a huge bonus too!

If you're using a more expensive foundation and are looking for a cheaper alternative, I would 100% switch across to this one. Enjoy full coverage foundation for around 3x cheaper!!

I use shade 'True Nude' but if you are struggling for which colour to choose, pop into a Boots store and ask a member of the Make-up team to match you up!

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer
Boots, £10
I've had the opportunity to test out a lot of different primers through having my make-up done regularly / trying them out for myself and I have to say, this is my all time favourite.

I saw this one day in Boots and as I've loved every NYX product that I have tried, I thought I would give this primer a go! A primer is the perfect way to ensure that your foundation has a smooth base to be applied to and helps your foundation to stay on longer. I opted for the safe option and chose the clear shade but it is sold in green and lavender too (these colours fade away once your foundation is applied over the top).

So what was the verdict?

It honestly feels like silk on your skin! It is the softest thing - I can't describe it in words, you just have to try it! I find that this product does add a lot of moisture to the skin so I only use a small amount meaning it will last for quite a while.

I've definitely found that my foundation has stayed in place much better since using a primer and can tell the difference if I forget to put it on one day. I would definitely recommend trying this product out and, if you're braver than me, even opt for a coloured primer if you're after an anti-redness or colour balance option! 

As always, thanks for reading! 

If you do try out any of the above products, I really hope you love them as much as me. I would also love to hear what you thought of these products and if you have any recommendations of better products, please do let me know so I can try them out!!

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