Tried and Tested | Affordable Foundations

As a lover of all things affordable, I am always on the lookout for a good foundation that isn’t going to cost the earth.

As someone who works a corporate office job, I choose to wear a full face of makeup Monday to Friday as it makes me feel more confident and I enjoy the process of applying makeup first thing in the morning to start my day.

I have tested many, high and low end, and I have to say most of the ones I turn to because I know they are reliable, are my low end / affordable foundations!

All of the ones listed here are foundations that I have finished! (Yes I know, Applaud!)

RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25HR

This is a foundation I actually bought on a whim whilst in NZ in April. I needed a medium, but buildable foundation for my Graduation Ceremony and saw this. I had read reviews in the past and had been meaning to try so why not. Once I started using this foundation I actually didn’t use ANYTHING else until the bottle sadly finished (already repurchased to keep in my collection). It is a demi-matte finish and can be built up to a very full coverage. I  apply this with a Real Techniques Sponge, but I find a semi dense flat or round top brush works just as well.img_20170129_190815

 

 

 

RIMMEL WAKE ME UP

To me this is a very good ‘new to makeup’ or entry foundation. It has a fairly light coverage and has a natural, glowy finish. I wouldn’t say it is long lasting but good to chuck on if you are just heading out for a few hours. I however would repurchase as it is a good ‘weekend’ staple for me.

COVERGIRL OUTLAST STAY LUMINOUS

My current go to. It comes with a pump, blends quite easily (sponge def easier than brush) and does leave my face quite glowy. It does provide a light/medium coverage and is more natural looking than other foundations. It doesn’t wear that well but in saying that, if you are the type of person looking for a dewy, low coverage foundation, give this one a go. You might love it! I don’t think this will be the first foundation I repurchase but its 50/50.

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BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX SERUM GEL

16hr lasting power? Medium coverage to cover imperfections? I don’t think so. However, it is a lightweight, easy blendable, natural looking (kind of buildable depending on the application type) and medium lasting (6-8hrs) foundation. Would I repurchase? Probably, as long as they look at changing the overpowering scent.

RIMMEL STAY MATTE LIQUID MOUSSE

I used to absolutely swear by this foundation! It was one I loved for such a long time when I was convinced I needed something that was full coverage and Matte. Turns out I don’t, and my desires have changed! But I do still keep a tube of this hidden away in my collection for those times I do want something a bit more full coverage and long lasting. This does take a little bit longer to blend, so wouldn’t really recommend it for someone that doesn’t have a lot of time and/or patience but overall it does leave a nice looking soft but full coverage effect.

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If you are on a budget and are looking for something more affordable, maybe give one of these a try!

Also, I am always on the lookout for new affordable products to try so please let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations!

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Current Makeup Must-haves’

Happy 2 Years! This week is the 2 year anniversary of my blog, so why not celebrate with a Beauty Must-Haves??

Recently I have discovered that I have been so bored with my makeup routine and products. I am just itching for some new products to test out and play with! But there have been however, a few products I have been loving and don’t think I will be giving up anytime soon!

MAYBELLINE AGE REWIND CONCEALER

 

This stuff works so well for me. I generally only use it on my under eyes but it really does the job. It doesn’t have the best coverage but still manages to hide those pesky dark circles well and I find it to be really gentle and moisturising for the eye area.

FACE SPONGE

For me, this is the best way to apply my foundation and concealer for an everyday look. Its easy to use, blends out the product evenly and doesn’t leave any weird streaks or patches. the brands I always come back to being – Real Techniques & Chichi

COVERGIRL LASHBLAST WATERPROOF MASCARA

I have loved this mascara for a few years on and off now, but it always seems to be the one I can come back to and rely on and not worry if I am going to get spidery, clumpy lashes. For me, this mascara adds volume but also allows my lashes to look longer and fluttery.

ELF BRONZER

 I have hit pan 😦 But at least it shows it is loved right? I love this bronzer for … Bronzing, as you would expect… but also, as an eye-shadow for everyday. Its my go to!

LIP LINERS

I have jumped on the lip liner band wagon. They have literally become and everyday staple for me. Not only do the ones I love, go on smoothly and are really buttery, but they last hours! (I generally put my Lip liner on around 8am – Look in the mirror after lunch – STILL THERE!) I don’t think I can ever go back. Some of my absolute favourites are from Natio and W7.

TANYA BURR COSMETICS LIP GLOSS

I picked up a few of these on Feel Unique a while ago and they kind of fell to the back of my drawer never to be seen – until I did a spring clean and decided to try them out. I generally don’t wear them on their own, but paired with my favouite lip liners, they last a long time, aren’t too sticky and look lovely! (side note: They smell amazing!)

So these are my current go tos’, but I am in the market for a few new things! High end, Low end… I just want some new things to play with! Please leave me some suggestions below of what I should try next.

Until next time…

Everyday Makeup Routine & Reviews

For the past 7 weeks now, I have been working in a new job. As this job requires seeing a lot of professional people on a daily basis I feel as though it is only right to look nice and not scare the bajesus out of them. Hence, I have acquired a easy and simple makeup routine which takes me about 20 to 30 minutes.

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1. Primer & setting spray. I find that these have become essential for me. Working in an office from 8 to 10.5hrs a day is just asking for my face to turn into an oily mess. My current go to’s are the Revlon photo finish primer and the Australis makeup setting spray ( I put this spray on before and after to get the desired effect).

2. Foundation. Which shock horror has been my Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc. Ever since I first bought this product I hated it! Every time I wore it, it would break me out and make skin super oily. But since I have changed my routine things have been much better 🙂

3. Concealer. My go to recently has been my Rimmel Wake me up. It creases the least and is the best shade for me at the moment.

4. Blush and bronzer. My go to’s recently have been my elf blush in Peachy Cheeky and my Nar’s Laguna Bronzer. I was so scared of this bronzer at first but after watching many tutorials I feel as though I finally have the hang of it! Blend Blend Blend people! 🙂

4. Setting Powder. The Australis loose powder in translucent has finally become my favourite product! When I first bought this I hated it, felt like it didn’t do anything but make me cake. However, I tested it with a few different brushes and found that when applied correctly, this stuff is a dream and keeps me oil free ( mostly, my nose and forehead have issues) during my long days!

5. Eyebrows. The Natio Brow Kit and the Maybelline Brow drama in medium brown are a match made in heaven for my unruly brows. I love the Natio kit because you can mix the 2 shades together to make it as warm or cool toned as you would like with out making the colour too dark.

6.Eyeshodow. Funnily enough, my go to eyeshadow has actually been my Elf  Golden Bronzer. It makes as a not too shimmery but not too Matte, bronzy coloured everyday eye shadow look and I love it.

7. Mascara & Eyelash Curler (I can not miss this step or my eyelashes are dead straight!). Cover girl Lash Blast in Waterproof. Need I say more? not really. I love it and have for a long time! Nothing quite compares to how my eyelashes look with this on!

8. LIPS. The thing that pulls your face together and makes you look awake and alive! Favorite go to’s at the moment are: Mac – Blankety, the perfect “my lips but better” colour, its super moisturising and lasts fairly well. Avon – Ultra colour rich lipstick in ‘skin’, pinky peachy colour, perfect for everyday.

9. Setting Spray. Holds my face in place, my only issue is that the spray particles are rather big. otherwise, it does the job really well and dries quickly!

Me on a casual work day

Anything else you would recommend ? What has been your favorite product recently?

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