Well it’s been a hot minute since I uploaded a budget beauty post! I haven’t been particularly keeping up to date with makeup releases, trends or anything to do with it in general recently. The main reason is of course not having the money to buy it all and also having such a huge stash of products to probably last me the rest of my life. I wouldn’t say that I’m less passionate about it because I still really love applying it and experimenting but it’s very rare that I do anymore. I’ve been putting more focus into my skincare and getting rid of blemishes so I can feel more confident without it. Saying that, it does feel a lot more like a luxury and makes me feel extra confident when I do apply a full face now as it’s something I’m not used to looking at every day anymore.
Talking about embracing your natural self, I thought I’d do a post about the essential decently-priced products that I couldn’t live without. I can’t say that my makeup bag is worth that much anyway as I’m a budget beauty lover through and through. If I’m going to invest money in anything, it’ll be an eyeshadow palette. Or should I say about 15 of them…
If you’re a beauty lover and haven’t tried this, where have you been!? It’s well known that this is a good dupe for the highly-loved Tarte Shape Tape. I cannot personally comment as to be honest I could never bring myself to fork out that much for a high end concealer unless I had quite a bit of disposable income. I was in love with the Collection concealer prior to this which is also a brilliant budget item but found it was really breaking me out, particularly inbetween my eyebrows and on my forehead. Funnily enough, as soon as I switched over to this one, the spots gradually disappeared. This concealer is in my opinion better than the Collection one and the packaging is cuter although I do find it runs out quite a bit faster. I don’t find this a huge problem though as it’s so cheap in the first place.
In all honesty, it really saddens me that Maybelline isn’t cruelty-free as I have never found a foundation as perfect for my skin as this one. It feels so light on the skin but still gives such a good coverage and a glowing complexion. I’ve tried foundations from Kat Von D to No7 to The Body Shop to L’oreal. It seems all others I’ve tried have either been great coverage but too clogging/heavy for my skin or average coverage but breathable. This foundation in my opinion gives the absolute best of both worlds and I’ve never had as many compliments on my base as I have when wearing this one. For the price, use and the fact that the palest yellowy colour is the perfect match for me, this is my holy grail. It has been for the past year or so and I can’t see it changing anytime soon. Although if anyone knows of an incredible dupe that’s cruelty-free, let a girl know.
I can’t believe I went so long using a god damn brush. Not to say that some brushes aren’t really effective and nice but my god this is ten times better. I’ve never tried a real beauty blender sponge because of the price but I imagine this is just as good. I mean, they’re both egg shaped sponges. I don’t use mine the conventional damp way as I found this does the opposite of what it’s supposed to and actually takes the makeup off of my face which is pretty useless. I also get a bit freaked out about the bacteria that would build up in a sponge that’s dampened daily. Using this sponge dry to apply my foundation gives me a completely even and soft coverage across my face and I think it’s well worth the money! I do tend to rip it every time I wash it so instead I have resorted to just replacing it each time instead.
Again, a Maybelline product. My best friend and I have used this mascara for as long as I can remember and I can’t even remember what I used before it! It’s better than any other mascara I’ve tried, high end or not. It doesn’t flake off, it’s super black and thickens the lashes aswell as lengthens them. Drugstore and budget brands are coming out with increasingly incredible products as time goes on but I can’t say I’ve ever found another mascara this good from anywhere. I’m still yet to try Bad Gal Bang and Better Than Sex but they’re too far out of my price range to be a staple in my makeup bag. This one is the perfect formula, brush and price for me! Although saying that, when searching for this on the Superdrug website I have noticed it’s gone up by £1 since the last time I purchased it, cheeky.
If I want to look a bit more alive but not go full beat then these are the products I will be using aswell as The Body Shop Face Base powder. That was £15 last time I checked though so sadly didn’t make it onto this list! What are the makeup essentials you couldn’t live without?