21 January 2015

Budget Beauty Hero's

Budget Beauty Hero's

There's no denying that when it comes to make up I have quite a profound interest, from budget beauty to more luxurious treats I'm more than willing to give anything a try. Across the period in which I have being writing about beauty (three years this March) I have featured a wide range of products which have varied in price, availability and brand however I did notice that towards the end of last year I felt as though I was focusing a little too much on the expensive stuff. For me this has to stop, I love high end brands and I always will however I'm more than aware that there are some serious gems out there to be found on the shelves of Boots and Superdrug.

That's not to say I won't be featuring luxury brands on here as I most certainly will however all I want to do is gain back that balance. Therefore today I'm starting off strong by sharing with you some of my favourite budget beauty hero's. All of these products here are under £10 which for me is my ball park figure in whether I regard something as budget friendly or not, anything more and I'm heading towards more high end; I'm strict guys, I'm strict.

My affair with the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters is still going strong although I do admit I've side-lined the ones with the shimmer inside for the plain normal versions. Juicy Papaya and Strawberry Shortcake are still my favourites where they are some of my favourite shades to wear in the spring and summer. Staying with lip products I absolutely love using the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick in the shade Tempting Lilac, these lipsticks are relatively hydrating, nicely packaged and provide a really nice finish and hint of colour. Sadly from looking online I do fear that these may have had the chop as they now seem only available on the likes of Amazon and eBay.

Blush is probably one of my favourite products to apply as it can really add that extra something into a look. From a natural flush to the cheeks to a brighter pop of colour in the summer I tend to try all types depending on what eye make up and lip colour I'm wearing. The powder Sleek blushes are super popular and it's not hard to see why, they're affordable, easy to find and pretty darn pigmented therefore it's hard to find anything to really criticise about these. Cream blushes are probably my favourite formula I would say although I'm generally a fan of both. The NYX Rouge Cream Blush in the shade natural has been the only blush that I have worn this month; it's easy to blend and adds a beautiful dewy finish to my cheeks that I find lasts pretty well throughout the day.

Only today I was talking about nail polish with a fellow blogger where I confessed that I have one too many! My collection primarily consists of a million and one Barry M polishes because they're quite simply great in my opinion. They're as cheap as chips, there is a huge array of shades and finishes available and they are once again very easy to find in the UK (I know that these are hard to find abroad).

Rounding up with base products I have the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation which is probably one of my favourite high street foundations to date, if not my favourite. It's a great base that is light to medium coverage, it doesn't feel heavy and it matches my skin tone really well. The only two issues I do have with this is the distinct lack of pump (it's a pain in the backside) and the fact that it can highlight dry skin which is something I cannot stand. I'm willing to overlook that last issue as when my skin is fine it is a fantastic foundation to wear. 

My last two products are concealers whereby the first is the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer which helps to brighten areas. I use this underneath my eyes and on the very top of my cheek bone as I think it does a really great job at making this area much brighter. I wouldn't say that it is the best concealer in the world, having said that I have repurchased this before so I clearly get on with this very well. Another repurchase is the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer which is my go to under eye concealer. I really like this and find that it works very well for helping to mask dark circles without creasing up into any fine lines. It isn't a miracle worker by any stretch of the imagination but I'm relatively happy with it.

What are your Budget Beauty Hero's?

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  1. I am definitely going to try the L'Oreal Lumi concealer now. Just the packaging alone makes it look really expensive. I love brightening concealers. Barry M polishes are another of my faves. The shade you have is beaut x

    Mapped Out | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

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  2. I have read such positive and promoting reviews about L'Oreal's Lumi Magique Concealer lately~ ^ ^
    Maybe it is time for me to see how it is! ^ - ^


    www.thedailydollyblog.com

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  3. I love Sleek Blushers, Barry M nail polishes and the Revlon Lipbutters! :D


    emily xx


    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I really wanna try the L'Oreal Lumi Magique concealer. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  5. I love the Nearly naked foundation, it feels so sight on the skin but still has some coverage. I really would like to pick up on of those lip butters! They seem great.

    www.withinjayslife.blogspot.ca

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  6. This Sleek blush seems to be a favourite for many beauty bloggers, I definitely need to try it out!
    And of course Barry M nail polishes are really good quality for a small price :D

    Julia xx

    | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/ |

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  7. I love the 17 concealer, it's my go to concealer and nothing seems to really compare to it!

    Jodie // La Lune Song

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  8. Fab post sweet, I love the sound of the Seventeen concealer as I’ve been experience dark circles recently :) My budget faves at the moment have to be the Maybelline Color Drama lip pencils, Bourgois Rouge Velvet lipsticks and Soap and Glory 2-in-1 archery eyebrow pencil :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  9. I love the L'Oreal lipsticks, the packaging is so lovely for a drugstore product xx

    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Such great picks Amy! The L'Oreal Lumi Magique range is on my wishlist and I hope I get to try the products soon! Dewy skin is my thing! :D

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

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  11. Love these picks. Sleek is definitely one of my favourite brands for blushers.


    www.peepintokslife.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I adore the Sleek Rose Gold blusher, such a pretty blush.

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty
    xo

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  13. i need loreal lumi magique concealer :)

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  14. Stay Time is such a wonderful little gem, it's the only concealer I've been reaching for! xo

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  15. I just bought the Sleek Blush in Rose Gold because I haven't bought a blusher for literally two years and I love it!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  16. Barry M are definitely one of my fave nail brands. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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  17. I spy some of my faves in here! Love the NYX cream blushes, and the Revlon Lip Butters. I love Juicy Papaya and strawberry shortcake as well.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  18. I love the Revlon lip butters too.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

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  19. The L'Oreal Lumi Magique concealer pen is one of my favourites for brightening under the eyes, it's beautiful and I always notice a difference when I don't use it!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  20. I am loving the colour of the Revlon lipstick :)
    xo, Anastasia

    www.natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Sleek, definitely a brand I want to try more from this year. I was at a counter the other day and they had some interesting products I think I may pick up a blush to try :) I still love the Revlon lip butters too berry smoothie is still a fave :) Xx

    http://www.rinicawrites.com

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  22. I loveeee the Revlon lip butters - faves are Berry Smoothie and Pink truffle, nearly at the end of one! Definitely want to try the NYX cream blush :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  23. I love Revlon's Lip Butters! Sweet Tart is my fave but I also really like Lollipop and Sorbet. Their Balm Stains are also awesome!

    http://mollyandstacie.com

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  24. I haven't used my Lip Butters in forever!! I think I will whip one out today!! I would definitely like to try the Lumi Magique Concealer!! My favorite drugstore products are the moment are the Maybelline Eraser Concealer, Falsie Mascara, and the NYX butter glosses! xx

    Alexandra | The A Style | Beauty and lifestyle

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  25. I love the lip butters! So easy to apply and provides enough color and hydration!


    Aissa // tea in january

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  26. I love the lip butters too! I'm also a big fan of Nyx in general. I find their products are reasonably priced and work great ... plus they don't test on animals so that's always a bonus :)


    xx Kathryn
    http://www.throughthethicket.ca

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  27. I love both the Revlon Lip Butters and the Sleek Blushes - 'Rose Gold' is a very good dupe for Nars' 'Orgasm' as they have the most amazing gold glitter and great pigmentation!
    - Jem
    Jem's Blog

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  28. I'm still really wanting to try the Revlon Lip Butters - I think I need to pick a couple of shades up!

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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  29. They really are lovely, even though they're a bit old now I guess in terms of when they were released yet I still really like them x

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  30. Rose Gold is beautiful isn't it, I wear that one a lot x

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  31. After trying this cream blush from NYX I really want to try some more things now, I have been really impressed x

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  32. Yay, fetch them out, they're great! Oh yes the Maybelline Eraser is supposed to be really good isn't it x

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  33. None of those three I own, I'll have to check them out. I'm a huge fan of the Honey Balm Stain :) x

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  34. Berry Smoothie looks really nice, I was going to buy that for autumn but decided I had more than enough lip products x

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  35. Their blushes really are lovely, I hope you like them now! xx

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  36. That'll be Strawberry Shortcake :) x

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  37. Me too Megan, I think it is such a fantastic product! xx

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  38. Same here Rubi, I sometimes think I mention them too much but I guess that's a sign of a good product x

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  39. The cream blush from NYX has really impressed me, I wish they were easier to find in stores here x

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  40. Mine too, they just seem to cover everything at such an affordable price x

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  41. I hope that if you do decide to try them that you like them as much as I do x

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  42. Yay that's great to hear, it was one of my first blushes at the time too and I loved it x

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  43. Isn't it just! I think it's completely underrated at the moment x

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  44. Me too, I really enjoy using that to brighten up my eye area x

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  45. Rose Gold is beautiful, I keep meaning to go and have a look to see if they have released any new shades as I haven't had a look in a while x

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  46. Their blushes are great, I'd like to try the Face Form kit they do x

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  47. Thank you! I hope you like it when you try it out for yourself xx

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  48. They are all such great products in my opinion :) x

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  49. Me too I'm actually really quite sad that they have been discontinued x

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  50. Thank you so much! I'd like to give those lip pencils a try from Maybelline, they really go look nice x

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  51. I think it's an awesome concealer! :) x

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  52. They really are and I like that they are easily found in Boots and Superdrug, oh and ASOS too! x

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  53. It's a lovely foundation isn't it, mine is nearly gone now sadly but at least it's not too expensive to replace x

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  54. It's really nice Renata, I was pleasantly surprised by it x

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  55. Yay! That's great to hear! :) x

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  56. I think it's time! Just kidding, but if you do I sure hope you like it :) x

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  57. The packaging isn't bad at all is it, I agree it does make it look more expensive than it is xx

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  58. I absolutely love this NYX Cream Blush too, such a beautiful and natural colour. I really want to try some more shades x

    www.anacelinelabod.com

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  59. Big fan of the Revlon Lip Butters as well, they are so comfortable on the lips!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

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  60. Me too Ana, I have really liked using this blush so far x

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  61. They really are, I'm secretly hoping that they do release some more shades one day x

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