With freshers starting over the coming weeks at university's across the UK I thought It would be nice to do a few posts dedicated to those starting university so I can pass on any wisdom that I have (hopefully) gained In my 3 years experience.
I thought I would begin with a little post on budget beauty, now It may be tempting being In a new town/city with all those big department stores and make-up counters everywhere to blow your student loan on extravagant make-up but trust me, when you are suddenly broke that lovely Chanel foundation and those Mac shadows will have lost there appeal (slightly).
Fear not, I'm not trying to rain on your parade while you're having the best time of your life but here to tell you, you can look just as beautiful for a fraction of the cost!
1. Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation, RRP: £8.99
If you are already an avid reader of beauty blogs you will have probably already read the reviews on the popular wake me up foundation. If not it is a brilliant foundation, I've found this one to be better than a lot of high end ones I've used in the past. It gives great full coverage but is still very light and gives your skin a lovely natural glow, for £8.99 it is an absolute bargain compared to high end prices!
2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, RRP: £9.99
Bourjois is a brilliant high street brand itself, I've loved all products I've tried from their make-up range so far. I'm pretty confident in my beauty knowledge when I say that Chanel is actually the sister company of Bourjois so think of it as high end for high street prices. This healthy mix serum is a lovely light foundation with a gel formula that blends really well into the skin and gives a radiant glow, I'd definitely recommend this one If you prefer light foundations.Concealer
3. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, RRP: £4.19
This concealer is such a steal, I do adore my touche' eclat from YSL however due to its highlighting pigment its not the best for coverng spots and blemishes as thats you don't really want to draw attention to it but this concealer is great for covering spots and dark eye circles!
4. Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer, RRP: £5.49
This is a more illuminating concealer so again great for brightening up under the eyes and adding highlight to the cheek bones. Again I wouldn't use this on spots or blemishes but is another wonder concealer.
5. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, RRP: £3.99
This powder is amazing and retails for just £3.99! I always get the transparent one as I can dust this lightly over my foundation to prevent any unwanted shine in my t-zone. This would be great to keep in your handbag to touch up your make up if you've been running to a lecture and got a bit of a sweat on or If you've been playing any sport.
6. Maybelline Fit Me Powder, RRP: £5.99
Slightly more expensive than the stay matte but again a great powder but I love it. I recently bought this when I was In boots as I'd heard great things about the 'fit me' range but hadn't actually tried anything from the collection. This comes in a really cute compact with a mirror so again great to keep in the handbag, It goes on really nicely and looks very natural.
7. Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder, £6.99
As aforementioned I love Bourjois in general as a high street brand, this bronzer is great and smells amazing! It genuinely smells like chocolate. I've also been loving their Paris bronzing primer to build up the colour which retails for £9.99.
8. Rimmel Natural Bronzer, £5.99
I haven't used this bronzer for a long time but really enjoyed using it when I had it. A little goes a long way, so you don't need to over load your brush and it just gives you a nice healthy glow in the areas you need.
9. Sleek by 3 Blusher in Lace, RRP: £9.99
For those of you that aren't familiar with Sleek make-up, its a brand sold In Superdrug that has been compared to Nars, whether I agree that they are similar or not, I'm not really sure but they are great blushers! They have received a lot of praise from various different blogs and with good reason. My favourite one so far is the lace which comes in a set of 3 for £9.99, alternatively you can purchase their single blushers for just £4.49!
10. Maybelline Expert Wear Blush, RRP £5.19
For some reason I can't find this in Boots any more but I know they still stock It in Superdrug. I got this blusher in flash plum which is a gorgeous shimmery pink colour. I've found that I have even preferred this to some of my high end blushers, I hope It's not being discontinued as I've loved using it.
11. Maybelline Eye Studio Colour Tattoo 24 hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow, RRP £4.99
Though I'm not sure why you would want to wear an eye shadow for 24 hours, these are a great base for building up eye colour. They're kind of similar to the mac pots but much cheaper and great for wearing on a night out, especially sweaty club environments where your eye shadow can look a bit worse for wear. For a pound cheaper Seventeen do their own dupe of wild metallic cream eye shadow which I'm yet to try but have also heard good things about.
12. Maybelline The Volume Express Falsies Flared Mascara, RRP £7.99
I do struggle with high street mascara's as I couldn't seem to find one that didn't make my eyelashes clumpy but this is a great budget mascara and really brings out your lashes.
13. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, RRP £7.99
Keeping with the maybelline theme, This is a great little investment gel liner, it comes in a little pot with a brush and goes on so smoothly. I prefer gel liners to liquid liners as I've found high street liquid liners aren't as great for doing cat eyes and I always do them wrong!
14. Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon, RRP, £7.99
I love love love these lip crayons, though I'm not sure I agree with the 8 hour stay claim they go on so smoothly and are really moisturising. They're a great lip product to keep in your handbag and they come in some really pretty colours, If you haven't already bought one I would highly recommend it!
15. Rimmel London Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks, RRP £5.49
I think I have one of these in every single colour, the Kate Moss lipsticks are a great bargain buy. My favourite colour is the 107 which is a deep red wine sort of colour.
16. Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer, RRP £6.49
The best way I could describe this is a cross between a lipstick and a gloss, care needs to be taken when applying this as it can require some working to put it on.
17. Maybelline Babylips Lip Balm, RRP £2.99
If you're more of a fan of balms these are great and so cheap, they come in a variety of flavours and subtle colours.
I hope you've enjoyed hearing about some of the fantastic high street make-up that's out there. This is not to say you can never buy high end again but to simply give you a bit of insight into how you can swap some of your high end favourites for more affordable high street dupes in a bit to save that student loan.
Please let me know what you think, what would you be interested in reading relating to starting university?
Thanks, Ash x