Friday, 7 March 2014

Highstreet Picks #1 Face and Base

There's nothing quite as satisfying as finding a budget friendly beauty product that rival's its high end counterparts. Easy on the bank balance and does exactly what it says on the tin, what more could you want? But high street stores can be a bit of a minefield, dodgy lighting, no one to help you pick a shade, minimal samples and the ones they do have are usually far from hygienic, it's difficult to know where to start. Over my years of beauty obsession, pouring over hundreds of products online and pacing the aisles of many a high street store, I've come across a selection of highly impressive beauty finds. Through this three post mini series I'll be sharing with you some of my favourite beauty finds in the hope that next time you find yourself perusing the aisles of Boots, Priceline, Superdrug, *insert drugstore name here*, you'll have some idea where to start.

First up we're talking base. A good base is key to a good look but it's the area of the highstreet that I find most difficult to navigate. Shade ranges are usually on the small side and longevity isn't always up there with some of the higher end brands. However there are definitely some face products that I'll be repurchasing again and again.

Revlon Colourstay for Normal/Dry Skin: My love affair with this started with it's combination/oily counterpart until I decided to embrace a glow. Medium coverage but definitely buildable, the shade range isn't too awful (a total of 12 last time I checked) and it sticks around pretty darn well even on my oily skin, no awkward patchy wearing away here. Super oily skinned gals may want to opt for the combo/oily variety however I simply go for a powder (more on which one later) so I've got that extra flexibility between matte and glowy, ya know?

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer: My 'undereye-brightener' of choice. Now it's nothing to write home about coverage wise (gals struggling with very dark circles may want to look else where) but it's perfect to lighten things up just a little. I dab in to my inner corner and finger-pat out (technical term there) under the eye on a daily basis. It's also nice to use over the top of a more heavy duty concealer if you've got some real darkness to hide. It doesn't cake during the day like some other high street offerings do and really does 'wake me up' (or at least makes me look like I'm awake).

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder: Two of my absolute favourite setting powders. The pressed offering use to be my holy grail, I'd use it morning, noon or night and it never let me down. I then tried the loose alternative and fell in love all over again (dramatic I know). The loose version is now my setting powder of choice when I first apply my makeup and the pressed powder is kept in my bag for touch up's (loose powder isn't the best for on the go, trust me).  I'm thinking of doing a little comparison post between these two if anyone's interested? Let me know!

Bourjois Cream Blush: One that's slightly unique in my blusher drawer due to it's cream to powder formulation which makes it the perfect cream blush for oily gals. Super creamy cream blushers aren't always the most long lasting but this Bourjois offering applies just like a cream blush, think easy to blend and achieve a natural flush, but sets and sticks around like a powder. It's one of those blushes I don't have to think about and can apply quickly, another regular in my 'on-the-go-touchups' bag.

Natural Collection Blush: For a super duper budget friendly offering (just $4 a pop), you can't go past Natural Collection blushers. Not a brand I'm too familiar with (I don't think it's available here in Aus.) but this blush I picked up on my last UK trip is great. The packaging is shocking, but for the price that doesn't bother me at all, it's the product inside that has impressed me. Nicely pigmented, the shade I have is Rosey Glow which provides a lovely natural flush when dusted onto the cheeks, and it applies really nicely. Definitely one to try out if you're just getting in to makeup or are shopping on a budget!

What are your favourite high street face products? Be sure to check back tomorrow for my pick of the lips!



  1. I love the Wake Me Up foundation and the Revlon Colour Stay Concealer.



  2. Stay Matte Powder is always a must for me, I recently bought the L'Oreal 'True Match' foundation, and have no complaints so far H xx

  3. I love rimmel stay matte! I wasn't a fan of Rimmel Wake me up though because of its yellow undertone!

    Berrie-Blogs | Beauty Blog x

  4. The Rimmel Stay Matte is a must have beauty product for me at all times! :D

  5. Great post! I have a quick question - where did you get your pump for your Revlon Colorstay from? :) It's one of my favourite foundations, but the lack of pump drives me crazy!



  6. Thanks Amy! Mine just came with the pump, I think they changed up the packaging xx

  7. No way! I'm going to have to look in some other stores - how strange! Thanks for getting back to me :) xx


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