A More Affordable Face – #Fotd + Mini Reviews

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I think sometimes when I look at my make-up & decide what to use it can be a little too often I pick the expensive pieces up first. It’s not that I’m a snob but that I don’t want to waste it sitting there in my room gathering dust. However I noticed I do have a lot of drugstore beauty bits that are great & work just as well as their expensive counterparts. These aren’t super cheap but drugstore is much more affordable than most  so here’s a full face that’s drugstore only make-up.

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This weekend has been a trying one but make-up is forever a useful tool to make me feel better. It adds that life back into you when all you want to do is crawl back under the bed covers. I’ve really got into wearing my bolder lipsticks more often than ever with my new hair colour it doesn’t look so stark.

The Base

Now this is a combo I haven’t really tried where it’s just these too together. I like The Body Shop Tea Tree primer because I do feel like I break out less after a long day of wearing make-up. My skin suffers less & the texture even though it’s silicone feeling seems to set with less slip on my skin. I’m always in a love hate relation with Loreal True Match it can work perfectly with my favourite sponge but I was lazy this day & used my fingers. It surprising worked really well except for the dry patch on my nose which nothing seems to sit right on so I’m not blaming True Match on this. As always the colour blends in nicely with a light coverage I think more so as my skin has darkened ever so slightly. To finish my complexion & put colour back into my cheeks I’ve grabbed this one more often. The Natural Collection is a bit hit & miss but the blushers are beautiful. You get lot’s of product but only need a small amount to add that natural flush back in.

Eyes & Brows

I kept it simple on my eyes using Rimmel Scandaleye’s Stick in Taupe, this ones a bit awkward if I apply a base on my lids first. On its own it seems to stick better increasing the wear time but still the crease disappears first. However I do like that it’s easily blendable with a finger so you could top it up during the day if you’re so inclined to. After this I always apply an eyeshadow in the space between lid application & brow. Whatever look I do I always use this Essence eyeshadow in Blockbuster as it is only slightly brighter than my natural shade & evens everything out. Followed by the most used eyeliner I own a Rimmel Scandaleye’s Kohl in Nude as my waterline is always looking red! Next my lashes are coated with Maybelline Big Great Lash mascara. It makes my eye lashes visible beautiful & separated without clumps, not so easy on bottom lashes but I can manage it. As for brows in the budget department I always go back to my Natural Collections Eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut a dark brown, it’s not ashy but it’s not warm either.


I think this one goes a little unloved & it’s the Revlon Colorburst Matt Balms in Sultry. I liked the idea of them but many were too bright for me & Sultry is the most wearable shade of them all. It’s a rosey tone with a hint of brown & it’s matt finish is nice without feeling too drying. I would say this needs a lip liner as it does still bleed a little which is a tad annoying but it’s not as bad with my lip primer ( but that’s of the more expensive variety)!

The Product List

  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimising Primer – £7.50 
  • Loreal True Match Foundation in N1 – £9.99
  • Natural Collection Blush in Rosey Glow – £1.99
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Trespassing Taupe – £4.49
  • Essence Matt Effect Eyeshadow in Blockbuster – £1.60 (Wilkinson’s)
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude – £3.99
  • Maybelline Big Great Lash in Blackest Black – £4.99
  • Natural Collections Eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut – £1.99
  • Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm – £7.99

 If you have any more affordable make-up to suggest please leave a comment below as I actually might be able to get some new bits soon! What are you loving at the moment?

Jess x