Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Why splash the cash?

I myself, love high end makeup, whether it be MAC, NARS, Estee Lauder, YSL, or Chanel, the quality, the packaging and of course the price is of a high quality and expense. Whilst I don't mind spending money on high end brands, I love looking through the drugstore for dupes and simple everyday go to products.



Again and again I find myself repurchasing Rimmel London's Wake Me Up foundation. This foundation gives a dewy, light glow which illuminates the complexion. Since this foundation contains SPF 15 this means its an ideal foundation for the coming summer period. Rimmel London make a big statement claiming the foundation possesses anti fatigue effect agents which provides the skin with a radiant glow. Furthermore, this foundation contains peptides and a vitamin, moisturising formulae and I completely agree with their claim, it hydrates my skin and really does 'Wake Me Up'. This foundation looks very natural on the skin and is extremely buildable if you want a fuller, flawless coverage. I have oily to combination skin and this foundation has really suited me, however I think this foundation is suitable for the majority of skin types. This foundation retails for £8.99.

Revlon PhotoReady has similarities to the 'Wake Me Up' foundation. This foundation is also very natural and dewy looking when applied to the skin. I feel this foundation is a lighter coverage however but it is buildable. Additionally, this foundation has SPF 20 so is perfect for summer. This foundation is ideal for people with oilier skin as it is oil free, however it may be suitable for drier skin. The formulae is quite a runny liquid with very small sparkles in the solution giving the skin that extra radiance. This is my go to foundation and I constantly reach for it every morning. Revlon PhotoReady retails for £12.99.
My colours:
  •  Rimmel London Wake Me Up - 103 True Ivory
  • Revlon PhotoReady - 002 Vanilla


Following on for my love for the Wake Me Up Collection, I am obsessed with the Wake Me Up Concealer by Rimmel London. Again, Rimmel claim that it has anti-fatigue effect agents which provides a radiant glow. This concealer is perfect at brightening and illuminating which visibly reawakens the under eyes. It conceals spots and blemishes relatively well. Retailing at only £5.49 its the perfect drugstore alternative to MAC prolong wear concealer. It is undoubtedly amazing for brightening under the eye making you appear more awake but my absolute beauty favourite for concealer has to be the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This is literally a lifesaver. Say goodbye to the dark, puffy under eye circles we all hate. What's more, is that it conceals spots and blemishes amazingly. This is by far the best drugstore concealer and I think I'm onto my sixth or seventh bottle now. What's even better is the fact that it retails for only £4.19.

My colours:

  • Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer - 20 True Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - 2 Light
Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer


One of my all time favourite drugstore brands is sleek, the pigmentation of their blushes and bronzers are crazy for the price they charge. Sleek have a face form kit which includes a bronzer, highlighter and blush for £9.99, and (I'm making a bold statement) it compares similarly to NARS Laguna. Sleek makeup is always well packaged with compact mirrors making them the perfect handbag essentials. I love the Sleek contour kit (shown left) which includes a highlighter and a bronzer. I have used this almost everyday for 7 months and I still haven't hit pan. This bronzer is matte but it does have very slight shimmery tones to it. The highlighter in this kit is amazing on the cheekbone or on the brow bone also. This product retails for £6.49.

Alternatively, my other favourite bronzer is the 'Chocolate Bronzer' as I would call it. Bourjois have so many amazing bronzing product ranges from; a BB bronzer, bronzer primer (Chanel universal bronzer dupe) and powders. I currently love the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing powder, which every beauty guru seems to rave about. The bronzer has a chocolate fragrance which I love. Similarly, to the Sleek Contour Kit it is matte however it has very faint shimmery tones running through it. This product retails for £7.99.

My colours:

  • Sleek Face Contour Kit - 884 Light
  • Bourjois Paris Delice de Poudre Powder - Medium 51

Sleek Face Contour Kit
Bourjois Paris Delice de Poudre Bronzer Powder


There is a reoccurring theme here, yet again, Sleek and Bourjois continue to impress me. The pigmentation of sleek blushers are phenomenal. Featured in the picture is Sleek 'Lifes A Peach' which is a peachy, coral pink toned blush which is perfect for the summer season. I also love Sleek 'Pixie Pink' which is another summery colour, which has a bright, floral pink tone to it. 'Rose Gold' is a brilliant everyday, go to blusher which complements any look. Its very similar to NARS 'orgasm' but Sleek charges over £15 less. Sleek Blushers retail for a mere £4.50.

The Bourjois little round pot blushers are amazing. I recently purchased one in Superdrug which was limited edition with floral packaging. The one featured is Rose D'Or - 34. Which is a pink blush with shimmery gold undertones. Due to the name of this blush it has a soft, rose fragrance. This blush retails for £7.99.

My colours:

  • Sleek Blusher - Lifes A Peach
  • Sleek Blusher - Pixie Pink
  • Sleek Blusher - Rose Gold
  • Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot Blusher - Rose D'Or 34
Sleek Blusher - Lifes A Peach
Sleek Blusher - Pixie Pink
Sleek Blusher - Rose Gold
Bourjois Little Round Pot - Rose D'Or 34


This is a simple, cheap, essential everyday product which I have hit pan on. I continually repurchase this product. Rimmel Stay Matte powder does what it says on the tin, it keeps my skin matte and oil free all day long. This product retails for £3.99. I have this in the colour transparent as I use this product simply for setting my foundation and concealer rather than adding colour and coverage to my skin.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

                                                                                             Eye shadow/Eye bases


Recently, I have been loving the 'lazy' wash of colour on the eye look which is simple and quick for those mornings when your running late. The Maybelline Colour 24 hour Tattoos are amazing, I love using them as a base for my eye shadow to sit on or simply for a wash of colour on the lid and blending it out using a fluffy, blending brush. My two favourites right now, are Pink Gold and Permanent Taupe.

Maybelline Colour 24 Hour Tattoo


This is a simple, must have in your makeup collection. Miss Sporty Studio Lash Eyeliner makes eyeliner easy for anyone who is less experienced in makeup. This is an extremely cheap liquid eyeliner which is sold in Superdrug. The brush is very thin so it is perfect for winged eyeliner and getting near the tear duct area.

Miss Sporty Studio Lash Liquid Eyeliner - Black


I love both Rimmel Scandaleyes and Max Factor False Lash Effect purely for the same reason that it gives me fuller, longer looking lashes.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Mascara - Extreme Black
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara - Black


The Rimmel Kate Moss collection is amazing in every way, from the range of colours, to the application, to the fragrance and the packaging. My favourite colours are 107 which is a deep purple/red colour, which is more suited to the winter, autumn seasons, 05 which is ideal for the summer period and 22 which Is a vibrant red which is so versatile and suits any occasion.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks

Disclaimer - All opinions are my own and I am not being paid to review these products.



  1. The UK has such better drugstore makeup! So jealous


    1. Where are you from? You can buy certain UK drugstore makeup from various websites which ship internationally x


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