Last night's #bbloggers chat over on Twitter was "Having a good beauty blog on a budget; tips, ideas, thoughts etc." Personally, I really enjoyed the chat! There were lots of tips flying around of where to get the best beauty buys as well as ideas for posts which don't involve going out and buying new products. Some of the main points I made last night during the chat were using what you already have; regularly 'shopping your stash' not only reminds you of products you may have forgotten about, but is a great way to blog about much-loved products, particularly 'Shop the Stash' posts. I also note down products I am lusting after and wait for 3 for 2 or buy one get one free offers in Boots - you can save loads! Another thing I mentioned during the chat was restraining yourself with hyped up products and new collections. I know I'm a sucker for a MAC collection, but where high-street collections and new ranges are concerned I like to pick just a couple of products which I think will really work for me, rather than buying every collection and latest range there is!
The chat last night inspired my makeup today - a makeup look using entirely high-street 'budget' beauty products. This is pretty easy for me; yes, I own my fair few high-end products, but more than half of my collection is high-street buys, who doesn't love a good beauty bargain? So I thought I would share the makeup with you that I used for today's face.
To start was of course, concealer. I used two concealers today. For my under eye I used my beloved Soap & Glory Kiss Ass Concealer, £10. This has two shades in it and I love it for my under eye area, and also think it's a great dupe for the Bobbi Brown corrector and concealer! Anywhere that needed concealing elsewhere on my face, I used my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, £5.49. This is a pretty good coverage concealer, which doesn't crease or dry out. Great for lighter makeup days too! Foundation wise today I picked my Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation, £5.99, as I'm trying to use this up! It's not my favourite foundation, I find it hard to blend and it can often flake if you over-powder. But for a lazy day with no exciting plans, it does the job!
Once my base was on, next up was cheeks! I used the W7 Bronze Matte Compact, £1.25*, to contour. This is one of the best bronzers I've ever used and it's made me really curious about the other products W7 have to offer! I also used a touch of the Natural Collection Suntint Bronzing Powder, £1.99, as a golden highlight on my upper cheekbones, and then Miliani Baked Blush in Luminoso, $7.99, on my cheeks! Unfortunately Miliani isn't available in the UK as it is an American brand! To powder I used my absolute favourite, the Ben Nye Banana Powder, £8.99, which as you can see - I've popped some from the huge bottle into a little travel pot!
For my eyes I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe, £4.99, as a base, followed by three shades from the MUA Glamour Days Palette, £4. Glamour Days is one of my favourite palettes for Spring, as I just love the shades in it! I used the first pale nude shade on the top row all over my lid, the turquoise next to it in the center of my lid and the mauve shade next to that, in the crease of my eye. I also used this palette to do my eyebrows, as I don't actually have any high-street brow products. I used the dark grey brown shade on the bottom row, which actually worked out perfectly! For eyeliner I opted for the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Brown, £7.99, I love these liners and think they are a perfect high-street alternative to the Bobbi Brown gel liners, and the Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Mascara, £7.99, for my lashes! This is by far my favourite mascara at the moment! And finally, on my lips I used the Revlon Lip Butter in Brown Sugar, £7.99, which I think is a fairly new shade. It's just a gorgeous neutral shade perfect for everyday wear, and definitely looks like brown sugar!
If you would like to see what the finished look was, you can take a look on this Instagram picture. You can also follow me on Instagram, 'tattooedtealady', for lots of makeup, foody, lifey and 'me' photos!
What are your favourite budget beauty buys? Let me know!