Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Budget replacements for my everyday makeup

We're half way through January and it's been a whirlwind two weeks already. I've managed to get a lot of the things done that I wanted to as well as some fun and free day trips and a birthday bash for the manface.

After a quiet December work wise I entered 2019 incredibly poor, of course this coincided with the time my personal makeup started to run out. (OF COURSE!!) I decided for to be sensible for a change and try some budget alternatives until I've got a few more pennies in the bank. I hate to stray from the norm and was actually already feeling down about the two items I bought before even trying them...so how did they turn out?



This is the contents of my standard every day makeup bag, a winning formula I've not strayed from for at least the past six months. The shrewd eyed amongst you can maybe work out the two items I recently ran out of, foundation and brow gel.

Despite being lucky enough to have a career that I can do what I like appearance-wise I really am not very adventurous with my every day makeup as you'll see. Even when I'm getting up at 1.30am for an early morning makeup call I'm not brave enough to go in bare faced so I have my 15 minute makeup routine down to skin, brows and lashes and rarely wear eyeshadow to work.


I always think it's hard to tell in photos but I have such extraordinarily pale skin, even the palest shades of most brands will come off much too dark on me, so when I discovered I could wear a couple of the lighter Bobbi Brown brown shades I never looked back. Yes you heard correct, more than one shade, what is this beautiful dream? I never normally have one option let alone two.

Now the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation I use is £34 but I have a pro card so I get it for around £23, this of course makes a huge difference, when it comes to my own face I loathe to slap on anything really pricey. Despite the large discount it's still a bit too much for me to replace this month so I took a trip to Boots, expecting to be disappointed as I can never find drugstore foundations that are light enough for me. I tested a variety of unconvincing ivories before I spotted the Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation in Light Porcelain and it was good, maybe even lighter than I've been wearing for the last couple of years.

Not going to lie, the applicator is weird, but the more I use it the more I think it makes sense. It's attached to the lid, a large sponge doe foot style applicator. I'm used to pumping some products on the back of my hand then applying with the brush from there, however with this I need to apply the product to my face like I'm gearing up for a combat situation then work it in to the rest of my face. Although it's not what I'm used to, I quite like this method now and I reckon I'll get just as much out of the bottle if not more than a pump action.

As much as I've got on with this foundation I will definitely go back to Bobbi Brown when I get the chance, but for now this is a lovely alternative. It is also just £8.29 so it's protecting my bank balance somewhat.


As for eyebrows I've been using the Anastasia Dip Brow for the longest time but I also like to brush some brow gel through and for that I've been using the Eyeko Brow Gel for the last couple of years. It's a great taupey brown which I love, it's so important it's not too warm. However when looking to replace it I realised it's £18, again a little too rich for me right now.

I've been really scraping the tube to make my brow gel last as long as possible but I finally had to give in and grab something new. I looked at a couple of different options but finally settled on a  NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in the shade Espresso. Boots didn't have any testers out for these and the colour of the packaging doesn't really help gauge what it's going to be like, but Espresso looked the most similar to what I wanted. I was a little worried it would be too red toned but actually it's a really lovely shade and exactly what I want. At £6.50 its almost a third of the price of the Eyeko one so I reckon I'll be sticking to this from now on regardless of my financial situation.

I think the next things I'll be running out of are my Dip Brow and mascara so if you have any suggestions for other products I should look at I'd love some tips!





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