Hey there! So as you might have noticed, i am all about budget items, i havent been able to work in 6 years and even when i did i worked in childcare, and if you know what the pay is like in childcare you know it aint great!
So my whole life i have basically been on a mission to have the large makeup and skincare collection i love, without 6 credit cards and a loan. However, has time has gone on i have found four products that i am willing (i wouldnt go quite as far as to say happy!) but i am willing to pay out for because for me, nothing comes close.
You will see a theme here that all the items are base items, they are items that are the foundation of your makeup or what makeup goes onto. For me personally i have always found that what id call “colour cosmetics” so your eyeshadows, blushers, lipsticks etc cheap is fine, but the stuff that goes onto needs to be reliable and work well.
Now i know theres good dupes for all of this! However for me, these products last me a long old time, sitting there only to be used when i leave the house, and as an agoraphobic that doesnt happen very often!
Anyway shall i stop rambling and show you the products im talking about?
The Smashbox photo finish foundation primer £26.00 is a cult classic, ive been in the blogging/beauty world for many years now, and this is one of those products you saw everywhere around the 2009/2010 mark! its the classic silicone based foundation primer, for me i find that i need a primer with a bit of slip if im using the foundation coming up in this post and this primer is perfect for that. Combined with said foundation my base takes a lot to move and trust me its tested!
The other primer i can not do without is the Nars Smudge proof eyeshadow base £20.00. I can very vividly remember buying my first eyeshadow primer, the urban decay primer potion in the old annoying bottle packaging a week after my 17th birthday. I had been ill, i had a panic attack on the train and i looked awful! but i was bound and determined to get my hands on that primer, bare in mind this was 2009 so eyeshadow primers werent as common as they are now! and i used urban decay eyeshadow primer potion for years, it worked very well on my very oily hooded lids, until it didnt. I dont know what happened, i dont know if they changed the primer or if my eyelids changed but my makeup started creasing within an hour. At the time i was very into watching the anna edit (although she was vivianna does makeup at the time!) so i bit the bullet and ordered this, and honestly im very glad i did!
My lids hate makeup, they are very stubborn but with this eyeshadow primer anything i put on top isnt moving until i remove it and that frankly is some kind of witchcraft, i approve!
Next up is the foundation that everyone knows, of course! its the estee lauder double wear £33.50, now it took me a while to try this foundation but honestly for a very long time foundation was the biggest issue i had. I am very pale, somewhere under 10 years of black hair dye i am very ginger so i have that to work with, my skin is oily/combo, with makeup sucking pores and hormonal spots (thanks PCOS) and a fair wack of scarring. And of course we have my hot flash having, hot blooded self who has extreme anxiety, i needed something that was bullet proof! and this foundation does it, i wear the palest shade of course, shell and its pretty much spot on, sometimes i do add a drop or two of something like the NYX total control drops or the obsession whitening drops but i can also wear it alone fine! this stuff will not budge, with the smashbox primer underneith & applied with a sponge it looks matte but not cakey and it takes some serious stuff to make it move! my holy grail, go to always.
lastly is the latest product to be added to this list and thats the estee lauder double wear stay in place concealer £24.00, now i bought this the last time i double wear because i had a gift card so i wanted to treat myself. I had a good look with my mum and the lovely women on the counter (shout out to estee lauder girls by the way, they have always been a delight and able to deal with a stuttering nervous mess perfectly) and i went for this in the end to go with my foundation. I have it in C1 light cool, which is almost perfect, i tend to mix it with a tiny bit of white concealer if im using it under the eyes just so i get that slightly brighter effect but other than that this stuff is perfect, it will not budge, my under eyes are naturally very creasy so it does crease a little but the actual product doesnt go anywhere! the coverage is also of course brilliant.
Phew! thats a lot of words, so there you have it, do you have any high end products you always buy?