Affordable products that get me through the day – Part One

We all have those go to products that we just can’t get enough of, don’t we? I know I certainly do! Here are the products that I use almost every day to make myself feel fresh and are affordable for everyone to buy!

#1 – Because you know I’m all about that base, ’bout that base…

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I love Simple products and the clue is in the name. They’re simple, they don’t irritate my skin – which is great, because my skin is so sensitive and I’ll react to most things, so I have to choose my products wisely!

So I use the Day cream when I wake up, it just wakes my skin up and brings all of the moisture back into my skin. I love the texture of the cream, it’s very light and easy to apply. Although, a little goes a long way. I learnt that the hard way! This product costs £5.49 from Boots.

I also use the ‘Kind to eyes, revitalising eye roll on’ which I have to say is great for me. Some days I’ll wake up with bags under my eyes, that bad I should start charging them 5p to be there, so this sorts me right out! It gives my eyes that little lift that’s needed. It’s very cold to roll on, although that is what feels so refreshing to my eyes. Simple revitalising eye roll on costs £5.19 from Superdrug – but currently is on offer for £2.45!

The ‘Kind to skin micellar cleansing water’ and ‘Kind to skin soothing facial toner’ work a dream when getting make up off! There’s no perfume smell because it’s for sensitive skin, but I find the scent of it quite refreshing and it does just that when it’s on your skin!

The product gets rid of any last bits of make up that I may have missed with the wipes and makes my skin feel great! The cleansing water costs £4.95 and the toner costs £1.50, both products from Boots.

Overall I’d give all of these products a rating of 8/10.

#2 – May your foundation match your neck!

Ahhhh foundation. It’s so easy to get your shade wrong! We’ve all been there in year 7 with the orange face and the white neck, right? It was a steep learning curve, but we all got there eventually.

There are two affordable foundations that I switch between day to day!

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No7 ‘Stay Perfect foundation’ does exactly what it says on the tin. For my skin, it’s great. It’s a very runny foundation in comparison with the Rimmel ‘Wake me up’ one. I always find I need to pump a little more out the bottle with the No7 foundation, in order to fully cover my face. It costs £14.50 from Boots and I use the shade Calico, due to my pale skin. Overall, it is a great product for every day use and I give it a 8/10. 

The Rimmel London ‘Wake me up’ foundation is good. It gives my skin a light feeling when it’s applied, you can hardly feel it’s there. It’s quite a thick foundation, so a little goes a long way. If you apply too much you risk going back to your year 7 days and your face not matching your neck. One downfall it does have an orange colour to it, so again if you apply too much it is a disaster – trust me!

It’s affordable and practical, It costs £5.99 from Boots (great if your on a budget!) and I use the shade Ivory. Overall, good product for every day use especially if you’re on a budget. I give the ‘Wake me up’ foundation a 7/10. 

#3 – Prime and Conceal

I love a good primer and concealer – especially when it’s affordable! 

My all time favourite concealer is Collection ‘lasting perfection’ concealer. For me it gives the best coverage! I apply it after my foundation to cover up any redness or spots that are still showing through! I would give this concealer a 9/10 as it’s coverage is fantastic, it’s perfect for my skin and it lasts all day! Although, with this product there is a downfall. That being there isn’t much of a variety of shades, luckily for me the shade I use matches my skin perfectly. It costs £4.19 from Boots and I use the shade fair shade 1. 

I have also recently tried Maybelline ‘Instant Anti-age, the eraser eye, perfect and cover concealer.’ It’s a good product for erasing dark circles from under your eyes. It’s not the best product I have ever used but It is affordable. Overall I would give this product a 6/10. It costs £7.99 from Boots. 

Primers! Maybelline New York ‘Baby skin instant pore eraser’ has been one of my favourites since I was a teenager. It’s one of those products that you always go back to! You only need a little bit to cover your face or certain areas. It’s such a lightweight primer and perfect to use under your foundation! Overall I give this a product 8/10, it costs £7.99 from Boots. 

The MUA range of prime and conceal colour corrector’s are fantastic! I use the yellow one for under my eyes to tackle those dark circles and bags and the green to hide my red skin! I apply before my foundation and after my moisturiser, and it all works so well together! They are £2.00 each from Superdrug – it’s a bargain and works so well! I would give this product an 8/10. 

#4 – You’ve got to get those chisel cheeks!

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I love a good contour kit, I own quite a few. But my newest favourite is from Barry M. Their Chisel Cheeks contour kit is fabulous! A friend recommended it and I’d never used the brand before – only for nail varnish. So I took the plunge and tried it out. Honestly you won’t regret it! 

It’s a powder so it’s fairly easy to apply with a brush, and also easy to blend with a beauty blender. In the kit there is a highlighter, a medium brown shade and a darker brown shade.

I brought the light to medium kit because of my fair skin but they do offer a medium to dark kit and contour and highlighting cream sticks (which I am yet to try!) Overall I would give this product a 9/10 as it is affordable at £6.49, it’s easy to apply and the shades are perfect to blend into my skin! One of my all time favourites! 

#5 – So many lip products!

Ahhhh lip products, why are there so many to choose from?!

My absolute favourites are the Burts Bees ‘beeswax lip balm,’ it’s a dream! It gives your lips a little tingle once you’ve applied it. Once I have applied that I then put on my Clarins ‘instant light lip balm perfector’ which again is a lip balm but it’s like a lipstick. I use these both everyday and they work so well together, keeping my lips soft.

On the downside like all lip balms, you do need to keep applying them throughout the day. The Burts Bees lip balm costs £3.99 from boots, I would give it a 7/10 and the Clarins lip balm is not so affordable, it costs £18.50 and I would give it a 10/10. I would definitely recommend this product! 

If I go out anywhere for a meal or a few drinks I love to use my L’Oreal Paris colour riche palette in Nude. The shades are perfect for my skin tone, very subtle and not too bright for me! Perfect for a night out. The palette costs £12.99 from Superdrug (I know, I’m shocked it’s not Boots either.) They also do the palette in red, if you’re brave enough to wear red on your lips – go for it girls! Overall I’d give it a 8/10. 

I’ll be back soon with the next part of my affordable products that gets me through the day! 

Charlotte x



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