Hope you all had a great Halloween and aren't suffering too badly today. This week I have done the '£20 Makeup Challenge' in which you have £20 only to spend on products to complete a full face of makeup. We have all been there, at the end of the month when money is tight, so I thought this would be a fun, helpful post for you all on your recovery day. With this money I went off to my local drug stores and everything I got I managed to find in either Boots or Savers. It's been a long time since I browsed the beauty sections in these shops so this was pretty fun to do (though more difficult than I thought with only £20 to spend).
The first item I got was 'Ultimate Fix Foundation/Concealer' from Collection 2000, this only cost £4.99 and was a necessity for me. I love the 'porcelain doll' foundation look and have previously found that no drug store foundation will give you this result, so in order to achieve it I opted for this extremely thick concealer to help set a base for my skin (using my Pink Beauty Blender) before applying the foundation. I was pretty happy with this concealer, the only con was the shade I chose, as there were only 2 shades available in store, I chose the lightest though it's still darker than I would have liked.
FOUNDATION & POWDER
The second item I got was, of course, 'Stay Matte' foundation from Rimmell London, this comes in a really thick, mousse texture so I applied a few drops to the back of my hand and dabbed my MAC 187 brush then applied to get the desired result. REMEMBER, we don't want layers and layers of foundation, otherwise it's all going to melt and cake later in the day which is never a good look. To top of my foundation I bought a cheap compact powder for about £2 from Collection 2000. The product worked well, though it did not add extra coverage like a Foundation/Powder would. Overall I am completely shocked at how well the foundation worked and for only £5.99. I'm never normally a fan of mousse based foundations, (especially 'Dream Matte Mousse') but I will most likely be using this again, a brilliant dupe for those lazy or unimportant days where you want to look good but want your face to feel light and fresh.
If you know me, you know how much I love to contour my face. The 'Blush and Go' Quad from Collection 2000. This cost only £4.99 (but got this in a 2 for 1 deal in Boots) and I can see me repurchasing this over and over again. In this compact palette you get a matte bronzer, a shimmer highlight, a 'Popping' pink blush and a 'Dusty Rose' colour of blush. Once again, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much pigment was in each of these colours and how little product you need to create an amazing look! The only shade I don't see myself using in this palette very often is the highlight, to get it to pop and be as light as possible I had to pack it
onto my cheeks with my finger, whereas normally I'd prefer a fan brush. So if you're like me and looking for an extremely light, metallic highlighter, it's not here, but that definitely won't stop me from repurchasing! Great value for money.
I managed to get a 'Black Liquid Liner' for only £1 and as you can imagine, was extremely poor. After standing for 10 minutes attempting to perfect the streaky lines the anorexic brush had left on my lash line, I came to the realisation that this product felt extremely watered down and is just pure rubbish (which is where it ended up).
LONG LASH MASCARA
Doubting that my £1 'Long Lasting Mascara' was going to work, I went ahead and applied it anyway, and just as I expected, did practically nothing. After 5 minutes or so of sitting and layering the mascara on I finally achieved very soft, subtle eyelashes, so if you're looking for a false lash alternative, this product is sadly not for you. Though I would not recommend this product, I am keeping it as some days I look for an extremely subtle mascara for certain makeup looks or for natural photoshoots.
EYES & BROWS
With my fingers crossed for the 'Eye and Brow Set' I slightly blunted the tip of my brow pencil to help with a more natural movement which ultimately, creates the perfect arch on your brows. This product had a lot more pigment than I was expecting and holds up well against accidental hand gestures which would normally smudge, but like I said, held up extremely well. I probably won't use this again on myself but may add it to my kit as a spare.
That was everything I got for the £20 Makeup Challenge, do you or have you tried any of these products? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Sorry if I rambled but Thank you for reading.
I'll be back next Sunday.
(Full face make-up using all the products listed)