I have spent so long trying to find products to create a natural look which is affordable yet high quality. I tend to buy products mostly from the high street so everything here is reasonably cheap and perfect for if you are new to make-up or looking for a natural look on a budget (each product here is under £10!). All the products below are what I use on a daily basis. I have done a mini review of each product where I have given my honest opinions and described them as best as I can. I know that many of the products here are really popular with a lot of people, but hopefully there is something here that you haven't tried and you find this useful!
MUA Undress Mee Too Eye Palette
This is without a doubt the best drugstore natural make-up palette I have ever purchased! The palette consists of 12 (mostly) shimmery shades of neutral and metallic colours. Most days I use a combination of the colours naked, tranquil, exposed, reveal, wink, obsessed and corrupt - basically I put like half of the palette on my eyes! I feel that the coppery tones such as lavish would look stunning on blue or green eyes, whereas the bronze tones look nice on brown eyes. The pigmentation on every single colour in this palette are AMAZING! It feels as though it could be a high end product because of the quality of the eyeshadows. The eyeshadows are really soft in texture and are really easy to blend. Another thing that's great about this product is that there's a 'mini masterclass' on the back of the palette full of tips and ideas - perfect for a beginner! With a really cheap price of £4, I think this is definitely worth every penny and more, if you haven't yet tried it I would highly recommend it to you!
Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation (Ivory)
This is my favourite drugstore foundation, I love how it gives a flawless, natural finish to the skin and the shade ivory is an exact match to my skin. I would say that it gives a light to medium coverage and is best applied with a Real Techniques stippling brush (I love these brushes!) to give an even, flawless base. What I love the most about this product is that it smells really fresh, gives a radiant glow to the skin (but not too much) and it has SPF 15 which is always important to have in a foundation, particularly in summer! I don't feel the need to add a primer or add powder as I find that the foundation lasts around 9 hours before it starts to fade. However, as the foundation contains illuminating pearls it does look a little bit glittery in the sun, this isn't a problem for me as I love glitter! But for some people this may not be ideal. Also, there are only six shades available in the range which only cover fair to beige skin tones therefore this product may not be good if you have a darker complexion.
Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer (Ivory)
This concealer claims to be full coverage, instantly reawakening and illuminating under the eyes and completely concealing any blemishes. I find this concealer good for under the eyes as it does get rid of any dark circles and makes you look more awake. However, I don't really like this product for concealing any blemishes as I find that it doesn't really cover them and it wears off within a couple of hours from applying it. I will definitely be looking out for a better alternative (I have heard that Collection do a good concealer at a bargain price of £4.19!)
Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express
I really like this mascara as it lengthens and curls my lashes without any unsightly clumps. This mascara only comes in one shade of black so gives the impression that you're wearing false eyelashes; the formula makes your lasher look fuller and more voluminous. To achieve this look I generally apply two coats of mascara.
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder
The smell alone for this product immediately awards itself five stars from me! I would describe the smell as sweet and vanillary with a hint of chocolate- delicious! There are two shades available, light and dark, and I use the light one. The packing of this bronzing powder is adorable, the actual powder is shaped to look like pieces of chocolate. Infused with flecks of gold this bronzer gives a natural, healthy sunkissed glow. I like to apply this bronzer with a blusher brush and then blend it out with a Real Techniques stippling brush (it's so easy to blend as the bronzer is so soft). This bronzing powder is perfect if you want to add a flush of colour to your face, I'll be using this all summer as British summer seems to be fading away already!
Topshop Blush in Morning Dew
All Topshop packaging is adorable- this blusher has a cute polka dot design and is the perfect size to put in your handbag. It is especially ideal because of the compact mirror inside! The colour of this blusher may seem a little bright but once blended into your cheeks it gives a soft rosy shade with a subtle highlight. Soft in texture, this cream blush is easy to blend and is best applied with your fingers and blended out with a Real Techniques stippling brush. I love the glow it gives on my cheekbones and I never have to touch it up in the day as it stays on for well over twelve hours!
Topshop Waterproof Liner in Ebony
I find that this eyeliner is really easy, soft and gentle to apply. This particular colour, ebony, is a really rich black colour which is great for a smokey eye as it is very easy to blend. This eyeliner does not smudge and I very rarely have to touch it up in the day.
Topshop Lips in Saint
I love this colour as it's like a nude/pale pink which is a perfect finish to a natural look. This lipstick is quite moisturising and is really smooth to apply. It leaves a matte finish to the lips and looks great left this way, as well as with a lipgloss if you want a more glossy finish.
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What's the one make-up product that you could not live without? Are there any make-up brands which you love and would recommend? I would love to here your suggestions as I love experimenting with make-up even though I spend far too much money with this obsession!