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Enjolrass Sun 22-Nov-15 15:33:50


I am and always have been a slave to high end make up.

I have been reading on another thread that Rimmel is really good.

Dd is just starting to get interested in make up and I would prefer not to start her on my high end habit. Because to be honest I am not 100% sure it's worth the money ( although I can't see me giving up my CT foundation anytime soon). grin

Please could you share your recommendations for budget buys?
I have never had a kohl liner I have been impressed with so if anyone can recommend one that would be great.

One more thing, can anyone recommend some good beauty bloggers for me, on my thirties. Dds recommendations are all bit out for my liking.

Thank you

flippinada Sun 22-Nov-15 18:06:58

Hi Enjol I remember you from the CT thread. I love high-end stuff too but nothing beats a high street bargain IMO!

My favourite high street brands are Bourjois, Rimmel and Maybelline.

I really rate the Rimmel Scandaleyes pencils (Bluffing, Tresspassing Taupe, Rose Gold, Bootlef Brown, Bad Bronze are all fab)and khol liners. Bourjois khol liners are also really good.

The Bourjois gel blushers and cream to powder blushes are also great quality and really easy to use.

The Maybelline matte lipsticks (new ones in dark grey packaging) are excellent and could hold their own against many high end brands, imo. I also really like their chunky lip pencils which I think are a good dupe for the Bobbi Brown Art-Sticks. They are quite a bit smaller though.

For super-duper cheap and experimenting your DD might like Makeup Revolution (MUR) and MUA (both in Superdrug). MUR in particular are known for their dupes of high-end palettes, like Lorac and Urban Decay - again for a fraction of the price.

There are also some decent high street foundations now too. The Bourjois and L'Oreal bases are supposed to be particuarly good. I know the Bourjois CC Cream and Healthy Mix foundation have a lot of fans! The one downside is that, even though the formulas are good, the shade ranges are very limited, which sucks for people who have darker skin.

That's just for starters...sure I'll think of more for you.

As for beauty bloggers, I like British Beauty Blogger, Caroline Hirons (she's more skincare though), AModelRecommends, and Tales of a Pale Face. You may also like Sali Hughes beauty column in the Guardian. She also has her own website.

There are some really good beauty vloggers around who are proper make up artists. My current favourites are Sharon Farrell, Harry Makes it Up, LetzMakeUp and the brilliant Lisa Eldridge.

Anything else I can help with? I could bore on about this for ages!

flippinada Sun 22-Nov-15 18:11:33

By the way, do check out TK Maxx for high end beauty bargains. This week just gone, I got several Stila bits (concealer, setting powder, bronzer and brow pen) for just over twenty quid - RRP would be about seventy quid. I've also seen Too Faced, Bareminerals and Lipstick Queen in there.

You do have to sort through a lot of rubbish though.

FuzzyWizard Sun 22-Nov-15 18:12:31

There's a brand called W7 that do some really nice eyeshadow pallettes. They are really cheap too... Just £4-5 on Amazon. I also have their primer which is fab and bought their concealer palette which was pants.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sun 22-Nov-15 18:13:13


flippinada Sun 22-Nov-15 18:17:59

A couple of other bloggers I like that you might too - London Beauty Review and London Beauty Queen.

waitingforgodot Sun 22-Nov-15 18:23:34

Are bourgeois products made in the Chanel factory or is that a myth?

flippinada Sun 22-Nov-15 18:27:49

They used to be waiting, but they were recently taken over by Coty.

Branleuse Sun 22-Nov-15 18:30:17

I dont think rimmel do a bad product. Also boots 17

dlwelly Sun 22-Nov-15 18:35:31

Not as much fun as going round the shops but ELF has some gems, online only though!

Seeyounearertime Sun 22-Nov-15 18:35:34

I was going to suggest £1 lands makeup gallery for a child to test apply with.
But maybe I'm a bit too cheap. grin

Enjolrass Sun 22-Nov-15 18:53:36

Wow!! Thanks ladies! So much to go through!

I am really excited to try some of these out. Especially the kohl pencils.

I have never got on with liquid or gel liner and khol just smudges everywhere.

Shade is the issue with high street foundations. I have never got it quite right, which is why I am addicted to my CT one.

I do rate some CT products but the other thread made me realise it's been years since I tried Rimmel etc and should give them a go.

What about mascara? I like the CT one, makes my lashes look very thick, long and fluttery. But find that it's disappeared after a couple of hours which is frustrating.

Enjolrass Sun 22-Nov-15 18:55:03

Going to show this to dd when I have got ds to sleep!

She is exited at the thought of having more different things rather than a few expensive.

Although she did managed to steal my urban decay limited edition Alice in wonderland palette sad

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Sun 22-Nov-15 18:57:09

NYR mascara, pinky orange tube, the best ever, one coat only needed...Superdrug. I got mine on a 3 items for £5 thingy, and thought, well, even if it's shit, it doesn't matter at that price! It beats Lancome and Chanel hands down!

Collection concealer (doesn't start to go stinkymalinky like YSL after a couple of days)

I am currently using Maybelling Liquid satin foundation and bloody love it.

Enjolrass Sun 22-Nov-15 19:01:07

Collection concealer (doesn't start to go stinkymalinky like YSL after a couple of days)

Mine did that years ago and I got an eye infection. Threw it out and got a new one. Same happened again angry

Will definitely try that mascara. Nipping into town tomorrow!! So excited!!! grin

BabCNesbitt Sun 22-Nov-15 19:02:23

Have Coty really taken over Bourjois, flippinada? That's a real pisser sad I don't buy from businesses with parent companies that animal test and Bourjois' Healthy Mix has been my standard foundation for over a year now! Will have to go on the hunt again...

flippinada Sun 22-Nov-15 19:03:23

One of my favouite mascaras is by Boots 17 - I think it's called Falsifeye - gives me lovely long lashes and doesn't clump or disappear.

flippinada Sun 22-Nov-15 19:04:05

Yes they have Bab. Just recently, I think.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sun 22-Nov-15 19:04:24

Oh and Inglot eyeshadow if you're in London or cambridge. They do do mail order as well.

Collection 2000 is the best concealer.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sun 22-Nov-15 19:05:14

Ah see it's already been recommended, the concealer.

Utterlyclueless Sun 22-Nov-15 19:11:47

For amazingly pigmented eye shadows - makeup revolution superdrug £8 for a palette of 32 shadows. Their cheek palette is also fabulous

MUA for highlighters, translucent powder,eyeliners and conclears usually £1-2 and their makeup brushes are really good too, you're best buying them online though!

If you like dewy makeup maybelleine dream satin foundation!

Utterlyclueless Sun 22-Nov-15 19:13:50

I can never find bourjois gel blushers any more some please direct me to them!!

Enjolrass Sun 22-Nov-15 19:20:39

Just added all the bloggers to my you tube account!!! My evening is planned grin

HopefulAnxiety Sun 22-Nov-15 19:26:38

Bab M&S Autograph foundation is very good and all M&S own brand stuff is not tested on animals.

The Korean eye pencils are very good but obviously not available on the high street, but they're not expensive. Holika Holika, Clio, or the Etude House Play 101 pencils. Sleek Eau La La liners or Barry M pencils otherwise.

I like Bourjois mascara.

flippinada Sun 22-Nov-15 19:35:16

It's actually called Aqua Blush, not gel blush! My mistake, sorry.

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