Guest Post : Top 3 High end, Top 3 'Drugstore' Products.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Hello! I'm Rebecca-Louise from UK beauty blog Autumn Leaves. I post product reviews, looks, hauls and unique content daily over there, but today I'm here to guest post for the lovely Leanne. She challenged me to narrow my overflowing beauty collection down to just 3 high end and 3 'drugstore' products to recommend to you all, and boy was that tough! But here's the best of the bunch with something for all budgets...

High End: It's no secret over on my blog that my top high end makeup brands are Chanel, Illamasqua and Estee Lauder so I headed straight for those when planning this post. Let's get the most expensive one out of the way... 
Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid SPF 15 in No20 (£34) is a bit of a mouthful, but my goodness is this one product you need in your life. It comes in 6 shades, I'm usually No22 which falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to undertones - No20 was more pink toned meaning it matched a little better than the yellow-toned No10. This lightweight, luminous product instantly perks up my appearance whilst keeping things natural looking and lit-from-within. There's no dewiness or shine, plus it blends beautifully to enhance your own skin tone with just a slight tint. Despite the colour being subtle, this can provide medium coverage without feeling heavy and can also act as a base for another product. I've got combination but dehydrated skin and this doesn't ever emphasise any dry patches or look oily later in the day, just healthy and hydrated. It can totally withstand warmer weather, and applies like a dream whether you use a brush or your fingertips. I can't get enough of this product, and yes it's absolutely worth that price tag.

Bringing it down a notch on those purse strings, we're looking at the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter in 1N Extra Light* (£23.50). This one comes in 8 shades, mine being the lightest which works incredibly well when it comes to illuminating the face. I wear this daily, applying it in an upside down triangle shape under the eyes because it doubles up as a concealer too. This one's yellow-toned so really brightens the area, and also works to enhance where the light naturally hits the face - bridge of the nose, upper cheekbones and brow bones. The brush applicator makes it easy to apply, dispensing product through the bristles with a simple retractable motion. 
Still pricey, but lastly I couldn't go without telling you all about my beloved Illamasqua Lipstick in Glissade* (£18.50) - something I wore in my face of the day post here. This medium fuchsia shade is divine, plus it really helps to make your teeth look whiter thanks to the blue undertone. I always find Illamasqua lipsticks to be highly pigmented and opaque in one swipe which is why I'm happy to splurge a little, but this one stands out from the others that I own. The satin finish beauty is nicely shaped to make applying easy, disguises any dryness, doesn't need a lip liner and lasts for 6+ hours - fading evenly and leaving a non-drying stain behind. 

Drugstore: Moving onto the more affordable for all products... Starting with the drugstore foundation that I fell in love with from first use, MaxFactor All Day Flawless 3-In-1 Foundation in Natural 50* (£10.99, read my full review here) but in brief: the name says it all, flawless
Now I can't apply eyeliner to save my life, well correction: I couldn't apply eyeliner to save my life until the Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen in Carbon Black Extreme (£6) came into it. It's got me hooked from its' strong pigmentation, easy to apply nib, long lasting formula and no-transfer finish. It ticks all of the boxes for an eyeliner-newbie and comes in at a really reasonable price too. FYI I wear it in the majority of my IG selfies.

Then finally, one of my most recent blush additions is the ELF Cosmetics Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky* (£3.95) - something I demonstrated using in my recent makeup tutorial video. I've never really been a big fan of baked beauty goods, but this one takes things to a whole new level (I think it's mostly down to the shade I have) but this really adds a glowy-effect to the skin with just a dash of colour. It's so radiant, yet not shimmery in the slightest and can be worn subtly or built up to compliment any makeup look. The mineralised finish reminds of MAC and the pay off is just as good. It's a real bargain, but one not to be overlooked. 

So there you go, my top 3 high end and drugstore make up items. If you had to narrow your collection down to your top 3 what would they be?

Disclaimer: Any items marked with * have been sent to me for the purpose of review.
Big thank you to Leanne for having me here to guest post!
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  1. Love this post. I love Soap and Glory, they have so many gorgeous products that feel so much more expensive!

    Sophie x

  2. Great picks! I really want to try the Max Factor foundation but I'm trying to narrow down my foundation stash! I think my top 3 high-end products would be Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, MAC blushers and my Urban Decay palettes and then low end would be Bourjois lip velvets, L'oreal Telescopic mascara and... oh god! I don't know my third!

  3. Great post! I love your picks, especially the elf product as that looks gorgeous! xx

    Leah Talks


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