Monday, 3 March 2014

Recently Loving // High St Picks


Morning lovelies!  How are we all?!  I had a REALLY good weekend, as per it went by far too quickly but it was amaze whilst it lasted.  I managed to have such a lazy day on Sunday; it was completely out of the norm for me but most welcomed!  Oh and on Saturday night I cooked the best pizza I've ever made.  Made the dough and everything myself!  I made a cheese and tomato with basil.  A chorizo and red onion and then two lobster calzones... OMG I excelled! 

So enough food chat... this morning I want to share with you some high street products which I've been loving.  Usually, I'll be honest; I am a bit of a snob and I genuinely don't have many 'chemist' buys in my stash.  Mainly cos I just think for me, not many cheaper brands agree with me and I'd rather spend my money on products that I know will work.  Trying cheaper alternatives for me can be a false economy cos they rarely match up to my expectations and I'm a big believer in the 'buy cheap, buy twice' saying.



First up we have the Bourjois bronzer in the palest shade they do (which I think is 51).  I really like this.  I have a couple of MAC bronzers but I don't know why; MAC bronzers don't last two mins in my world.  They wear down so quickly... am I the only one this happens to?  Anyway, I thought I'd try this one as peeps seem to rate it.  I find it is just a tadge lighter than MAC's Golden which means on me it's daytime appropriate and probs a better colour as I'm uber pale.  It wears fine, it doesn't go patchy, it's not orange.  It's a good all rounder and for £6.99 what's to complain about?


This, the Java rice loose powder also from Bourjois is a purchase I made solely on blogger hype.  I've heard so many good things about it I thought I'd have to give it a try.  I wanted quite a pale setting powder for underneath my eyes Kim K style.  (I REALLY want to get the banana powder but I'm just scared that'll be far to yellow on me).  So I bought this and honestly since having it, it's been my setting powder of choice most of the time.  I still stick with MAC for nights 'out out' but for evening dinners and daytime affairs this has been such a good 'go to'.  It's not uber matte but it doesn't allow that shine to come through too early either.  I mean yes, if I have this on ALL day (like 8 hours plus) I need to touch up but on the whole this is a good un.


Now I don't know if Caroline Hirons would approve with this skincare product from Neutrogena but I really like it!  This is the visibly clear 2 in 1 face wash come mask and I bought it mainly after watching a YT vid where A Model Recommends talked about it.  I don't use this all over because I don't need it all over and I don't use it as a wash.  I use it as a mask at the top of my cheekbone where I have some milia.  Now I'm not making massive claims here; I use that many products on my face I don't know for sure what is helping but I think this is helping reduce my milia.  It's comfortable enough to leave on for longer than ten mins so I do.  I just put a lil bit on the areas I need it and let it do it's thang.  I'm left with clear, clean skin and my milia is deffo reduced.


This is supposed to be a dupe of MAC's strobe cream.  I like it for glowy dewy 'I'm still a teenager' kinda makeup.  I can't see this being up everyone's street cos it is a bit 'highlight on speed' but I like it.  Hell I love it.  I could pile on glitter over shimmer if I could.  I would say though; don't apply this everywhere.  I apply it on cheeks and forehead underneath a light foundation and I think that creates the best look.


I bought 3 of these maybelline baby lips back in September and I prefer the ones which don't have colour.  I bought a pink and ended up giving it to my cousin; I am one of those who prefers colour from an actually lipstick, not a lipstick wannabe in the form of a balm!  I like the mint one the best but my Mam stole it; she recently took it to Jamaica and left it there.  I was all 'mam, where's me lip balm?' and she was all 'I left it there.  You know I never bring back toiletries'.  She was forgiven though as she presented me with a shitload of clarins stuff and a pot of glamglow!  Anyway, the colour less ones of these, I really like.  They seem to last for EVA too.  Like I've been using this most days and it's hardly going down any.

So yeah... products available in Boots I'm all over.  Who knew?!  Mebs I'm getting all economical in my old age?  What are you fav 'high street' picks?  I want to say 'chemist' picks cos to me high st is MAC and then 'high end' is like YSL and Dior.  But then YSL and Dior are in boots too.  And I can't say 'drug store' cos I'm blates a Geordie who has never even stepped foot in America... gawd terminology is HARD...  


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13 comments:

  1. I like that Neutrogena face wash/mask too. I also like Sleek blushes & eye shadows, Gosh eye liners and Rimmel lipsticks x

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    1. oh yes... uve just reminded me about the rimmel eyeliners... the scadaleyes ones. love!

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  2. I love that visibly clear cleanser and mask! It's something I always keep in the house! Sorts my skin straight out! I've also been wanting to try the Java Rice powder for agess now! Need to remember to pick it up!

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  3. Hiya Doll :)

    Agreed! I don't usually like 'chemist' purchases much either (deffo let's go with chemist!!)
    Except for.............*drumroll*..............liquid eyeliner, and mazzy, both of which I reckon are better than 'high end'.

    With ya on the Babylips (wannabe lippy...lolz)...and I'm deffo willing to give the Bourjois bronzer a go (although I realllly like Benefit Hoola....God only knows if that's 'chemist', 'high street' 'mid-end' or what!?!)
    x

    PS Fell asleep during the first five minutes of Leighton last night......bugger!!!

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    1. well i'm a mallynista aint i for her mazzy! i do like loreal's tho... i'll get that.

      yeah i ran out of hoola but i use mac's harmony in it's place cos it's quite dark on me... those cardboard bloody benefit boxes tho.... gawd they get on me wick!

      muchas hugs!

      xxx

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  4. I'd love to try the Bourjois bronzer as I'm deathly pale and would like to have a go at contouring, heard great things about the rice powder too but I've got so much BM mineral veil I'd better use that up first! Xx

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    1. yeah it's a good bronzer for paleys i think! i wouldn't contour with it tho cos it's not a pale person's contour shade... go with something 'muckier' looking like illamasqua's hollow pigment.

      xx

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  5. I received the chocolate bronzer for a beauty swap! I love it. I've wanted to try the rice powder, but got a different rice powder as I don't have Bourjois here in the States.

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

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    1. aw! i didn't know that! such a shame cos the powder is beaut x

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  6. I want to try the bronzer as i'm really pale too so it's a bit of a pain to find one that looks right x

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    1. amen to that! it's a pain in the arse. everything is left looking far too orange! x

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