Beauty On a Budget: Face

I like to think that I try to keep my blog pretty bargain-related apart from the odd high end splurge now and then. I recently thought it would be a good idea to start a new series on my blog called 'Beauty on a Budget'. I'm going to focus on lots of different categories and I will be showing you my favourite picks for that specific topic - but everything will be reasonably priced! Hooray! So without further ado, for the first post of this series, I'm focusing on that pretty little face of yours.

Primer: Maybelline Baby Skin - £7.99
I have actually seen quite a batch of mixed reviews when it comes to this new primer on the block. However, I can only recommend it. After using much more expensive versions such as POREfessional and Too Faced, I was more than happy to embrace this new 'pore erasing' primer into my makeup bag. I only use this as a setting base for my makeup and to improve the longevity of my foundation and I will warn you that I don't think it's any good as a pore eraser. If you're looking for a cheap primer which can help keep your makeup in place and give you a smooth base, then this is for you!
Foundation: Seventeen Stay Time Foundation - £6.49.
I honestly cannot recommend this foundation enough, it is definitely what I consider to be my HG product (I haven't had one before - how exciting!). I have recently wrote a full review of this foundation which you can catch up on here but all you need to know is the following: Full coverage, matte finish, relatively long lasting and best of all it doesn't break the bank. Stay Time claims to last up to 25 hours and is known as a dupe of Estee Lauder's Double Wear. DW dried my skin out terribly, but this formula is much creamier and covers everything you could ever think of. Also, if you're a paler girl then this will be right up your street aThis is now my everyday go to foundation as I don't have to worry about using it all up as I know I won't feel guilty about buying the next bottle!
Concealer: W7 Light Diffusing Concealer - £2.90
This has been recommend as a Touche Éclat dupe and is an absolute steal at under £3.00. It can also be doubled up as a highlighter. I use this to highlight certain areas of my face and also to brighten under my eyes. The concealer itself is a pen which you just twist the nib at the bottom to get your concealer out; you can then get blending with the built in brush.
No, I promise this post isn't sponsored by Seventeen, I just love these newly discovered products! I first started off by using the Miracle Matte pressed powder, but soon found the loose powder which I thought may be better suited to my skin. One slight negative I have found with using Stay Time foundation is that sometimes it can leave my face looking slightly shiny - something I don't normally suffer with. This is a translucent powder which I just dab gently over my face to banish the shine and it also helps to set my makeup for a couple of extra hours.

Bronzer: Sleek Contour Kit in 'Light' - £6.49.
Since I started using Sleek's contour kit, I've realised just how much I love it. It easily rivals Benefit's Hoola bronzer and gives a lovely light matte finish. At first glance, for the lightest kit available the bronzer does look pretty dark but it's easily blended and gives a lovely finish on my usually invisible cheekbones! The kit also includes an illumination highlighting powder as well as the bronzer as part of the duo which comes in a handy compact kit which makes it easy to top up when you're out and about.
I hope you liked this post! Let me know if you'd like to see more x
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  1. I've always wanted to try the Sleek contour kit, but my shade is always out of stock at my local superdrug! The highlighting concealer looks great too, W7 do some amazing dupes.
    Holly /

  2. The Baby Skin pore eraser from Maybelline seems to be very popular. I saw it when I was on holiday in London in January. It was sold out almost everywhere. I haven't tried it yet though.
    Thank you very much for visiting my blog! I really appreciate that!

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

  3. I love the Sleek contour kit, it easily beats all the high end products I've tried! Great idea for a post series too.

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  4. Loved this idea for a series! Can't wait for the next post :)
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

  5. I've heard SO many mixed reviews about Baby Skin but I think ill try it now. Lovely post.

    Laura from xxx

  6. I haven't tried any of these products before. I'll definitely have to keep my eyes out for them.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  7. Loving your blog design Alexandra, looks fab!
    Absolutely love my Sleek contour kit, it's a brilliant product. Must try more Seventeen products, I've always sort of passed that stand whilst in Boots but they do some amazing items.

    alice xxx
    beauty by alicee

  8. The Sleek contour kit is amazing for the price! X
    Elise -

  9. I really need to get my hands on the sleek contour kit, I've heard so many good things about it plus the price is tempting. Great post :)

    Yasmeen x

  10. Such a good idea for post. It might be really useful for many of us :)

  11. What a great idea! Some lower priced beauty products are EXACTLY the same as high-end ones, I think people are just sceptical of it!

    Thanks for sending me your link in last night's #bbloggers :) Following now so can't wait to read more!

    Lots of Love, Me.

  12. I love to read about cheaper brands and 'dupes'. I think we all know that while sometimes products are worth the money, in reality a lot of what we pay goes into the advertising and paying beautiful A-listers to endorse the product. Thank you!

  13. Lovely post! I love the look of that contour kit x

  14. I love the baby skin primer. Gives a beautiful base for the foundation to sit on