Highstreet Gems: Affordable Beauty Favourites

Boots and Superdrug are my happy places and I could spend hours wandering around them, swatching products, seeing what’s new, phone in hand to read reviews as I go. Although I’m just as much of a sucker for the expensive, luxury products as the next person, there is a certain giddy excitement when I find some highstreet gems. So this blog post is dedicated to the products I use a lot that can be picked up for an affordable price on the highstreet.

Highstreet Gems: L'Oréal Paris Collection Exclusive lipstick in 'Julianne's Red'

I was so excited to try out the Make Up Obsession ‘build your own’ palette. My sister and I both built our own in-store and it was really interesting to see how different we were – hers were very neutral, mine focused on the warm-tones we all know that I’m addicted to! The basic premise is this – you pick your palette size and colour (I went for the Medium Luxe Black) and then comes the fun part: choosing how to fill it! They offer options for eyeshadows, blush, contour, highlight, brows, and lips, so you could build a palette for each, creating your perfect selection … or you could do what I did and pick the shades you would use the most and make it your ideal palette for a holiday, weekend away, or throwing in your handbag. It’s such a wonderful, simple idea that others have done before, but Make Up Obsession have made it an affordable option. The individual colours start at £2 and you can see a video demonstrating how the palettes work here.

I took some photos of the colours I chose for my palette, and their names for reference, which you can find right at the bottom of this post.

Highstreet Gems: Build your own palette with Make Up Obsession

This was actually the product that made me want to write this highstreet gems blog post. For the past month or two I’ve used the GOSH Infinity Eyeliner ‘Carbon Black 002’* nearly every time I have done my make up and each time I use it I am amazed at how smoothly it goes on, how truly black it is, and how well it lasts on my easily-irritated and watery eyes. I apply it to the top, inner-rim of my eyes, working it into the the roots of my eyelashes to cover up the bits of skin that poke out between my mascara-ed eyelashes (otherwise known as tight-lining). It totally alters my make up looks, takes a few seconds, and this is the best eyeliner I’ve found for the job.

Highstreet Gems: Make Up Revolution highlighter palette

I’ve spoken about the L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipsticks before but recently I’ve been using them a lot and I’ve fallen back in love with them all over again – they are definite highstreet gems! I often tell people that I prefer their formula to MAC lipsticks (cue the horrified gasp from beauty bloggers across the land…) but I stand by that: the matte lipsticks are long-lasting, opaque in one swipe, comfortable to wear, and come in a great range of colours. I particularly like their Color Riche Exclusive shades which are designed to help you find your perfect red, pink, or nude lipstick depending on your skin tone, hair and eye colour – you simply pick the L’Oréal Spokesmodel who shares similar attributes to you. So I would be a combination of Blake Lively and Julianne Moore (hey, a girl can dream!), unfortunately the collections seem to be targeted to the countries in which they are released, so in the UK collection I could choose from Blake, Julianne, Helen Mirren but anyone looking for colours designed for asian or black skin tones will struggle. The ‘red’ range used to have a colour designed for Liya Kebede (which I own and it’s beautiful) but it appears to have been discontinued. Similarly the shades for Freida Pinto and Liya in the ‘nude’ collections are permanently out of stock. You may have to turn to Amazon/eBay/friends abroad to feed your addiction if you are any darker than Eva Longoria…

Highstreet Gems: L'Oréal Paris Collection Exclusive lipstick in 'Naomi's Nude'

I own a lot of blushers and highlighters but the two final products have been my go-to items for such a long time that I think my others are gathering dust! I use the same palettes for pretty much every make up look: the Make Up Revolution Highlighter Palette ‘Radiance’* and the Freedom Pro Blush Palette ‘Peach and Baked’*. The highlighter is *not* subtle, so if you’re looking for that natural glow, ‘lit from within’ product then keep searching, but if – like me – you love an eye-catching highlighter look then this £8 palette is flawless. It’s not frosty or chunky, it doesn’t disappear half way through the day, it has three great shades, plus that price! The Freedom Blush palette contains eight blushers for £6 and there are a few different palettes depending on your skin tone. I don’t tend to use the middle two shades on my cheeks (although I have used them on my eyes!) but I love the range of colours in the smaller pans on each side. As with the highlighters, these are great quality for the price: not chalky or patchy and they last really well on me.

Highstreet Gems: Freedom Blush Palette

What are your highstreet gems? I haven’t done a highstreet haul in a while so please enable me with your favourites, I’d love to hear them.


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  1. 8th June 2017 / 6:57 pm

    I’ve just got the Barry M Cosmic Lights highlighter palette, and although I’ve only used the two powder shades so far, it’s already worth the £7.99 price tag.

  2. Rhiannon Pulling
    9th June 2017 / 7:40 am

    That freedom blush palette looks insane! Makeup revolution and sleek are always my go-to for eyeshadows and blushers x

    Everything But The Kitchen

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