Drugstore/affordable make up and skin care recommendations

I am going to apologise in advance for the long post but I wanted to share with all of you my favourite skincare and make up products that I have been loving lately.

I could keep it brief and just list them, but I would like to explain why I like each product and let you know how much they cost me, so that you know straight away how much money you are looking at spending if you are interested in any of them for yourself, or someone you know.

All prices will be from the UK store, Boots because that is pretty much the only place I buy make up from at the minute.

Also, just so that you all know, I have oily skin and so these are all the products that I feel work well with my skin type.

I think the easiest way to do them would be to mention them in the order I would use them, so here we go…


For me, the best way to remove my make up is by using the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. This is because they are so gentle on the skin and they remove even waterproof make up, without leaving my face feeling dry or sore (even when I have to really scrub at my eyes to get off long wearing eye liner or mascara). I also use these in the morning before my toning cleanser (which I will talk about next) to really ensure my skin is completely clean. £3.29 20170721_194414-e1500667090769.jpg

Next I use my Simple Kind To Skin Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser. Oh my god, as soon as I have put some of this on a cotton pad and wiped it over my face, my skin feels amazing! For me it does exactly what it says on the bottle and I would highly recommend to anyone with an oily skin type. £5.27

20170721_194443.jpgOccasionally I will also use this Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil in the evening. It says on the bottle it can be done daily but I prefer to use it only 2-3 times a week. I know a few of you will think I am crazy for putting more oil on my already oily skin, but it is a little known fact that the drier oily skin becomes, the more oil it produces in order to make up for it. So for all of you other oily skin types, if you keep your skin hydrated, it will actually feel the need to produce less oil. I also love the fact you only use 2-3 drops so I’m pretty sure this bottle will last me forever, especially since I have been using it for over a month and it looks no different to when I bought it, the level doesn’t seem to have dropped at all. £6.99

20170721_194544.jpgMoving on to make up, the L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Matte foundation is amazing. I am able to put this on in the morning and it will last me a good 10 hours with no touch ups, if not more (except my nose, for some reason everything rubs off of that no matter what I have tried so far). It is also amazing at keeping the shine off of my oily face (again, except my nose). £8.99

20170721_194627.jpgFor my blush I am in love with this one I purchased from No7 in the shade Peach Velvet. It is extremely pigmented and so a little goes a long way, meaning that this is another product which doesn’t seem to be going down even though I have been using it for 2 months now. £9


20170721_194656Before applying my eyeshadow I have been putting on the Magnif’eyes eye primer by Rimmel and my goodness it is brilliant. My eyeshadows are so much more pigmented and last me all day whereas without it the colours are a lot less noticeable and start to rub off after 4-5 hours. £4.99

20170721_194714.jpgFor my lips I have been testing out a few liquid lipsticks (as these are the only lip products I like) and no matter what I have bought, I can’t find anything that compares to the MaxFactor Lipfinity liquid lipsticks. They last all day without transferring, no matter how much I eat, drink or kiss my husband. They dry completely, but because the black stick is a gloss that makes the colour last longer, it makes it so light and comfortable on the lips. £10.99

I have a lot more make up that I use but these are my all time favourites. I know that not everyone will agree with the things I have put, but these are just my personal opinions based on my experiences with each product.

I hope you find this helpful and see some products you would like to try yourself. Please leave a comment if you have tried and liked any of these yourself or even if you know of any items you think I should try as I am always looking for new products to test out.