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August 25, 2017



The normal train of thought when it comes to makeup or any other beauty product is that expensive = better quality. While I won’t deny that I love to splurge on high-end products every so often (aka more often than I’d like to admit), unfortunately my bank account won’t allow me to have every product in my make up bag costing as much as a nice pair of jeans. I’ve managed to discover some amaaazing dupes and bargains over the years, which I thought I’d share with those of you who are looking to save a few £!

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops, £10

I am super pale most of the year (except the odd time when I’ll make the effort to fake tan), so a lot of foundations are simply too dark for me. These drops are a literal life-saver when I’m looking particularly pasty and I don’t want my face to be a completely different colour to my neck!

L’Oreal True Match Foundation, £9.99

This was my favourite foundation for so many years, and I’d completely forgotten about it until recently. It is one of the only foundations that comes in a shade pale enough for me, and I love the consistency of it as well! It has really amazing coverage whilst still feeling lightweight on my skin. The only downfall is that it doesn’t last as long as some of my other foundations, but this only really matters if I’m planning on wearing makeup for hours and hours.


Value Makers Eyeshadow Palette, around £12

This one is a serious dupe and probably my favourite item in this post. I’m not even kidding, I have compared this with the actual Morphe Palette and in terms of quality, I can’t tell the difference. The only difference I could spot was the price. The Value Makers Palette is almost half the price of the Morphe one. I bought this palette from Amazon not expecting much from it, but have been seriously impressed. The eyeshadows are amazing colours and are some of the most pigmented shadows I have ever come across.


NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick, £7

Having followed Kylie Jenner since the start of her lip kit career, I’ve always lusted after her liquid lipsticks and wanted to have one of my own. But unfortunately, I don’t just have £22 along with whatever crazy customs charge I may or may not get, so I opted for the NYX liquid lipsticks! I’ve been so happy with these (and have even been able to compare them with a friend’s Kylie Lip Kit) – they last for so long without budging and the colours are fab! Being a matte shade, they can be quite drying, but I’ve never found it to be a massive problem.


I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Blusher, £4.99

When I first saw this in Superdrug, I got super excited because I thought they were finally selling Too Faced products. I’d wanted the Too Faced Sweethearts blush for ages, so it seemed like a no brainer to buy this blusher (which is basically identical!). I love the fact that it’s shimmery because it allows you to skip the highlighter stage if you’re rushed for time, or just adds an extra glow if you want to use both!


Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette, £9.99

I bought this when the whole ‘highlight your face until you glow in the dark’ craze was just getting started. It’s so amazing because its so cheap but such good quality – you can apply a small amount just to make yourself a bit more radiant, or go all out and really build it up to get that glow that every instagram makeup artist seems to love!


Argan Oil of Morocco Oil, £6.99

This is, hands down, the best product I have ever used on my hair. I’m lucky in that my hair is quite soft anyway, but I swear it has reached new levels of shine and softness after using this oil. I just rub a bit into the ends of my hair when it’s still damp and it stays soft for days after. I used it when I had dyed the ends of my hair and it really did keep them from feeling frazzled and dead.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it gave you some inspiration for some new beauty products to buy!

Leave a comment below and tell me which product is your number 1 staple in your makeup bag!

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  • Chantel Keona

    Great products. Thanks for sharing.

    August 25, 2017 at 6:52 pm Reply
  • anniiimore

    Love your pics! I also love dupes, I don’t get it why I should spend over £30 for a product I could get (similar tho) for less than £10! Loved your post!

    August 25, 2017 at 7:08 pm Reply
  • fayejessica

    Fabulous products! I’ll definitely be giving some of these a try.

    Faye Jessica |

    August 25, 2017 at 7:17 pm Reply
  • Jemina Marina

    I have the shade adjuster from the body shop and it’s a true lifesaver 🙌🏼😍

    August 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      It actually is, I’ve used it so much!

      August 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm Reply
  • onedaydreamawaycom

    Great post and these products look great! I’m always on the look out for budget friendly products so thanks for sharing

    August 25, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      Thank you! That’s ok, I’m exactly the same, always looking out for a bargain aha

      August 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm Reply
  • KateAlice

    Such a brill post babe! Need to get my hands on the true match for my next foundation xx

    August 25, 2017 at 7:28 pm Reply
  • Ellyn Rebecca

    Sleek and NYX are two of my favourite drugstore brands! Although I do like to splash out on the occasional high end makeup, it’s great to know that there are some great products out there at such affordable prices for everyone!

    Ellyn xx | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

    August 25, 2017 at 7:28 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      omg I’m exactly the same! And yeah Sleek and NYX have some amazing products!

      August 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • Amina

    Youve got some fab picks in this post that I too have in mine! I cant live without madcara though that is my staple and i think loreal telescopic is my fave xx

    Amina xx |

    August 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      Yes you’re so right, I have to wear mascara or my makeup doesn’t feel complete haha! I haven’t found a drugstore one yet that I love so I might check that one out!

      August 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • pinkiebag

    Hi, a great collection of makeup which just proves that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. My favourite has to be the blushing hearts blusher.

    August 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • amieslack

    I think I’m going to have to invest in that massive eyeshadow palette! Like right now haha so I have it for autumn!! X

    August 25, 2017 at 7:32 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      Literally, so many of my friends have had to buy it because its so amazing! The shades in it are perrrrfect for Autumn!

      August 25, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply
      • amieslack

        It’s sold out on Amazon which is not cool! But I’ll keep checking haha x

        August 25, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply
        • Jennifer Grieve

          omg nooo! Fingers crossed it comes back in stock asap!

          August 25, 2017 at 7:44 pm Reply
  • A Love Affair with Beauty

    Love every product here! Such good stuff that’s actually affordable. I’m obsessed with my sleek solstice palette. It gives so much glow and the lavender is so unique. Definitely want to give the Loreal foundation a try. Mines a bit pricey so I’m looking for one that’s just as good but won’t make me skint! xx

    August 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      The Sleek palette is amazing isn’t it! It’s so hard to find a good foundation that doesn’t break the bank so I was SO glad when I found the True Match!

      August 25, 2017 at 7:44 pm Reply
  • Madiha

    ooooo the shade adjusting drops look interesting!! Do you mix it in the actual bottle or when youve squirted on your hand or??

    August 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      They are a life saver! You mix it into the foundation when its on your hand haha!

      August 25, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply
      • Madiha

        AH! that makes more sense haha

        August 25, 2017 at 8:05 pm Reply
  • lipstickdecay

    That eye palette is so pretty. I also can’t wait to get the Sleek highlighter palette, it’s amazing! x

    August 25, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • Kelly Diane

    Great post! I’m definitely going to be checking out some of these products, I could do with saving some money.

    August 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm Reply
  • clairesyear

    What a lovely collection of products! By the way, your pictures look incredible – I love the way you have used the fairy lights as a little frame for your products x

    Claire |

    August 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      Awh thank you so much! That means a lot!!

      August 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • thegarsowtwins

    That eyeshadow palette is so pretty! xx, Britta & Carli from

    August 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Great post! Love that eyeshadow palette – might have to check that out, it’s so pretty! Xx

    August 25, 2017 at 8:28 pm Reply
  • Blushy Darling

    I have two of the NYX Lip Lingerie and I find them a bit too steaky for my tastes but since I love the colours I wear them anyway. That Sleek looks amazing! Love, Mimi

    August 25, 2017 at 8:33 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      I’m the same haha! And omg it is so lovely! xx

      August 25, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • thebabyandtheboardroom

    Loved this, thanks for a good read! So helpful as my make up bag needs a bit (more) updating! I love the NYX Lingerie range too, I find them much less dry on the lips to the Kylie Jenner lip colours I have. On the back of this article I’m going to order the eye palette, that looks amazing and I’m desperate for some new nude eye colours! Thanks for a fab read!

    August 25, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      Ah thank you so much! Glad I could help – the palette is sooo amazing, especially for the price!

      August 25, 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply
  • lifeoflarissablog

    I love the look of the highlighter palette! An interesting post. xx

    August 26, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply
  • Makeup & Beauty Blog

    i need that blushing hearts blush! so pretty

    August 26, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply
  • Shevoneese

    I love the Loreal True Match. Im thinking about switching back to it. Ive never tried NYX personally but Ive always heard great things.

    August 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grieve

      Majority of NYX products are fab! I have their eyebrow pencil as well and its amazing!

      August 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • georgiaheaddon

    I’ve been looking for a new everyday lightweight foundation for when I don’t want to wear such a full coverage and heavy one – definitely going to try out the L’Oreal true match!
    Great post!
    Best wishes, Gee x

    August 26, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply
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