I have mixed opinions on splurging on high-end make-up, as frankly the alternatives you can find today in the drugstore are often just as good, if not better. However, I think it's really nice to invest in a few staple products which you will get good use out of on a day-to-day basis, rather than leaving them to sit in your drawer for "special occasions". I've put together a little collection of products I think are worth the hype, money and are appropriate for everyday wear, so (if you want to) you can incorporate a little something more special into your make-up routine to give you that extra bit of confidence about how on point you look!
Firstly, I couldn't really do a "staples" post without including the one product everybody either owns or wants to own, and that's a Naked palette! I chose the Naked 2, as the range of shades it includes are those I tend to wear more often and which compliment my skin and eyes. At £37, it's not quite as expensive as other high-end alternatives, especially as you get so many beautiful, pigmented shades for your money. A good quality palette is a lovely staple to spend a bit more on, as eyeshadows last far longer than other products such as mascara or eyeliner!
Next up is the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow Contour Palette which I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway! I already had my eye on this, so it was great to not have to fork out the £49 for it, which I would have inevitably ended up doing eventually! The contour shade is absolutely perfect for my pale skin and isn't too warm-toned which I have found with a lot of drugstore alternatives. Unfortunately, I don't really like the highlight shade from this palette as it is more like a pressed powder on my pale skin, and I much prefer my alternatives from MUA & MUR, so that may be something to consider before you decide to purchase! I'd recommend going into a store and testing the shades on your hand to made sure they suit you, as it's a lot of money to be wasting if you don't like them!
There's something about applying a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick which just doesn't compare to any amount of Rimmel dupes, and for me it gives me an extra little bit of confidence knowing that my lipstick is really kick-ass! (not to mention the rose gold packaging is to die for) I chose the shade Bond Girl as the first of hopefully many to come in my collection, and I cannot stress just how perfect it is. It is a matte finish so doesn't slip off throughout the day, but the finish is almost velvety and not at all drying. The colour is gorgeous too, it appears to be a very dark berry colour in the bullet but when applied, it looks a lot more natural and would definitely be suitable for everyday wear, as long as you tone down your eye make-up!
Obviously, it's not at all essential to have any high-end products, and I was firmly against splurging on them until recently when I've been really getting into living my life by a "quality over quantity" motto! I'll definitely never be one to waste money on make-up, but I have really been enjoying adding a special little touch to my everyday routine!
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