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From Summer To Autumn | Switching Up My Routine.

It’s Autumn time!! Autumn is my favourite season hands down. A) Because it is my birthday season (I’m an October baby so it is officially my birthday month) and B) Pumpkin spiced lattes are back and I am continue embracing the #basic life in caffeinated style and C) Because I love updating my health and beauty routine to suit to colder weather. I thought I would share with you guys today some of the changes autumn brings to my routine. So, let’s get started. 

Skin Care

I tend to use autumn as a transition season to help to rejuvenate and repair your skin from any summer damage and get it ready for the brutalities of a British winter. Everything has to serious up its game when it gets to autumn as moisture becomes to new buzz word. Now it is getting colder and I am becoming more and more reliant on the central heating, a more intensive moisturiser in necessary. I tend to ditch the lighter creams and go for heavier moisturising creams and gels that reinvigorate my skin and body and give it a little extra hydration.

  1. Whereas the Dove Summer Revived Gradual Tan was getting me through the summer months just fine now it is more about the Aveeno, which I cannot recommend enough. I also tend to get slight eczema during the colder months on my chest and elbows (nothing too serious) but this moisturiser clears it right up and keeps it to an absolute minimum.
  2. I also tend to switch up my lip care to something a little more moisturising. As you might remember, during summer I was LOVING the Carmex Pineapple and Mint lip balm (it even featured in my holidays essentials post). Now, however, my lips are needing a thicker balm that does not make me mourn my summer holidays. Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm is perfect for this. It is so so nourishing and super thick so continues to provide moisture ALL day. The thickness might not be for everyone but I cannot think of a better lip balm to take me from summer into autumn – it’s fantastic.
  3. Moisture might be the buzz word but it is important not to forget to exfoliate during the autumn months. My go-to is always FRÉ Skincare ‘Purify Me’. It keeps my skin clean, smooth and helps to get rid of dead cells and impurities without making my skin feel dry or tight at all. It’s a dream of an exfoliate and I would seriously recommend it. If you fancy getting your hands on some remember to use my code JJ, which will give you 15% off at the checkout.

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Hair 

Moisture is also the buzzword when it comes to hair. I have pretty dry hair anyway so my hair care regime doesn’t change dramatically BUT I have some bits and bobs I would recommend and one pretty big change.

  1. The Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment (For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length) is AMAZING! Not only does it help speed up hair growth, which I love during the autumn and winter months, it also leaves your hair feeling super moisturised and silky smooth. I definitely will be using this product a lot more regularly over the next few months.
  2. The biggest change when it comes to my hair is that autumn means it is time to bring back the gold. I am a natural blonde but like to change up the tones to match the seasons. Over summer I had a super light highlight ran through it. Autumn will see more honey shades to match my wardrobe and make up changes. By winter we will probably see the return of a silver undertone but, for now at least, I’m going to be a golden girl

Make Up

I hate to say it but I am no longer the tanned goddess I was last season. Now I resemble a sheet of paper and that sadly means that my make up all needs switching up to suit. My autumn make up looks tend to be a lot deeper and more intense. Whereas summer saw pastels and pretty shimmers, autumn is about browns, burgundy and a popping highlight.

  1. The biggest change in my make up from summer to autumn is my lipstick colour choices. Whereas summer sees me rocking a soft pink, bright orange or more natural/nude shades, autumn is all about deeper and darker lip colours. My absolute go-to’s are both MAC. First up is Dark Side, which is the most stunning deep burgundy ever that goes so well with browns and oranges. I also absolutely love Dubonnet, which is described as a deepened claret. It is the perfect deep red and goes with pretty much every single make up look.
  2. I am sad to say that after months of light powders and a bit of bronzer, the liquid foundations are back. Even though I am looking for a bit more coverage from my foundation I still don’t want my skin to feel clogged up and full of make up. My favourite for creating a beautifully dewy, natural finish is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. If I am looking for something with a little more coverage, the MAC studio sculpt foundation is my go-to (although I am currently in the market for a new one so suggestions are welcome). 
  3.  In terms of eye shadow, my bright oranges and yellows have had to go back in the drawer until next year. It does mean, however, that my NUE Eyeshadow Palette from Laritzy  has really come into it’s own. I have spoken about this palette before for it’s stunning browns and deeper shades and they are absolutely perfect for the autumn months. My Smashbox Full Exposure palette is also a favourite for the autumn/winter months and is great for creating day looks as well as looks for your work Christmas party.

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It’s goodbye for now Silent Disco… 

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Fashion

Definitely the most notable change in autumn is my fashion. Living in the UK means that autumn gets very cold so the shorts and cute summer dresses go to the back of the wardrobe for another year and we say hello to some new fashion staples.

  1. Hallelujah, jumpers are back! I love a jumper. The bigger the better. Last year I did a huge jumper shop and got loads from Primark. They’re super affordable and will last me through this autumn as well. I would also recommend hitting up Primark for coats. They’re usually very similar to ones you might find in River Island or TopShop but are a fraction of the price.
  2. It’s time to say goodbye to the sunshine yellows, baby pinks and bright (and by bright I mean covered in flamingos and pineapples…) and hello to burnt oranges, burgundy and deep reds. Just as with makeup, my wardrobe becomes a lot deeper in the autumn months. I still like my longer dresses but tend to pair them up with cute little chelsea boots and wooly tights rather than flip flops. When it comes to shoes, Zara have an excellent selection (as always). Here are some of my favourites.

Snake Skin/Leopard Print High Heel Ankle Boots – £99.99

Red Leather Stiletto Ankle Boots – £89.99

Burgundy High Heel Knee High Boots – £119

All a little pricey (they’ve had to go onto the wish list) but Zara shoes are great quality and last for years so definitely worth the investment if you can afford them.

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Okay, so maybe baby pink still features a little… I just can’t help myself. 

Exercise

Autumn might be my favourite season but the switch from summer to autumn is a bit of a disaster my training programme. Okay, that’s unfair on autumn, but it certainly does mean there is a huge dip in my motivation. When you get up for work and it’s dark and then you come home from work and, surprise surprise, it is once again dark, the last thing I fancy doing is a gym session. This means that my exercise programme sees a bit of a switch up in order to maintain motivation throughout the colder months.

  1. My training moves from outdoor agility and functional training to more gym based, indoor training. This isn’t a problem as long as I ensure to keep up cardiovascular training whilst I’m there (I’ll also probably be walking around less so I also need to make up for that). 
  2. I train a lot smarter in the colder seasons. This means that I make my workouts shorter and focus them more on compound movements.That way I’m not inside for every single daylight hour but I can go in and get an effective session done quickly.
  3. Gym buddies are saving graces when you’re lacking in motivation so I tend to go to a lot more classes and group sessions during the colder months. Pop into your local gym and see what they’ve got available OR look into local walking groups or Zumba classes – these always keep me motivated and it is also a great way to make friends (it’s nearly secret santa time, right?)

So there you have it, some of the changes I will be making to my routine over the next couple of weeks. Are you guys excited for Autumn? What are some of the biggest changes to your routine that the new season brings? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time. 

Jamie x 

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Five Favourites | Benefit Cosmetics.

Hey guys! It’s time for another one of my #FiveFavourites and today is the turn of Benefit Cosmetics. I find Benefit products really hit and miss and a lot of the time they can be quite gimmicky and overpriced. That said, there are some products that I think are such high quality that they’ve become my ride or die products. I chose this brand as I have been serious lusting over some of their new releases, namely the Hello Happy foundation, which has had some excellent reviews. Who knows, next time I do this it might just feature in my top five, but for now, here are some oldies but goldies that I love. 

BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara

First up is the BADgal BANG! mascara. I have always been a huge fan of Benefit mascaras since They’re Real but this is the best one yet. It’s a surprisingly light formula that is not as wet as They’re Real so doesn’t feel sticky all leave that weird black line under your eyes (not a good look) yet it gives your lashes insane volume. It builds up to give a false lash effect and lasts for ages on the lashes without feeling dry and gross. It’s water-resistance but still comes over nicely with make up remover and has B5 in the formula, which is known the thicken and strengthen your natural lashes. It is the perfect mascara to take you from day to night and I would seriously recommend giving it a go if you’re a lover of their other mascaras.

Brow Zing’s Eyebrow Shaping Kit

The Brow Zing’s Eyebrow Shaping Kit has been my ride or die since my year 11 prom (about 5 years ago!). During this time it has changed its formula and packaging and in my opinion the is now not as good as the older one, but it is still the only product I reach for when doing my brows. The cute little kit is perfect to throw in your hand bag or travel with and includes eyebrow powder, wax, mini slant tweezers and a dual-sided extendable applicator. It gives a really natural look to the brows and lasts all day (and night). If you love a full, natural brow then this is the product for you – it’s totally fool proof!

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Watts Up Cream Highlighter

When I first got the product I was really unsure but I ended up loving it. The Watts Up Cream Highlighter definitely takes some getting used to and I had to play around with it a lot before I got the hang of it, but it gives such a stunning champagne glow. Rather than being full of chunky glitter (which I don’t like at all) it just gives you a beautiful sheen. The application is super smooth and has an almost powder like finish. I would say though, this is definitely a highlight for the cheek bones alone. For some reason it never sets on my nose or other areas and it is hard to control the intensity due to the nature of the application! It is, however, a really beautiful highlight and is also something that takes me from day to night.

Sugarbomb Blush/Bronzer

You might remember that this product featured in my favourites back in July and it is still a firm favourite of mine. The Sugarbomb Blush/Bronzer might have awful packaging but the formula is stunning. It has four difference shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose, which blend together to give your cheeks a sugary, natural flush. I also sometimes uses the shades separately as the peach makes a beautiful addition to a summery, neutral eye look. The mix of shades also means it would suit loads of complexions and take you from summer to winter. If you can look past the packaging (hard I know) it is really worth the investment.

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It’s Potent Brightening Eye Cream

Last but not least is a product I have not used in forever and I couldn’t tell you why because I really did love it. The It’s Potent Brightening Eye Cream is great for helping with dark circles and reduces/preventing fine lines. It instantly gives your under eyes a natural, hydrated glow and contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness. It’s a little bit on the steeper side but I tend to find that that is the case with all eye creams (my current set me back $27.99 in Crete – if you’re interested you can find it herebut I always think eye care is worth the investment as they’re the first things to age. If you struggle with dark circles or tired looking under eyes this might be the product for you.

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A natural day look using all of these make up product. I was glowing (if I do say so myself) 

And that’s a wrap. I actually found this #FiveFavourites a lot easier than I found it for Soap and Glory as I tend to find with Benefit products I either love or hate them. There are some cult favourites such as POREfessional and BeneTINT I really cannot get on with, and other things that aren’t as popular that I adore. It is definitely a marmite make up brand in my opinion, but these five products really are fantastic. Let me know in the comments what your favourite Benefit products are and if there are any particular brands you would like to see in the next #FiveFavourites. Until next time… 

Jamie x 

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Favourites Of The Month | August.

Hey guys! It’s my favourite time of the month again. If you are new to the blog (hi!) then this is a monthly feature where I share with you all the things I have been loving (clues in the title I guess). This month has been chaos! I have moved away from home and started my first job. I’ve made a loads of new friends and generally had a wicked time. Don’t you worry though, I have still found time to experiment with new bits and bobs and so have a lot to share with you guys today. So sit tight and let’s get started… 

Fashion 

As mentioned I started work this month, which can only mean one thing – a massive Zara order (I mean, I had to get a new wardrobe for work, right?). I tried to look beyond the heat wave with this shop and so got myself some autumnal clothing to take me into the next season. I love everything I got but my favourite has got to be these Leopard Print Trousers from their latest animal print collection.

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Image from Zara

I have never been a huge animal print fan but I saw these and I totally fell in love. They are so comfy and easy to wear, plus they look like I’ve made a load of effort when in reality I feel like I’m lounging about on the sofa. I usually team these up with some black or white mules (I love these onesand a cute little crop top (they go with so many colours – black, brown, red and purple look amazing with them). 

Make Up 

This month’s favourites have come as a huge surprise to me for 2 reasons. Firstly, I had no clue I was getting them until they turned up in the post from the lovely folks at Influenster. And secondly, last time I received lipsticks from this brand I was really not a fan. However, the Rimmel London Stay Satin Liquid Lipsticks have really impressed me – so much so they have secured a spot on this months favourites.

Now I’m going to be honest with you, they take some getting used to. They’re not the easiest to apply and the formula of the brighter colours never, ever fully dry so they smudge super easily (not selling them so far, I know). This said, the colours are absolutely unreal (I have never had a lipstick with such intense and beautiful colour pigment) and they do last for ages even with the risk of smudging. The brighter lipsticks haven’t been my go-to’s (however, I am loving experimenting with them and trying new looks) BUT the shade Shoulder Pads well and truly has my heart. It is the most stunning pinky nude that lasts all day and suits my pale complexion like a dream! I am truly obsessed, I think I have worn it every make up day this month.

As for the other colours, normally I would never be seen in a purple or a grey but these are just so stunning and have a perfect satin finish. Yes they have some negatives and yes you really do have to play around with them, but you can create so so many different looks and these have really made August the month that I have moved out of my comfort zone when it comes to make up.

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Skin Care 

I don’t know if this counts as skin care but just roll with it. This months winner is the MakeUp Eraser by MakeUp Eraser (imaginative…). I got this product in last months The Pip Box and, despite initial scepticism, I am totally obsessed! This rather underwhelming little bit of cloth is actually really impressive. It removes make up with water alone and therefore uses no chemicals or nasty stuff. It’s vegan, reusable and really does remove even the thickest mascara (believe me, I put it to the test).  It’s made from a specially knitted polyester/silk fibre which, when wet creates a hydro-mechanical process (fancy, right?) that breaks the surface tension of the oils that bond make up to the skin. Not bad for a little bit of cloth.

I love it. it’s good for the environment, it’s good for my skin, it’s good for how super lazy I am when it comes to removing make up AND it lasts between 3-5 years. Everyone’s a winner.

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A runner up this month has got to be Bepanthen. Nope, I haven’t got nappy rash. I do, however, have a baby tattoo and this stuff has been an absolute dream when it comes to keep it moisturised and healing properly. I would seriously recommend picking yourself some of this up if you’ve got a new tattoo.

Exercise 

This has been a tough one this month as I am back doing my usual 4 day split training programme with a 5th day of abs and cardio. I am loving it and it is certainly nice to be back into a routine, but there has been nothing particularly new/exciting to report. I am currently looking at joining some adventure holidays though. Ever since Crete I have been desperate to get back out on the water and go kayaking again. I absolutely loved it but sadly in Birmingham the opportunities are limited. I am therefore on the hunt for an adventure holiday where I can do this again. I’m thinking something where I can go kayaking, rock climbing and maybe try my hand at surfing so if you have any suggestions let me know!

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Get me back on those waves. 

One thing I have loved about switching up my exercise over the past few months has been how I no longer just love weights, I love being active. I have really opened my eyes to new sports and becoming willing to experiment with sports I never thought I would enjoy.

Entertainment (Books) 

This month it’s not a TV show that has been entertaining me. In fact, I have been struggling to find anything on Netflix that has been floating my boat. Instead I have been reading a hell of a lot. I love a good crime/mystery book and so I have been loving Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks novels. Nothing new here but they are really fantastic books that I would seriously recommend – my favourite is Cold Is The Grave.

If you’re fancying something a little less morbid, Everything I Know About Love is a fantastic read (you might remember it featured on my summer reading list a few weeks back) and I urge you to read it.

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So there you have it, some of my August favourites. As always, I want to know your thoughts! Up for trying out the Rimmel Stay Satin Lips or not up for braving grey lippy? Any August TV show band wagons I need to join? Let me know your thoughts and what you guys have been loving this month.

Jamie x 

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Five Favourites: Soap and Glory.

Hi guys and gals! You might remember how this time last week I shared with you some of my favourite, affordable make up brands. And you might also remember how Soap and Glory nabbed itself a spot on the list. Well, today I decided to focus solely on Soap and Glory in the start of a new series here on my blog!

No clues for guessing what this series is going to be about. #FiveFavourites is going to do exactly what it says on the tin (unless I am really stuck than you might get 6, but #SixFavourites isn’t quite as catchy). I am going to be sharing my five favourite products from different brands. So let’s get stuck into brand number one, because this is going to be tough, I present to you my #FiveFavourites from Soap and Glory. 

Face, Soap and Clarity (£8.00)

First up has to be ‘Face, Soap and Clarity’. This used to be my daily facial wash and I loved it (in fact, I loved it so much I am not sure why I don’t use it anymore). It’s a 3-in-1 vitamin C facial wash with really gentle, jojoba scrub-beads. It’s packed full of different vitamins, minerals, amino acids as well as Soap & Glory’s exclusive Superfruit Yuzu complex (nope, I’ve got no idea either). This product comes in at £8 and lasts for ages. For the price, I don’t think you can get a better facial wash on the high street. It kept my skin clean and clear throughout my teen years without leaving me with any dryness. It is the perfect lazy girl face wash as it cleans and purifies skin whilst also exfoliating and effortlessly removes make-up, and gently exfoliates – winning!

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Sugar Crush Body Wash (£6.50)

Soap and Glory have a load of different scented body washes, but this one is my absolute favourite. I remember when it came out I was truly obsessed with everything ‘sugar crush’. It’s the one with the zesty lemon and lime scent and it smells delicious – kind of like a fruity yet creamy cake batter. All the Soap and Glory body washes last for approximately 6 million years, so although £6.50 is a little steeper that your Imperial Leathers of the world, I definitely think it is worth it. I also got some of the Sugar Crush Body Wash in little one time use pods so I literally take this product with me whenever I am travelling. It is such a nourishing and energising formula and scent – the perfect summer time body wash.

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Make Yourself Youthful Rejuvenating Eye Cream (£14.00)

Next up is a product that I really don’t think gets given enough credit. The Make Yourself Youthful Rejuvenating eye cream is such a light weight, yet moisturising formula and works wonders on my sleep deprived under eyes. I’m not going to lie to you and say this miraculously made my dark circles vanish, but I really do think it helps to even out my under eye pigmentation and help brighten up the under eye area. It’s also anti-ageing, which may seem a little premature, but it is ever to early to start protecting your skin – particularly the eye area! I’ve just checked and I have ran out of this product so it will definitely be going on my shopping list.

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I am a flaky/dry skin sufferer- my elbows, my knees, my legs, that flabby bit at the back of your arms that wobbles when I clap. Everywhere! This scrub is an absolute life saver. Like the face scrub, it does what it says on the tin (well, tub) without causing any irritation due to the perfect ration of foamy deliciousness to scrubbing beads. It smells divine as well. You know that signature Soap and Glory scent? Yep, it smells like that. Super affordable and super effective. 10/10 would recommend.
Last but not least, it wouldn’t be a Soap and Glory favourites post without this guy! The Righteous Butter is without a doubt one of my absolute favourite body butters – there really is no wonder that this beauty is award winning. It’s packed with shea butter and aloe vera, which work wonders on dry skin, and leaves your whole body feeling silky smooth and nourished. Just like The Scrub Of Your Life, The Righteous Butter is scented with the original pink fragrance. An OG but a goldie.
So there you have it, my #FiveFavourites from one of my favourite high street brands. Did your favourite make it on the list? If not, what would your top 5 have been? Loved writing this post so expect plenty more of these in the future – any brand requests, let me know in the comments below. 
Jamie x 

5 Of My Favourite Affordable Make Up Brands.

I love splashing the cash on new make up. My bank balance, on the other hand, does not. Make up and beauty products can be very expensive, but fear not! Recently I have been trying out a lot more affordable make up brands and I am really impressed. More often than not the quality has been just as good (and in some cases even better) as more expensive, high end brands and you won’t have to take out a second mortgage – everyone’s a winner.

Here are my top 5 that I have been experimenting with over the past few months and some of my favourite products they have in their collection.

Collection Cosmetics 

Collection Cosmetics were all the rage in the beauty Instagram world a while back with their Lasting Collection Concealer. If I am not mistaken, this did result it them upping the price, but you can still get your hands on this concealer for under £5, so still pretty good. I have been using this concealer for about a year now and love it. I wouldn’t say it can compete with my NARS concealer, however, it is still very good and the concealer I go to on a daily basis. It has excellent coverage and lasts for a long time without creasing loads.

Collection Cosmetics have loads of other great products and they are all very affordable. They have the prettiest blushers and bronzers for whatever finish you’re looking for and these are only £2.99, which is great if you’re on a budget. I have yet to try any of their lip products but I will definitely be making a purchase as they have a huge range of different products and colours that are right up my street.

MUA

No surprises here – I adore this brand. It is cruelty free, has an excellent range of products and colours and it is so affordable. You might remember in my May and June favourites this brand made an appearance for their incredible eye shadow palettes (25 shades for £8, my favourite is Burning Embersand their lipsticks (£1 each! I am still shook). 

I have been trying a load of their products recently, from highlighters to primers and I have to say, I am impressed. I also recently reviewed their Silent Disco palette, which was only £4 and is full of super fun and vibrant shades! How beautiful is this?

Soap and Glory 

A little more expensive than the others but certainly not overly expensive, Soap and Glory is a favourite of mine for both skin care, make up and bath products. I could go on and on about all the products I love from this brand (and I probably will do in a future blog post) but for now we will focus on make up. The Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss in Candy Queen is one of my favourite glosses on the market. It comes in at £9 but it is huge so will last for ages, plus it is such a wearable and delicate colour! They also have loads of other shades so if you’re looking for a gloss I would seriously recommend these. Also, don’t worry about the tingle! I am a huge wimp when it comes to plumping lip glosses but this is totally fine. I would describe it as a ‘buzz’ rather than anything painful!

Another lip product I love from this brand is the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick that comes in at £3.50 on their website. Unlike the lip gloss, these don’t tingle at all. They resemble the Clinique Chubby Sticks but, in my opinion, have a lot more pigmented finish. I think all of these colours are super pretty (I got a lot in my Christmas Advent Calendar) and I have continued to repurchase since.

 

 

Saturated Colour 

I first tried this brand a few months back in my Pip Box and I love it. The products are 100% cruelty free and the LIPSStick Moisturising Lipstick I received in my box was also vegan. The LIPSSticks feel so soft on the lips but the colour is so vibrant and beautiful, plus it has excellent staying power. I would recommend Naked Pink for a really beautiful, spring time look. They also have a stunning red, nudes and purples. At only £7, these are super affordable!

They don’t have a huge range of other products. However, another lip product I loved was the Make Me Matte Lipstick Mattifier . This award winning product is totally vegan and transforms glossy or satin lips into a matte finish. It does not feeling drying at all also has great staying power. It’s £8, so pretty affordable, and great for those of you who love a matte lip.

Bourjois Paris

Another brand that has been mentioned a fair few times on my blog, Bourjois Paris is a fab and affordable brand for foundations and face make up. I adore their Healthy Mix Powder and use it every single day either on its own or as a setting powder. The powder is £9.99, which I thought was a little expensive at first, but it is so worth it and lasts for ages. Also £9.99, their Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation is such a fab drug store foundation. It gives such a pretty, dewy coverage and lasts pretty well throughout the day. This foundation is definitely be go to on a day to day basis.

I also absolutely love their blush collection and, of course, their Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder , which will set you back £7.99.

So there you have it, 5 of my favourite affordable make up brands at the moment. You do not have to break the bank when it comes to make up. Just as with high end make up, different formulas and brands work differently for different people and half the fun is experimenting and trying out new things. With these brands, experimenting is a lot less of a risky investment and can be less than your morning coffee. 

What are your favourite affordable make up brands? Let me know in the comments down below. 

Jamie x