An Idiot’s Guide to Make-Up: High-End Vs High-Street
Just to clarify, the idiot is me. Not you guys. It’s a little bizarre for me to be writing this article because, in all honesty, I know nothing at all about make up.
I am the type of person that runs into Boots with an event coming up in the next hour, having realised that my foundation has congealed and I’m in desperate need for more, get the palest one that Miss Sporty has to offer, and then slap it on in a mad panic.
But, dear people, my skin and I have had enough. I am on a road to discovery. A road to keeping my skin in good condition, a road to actually wearing my make-up and not my make-up wearing me, and you guys are coming with me!
As a student, price is important to me. I want to know what it is that I’m putting on my face, whether or not it is going to work, and how much it is going to cost me, and I’m going to tell you all about it.
Neil’s Yard Remedies: Skin Care
So I figure something that helps you decide what kind of make-up you want is what kind of condition your skin is in. Obviously some of this is genetic (tah, mum), but I figure getting good skin care products is a pretty sure-fire way of getting your skin in check.
The staff at Neil’s Yard are super friendly and really know their stuff. Within five minutes, a skin care range had been chosen for me by the assistant to match my skin type, and I bought the lot (Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser). I use the Rose range, and although it’s pricey (£15-£20 a bottle), it’s still basically full even though I’ve used it twice a day for over a month. It’s light and quick to apply, and it smells all pretty and stuff. It also cuts through make up faster than any other product I have ever used (yes, even waterproof). The only word of warning is not to fall in love with the power berry range, as they’re discontinuing it.
My Score: 9/10
Verdict: Pricey, but worth it
Tesco’s Cleansing Facial Wipes
I know, I know. But I was in a rush. I had some pretty heavy make-up on for an acting class and I needed to be all fresh-faced for an interview. They were cheap and readily avalible. But god, did they sting. I guess it depends how resilient your skin is, but for me it felt like acid and made my skin all tight, particularly around the eyes. Maybe some people could get away with it. It did do the job (although I had to use two towels), but I still don’t think it’s worth it. I’d rather use my pricier cleanser from Neil’s Yard.
My Score: 3/10
Verdict: So cheap. But I never want my face to feel that way again.
Bourjois Poudre Bronzante Delice de Pudre (Bronzing Powder)
The mystery of bronzer was only slightly unveiled to me a couple of months ago. I had heard of such magic as “contouring” and “highlighting”, but to be honest it’s a world that has eluded me for a long long time. Well, there’s a time and a place for everything. Here I dive into the world of bronzer. I decided to go for one that isn’t dirt cheap and one that isn’t ridiculously expensive. This one is £7.99 which I thought was a reasonable price (Is it? Maybe one of you guys could tweet me to let me know). Now for a beginner, this product is a little scary. If you do too little, you could be tempted to put more on and then you very quickly look like you’ve tried to camoflague yourself. But it’s a gorgeous colour once you do get it right. Maybe this product is for the intermediates rather than the beginners, but it’s very nice and smells good.
My Score: 6.5/10
Verdict: Nice enough price, be prepared to practice.
I will be back with more make-up adventures. If there’s a product you’d like me to review in my next post please tweet @EatMoreCakeUK and I’ll pop it in my next post! Let us know how much you normally spend on make up and how you like to wear it.