My Makeup Essentials

I’m happy to admit that I own more make up than I probably should, in fact I know I do. I like trying out new products and I can’t help myself when I see a bargain. I don’t spend a lot of money on make up I prefer the bargain brands to shelling out for the high end goods. The higher end products I own are individual pieces I’ve researched and saved up for.

So out of this stash of beauty products of course I have a few makeup essentials, my favourites, the products I go to day in day out, the ones that live in my make up bag rather than in my drawer because as soon as I travel anywhere, they travel with me.

Rachel Tries Life ¦ My Makeup Essentials

I’m not a make up expert by any means but I’ve found a set of products that work for me and if push came to shove and I could only keep a handful of make up, these are the ones that would make the grade.

*WARNING* these products are well used so please excuse the shabbiness of the packaging, its the well loved look!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

Great all round foundation. Its not too heavy and just gives you a fresh and bright coverage. One of the best drug store foundations, I’ve gone through at least 3 bottles and will continue to re purchase.

Rachel Tries Life ¦ My Makeup Essentials

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and Maybelline Dream Lumi Touche Concealers

Yes, two concealers. This may be a little excessive in itself but they do serve different functions I promise! I use the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touche for covering blemishes whereas the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is perfect for hiding those pesky bags under the eyes. Problem skin.. me? Never…

Rachel Tries Life ¦ My Makeup Essentials

L’Oreal  Super Liner Ultra Precision

I must have bought about 5 of these over the years. I go away from it every now and again but I always come crawling back. Its a liquid eye liner with a soft felt tip – like applicator that is ridiculously easy and quick to use. If you’ve yet to master the art of the winged eye liner the Super Liner is your friend.

Rachel Tries Life ¦ My Makeup Essentials

Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Essential Mattes

Revolution, as you may know from my previous review of some of their products is my favourite new range of makeup. I think it has invaded the budget make up arena with great pizazz and is now reigning supreme over the likes of MUA and NYC. I’m not one for using bright colours when it comes to eye shadow and I’m even rather skeptical of shimmer. I’m mattes girls and this palette just does everything I need it to.

Rachel Tries Life ¦ My Makeup Essentials

Fashionista Eye Brow Kit

I never used to understand the fascination with eyebrows as part of a makeup look until I through this little gem into an old MUA make up haul. The medium brown tone is my perfect match and just helps to gently frame your face and what a bargain! I’m still not a fan of eyebrow pencils but using this eyebrow palette gives me the perfect balance between shaping whilst remaining natural.

Rachel Tries Life ¦ My Makeup Essentials

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and Maybelline Bronzing Pressed Powder

The winner for favourite powder can be none other than the Stay Matte Powder from Rimmel, I mean seriously does anyone actually buy any other brands, nothing really competes. I don’t tend to use bronzer all that often but this one I invested in a fair while ago and I’ve recently picked it back up and remembered why I used to like it so much. It blends really nicely and produces really subtle contouring.

Rachel Tries Life ¦ My Makeup Essentials

Revolution Awesome Lash Mascara

I do not believe in spending a lot of money on mascara. You will be lucky to find me spending more than £3 on a tube and with products as good as this one for this amount of money, why would anyone ever need to? Another win for Revolution and I would urge you all to give it a try.

Rachel Tries Life ¦ My Makeup Essentials


What are your makeup essentials that I need in my life? 


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  1. March 5, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    Finally!! A great makeup piece that shows sometimes cheaper really is better…

    • March 5, 2015 / 11:16 pm

      I don’t buy in to all the high end stuff, don’t get me wrong I enjoy playing with make up but I just can’t justify spending copious amounts on the big brand names! Give me a super drug any day!

  2. March 6, 2015 / 6:03 am

    I am obsessed with that revolution palette!!! We don’t have that company in the US though😩

    • March 6, 2015 / 9:32 am

      It is one of my favourites, I use it more than my Urban Decay palette! You have lots of awesome brands we don’t get over here too!

  3. March 6, 2015 / 11:46 pm

    I love that you shared affordable makeup products! I also like to use drugstore over high end, but when I do want a high end product I do my research and save up for it. I’ve used the Stay Matte before and loved the finish, especially since I have quite oily skin.. I feel that it covers the shine and lasts throughout the day. I posted my go to makeup products as well on my blog! 🙂 Thanks for sharing yours!

    • March 6, 2015 / 11:58 pm

      Yeah I just don’t see the need to oH vast amounts when the drugstore stuff cN be just as good! I will definitely pay your blog a visit 🙂

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