Makeup Favourites – High End V Low End

I wrote this post for , one of my favourite Irish websites and wanted to share it here too, to show some of my must have high and low end makeup products.

While I love splashing the cash at MAC, I also love finding those gems that are super affordable because sometimes you don’t need to spend a fortune on makeup and when it is half the price you can buy twice as much, makes perfect sense really. Here are some of my current high and lower end favourites:


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

So many people rave about this product and with the name alone making such a big claim, it has been on my wish list for quite some time.  It has a fantastic hourglass shaped brush which is great for getting lots of volume in the lashes, it is also really high quality and performs just like any good mascara should, giving the lashes both amazing length and full volume.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara

This has been one of my favourites for quite some time and I would not like to count how many tubes of this stuff I have went through. It makes the lashes really, really long and the brush is thin so you can reach every single lash, fantastic for coating the lower lash line too. It literally never clumps which is always a bonus but if you prefer volume over length I would recommend the Too Faced mascara instead.IMG_0149


Benefit Boi-ing Concealer

I was deliberating between the Boi-ing and Erase Paste concealers and when I went along to the Benefit counter I was informed that the Boi-ing concealer is less likely to crease and it lasts much longer, so I dutifully picked it up in shade no. 2. It has a lovely consistency and is great for covering up those pesky under eye bags. This is best worked in with a little concealer brush.

Maybelline Better Skin Concealer

This has quickly become a “can’t live without” product, the consistency is incredible and the coverage is unlike most other concealers, it is strong enough to give that airbrushed look but doesn’t feel heavy on the face. I use this as my main under eye concealer and blend it in with my ring finger, it is best to blend with your finger as the heat from your hand makes the product much easier to work into the skin, always be gentle though when working with your under eye area because the skin is super delicate.  To lock it in I apply a translucent powder over the top – currently I’m loving Maybelline’s Matte Maker.IMG_0135


Benefit High Beam

Highlighters are quickly becoming a little bit of an obsession, I mean seriously who doesn’t want dewy glowy skin that makes your face look like it’s got its very own spotlight on it but just in the right places – cheekbones, bridge of the nose, bow of the lips – they all deserve to have a little limelight so I picked up this product in order to do just that. It is a lovely product and is really easy to apply, with a gorgeous consistency it goes on as a liquid and dries as a powder.  It is soft and subtle and I really love using it but it’s certainly not as impactful as the Betty Lou Manizer by The Balm (next up on my wish-list!)

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter

I absolutely love this stuff and I have it in two shades, Golden Lights and Pink Lights. They are gorgeous for applying in the inner corner of the eyes to make them pop and just above the cheekbones for that envy-inducing glow. These beauties are only about €4 and are a must have as they are really versatile and can be used in so many different ways. To make your lips appear fuller just pop a little on the bow, to highlight your nose just dab a little on your finger and run it down the centre or even add to your eyelids for some added sparkle.


MAC Global Glow

MAC packaging makes me weak and I am not ashamed to admit that and when it is even prettier on the inside than the outside, like most of their products are, I must have it. The MAC Global Glow certainly meets that criteria, it adds a beautiful highlight to the face and a gorgeous glow that helps take your makeup up a level by adding some extra dimension and colour to the face.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer in Golden Days

This is so pretty and works a treat. I love using this one to set my cream contour and add a little dimension and bronze loveliness to my face. It goes on effortlessly and is not overly glittery and it is also really cost effective so this is a product I plan to load up on.IMG_0134

Lip Liner:

MAC Subculture

This is one of MAC’s most popular liners and a shade that any makeup fan should have in their kit as it’s the perfect nude. You can use it with so many different lip colours and it has great staying power. It is the ideal shade for overdrawing your lips slightly should you wish them to make them appear a little fuller, just don’t go too crazy, that clown look works for no one.

Rimmel Exaggerate in East End Snob

This is one of my favourite drug store lip liners, its rich and creamy, goes on effortlessly and comes in some gorgeous colours. This one is East End Snob and is a gorgeous rosy pink, it is supposed to be an exact dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk which is obviously much more expensive. Another great thing about these liners is you don’t have to run around looking for you sharpener as you just twist when you need more product.IMG_0151



MAC lipstick is one of my favourite things to buy, the colour selection, the smell, the fantastic staying power and the lovely packaging – buying a new MAC lippy makes me happier than it probably should. Currently loving Pink Pearl Pop, Candy Yum Yum and the limited edition Pretty Natural.

Maybelline Colour Sensational

These lipsticks are one of my favourites, the pigment is insane, they are super easy to apply and they are really long lasting. There is a fantastic selection of vivid, dark and nude shades and I always find myself buying more. Right now I am in love with shades Coral Tonic, Plum Passion and Summer Pink.IMG_0150

Have you tried any of these products?

CC x


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you so much for the awesome dupes! I really want to try the make up revolution highlighter, it looks impeccable! xxxxx

  2. I’m always on the search for drugstore dupes, great post!

  3. Great post, I have such a soft spot for MAC lipsticks xx

  4. Becky says:

    Might have to to out that Maybelline mascara, I’m on the lookout for one and after hearing so many good reviews about Maybelline mascara as my next one is deffo gonna be from them! But there’s so many ones to choose from I’m having a hard time picking which one to try out haha! I loveeee Makeup Revolution I’ll deffo have to check out these products you’ve
    Mentioned! Xxx
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

  5. The Telescopic mascara sounds like a great one to try, might pick one of those up 🙂
    I love the Rimmel lipliners too, I really think Rimmel are just the best at drugstore lip products.

    Misia xx |

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