Beauty: The Not-So Budget Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

When I first start blogging, I was hugely into high-street, cheap, budget makeup. I still am to an extent, I’ll happily spend hours in Boots and Superdrug, but I also have a passion for more high-end purchases.

 photo c5034d23-a594-4453-8cd6-24ef5d94d3d8_zps5bdfdfee.jpgThere’s something about the shiny packaging, the ease of application, that just makes them better. And to be honest, I have no regrets on anything I have splurged on so far as it simply outperforms cheaper products. My eyes no longer itch when I wear eyeshadow thanks to Urban Decay. Blusher doesn’t break me out thanks to Nars. And my lips have never been in better condition, despite always, always, always wearing lipstick – a major thanks to MAC and Nuxe for that!

 photo 3b0533c7-da8b-451e-bbc2-fa3bc74e1527_zps85a06569.jpgThis little bit of high-end was a twenty-first birthday present from my parents, and it is beautiful. I’ve worn it most days, yet there’s barely a dent in the surface. A quick thirty second swipe using this and I’ll instantly look put together – my makeup glows and stays put, there’s a subtle light on my high points, and the bronze shade adds enough colour to make me look a little more alive, whilst being natural enough to contour too.

 photo 6a7a69a2-576d-49b9-b2da-09e34cf07137_zpsfe910add.jpgThe powder is so finely milled it’s virtually undetectable on the skin, and the shades are pale enough (which is surprising for me!). Yet despite this, the coverage is decent – on a good day, or a lazy day, I can wear just this and concealer and still not scare anyone. I just feel so much better when I’m wearing this – and I know it lasts. It’s 11pm as I write this. I put my makeup on at 7am and it’s still there…I really should go and take it off now!
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Are you a budget makeup kinda girl, or a more high-end type? Have you got any particular pieces of makeup that you love?