Best of High Street Beauty

5 February 2012

I'm a big believer that you should spend the most money on the things you wear the most. Following this logic, I think that it's really important to invest in good quality hair and skin products. After all, your hair, skin and face are things you 'wear' every day!

So, I usually buy my hair products from my hair salon and I opt for premium brands such as MAC, Clinique and Estee Lauder for my makeup and skincare. There are a few high street items that I haven't found better alternatives for though and I consider 'must haves' in my beauty regime. 

As my time in England is drawing to a close I decided to stock up on them as they can't be bought in Korea. I tell you, the logistics of trying to look good whilst living in a foreign country can be challenging! Just understanding what the product is can be tough let alone finding what you actually want! Fake tan in Korea....errrm...no chance!


I picked up a Barry M nail polish as I haven't tried any of them before. I'll post some pics of it on my nails when I've tried it. I also got two kohl eye pencils to try out, didn't need them, I was just curious as to how good they were. The rest of the things are my high-street must buys! None of them are groundbreaking but I've spent more money and had poorer results with similar products from the high-end brands.


  • L'oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray 'Very Volume Supreme Hold' - It just lasts and lasts. Seriously! It gives strong hold with a bit of oomph. I like it, I like big hair! Unlike some other hairsprays this doesn't make your hair feel sticky, hard or too crispy. Plus it easily brushes out!
  • Eyelure Naturalite False Eyelashes 'Natural Volume 020' & 'Evening Wear 101' - These are light weight eyelashes that give you a more glamorous finish to your eye makeup without looking too over the top or 'fake'. There's lot of different styles but these two are my fave, they blend well with your own eyelashes and are a perfect balance between natural and glamorous. Not too much, not too little.
  • Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan 'Light Shimmer' - So you've got last minute plans for a night out but then you realise you've not fake tanned. Arrrgghhh! How can you go out looking pasty white like this?? This stuff is how!! There is a choice of light to dark colour but believe me, the dark is reeeaaaally dark and a pain to wash off your hands! The light shimmer however, is a breeze to apply, blends in easily and you can actually get your palms back to a normal colour with just soap and water. The shimmer finish isn't too intense it just gives you a nice 'glowing skin' look.
  • Garnier Ambre Solaire 'No Streaks Bronzer Mist' - I usually use St.Tropez Gradual Tan mousse but this mist is a great option when you want a full tan, quickly. It only takes three hours to develop and the spray works upside-down for easy application. It gives me a very uniform looking tan even if I don't spray it perfectly evenly. The colour doesn't come out too dark or orange, which is always a relief! Nobody wants to look like a Wotsit or Cheeto!
  • John Frieda Frizz Ease 'Secret Agent Perfecting Creme' - This stuff works miracles on dry, damaged hair. Okay...maybe not miracles but it's close! You can smooth down your fly away hairs and work it through the ends of hair to conceal split ends for a sleeker look. It  manages to replace natural oils and give hair back a bit of shine without looking greasy as so many other products of this type do. I'd definitely recommend it if you have damaged or over-processed hair!


 

Do you buy a lot of products from shops like Boots and Superdrug (drugstores)? What items do you find can't be beaten even by the more expensive brands?

Apart from that little adventure to Superdrug I haven't done much else in the last few days. I feel like I've been away from my blog for ages though, isn't it funny how it seems so long in the blog world! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It snowed here, which of course made my weekend! :)


xxx


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55 comments:

  1. Nice products! I did a Nail of the day post with this Barry M polish recently.

    Check it out:

    http://allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com/2012/01/nail-of-day-barry-m-berry-ic.html

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  2. I am addicted to eylure eyelashes :)

    Are you moving to Korea for good?

    Xxx

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    1. Not for good, I've been living there for about 2 and a half years but I'm back in England on vacation at the moment :)

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  3. i love the john frida frizz ease shine spray, its great

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  4. i love the eyelure false lashes they are my go-to brand! xox



    elizamaemakeup.blogspot.com

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  5. I would have to agree with you on spending a little more money on better products. I was using drugstore face care things forever with pretty poor results. Now I use Clinique 3 Step and I will never look back!

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    1. Yep, Clinique skin care is really good, that's what I use too!

      Thanks for commenting :)

      x

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  6. I agree with your comment on spending more on products you wear more of! ppl tell me im spending too much on things but i just say im looking after my skin which has to last me all my life :)

    http://c-a-tmakeupandbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  7. john Frieda Frizz Ease- amazing product! :)


    xoxo
    Antonia

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  8. The frizz ease is a amazing product!! i am loving all of barry ms stuff at the moment but mostly there eye products but i think i will end up with about 50 nail polishes concidering the collections coming out under everybody this year,

    following you sweety

    if you have time please check out my blog and let me know what you think, maybe follow back, hope your having a great weekend

    http://shimmerglitzandglam.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ive definitely already got well over 50 nail polishes, I seem to always buy a new one every time I'm out! There's just so many colours to choose from!

      Thank you so much for following me and commenting :)

      x

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  9. great pictures! i love elnett too it's the best hairspray and worth the price xx

    My Blog: Boho Vanity

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  10. completely agree with you on this one....I think it's best to invest in what you wear everyday!

    grace
    http://herumbrella.com

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  11. I usally use St. Tropez too for tanning but I'll give the Rimmel and Garnier brands a try. I'm always looking for new tanning products that work (and they are probably cheaper than the St. Tropez too).

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  12. TRUE THAT!!
    http://lifewidmorbid.blogspot.com/

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  13. thank you so much for your tips and tricks here on your blog! I really enjoy it! I tried to follow you, but the gadget isn't appearing on my page for some reason:( keep up the good work though. love your blog!
    Emily
    http://emilymmeyers.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aw thanks hun! Sorry about my gadget not working! It's really annoying and I can't get it fixed for some reason! You can follow me using the tab at the top of the main page in the blogspot toolbar though or by clicking the link at the bottom of the article.

      Thank you for commenting I hope you will do again soon :) x

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  14. I love the look of the John Freida secret agent cream! I'll have to give that a go :) I buy most of my products in Boots! I find Tresemme and L'Oreal are the best shampoos when youre on a tight budget, but for skin you have to splurge a little more! xxxx

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  15. oooh! oooh! i want to try all of this!


    love the blog girl, so happy to have stumbled upon it. :)

    love, rach.
    www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, I hope you'll stop by again soon :) x

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  16. I've been meaning to try the JF Cream for ages. I might have to pick it up this week!

    http://beautyinabottleat.blogspot.com.au/

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  17. Generally I'm like you and very in to my premium brands, but Boots' own brand eyelashes are fantastic, nice and flexible and natural looking. And so cheap you can chuck 'em after a wear or two guilt-free!

    Emily x
    www.incurablycurious.com

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  18. Rimmel Sun Shimmer was probably my favourite discovery at uni! Love the stuff, I wear dark and I honestly don't know what I would do without it, I have a more expensive perm-tan but would give that up long before gicving up sunshimmer! Plus it smells nice and not like fake tan at all!
    xxx
    www.miabellaluna.blogspot.com

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  19. oooh I so envy Brits for having Boots. Every time I'm in London, I spend hours in there!

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    1. Haha, Boots is great! I never fully appreciated it until I went to live abroad, now I love going in there when I'm back home in England :)

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  20. I need a new "at home" spray tan - I will have to try this one! I've never seen it in the store. Great post!!

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  21. I have yet to learn to wear eyelashes without looking like a doll!

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    1. I used to think that when I wore them! I think it's when you choose the thicker ones with really dense, long black lashes. You should try a pair of Eyelure, the 020 pair are really natural looking.

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  22. I love john frieda's shampoo and conditioner too, don't know what I did with my hair before it!

    XO,
    Erin
    http://erinscurrentlycoveting.blogspot.com

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  23. Ooh, I think you'll like the Barry M Pale Purple and I wouldn't be surprised if you put some spin on it to make it even more pretty. Your nail posts are always so inspiring!
    I spent almost the whole of one summer (2010?) with the Pale purple on my nails which is unusual 'cos I'm normally quick to pick at my nail polish and slow to redo as I can't wear it to work :((
    Got to say I love the Elnett for the scent as much as anything else, always feel as if it alludes to a little more elegance!!!:)

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  24. that nail polish looks amazing, I absolutely love lilac nails <3

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    1. I've just done mine lilas and I too absolutely love lilac nails now. Been wanting a lilac polish for ages, I have a feeling this is probably the first of many variations of lilac! Haha!

      x

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  25. Jst to let u know,i've nominated u for ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD. :)
    http://lifewidmorbid.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much for nominating me :) It brought a smile to my face today!
      I really appreciate it!

      x

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  26. I am most def going to try some of these products out. I love your blog & I am a new follower. Check out my blog and if you like follow along
    -chelsea
    chelseajuarbe.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Chelsea, I'm really happy you like my blog :)

      I'll stop by yours very soon to say hey!

      x

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  27. Smart thinking with stocking up on unavailable products in Korea. Especially with the hair products :)

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  28. i had such a bad experience with John Frieda's products
    that i am never using them again lol .. i am scared they
    will ruin my hair... as of the tanning lotion .. sounds good
    to me :) i will have to try it !


    xoxo
    MELINA ♥
    www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh no, don't say that! I haven't heard anyone really complain of bad experiences with John Frieda products before....I'm worried now! What happened to your hair? :(

      The tanning stuff is great, the mist is like a spray tan at home and the lotion is a perfect last minute fix! And slightly sparkly too which you know I'll always love!

      x

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  29. Gorgeous photos, Amelia! Looks like you got some great stuff. I love drugstore hauls. I hate when that GFC stops working! It's happened to me as well, but then magically it reappeared. Hope that happens for you!

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    1. It's so annoying that it won't work. Ive tried everything but it's just not coming back on :( Did yours display the same message or something different?

      x

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  30. I love drug stores, you can buy twice as much for half the price!

    Charlotte Couture Blog

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    1. That's pretty much exactly what I did! Ooops!

      x

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  32. great little review!! x

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  33. great post! I'll be sure to try the L'oreal hairspray soon because I also love big hair. Also, nail polishes are cheap and similar quality in drugstores. I love sinful colors, there are so many colors to choose from.

    http://tramplingicecream.blogspot.com/

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  34. that looks like a lovely shade of nail polish you bought! especially since pastels are going to take over spring 2012 (:

    ♥ valour & lace

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  35. i love when I get a sneak peak into other ladies' beauty product bag! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. great products :)

    sammie
    from
    fashionbarbecue.com

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  37. lovely and interesting post! i love your blog!!

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