The drugstore VS. high-end debate is always going to be one that always rages on. Now I love what the UK highstreet has to offer, I’ve got the small fortune amassed on my Boots Advantage Card to prove it but my yearning for something a little luxe-r usually wins and there are many treats I forgo in life to fund that. Boo. However there are a few non wallet-whopping tried and products that crop up in my rotation; some newer additions and others that have been hanging around for yonks. All under a tenner and get a VDM thumbs up. Welcome to a very beefy edit of ‘The Budget Buy‘…

There are two beauty areas in particular that I like to invest my pennies into – skincare and complexion. So it takes a lot from a product for me to break this rule, but two do and they’re no surprise as often frequenters of the blogger rave train – Revlon’s Nearly Naked Foundation* and Collection 2000′s Lasting Perfection Concealer. I’ve already given my post-long thoughts on Revlon’s latest addition to their foundation line-up but I find myself reaching for it on low-key days and being rather chuffed with the results. Light, skin-like coverage with a B+ in longevity. And when I need a spot covering up, nothing does it quite like Collection 2000′s souped-up heavy duty concealer. As a sidenote, in my experience mascaras are never worth the splurge – hello, L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara? Need I say anymore. The same goes for clear formulas too; Miss Sporty’s Just Clear Mascara holds my unruly brows in place and defines my bottom lashes, MUA also do one that does the same job for a pound. £1!  

Where I tend to get a little spendy down the drugstore aisles is when it comes down to colour. Lips, eyes, cheeks, nails – it’s a great place to experiment with new shades without feeling too heartbroken in pocket if they don’t work out. Tips and lips is a mantra I’ve been going with at the moment and for a blot of colour on my chops – Sleek’s True Colour Lipstick in Tangerine Scream* is fab for a clout of pout with a touch of MAC’s Morange about it. Matte, yet creamy and long-lasting but not flake-inducing. For something a little sheerer, 17′s Mirror Shine Lipsticks fit the bill – even my lipstick-loathing Mum has one of these rolling around in her handbag; Nudist Peach is her favourite and Beehive mine. A new-ish discovery in the nail polish arena are Rimmel’s 60 Second Nail Colours as advocated by my best mate Mel. A shedload of colours, a hardy formula and chip as chips – the shade Sun Downer is an odds-on favourite to make this month’s favourites cut.

So there you have it – just a few ideas of what next to splurge your Boots points on. Of course there’s always the meal deal. And my advice on that? Always chicken and stuffing.

*PR Sample

  • Jacqueline H

    Yay it works now! I’m the first to comment :D Thanks for the recommendation (and quick response on twitter~)

  • jenny (cardigans and nails)

    Great post, Anna! I love the mix of highend vs drugstore on your blog at the moment, it’s relatable x

  • EllieMae

    Those lip colours are amazing! Think they might ‘accidentally’ end up in my basket next time.

  • joysteib

    Once again you’ve done it! This is a great post on your thoughts about highend vs drugstore choices on beauty products. So happy Revlon is one of your choices!! Really liking Revlon products at the moment. Love reading your thoughts and choices! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Lisa Bollins

    I love the collection 2000 concealer, it’s a permanant addition in my make up collection. I need to get my hands on the Revlon foundation, and the colour of those lipsticks is gorgeous!

  • Kat Horrocks

    I love drugstore makeup. I invest in high end for my kit, but I’m a beauty junkie so Boots allows me to splurge without guilt and get loads of products to play around on myself with. Will be checking out the Sleek lipsticks! x

  • Abbey Rosete

    I love the nail polish!



  • Purple Flamingo

    I loooove the Revlon Balm Stain, you should try it if you haven’t already


  • Danielle

    I didn’t think much of Nearly Naked at first, but I have been reaching for it a bit more lately & I really like it. Great post!
    - Danielle

  • Maddy Cane

    I love Sleek’s lipstick, amazing formulas and prices! xxx

    Maddy from


  • beautyandtheb

    I love the revlon foundation and collection concealer :)

    B xxx

  • Louisa

    I completely agree with you, I like to splurge on my skincare and base but when it comes to colour and mascara it’s all about the drugstore!

    Louisa’s Notebook

  • alicekatex

    I love collection 2000′s concealer and the loreal telescopic! I like to spend more on foundation too x Alice ♥ <a href

  • Katarina

    Does anyone happens to know what the other Rimmel nail polish is called? :)

  • Janelle

    After all the blogger and vlogger recommendations on Collection 2000 concealer, I finally hit ebay to purchase it as I live in the States. It is hands down the best concealer I own, out of like 10 concealers. I’ll be hitting ebay every time I run out.

  • Melissa

    Great post! :)
    Where has the search bar gone from your blog? Or am I missing something? Xx

  • Alice Szabo

    I’m the same! Love to splurge on skincare and forget about high street gems!

    Alice xxxx

  • Claudia

    I love the lasting perfection concealer too. so perfect!

  • Pippa Jones

    Loved this! Introduced me into make up I can afford! :)

    Pipp x

  • Hannah Torney

    I love to get a nice surprise with high street makeup – Revlon are my fav for lips!

    Ramblings Of Hannah

  • Lilly

    That tangerine lipstick looks so pretty!!! xx

  • Olivia S

    I think Sleek is such a good high-street brand! Cheap and cheerful :) Just posted a drugstore haul post too… xx

  • Gina

    Such a lovely post!

  • Queen Margaret

    Would love to try the revlon foundation, it seems like afairly good product, and oh wow the tangerine lipstick, so beautiful ! xox

  • Alice

    most high-end products can be found in the drugstore for a fracture of the price but… I haaaate the cheapy plastic packaging. When I’m in the tube redoing my lipstick, I want it to be a beautiful one and I’d rather have one beautiful Tom Ford bronzer than 4 drugstore ones.

  • Hannah Carberry

    I love these products, the highstreet definitely offers great products for those on a budget xo

    Hannah xo| Glitter And Sparkle