I remember when I first got into blogging; it was about 18 months ago and it was after a succession of my friends had been telling me that I’d love it. That it was influencer’s who were going to take a-hold of advertising, the way we learn about what products we use and clothes we buy. Boy, were they right.

Now, I 100% prefer the way I am marketed to as a buyer in 2018; I am comfortable with the fact that bloggers are usually ‘endorsed’ to tell us about a product or brand they may like. I’ve pretty much finished mourning over the fact I no longer need to reach for my Vogue or Cosmo to learn about what beauty treasures I should be looking to for the months ahead. Instead I watch vlogs to teach me all about what should be included in my skincare routine.

However, sometimes the line between honesty and endorsements becomes clouded. I know I find it hard as a young woman on a modest freelancer’s wage not to gulp in shock when being advertised the best skincare out there is La Mer, when their smallest pot of Creme de La Mer retails at a whopping £120.

Now, I must point out, I am no beauty blogger. I am however, I young homeowner with responsibilities, bills and the everyday pressures of life. I have a budget, but I don’t want my skincare or make-up bag to suffer because of it. If I’m purchasing a more mid-range to expensive product, I want to know that it’s going to last a good few months and that the results are truly going to reflect the price bracket.

I have comprised a list of 5 items below that I have bought time and time again, and would recommend to my Mum, best friends or to you lovely lot. Just because we’re not all prolific bloggers doesn’t mean we should miss out on the good stuff, and trust me, there are brands out there that aren’t going to make you bust open the piggy bank.

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water 200ml – £12

An old favourite – this item has been in my kit bag for at least 2 years. La Roche-Posay are one of the godfather’s of Micellar Waters. Now you can’t walk 100 yards in Boots without seeing various products containing the stuff, even face wipes. But sometimes, it’s best to stick with the brands that were onto it from the very beginning.

La Roche-Posay boast on their website that they’ve been working in partnership with dermatologists for 30 years, and that their aim is to ‘bring the efficacious yet highly tolerated products to those with sensitive skin’. But you know what, I have combination skin and I wouldn’t say this brand is strictly for those with sensitive pores. Instead, it is for women who actively take an interest in maintaining a balanced skincare routine.

A 200ml bottles retails in Boots at £12 (but watch out as they’re often 2 for 1 offers in-store!)

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser – £19.50

The newest item to my skincare routine; When I bought my house back in August, I literally could only just about afford food. My skincare suffered, and I was living off my micellar water and Nivea soft, shudders. Mama Glass to the rescue; she arrived, like an angel in the night and delivered the Essentials Try-Me Kit by Liz Earle. It saved my skin, literally, and brought me back to dewy-life. This kit retails at John Lewis for a neat £25, and it a perfect starter pack for those of you out there desperate to delve into Liz Earle’s world, but not ready to finically invest.

For me the stand out item in this kit was the Skin Repair Moisturiser – it’s light in it’s density but really soaks in an nourishes your skin. It doesn’t just sit on the top layer like some moisturisers. It’s effects last all day, and my skin still feels refreshed when I go to bed at night.

A 50ml tub retails in John Lewis for £19.50

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer £38.50

About a year ago I went to Selfridges to visit MAC, and somehow ended up in the chair at the CT stand. Colour me disinterested, but Charlotte Tilbury has always been a brand that just never grabbed me, but maybe that’s my own disillusion, as I know she has a big following.

Wonder Glow Primer was the first thing the MUA used on my face before my foundation, and it changed my world. I am not a primer girl; I have normal to combination skin, so my makeup doesn’t really slip during the day, therefore primer is not for me? Wrong. This primer contains ‘breakthrough Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser that cleverly steals UV light from its surroundings and re-emits it as skin luminosity to disguise and transform drab, sleep-deprived skin…’ which translated means it gives your skin a natural dewy glow underneath your makeup, and it’s results shine through.

It retails at a slightly steeper £38.50, but it’s so worth it, and used sparingly (as you don’t need a lot) could last you 6 months or longer.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – £42

Foundation is a minefield; you never know which way to go, and bloggers are constantly changing their ‘favourite’; so you’re breaking the bank to try and keep up and instead have over 15 half used bottles of foundation, only 50% of which are your true shade.

I have two foundations in my arsenal; just two. An everyday foundation from L’Oreal and then this little beauty. Only ever called upon for date nights, weekend outings, weddings and/or christenings, Hourglass’s Seamless Foundation Stick is the most beautiful of all the foundations I have ever used. It’s lightweight, but quite full coverage, you can either use it sparingly for a more natural look or build it up to look more chic-glam. I’m always complimented on this foundation whenever I wear it, and I’m always surprised when people have never heard of Hourglass.

One of the more expensive brands, as this products retails at a hearty £42, but it’s really worth the investment. My stick usually lasts me around 6-8 months, and I try and coincide its purchase time with a birthday or Christmas.

You can find Hourglass products at Space NK.

Oribe ‘Gold Lust’ Hair Oil – £48

We’ve all done it, walked into a retail store and let the sales assistant sell us something we love when we’re in-store and then go home, unbox it and think “when the hell am I going to us this?” Well that’s what I did when I came home from Space NK with the Oribe hair oil.

I did gasp when I saw the price of it – I was planning a trip to Israel in the August of 2016 and I knew I needed something to keep my hair nourished in the dry heat. The lovely sales assistant at Space NK sold me this under the guise that it would last me forever and that even though it was a lot of money it was one of the best oils out there, even more so than Moroccan Oil.

As you can see from the picture, my bottle is well loved and nearly finished, but I’ve got something to tell you… this is the same bottle from August 2016! That’s right, it’s lasted me a whole 16 months. Baring in mind I don’t use it everyday, but i’d say I use it 4 times a week as least. It’s beautiful, smells lovely and isn’t too heavy on your hair. It doesn’t have that greasy look of some oils, and for those of you out there who do suffer with frizzy hair like me and have to wash it 3 days in advance of any function, this oil is definitely one for you.

Worth the investment, a 100ml bottle of the Oribe ‘Gold Lust’ Hair Oil is available at Space NK for £48

Have you tried any of these products, if so, what’re your thoughts on the brands and items mentioned? Or got a favourite yourself, I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments below.

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