I'm not a beauty snob by any means, in fact I'd say that my stash holds a fairly even balance between cosmetic bargains and the beauty elite. As a student I can rarely afford to truly splurge on the most luxurious of products, but there are those categories that I like to put a few extra pennies towards as and when I can...
When it comes to skincare I'm typically all for spending that little bit extra for a good quality product. I spend far more on the stuff than I ever do on make up, partially because it's much more of a passion of mine and partially because I'm always incredibly careful of what products I'm slapping on to my bare skin. While there are a few bargains lining the bathroom shelf - including Simple's Kind To Skin Light Moisturiser, my trusty Garnier 15 Second Cleansing Oil and half of La Roche Posay's Effaclar range - the majority of my go-to items have a heftier price tag. I'm definitely not a Creme de Mer girl, but mid-high end brands have me hooked and I rarely find myself regretting spending that little bit extra.
To ease off the bank balance, I love scouring the shelves of Boots and Superdrug for a whole range of new make up finds. My nail polish collection is one that is particularly brimming with products from the lower end of the price spectrum and I honestly believe there are some incredible options out there for even the tiniest of budgets, many of which beat their high end counterparts hands down. The Barry M Nail Paints have been a favourite of mine for as long as I can remember and their shade and texture range still brings it every season. I've recently become partial to a Natural Collection Nail Polish or two as well; definitely one to look out for if you're after a long lasting, glossy finish. All for under two quid? Yes please.
Although I'm generally a high street make up fan, I do like to stretch the purse strings that little bit further when I'm hunting down a new base product. Foundations and concealers are something I get a definite thrill from buying; especially when it's a more luxurious product that I've been eagerly waiting to get my hands on for a while . My line up of go-to bases includes the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat and a couple of options from Estee Lauder; all of which I feel are well worth the extra pennies. Concealer wise, Benefit Erase Paste brings it when I'm wanting to conceal those pesky under eye circles and the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer really does cover a multitude of sins; nothing even comes close.
Finally, tools. Like most I'm a huge fan of everything Real Techniques (with a few minor exceptions...) and the vast majority of my brush collection is made up from options easily available on the high street. I'm also partial to the odd ELF brush - great quality at a truly amazing price. When it comes to my lashes I always pick up the John Lewis Lash Curlers which are an absolute snip at well under a fiver. When it comes to beauty you're only as good as your tools, but there are some damn good options out there for every budget!