Attempting to name this post was hard as I didn't think that "High Street Beauty Products That Will Last All Day But Still Look Amazingly Glam and Are Actually Affordable" was quite catchy enough, but that is what I will be speaking about today. Everyone wants to look glamorous for their prom and quite rightly so - it is the last time many will see teachers or peers before they break for summer and who doesn't want to leave with a lasting impression? This is my round up of the most affordable and longest lasting high street make-up that performs just as well if not better than some high end products and that are perfect for prom.

I've mentioned in a recent review that I am a huge fan of the L'Oreal Infallible foundation and primer as I love their lasting power. I love how fresh this foundation looks - for a medium/high coverage matte foundation it looks surprisingly skin like and natural making it an excellent option for prom. The primer is amazing at controlling oil for anyone who struggles with shine, meaning regular touch ups are not needed. These products are super affordable and cost significantly less than any high end foundation would for both products. To read my full in-depth review of this primer and foundation combination, click here. A recent purchase from the Infallible range by L'Oreal is their Infallible Sculpt palette. I had seen loads about this when they released their sculpt range earlier this year and was very intrigued by it, largely because I had been crushing over the vastly more expensive Anastasia Beverly Hills version on Cult Beauty for months. At the last moment I couldn't quite justify the £40 price tag and so opted for the L'Oreal which retails for a quarter of the price. If you've never tried cream contour then don't be scared - this was my first try also and the sheer pigmentation of this product makes it easy to blend and build up colour and super difficult to go overboard or ruin. Unfortunately the highlight shade is not light enough for me to use as a highlighter or pigmented enough to use as a concealer, but I love the contour shade and find the highlight colour useful for tidying up the contour if it gets a bit messy when blending. 

As I've told you before perhaps 200 times already I suffer from quite an oily T-zone and find that my brows are one of the first areas to fade. I love my Soap and Glory Archery pencil and if you are a brow beginner or have dry to normal skin this would be my usual pick as I love the consistency of this product, but for lasting time and affordability the NYX Brow Gel is second to none. It comes in an amazing range of five very natural and realistic brow shades (I use brunette for a cool toned dark brow, but chocolate is an amazing pick for those with warmer tones to their hair) and sets waterproof so that it lasts all day. While I will admit this product is quite tricky to use as it sets quickly and so can be a pain to blend, for only £5.50 it is an amazing option for an event such as prom where you don't want to be worrying about how your make-up looks.

Don't be put-off by the MAC packaging, as these eye shadows are deceiving and actually much more affordable. For my prom this year I decided to pick up some Make-up Geek shadows as I'd heard so many good thing about them, and slipped them into a MAC quad as I prefer the look of them to Z palettes. These are hands down one of the best beauty purchases I have made this year and I am super happy with the quality of these considering the price. I bought three matte shades and one foiled eye shadow and would highly recommend all of them, particularly the foiled shadows for a glam make-up look. I will give a more in-depth review soon so watch this space! (update: I bought these shadows about a week/two weeks ago and on 4th June while writing this post all of the eye shadows have been removed from the Beauty Bay website and their other products have been reduced! Have not been able to find another place to source them online but this could suggest perhaps that Make-up Geek are going to start international shipping? Who knows!)

The final item I had to mention were the Ardell Demi Wispies. There is not on this planet another set of lashes more perfect than these. These lashes are soft and fluttery and are both beautifully bold and dramatic while still being daytime appropriate (my prom starts at 6.30 however my pre-prom celebrations start at around 4.30 so I don't want to look too "evening"). They are super cheap and even come with a mini tube of Duo lash glue rather than the crap own-brand glue so many lash companies tend to favour so you know they will stay on all evening. For extra ease of application (and because I have such small eyes) I cut the longest quarter of these lashes off and use them as 3/4 lashes, meaning I don't have to fiddle with attaching the band right into the inner corner and also that they look a tad more natural. At Boots and Superdrug these retail for around £5, but from local chemists these can be as cheap as £1.50 so keep your eyes peeled for them!

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Attempting to name this post was hard as I didn't think that "High Street Beauty Products That Will Last All Day But Still Look Amazingly Glam and Are Actually Affordable" was quite catchy enough, but that is what I will be speaking about today. Everyone wants to look glamorous for their prom and quite rightly so - it is the last time many will see teachers or peers before they break for summer and who doesn't want to leave with a lasting impression? This is my round up of the most affordable and longest lasting high street make-up that performs just as well if not better than some high end products and that are perfect for prom.

I've mentioned in a recent review that I am a huge fan of the L'Oreal Infallible foundation and primer as I love their lasting power. I love how fresh this foundation looks - for a medium/high coverage matte foundation it looks surprisingly skin like and natural making it an excellent option for prom. The primer is amazing at controlling oil for anyone who struggles with shine, meaning regular touch ups are not needed. These products are super affordable and cost significantly less than any high end foundation would for both products. To read my full in-depth review of this primer and foundation combination, click here. A recent purchase from the Infallible range by L'Oreal is their Infallible Sculpt palette. I had seen loads about this when they released their sculpt range earlier this year and was very intrigued by it, largely because I had been crushing over the vastly more expensive Anastasia Beverly Hills version on Cult Beauty for months. At the last moment I couldn't quite justify the £40 price tag and so opted for the L'Oreal which retails for a quarter of the price. If you've never tried cream contour then don't be scared - this was my first try also and the sheer pigmentation of this product makes it easy to blend and build up colour and super difficult to go overboard or ruin. Unfortunately the highlight shade is not light enough for me to use as a highlighter or pigmented enough to use as a concealer, but I love the contour shade and find the highlight colour useful for tidying up the contour if it gets a bit messy when blending. 

As I've told you before perhaps 200 times already I suffer from quite an oily T-zone and find that my brows are one of the first areas to fade. I love my Soap and Glory Archery pencil and if you are a brow beginner or have dry to normal skin this would be my usual pick as I love the consistency of this product, but for lasting time and affordability the NYX Brow Gel is second to none. It comes in an amazing range of five very natural and realistic brow shades (I use brunette for a cool toned dark brow, but chocolate is an amazing pick for those with warmer tones to their hair) and sets waterproof so that it lasts all day. While I will admit this product is quite tricky to use as it sets quickly and so can be a pain to blend, for only £5.50 it is an amazing option for an event such as prom where you don't want to be worrying about how your make-up looks.

Don't be put-off by the MAC packaging, as these eye shadows are deceiving and actually much more affordable. For my prom this year I decided to pick up some Make-up Geek shadows as I'd heard so many good thing about them, and slipped them into a MAC quad as I prefer the look of them to Z palettes. These are hands down one of the best beauty purchases I have made this year and I am super happy with the quality of these considering the price. I bought three matte shades and one foiled eye shadow and would highly recommend all of them, particularly the foiled shadows for a glam make-up look. I will give a more in-depth review soon so watch this space! (update: I bought these shadows about a week/two weeks ago and on 4th June while writing this post all of the eye shadows have been removed from the Beauty Bay website and their other products have been reduced! Have not been able to find another place to source them online but this could suggest perhaps that Make-up Geek are going to start international shipping? Who knows!)

The final item I had to mention were the Ardell Demi Wispies. There is not on this planet another set of lashes more perfect than these. These lashes are soft and fluttery and are both beautifully bold and dramatic while still being daytime appropriate (my prom starts at 6.30 however my pre-prom celebrations start at around 4.30 so I don't want to look too "evening"). They are super cheap and even come with a mini tube of Duo lash glue rather than the crap own-brand glue so many lash companies tend to favour so you know they will stay on all evening. For extra ease of application (and because I have such small eyes) I cut the longest quarter of these lashes off and use them as 3/4 lashes, meaning I don't have to fiddle with attaching the band right into the inner corner and also that they look a tad more natural. At Boots and Superdrug these retail for around £5, but from local chemists these can be as cheap as £1.50 so keep your eyes peeled for them!

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