Sunday, 24 March 2013

Beauty on a budget...

I realise that not everyone has the money or even wants to spends hundreds and thousands of pounds on expensive makeup/ beauty products... like myself! 

I guess my excuse is that it is my career... well that's what I always tell myself anyway!
But, as well as expensive high end brands I do also love to try out and use 'budget' products...

So I thought I would put together a collection of good quality products, which I have tried and liked, that don't break the bank!

Every product that I have chosen costs £8 or under and can be bought from Boots or Superdrug...







Foundation

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - £6.99

An all round great foundation for all skin types with a medium coverage and a semi-matte finish.

Concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - £4.19

I am completely in love with this concealer, could not live without it! One of my favourites, great for under the eyes and covering up mild blemishes.

Powder

Rimmel Stay Matte Compact Powder - £3.99

IT WORKS... long lasting and very light so doesn't leave a heavily powdered finish, just nice and natural.

Bronzer

Rimmel Natural Bronzer - £5.59

A great 'no frills' bronzer, I love to use the lightest shade in winter as it leaves a nice glow on my pale skin! Not too orange, not too brown, just gives the appearance of a nice natural tan.

Blush

Sleek Makeup Blush - £4.29 (Exclusive to Superdrug)

A great range of colours to choose from, amazing pigmentation and colour payoff, because of this you only need to use a small amount so it literally lasts forever!

Eyebrows 

Gosh Brow Kit - £7.49 (Exclusive to Superdrug)

A brill eyebrow kit, contains 3 shades of brow powder, eyebrow wax, mirror and a mini applicator, it could also double up as a mini eyeshadow palette, very convenient for your makeup bag!

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil - £2.99

I have the dark brown shade, good for filling in any gaps in the eyebrows, not too hard or too soft just a nice texture, also has a handy eyebrow brush on the lid! 

Eye Shadow

MUA (Make Up Academy) Individual Eyeshadows - £1 (Exclusive to Superdrug)

This is a relatively new brand of budget makeup, where many of the products are just £1!! Now for that amount of money you don't really expect much do you? 
BUT no joke, the eyeshadows are fantastic! Really great colour payoff and they blend nicely, they are a tad powdery but I can put up with that for the price.
They also do a few 'professional' palettes as well, which are only £4 for 12 eyeshadows... an absolute steal!! 
I've also tried several of the £1 lipsticks and pencil eyeliners, and these are also impressive... You seriously cannot beat this stuff for the price! So, if you really be-grudge spending money on makeup or just cannot part with a lot of money I would recommend checking out this brand! 

Eyeliner

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner - £7.99

My favourite gel eyeliner ever, as good as if not better than my expensive ones. I love it that much that I bought it in every colour for my professional kit! Comes with a small eyeliner brush to apply it with.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner - £3.99

Again, a truly fantastic product for the price, a great range of colours and lasts all day. But most importantly they apply like a dream, so soft and pigmented... no need to drag across your eye or press on really hard like with a lot of eyeliners that I've tried!

Mascara

Maybelline Rocket Volum' or Maybelline One by One - £7.99

I am a big fan of Maybelline mascaras and I have not tried a bad one yet! So I don't think you can go far wrong with any of them to be honest! My favourites are the 'Rocket Volum' and 'One by One' and 'Define a Lash, as they have my preferred plastic bristle/teeth style applicator... But if you like a proper 'brush' applicator you will probably prefer 'The Falsies' or 'Colossal'.

Lipgloss 


Barry M Lipgloss Wands - £4.49

I love these lip glosses, my favourite is number 11, Coral, they provide a sheer wash of colour and feel really 'balmy' and moisturising on the lips, and are not sticky at all. Definitely my go-to 'play it safe' lipgloss!

Lipstick

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick - £5.49

Amazing lipsticks, creamy, pigmented, relatively long lasting and great choice of colours! 
I always use these on nights out!


I hope this has been useful for people wanting to update or refresh their makeup bag without spending ridiculous amounts of money :)


P.s. Superdrug and Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on cosmetics (YES more savings, LOVE a bargain)




A x



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