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...


Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - £6.99

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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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! 


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!


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'.


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!


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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