The last payday seems like years and years ago, (OK, maybe just one year…. but still!) and so any new beauty purchases I’ve made recently have been well thought out, and purse friendly. The high street beauty brands seem to have really stepped it up a notch recently, and some of my recent discoveries give those high end products a run for their money (literally), which is a god send at this time of year. So without further ado, here are my budget beauty favourites:
Soap & Glory Archery : My brows are distinctly lacking in every way possible. Length, volume… pretty feeble. Thank goodness for Soap & Glory’s Archery pencil, I nearly splashed out on the Anastasia Brow Pencil but was put off by the price, but this £10 pencil seems to be remarkably similar. With a handy spoolie on one end, and a super skinny pencil on the other, I can delicately draw in brow hairs and add definition to my arches. It gives long lasting colour and the blonde shade is a perfect match for me.
Rimmel Brow This Way Sculpting Set : For when I want my brows to be even bigger and bolder, i’ll use the shadow in the Rimmel palette along with the brow brush that comes inside this handy pack. It’s a multi-tasking product that is light and tiny, I featured it in my ‘Whats in my Makeup Bag’ post here. Oh and the best bit? It’s £3.99!!
Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel : The final product in my brow arsenal, this gel sets brows in place, and if you’ve over done it on the colour a little, the blonde gel lightens the overall colour of brows so that you have he definition without too bold – a – brow. Also £3.99 – you can’t go wrong!
Bourjois Quad Smoky Stories eyeshadow palette : This handy quad contains a primer, two shadows and a highlighter as well as a brush in this handy palette. I love all Over Rose in particular and thing the dusky browny rose shades look beautiful on hazel eyes. The colours are all really blendable plus the primer gives super long lasting hold. It’s £7.99 and is available in 8 different colour options!
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara : An absolute classic. This mascara was one of the first beauty products I ever bought, and for everyday lashes that look natural, long and just so so pretty, I will always reach for my Great Lash Mascara. Also just £3.99, you can’t go wrong with this smooth, non-clumping mascara. There’s a reason it’s a global best seller!
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation : I’m a tad late on the bandwagon here, but this foundation is really fabulous. While I’m not sure I can honestly say it does last the promised 25 hours, it did last better than other budget foundations I’ve tried, and I immediately fell in love with the flawless, easy to blend finish. It seems to blend seamlessly into your skin and with 7 shade options, you’re sure to find a true match.
Revlon ColourStay Moisture Stain : After falling in love with these beauties in the summer, I rediscovered them over the Christmas period and am now addicted once again. The application is incredibly easy, the colour range is superb, and they feel so comforting on my lips.
Soap and Glory Solar Powder : By far the best budget bronzer I’ve ever used, it won’t make you go orange and has a light shimmer but without turning you into a member of the Twilight cast! It applies really well and is also very blendable. I can’t recommend it enough! It’s £11.00 but can also often be picked up in Boots 3 for 2 offers.
Real Techniques Buffing Brush : For a while, this brush remained the one out of the Core Collection which I used the least often, but that was until I rediscovered my Dior AirFlash Foundation. The buffing brush came in handy for giving a more flawless and pore-less finish, and since then I’ve been using it to finish off my foundation or BB cream on a daily basis.
Professional Cosmetic Stipple Fiber Powder Foundation Brush [eBay] : This brush was an absolute bargain at just £2.99 from eBay. I use it for applying BB cream but instead of swirling in the product, I dab it on. It gives a slightly heavier coverage which I find is sometimes needed with slightly more watery creams. It’s a little stiff, but for that price I can’t really complain!
What are your budget beauty favourites?