Goodness knows I love my bargain buys.
Eye Palette – Make Up Revolution Iconic 1 – RRP £4
The infamous dupe for the Original Naked Palette by Urban Decay, this costs only £4 and is a fantastic set of starter shades for all occasions, with golds, pinks, and cool greys. It mostly consists of shimmers but there are two matte nudes which make great bases, and some shimmers are low key enough to blend into those too. I reach for this quite a lot!
Eye Primer – Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer – £4.50 ish from Jolse.com, easily obtained via eBay
This is the perfect companion to my eyeshadows. For me, this prevents my eyelids from making all my shadows crease and literally makes them last all day no matter the brand or type (from Makeup Revolution and Kat Von D which are powders to Maybelline Colour Tattoos which are creamier). The only big downside being the awkward shape of the packaging which means I’ll have to chop it up somehow to take out all the product.
Lip Liners – Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Pencils in Spice and Black Tulip – RRP £2.99
Mine are very well loved as you can see. I’ve recently discovered that Spice is a great match for Colourpop’s Bumble. Black Tulip is a good base for many of my darker lipsticks. The formula is creamy and pigmented enough to wear by itself as a quick fix although I now prefer more long wearing products.
KIKO Smart Lip Pencils in 703, 704, and 709 – RRP £2.50
These are even better value than the Rimmel liners although they’re a little less creamy, there’s a wider range of shades to choose from and to top it off, I got mine for £1.70 during a sale!
Wet N’ Wild Megalast Matte Lipstick in Bare It All – £2.99
Whilst these are not widely available in the UK, I bought mine from Amazon. In the US these are just over 2USD, which is about £1.60. Even if Amazon sells it for double the price it’s still pocket change! Bare It All is apparently a great dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy and thanks to this, I understand now that VT is not my kind of shade to buy! It’s so low-key nude it’s barely noticeable and therefore not something I’d reach for a lot this season, but definitely worth a try if you’re not sure about spending £15.50 on MAC.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (3 Warm Medium) – £4.19
No ‘under £5’ post is complete without this concealer (unless it doesn’t match you). This is only slightly tanner than my skin tone but in a way that melds in and works out. It blends in really seamlessly and lasts really well on my oily skin to cover blemishes. I’d use something else for my under-eyes, though.
LyDia Makeup Brushes – £2-4
This is arguably one of those eBay/Amazon brands that you’d otherwise be a little wary of. I first took the plunge buying a huge 20-piece small set (eye-brush type things) for Q’s christmas gift. It was only £3.99 and the quality of the brushes is amazing. The bristles are soft and don’t shed, they’re easy to wash and they haven’t fallen apart in the last year. I am thinking of purchasing individual, more specific brushes and those average from £2-3, so still pocket change.
Compeed Blister Patches – £3-5
As I’ve mentioned previously, the Compeed Blister patches are my go-to option to cut up and pop on open pimples to suck out goop and flatten them. Depending on where you buy them they can range in price but the RRP is typically about £5 and I buy mine at a discount health and beauty store.
Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum – RRP £2.99
They mean it when they say it’s simple – this is a hidden gem of the skincare aisle. Unfragranced with a pump bottle and pleasant consistency. I like to use it as a light moisturiser sometimes. I agree with AdoreDee’s review here that it’s a unicorn – it’s the cheapest ceramide option I know of.
Superdrug Vitamin E Leave On Moisture Mask – £2.99
My newest purchase, I’ve found this to be the perfect pick me up when my skin goes through its very odd dry phases – which isn’t very often, so it’s just nice to have around. It’s a gel-like mask that I like to put on before bed and wash off in the morning. You can’t keep it on for daytime as it pills. It smells great too, although I can’t pin down the scent – if you own any of the other products in the Vitamin E range it’s the same – slightly coconutty?
There’s my budget beauty round-up! I’m always looking for recommendations if you have any.
Until next time,