I’m gonna just start by apologising for the lack of photography here.
My house is still upside down. I haven’t been blogging as much because I’m finding it really hard to find the time to locate/ collate products amongst the piles of boxes, photograph them without it just looking really messy. So here we are for the time.
I’ve had SO many blog post ideas in my mind and I have been writing and keeping them in drafts when I get my hour slots here and there throughout the day, so they are being published like this, minus the glossy (ish) shots and I hope that is ok for the next couple of weeks.
LET’S GET STUCK IN TO ALL THE BUDGET BEAUTY.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been open with my personal awareness (& horror!) of unnecessary beauty spending. Huge, high end hauls are pretty much out of the window for me now as I have other (more important and more boring) expenses. I’ve been exploring the high street and more budget brands more than ever so I wanted to compile a little list of my current must-haves and go-to’s from the under £10 ish mark.
We are in a beauty climate like never before and never has there been SO many options and high quality products for really affordable prices.
(1.) Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Foundation £9. One that I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with BUT it is very good for the under £10 foundations and I’m still using it frequently despite how awful it smells. This has a really strong alcohol smell to it, but it you look beyond that, it covers immaculately, makes the skin look flawless and stays on. Medium – full coverage, definitely not an everyday one for me personally but perfect for when you want that flawless satin-like skin.
(2.) MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter £3 I have used these for many years and have a few shades now with Pink Shimmer and Opalescent Amber being my favourite. True story: MUA Pink Shimmer was THE highlighter I used for my wedding day makeup over all the Becca’s, Chanel’s and Kevyn Aucoin’s. > click here to see the full makeup deets of my big day! < excuse the horrendous photography it was ’14 ok ok.
TBH we are inundated with decent budget highlighters so there are so many to choose from. These are quite old now and there are definitely more *dazzling* formulas out there but this have a lovely finish to them and for me, if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it.
(3.) Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer. £8.99 I purchased this just a few months ago after SO many people recommend it to me on Instagram stories. I’m nearing the end of my first and ready for the next. This is great for those who just want a touch of brightness and freshness under the eyes and face. It’s serum-like and not as heavy as my other picks so good for older eyes.
(4.) ELF Camo Concealer* £5. I have three (!) favourite budgets concealers with this being the one for those who want a full, long-wear coverage. This is my going out concealer and when I want a really perfect base. Can be sheered down so it’s not heavy so I travel with this a lot. IT’S AMAZING. Full review and swatches here.
(5.) Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19 Possibly the best all-round high street concealer I have used and comparable to the NARS radiant creamy. I don’t like a really heavy coverage with my base on a day-to-day so this has that perfect coverage and consistency for my taste.
(6.) Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara £8.99 I’ve just purchased my 4th tube of this and that’s pretty much unknown for me with a mascara. (besides the Chantecaille faux cils but that is just ridiculous money and a rare treat nowadays.) This is definitely the best budget mascara I have tried from a huge abundance. It gives really quick build and volume and isn’t clumpy unless you want it to be.
(7.) The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90 You can notice there isn’t much skincare in this post and that’s because I’m a
skincare snob little fussy with quality and ingredients and a lots of the budgets brand simply don’t cut it for my needs. HOWEVER, The Ordinary do not disappoint and this serum is one of my favourites from their extensive range.
(8.) Barry M Nail Polish £3.99 I love Barry M as a brand and I have SO much of their makeup. A fantastic, British-born and made, cruelty free brand. I could do a post all about them on it’s own but the first product that I always think of are their AMAZING nail polishes. Hands down the best budget polish ever.
(9.)Bamboo Truthbrush £4.50 I spotted these in a shop near me a few months back and I really love it. Better for the environment, made from natural fibres and it’s biodegrade-able. A small change but great for the longterm.
(10.) COLAB Dry Shampoo* £3.50. I had heard so much about this dry shampoo and for some reason I assumed it was an expensive / fancy brand. The brand reached out to me a while ago and sent me a package of their bits and I absolutely LOVE their original dry shampoo now. Will be purchasing it as soon as I’ve run out. A great price and just leaves your hair feeling lightweight and clean.
(11.) Shea Moisture Superfruit Renewal Mask* £10.99 ish. I got sent a tub of this years ago. Loved it. Now I’m on my 3rd of 4th purchased tub of the stuff. It’s the best budget mask I have used and a really good once-a-week deep treat. My hair is dyed, bleached, fine and damaged and it seems to give it a little bit of love without weighing it hair down.
(12.) NYX Micro Brow Pencil £9 (< pardon? see below) I really like this as they are not far off my beloved Kevyn Aucoin brow pencils in terms of hardness of lead and thin-ness to get those perfect and precise brow strokes and the colour range is great. HOWEVER I’m a little shocked that when I’ve just checked now to link the product it’s now £9?! I am sure I purchased this last time (within the last year or so) for around the £6 mark? Talk to me, am I wrong?!
Talk to me! Are you familiar with any of my budget favourites? Maybe some you don’t love as much as me?
I’m still on the lookout for a great budget tinted moisturiser or a lighter weight foundation so would love any recommendations for that. That’s one thing I seem to struggle with finding.
*Products that have been gifted to me or in the past
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