Monday, 24 February 2014
Frugal February | Beauty Products That Won't Break the Bank
Fumbling for those last few pennies down the back of the sofa is a low moment, especially when you realise that you're using said money to buy yet another over-priced lipstick instead of milk for your morning cereal. We've all been there, desperately trying to get our hands on the latest and best makeup, but what if we all just took a second to look at what we buy and find a way of saving money for the same results? I've checked my stash and come up with a few products that won't make your purse groan so you can treat yourself to that Friday Starbucks, guilt-free.
For the base, I'm constantly trailing different combinations of foundation and concealer to find that perfect twosome that makes my skin glow. Quite recently, I've been reaching for the Rimmel Match Perfection Light Perfecting Radiance Foundation £6.99 and loving that Rebecca of From Roses was a real influence on the purchase. Dry skin ladies, this might just be your answer to hydrating coverage with a hint of radiance and a lot of staying power. Teamed with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer £7.99 and I don't think I'll ever look back. Slightly peachy, gorgeously creamy and long-wearing, I had originally written this concealer off as the coverage is light to medium. It wasn't until pairing it with a better working foundation that I can see this beauty really kicks my dark circles to the curb. To set, the ELF Translucent Matte Powder £3.95 is cheap as chips but doesn't cake or add any colour. More than you could ask for from most hughstreet powders! I swear by my Sleek Face Form Palette £9.99, it's a trio of colours to contour, highlight and add a pinch of colour. So highly pigmented you only need a touch of each, but the blush would give NARS Orgasm a run for it's money.
Eyes warrant a special kind of budge proof product and I've fallen head over heels for Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR in Metallic Pomegranate £4.99. You'll most likely have heard me rave about the On & On Bronze colour before, but this new golden flecked rusty colour could certainly be mistaken for MAC Cranberry in the right light. And for impact, I like to have a little 'wow' factor and you don't get much more impactful that Barry M Dazzle Dust £4.59. With the right eyeshadow primer I've had these gorgeous potted colours stay on even through a heavy clubbing session; now that's intense. For liner, I couldn't rate Bourjois Mega Liner £7.49 any higher. The thick slanted pen nib makes for detailed precision of a good cat flick, while offering up a highlight pigmented black that dries matte and doesn't budge unless you want it to. Surely a mascara that every beauty blogger I know has in their drawers is the Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express £7.99. The wand has fine bristles that just grab and coat each individual lash creating such length and volume that it's a wonder I ever reach for anything else. To finish? A generous coating of Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Audacious £7.99. Likened to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, I have to say that for the price you get outstanding colour payoff and it lasts for hours.
What are your top budget picks?