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It's been far too long since my last dedicated affordable beauty post. Today I wanted to bring you the best of the best - whether it's skincare, makeup or haircare - from a wide range of sources, including online brands and the drugstore. I hope this gives you some guidance on which products are worth picking up if you're on a budget of £15 or less!
Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer | £15 | full review | Ok so technically this is £15 but it's also one of my favourite primers of all time! It's smoothing without being overly silicone-y and pilling up when I apply my foundation. It fills in pores and reduces the appearance of fine lines. It gives my skin a perfected satin finish that's a great base for makeup and it also helps everything go on smoothly and last that bit longer!
NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop 24 Hour Foundation (Golden) | £15 | I actually bought this in an emergency situation! I didn't originally pick it up because it was billed as giving matte full coverage, which isn't really my bag (I have 1 or 2 in my collection but I don't need more). However I was getting ready at a hotel for a Christmas work night out and realised I'd packed all the glam makeup but no foundation *gasps*. I headed to the drugstore in the hopes of finding something that was the right shade, would do the job and that I'd use again. I actually find this to have a really build-able coverage - it doesn't go on 'full-full' at all. One pump gives me medium coverage and I can build it up in any areas I feel I need it. The shade match is spot on and it comes in 45 shades, which is incredibly unusual for something at this price-point. It's matte in its finish, keeping the shine away without being drying or unflattering on my combination skin (though I do prep my skin with a hydrating moisturiser and primer before using a matte base). Best of all; it lives up to its claim and has amazing longevity!
Gosh High Coverage Concealer* (4 Natural) | £7.99 | full review | No one seems to talk about this concealer but it's the closest thing I've found to Tarte's Shape Tape at a lower price-point (I've tried the Revolution and ColourPop versions and they didn't do it for me!) My biggest drawback is that they don't have a good shade range - I really hope they fix that so I can declare this one of my absolute favourites... It gives crease-proof full coverage that isn't drying or cakey - exactly what I want for under my eyes.
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals | £4.99 | I honestly can't believe I've paid the price of this highlighter for a coffee in the morning (many a time)! It's such a gorgeous formula and so, so affordable. This powder is smooth and creamy in its consistency, containing no glitter but having a metallic, dewy finish. It isn't anything over-the-top but it gives a gorgeous, striking highlight. This is a warm peachy champagne tone.
Milani Baked Blush in Bellissimo Bronze* | £10 | full review | I love this blusher and use it constantly! I reach for it more than blushers I own that are three times the price - this one costs just a tenner. I love how evenly it applies and how you really can't overdo it with this formula. It adds a lovely flush of golden-bronze colour that lasts on my skin and doesn't go patchy. It's perfect for pairing with the warm-toned makeup looks that I love.
Beauty Bay EYN Nude 16 Colour Palette* | £12 | I've tried a few of these eyeshadow palette from Beauty Bay that I reviewed here and I'm really impressed with this little number! The mattes are very pigmented (so ensure to tap off the excess and proceed with caution) but blend out so smoothly and evenly. I actually tend to prefer to apply these shimmers with my fingers to get the most out of this lovely metallic finish. You can use a flat eyeshadow brush with them too though. They have pretty good longevity - not the best but not bad either. I think this colour story is everything you could ever need for a warm-to-neutral nude eyeshadow palette. There's a range of matte crease shades that go from light to deep and lots of lid colours - from gold to icy blue to brown to peach - so you get amazing versatility.
ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Pledge Class | $5 | full review | I love love love the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows - they kind of have this bouncy cream-like texture and give incredible pigmentation and longevity. This is such an interesting shade; a sort of warm beige nude colour with a reddish-brown base and gold glitter running through it that flashes green in some lights.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £8.99 | full review | This mascara needs no introduction! It's been my favourite for years because it gives incredible curl, length and also clump-free volume with its plastic comb wand. It doesn't smudge or flake on me and it's just a great all-rounder that I don't think I'll get be bored of!
Glossier Boy Brow (Black) | £14 | full review | This is slightly more expensive for what it is but still comes in under £15. It's a volumising eyebrow gel that's not too thick or too crispy. It gives a gentle hold and adds colour and some thickness to my brows. It looks very natural and is a quick and easy step in my routine.
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush | £6.99 | This is one of my most-used lipsticks and one of those shades I reach for when I don't really know what to wear! It has a creamy, comfortable formula that isn't drying on the lips and won't cling to the skin in an unflattering way. I wouldn't say it's transfer-proof and it isn't the most opaque but that's fine for me given how easy the formula is to wear, despite it giving a totally matte finish. This is a sort of terracotta nude colour.
- SKINCARE -The Ordinary 100% Organic Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil* | £9 | full review | I love rosehip oil - it's incredibly nourishing and smoothing on dry patches of skin. At the same time it helps to even the tone and texture of the skin over time. And the Ordinary's is a favourite - it does what I want it to for a fraction of the price of the competition. It's not too slippery or greasy and it doesn't clog my pores. It's just a great product to have in your skincare routine.
Primark x Alex Steinherr Moisture-Locking Everyday Moisturiser | £5 | full review | If you're browsing the aisles of Primark and happen to spot this product; I absolutely recommend throwing it in your basket. It's so smoothing and hydrating without being overly rich and heavy on the skin. It's great for dehydration and contains squalene and peptides.
- HAIRCARE -Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Conditioner | £6.99 | At the start of last year I received this product in PR. About 4-5 repurchases later; I think it's safe to say I'm hooked on this stuff! I've not really used any other conditioner and the few times I've been away and haven't had this, I've noticed such a difference. It's incredible if you have dry or damaged hair because it smoothes everything out beautifully, giving it a silky feel and a healthier look. All for £6.99!
Umberto Giannini Milk | £7 | This is a really great product to use on damp hair before blow-drying it. As the name suggests; it's a lightweight, non-sticky milk formula that you really can't feel in the hair. However it's great for controlling frizz and getting that silky smooth blow-dry, as well as containing heat protection and helping to reduce the effects of humidity from making your hair a mess.
OGX Nourishing Coconut Oil Hydrating Mist | £6.99 | First off - this product smells like amazing coconutty goodness! Secondly, it's a lightweight mist that doesn't make my hair go greasy, even when I apply it liberally. It gives my dry hair so much hydration and makes it look far more shiny. Overall I love this bargain find.