We all wish we could make like Tanya Burr and smear our faces with £30 creams, lotions and potions, but let’s face it – we’re not made of money and/or super famous vloggers who get sent spendy cosmetics to try out free of charge.
We’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that we’ve got to embrace budget buys when it comes to cosmetics – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Your local chemist is crammed with brilliant products that are pocket money-friendly AND really perform too. It’s the ideal situation!
Here’s our pick of the best beauty buys of the moment – and they’re all under £10…
Revlon ColorStay™ 16 Hour Eyeshadow Palette
I always used to think of Revolon as being a bit of a mum-ish brand, but the cosmetics company has launched some cracking new products which have made my life a LOT easier. Rather than shelling out £20 on a single eyeshadow, Revlon’s ColorStay palettes give you four great shades for just £8.99. Total steal! They claim to last 16 hours too – I tried out the addictive colourway at a wedding recently and I can confirm it doesn’t shift, even after some violent ceilidh dancing. And WHAT’S MORE, Boots are doing two for £10 on selected Revlon products right now. Get yourself down there.
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint
Fed up waiting on your nail polish drying and inevitably smudging it anyway? Barry M have got the answer. The budget cosmetics company is perfect if you’re after variety of shades, and their new Speedy polish doesn’t disappoint. With a new flat brush for an even finish and special fast-drying formula, this is pretty much the dream when it comes to nail decoration. We love this minty shade, Pole Position.
Lush fresh face masks
Lush may well be a total assault on the senses with its highly perfumed products, but their fresh face masks are fantastic if your skin’s in need of a pick-me-up. Because Lush are all anti-preservatives and harsh chemicals, these guys are SO fresh, you need to store them in the fridge. We’re particularly into The Sacred Truth, a hydrating mask which makes your skin take on a Kardashian-esque glow.
Fleur de Force by Eylure Lashes
Beauty vlogger Fleur de Force has teamed up with Eylure, masters of the falsie, to launch her own false eyelash range. It’s not a bad life, this YouTubing lark, is it? Impersonate Fleur’s flawless style with her range of fluttery lashes, or for a more personalised approach, opt for the individual lashes for as much or as little impact as you like.
St Moriz self tanning mousse
St Moriz is the fake tan holy grail. It’s tinted so you can see it as you apply, meaning less risk of missed bits. It’s virtually streak-free. It doesn’t smell too biscuity. And – best of all – it’s as cheap as chips. Hotfoot it to Semichem to bag yourself a bottle for just £2.99. Warning – this stuff takes really quickly, so an applicator mitt is ESSENTIAL to avoid orange palms.