So here’s that post that was supposed to go up a couple of nights back…
When it comes to make up, I insist on quality. If it doesn’t do what I want it to do, and as well as I want it to do, it goes in the bin. I also prefer to buy something which is so integral to my self esteem some days in places I can try with a consultant before I buy. Generally, this means make up counters in department stores, rather than displays in chemists shops. This also generally means I pay a premium for my warpaint, but frankly, what I buy is good sh*t, so I’m not complaining. It also means I can often pick and choose brands that match my ethics, or my look. For example, I love to rock a flawless and skin-kind pale canvas for bold eye and lip colours, so while I wear Benefit and Bare Minerals for foundations etc, I slap Urban Decay and Sugarpill everywhere else. Pricey, but fabulous.
Sometimes even the most hardened counter-shopper and online boutiquer succumbs to a product on a stand in the supermarket. And sometimes, that’s a really good thing, because some of my favourite, wouldn’t be without products have found their way to me this way. These are also perfect products for those on tight budgets, or people starting out in makeup. Here are five of my favourite products that you can pick up for around a fiver, or less.
5. Lush Cosmetics Lip Balm in ‘Honey Trap’- £5.75- Lush
This is the most expensive product on my list, and whilst it would have been tidier to included products that came in UNDER £5 only, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to recommend more. High ethics, low price, fab product. This balm is perfect to ‘prime’ for lipstick with, or wear on its own to lavish love on those lips. The rich natural butters melt at a touch and go on clear. This product not only works, it smells and tastes AMAZING, like honey and white chocolate had a dirty little love child. Mmm. Scandal.
In this price bracket at Lush, you can pick and choose your favourite ‘flavour’ of balm, and, if you want to go a little bolder, you can try their lip tints- shimmery nude ‘Latte’, or rosy ‘It Started With A Kiss’. Both are all natural and nourishing, and have staying power to boot.
4. Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Nail Polish in ‘Black Cab’- £2.99- Boots
This is the best black nail polish I have ever owned. Hands down. Opaque in one coat, fast drying, highly glossy and long wearing, this product has the mojo. It’s also only £2.99 and available in most supermarkets and chemists. If you want to go dark any time soon, go and buy this polish.
3. Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in ‘Pink Shock’- £2.99- Boots
This is the cheapest lipstick I own, from probably the ‘cheapest’ brand I have ever allowed near my face. Collection is ‘drug store brand’ even by drug store standards. And yet, this lipstick is the business. I bought it for a craft project, and now it lives in my make up bag and is never going back. Once this highly pigmented wonder product is on, it’s on, for good. You can eat, drink, talk for hours, and you will still have hot pink lips to go home in. I often wear this lipstick for conventions or all day events where I want to be a colourful dream, and I don’t need to reapply it at any point in the day. Sure, you blot your coffee cup with it, but hey, what lip product doesn’t get everywhere? I recommend balming up your lips first, as the product is quite dry, but even so- I have lipsticks that cost four times the price of this one, and simply don’t compare. I also have this product in Mango Tango, a neon coral, and Queen of Hearts, an obnoxious red, and they all perform.
2. L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Brow Artist in ‘Blonde’- £5.49- Superdrug
This product is theoretically available at all L’Oreal stands throughout the country. However, because it’s so useful, and great gateway brow product, it is often sold out. Persevere! It’s worth it!
In the same way that hair frames the face, brows frame the eyes. If you like to wear bold eye makeup and you don’t already fill in your brows then one of these two statements must be true for you:
a) you have insanely perfect brows already and I hate you.
b) you should try this product.
This pencil is very easy to use. It comes with a pigment end, a wax end, and a brush. First, use the pigment end to define you brows: quick strokes to simulate hairs work best, with perhaps a little filling in the middle for shape. Secondly, use the brush to even out of lighten tone in any areas you’ve been a bit heavy handed, and to comb the hair into place. This is very useful if you have crazy brows like me. Finally, and this is optional, you can use the wax end to set your brows into perfectly pigmented arches.
This was my first brow product, and so far, my favourite. The pencil makes it a friendly a familiar product for those new to brow makeup, and it works perfectly for a good price. The option to set the brows with wax is one of my favourite features of this product, and sets it apart from other brow pencils on the market.
Now, I have chestnut-auburn hair, but my brows are fair in comparison, hence the blonde colour choice. I’m lucky because I can use this product for a lighter finish, or the darker ‘Brunette’ shade for a bolder look. Also, if you have coloration like me, then the paler choice of colour is a good first step into brows. It always feels/looks odd the first time you do it, but trust me- you’ll look great, and your eyes will pop all the more for it.
1. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm in ‘I Want Candy!’ £5- Asda
I bought this product this week, and it is already living permanently in my handbag. As previous entries on this list probably tell you, I love a bright, obnoxiously pink lip, and this product delivers. It also stays- you can eat and drink with this on, and yes, it will fade, but only to matte. You’ll still have bright pink and moisturised lips for the rest of the day or night, and probably beyond. Even after removing my makeup, some of the pink colour remains.
The buttery formula is soft and smooth on application and smells fantastic. Whilst it is soft enough to nourish, this funky chunky pencil (much like my much beloved LAQA & CO pencils) is robust enough to let you really build your coverage. The pencil shape also makes it child’s play to apply, even on the go. It also makes a great blush- that same moisturising formula blends out perfectly on cheeks.
The swatches on the Rimmel website are wrong. This shade isn’t as eye-popping as the Collection lipstick I mentioned earlier, this is a bright and fun hot pink perfect for sunny weather. I love it.
This post wasn’t sponsored- these are simply thrifty treats you deserve. Enjoy!