All I want to do right now is cuddle up in a blanket with an endless supply of tea; I feel like I’ve hit a major road block in my mind and all the inspo has evaporated along with the new launches and beauty goodness I’m used to seeing land on my desk. This time of year is tricky, as we all seem to get lethargic and struggle to find the motivation to keep going, not helped by it being the quietest period in the fashion and beauty calendar and the fact that most are sunning themselves somewhere altogether more exotic. But alas, I’ve managed to pull myself together for long enough to bring you a small edit of five fab budget beauty buys I can’t recommend enough – and I know you’ll just want to rush out and buy this weekend. You’re welcome. (PS: send more tea.)
MUA ‘Fire Vixen’ Eyeshadow Palette (£5.00)
Can you believe there’s an Urban Decay Naked Heat dupe already? (Read my full review and feature on it here if you fancy.) It was only a matter of time, but I’m surprised its come from MUA rather than another of our fave budget brands – they’ve lost their crown over the years, but perhaps this is the first of many more interesting things to come? The ‘Fire Vixen’ palette contains many of the warm red tones seen in Naked Heat, alongside some beaut nudes and metallics, but the price tag means many more of you will be tempted I’m sure to give them a go; one of the main pieces of feedback I’ve heard is that £39.50 is a lot if you’re not sure you’ll wear the shades, so a fiver seems like pocket change in comparison. You’ll be surprised at how much red tones suit every skin tone, so give it a go!
NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade (£6.00)
I’m all about a power brow, but it’s hard to find a decent brow cream that doesn’t cost a fortune; step in the Tame & Frame Pomade that’s richly pigmented and easy to apply, creating clean lines and filling in gaps with ease. I’ve been applying with an angled brush and creating a strong arch without a problem, but you can also dab on with a rounder brush if you’re lucky enough to have a fuller brow than me. You do need to layer it if you like a striking finish, but it’s comparable to similar products that are twice the price and also available in five shades.
Botanics Organic Super Balm (£7.99)
My favourite find from the last few weeks, this 93% organic multi-purpose balm contains olive fruit oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax, shea butter and jojoba seed oil for a super nourishing and natural hit of goodness. It’s non-greasy and lightweight, making it great for use as a lip balm or brow tamer, as well as helping to soothe away dry patches of skin; I’m also loving it on the top of cheekbones and under the brow arch for a little subtle radiance too. It can be so tricky to find a decent balm on the high street (they’re good for so many things!) but I think Botanics have solved my balm dilemmas for the foreseeable!
The Ordinary Serum Foundation (£5.70)
One of the most hyped up launches of the last few months, this vegan oil-free formula is available in 21 shades with a huge range of undertones to ensure you get the perfect match. The texture is incredibly runny and lightweight, but when applied the strong pigment provides a decent amount of coverage while keeping the skin radiant. I can’t believe how great it is for the price, and this comes from a major foundation snob whose current faves include Giorgio Armarni and YSL! I also love the heavier ‘Coverage Foundation’ for days when I need or want a harder working base, but this is a winner for the price.
Rimmel London Radiance Brick (£5.99)
You can’t beat a little Rimmel, especially during holiday season when you’re more likely to smash your powder based products in your case or hand luggage! This brick brings together three individual shades for a glowing finish and a subtle shimmer, which looks fab when buffed into skin using a fluffy brush. It’s such a little gem that adds a multi-tonal warmth to skin, without the orange undertones or harsh lines that some bronzers can leave behind. Stock up while you can and use all year long to add warmth to your sun-parched skin.
Have you tried any of these budget beauty buys? Which will you be rushing out to buy this weekend?
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