Five Great Budget Beauty Buys To Pick Up This Week

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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  1. Lucy Cole
    August 14, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I've seen the radiance brick everywhere recently and reaaaally want to get my hands on it!xx Lucy |

    • Hayley Carr
      August 14, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      It's a little joy of a bargain!

  2. Candice Petersen
    August 14, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    That MUA eyeshadow palette looks so pretty Candice | Beauty Candy LovesĀ 

  3. Christabel
    August 15, 2017 / 3:22 am

    With the exception of the NYX brow (I prefer a pencil), everything looks really good! I think I prefer the look of the MUA palette because the UD Heat just does not have enough dark shades for me to invest. I recently realise how much I love a burnt orange on my lids! A surprise discovery.

    • Hayley Carr
      August 15, 2017 / 7:36 am

      It's such a great shade on everyone isn't it!

  4. Vicki
    August 15, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Stunning imagery as always Hayley – your blog is like reading a beautiful glossy magazine. I have been loving the Rimmel bronzer too – it is ideal for getting that healthy radiant glow. Rimmel have released some really fab products lately. Also how gorgeous is that MUA palette, I haven't purchased anything from them for a long time but I think I need to pop to Superdrug & checkout their stand.

    • Hayley Carr
      August 15, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Wow, thanks so much Vicki! That's so sweet of you to say.

  5. Hayley Wells
    August 15, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    How's the quality of the MUA palette? X

    • Hayley Carr
      August 15, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Fab for a fiver – I mean there's a lot of fall out from the pan, but the colours are great and well pigmented.

  6. Becky Cook
    August 15, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    This post has just made me want to go make-up shopping! I will definitely be picking up the shimmer brick! MUA also came out with a 'Burning Embers' palette not long ago which has such similar shades to the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette!

  7. Zazie Bibi
    August 15, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Love the look of the Rimmel shimmer brick! xA Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  8. Carolina
    August 16, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Never tried any of these but I'm dying to try The Ordinary foundation!

  9. Lisa | Soho Stripes
    August 16, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I loved this post, it's made me really excited to try out all of the The Ordinary products that I've ordered and I really want to try out the foundation now as well. xLisa | Soho Stripes

  10. Wildfire Charm
    August 16, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    I'm going to get that serum foundation when I order next! It sounds like something I will love.

  11. Sincerely Sarah
    August 22, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I still need to try The Ordinary foundations! Need to sort that out pronto. The shimmer brick looks lovely too – very Bobbi Brown.

  12. Anonymous
    August 23, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I love how that eyeshadow palette looks! Need to try and find one soon. I can't wait for some new releases! I need some new beauty things. I just got the NYX lingerie palette finally and I'm in love! Hoping to get some more of their products soon!

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