Beauty On A Budget
There is something undeniably satisfying about finding an awesome beauty or skincare item that doesn't have an eye-watering price tag attached to it and I've got 6 of my favourite budget buys to share with you today.
GARNIER MICELLAR WATER: Ever since the word 'Bioderma' became a staple in every beauty lover's vocabulary I think we've all wished for a cheaper alternative. The Garnier Micellar Water is the answer to that wish and it's the best high street alternative that I've ever found. It removes makeup with ease, even with heavy layers of mascara you're not left pulling and tugging at your eyes or skin. Which can cause damage to delicate areas and break down capillaries. It's important to remember this isn't a proper cleansing method. It's always advisable to follow up with something that requires you to wash your face with water.
H&M NAIL POLISH IN ROSE UMBER: H&M have had their own beauty line for years, but it was always hidden away in the depths of the lingerie department. They had some lovely products on offer, but I never found myself purposely browsing for them. They've recently revamped and reformulated and brought it into its own area in store. I've started off small by trying a nail polish and for £4 I will definitely be picking up more shades. The brush, formula and packaging are all to a high standard and the wear time isn't too shabby either.
ACCESSORIZE PRIME TIME*: I'm a sucker for a good primer, especially the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch which is still my all time favourite. This new release from Accessorize is the closest dupe that I've ever found and at a mere £9 it's a lot more purse friendly than the Clarins option. It smooths out the complexion without being greasy or powdery which can be a standard characteristic of primers from the high street. Don't dismiss the cutesy packaging for a sub-par product as what's inside is seriously awesome.
MAXFACTOR CREAM PUFF BLUSH IN LAVISH MAUVE: Again, this a dupe for a much more expensive product that performs just as well as its high-end counterpart. I can't deny how utterly stunning the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are, I often find myself just staring at that marbleised goodness. They are incredibly expensive for a single blush and when this line from Maxfactor is almost identical in terms of shade range, formulation and staying power is there any need to spend those extra pennies?
SOAP & GLORY NO CLOGS ALLOWED: When I talk about skin care I often forget to include some of my favourite budget options. I don't find you have to splurge on something like a deep cleansing mask as the main ingredient is clay which is incredibly cheap. Even though this mask from S&G is more purse friendly than my other favourites it performs just as well as doesn't dry out the skin in any way. You're left with a much clearer looking complexion within minutes and the nifty self-heating formula is always a treat on the skin.
ACCESSORIZE NAIL POLISH*: The brand really knocked it out the park with their relaunch and their nail polishes. in particular, are awesome. At £5, they sit in a standard high street price bracket but they behave in the same way Essie polishes do with the wide brush and opaque in one swipe formula. The rose gold tops and the hexagonal bottle is what makes these polishes feel and look a lot more luxe than the price tag suggests. They've got some awesome shades in their range, my particular favourite is Rasperry Jam which is a classic red for A/W.