Looking for some new beauty products that won't break the bank? Well Elaine Holmes has got you covered with her top beauty picks on a budget!
Here a list of some every day, good quality beauty products at a budget-conscious price! Here goes...
I use the No7 'Essentially Natural Foundation' in the colour Calico. I really like this foundation because it's light and goes on evenly. I rarely get spots (touch wood!) so this foundation is ideal for me because I don't need a heavy layer of make-up. (If you have the odd blemish or spot, I would recommend using a concealer with it). It's really natural looking, which I love!
I also love the fact that is has SPF 15 in it, meaning your skin it protected. Calico is the lightest shade it comes in and it's perfect for my pasty, Irish skin, but there are plenty of other shades to suit everyone. It comes in a 40ml tube and I usually get about three months out of it before I need to replace it. At just €13.95 in any Boots store, this product is great value and it does exactly what it says on the tin tube!
One fault I do have with this foundation is that it's not really heavy enough to wear on a night out because it won't last. I'd recommend this product for day-time use and then to invest in a good foundation for night-use.
I like Estée Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation. It's heavier without being too heavy, and it stays on and in place all night. It's a bit expensive at €38 per tube, but since I only ever wear it on nights out, I usually get nearly a year out of it, so it actually is good value for such an excellent quality high-street product.
This is one of the few products that I splash out on because I have pretty dry skin around my nose. I've used different moisturisers over the years, such as Simple and No7, but none worked. I use Benefit's 'Triple Performing Facial Emulsion' moisturiser and it is fantastic. My skin never dries out or flakes when I wear it and my skin always feels hydrated and smooth.
It's priced at €32.50 in Debenhams, but it comes in a large bottle which lasts forever. I bought it in June and I'm only about half way through the bottle. I use it on my face every single morning and every time I get out of the shower. Two squeezes is enough for my entire face and it really works wonders for my skin. It's a life-saver. I'll never buy another moisturiser again!
However if you don't have that kind of money to splash out on moisturiser, or if you have normal skin that isn't temperamental like mine, I would recommend Simple's 'Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser.' It's really gentle on your skin and it's suitable for sensitive skin. It's very popular and can be bought for around €5 or €6 so it's a very practical alternative to the high-street brand.
If your skin is quite oily and you want to keep your spending on a low budget you can go for the Simple ‘Kind to Skin Replenishing Light Moisturiser’. It’s more appropriate for oiy skin because it doesn’t give the skin excess moisture.
I use the No7 'Perfect Light Pressed Powder' in the colour fair, and it goes hand-in-hand with the foundation. This product is a godsend! I rarely leave the house without it. It's perfect for daily use and also to freshen up in the bathroom throughout the day or night! I apply it every day on top of my foundation to any shiny areas, such as my nose and forehead.
It takes away any shine left behind from my moisturiser with just 2 or 3 pats. It's very fine and soft and it comes with its own little sponge for easy application.
This powder is priced at €16 but I'd get a good 5 or 6 months out of it. It's excellent value for money if you're clever about it because Boots often have deals on No7 like buy one get one half price, buy three get the cheapest one free etc. This powder is a steal for any cost-conscious person.
Boots have a great range of mini Benefit products, including the 'They're Real!' mascara which everyone rants and raves about. Although the bottle appears to be tiny, I'd get two or three months out of it because you don't need to use a lot of it. It's very thick so one or two layers is more than enough. The one fault that I would have with this mascara is that it's really hard to get it all off, and I usually come out of the shower looking like Bloody Mary.
I actually prefer using the mini products over their larger counterparts because, in my experience, the larger tubes go dry and lumpy before all of the product is used. This mini mascara goes for €12 in Boots, but I've also seen their mini BadGal mascara, Porefessional primer, Highbeam highlighter, They're Real gel liner and Boi-ing concealer, all ranging from between €6 and €12 each.
This is literally my signature product. I've been using it religiously for about six years. I find it really easy to use, even when doing the dreaded winged eyeliner. Rimmel's 'Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner' comes in a 3.5ml bottle and can be purchased for around €7 from almost any chemist. I buy it in black but it comes in brown, silver, blue, green and purple also.
It's a staple product in my make-up bag and I rarely leave the house without it on.
I use an Essence brown eyebrow pencil which I pay €1.49 for in Penneys. I've been using it for months and I've never experienced any problems with it or had any negative comments about it, and for €1.49, you can't really go wrong!
If you're looking for a more expensive product, I received Benefit's 'Gimme Brow' as a gift and I really like it. I'm not 100% how much it usually costs since it was a gift, but it's advertised at €25.50 on the Debenhams website at the moment. I usually pencil in my eyebrows lightly and then go over them with this product, or with Rimmel's 'Brow This Way', which costs about €5.
This Urban Decay Naked Palette is my life. I bought it three years ago and haven't even made a dent in half of the eye shadows yet, even though I use this palette for every single night out. I always thought €46 was too much to spend on eye shadow, but when you think about it, the average Rimmel or Maybelline eye shadow costs about €6 for just one, whereas with the Naked palettes, you get 12 of them for €46.
The difference between Urban Decay and their cheaper alternatives is that these eye shadows will stay on all day and night, and they even come with a good quality eye shadow brush. These eye shadows are such brilliant quality and I could not recommend purchasing a Naked Palette enough. There's three main ones to choose from along with smaller, cheaper ones, so there really is something to match everyone's tastes.
This product is another old favourite of mine. I have had the exact same one for about five years now and I've never had to replace it. I bought this Bourjois Paris blusher about five years ago because someone told me that a blusher with a slight brown tint to it would complement my brown eyes. I have it in shade number 11 - 'Brun Illusion'. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure if it's still on the market, but I bought it in Boots.
I paid about €11 for it at the time, but it's probably the product which gave the most value for money because it's never-ending. If you buy it, use a tester first to make sure you actually like it, because you'll probably be in a nursing home before it runs out.