Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Top 10 products under £10: The make up edition.
While I was searching through my collection I was surprised at how many products I love cost over £10. I always thought I was fairly budget conscious when it came to cosmetics but I’ve changed my mind & I think I blame YouTube a little bit for that. Having said that however, I didn’t find it difficult picking my top ten budget buys at all and that’s something I love about beauty – there’s something for everyone no matter what your budget is! I'm fairly sure I've cheated a little by splitting this in to separate make up & skin/hair/body care editions but ehh, I couldn't pick just 10 products overall!
I completely rely on my Eyes Lips Face studio brushes for everything; whether it's foundation, powder, blush or eye shadow there's an Elf brush that'll do the job fabulously. At £3.50 each they're a bargain for brushes of such good quality and I would recommend them to everyone.
As someone who very rarely wears eyeshadow I will admit to being fairly clueless about anything to do with shadows. Having said that however, I do know that the Sleek palettes are incredible quality & value for money considering you get 12 good sized and highly pigmented mineral shades for £5.99. There are a whole range of palettes to choose from, some with brighter shades for those of you that love to experiment and some, like the storm palette, with more neutral shades that you can wear every day. I don't think I'll ever be without my Storm palette, it's brilliant!
If I want flawless skin, my under eye circles need a lot of concealer to be hidden but, for those days when I don't want to wear a lot of make up, the Eyes Lips Face under eye concealer does an incredible job. It covers well, is very easy to blend and the lightest shade is a perfect match for my pale complexion. I'm not a fan of the highlighter end but at a mere £3.50 the price is worth it for the concealer alone.
The mineral lipsticks are my favourite of all the Eyes Lips Face products and I think they're absolute bargains; it feels like we're practically stealing from Elf the prices are so cheap! There's a fabulous range of colours so there's definitely one for everyone and at only £3.50 each they're worth a try! Out of the three colours I have Natural Nymph is my favourite & I think I'm on my second or third tube at the moment. It's quite a flattering shade on it's own but I really love using it as a base for other lipsticks to really emphasize their colour. I definitely need to pick up a few more of the colours I have my eye on!
Healthy Mix from Bourjois is everything I was looking for in a foundation. Previously I was using Revlon ColorStay and although I still rate it as a great foundation is was becoming far too heavy and cakey for me; my skin just didn't need that much coverage any more. Healthy Mix, with its medium coverage & easy to blend formula, has come to the rescue and it really does help me to look awake even when I'm really really not! The palest shade is just about light enough for me, which for a pharmacy foundation is nothing short of a minor miracle. It's £10 on ASOS.com & I love it!
Cream blush has been on the top of most peoples' lists of products they love in the summer time and I think the ones from NYX are really lovely. They do have quite a thick formulation so perhaps not the easiest to blend, but a tiny bit goes such a long way because the pigmentation is amazing. They are so inexpensive and would be a great addition to anyone's blush collection! I got mine online for £3.50 each.
Eyeliner isn't part of my everyday make up routine but when I feel like adding a bit of definition to my eyes I always reach for my Elf waterproof eyeliner pens. These beauties are the only things that don't smudge on my oily eyelids and they stay put all day. They're also pretty foolproof, I mean if I can manage a decent enough line with them, anyone can! At £1.50 each it really is hard to go wrong with these and I think they're brilliant.
Over the years I think I've had most flavours of the lip butters from The Body Shop and I've loved them all. The shea lip butter is my favourite but they're all beautiful and make my lips look smooth and moisturised. The pots look tiny but the product lasts for such a long time and they smell divine! I just can't be without one now, I kind of feel lost without them! Is that sad? Yeah, it probably is but at £4 a pop at least my habit isn't breaking the bank!
I know, I know, in my review I said I thought that Big and Curvy mascara was too expensive and I wouldn't dream of repurchasing. Well, I sort of think I accidentally lied. Although I do still think it's expensive, probably a couple of pounds overpriced, I can't help but love it a lot. So, why do I love it so much? Because it's the only non-waterproof mascara that doesn't transfer or smudge half way down my face throughout the day. Waterproof mascara is all well and good until you want to take it off and then it's a pain. This comes of super easily at night time and I love that. The wand is lovely, it's tapered so all my lashes, even the teeny tiny ones, get an even coat of product - yay! It does smell quite strong, of what exactly I'm not sure, but I can overlook that because the length and separation is gives my lashes is beautiful. I love it, but I still don't love its £10 price tag.
Finally I've picked out my Topshop cream to powder blush in the shade Neon Rose, but all the colours in the range are beautiful. These are so pigmented, a tiny bit goes a very long way - I've used this so much but it still looks almost brand new. I apply this with an Elf powder brush and it blends over the skin so easily giving a pretty flush of colour that's definitely buildable if you want a strong cheek. I'm not a Topshop fan but these are lovely and surprisingly, really reasonably priced at £6 each.
I'd love to know what your favourite products under £10 are, after all, I think everyone loves a good bargain!