7 of the best affordable products

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

I'm a big fan of both affordable and expensive products, most of my makeup collection/kit is made up of higher end brands but every so often I find more affordable products or 'drugstore products' that are just as good if not better than their more expensive competitor.

Oilatum's Natural Repair Cream (£7.69) is great for most skin types and especially good for dehydrated skin types that seem to need 3 layers of moisturiser before they feel hydrated, I have used it on and off for years, it was the first face cream I used that meant I could actually apply a pea sized amount and not feel like I still couldn't move my face.  It as never broken me out, which my skin is sensitive to and its a really gentle product.  Everyone I have recommended it to, loves it just as much as me.

For a beautiful but natural illuminator that can be used on its own, either under or over foundation or mixed in with it, to create more of a luminous finish - look no further than the Revlon Photo Ready Skinlights (£11.99).  So easy to use, its a foolproof way to glowing skin.

If you like to set your foundation with powder to increase longevity but don't like a matte finish the nthe Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java (£9.99) is great.  It looks scarily sparkly in the pot but once applied to the face with a big fluffy brush, it sets the makeup while keeping the skin bright and luminous.  Just don't pile it on, I think building up the powder would encourage the sparkle to stand out too much.

For those days when you don't have time to do your normal brow routine but need a bit more colour and definition the Maybelline's Brow Drama (£4.99) is quick and easy.  Its also great for applying over your usual brow product to tidy the hairs and make them look more hair-like.  The shape of this brush is particularly good and the medium brown shade is better than other colours I have seen from other brands, they often seem to be too light or too dark.

The 'drug store' is full of amazing lip products but these are two of my favourites, the Loreal Glam Matte Intense Gloss's (£7.99) give opaque matte colour without dryness and the Rimmel Provocalips are by far my favourite of all the long wearing lipsticks available, the colour is easier to apply and they don't dry your lips out like others I have tried.  They are also easier to reapply if needed.  I like to use a matte balm over the top rather than the shinier one provided.

Nail polish lasts about two minutes on my nails but the Maybelline Super Stay 7 Day gel colour ( £4.49) has some serious lasting power, I get about 4 days with no chips which for me is bloody good going.

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