Beauty on a budget

I have a disgusting amount of make up, for one face it is really unnecessary. Despite the stash, I have firm favs that never leave the make up bag/shower.

Lipcare– Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Hydrating Lip Cream.
I also really like Burts Bees lip products and Yes to Carrots lip balms.

Lip liner– Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
Rimmel lip liner’s are very cheap and great at what they do, so never really branch out to other brands. Although I do have the Mac Cherry liner, which is great with any red lip.

Lipstick– Kate Moss for Rimmel in 107 (matte)
This has been my favourite range for a while now- the colour range and the formula is very good and it feels like a high end product.

Lipgloss– Barry M Clear Lipgloss
I am really not too fussed when it comes to clear gloss but this one smells delicious and doesn’t leave your lips sticking together.

Eyeshadow– Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Addictive
A great quad for smokey eyes or the shades can be used on there own if you want a quick and simple eye. I must also mention MUA palettes here. The are fantastic and so cheap! My favourites are the Heaven & Earth Palette and the Undressed Palette (£4 each), which are great is you don’t have the budget for Urban Decay’s Naked Palette (rrp £35)

Mascara– Loreal- Volume Million Lashes
This is a great volumising mascara, I have repurchased several times. I would like to try Benefit’s They’re Real next though but have heard that for the price £18, it does dry out very quickly.

Eyeliner– For winged liner: Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner
This liner is really long lasting and doesnt dry out and crack. I have had the same one for months and is showing no signs of running out. Big thumbs up.

For water line- Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude
This is perfect for brightening the eyes, if you feel white can look a bit drastic, this is a perfect alternative and a lot cheaper than the similar MAC version.

Foundation– Revlon ColorStay
I use different shades throughout the year but tend to be one of the lightest with a yellow undertone- the coverage is medium to full and sets quickly so you have to work it in to the skin swiftly. I also really like the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, but it is a little too dewy for my oily skin. I love the finish that you get with Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation but again, it wasn’t the right finish for me at the time (summer). I may go back to both of these in the future. I need a bit more coverage and ColorStay is perfect for that.

Concealer– Collection (2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light and Fair
Who doesnt like this concealer? It is cheap and great for under eyes. I use Light and Fair depending on the time of year and whether I am tanned. I often use it when I am contouring and blend out.

Powder– Rimmel Stay Matte in Translucent
A cheap transluscent powder- it really does the job- it doesnt leave a colour on the skin and eradicates shine, perfect for setting make up.

Bronze– Bourjois Delice de Poudre
This is good if you want to do a subtle contour on the face. It smells wonderful too (and looks like chocolate). I also like the MUA bronzers which you can pick up for £1 but the colour range is a bit limited.

Blush– Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched
This is a lovely cream blush, I will definitely be picking up more in other colours.

Brows– MUA Brow Kit
A fab brow kit, applies very well and stays on. Great if you need to fill in any gaps and define brows on a budget. I picked mine up for £3.50 and use it daily.

MUA Clear Mascara
I use this just to set my brows, you can pick it up for £1.

Gradual Tan– Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Body Bronze Lotion
Cocoa butter and gradual tanner, which means it wont dry out your skin like a lot of tanning products do.

Overnight Tan- St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse in Medium and Dark
I have never had a problem with applying this product, I buy it over and over again. I have only tried the mousse but have been very pleased with the results every time.

Scrub– Soap & Glory Pulp Friction
One of my favourite S&G products. Its a great scrub, I try and use it once a week.

Shower gel- Lush Snow Fairy (only available at Christmas)
Smells like Love Hearts and candy floss. So yummy! I will be sad when this is all used up, I wish I had bought more.

Shampoo– Aussie Miracle Moist
Conditioner- Aussie Miracle Moist- You will either love or hate the smell of these products but I personally love them. They are very inexpensive and work wonders in damaged hair.

Dry Shampoo– Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Everyone’s favourite dry shampoo?

Brush– Tangle Teezer
Transformed the way I detangle my hair, forever. These can be used on literally all hair types. I will never look back.

Make up remover– Bioderma (French product)
This has transformed the way I take off my make up. It removes everything. I will never use facewipes again! I use some of this on a extra large cotton wool pad (from the baby section of Boots) and it is the most refreshing product that leaves your face feeling clean and revitalised. Bioderma will be coming to the UK very soon and I personally cannot wait!

Face wash– Neutrogena- Visibly Clear Daily Wash
I use this for a deep clean to help with dreaded breakouts. This can be used a mask too, just apply to face and leave for 5 minutes.

Mask– Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Blueberry Mask
This is a lovely calming mask and is great if you have the odd spot. Smells good enough to eat.

Body Butter– Soap and Glory Righteous Butter
This is quite a sweet smelling product but it is really yummy. It is a butter, so you only need a little bit but it feels really indulgent on the skin and the scent lasts for ages.

Body Moisturiser– Garnier Intensive 7 Days in Cocoa Butter
This is such a great moisturiser, it absorbs really quickly and my skin stays soft for a long time afterwards. I got my last bottle on offer for under £2.

Beauty Tool
Body Shop Dry Brush
I try to use this every day to get rid of dead skin and improve my circulation. It stimulates the lymphatic system and helps to eliminate toxins- great for cellulite.

Essie– Head Mistress & Fiji
I’m a big fan of the Essie diffusion line which is now in Boots and Superdrug. I stock up when its on 3 for 2 and my collections is coming along nicely. I could easily wear Fiji everyday. It is a great nude colour for work.

About Lee Hall

Lover of all things FAST. If I am not in the office, you can find me near a track or under a car. I also work with great people in TrendLife's Editorial team.

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