Friday, 29 August 2014

Under £10 Favourites

I have a fair share of high end products but the high street has come a long way and you can find some right gems in your local Boots and Superdrug these days. It doesn't always mean spending a fortune to find something that works.

For me I stick to high-end for things that are make-up bag staples. For bits that I chop and change from day to day like lipsticks and nail polishes, it's best to find something more affordable otherwise I'd be living off beans...


So I thought I'd share a few of my favourites that cost less than a tenner each. Naturally as I've loved a lot of these so much there are separate reviews on them so if you want a bit more detail or want to see how they look on I've added the link so you can go and have a look if you so choose.

First is the Bourjois volume 1 seconde mascara -and my GOD, do I love this?!  it's only £9.99 and is my newest mascara, it really lengthens and makes my lashes look so much fuller. I can't recommend this enough. Every time someone asks which mascara they should go for I show them this post  to see the incredible results.

GOSH are slowly becoming one of my favourite high street brands and at the moment I'm really loving their Forever Eyeshadow Sticks. They blend brilliantly and are waterproof too so they really stay put. The shade I use most is light copper which is a really wearable golden colour. These are only £5.99 each and I have a more detailed review here where you can see a few other colours available. the dark grey makes for a gorgeous smokey eye!

Everyone went wild for the Revlon lip butters and there's a good reason for it, they're moisturising with great pigmentation too. They cost £7.99 which might seem a lot for a lip balm but they are more on the lipstick end of things really. Creme Brûlée is one of my favourites as it's a nude shade so is nice and subtle for day wear. It's nice to have something that offers a little more colour than a lot of the tinted lip balms on the market. I have more details on this one in my review here.

I wasn't too fussed about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks the first time around as nothing really stood out to me. But when they released a couple more colours I really liked the look of them. 07- Nudeist is one of my favourites. It stays put practically all day and the colour is only slightly pinker than my lips making it really easy to wear but still noticeable enough to make a difference.  They're £8.99 and the fact you don't have to keep reapplying them means the last ages too. You can see the 2 newest shades here.

Beauty UK is such an underrated brand, it's really affordable and their products are great. I've been wearing their Baked Blush in 02 Rose Rouge a lot lately and it gives a lovely flush of colour to my cheeks that really lasts. It's a shade that will suit most skin tones and what's brilliant is that it's only £3.99! I've been pairing this with the
Bourjois Delice de Poudre gold bronzing powder which is a lovely addition to Bourjois' bronzing range. It has a really subtle shimmer that gives you a lovely glow that is perfect in the daytime when you don't want to look too over done. It's chocolate scented and just £7.99. You can read a little more about it here.

I've seen a bit of a mixed reaction to the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains but I have to say I love them, especially the range of colours. There's so much to choose from it was actually hard for me to choose a favourite shade. Cannes Crush is a pinky-coral and I found myself wearing a lot over the last couple of weeks, the shine it has gives lips a lovely fullness and the colour is gorgeous. for only £7.99 I really recommend you pick up a couple and you can choose from a couple of the colours I tried out here.

I think as a brand Barry M have come a long way! The Gelly Hi Shine nail paint range is absolutely amazing. They're only £3.99 a bottle and have an amazing colour selection. They really give a great shine and only need 1 or 2 coats. I've been loving lilac lately and it's a colour that is going into Autumn too so Prickly Pear is an excellent choice.

I find a matte finish a lot easier to wear on the lips so when Revlon brought out their matte balms I knew I would end up purchasing a couple. For me the most worn out of the lot is Elusive which is a lovely rosie pink. These are only £7.99 and Revlon always have offers too so they end up being great value for money. I bought Elusive along with a couple of others which I am wearing here.

I admit I hadn't really visited the Rimmel stand in a very long time but I picked up a bottle of their Salon Pro nail polish in Soul Session on a whim and I was so impressed I went back for a couple more shades. They're only £4.49 so it would be rude not to! I'm so impressed with the shine and I adore the versatile nude colour. You can see it in action here where I paired it with a pretty glitter.

And lastly I had to add my Real Techniques Blush Brush. It's soft and it applies just the right amount of product with no trouble at all. The tapered shape makes it really easy to blend along with the rubber handle which means you can grip it nicely. it's excellent value for money at only £9.99 and it looks pretty. It ticks every box really. 


What are your favourite affordable products? 
Have you tried any of these?



  1. I love drugstore brands and definitely agree with you! I love Beauty UK, Gelly nail varnishes and Real Techniques brushes too :) great post! xx

    Jessie @ All Things Beautiful

  2. I love this post! You're so right, you can find some amazing products in the drugstore!! Your photography is on point too :)

  3. I've just snapped up the Revlon Colour Stay Lip Stains, but I've yet to try them - good to read that I haven't made a mistake, though! And their lip butters are amazing, aren't they?
    Ooh, I'd forgotten how much I love the Bourjois bronzer, must dig mine out!

    Followed you, lovely blog xx

    francesca | on-thebias | fashion, beauty, lifestyle

  4. Love pretty much everything by Bourjois, you've picked out great products :) Been lusting after the Revlon moisture stains for ages!

    xx from

  5. i like the lilac polish.