Every so often you come across some products that are so fabulous that you just can’t keep them to yourself. They might not be new but they’re a find for you – and if they are a bargain, then their discovery simply has to be shared with friends!
Those were my feelings after I used L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil (£7.99) for the first (and second and third and fourth) time. It is absolutely gorgeous to use, it feels like a much more expensive product as you use it, and it leaves skin feeling thoroughly cleansed and very comfortable. Oh, and it smells lovely.
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush (£6.99) is a fantastic blusher I decided to try after seeing a video on Instagram by top make-up artist Caroline Barnes. The video wasn’t about blusher but I was very struck by how fresh-faced she looked and how her blusher looked fresh and natural and seemed to brighten up her face. I asked her what she had used and she named this gorgeous little pot of creamy colour in Soft Pink, a shade that provides a wake-up call to pale skin like mine. It lasts ages as you only need a couple of dabs per cheek, and blends beautifully.
My all-time favourite liquid eyeliner is the £26 one from Guerlain and during a recent quest for a less expensive alternative, I came across Bourjois Liner Clubbing (£6.99) which is proving a very impressive substitute, and has turned out to be a definite find. It is easy to use – you can draw a very fine line or a beefier one – and it stays put all day without smudging.
I was a little late to the L’Oreal lip palettes that were launched earlier this year but after becoming completely enamoured of my nude eye one (which has out-performed just about every other nude palette I’ve tried – and I’ve tried tons!), I decided to give the lips version a whirl. L’Oreal Paris Color Rich La Palette Levres Nude (£12.99) might not be readily available online now but it is worth scouring your local Boots and Superdrug stores for one as the six nude shades provide infinite possibilities colour-wise, and that colour lasts pretty well – though the palette is so pretty you’ll want to keep getting it out to re-apply or simply admire your lip painting handiwork.
I’m also including Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions False Lash Effect Mascara (£11.99), which I have raved about before and to which I keep returning even though I have found some fab mascaras over the last few weeks. Why? Because it is the easiest, quickest and least messy way for me to achieve voluminous, curled lashes – and not break the bank doing so!
What are your current favourite budget beauty buys – and what are your all-time greats?