March’s Best Budget Beauty Buys

March 15, 2016
L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil & other best budget beauty buys

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?

1 Comment

  • Reply Sabine March 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Superdrug Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Moisturiser and Serum, love it!

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