When it comes to drugstore makeup, it’s all well and good hearing about how you need the Collection concealer or the Revlon matte balms. But if you’re looking for something a little more tantalising and unique to whet your high street appetite, then look no further…
Nivea Daily Essentials Hydration Primer, £4.99
If you’re anything like me, most mornings you’re low on time and even lower on patience. This is where this pot of joy comes into play. It’s a moisturiser and primer in one and dries quicker than you can say “where the hell is my bloody Oyster card?!” Leaves skin smooth, soft, hydrated and ready for the daily trowelling-on of makeup. Plus it’s under a fiver but seems to be forever half price in Boots – so there is literally no excuse not to try it. You won’t be disappointed. Check out the review here.
Gosh Boombastic Mascara, £8.49
If you can ignore the ridiculous name, I urge you to try out this mascara. If you’re a fan of Max Factor False Lash Effect, you will love this. If you don’t like superior curl, sensational volume and luscious length then I advise you to look elsewhere. This gives serious results. Occasionally half price in Superdrug too so that’s the time to stock up like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve got a review with the all-important before and after pictures here.
Seventeen Trio Eyeshadow Metallic Toffee, £5.49
I have an addiction to golden, shimmery nudes and this has not disappointed. I’m not going to say that it’s the best eyeshadow in the world, but the shades are surprisingly buttery, smooth and pigmented. The three colours work harmoniously together and can create both day and night looks.
Maybelline Eye Studio Mono Eyeshadow Chocolate Chic £4.09
Every makeup collection needs a medium matte brown eyeshadow, and if you’re looking for a budget version this is it. I don’t know about anyone else but these Maybelline mono eyeshadows never seem to get talked about which makes me weep a little. I use Chocolate Chic on my eyelids, on the lower lash line, to fill in my eyebrows and even to contour my face. Its uses are endless. If you’re on the lookout for a matte brown shadow, I’ve got a round-up here to suit all budgets.
Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm Pink, £4.49
Original Carmex didn’t excite me so I picked up this little chap. Last winter I literally did not take this off my damn mouth. I like that it’s in stick form so you don’t have to poke your grubby fingers into any tiny pots. It’s super moisturising, and it tingles, big thumbs up if that’s what you’re into. The best bit about it is the colour. Ladies with darker lips like mine will understand the struggle with tinted lip balms and the fact that they barely show up but this one does. Cheap, cheerful and just works. Take a look at it in action here.