Hands up if you love a bargain. You're certainly not alone, as nothing puts a bigger smile on our faces than picking up a beauty treat for less than the price of a cappuccino and cupcake. Here are our top picks for a thrifty beauty haul for your make up bags.
1. Stay Shine Free
We love beauty products that have multi-uses and this matte powder is one of our make up bag favourites. If you need to quickly de-shine your T-Zone this powder does the job. Or use after applying your foundation for a smooth, flawless and lasting finish. The light texture absorbs those pesky oily patches and leaves no flakes or powdery mess. It also doubles up as a brilliant base for eye make up. It comes in six glorious shades for a bargain price. The only snag is it doesn't come with a puff or brush.
2. Nail it
Malibu, Miami or Waikiki? The globe's hottest beach destinations are adorning our tips. These new shades of matte nail polishes by make-up maestro Barry M are perfect for summer nails. To make the colour really pop, paint a base coat layer of white first. And if you can't decide which colour to try first, then do away with matching nails and paint each tip a different shade for an on-trend mis-matched look. We're off to paint our nails...
Matte Nail Paints by Barry M from £3.99
3. Get groomed brows
Brows open your eyes and frame your face. Whether you're trying Cara Delevingne statement brows or going for a neat, natural arch, brow-defining products are firmly back on the beauty map. For a quick instant fix, fill in your brows with a little pencil, working in the direction of their natural growth, then sweep your brows up and outwards with a brush to blend and tidy. This brilliant beauty buy combines pencil, with a handy brush to help you create perfect brows in minutes.
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil, in Dark Blonde - £3
4. Luscious lips
If you never leave home without your lip balm, you're probably already a fan of this cult classic balm. Known for its powers to soothe and smooth dry, chapped lips, Carmex is a long-serving staple in our beauty bags. The tingly sensation is from the added ingredients menthol and camphor, while the beeswax nourishes and protects lips. It's instant TLC. A quick slick of Carmex will moisturise dry cuticles too.
Carmex - £2.69
5. Fake it
The tanning gurus over at St Moriz have created this fuss-free instant tan which simply washes off in the shower at the end of the day. It's a purse-pleasing £4.99 (so slightly more than the average cappuccino) but a glowing golden tan is one way to guarantee looking a million dollars. We found the subtle shimmer transformed our pins into bronzed beauties with just one application. We're hooked!
St Moriz Shimmer Tan - £4.99
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