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Best Budget Beauty Buys

6th March 2017 in Brushes, Cream Eyeshadow, Eyeshadow, Lip Liner, Makeup, Skincare - 12 Comments - 4 min read

Best Budget Beauty Buys

6th March 2017 in Brushes, Cream Eyeshadow, Eyeshadow, Lip Liner, Makeup, Skincare - 12 Comments - 4 min read >/div>

Hey Beauties!

Today I wanted to talk about something I really love doing and that is finding the best budget beauty buys. You wouldn’t believe that only 5/6 years ago there wasn’t as much choice in the way of makeup/skincare at place like Boots or Superdrug and to be honest the products weren’t that amazing but these days I feel like the drugstore has become a real competitor for the higher brands out there. You can find brands like Makeup Revolution, NYX, Kiko – all brands who produce really high quality products at affordable prices.

Kim K Beauty Secret - Kiko Scrub and Peel Wipes

First product we have are the Kiko Scrub and Peel Wipes (£5.90). If you’re a fan of my blog you’ll know that I am obsessed with these wipes. I’m not embarrassed to admit this but I found out about these wipes from none other than Kim Kardashian who is also a big fan. Each packet of Kiko Scrub and Peel comes with 20 wipes which are double sided, one side has raised bumps used for exfoliation and the other side is smooth to comfort the skin after exfoliation.

When using these wipes take the raised side and gently run it over your skin like you would with a normal wipe, make sure not to scrub too hard as these are really abrasive!

Best Budget Beauty Buys!

Best Budget Beauty Buys!

The Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte 2 (£8) is one of my favourite drugstore palettes simply because the pigmentation is there as well as the fact that they blend like a dream. Flawless Mattes 2 contains everyday wearable tones that are perfect for day use and right up into the evening. Easy to blend and long lasting, this  is the perfect palette for on the go too as it comes complete with a full size mirror.

Best Budget Beauty Buys!

Next we have my favourite setting spray –  L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist (£7.99). It’s one of those products that now I’ve used it I couldn’t go back to what I was using before. I was a big fan of Skindanavia and Urban Decay All Nighter but when I came across Fixing Mist I fell in love. I think I love this so much because it’s one of those products I can feel working.  I know it’s keeping makeup on my skin because it’s all still there by the end of the day.  (Little tip, make sure you shake it as it’s a duo-phase product if you don’t you’ll end up with white splodges all over your skin)

Best Budget Beauty Buys!
Best Budget Beauty Buys!

I’d never tried anything from Models Own before they had opened up their bottle shop in Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow.  I thought they only did nail polish, I had no idea that they did makeup so when I found out I was pleasantly surprised to discover some of their products were actually pretty good. I got one of the Chrome Colour Eyeshadow Kits (£14.99). these kits contain 2 parts, 1 is a sealer/primer that is mixed with the chrome colour eye shadow, this helps to keep it on longer (between you and me….I don’t use it because I don’t really like it) When using this product ill usually spray my brush with some Fix+ by MAC and it works just as good if not better than the sealer/primer that comes with the kid. The second part is the eyeshadow itself. You can see how gorgeously bright these eye shadows are and when on the eyelid they give this metallic sheen which is beautiful. I would use these as a base for a smokey eye because they blend out so well and, of course, because the pigment is out of this world.

Best Budget Beauty Buys!

My favourite budget makeup sponge has to be the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99). I feel like this is a real competitor for the Beauty Blender. It again is one of those products that is so well produced and so affordable I don’t feel like I need a beauty blender because I can get something just as good for a fraction of the price. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge comes with a flat edge which can be used to blending under the eyes or on the hard to reach surfaces that a normal sponge doesn’t get to.

Best Budget Beauty Buys!

I tend to have quite a lot of brushes (that’s a gross understatement haha) so I tried to pick at least 3 that I couldn’t live without and again I come back to Real Techniques. The Essential Crease Brush is an outright dupe for the MAC 217 it contains synthetic hair so it can be used with both powders and creams something the natural hair of the 217 falls back on. The Precision Liner Brush from the Collector’s edition eye lining set and the Kiko 209 Eyeliner Brush are both a favourite of mine for creating the perfect line with gel eyeliner

Best Budget Beauty Buys!
Best Budget Beauty Buys!

Last but by no means the least is the NYX Slide on Lip Pencil (£5.50). If you’re looking for a lip liner that lasts all day and will last through coffee, lunch, dinner then this is the lip liner for you. These are described as “Pucker-up and apply the Slide-On Lip Pencil for rich, matte colour. Like NYX Cosmetics’ award-winning Slide On Eye Liner, this waterproof pencil goes on smooth with a long-wearing finish.” Bedrose is a really gorgeous rosey nude tone.

What are your favourite budget picks?
Have you used the RT Sponge before?
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Andrew James

Scottish science nerd obsessed with all things beauty! Creator of The Skincare Saviour, a skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.

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