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September 22, 2013

My Top 5 Beauty Products for Under £5

I personally really enjoy reading these sorts of posts so I couldn't resist writing one of my own. I have a special place in my heart for affordable, good quality beauty products. I've been a university student for three years now (about to enter year number four) and my budget has been, and continues to be, limited. The "drugstore" or, as I prefer to describe it, the high-street is where I tend to part with my cash but I still have high expectations. Brands are constantly in competition with one another to win our attention and with it our money. The result is that some of the products available to us are simply wonderful, and many of them come in under this post's £5 budget. 

 17's Mirror Shine Lipstick (Swatch in the shade Shouty)
I'm a big fan of 17's Mirror Shine Lipsticks - they're glossy and feel weightless on the lips. There's also a massive shade selection so there will be colours to suit everyone's tastes! In addition, especially given that these come in at under £5, the packaging is really fantastic as it is not only sturdy but comes with an in built mirror making reapplication super easy. I have two shades Shouty and L.A and have reviewed and swatched them both here.

Sleek's True Colour Sheen Lipstick (Swatch in Barely There)
Sleek's True Colour Lipsticks are thoroughly underrated, in my opinion. "Barely There" is one of my most worn lipsticks and I absolutely love its formula. It is creamy, doesn't settle into the lines of your lips and it lasts relatively well given how moisturising it is. What I love about it though is that it gives opaque colour whilst still feeling pretty weightless. There's nothing worse than really feeling like you're wearing a lot of make-up, and with Sleek's Sheen Lipsticks you can be packing a pretty serious pout and still feel like you're barefaced! 

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Eyeliner (Swatch in Black)
After a lot of trial and error with a lot of felt tip eyeliners I've come to the conclusion that for under £5 you really can't do any better! Fine nibbed (although not super fine), long lasting and incredibly black - this will get you through both daytime and nighttime. I've grown to like it quite a lot! 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal (Swatch in the shade Bronze)
I am thoroughly impressed by Rimmel's Kohl Kajals and I actually own three of them - Bronze, Nude and Taupe. They are creamy, incredibly long wearing and they do not smudge! I have hooded eyes and wearing pencil eyeliner on my tightline used to be impossible for me because it would always smudge, but not with Rimmel's Kohl Kajals. Honestly, if you like wearing eyeliner regularly then you need to try one of these.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo (Swatch in the shade On and On Bronze)
I think everyone and their mother has raved about Maybelline's Collour Tattoos, so I'm sorry about that. I've posted about them before here with lots of swatches and a full review. To make up for it, I'll include a bonus recommendation. 

Collection's Shimmer Shades (in the shade Way to Glow)
Four cheek shades for £4.19 is a good deal in itself, but it's an even better deal when I mention that I've used this little quartet of powders at least two or three times a week ever since I bought it. It has had a lot of blushes to contend with but it still manages to hold on to its place as one of my favourite beauty products. The shades are really flattering and easy to wear, it has survived being dropped (numerous times) and in a pinch you can double up some of the shades as eye shadows. It really is worth trying! And if you don't love the look of the bronze shades there is another palette called "Blushalicious" which is all pinks. You can read my full review here and see a make-up look I wore using it.

I may have unintentionally done a post on my six favourite products for under £5 but there's no harm in throwing one extra little beauty in there. I'd highly recommend each of these products to anyone, not just those who like bargains, because I honestly think their quality stands up against more expensive products. 

What products would you recommend that cost less than £5?

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  1. The Sleek Lipstick is such a lovely colour! I still need to try the Color Tattoos too, I feel like I've been missing out :( xx

    thriftyskies | beauty and trends ♡

  2. I agree that Sleek lipsticks are overlooked! I recently bought three and I'm SO impressed with the quality considering that they are so affordable. Love these kind of posts... From one poor uni student to the next I know we all appreciate a good beauty bargain :P

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  3. love your picks! loving the color of barely there! xox

  4. I love posts like this! I agree with the maybelline tattoo eyeshadow. I love them and they're so quick and easy to put on!

    Rosie xxx

  5. That Color Tattoos are definitely awesome. Love them.


  6. Totally agree with the Maybelline Color Tattoos, unfortunately they're a bit more expensive where I live, but still a bargain for the quality you get :) xx

  7. I agree with you on how underrated the Sleek lipsticks are! I have the same shade and love it, I just wish there were more wearable colours in the range :)xo

  8. Fab choices, I adore the Maybelline color tattoos !

    Katie xo

  9. I have never have tried any of 17's lipsticks! Thats a lovely shade

  10. love these recs, can't wait to pick some up when I'm in London this december :D especially brands we can't get here like Collection and 17's Mirror Shine

  11. Totally agree with the Collection and Rimmel eyeliners and the Colour Tattoos! I haven't tried the lippies.
    For under £5 I also love the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and the MUA eyeshadow palettes. xx

  12. The Colour Tattoo swatch looks gorgeous!


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