Beauty on a budget

Sally Mu shares what she considers the best beauty deals in her make-up stash.

13th February 2017


I absolutely love drugstore makeup, as they offer racks and racks of affordable products that allow us to indulge ourselves without stressing the budget. Here I discovered the best products of the bunch, these are the game-changers I swear by and stay as my makeup bag staples of all time. Now get ready to meet your new essentials of the season!

Revlon ColorStay™ Makeup Foundation (£9.99)

My top pick is the iconic Revlon ColorStay Foundation, which is a newly improved foundation that’s immensely popular among beauty gurus. This beauty hero comes up with a handy mess-free pump and available in 35 true-to-skin shades designed for every skin tone and type. The highlight of this product is its phenomenal long-wearing coverage that can be easily build up to medium or full coverage without any caking or breakouts throughout the day, and also makes any dark bits and eye bags instantly less visible. Nevertheless, it infused with a special oil-control formula that works wonders especially on combination and oily skins, to help control shine for a lightweight and premium semi-matte finish without feeling greasy. It’s also an excellent choice for normal and dry skins as well, as it offers perfectly even, smooth yet truly healthy-looking complexion that will last you all day and night—An absolutely amazing foundation with great value for money and perfect for everyday wear.

Benefit brow zings brow shaping kit (£24.50)

Another make-up counter trusty is the renowned all-in-one brow kit from Benefit and it’s an amazing staple I can’t live without. Although it comes a little bit higher in the price range than other products on the market it is well worth the cost. This genius product is packed with a mirror, a lighter setting powder, a darker tacky shaping wax, mini slant tweezers for plucking easy stray-hair emergencies, and dual-sided extendable applicator— so better value overall than others which may seem cheaper but pack less in. A total kit with everything you need to sculpt, shape and fill brows. Trust me, it’s pretty simple to get the hang of it. For the pigment duo, they come in with 6 easy-to-choose shades that work with multiple hair types, and you’ll definitely find the perfect match within the range. I found both go on very smoothly and a lot easier to apply with the comfortable sized brushes provided. The pigment wax is quite thick and creamy which works as a base for the powder to ‘stick’ on to, while the powder fills and sets brows. It dries out very easily and stays snug on the brows with major staying power.

Beauty Tip? Using the the hard-angled brush to outline and define uneven brows with the pigmented wax, and the blending brush end to fill the sparse parts. The finish? Very natural and defined.

All in all, I love everything about product! I would highly recommend this portable kit as it’s an ideal piece of investment for girls on the go, to carry and use it anywhere!If you are looking for a perfect brow kit then this one is for you.

Maybelline Baby Lips Vitamins Melon Mania (£2.99)

When it comes to lip balm, I wear the Maybelline Baby Lips Vitamins Lip Balm [Melon Mania] EVERY DAY. It’s my firm favourite essential that loaded with ridiculously hydrating and ultra nourishing vitamins formula to leave your lips looking and feeling soft and intensively moisturised in winter. Especially when you're having a very dry and patchy lip, there's probably nothing more satisfying or as effective as a glide of this—It really is amazing at healing the comprised and needy lips as it enhances your lip's ability to stay quenched and conditioned. Plus, It smells and feels really refreshing, you’d marvel over the watermelon scent and the balm’s flattering corally pink is guaranteed to boost your mood. The best part about this product is the amazing day-long moisturising power that impressed me a lot, only apply a thin layer of this and the luxurious moisture will stay put for centuries. Overall, this is a fantastic product under a small budget ever introduced in the market.

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