31/07/2012

My favourite cheap beauty essentials

Recently, one of my friends pointed out that I whilst I write often about my beauty favourites, it's a rare post where the finds come from the chemist or the supermarket aisle... basically I like my luxury beauty goodies!

Whilst this is a very fair comment, I have a reason for it: when it comes to skincare, it's a well-known fact that the more expensive brands use higher concentrations of the active ingredients compared to supermarket brands, and seeing that I'm already short on sleep or zen I figure I need all the help I can get to fight off the wrinkles and other signs that I'm quickly transforming into a sharpei. Another area where I prefer my goodies on the luxury end of the spectrum is perfumes, for some reason I never seem to find anything in the supermarket aisle that doesn't remind me of air freshener. It's a question of personal taste, I guess.

But, I'll let you in on a secret: just like I love to mix and match designer and high street in my fashion, same goes for beauty. And to prove it, here is an overview of the five affordable products you'll find in my bathroom this week:


From left to right, I give you:
Garnier Caffeine Eye Roll-On: my absolute must-haves for bleary-eyed mornings when the fresh little roll-on ball is the only thing that will brighten and smooth my eyes (if I'm travelling, I make it sleep in the ice bucket, for that little extra freshness);
DHC White Mask Sheets: another wonder product for dull mornings, I love that I can just pop a couple of masks to go in my luggage before an important business trip, I discovered this in Duty-Free in Asia but you can order it online;
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: unlike skincare, mascara is the one product that I prefer picked from the chemist's aisle rather than the expensive beauty counters, and after years of experimenting I can safely say that I still come back to this trusted oldie, year in year out;
Nivea Creme: nothing beats a good old classic moisturizer to keep my soles from looking like parmesan wedges... I keep one of these in my bedside table's drawer for a nighttime rub just before tucking in
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain: I love a lip stain for Summer, as it looks more natural than lipstick and isn't as heavy as a gloss, but I love that Revlon added a little balm to their latest product of the range, as it keeps my lips moisturized all day...

So there you have it, my top five of the moment, and all under £10! How about you, do you have any affordable favourites in the beauty department?

1 comment:

Amy said...

These are great cheap beauty essentials! I also use Nivea (nothing beats Nivea), Nivea lip balm, elf concealer/highlighter stick to hide my dark circles, Wet n Wild Mascara, and Wet n Wild Heather Silk blush! I am definitely going to try the Garnier eye roll-on and the Maybelline mascara! Thank you for sharing!! =)