Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Top 10 beauty products under £10

As 2014 draws to a close, I wanted to highlight some of the best budget buys I've been using during the year. Some are new, some are old and trusted favourites - but all are fantastic value for money. I've by no means captured them all - but these have been my top ten products this year that cost less than £10. Enjoy.

You can't argue with a decent foundation for under a tenner - and that's exactly what Bourjois Healthy Mix is. Yes, it's been around a while - but there's a reason it's still a best seller. Given that Bourjois and Chanel are owned by the same company, perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that it's such good quality - and good value. It's £9.99 - but it compares well with much more expensive foundations. The coverage is good, the range of colours is pretty good and it's staying power is more than good. 

Highly pigmented, and staying power of around 4-6 hours, the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick deserves a mention. Initially launched in six colours, there are now eight to choose from. Initially, it feels quite wet when you first apply it, but it dries to a matte finish. It does still transfer to mugs or glasses - so be careful with that - but overall, a good addition to any make-up bag. £8.99 each. 

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm comes in a massive range of colours and there are also gloss versions if that's more your style. They feel like a lip balm - they feature a triple butter complex of shea, mango and coconut butters - and are quite pigmented. The staying power isn't comparable to more expensive versions (at least on my lips) but for £7.99 you can't really moan. 

If you're looking for a decent eye shadow with good pigmentation and staying power, then look no further than Max Factor's Excess Shimmer pots. Don't be put off by the name - yes, they are shimmery, but I wouldn't say it's excessive. The staying power is very good - you'll need a decent eye make-up remover to get this off - and my colour of choice is bronze. It does sell out pretty quickly so can be difficult to get hold of - but when you can find it, it's £7.99. 

To be honest, there are lots of 'drug store' mascaras out there that do a very good job - I definitely wouldn't opt for a high end version, - I'd spend the cash on skincare or foundation first. The new SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD mascara is well worth a look - it's £6.99 and really does give length and volume. What more could you want?

The Body Shop Body Butters aren't technically under £10 - the normal retail price is £13 - but there's usually an offer that makes them around £6. My personal favourite is the Brazil Nut one, but I've used a few at different times and they're all good. I use them after a bath before going to bed - they are quite heavy and need some time to sink in - but it really hydrates my skin and they smell amazing. 

The whole Neutrogena Visibly Clear range in pink grapefruit is great value for money (and as a sneaky 11th product, I'd also check out the facial wash - £4.49) but the moisturiser smells fantastic and is really light and hydrating. It's £4.99 but currently on offer - so definitely worth picking up when you're out and about. (Not pictured)

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - a bargain at just £3.99 - does exactly what the name suggests: it stays matte. Most of the pressed powders at this price point are a bit too 'talcum powder' like for me - but this one has been a staple in my make-up bag this year. (Not pictured)

Love multi-tasking products? Then check out Nivea Daily Essentials 2 in 1 Cleanser and Toner. For oily and combination skins, this little beauty cleanses and tones in one easy step. Just pop on your serum and moisturiser and you're good to go. £3.59 definitely isn't going to break the bank. 

COLAB dry shampoo is wonderous. Created by Ruth Crilly - blogger extraordinaire - it claims to be a breakthrough in dry shampoo couture, and it doesn't disappoint. Perhaps the best thing about this is the total lack of white powder that is so often associated with dry shampoo. It comes in a range of fragrances, each named after different world cities - my personal favourite is London, obviously - but to be honest, they're all pretty good. Snap one up in your local Superdrug - the 200ml size is just £2.32. (Not pictured)

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