There are some beauty products worth splashing out on. But then (and these might be our favourite kind of all), there are the high street gems which ring in at a snip, and work utter magic!
We’re talking about the haul you can bag for less than a tenner, which outperform all expectations. The bargain bronzer you’ll never give up on, the falsie effect mascara that cost next-to-nothing. Love it when you find a super cheap beauty hero? Here are a few of our new favourites…
Hate long lasting lipsticks that have you reaching for the balm within minutes? Enter the new Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick, £8.99, launching in Boots and Superdrug this month. Coming in 12 different shades (there’s plenty for every skintone) the lippy uses a new oil-based formula which delivers bold, budge-proof colour, while also moisturising your lips with shea butter.
When your face looks like it needs an extra shot in its double espresso, reach for the Rimmel London Wonder’Full Wake Me Up Mascara, £5.99. It’ll give you length, definition and that bright-eyed look that defies how sleepy you’re feeling on the inside.
We love a multi-tasking product, and the Melvita 3 Honeys Balm, £10, is just that. A little pot of magic, the balm soothes, hydrates and heals dry skin, cuts and blemishes absolutely anywhere. We’re popping it on your lips, cuticles, elbows and even patches of itchy eczema.
Finding the perfect shade of bronze can be tricky – too orange, too shimmery, too dark, too light. Cue Barry M’s new Afterglow Light Bronzer. An easy to wear shade, it starts off light but can easily be built up for a deep flush of bronze. There’s just enough shimmer for a radiant glow too, without crossing over into Twilight-style sparkle.
Micellar waters are everywhere, and with good reason. The gentle solutions take grime and make-up clean away, without irritating sensitive skin. Now those clever folk at Simple have turned the micelle craze into a kind-to-skin wipe! Perfect for late nights, holidays and festivals, we’re reaching for Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes, £3.99, when bottles just can’t cut it.
Models Own’s most popular nail polish range ever, is still its neon flecked Polishes for Holiday collection. So prepare to celebrate the punchy new shades added to the range for summer 2015! Specifically designed to highlight your tan, the five new colours come in sunshine yellow, turquoise green, Malibu pink, hot coral and tangerine hues, all £4.99 each.
With the coconut oil craze still going strong, natural beauty brand Yes To has unveiled a new coconut hair and body range, just in time for summer. If you’ve been sunbathing, swimming or just giving your hair a hard time, the Yes To Coconut Shampoo, £4.99, and conditioner, £4.99, is the ideal treat to replenish lost moisture and shine.
We’ve had CC creams for our faces to help nourish skin and correct uneven skintone, now get ready for the technology to take over your nails too. Maybelline’s Dr Rescue Nail Care CC Base Coat, £2.99, acts as a stain barrier between your nails and dark nail polishes, while also enhancing the natural whiteness of your nails. Wear it alone for a brighter looking, natural mani.
If you’re torn between cream and powder blushers, try the Sleek Crème to Powder Blush, £5.99, and get the best of both worlds. Light and luminous, the shades offer a radiant flush of colour, and can be easily blended for a natural blush or built-up for a more striking look.
It’s sandal season and your feet need to be in tip top condition. So we suggest you reach for the Lush Stepping Stone foot scrub, £3.10, if your heels need a little TLC. It softens skin, deodorises your tootsies and goes to work on hard skin. Scrub away!
By Amy Lewis