After popping into Boots recently for some basics, I started browsing the beauty counters and was amazed at some of the new budget lines that were available. What’s a girl to do? I obviously indulged in some ‘drug-store’ treats and have been totally won over by some of the fabulous beauty bounty to be had by the high-street brands. Many of these match, if not better, some of the top designer brands available proving that budget has come a long way of late. This girl has turned!
Bourjois has long been a favourite but my recent finds include its Volume Clubbing Waterproof Mascara in Dramatic Black. It is truly smudge proof (even on my eyes that tend to water quite a lot) and gives lovely definition. A patented double-sided brush gives even coverage on the lashes and the waterproof formula is enriched with vinyl for an intense look that won’t budge all evening. I’m normally a Lancôme devotee when it comes to mascara, so am very happy with its £7.99 price.
Also from the Bourjois stable is their new launch – the Colour Edition 24 Hour cream-to-powder eyeshadows. Fine and silky, this soft cream colour – my fave is Or Desir, a subtle gold shade – turns into powder upon the contact with the skin leaving you with a luxurious, second-skin feel. It gives a metallic sheen and long-lasting colour and just £6.99 to boot.
I add to this a light veil of Barry M’s Dazzle Dust Eye Shadow, £4.59, in Tan, which is a neutral nude-gold colour. It gives a lovely shimmer to the brow bone or can be dusted all over for a light-reflecting effect.
I can’t mention Bourjois without touching on their cute and practical Little Round Pot Blusher, also £6.99. I use mine along my cheek bones or on the apple of my cheeks, with a smaller blusher brush after applying bronzer. It gives a rosy glow without looking too much like Aunt Sally. Current shade is Rose De Jaspe but at this price, you can invest in a few different colours. They last for ages, too.
I have also been totally won over by L’Oreal’s L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick by Color Riche, £8.99. Molto Mauve is a wonderfully dark rose colour that gives an intense colour but just enough for day-wear. It goes on like a dream – not too sticky and with a gorgeous shine. It is described as ‘when oil meets colour’ and this is very accurate. It gives a balm-like feel with colour like a lipstick, but shine like a gloss. Fab!
Last, but not least, and I can just about justify it in this ‘budget’ write-up I think, is Benefit’s Speed Brow, £13 (the most priciest). I love a defined brow, but don’t want mine to be eye-poppingly defined or HD Ready, which is a popular look right now. This quick-set gel gives brows a hint of colour and tidies them up. It lasts all day and keeps brows neat and tamed.