As much as January is bookmarked as a fresh beginning, it is also the month in which our belts often become a little tighter and not due to overindulgence (I've yet to as much as look at my jeans, that is a problem for future me); if you are cutting back a little this month, or for the coming year for that matter but still strictly adhere to the "treat yo'self fool" rule book, below you will find 10 affordable yet totally covetable beauty products that you can enjoy guilt free.
I'm not sure what your personal stance is in respect to horoscopes or even star signs, regardless I do think that you will be enamoured by the new My Sign by Revolution Complete Colour Wheels. As you may have guessed, each of the twelve dinky eye kits are based on the supposed shades favoured by those who are housed into each astrological sign. I'm sure most will enjoy the novelty and somewhat personalised aspect of the My Sign by Revolution Complete Colour Wheels, and will gravitate towards their own star sign - however you are free to purchase which ever eye palette most appeals to you (I also own the Leo kit). Unlike your typical eyeshadow palette, this contains all you need to frame your entire eyes including: a primer, a highlighter, two brow powders and four eyeshadows. Admittedly the formulations are a little on the drier side but otherwise a joy to apply and wear, and at just £3.30 per palette, they are a quite the snip.
With nine shades to choose from - some of which I've yet to personally try as you can see from the above photo - the Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipsticks are as close to champagne on a beer budget as you'll find within the lipstick world. Not only is the shade range exquisite with bright, nude and slightly unusual hues to pick from but the formulation is second to none - a glide on, velvety soft yet long-wearing, free from smudging, texture that is non-drying, bold and completely matte. I don't say this lightly but the Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipsticks are the best of their kind and easily trump some of the more expensive matte lipsticks currently around.
Unlike typical matte lipsticks, it is far more difficult to gauge in-store if a liquid lipstick is worth purchasing, as a hand swatch offers next to no hint of just how it will feel on the lips. If for that very reason you steer clear of budget, or any matte liquid lipsticks for that matter, let me do you a solid and recommend you a stellar option - Sleek Make Up Matte Me Lip Creams. At just under £5, this is one of the best of its kind on the market - full coverage, entirely matte, available in a great and inclusive range of shades and not overly drying. I have been wearing the shade Birthday Suit at least twice a week but there truly is something for everyone in case mid-toned, pinky-nudes aren't quite your jam.
In my opinion, every make-up bag and beauty stash needs at least one dependable lip liner; I personally prefer mechanical style pencils as it eradicates the need for a sharpener - something I can never find, even with a torch and a search party of unwilling family members. I truly believe that lip pencils are something that the budget beauty sector well and truly have nailed and topping my list of personal favourites has to be the Essence Long Lasting Lip Liners: numerous shades, a creamy, easy to use yet hard wearing formulation that stays in place despite eating and drinking - not to mention comfortable enough to be worn as an all over lip colour should you wish. I have lost count to how many sticks of Essence Long Lasting Lip Liners in the shades Girl Next Door (pictured) and Peach Beauty I have tore through in the last 18 months, at just £1.50 each this is something you need to try out as soon as possible.
Contour palettes are everywhere you look, if like myself you contour seldom on a day-to-day basis and when you do, you tend to gravitate towards a more natural in appearance and altogether approach? If this rings true, then you need to try out the Rimmel Kate Sculpting Highlighting Palette (use the code FRESH for 18% off) - three, well thought out, face powders that allow to brighten, enhance and sculpt both the face and eyes should you wish. With two shade families to choose from, the Rimmel Kate Sculpting Highlighting Palettes, should suit most light to medium complexions - hopefully they will expand the colour range in the months to come. The beauty of this hand-sized palette is that each of the powder formulations have a delicate yet illuminating finish, meaning that even if you are a little heavy handed you will never willingly over apply.
The thing with beauty blenders and sponges is that you never have around when you need them - especially if you like to bake your make-up. I own and do use the original Beauty Blender and as great as it is, I do think you can find comparable products on the high street and with ease. If you have a Primark store in near vicinity, then you may want to purchase the Primark P.S Beauty 4pck Blender Sponges (£2.50) - a collection of sponges that cater to your every sponge whim and then some. The large pink sponge is a great dupe for the original Beauty Blender, the orange sponges are ideal for contouring and the dinky little yellow blender is ideally suited for setting the under eye. A complete and utter steal and one of the best Primark beauty products I have tried thus far.
Make-up brushes can be pricey but the right ones are an investment, well what if you could have the best of both worlds? High quality beauty tools, that you can use daily for years to come? The answer might just be QVS Brushes; with a brush for every whim and need catered too and all individual brushes retailing for under £10, you can afford to replace any well loved tools, that have seen better days.
As someone with small and hooded eyes, false eyelashes can often be a tricky affair - especially if you are hoping to achieve a natural flutter. Until other, affordable brands catch up, my forever go-to option is the entire lash line curated by Fleur de Force for Eylure. At the moment I have been purchasing a few sets of the Fully Fleur design and slightly trimming them into an almost 3/4 design - I find that the full yet light, and dare I say gentle design, helps to create a fluttery and almost doe eyed effect.
Stray hairs are something I contend with daily, especially in the current climate; sure I could whack in all the bobby pins my comically large head could handle, or I could use something a far cry prettier to tame my windswept-but-never-interesting locks. At the moment, I have a small cluster of Hershesons Mini Clips residing at the bottom of my handbag for those just-in-case moments, they are small but perfectly formed and ideal for clawing back, pesky out grown bangs or random awry hairs.
I've just painted my bathroom pink (it was a moment of madness and I'm not entirely sold on it) and as such I have been squirreling away, cute but practical objects to decorate and pull the room together. Weirdly despite my walls being coated in a garish shade of Marshmallow pink, the real talking piece has been my choice of hand wash - Carex Love Hearts Hand Wash. Guests and family members alike, seemingly can't get enough of the candy sweet fragrance - I mean anything that encourages people to wash their hands regularly can't be a bad thing now can it? At just 89p a bottle, this is one guilt-free treat we can all enjoy this January.
As remaining on a tight budget was very much the theme of this post, I am curious to learn if anyone has ever self invoked a spending ban and just how successful they found it to be?