• Budget Beauty Bargains

    I am often on a tight budget being a student who doesn’t work full-time and however nice it is to buy a higher end product sometimes you can find some really good lower end products. Obviously higher end products might have a slightly higher quality to them, but often you are just paying for the brand name and you can get five similar lower end products for the price of one.
    More than half of my makeup collection is lower end products because they are just so much cheaper than higher end products. I tend to stick with lower end foundations or concealers because I have found ones I like and I use them up really quickly so I don’t want to have to spend loads of money every month. I also like to pick up lower end products when experimenting around with my makeup so I don’t use up my more expensive products. Without further ado here are some of my budget beauty bargains!

    MUA, Maybelline and NYX Lipsticks


    There are so many varieties and different types of lipsticks out there that there are endless amounts of lower end lipsticks that might be really decent and I have found some which I quite like or would recommend if you are trying to save your pennies. The very first lipstick I ever bought was this MUA Lipstick in the shade Peachy Keen. Looking back on this you can definitely tell it is only £1 as it is thick and not easy to put on unless you prime your lips, however it is so pigmented and I really love this shade for summer. It is matte as well and if you have been reading my blog for a while you will know how much I love my matte lippies!

    Maybelline is really good for well priced nude lipsticks. I was trying to find a berry or dark brown shade of lipstick last autumn because who doesn’t have a berry lipstick for that time of year? So I got the Maybelline Colour Sensational in 955 Expresso Exposed. This is such an easy lipstick to wear and covers the whole lip with just one application. The only thing I would say is that if you eat it will come off and you will have to reapply it.

    Unsurprisingly NYX is also in the mix. This is the only NYX lipstick I have but it is such a fun shade because it is a hot pink with blue glitter in it and it is perfect for the festival season. This is a really long-lasting shade however it is slightly patchy so you have to apply more than one coat of it. You can find the NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in the shade Chloe here.

    Models Own Nail Varnish

    I first found out about Models Own when I went to the Clothes show in 2013 and this was way before they branched out into doing makeup too. However I love the models own nail varnish because they are so many variations. They have glittery nail varnish, matte, gel effect, scented you name it. They dry really quickly too so you aren’t just sat there feeling helpless because you are stuck with wet nails. My fav has to be the pale pink in the photo above which is the HyperGel Nail Varnish in Pink Veneer because it is a really subtle colour for school or work and it has a lovely glossy look to it. I also like the other one shown which is GlitterGel in Petunia Glitz because it is such a great colour to put on your ring finger.

    Zoella Beauty Sweet Inspirations Body Mist

    I thought about including a perfume because that is beauty related to right?! So I did and I picked the Zoella Beauty Sweet Inspirations Body Mist. I LOVE THIS. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!  It is a scent which some people might not like because it is really sweet but it smells like a macaroon or a bakery. This is only £8 and I can smell it on myself all throughout the day which some of my more expensive perfumes won’t do. I am nearly out of mine so I am going to have to buy it again!
    I have so many more budget beauty bargains which I can share with you so let me know if you want to see more.
    What is your best budget beauty bargain?
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    1. 14/05/2017 / 9:25 pm

      I abso love the The Body Shop Matte Liquid Lipsticks – There only £6 and there INSANE!

        • 15/05/2017 / 8:03 pm

          Do it there great! There’s a review on my blog if you wanna check that out x

    2. 14/05/2017 / 9:57 pm

      Love love the body matte lipstick they are the best things I have purchased in a long while c

    3. 15/05/2017 / 10:01 am

      I love the whole Zoella range! Have you tried her Lazy Days candle? It smells amazing! x

      • 15/05/2017 / 7:29 pm

        I haven’t! My boots is really bad for stocking her stuff sometimes so you have to time it perfectly!

    4. 15/05/2017 / 10:02 am

      Yess, love your picks! Loved reading this x

    5. 15/05/2017 / 12:40 pm

      Great post! I really like the Lash Sensational mascara by maybelline. You should check it out!

    6. 15/05/2017 / 7:05 pm

      Great post!! I recently seen the Zoella line at my local Walmart and was curious to how it would smell I love sweet scents! So I’ll totally have to try this out 😃

    7. 19/05/2017 / 4:25 pm

      I love nyx lipsticks. Definitely a staple.

    8. 29/05/2017 / 7:36 pm

      Great post, these recommendations are so useful!

    9. 03/07/2017 / 12:44 am

      So wish I can get my hands on some Zoella products!

        • 04/07/2017 / 7:30 pm

          Some her stuff is like exclusive to superdrug and the U.K. in general, which I don’t have access to where I live.

    10. 06/07/2017 / 3:35 am

      Love your recommendations! I’ll need to try the nail varnish sometime in the near future.

    11. 10/07/2017 / 2:29 pm

      Great post! Beautiful pics too 🙂

    12. 12/07/2017 / 3:20 am

      Love NYX products, never tried zoella though. Where do you purchase it?

    13. 12/07/2017 / 5:28 am

      I love NYX lippies, they’re my fav! great post!

    14. 12/07/2017 / 11:14 am

      The collection fast stroke eyeliner has been my golden product for three years now!!!x

    15. 12/07/2017 / 9:20 pm

      I was so surprised with how good MUA lipsticks are for the price. I have a nice deep red one I use for special occasions, and it has surprisingly good staying power. Lovely post by the way 🙂

    16. 13/07/2017 / 11:37 pm

      I love my Burt’s bees lipstick in iced iris, it’s a really pale pink, but it’s like super moisturizing, too!
      I love your blog!!

    17. 14/07/2017 / 6:10 pm

      love this post- and i definitely need to try out zoella’s products!

      • 20/07/2017 / 9:15 pm

        Thank you so much hun! i hope the blogging world is amazing for you!

    18. 20/07/2017 / 4:07 am

      i love this post!!! I’m a student also, and i feel like sometimes even as a blogger you are pressured to buy high-end things. I’ve been dying to try Zoella products!! Great Read!

      • 20/07/2017 / 9:15 pm

        I always feel like I should wear branded clothes!!

    19. 22/07/2017 / 12:59 pm

      Really great post, I love it! Would really appreciate it if you could check out my blog too x

    20. 22/07/2017 / 1:55 pm

      Love this post! And Zoella’s sweet inspirations collection is my favourite! x

      • 24/07/2017 / 8:58 pm

        Same! I loved her ginger bread collection too though!

        • 24/07/2017 / 8:58 pm

          Me too! Honestly, her body mists are my go to! Always restocking on them because I love them so much!

    21. theglassofclass
      22/07/2017 / 5:13 pm

      This is such a good article! I tend to stick to one brand when it comes to makeup but I’m always up for trying new products, I’ll definitely give them a go! As much as I’d love to get some high-end makeup, I can’t really afford it at the moment (or anytime soon).
      I recently posted a similar article about budget makeup products, you can check it out here: http://theglassofclass.com/budget-beauty-loves/
      Julia xx

      • 24/07/2017 / 8:57 pm

        Definitely broaden your makeup brand knowledge! Even if its drug store products!!

    22. 22/07/2017 / 10:58 pm

      I need to try Zoella Beauty Sweet Inspirations Body Mist by my own, I am so curious about it!

    23. 25/07/2017 / 3:25 pm

      Love this blog, your recommendations are amazing, i literally started mine today! x

    24. 26/07/2017 / 2:12 pm

      Love this post! As much as I love higher end products I completely agree that lower end products can be just as good. I wouldn’t be without my collection lasting perfection concealer x

      • 26/07/2017 / 6:42 pm

        Omg my collection concealer is my holy grail product!

    25. 26/07/2017 / 7:18 pm

      NYX lipsticks and glosses have always been one of my favourite. I remember when they very first came to the UK and I went on a crazy shopping spree, Great post I have been loving your blog lately x

      • 29/07/2017 / 5:55 pm

        I am not a fan of glosses but I love NyX soft matte lipsticks! Thanks hun that means a lot! X

      • 29/07/2017 / 5:54 pm

        I have seen Gosh in Superdrug but I wasn’t sure whether to try it or not!

        • 29/07/2017 / 8:53 pm

          It’s really good! I literally wear it everyday!

    26. 30/07/2017 / 7:59 am

      Totally agree on NYX lipsticks try MUA powder or the wilko essence range for some great bargains!

    27. 01/08/2017 / 10:55 am

      Absolutely LOVE 🖤 your blog 🖤🖤🖤 amazing pictures

    28. 01/08/2017 / 10:58 pm

      Great post ! Very helpful x

    29. 01/08/2017 / 11:07 pm

      I absolutely the Zoella sweet inspirations smell aswell. Definitely my favourite. Not too sure in the new range though

    30. 04/08/2017 / 12:09 am

      I found out about Models Own at Clothes Show too! Love their gel polish range!

    31. nakishawilliam
      06/08/2017 / 8:50 pm

      Thanks for tips and beauty products reviews.

    32. 07/08/2017 / 1:45 am

      Great read. Take a look at my blog.

    33. 07/08/2017 / 10:14 pm

      Hi Emily Clare, I really loved this post there are soo many good-quality beauty products which are really reasonably priced!

      • 08/08/2017 / 7:42 pm

        Hiya! Thanks for reading! And yes I definitely agree!

    34. 08/08/2017 / 11:03 pm

      I love your post, those lipsticks are definitely going on my “to try” list.

    35. 08/08/2017 / 11:14 pm

      Woah I loved this post! Would love if you could check out my blog and maybe give me a follow ❤️

    36. 09/08/2017 / 5:34 am

      Love this post! Learned alot about new products! Check out my blog

    37. 09/08/2017 / 1:31 pm

      Oh my God I love zoellas sweet inspirations perfume. I wear it almost everyday and have gone through three bottles already haha 😊. Its just so good! Great post I think I might give the nyx lipsticks a try

    38. 11/08/2017 / 2:37 am

      Would anybody say that Colourpop would be considered bargain beauty? I’d say they could compete with drug store prices. Also, amazed a brand so reasonably priced will be entering Sephora this year.

      • 13/08/2017 / 6:23 pm

        I have never actually tried colourpop so I wouldn’t be able to say!

        • 13/08/2017 / 7:27 pm

          i really like their super shock shadows & ultra blotted lips. i think their prices are reasonable for the quality

    39. 11/08/2017 / 8:36 pm

      I think I would love that fragrance too! I prefer gormmand scents.

    40. 12/08/2017 / 2:53 pm

      Great post 😀

    41. 14/08/2017 / 2:41 pm

      Awesome finds! Gonna have to try this Zoella mist now!!

    42. 15/08/2017 / 6:22 pm

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    43. 18/08/2017 / 4:27 pm

      Great post! I have seen Zoe’s new stuff, maybe I’ll try it out, I was deciding if I wanted to or not, is it worth it?

    44. 20/08/2017 / 10:27 pm

      On your site, how did you get the “follow your blog” to pop out on the screen when someone visits?

      • 24/08/2017 / 10:44 pm

        Because I have a premium wordpress account it is a plugin that you can chose to have via another website too x

        • 05/09/2017 / 2:32 pm

          i have premium too but i tried to get it and i couldnt 🙁

    45. 23/08/2017 / 8:51 pm

      Check out my blogs. These are all about the cost effective fashion and beauty tips. Hope you like it 😊

    46. 25/08/2017 / 8:40 pm

      Love this post! It’s a wonderful read as you know how to relate to the reader! I enjoyed this very much! Check out my blog if you’re interested in skin care and beauty 🙂

    47. 01/09/2017 / 3:10 pm

      Love this post! One of my favorite beauty bargains is definitely wet n wild matte lipsticks. It’s just a couple dollars and literally stays on all day with the prettiest colors available! For an even cheaper bargain, the regular wet n wild (not matte) is also available…I just have to use matte on my lips or I think it looks terrible

    48. 01/09/2017 / 10:11 pm

      I love good bargain items. Thanks for sharing

    49. 10/09/2017 / 10:09 am

      I love the sweet inspirations range! I also have some of the Body Shop lipsticks which are really creamy and don’t dry out ❤️

    50. 19/09/2017 / 8:32 pm

      Do you have many of zoellas collecoins?

    51. 25/04/2018 / 9:23 pm

      I know this is an older article of yours, but I reblogged it anyways because it fits in with the theme of mine. =) Thanks.

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