Ten Under a Tenner – Best Budget Beauty Buys

Proving that you don’t need a celebrity bank balance to look like one, I’ve tried and tested some of the best budget beauty buys and they’re all under a tenner!

Barry M Nail Paint, £2.99 each

Great quality, great price and available in a rainbow of colours it’s no wonder Barry M nail varnished have just won In Style’s Best Beauty Buy’s 2011 “best inexpensive nail varnishe” category. Available from Boots and Superdrug stores.

L’Oreal True Match Touche Magique £7.19

The minute I stopped comparing every under eye concealer to the wonder that is the YSL  touche eclat, I discovered lots of great alternatives. Cheaper versions are never going to be the same, they’re usually thicker, more pigmented, but that aint necessarily a bad thing! L’Oreal’s Touche Magique is great for dark bags and also packs enough punch for the odd blemish, and at £7.19 you can bag 3 for the price of 1 touche eclat.

Topshop Kohl Eye Pencils £4

Deep, intense colour in a gliding and soft pencil to give easy and precise application. Velvety finish and deep colour with just one stroke of this soft kohl pencil. Avilable in fantastic shades including Dragon Fly and Petrol.

No7 Limited Edition Spring Collection Lipstick £10

New to the No7 range for Spring/Summer 11. These soft moisturising lipsticks available in two shades – Brigitte a pale and pouty pink shade and Grace, a warm, peachy pale coral. You had me at the packaging. Catch them quick in Boots stores now!

Perfection Colour Intense Lip Lacquer M&S £7.50

Super shiny, highly pigmented gloss that glides on and stays put. Available in vivid shades: pink fizz, pink magenta, vamp, red nude, scarlet, orange fizz, wild plum, claret, pink parfait and jewel. Available online and in store.

Girls Aloud Party Lashes by Eylure £5.10

Since hitting the market in 2009, these falsies have gone down a storm. Five styles available, each designed by your favourite member of girls aloud. Featuring an easy application design, with a glue adhesive and a contact lens friendly design. I highly recommend Nadine’s bambi esque lashes! Available from good chemists and department stores.

Urban Decay Big FATTY Mascara Colour Collection Minis £9

It’s big, it’s fat, it should be illegal. Big Fatty Mascara creates the fullest, fattest lashes imaginable. Infused with hemp oil to moisturize & keep lashes soft, this thickening mascara takes lashes to a new realm. The creamy formula thickens, lengthens & glosses lashes. Step away from bog standard black and try out Purple Haze or Electric Blue…Just one try and you’ll be hooked. Available at Asos.com.

Models Own Powder Eyeshadows £5

Over 60, yes 60 colurs available in stylish matt, sexy shimmer and glam glitter for every look and mood. The colours are intense, rich and vibrant and you don’t need to use much to create fab looks and effects. Right now on Models Own website, buy 3 for £12. Also available at Boots and Superdrug stores.

Carmex Cherry Lip Balm £2.50

Available since 1937, this culy beauty buy has sold over 1 billion jars Worldwide, now available in Cherry flavour – yum yum! Perfect for soft, kissable lips. Never be caught without yours, I have on in my bag, one on my desk and one next to the bed. 3 for 2 now at Superdrug.

No7 Eye Shadow Blend and Contour Brush £6.60

I’m a big fan of No7 brushes, in my opinion they’re every inch as good as many expensive rivals. High quality, super soft bristles and large head area make this brush perfect for blending eye shadow along the lid area and beyound. A great go-to brush for everyday use. Also highly recommended in this range, the foundation brush, but at £12, doesn’t qualify in this category.



When I stumbled upon this eye kit on a Bobbi Brown counter last week, I couldn’t resist. This fab eye kit includes the award winning Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, Long Wear Gel Cream Shadow in Velvet Plum, Dual Ended Cream Shadow/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush and Mini Extreme Party Mascara. It’s the perfect solution to instantly update your eye make up.

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Designed to give the look of liquid liner with the ease & feel of a gel formula. It claims to be Long-wearing, water-resistant, smear and crease proof, and it comes up trumps on all counts. Suprisingly easy to apply and extremely long lasting, it’s no wonder this product blows the others out the water, and it has the awards to prove it. The short handled brush gives lots of control – use flat for a thicker line, or turn to the side for pencil thin line. The product dries quickly but gives just enough time to “play” around for the perfect line.

Long Wear Gel Cream Shadow

Why o why have I never used a cream eye shadow before! I assumed that being a cream it would sink into the creases of the eye, how wrong I was.  This product is simply AMAZING! So easy to apply with the cream shadow end of the brush, or fingers if you feel more comfortable; It looks as vivid on the eye as it does in the pot. Whilst it’s a cream, it’s not too creamy. There’s time to “play” but it dries quickly and like the gel liner, doesn’t budge until it’s washed off. You can also layer it up for extra impact. The shade is a gold flecked colour with a hint of plum. Needless to say I’m a convert, I’m so impressed I’ll be back to Bobbi Brown soon to try some more shades.

The set also includes a dual ended liner and cream shadow brush and mini party wear liner. It’s a great starter kit if you’ve never used these products before and great value at £32 (the liner and shadow cost that alone) no wonder it’s sold out on Bobbi’s website, still available online from House of Fraser £32 and selcted counters nationwide.