Cheap (ish!) Everyday Makeup Video

I found this very difficult to make, mainly because I truly have never used that many budget cosmetics in real life. Even when I was in my late teens I was spending way beyond my means and coming home with Dior, Lancome, the odd bit of Guerlain. I suppose, too, that I have always been a little bit spoiled with work; brands or makeup artists handing me this and that to try or giving away samples from the beauty shoots…

However, there are loads of excellent budget beauty products and I have pulled together a few in this video to create a nice, slightly bronzed everyday look. You’ll see that I’m wearing a new headband which isn’t leopard print – hurrah! – and that my skin is looking in pretty good nick. If I may say so myself. Two words: Alpha, H. But wait until my big proper write-up – this is going to be big!

Shopping list, as always, beneath the video pane. If the sound on the video goes a bit funny, like someone is shaking maracas in the background, then that’s the rain.


Shoppping List

Mascara: Max Factor False Lash Effect ‘Fusion’: usually £11.99 this is £8.99 at the moment from Boots:

Boots No7 Triple Action Tinted Moisturiser (Light Medium) £12 or £7 with frequently issued vouchers:

e.l.f. Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain, £3.50 from e.l.f.:

Garnier Tinted Roll-On (light), £10.20 from Boots:

Bourjois Illuminating Touch in ’97 Rose Essential’, £7.49 from Superdrug:

St Tropez Skin Illuminator (Violet) £12 from Boots:

Eyeko ‘Posh’ Polish, £5 – use this code E11285 to get a free gift at checkout!

Avon Blush in ‘Earthen Rose’ £6:

Avon Moisture Seduction Lipstick in ‘Nude Perfection’, £8.50:

Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in ‘Elegante’: this is old, it may not still be around. Similar palettes at Escentual here: priced at £38

Rimmel Quad Eye Shadow in ‘002 Smokey Brun’, £6.99 from Boots:

Revlon Colorstay in ’02 Coffee Bean’ usually £7.99, is £5.99 in Boots at the moment:

Vaseline Rose & Almond Oil Lip Balm, £1.97 from Boots:




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  1. Hollie
    May 29, 2011 / 6:05 pm

    I’m the same as you, I struggle with budget make-up as I’d rather spend on something which is going to last me longer/something I feel does a better job. However, there are a few products I adore that are budget:

    1) Avon spectralash mascara (£10 but quite often on offer for £8 or £5)
    2) Barbra Daily oil-free foundation (£6.75 in Tesco, I think)
    3) W7 Africa blush/bronzer (£3.50- a total copy of the Benefit blushes but it’s fab as a highlighter)
    4) Models Own blush in doll/dolly (£5 and the perfect pink)

    Fab video!

  2. Bree
    May 29, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    Can’t wait to see your big Alpha H review Ruth! Hope it’s coming soon :) I’ve been so eager to try their products and I truly value all your opinions!!

  3. May 29, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    Very nice tutorial. I love No.7 tinted moisturizer.x

  4. Sami
    May 29, 2011 / 8:52 pm

    I prefer high end makeup too… but for things that I know I won’t be using all the time (eg orange eyeshadow) I try and keep it budget! xx

  5. Sara C
    May 29, 2011 / 9:09 pm

    ALPHA H REVIEW SOON PLEASE! Your skin looks fantastic (even more so than usual!) I have read (and loved) your blog for a while now but never commented. Just wanted to echo Bree in saying that I (and I am sure many others) really do value your opinions and have a lot of faith in your recommendations. Plus, you seem like a genuinely lovely person. Keep up the good work!

  6. May 29, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    I agree with you Ruth, I think it is worth it to splurge for the high end products. I think in general the quality just can’t be beat. I do like the Covergirl lash blast mascara and Loreal linear intense liquid eyeliner

  7. beth maiorana
    May 30, 2011 / 3:38 am

    Another great video, especially as it is so relevant to us all: I have a strictly limited budget- I adore cosmetics- I am a Snob about all things Important- often, a Chanel splurge takes precedence over groceries (!!!) and that is a very carefully deliberated conclusion I chose to sometimes arrive at. Hence, while I agree totally with your rationale for high-end products, especially in your instance (this is absolutely a business Must for you), I have a few terrific drugstore lines that really work superbly for me (I am older, I should add, also) so I am well covered by them, but skin care is, as you stated, the fundamental basis of a beautiful face, and no amount of “cutting corners” there should be taken lightly!! That’s where the bucks go- the rest I can fly by the seat of my pants, but not complexion. xo ;-)

    • May 30, 2011 / 11:44 am

      @Beth – yes, although I am on a proper mission now to do my cheap skincare video and see what gems I can find! x

  8. Natalie
    May 30, 2011 / 9:06 am

    Great that you did a vid on a lower budget. I was always all about the high end stuff too but since I had my little one I don’t have the time, cash or availability to snoop around Selfridges Beauty Hall, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the high quality of certain drugstore bits- Revlon Colorstay foundation is amazing, as is Maybelline Dream Matte powder. Both are the best I’ve ever used. Maybelline One By One mascara is also really good.

    • May 30, 2011 / 11:43 am

      @Natalie – thanks, I’ve been meaning to give Revlon base a try! x

  9. Eleanor
    May 30, 2011 / 11:15 am

    again ur wearing a really lovely headband, where is it from?? x

    • May 30, 2011 / 11:42 am

      @Eleanor £8 from asos – got it last week! x

  10. Emma
    May 30, 2011 / 12:56 pm

    I have this hair band too, talk about good taste, haha!

  11. Beata
    May 31, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    I love your videos! I saw in your Keira video that you like Chanel’s makeup alot. Do you think you could review the soleil tan de chanel from the summer collection? The one with four shades. I’m really curious ’bout it. It looks so beautiful.

    • May 31, 2011 / 8:10 pm

      @Beata I’ll try to get a hold of it! x

  12. June 1, 2011 / 1:38 am

    thanks for the tutorial, very informative!

  13. Gaya
    June 2, 2011 / 6:06 pm

    Ruth, I heard Bobbi Brown launched a new oil-free tinted moisturizer. I was wondering whether you’ve tried it or not. If so, is it any good?

    • admin
      June 2, 2011 / 6:47 pm

      @Gaya not yet! I’ll let you know if I try x

  14. Natacha
    June 6, 2011 / 4:32 pm

    Nice video! I’m a student and I don’t have that much money to buy a lot of products, but as my eyes are very sensitive, I can’t wear everything and have to choose quality products.
    As it goes for eyeshadows, I’ve got a palette from Chanel that I adore and an other one from Dior, the same as yours but in “mystic smoky”.

    I’ve been disappointed with this Dior palette because the shadows don’t stay for a long time.. Here are my eyes:

  15. lizziee
    June 6, 2011 / 7:58 pm

    What I love about your videos, Ruth, is how you actually apply the make-up. It’s fabulous to watch. Thank you as ever

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