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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: http://tinyurl.com/3l9of68

Boots No7 Triple Action Tinted Moisturiser (Light Medium) £12 or £7 with frequently issued vouchers: http://tinyurl.com/4yxjhjq

e.l.f. Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain, £3.50 from e.l.f.: http://tinyurl.com/3tnz3fr

Garnier Tinted Roll-On (light), £10.20 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/3cotx6c

Bourjois Illuminating Touch in ’97 Rose Essential’, £7.49 from Superdrug: http://tinyurl.com/3th5xlb

St Tropez Skin Illuminator (Violet) £12 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/3lhlfer

Eyeko ‘Posh’ Polish, £5 – use this code E11285 to get a free gift at checkout! http://tinyurl.com/2canqnt

Avon Blush in ‘Earthen Rose’ £6: http://tinyurl.com/3docwjf

Avon Moisture Seduction Lipstick in ‘Nude Perfection’, £8.50: http://tinyurl.com/3quuw3q

Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in ‘Elegante’: this is old, it may not still be around. Similar palettes at Escentual here: http://tinyurl.com/43ysqox priced at £38

Rimmel Quad Eye Shadow in ‘002 Smokey Brun’, £6.99 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/3jrcz6y

Revlon Colorstay in ’02 Coffee Bean’ usually £7.99, is £5.99 in Boots at the moment: http://tinyurl.com/3doeqpd

Vaseline Rose & Almond Oil Lip Balm, £1.97 from Boots: http://tinyurl.com/3dnm988





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

  4. 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. 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. 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. 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 ;-)

  8. 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.

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

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

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