Flawless coverage, beautiful nails and soft lips for less...
In the beauty biz, this is what’s technically known as a no brainer. Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Cosmic Blue is a limited edition polish in the shade of the summer – cobalt. It paints on smoothly with enough pigment to only do one coat if you fancy, costs a mere £3 and £1 of that goes to charity. What reason could there be not to treat yourself?
If you’ve ever tried the original Lash Sensational (pink tube) you’ll know why it’s #1 mascara in the UK – long, clump-free almost ridiculously fluttery lashes. What more could we want? Well actually, lash conditioning ingredients might be nice, and lo and behold Lash Sensational Luscious has arrived with a rose and organ oil-infused formula. Lashes are as long and lovely as ever, but now they’re nourished and in better nick for makeup free days too. Pounce now and you’ll even get £2 off at Boots – sensational indeed.
There’s a reason us Brits love our high street – we are lucky enough to have access to tons of cutting-edge beauty products at affordable prices, many of which have technology that’s tricked down from designer sister brands.
The truth is that the contents of your beauty bag really doesn’t have to cost fortune. There are plenty of exciting products on the shelves that are both effective and affordable. Even the A-list are fond of a beauty bargain too. With big name brands behind them and results that speak for themselves, it’s no wonder that these high street beauty buys are loved by the w&h team.
Make a saving by switching to these budget beauty favourites now that will leave you looking anything but cheap.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer has made a name for itself amongst make-up artists and beauty editors alike. The unique gel texture hides over sallow skin and dark circles to reveal a natural-looking coverage that would gather in creases or turn cakey.
For best results dot the angled foam applicator in a half moon below your eye and gently blend with your fingertips.
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Normally the rule of thumb with foundations is you get what you pay for, but Bourjois City Radiance is a rare exception. It’s light, sheer and slippy so easily bendable and leaves just the right amount of pigment on skin to even out the bits you don’t like without masking the bits you do. They’ve somehow managed to sneak a decent SPF30 in there without any chalkiness which at this price is no mean feat. One gripe – the deepest shade is still distinctly beige, we’d like to see more colours for dark skin please.
Struggling to master the smoky eye? You are not alone. One of the fussiest make-up manoeuvres out there, a traditional smoky look can require all sorts of brushes, eyeshadows and liners for just one evening look.
Thankfully beauty bods over at L’Oréal have devised a timesaving shadow/liner tool that perfects the ultimate smoky eye in one fell swoop. And the best bit? There is virtually no skill required.
Simply sweep across the waterline with the Superliner Smokissme’s precision tip before letting the specially curved nib blend colour evenly across your lid in one effortless stroke. Effortless.
Our trusty cleansers had an upgrade when Micellar Water made its way across the Channel. These little bottles transformed our routines because they contain microscopic molecules that effectively draw the dirt out of your skin. L’Oreal’s purse-friendly version is gets every bit of grime out and smells lovely too – no wonder it flew off the shelves. Available from Boots.
Gel nails without the hefty salon price tag! Simply paint over any shade for a high-shine finish that lasts. Available from Topshop.
High street skincare can be genuinely impressive. B Flawless’s targeted wrinkle filler is clinically-proven to immediately reduce the apperance of wrinkles when applied after your liquid base. Simple, effective and available from Superdrug.
Another entry from Maybelline, just a great brand for bringing trend-driven but also useful products into our lives (and handbags) Baby Lips look cute first and foremost but also manage to nourish dry, chapped lips without causing them to dry out further down the line (so many lip balms do, infuriatingly) you also get just a little bit of colour. Available from Superdrug.
Forget gloss or lipstick, light, non-sticky lip crayons are a make-up must-have, they’ll never spill in your handbag and can be applied anywhere on the go. Try Marks and Spencer’s flattering Ultra Shine Lip Colour for sheeny but not syrupy lips in flattering pink and nude shades.
This clever concealer launched not too long ago, and already one is sold every 58 seconds! Why? It covers imperfections dark circles without settling into creases, blends easily and stays put all day (with a tiny touch up at lunch) Available from Boots.