It's that time of year where students all around the UK return to University, for another semester of fun and hard work. It's always a time of year that is on my mind, as I actually started my blog when I started University. Back then I really was strapped for cash, I could never have dreamed of buying fancy palettes or expensive highlighters. I was always on the hunt for beauty bargains, or products that were great for multi tasking. Today's blog post is list of some of my best beauty finds, which won't break the bank!
Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes
The Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes are a fantastic buy for someone who really wants a great product for a fraction of the price. These eyeshadow palettes from Sleek were actually the first palette I ever tried and they made me fall in love with eyeshadow. They are packaged in cute black palettes, which are sturdy and travel well (the shadows won't shatter in your handbag or on a train ride home). There is no denying that the eyeshadows are pigmented, easy to blend and really high quality. They are easy to apply and they have no fallout either! Pictured is the Sleek Eyeshadow Palette in full of rich purples, glitters and pretty navy hues, which means you can create an eyeshadow look which packs a punch.
Sainsbury's Boutique Eyeshadow in 'Forty Winks'
Gone are the days that you had to head to Boots or Superdrug to pick up affordable makeup. You can now pick up fantastic products whilst you tour the supermarkets looking for your weekly food bargains. The lineup of the Sainsbury’s Boutique collection has everything from smokey eyeshadow palettes to lipsticks. However, the single eyeshadow in‘’ which is a stunning shimmer taupe, which looks fantastic on the eyes, on the brow bone or as a highlighter.
Parissa Azulene Oil
This product is from an all-natural waxing brand called Parissa (well known for their innovative products for brows and body). The Parissa Azulene Oil* is a stunning oil, which is naturally cobalt blue in colour. The formula is infused with chamomile and it's designed to prevent ingrowing hairs. However, what's so fantastic about this oil is that it's truly multi-purpose, which makes it perfect for small budgets. You can the oil for taming annoying flyaway hairs, moisturising dry skin and it's fantastic for removing waterproof mascara.
Barry M Nail Polish
I really don't think Barry M needs much of an introduction, especially within the beauty community. The Barry M stands in my local Boots store are some of my earliest memories of loving makeup. I'd have £5 to spare and I was always drawn to the bright colours and the pretty packaging. I truly think you can't go wrong with Barry M Nail Polishes, they have every colour you could dream of and they are super affordable. It means you can have a colour for each of your evening outfits, without spending all of your student loan!
NIVEA In-Shower Body Moisturiser
NIVEA tends to be a good place to start. Who remembers when the launched and had the beauty world in awe? You simply wash as normal in the shower and then you follow your shower gel with this innovative body cream. Simply coat your skin and then wash it off, you're left with soft moisturised skin and you don't need to moisturise after your shower either! It's a great two-in-one product and it saves you from applying moisturiser in the cold if you're saving money on your heating bill (we've all been there)!
Get Your Lipstick On The High Street
Everyone loves a high end lipstick and they are a fantastic thing to treat yourself to. However, with the high street getting better and better, you can honestly save your money and pick something up from Maybelline. Blushing Pout (942)* is part of Maybelline's Creamy Matte collection; they are richly pigmented and they glide onto the lips thanks to the formula which includes precious oils. If you want something that really packs a punch, you should check out their range of Color Drama Lip Paints*, which are fantastic for some truly standout makeup looks.
I'd love to hear about some of your favourite beauty bargains and multi-purpose products in the comments below.