Bargain Urban Decay Lookalike
Urban Decay's Naked eyeshadow palettes are very special. The colours are beautifully well-thought-out, the palette itself is exquisite quality, and it lasts for months. But at £39.50, they're an investment - which is why we're well chuffed with this looky-likey product from Aldi.
The Naturals collection bears more than a passing resemblance to the Urban Decay palettes, and they're pretty good. The shades are very wearable, and at £5.99 (aldi.co.uk) they're just brilliant value.
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Look After Your Lips …
Lips have the thinnest skin on the body, so they really need looking after. As we head into warmer weather, it's important to use a good quality lip protector and hydrator to stop lips drying out, which can be very ageing.
There are lots of great value lip balms around, but in intense heat lips need something more. True North Lip Balm SPF50, £10 (truenorthcosmetics.com) is a hydrating combination of coconut oil, shea butter and argan oil with a very high protection against damaging sun rays ...
Perfect Wedding Manicures
Many of us will have a wedding to go to this summer, or maybe a christening - probably something that requires pastels and pretty nails anyway.
Bright red fingernails don't work with demure dresses, so this Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Destination Wedding collection is perfect for an at-home manicure. Each polish is £9.99 (Boots and Superdrug) so it's cheaper than a salon manicure, and the shades are perfect.
Choos from Nude-ly Weds, a medium nude, Ocean Daze, a mint crème, After Altar, a ...
Cheaper Than The Salon
Having brows tinted regularly can be costly, as the tint wears off after two or three weeks, and it can also be time-consuming for those who find it difficult to make time for a salon visit.
Maybelline Brow Tattoo Longlasting Tint, £12.99 (Boots) has an initial cost, but it can save in the long-run. In three shades, it tints brows quickly and easily and is great for brow novices. Simply apply the colour and peel off for an instant tint.
Soothe Itchy Skin
Dealing with sensitive, itchy or irritated skin can cost a fortune, as you often have to try all sorts of different lotions and potions to find the right one. We can cut out all that expense and effort by recommending Aveeno, especially the new Dermaxa range, specifically for dry, itchy skin. And all products are
The range includes Colloidal Oatmeal along with a formula that soothes, protects and restores irritated skin. We love the Daily Emollient Body Wash, £9.99, which does the job of ...
Top US Skincare Now In The UK
CeraVe is a fast-selling skincare brand in the US that's now available to buy here - and it's well worth trying. The no-frills brand takes skin protection seriously, but for a fraction of the price of many dermatologist-led brands.
It works primarily to strengthen and boost the skin's natural barrier system, locking in moisture and hydration and keeping out the bad stuff, such as pollution, which causes ageing.
There's a whole range of products from hand care to cleansers, and all are ...
Cute Lip Compacts
Lip balm is one of the most important items in our make-up kits. It does so many jobs - keeps lips moisturised and plumped, works a treat on dry patches of skin, smoothes eyebrows and even tames frizzy hair.
So we love these Lypsyl Soft Touch Mirror Compacts, which at £4.99 (Superdrug) are a bargain. Soft lip balm and a handy mirror combined is a simple, but brilliant, idea. And there's even a choice of flavours - original, which is a warm oriental scent with orange, lemon and white ...
Fab Mud Cleanser
Mud-based beauty products are brilliant for detoxifying and making skin feel really clean and clear. Aldi's Lacura Charcoal Mud To Foam Cleanser, £5.99 (stores nationwide) is a bargain version of the more expensive mud cleansers.
It removes impurities, helps to shrink pores and leaves skin feeling squeaky clean. Try it - you'll never look back.
Multi-Tasker Saves Time And Money
Sometimes we just a quick, simple and bargain way to get ourselves out the door in the morning. If you don't have time for primer, concealer, foundation and under-eye illuminator, try a multi-use product like the new L'Oréal Paris Infallible Shaping Stick Foundation, £8.99 (Boots).
It's a creamy stick that gives precision application, and is really easy to blend. Just pop it on the areas that need it most, blend with fingertips and you're good to go. Oh, and keep it in your handbag for ...
Customised Foundation For £4
We've always struggled with the eight-shades-suit-all foundation concept - surely there are more than eight shades of skin in the world?! That's why we're in favour of ways to change your foundation so it's bespoke for you and perfectly works with your skin colour, changing it if need be for different times of the year. Or even different times of the day.
MUA Pro Custom Colour Foundation Mixer, £4 (Superdrug) comes in Lightening and Darkening versions, and it just takes a couple of drops to ...
The Bargain Celebrity Oil …
With all the fancy products around we often forget about the no-frills gems that can solve lots of problems.
This little bottle of Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil is just £5 (Boots and Waitrose) and can be used for loads of beauty concerns. If it's for breakouts, cuts, as a natural antiseptic, it will do the job without any great fanfare, quietly healing skin.
Meghan Markle swears by tea tree oil for travelling, Katy Perry loves it for keeping her skin clear and Victoria's Secrets model ...
Fab Gift Under £10
It's that time when we all start scrabbling around trying to find lovely gifts for not very much money.
A gift set is always a good bet - they can be great value for money, and they look lovely. They're also a treat that not many of us buy for ourselves, which is what a gift is all about.
We love this Moroccan Rose Mini Treats set from Argan+, £9.50 (waitrose.com). The products are beautiful - Bath Soak, Lip Balm, Body Wash and Body Butter, everything needed for a pampering evening.
Gorgeous Designer Lip Tint
This is quite possibly the loveliest little tin we've come across. Vaseline and designer Lulu Guinness have teamed up for a limited edition collection of lip products and hand cream in the cutest keep-forever packaging.
This Poppy Doll Face Tinted Lip Therapy Tin, £2.99, contains red tinted Vaseline, which gives enough of a hint of colour to brighten the whole face. And of course, lips get the moisture and hydration they so desperately need at this time of year, so there's no drying or ...
Change Your Look … For £2.99
A flick of an eyeliner can completely change your look - and if you work with the shape of your eyes, it can make a massive difference.
Collection ambassador and celebrity make-up artist Francesca Neill has come up with tips on how to create a whole new bespoke look in 30 seconds ...
CLOSE SET EYES = Double Wing
FRANCESCA SAYS: This is a really fun look to play with for a night out! A winged end will draw attention towards the outer edge of the eye, making them appear wider apart. ...
Save On … Teeth-Whitening
Just look at this lovely, sleek toothbrush - it makes brushing teeth a pleasure. And it's powerful enough not to worry about having to pay extra for teeth-whitening products.
The Sonic Chic Deluxe, £19.99 (Boots) is under £20, but is as effective as much more expensive toothbrushes. It delivers 32,000 brushstrokes a minute, which to keep teeth pearly white. And it comes in a slimline travel case in a choice of gold, silver or rose gold, so it can be taken to work or on a night out.