Stop That Shine!
If shine is the bane of your life - and it is for us, here - then this £3.50 bargain may be a little miracle.
Essence All About Matt! T-Zone Primer Stick (wilko.com) is a handy carry-around chunky crayon that stops shine in its track. It can of course be used on the T-zone as suggested by the name, but it can also be used under or over make-up anywhere on the face to blot shiny patches and saves constantly applying powder to combat oil.
It's a brilliant bargain, works just as well, if ...
The Secret To Bright Eyes
There are hundreds, literally hundreds, of products that claim to disguise under-eye shadows or eyebags. Some work, while others don't ... but this bargain one certainly does.
Maybelline’s Instant Anti Age Eraser Eye Concealer, £8.99 (Boots) works so well partly due to the fantastic sponge applicator, that dispenses just enough products to blend into the area and look completely natural. There's no shine or shimmery bits, so it illuminates very subtly and the choice of 12 shades means there ...
The 4-In-1 Make-Up Multi-Tasker
We love a bulging make-up bag as much as everyone else, but in the interests of not lugging around a huge handbag, it's good to have a multi-tasking staple that will cut down the number of products you need on the move.
PÜR 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make Up Compact, £29 (marksandspencer.com) is foundation, concealer, powder and SPF 15, all in one sweep of a brush.
It also hydrates skin, keeps shine at bay and is available in 11 shades ranging from ‘Porcelain’ to ‘Deeper’, so there ...
Go For The Glow!
There are literally hundreds of products around now which promise to give skin an instant glow. Most of them do work, but if you can save some pennies and still get a great result, why not?
This brilliant primer and pore minimiser from Essence is just £3.50 (wilko.com) and uses pink clay to refine, clear and illuminate the complexion. It works a treat, making the skintone more even so make-up goes on smoothly and making clean look and feel instantly clean and bright. It's a great one for ...
Pretty Eyes For Less
Glitter and shimmer are big news this summer for eye make-up, and there are lots of lovely premium brands around that have done it well.
But Lottie London have come up trumps again with this gorgeous Eye Foil, £4.95 (Superdrug), which are pretty much identical to the more expensive brands.
In four shades - pale pink, iridescent blue, metallic grey and a multi-coloured peach - they can be used on their own across the lid for a full-on Studio 54 look, on the lashline with an eyeliner brush ...
48 Shades Of Lipstick
You can never have too many lipsticks - we're not sure who said that, it may well have been us, but it's true.
And Maybelline have honoured the lipstick perfectly with the new Color Sensational range of 48 fabulous shades, £6.99 each (Boots).
They're cheap enough to treat yourself to a couple, and there is absolutely, definitely a shade in there for everyone! The formula is creamy and long-lasting, and in some ways it's lovely to just have a straightforward lipstick in the midst of all ...
A Summer Scorcher
We're looking for a glow this summer. A proper luminous healthy, lovely glow. And as we all know, sparkling eyes can lift the whole complexion - and this Treasure Chest palette from Barry M, £12.99 (Superdrug from August 22) will do the job just nicely.
With 12 matte and metallic baked eyeshadows, these work brilliantly both dry and wet, with an eyeliner brush slightly dampened. The colours are just glorious, all natural and pretty for an ethereal look like you've made no effort at all. ...
Super Summer Staying Power
A make-up setting spray may sound like a luxury rather than a necessity, but in the warm weather it can make a massive difference.
One of our favourite bargain brands e.l.f have a range of three sprays that do other jobs as well as keeping make-up in place - and they're great value.
Illuminating Face Mist and Set instantly brightens skin, Magic Mist and Setting Spray controls shine, hydrates and soothes skin and Fixing Mist and Setting Spray, all £5 (Superdrug) has calming, cooling ...
Plump And Shine Summer Lips!
Lips in warm weather can be difficult to get right. You don't want a thick or too bright lipstick, more of a healthy, natural look.
The answer is these fabulous Holographic Full On Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats, £15 (feelunique.com). Not only do they make lips look and feel instantly fuller and plumper, they also seal any lip colour below, making it stay on for longer, and they give a great glossy, non-sticky shine. They're a real bargain at this price as they do some many different ...
Embrace The Blue!
Kim Kardashian recently brought blue eyeshadow back into the spotlight - and let's be honest, the iconic 70s look pop its head up every summer.
The great thing is that, applied properly, blue eye make-up will actually suit anyone, of any age, with any skintone or eye colour.
And Rimmel have just made it even easier to embrace the trend. Wonder'swipe, £6.99 (Superdrug) is a combined eyeshadow and eyeliner that's incredibly easy to apply, and can be built up or kept subtle, depending on ...
Eyes Wide Open
In the seemingly endless quest for the perfect mascara, we came across this impressive offering from Rimmel London. Scandaleyes Wow Wings, £6.99 (Boots) aim to give that 'winged' effect that most of us are searching for - probably without really realising it.
By that, it means the wide-eyed, wide awake look that fanned-out lashes gives. The unique brush separates and volumises lashes, lifting and accentuating the whole eye area. In fact, the formula promises to give lashes 11 times more ...
The Perfect Summer Gloss …
We always have a lipgloss on the go, but summer's colours are especially important as they need to be subtle yet striking at the same time.
Our favourite so far is Gloss Me Up from Barry M in Sugar, £4.99 (Superdrug). It's the perfect pale pink - it doesn't make lips disappear, more gives them a sweet, baby pink gloss, and it doesn't dry lips out. Nor is it sticky or jammy. We've worn it non-stop this week, and it's pretty near perfect ...
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.
Well worth ...
Mascara Gives The Longest Lashes
We're big fans of length when it comes to eyelashes - the longer and more fluttery the better. And after trying many mascaras - it's a tough job - we've come to the conclusion that the smaller and more nifty the brush, the longer lashes end up looking.
This new mascara from Barry M, Lash Vegas 2, £4.99 (Superdrug) does the job a treat. The tiny bristles catch all the lashes and curl and lengthen for lashes Ermintrude would be proud of. The mascara also stays put, no matter how hot or sweaty ...
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.