Keep Lips Pretty … And Protected
We're always banging on about SPF and protecting skin - but trust us, it's well worth it. But one area we often forget is our lips. Lipstick, gloss or balm don't protect lips from the sun, especially in the warmer months, so choosing a lip colour with an SPF is a great idea.
The new bargain Collection Lip Colours, £3.99 (Boots and Superdrug) have SPF15, so they're perfect for wearing all day and ensuring lips aren't exposed to damage that can cause signs of ageing.
In six shades, they ...
Banish Summer Shine …
All we want for summer is a glow - not a shiny, oily face, but a healthy, radiant complexion.
If you're prone to shine developing throughout the day and find that pressed powder doesn't soak it up effectively, this handy Essence Instant Matte Make Up Setting Spray, £3 (wilko.com) will do the trick. Just spritz it over make-up to set everything and keep it in place, sealing make up so the shine doesn't work its way through. It doesn't stop the skin's natural radiance coming through, just the ...
Pout It Out Like Rita Ora
If you've ever seen a celebrity with perfect pouty lips and wondered about their secret, we can help. This gorgeous picture of singer Rita Ora is dominated by her perfect lips - and the great news is, you can get the same look for just £5.99.
Rita is the face of Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour (Boots) and she's proof that you can look beautiful without spending a fortune.
The bargain lip colours has fantastic coverage, with high pigment, true shades, and lasts for up to 12 hours. ...
Magical Bespoke Lipstick
At first glance, this lipstick looks pretty scary. Yes, it's bright canary yellow - so why would you?!
This is actually a bespoke lip shade that adjusts to the shade that's perfect for your skin tone. Unicorn Lip Paint by Barry M, £4.99 (Superdrug) is part of a collection to celebrate the brand's 35th birthday. After you've gasped and felt a little old, as it seems like yesterday that Barry M burst on to the scene with its vibrant shades and fantastic value products, think about checking ...
Stunning Summer Make-Up Bags
We can always justify buying a new make-up bag, especially when they are as colourful and eye-catching as these - and at under £5 each, it's a treat you can justify.
These new Hit The Beach Bags (£4.99, Superdrug) will bring some instant summer brightness into your life. The new zipper pouches come in three zingy shades – orange, bright pink and yellow. Perfect for stashing your summer make-up essentials or if you are heading for the beach, for storing your sun cream and cooling spray ...
Luscious Lime Lip Balm
Oh, how we love lip balms ... winter, summer, rain, shine, whatever the weather, a lip balm is a cosmetic staple that we view as an absolute essential.
There should always be one lurking in the bottom of your handbag, on your desk or in the car glove box, to keep lips moisturised so they feel and look better.
We love this Lime Twist Stick from Carmex, £3.25 (Boots) which contains meadowfoam seed oil - no idea what it is, but it sounds divine - beeswax and cocoa seed butter so lips are ...
Fab Products For Just £1
What can you get for £1 these days ... a loaf of bread, a bar of chocolate? Just about, but it doesn't go far. Unless you go cosmetics shopping at Wilko, where there's a brilliant selection of products at £1, up to £4.
We love this Kiss Lip Scrub, £1 (wilko.com) an apricot-flavoured exfoliator to smooth lips. A quick scrub with this daily will make lips softer, getting rid of dead skin cells, so lipstick glides on better and lasts for longer.
It's also worth checking out Essence Satin ...
Save On … Lip Gloss
We love liquid lipsticks, they're easy to apply, non-drying and with the right one, the colour can last for hours. It also means no extra lip gloss on top to get a shine.
The new Max Factor Colour Elixir Honey Lacquer collection, £9.99 each (Boots) is just lovely. There are eight very wearable shades including pink, flattering nude, bright red and deep purple, and each one is highly-pigmented, so the colours are true to what you see in the tube.
They create a smooth, lacquered look, ...
Channel Your Inner Mermaid …
Just look at this gorgeous eyeshadow palette - and it's only £4!
Primark have done it again with their bargain PS... range with the Prism collection, a range of holographic highlighters and iridescent rainbow shades. It's perfect for a pretty summer, such as the trend for shimmering mermaid make-up.
The palette contains flattering silvers, whites and lilacs that work well for any age, on any skintone - just keep blusher and foundation natural.
The collection also includes Prism Lip ...
Flattering Cream Blush
We love cream blush, it's flattering, easy to use and ideal for popping into a handbag. And this new Blush Perfection Cream Colour Duo from MUA, £3 (Superdrug) is a cracker.
It comes in five colourways, with each stick consisting of two shades that can be used separately or blended together for a bespoke shade.
The consistency is rich and creamy and easy to blend, so there are no telltale lines, so it's also perfect for contouring or highlighting. A brilliant bargain that will see you ...
Genius Brush Cleaner
We're as guilty of not cleaning our make-up brushes regularly as we're sure you are. But we are aware that dirty brushes - think of the germs! - cause skin to become congested and encourage break-outs.
If you don't have time to lovingly clean brushes (and who does?), this handy Make Up Brush Cleaning Tool from The Vintage Cosmetic Company (£5.95, thevintagecosmeticcompany.com) might be the answer.
Made from silicone, the idea is that you add a little water and gentle shampoo to the mitt ...
Boots has a great offer on this week with Sleek Makeup. Spend over £12 on the brand and you get a free Dip It Eyeliner worth £4.99 (Boots).
Sleek is an impressive brand, with plenty of on-trend choices and some fabulous staples. You could treat yourself to a True Colour Lipstick, £4.99, and I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette, £8.99, and get your free eyeliner, and you have a brand new look for £14. Bargain!
New Bargain Make-Up
Miss Sporty is a brilliant range of cosmetics, so don't let the name out you off. It's not just for a young Miss, nor is it exclusively for the Sporty amongst us. It's a no-frills, good quality brand that keeps coming up with on-trend launches that are real bargains.
The newest collection is Really Me! and includes the Combo Shadow and Liner, pictured, £2.99 (Superdrug), a choice of four colours of double-ended pencils with eyeliner on one end and shadow on the other. Choose from Really ...
Strobing may seem complicated, and a bit of a passing trend that's not suitable for us all. However, it's a skill you can tap into without getting caught up in all the difficult stuff.
The best way to incorporate a touch of strobing that can really improve your make-up is to invest in a soft, creamy strobing stick. And we've found a brilliant one by W7 Cosmetics. Strobe & Go!, £5.95 each (w7cosmetics.co.uk) come in two shades - Pink Light and Moonlight. The pinky one is best for light ...
Workout Range Under £2.50
While going to the gym or for a run isn't the most glamorous pursuit, wearing a little make-up can make it feel a little less like a chore. The key is to go for subtle make-up that won't block your pores or streak down your face as you're giving exercise everything you've got.
The new PS…Workout range from Primark is brilliant. All the bargain formulas are in subtle, wearable shades that won’t budge no matter how strenuous the workout. The 11-piece collection is sweat-proof and ...