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Beauty On A Budget: 10 Drugstore Bits We're Lovin Right Now

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

March 26, 2019 at 11:15am


One thing that seems to nibble into my budget every month is beauty products. 

I like to keep my makeup bag minimal; I try to only have one of each product.

Over the years, I've developed a love for some pretty pricey products that I try to keep for nights out or special occasions. For days at the office and general face I've started to build up a separate collection that's easy on the pockets and still works a charm.

Here are some of my favourite beauty bits when the budget is tight:

1. Sleek - Dip It Eyeliner


I feel completely naked without my signature eyeliner flicks.

I've tried almost every kind of eyeliner you could imagine and this is one that I keep coming back to. The angled brush makes it easy to apply and it lasts all day without smudging or chipping.


2. Madison Prime Prep Perfection Primer


This product has become an essential of mine - my makeup routine is not complete without it. If you're like me and you're a divil for touching your face during the day this is key because it keeps your foundation in tact - no patchy chins!

The primer contains a nourishing blend of ingredients that hydrates and helps your makeup last. It's 100% natural, cruelty-free and vegan.


3. Catrice Glam & Doll Boost Lash Growth Volume Mascara


Finding a good drugstore mascara can be such a struggle.

Right now, I'm loving this one from Catrice. A few coats and your lashes are popping without being hideously clumpy.


4. Bourjois Rouge Velvet


This is my go-to lippy.

It's easy to apply, long lasting and comes in all of the colours you could dream of. This is one of my all-time favourite beauty products.

Intense colour and a soft matte finish in just one sweep.


5. Carter Beauty Cosmetics Foundation


Paying over thirty squid for a foundation every few months is beyond painful.

I've started wearing Carter Beauty Cosmetics during the day and it's really impressed me. It's really lightweight but offers great coverage throughout the day.

It's such good value and leaves the skin looking clean and fresh.


6. Nivea MicellAIR 


One of the most important makeup routines is taking it off properly at night.

I've tried a tonne of different methods and one of the quickest and easiest way to do so is by using Nivea MicellAIR. It removes makeup easily and is easy on the skin - no stinging.


7. Carter Beauty Warm Velvet Eyeshadow Palette 


18 warm, pigmented and easy to blend colours that are sure to make your eyes pop.

There's rusty browns, deep reds and some shimmering plums for when you're feeling fancy. It's compact and light so it's a great one to carry around in your bag during the day.


8. Rice Powder - Primark


Setting powder saves me from having a shiny face during the day and the rice powder from Primark is a pretty nifty one.

Its light colour means it appears translucent on the face.


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9.  NYX Professional Makeup Matte Body Bronzer Light


Get that summer glow and contour those killer cheekbones.

The NYX bronzer is a great one - cheap, cheerful and nice tones.

10.  Dr. Paw Paw 


The Dr Pawpaw multipurpose soothing balm is a lifesaver. Used for lips, skin, hair and beauty finishing, cuticles and nails.

It's key for chilly mornings to avoid chapped lips.



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