Top 5 Under £5


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I tried to narrow it down to five things- I really, really did.

Maybelline Baby Lips£2.99– photo:Cherry Me- The Baby Lips lip balms have been the buzz of the drugstore beauty world for a while now, so if you haven’t had a hundred reviews of them shoved down your throat then where have you been hiding? The tinted balms in particular are wonderful, and they’re almost always on three-for-two at Boots and Superdrug. It’s not a question of ‘have you tried them?’, it’s more of a ‘how many of them are kicking around in your handbag?’. 

Natural Collection Lipsticks– £1.99- photo:Raspberry- I’ve written about these quite a few times before, but I honestly cannot get over the quality of these lipsticks. The colour, the lasting powder, the price tag- it’s all good.

Natural Collection Blush- £1.99– photo:Peach Melba- I love this blush so much- it’s the only shade I’ve tried but it’s really pretty, easy to wear and goes with everything. It’s surprisingly pigmented, too, and another one with a double-take price tag.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder- £3.99photo:Transparent- I’m not normally one to go crazy over powders, but this one is pretty damn good. It sets everything nicely, controls oils and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad review.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- £4.19photo:Fair- This concealer is truly incredible, and it’s one of the few items I actually own a  back up of. It’s incredibly pigmented and long lasting and the lightest shade actually matches my skin tone *screams*! The packaging and shade range of these has very recently been changed, so I’m going to have to do some Superdrug swatching very soon.

Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner- £3.99photo:Black- Easily the best eye liner pencil I’ve ever tried. Enough said. I definitely need to get my hands on some of the other colours, because so far I’ve only used Black.

Maybelline Color Tattoo£4.99– photo:On & On Bronze, Metallic Pomegranate- These cream eyeshadows are truly incredible. They’re easy to use and the colours are oh-so pretty! I just wish the UK shade range was a little bit better. I really want to try Barely Branded and the new nude collection, preferably without Ebay’s painful shipping rates.

Barry M Nail Polish£2.99/£3.99photo:Pomegranate, Nude Vanilla- At this point on my blog I feel like I should mention that I am not sponsored by Barry M. I seem to be crying over the perfection of their nail polishes every other week, though, so I would understand if there was some confusion. Pretty much every single nail polish of theirs that I’ve tried has been stunning, and if you type ‘Barry M’ into the little search bar on my blog then there will be more than enough nail polish swatching goodness to keep you mildly entertained for at least a few hours.

What are your under £5 favourites? I’ll be doing a £5-£10 favourites post soon-ish, too, so any recommendations in that price zone are definitely necessary at the moment for, ahem, research.

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Barry M | Shadow and Blush Palette


OMG BARRY M PALETTES ASDFGHJKL

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I get a little obsessive, if any of you have noticed, so when I saw that Barry M had released a pretty, organised make-up palette I decided I had to have at least one of them. Barry M has been one of my favourite nail polish brands for almost a year now, but I’d never really tried their make-up so a palette seemed like a good investment. Right? Right.

Three palettes have been released- Natural Glow, Glamour Puss and Smokin’ Hot. I decided to buy Natural Glow (a pretty neutral palette) and Glamour Puss (because it was limited edition and the glittery, colourful shades looked awesome). I’m not a huge fan of dark smokey eye looks, so I didn’t bother with Smokin’ Hot, but only having 2 of the 3 new releases is slightly stressful so I might have to go and buy that one too. Saying that, I wouldn’t be surprised if Barry M released more of these next year, so maybe I can wait…

The first thing that I thought when I picked these up was how damn cute the packaging was. It’s not the most hand-bag-proof, but I love the Soap&Glory-esque cardboard palette. The names and the Barry M logo is printed on the front in pretty metallic lettering too which I love. It’s got a little magnet to keep it closed, which seems to work fine. It’s pretty and functional, and you can’t really ask for more from a £6.49 palette.

Though these are advertised as Shadow and Blush palettes, the main feature is definitely the eyeshadows. I’d almost prefer it if they’d swap the blush for another two shadows. Blush is a kind of personal thing, I think. It’s difficult to get your perfect blush shade and there are probably only a few people who would genuinely wear the blush shades in these palettes. The eye shadow colour range, however, is genuinely lovely and worth putting up with the blush for.

Natural Glow

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One of the first things I noticed about this palette was that some of the shades were very Urban Decay. They aren’t quite dupes, but they’re close enough. They all look pretty and natural, with two matte shades and four super shimmery shades.

The formula for the eyeshadows is really soft and not at all chalky, but I do find that they really blend themselves together when applied. You can’t get any definite lines and sections of colour with these, but they make a pretty, natural eye make-up look.

“Enhance your natural glow with these 6 subtle eyeshadows in natural hues and pastel pink blush.”

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Shade 1- lovely shimmery, slightly sliver pink. This reminds me of a mix of Sin and Toasted from the Naked palette, or Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR in Pink Gold.

Shade 2- peachy-cream shade- I believe this might be pretty similar to one of the colours in the Naked Basics palette? But it’s also a lot like a pale version of Bootycall from Naked 2.

Shade 3- this is really just a medium brown, which is matte so I reckon a lot of people will be able to use this for their eyebrows. it’s like a mix of Naked and Buck from the Naked palette.

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Shade 4- shimmery grey/brown, almost like a pale version of Pistol from Naked. This is probably my favourite of the shades, it’s very pretty.

Shade 5- this is a lovely dark bronze, another of my favourites in this palette. Carrying on with the Urban Decay comparisons, this is quite similar to Smog but slightly less…bronze?

Shade 6- dark, shimmery, almost-slightly-plum-toned brown. If you were going to mix Darkhorse and Hustle, this is what you’d get.

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 Blush- baby pink and shimmery. Despite being fairly pigmented (like all of these shades) this blush barely shows up on my super-pale skin, and all it does is make imperfections (of which I have many) look even worse. Because it’s shimmery, it might look pretty as a highlighter on darker skin tones but for me it’s pretty useless. 

Glamour Puss

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This is the only palette out of the three which is limited edition. I can’t decide whether it’s supposed to be Halloween or Christmas themed, but it’s filled with some dark, glittery, colourful eyeshadows which look simply gorgeous.

The formula for these is very similar to the Natural Glow palette- they aren’t too chalky and they aren’t too creamy, but they blend almost too well.

“Bring out your inner glamour puss with these 6 shimmering party eyeshadows and hot pink blush.”

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Shade 1- this looks just like a shimmery version of Shade 2 from Natural Glow. Pretty highlight colour.

Shade 2- this is a really pretty, super shimmery grey blue colour which would look gorgeous with loads of black eye liner, I think.

Shade 3- shimmery, plum- purple. This is absolutely gorgeous, but I’m still trying to work out how to wear it. Maybe as a liner? I’d love it as a lip colour.

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Shade 4- shimmery medium grey. This would probably look stunning with green eyes, even as an all-over lid colour.

Shade 5- dark shimmery brown- this is like a glittery version of Naked’s Darkhorse. Yes, I’m back to the Urban Decay comparisons.

Shade 6- dark shimmery grey, like a glittery mix of Creep and Gunmetal from Naked. 

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Blush- bright hot pink. I’m still too scared to try this, but it’s a really amazing colour.

So that’s it! I’ve come to the conclusion that for the price, these palettes are awesome. Have you tried them?

Available at Boots and Superdrug for £6.49.

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