A beauty/lifestyle blog By Kate Emma

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Five Of The Best Beauty Bargain Buys

bargain beauty buys

I love a good budget buy. I know that may be hard to tell from my previous post, as my makeup bag does contain some serious 'have a sit down and word with yourself' purchases. But I am by no means snobby when it comes to more affordable buys.
 In fact there's something quite satisfying about them. Like youve got one up on the rich power house brands.
So you may not get that instagrammable cardboard carrier bag, but that glossy bag (in particularly Superdrugs) contains just as much excitement as its expensive cousin (yes I get excited about carrier bags, and find them to be one of the reasons I don't do a lot of online shopping,exceptions being Amazon, but Amazon is the Woolworths (RIP) of the internet).
Excitement of carrier bags aside,  here's a not to extensive list of my current favorite beauty bargain buys.

*Carmex £3

Super affordable and super effective. This cult classic is still one of the best lip balms on the market. It doesn't give you that super glossy slippy finish, so its perfect for sitting underneath your lipstick and not interfering with the finish. Plus sometimes you can find quirky limited edition packaging, which is always a treat.

Avon Supershock eyeliner (possibly discontinued or renamed, meltdown imminent) -

I remember this having a bit of a moment a few years back, and rightly so as well! Its one of the most incredibly soft eyeliners that doesn't have the common trait of smudging like soft eyeliners usually do. Its one of the blackest black eyeliners that I've come across, and definitely deserves a place in any eyeliner enthusiasts makeup bag, ie me.

*Nicky Clarkes Sheer Blonde  £5.99- 

I don't think I will never not use this. It's perfect for those months when you just want a change but don't want to spend £££ on a new shampoo and conditioner. Or when your strapped for cash and cannot justify paying £££ for shampoo. Or if you just dont like spending £££ on haircare. I use the original formula which I have done since I was a teen and it will always have a place in my heart. 

*Bourjois Nail Polish 1 Second £5.99 + Magic Nail Polish Remover £4.99 -

 Double whammy here (slightly cheating I know)! The remover may be one of my all-time favorite beauty inventions. I'm quite a newbie at jumping on this band wagon, so excuse my excitement, but I bloody love it. No more nail polish remover spills, no more stench that clears all the cats out the room, no more cotton wool bits stuck to your nails. Just simple, put finger in and swirl, TA-DA polish gone! 
Their nail polishes are equally just as good. The colors are elegant and the brush applicator is a fantastic firm full brush. I detest nail polishes that have a long flimsy brush, and really wish more brands would follow Bourjois lead. Am also pretty sure that a certain future queen wore Bonjour polish on her wedding day, and if its good enough for her.....

*Neutrogena hand cream currently on offer for £2.89 -

 Hands are one of the first things to age. They get used every day, and are constantly exposed to the elements. I do not take good enough care of my hands I admit, but I've recently purchased this classic hand cream and now I'm not sure my hands can live without it. They genuinely feel like sand paper without! This is such a gloriously thick balm, yet it absorbs almost immediately.
 My hands are definitely appreciating the extra love.

*Please note: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own as always. The Links are affiliate links. 
All images are my own ,and prices/offers may vary from those stated online compared to in stores. 

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  1. I love that nail polish remover x

    Pink Frenzy

  2. I love Avon eyeliners and nail polish, actually their lipsticks are amazing too. I repurchase Maybelline gel eye liner last night, seriously it's one of the best gel pot eyeliners that I have ever tried.

    1. Really!? Ill have to give that a shot! x

  3. I always love discovering great affordable brands! Need to give these a try!


  4. Carmex is amazing! I have been using this stuff for years!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  5. J'adore, great post

  6. I am going to look for that hand cream! :)


  7. I would really love to try the john frieda shampoo! We don't have it in Oz so I'd have to order it!
    Set to Glow

    1. Oh really! I thought it would be world wide!

  8. Seems like a great products to invest in! :)

    Kathy's delight I Instagram I Facebook

  9. I havne't used Carmex in YEARS and I don't know why I stopped using it actually, I'll have to rediscover it because I used to always carry it around in my bag. I also want to check out that Avon eyeliner because it seems no matter what liner I try, it always seems to smudge; I think I have oily waterlines, yet even waterproof doesn't stay put. I, too, love to shop in stores rather than online. Though shopping online can be convenient, when the pieces don't fit, I find it to be a huge hassle to have to return it, reorder it, and wait, when you can just go to the store and try it and get it right the first time. But, sometimes the selection is better online, so you just have to roll with it. Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a great week so far!



    1. Thankyou hunni! Hope your well! x

  10. I get excited about nicer carrier bags too!!! ha, I've seen that nail polish a lot I really want to try it, but carmex is my faveee lip balm especially the mint one x

    S x

    1. Haha, glad im not the only one! x

  11. All of these products sound so good and affordable! I love the Bourjois nail polish remover, it makes it so quick and easy xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. Cant believe i hadn't used it before! x

  12. I love John Freida products, they're just great!


    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

  13. These are some great finds! I love that you shared this :)

  14. These kind of nail polish removers made such a difference in my routine, I could never again be without them! Burjois isn't one I have tried, but Sephora, Essence, so many affordable ones are around. Oh, and hand cream is a must, especially in the winter.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  15. Great selection here, i love the look of the nail polish! and you can't beat the Bourjois nail polish remover!


  16. I love finding a bargain too and I love how affordable your picks are. Thanks for sharing ��
    Jaz xoxo

  17. These are such great products! And on super sale!


    Novelstyle Blog

  18. Hello my dear,

    very good photos and interessting topic;)
    Very nice products ;) I will follow your blog :-*

    Hugs from Germany;)


  19. These are some great products! Neutrogena makes amazing stuff, especially hand creams and cleansers :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/05/cannes-hottest-moments.html

  20. That magic nail polish remover sounds like a godsent! I would love something like that so much, definitely will keep my eyes out for it :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode


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