Budget beauty is something I love to write about as its super accessible and affordable! I have a very makeup heavy post today but it's just what I've been digging recently. I do love a good makeup splurge, but there's nothing more satisfying than spending the same price on a high end foundation, but walking out with 10 times more product.
I recently tried out the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder and I was mightily impressed with it. It's finely milled, so looks undetectable on the skin, it doesn't add any more coverage or cake up, and it's very comparable to the MAC Mineralised Skin Finishes which I'm a huge fan of. If you like a dewy finish, but you find that a little powder never hurt, this is great as it does a lovely job at setting your base without completely mattifying the skin. I have the lightest shade, 'Vanille', and I really love it for setting under my eyes and down the centre of the face.
Next I have a brow product which I love for filling in my brows when I'm in a rush. The Soap and Glory Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel is a great alternative to the Anastasia Brow Definer, the only difference is the shade range. I have the shade 'Brown and Out', and other than that there is only one other option which is more suitable for blonde hair. Not great, but I'm quite lucky that the brown is a good match, and it's not red in tone which I tend in find in some other drugstore brow products. I love the nib on this, is a great size for quickly defining the brows and I find it stays put all day. The setting gel is okay, it makes your brows a bit crusty after a while, but it does do a really good job at setting them in place. Soap and Glory overall are great if your in the market for a new brow product!
I have a couple of lip options I've been loving, the Rimmel Lip Liner in Indian Pink and the Sephora Matte Lip Cream in 01. The latter you can't get in the UK, but in the US it's very affordable so I thought I'd give it a mention anyway. 01 is a beautiful cherry red shade, not too dark, which is perfect for transitioning into the warmer months. These are super pigmented, very matte, and long-lasting, everything I want from a red liquid lipstick. I'm 100% going to pick up a few more of these as they are a lovely lip formulation. Rimmel's Indian Pink is more on the pink side, as the name would suggest, and this looks beautiful on it's own or under a lipstick/gloss. It's a stunning bright pink shade, very bold, and again very matte. It can look a bit drying so make sure your lips are well moisturised, or follow up with a moisturising lipstick, but it's a lovely long lasting liner to add to your collection this summer. I'm all about them bold lips!
I have to mention a nail polish, and a bright coral is super appropriate for this time of year. This is Essie's Sunset Sneaks and it's such a gorgeous coral, I'm in love!! I love these shades on the toes in the summer, and this one has already been constantly reapplied so I'll know I'll be loving it all summer long! The brush on Essie polishes is really nice, it's wide so it makes it very easy to coat the nails, and the formula is great too.