It is that time of year again where the young adults of our society are heading for new adventures either at college or university. Student’s are generally not very well off (except for student loan week!) – I know this all too well from my student days! I have had a good rummage through my make up and wanted to share my best budget beauty buys which would make a good kit for a student with low income.
Starting with the base – my best budget buys for skin care are Garnier Micellar Water for an all round cleanser and make up remover, and and Aldi’s Lacura Skin Care range.
I have done a full post about Micellar Water, but I will say it again – I love this stuff. It feels really refreshing on the skin. The bottle is generous and so it lasts a long time – approximately 200 uses. This costs between £3-£4 per 400ml bottle depending on where you go. It is available from Boots, Superdrug and Supermarkets alike. This is also available in a half size bottle for convenience when travelling which would be another bonus for students visiting home.
The moisterising day cream is an absolute steal at £1.99. Being 30, I went for the anti-ageing one but there is a normal one too. I remember many years ago this cream coming out top in tests on a Gok Wan programme – it was up against very expensive high end brands! The Lacura skin care range has a wide variety of products and Aldi is so accessible for students. This range is definitely worth a try.
Next is the foundation – L’oreal Infallible Matte Foundation.
This is £7.99 and may feel steep to a student but there aren’t many foundations around that are more purse friendly and actually do a good job. This lasts all day on me and provides a good coverage.
Moving on to the eyes – all the products I have picked are from Make Up Revolution. The main reason for this is because I think MUR is hard to compete with when its to value for money!
I have the Go palette with is a great all- rounder.
Boasting 6 neutral shadows, a blush and bronzer – there is not much to dislike about this little handy set. Its compact and affordable. These palettes are £2.99 currently on the MUR website and there are a range if different versions which are worth a look. These also retail in Superdrug under the I heart Make Up Range and are slightly more expensive.
More eye products to consider are also from Make Up Revolution.
The Ultra Professional Eyeshadow Palette in Beyond Flawless is a 32 eyeshadow neutrals palette. This provides something for everybody and opens to the door to so many looks. The darker colours can also be used for lining the eyes. All shades are shimmery. The are highly pigmented and last all day. This will set you back £8 which is a good price for what you get and a worthwhile addition to any students make up collection.
Other alternatives are the Redemption Palettes also from MUR and these retail at £4!
Again, another fab palette collection from MUR. 12 shades of lovely romantic autumn winter shades from rose gold to lilac.
Younger skin is prone to break outs and this is another winner from MUR with 8 concealer shades. This can also be used for highlighting areas of the face when contouring.
These are priced at £6 and you can get palettes in light, medium or dark.
Also priced at £6 are these 8 pan Make Up Revolution Ultra Blush Palettes. The top one on the picture is Hot Spice and the bottom one is Sugar and Spice. Really truly lovely palettes and there are more variations available. Again, something for everyone and for all seasons! The large mirror in the lid also makes this another fab addition to any student’s make up bag.
These little bottles of loveliness are Make Up Revolution The One Fluid Blusher. I think I paid £1 each for these! They are a dupe for Daniel Sadler fluid blush. These are very “fluidy” – a little goes a long way and they do add a lovely colour to the cheeks without being too much. Not my favourite product by MUR but worth a try for £1 and there are loads of lovely colours from deep pinks, to corals to nudes.
A great budget mascara for starting out with will always be the Maybelline Great Lash. I firstbused this around aged 15 ans it is super affordable at £2.99-£3.99. This is available in waterproof also. The small wand makes it ideal for applying to bottom lashes as well the top.
I have picked out a few budget lippies that I often reach for. Sleek offer a wide variety of lipsticks. They are priced at £4.99 and you can buy matte or sheer. You have a choice or nudes, brights, neons! Available in Superdrug and dedinitely worth a look. I also have some MUR lipsticks, again £1 each! How brilliant is that. Soooo many colours to choose from too.
With products like this, a student could get an essentials set of make up for around £20. If you were to choose the eyeshadow palette wisely then you could pick one that would do brows too.
A great budget brow product is the Beauty Uk High brow quad. I have mentioned this palette before!
Hope this has been useful and if you are a student reading this, first of all GOOD LUCK IN THE STUDIES and secondly, let me know what you think!