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Budget Beauty Buys

Sleek Face Form Contour Kit in Light - £9.99
Collection Primed and Ready Smoothing Makeup Primer - £5.99
Collection Extreme Coloured Lengthening Mascara - £2.99

Having finished my degree recently, I'm at that stage where I've used up the last of my student loan and  my bank account is feeling pretty sorry for itself. I've spent way too much time mournfully browsing Sephora and reminding myself that an Hourglass primer doesn't count as an essential. I even resisted the temptation to go into Space.NK when I was in St. Albans yesterday - it was a major Annie from Bridesmaids moment and I'm pretty sure my boyfriend didn't quite grasp the extent of my internal struggle. First world problems. To tide me over until I secure one of those graduate job thaaangs, I've been on the hunt for some budget alternatives to the more expensive products on my wishlist and they've been treating me pretty well.

The Sleek Face Form Contour Kit is made up of a bronzer, a blush and a highlighter. I picked this up in 'light' which is the second lightest shade selection - I'd actually been after the lightest shade, 'fair', but it wasn't in stock so I decided to risk it. I was worried the bronzer would be too dark for my skin tone but the powders are all lovely and lightweight which makes them easy to blend out for a natural looking contour. I really like how subtle the highlighter is in this palette - it's far more wearable for daytime when you need a little something-something to brighten up your skin.

I normally use the GOSH Velvet Touch primer but at half the price, I wanted to see how the Collection Primed and Ready would do in comparison. In terms of consistency and finish it's a pretty good dupe - the Collection primer is a lightweight gel that gives a smooth, matte finish and it definitely extends the staying power of my makeup. I had to travel back to Leeds for a meeting recently so I applied my makeup at 5.30am and, despite stuffy trains and a run in with an over-friendly commuter who wanted to nap on my shoulder (!), my makeup was still looking pretty fresh 12 hours later. The only thing is, I've had a few breakouts recently and I have a horrible feeling the Collection primer is the culprit so I've had to stop using it for now! My skin quite often throws a diva strop in reaction to certain products so I think if your skin isn't quite as temperamental as mine, this primer is definitely worth a try.

I know it's not been long since I was raving about the Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara, but I'm a bit of a mascara floozy. I'm pretty lucky in that I've got quite long eyelashes, so when it comes to mascara I'm fairly low maintenance - I just want something that's going to give a decent coverage and volume without being flaky or ending up halfway down my face. The Collection Extreme Coloured Lengthening mascara has been performing really well so far - at £2.99 I'm really impressed! I'm always too lazy to take my makeup off before I go to the gym (naughty) and even after I've been on the treadmill this mascara stays put. Good work, Collection.

What are your favourite budget beauty products? If anyone can recommend a dupe for the Hourglass Veil primer I'll love you forever!


  1. This is a great little list here!
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    Renee x

    1. Thanks lovely, I'll check out your blog :) x


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