Saturday, 15 September 2012

Guest Post: Top 10 Beauty Buys Under £5 by Paula from La Vida Fresa

Morningggg :) Number 7 for you this morning, and it comes from Paula from La Vida Fresa. I absolutely love this post, and love Paula's blog, one of my absolute favourites! I now hand over to the lovely Paula :) 

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Hey everyone, I'm doing a guest post today on behalf of thelovely Anastasia I was thinking about what to write about and then it hit me,the top 10 beauty buys under £5. Is this possible I hear some of you say. Yes,it is and I'm about to show you how!

These are in no particular order but I just wanted to show you my favourite 10 buys.

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo
This shouldn't come as a surprise to most of you; it'scheap, lasts for ages and is an amazing product. I have reviewed it a few times(different scents) over on my blog so check it out! :) My favourite is theblonde version and I love how they do massive bottles now, they range frombetween £2.99 for the 200ml to £4.99 for the 400ml.

2. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
I am a massive fan of Burt’s Bees, this product being myfavourite. I’ve re-purchased it countless times and although I love the NuxeReve de Miel (definitely not under £5!), this still beats it hands down. Theyhave an extensive range of different lip balms if tinted lip balms are moreyour thing.

3. Barry M Nail Paint
I love Barry M products, in particular the Nail Paints andLip Paints. They're great quality for the price and they have so many differentcolours for every occasion. If you haven't already, I suggest you check themout. Starting from £2.99 for the basic colours, they also do special effectspolish which range between £3.99 - £4.99 for the magnetic nail effects.

4. Natural Collection Blusher
Natural Collection is a great brand that start out at £0.99.My favourite Natural Collection blusher is pink cloud. It’s only £1.99 andlasts a good while!

5. MUA Eye Palettes
MUA are another brand that just keep improving. I love theirpalettes and their recent ones, undressed and heaven and earth being myfavourites. They are only £4 for 12 colours so it’s worth checking them out ifyou’re on a budget.

6. Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets
These are my absolutely saviour. I use these at least once,maybe twice a day. They are great at keeping oil at bay, and I don’t have oilyskin! I honestly wonder how I coped without these in my life before. These areon offer at quite a few places recently but they’re between £1.50-£2.99 fromSuperdrug. One click pharmacy do them for £2.02 with free delivery if you’restruggling to find them!

7. Boots Vitamin E Eye Cream
I’ve used this eye cream for about a year now. It’s £2.54from Boots Vitamin E range and is great for brightening your eyes. It has atint to it so I use this before concealer to waken me up when I lookhalf-asleep.

8. St Moriz Fake Tan
This is the best value fake tan I’ve tried. I use the foamone, yet to try their new spray version, but I can’t believe how cheap it is.I’ve found this in several cheapy shops; Bodycare/Grahams, Home Bargains,Tesco, it’s everywhere. It’s usually around £2.99 and is such value for money.

9. MUA Every Lash Mascara
This is a new addition to my makeup bag and I’m glad I foundit. I picked this up recently for £2 – bargain. Then it will go back up to RRP£3. It’s a great cheap mascara and the brush isn’t dissimilar to the L’orealTelescopic Mascara. It doesn’t last all day but for a few hours, it’s abargain.

10. ELF Eyeshadow Primer
Last but not least is the Elf Eyeshadow Primer. I use this alot and I got it when they had their last 50% discount sale. It’s £3 normally whichis good and I’ve found my eyeshadows stay all day with this underneath withoutcreasing.

So, that’s my top 10 favourites, I’d love to hear your under£5 bargains. Feel free to comment/tweet me. :) Thanks again to the lovelyAnastasia and hope you’re enjoying your holiday – lucky girl!
You can find my over at or @Miss_PaulaB!

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Thank you so much for this brilliant post Paula! 

Do you have any favourite beauty products under £5? 


  1. I totally agree with the products Paula picked! Havent tried them all, but the ones I have are definitely the ones I would/will repurchase - all MUA, Batiste, and obviously Natural Collection blushes! Im not too much of a fan of the NC in general, but you cant go wrong with their blushes! Ive already hit pan on mine! x

    1. Thanks Tereza :-) yeah me too, their blushes are good but I've not found anything else recently worth raving about! x

  2. Great post, Paula. I defiantly want to try the eye cream does it treat bags? xo xo

    1. Thank you! It claims to but I wouldn't say I've noticed any significance difference to mine, only the radiance part of my under eyes! X


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