July’s Top Five Under £5 | Affordable Makeup & Skincare For Under Five Pound

I can’t believe that it’s July already. My baby girl is one in just a matter of weeks. This has been the quickest and most wonderful year of my life, but I’ll leave the obligatory soppy mummy post for another day. Today we’re talking about budget-friendly beauty bits that are perfect for when payday is just around the corner but you have an urge to buy some pretty makeup. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with these pocket money beauty buys…

July's Top Five Under £5 | Affordable Makeup & Skincare For Under Five Pound

First up, we have The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer (£4 | ASOS). This hydrating and blurring primer has a creamy texture which absorbs easily and prolongs the life of my makeup. It reduces the look of any pores and imperfections whilst mattifying my skin. It leaves my skin feeling and looking a lot smoother; for £4 you just can’t go wrong!

July's Top Five Under £5 | Rosie Bea Kitty Eyelashes

Thanks to my Eylure Lash Applicator Tweezers I’m slowly becoming more and more confident when it comes to applying falsies. The Rosie Bea x Eylure ‘Kitty’ Eyelashes (£4.95 | FalseEyelashes.co.uk) are definitely my favourites from her beautifully packaged collection. I always end up cutting the lash band which is incredibly fiddly work but these 3/4 length lashes are the perfect size and fit. They are lightweight, super-soft and give a pretty doll look to your lashes.

July's Top Five Under £5 | Rimmel #Insta Fix & Matte Powder

My next two products have quickly become handbag must-haves over Summer. The Rimmel #Insta Fix & Matte Translucent Powder (£4.99 | Superdrug) instantly mattifies the skin, eradicating any unsightly shine and gives a smooth porcelain appearance to my skin. It’s perfect for touching up my makeup throughout the day and doesn’t leave any visible white cast or chalkiness. Whilst Stay Matte has been a holy grail product of mine for over five years I actually find this one a little more long lasting.

July's Top Five Under £5 | Essence Face and Eye Palette

The Essence Face & Eyes Palette in 01 Glow For It (£4 | Wilko) is another travel-friendly must-have that really surprised me. The eyeshadows are richly pigmented and apply flawlessly. They are easy to blend and play around with, plus, they are surprisingly long wearing with very little fall-out. Glow For It is perfect for pale skin tones, the highlighter is a beautiful pale gold that I reach for more than my ColourPop ones and the pretty pink blush applies as if it were baked. To see the swatches read my full review here.

July's Top Five Under £5 | Carmex lip Balm

My lips look constantly chapped as they are incredibly sensitive and, being a beauty blogger, I am constantly exposing them to new lipstick formulas which doesn’t help matters. There’s only a handful of lip products that I trust to help keep them moisturised without causing irritation and the Carmex Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm (£3.24 | Feel Unique) is at the top of that list. As I mentioned before, it keeps my lips soft, moisturised, smooth, kissable and plump better than any other brand on the market and I’m so happy to see this fruity new twist on a classic product that I can’t recommend highly enough.

What are your favourite budget buys?