My Favourite Beauty Winners Under £5


I am envious of any Beauty Editor and can imagine it’s quite a fun task getting to go through the numerous products that land on the desk each day.  Sadly I don’t run a magazine but I do feel that great beauty products should be available to everyone, regardless of budget.  I’ve lost track of the number of items I’ve used over the past 25 years, but I’ve chosen some of my absolute favourites that consistently perform very well and I will carry on using just as long as they’re not discontinued!


Sleek Shimmer Blush Rose Gold £4.49

If you like Nars Orgasm then you might just want to give this a try. It’s a pretty pink and gold shimmery colour with great staying power. Less is more and you really don’t need a lot of this to get that subtle radiant look. I’m surprised it’s under £5. In my opinion it works with all skin tones. A big Win.


Dr Salts Himalayan Bath Salts £4.65

I’m fascinated by the majestic beauty of the Himalayan mountains and taking a soak in the tub with the purest salt on earth seems to restore all emotional equilibrium in the mad world of motherhood. These salt’s have an impressive mineral profile which also lends it well to external detoxification.  Magic in jar.



E45 Lotion is light, unperfumed and can be used all over your body, face and hands to care for dry and sensitive skin. I used this daily during my pregnancy and I think it certainly helped keep me stretch mark free or may be I was just lucky. Although I am a fan of scented body moisturisers I’m happy to use this lotion as I know it will tackle dry skin with excellent results.


Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream £2.79

This will be in my changing bag no matter what. It’s my favourite from the incredible Nivea range. In fact it was the base used for my Wedding Day makeup.  It sufficiently moisturises my dry skin without leaving it greasy, oily and shiny and has a really nice Nivea smell, you know the one I mean?  it’s super light and you don’t need a lot. SPF15 and leaves skin soft and hydrated.



L’Oreal Elnett £3.99

This award winning spray that has been around for years is a really good find. No stickiness and leaves your locks smelling gorgeous. The micro-diffused spray is ultra-fine and disappears at the stroke of a brush. I know it’s not a necessity to have hairspray and use it daily but on those special night outs when you want to keep your hair looking a little bouncy this one comes out the bag.


St Ives Apricot Scrub £3.99

I usually use Givenchy Peel Me Perfectly which costs many more pennies but I also think this stuff scrubs up pretty well too!  It leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft and I find weekly exfoliation definitely helps  creams and potions work better when applied to the face. The golden rule is to start gently and infrequently to see how your skin reacts to scrubs.  Whether you wear make up or not, removing dead skin cells via an exfoliator like this one will leave your complexion much brighter and clean.


GOSH Khol/Eye Liner £4.49

I don’t use much eye make up due to my ridiculously watery eyes but this is the one item that gives me a subtle smokey eye.  I use it around the edge of the eye as an eye liner with either a thin or broad contour line, as eye shadow.


Rimmel London Match Perfection £5.00

What started as my emergency foundation has become my daily rescue and I tend to stock up on this when it’s available on offer under £5 which I admit is not very often as it sells for £7.99 so please don’t  get upset but I wanted to make sure this one was mentioned.


Vaseline £2.19

Petroleum jelly is a wonder jelly. Consumers have discovered unique and innumerable uses for this marvellous product! It’s most commonly known to treat chapped lips, cracked heels, dull and dry elbows, rough skin, minor scratches, and many beauty fixes. I personally like the original formula but you can also buy the Aloe Vera and  Baby variants.


Murine Bright & Moist Eyes £4.59

I use these drops which  contain moisturisers helping to refresh and soothe eyes.  It has a slightly thicker consistency which initially scared me upon application as I thought I’d mistake it for clear glue! but all was well within a few seconds and they really help especially if you have also have redness.


Lucy Bee Raw Coconut Oil £7.99

I had to include my favourite coconut oil which although isn’t under £5 is well worth having in your household so lets just call this the red herring of this post. moisturiser, foot balm,  lip balm , eye makeup remover frizz fighter, cuticle softer, cleanser, body scrub, shaving, these are just some of the magical ways to help your body.  A product that gives a lot of bang for your buck.
So please enlighten me what other miracle workers are out there?
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*Prices as of November 2015

Momentis M Rejuvenate*



I’m a self professed skincare junkie and from a young age remember watching my mum bring out the pink Oil of Ulay (Olay) bottle as it was called then which prompted me to take care of my skin  throughout my teenage years to present day. I’ve never had a major problem with breakouts but I do have dull skin days especially when I haven’t slept well due to my 20 month old sleep raider. I will be entering my 40th decade next year (woohoo) so I will try anything that claims to rejuvenate lack-lustre skin. I hope to age gracefully avoiding the shrivalled prune look where possible without the need of resorting to cosmetic procedures which quite frankly scare me. (have you seen the before and after images of some celebrities). Have a google.

The lovely team at BellaKidz must have sensed my need for a skin booster and sent some products from Momentis for me to try which I have been using for the past two months. I tend to not opt for the luxury end moisturisers as I think you can get decent moisturisers as a reasonable price but as these products are paraben free and gluten free which confused me as I didn’t realise there was gluten in some moisturisers I was keen to try them and at a retail value of £200 (gulp) I was curious to see the results.


Launched in August 2015, M-Rejuvenate is a patent protected product using human stem cell technology aiming to increase collagen and elastin production as well as increased blood flow and cellular renewal. My current skin care includes these three bottles 

1.Day Serum 30ml


This is smooth and very light on the skin. I tend to buy serums for use in Winter as skin tends to need a bit of a helping hand battling the elements. I like this serum a lot and it leaves my skin looking brighter. I make sure this serum is applied to all areas of the face and lets not forget the neck needs some love too.

2.Day Moisturiser 30ml


I am not too keen on the smell of this product. I think I’m so used to scented creams that it took a while to get used to applying this.  However it’s really light and absorbs quickly into the skin. I use 3 pumps as recommended and it works nicely as a make up base too.

3.Night Renewal 30ml


This night cream is said to stimulate cell renewal and I am beginning to notice that on waking, my complexion looks fresh. The cream is thicker but I don’t like the scent sadly.



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I wouldn’t say I’m in love with these products but they have made my skin look noticably brighter and firmer and the best bit is that make up goes on like a dream after application. I think continued use of these creams may possibly improve the skin and as I’ve not had a  bad reaction I would be happy to carry on using this range if it wasn’t for the price.

What moisturisers form part of your skin care?

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The Beauty Edit-April Favourites

At the start of this year in a post called The Beauty Edit – My January Favourites, a little someone said she would be doing a monthly roundup of her favourite products. Well it didn’t quite happen and perhaps I was being slightly ambitious but just goes to show how quickly this year is already  gathering pace. Here are my little helpers this month:

1)Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser 

A cult favorite since the 1950s rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins.  I’ve noticed my skin is  a lot smoother since I’ve started applying this cream  especially great for dry skin. I don’t think I’ve actually read a negative review about this product and I came across it whilst watching the Pixiwoo makeup tutorials. I can see why this cream is a classic amongst the stars.

2)MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I have returned to my wedding day oil free long wearing foundation which gives medium to full coverage. I actually mix two shades to get a flawless natural-matte finish and although some MAC foundations can be quite yellow in pigment I find it helps cover uneven skin tone once blended. The liquid includes SPF 15 for everyday sun protection which is a must in my book.

3)Dior Addict Gloss

I have my firm Givenchy favourite lip gloss but decided to try Dior Addict for a change.   The gloss does not disappoint and plumps lips for an intensified volume-boosting effect and gives a mirror shine. I love pink gloss and I wear this daily.

4)Murin Drops Bright & Moist Eyes

With some nocturnal episodes this month I have found that my eyes haven’t been their usual selves.  These drops are specially formulated to give white bright eyes are fast acting and ideal for great looking eyes in an instant.

5)Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream

This daily moisturiser has really helped my make-up go on well and as I have dry sensitive skin I love how its rich texture is very soothing.  The formulation with Vitamin E helps to protect the skin from sunlight with the added bonus of SPF15.  It’s fairly thick but non greasy, with a lovely scent and sinks into my skin quickly and keeps my skin hydrated all day without hurting my bank balance.

So what have been your beauty discoveries, fancy sharing them?

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