Sure, us lot at Blix love a beauty splurge as much as any other girl but sometimes, when money’s tight and payday’s in the bleak distance, it’s just not possible.

Forget Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara , priced at a hefty £24.50, it’s more like a quick fix of SEVENTEEN’s Doll’d Up version for £6.29, but we’re totally cool with that. After all, what kind of beauty fanatics would we be if we didn’t hunt down the high street’s most affordable buys?

Ideal for your face, lips, eyes and nails, our quintessential finds are fit to give you a style-worthy makeover for a quarter of the price. Here’s what made the cut.


Foundations are tricky. From liquids, to creams, to powders there’s an endless array to choose from. A tedious process of trial and error, often you’ll end up picking the wrong one. Some are too thick, others are too dry and some, well we’re sure you’ve all had the horror of seeing your skin turn orange, thanks to poor pigmentation and misleading packaging – a cast member of the Geordie Shore isn’t the look to go for girls.

Rimmel Stay Matte

Thankfully Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation is on hand to help with the dreaded oompa loompa battle. A feather-light formula that creates a natural looking base, the foundation is easy to blend and ideal for everyday and evening wear.


With lashings of positive reviews, it’s easy to see why Rimmel London’s latest innovation has been embraced with open arms. As for the price, well at £5.99 you can’t go wrong.



Neutrals? Glitters? Metallics? Whatever takes your fancy, there’s nothing we love more than having a must-have eyeshadow palette at the ready for times of crisis.  Whether it’s rich browns that feed your lust for the everyday smoky eye, or stark black, ideal for creating an alluring nighttime approach of the trend, Make Up Academy (MUA) is your go-to brand when it comes to budget eyeshadow.

Smokin’ Palette MUA

Equipped with a collection of distinctive palettes, which range in price from £4.00 to £12.00, our personal favourite it’s the Smokin’ Palette, priced at £6.00. The product features bold hues that are sure to suit any eye colour as well as a nifty little eyeliner that can be used to create dramatic flicks or subtle detail. Two products for the price of one? You can’t say no really.


Summer is all about big, bold lips. Taken straight from the catwalk, flush red and fuchsia pink give the season a daring edge that’s riddled with standout-factor. Easily achievable at home, you can jump onboard the runway bandwagon with the Rimmel Kate lipstick in Vibrant Coral.

Rimmel Kate vibrant coral

Released last year, Kate Moss’ range of lipstick for the brand has been a timeless hit, with girls galore buying various hues left, right and center. Now back for a second round, the product has been given a highly anticipated re-vamp, with lipsticks having a velvety matte finish. Ruby powder has also need added to the formula, to intensify the £5.49 buy’s longevity – we’ll take one in every colour please.



Heroes in their own right, Models Own have been wowing the nation with their in-your-face shades for years now. Specalising in a variety of plush nail polishes, they’re the number one brand to turn to when you’re in need of statement primaries or bejeweled shimmers.


It doesn’t matter if you’re more of a ‘Lilac Dream’ or ‘Rocket Red’ kind of girl, each polish is sure to provide your nails with an on-trend makeover that has all the quotient of the season. 


It’s not just us that loves the brand, Michelle from Thou Shalt Not Covet told Blix: “I think Models Own are one of the best brands offering nail polish available on the high street today. The formula of the Hyper Gels especially is spot on for easy application and long lasting. Models Own are also constantly bringing out new collections and always have offers on which offer great value for money!”

Having just released their new Hyper Gel collection, priced at £5 a bottle, we can’t wait to paint our nails in pastel hues that are the epitome of spring/summer cool. Yes, Lilac Sheen, Pink Veneer and Blue Giant… we’re looking at you.

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