Following on from my 5 under £5 post, I thought I'd share my favourite products from the high street priced between £5 - £10.
I've no doubt missed a few products out as there are so many good things and obviously I haven't tried everything thats available. I've split products up into categories, such as makeup, skincare etc.
This was a difficult category but I've picked five products I think really stand out. First up is the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation £6.99. This is an amazing foundation for the price - it has light to medium coverage with a slightly dewy finish that translates to perfect skin. Even if my skin is looking slightly worse for wear, this foundation makes it look so much more healthier and radiant. It doesn't oxidise and it lasts throughout the day (though I do need to blot). A newer discovery of mine is the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist Pencil £5.99, which is meant to be a dupe of the hourglass brow pencil. Its a twist up pencil thats soft and creamy. Theres also a brush at the other end of the pencil too. I use the medium shade, which isn't red toned in any way and is a close match to my brow colour. Really lovely. For contouring, I love the NYX blush in taupe £6. This is a gorgeous taupe brown, perfect for pale ladies as it isn't orange toned. You could also use this for bronzing too. It has great pigmentation, is soft and smooth and easy to blend. For £6, its a real steal. Lipstick wise, theres a lot of amazing lippies on the high street but the creme de la creme for me is the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in 110 £5.49. This is a coral red shade in a matte finish. Despite being matte, its not 'flat' on the lips - it has a slight sheen to it, which makes it stand out a bit more and not feel drying. Finally, I have to mention the MeMeMe Dark & Divine Mascara £8*. I don't like many high street mascaras, but let me tell you, this is amazing!It lengthens, defines, adds volume and doesn't smudge. It easily rivals expensive mascaras. Just brilliant!
Skincare between £5-£10 is a mixed bag. However, I've picked out some really good products, starting with the No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner £8. Ok, the packaging is a bit bulky but this is a really nice toner that does exactly what it says - soothes and leaves skin soft. Theres currently a no7 voucher floating around so you can get this for just £3. For lazy days or if my skin is feeling a bit stressed, I like using the Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser £8* - its lightweight, soothing and doesnt make my oily skin feel greasy. I'm not overly keen on the smell but its perfect for irritated skin.
A high street brand I love is the Una Brennan Superfacialist range. One of their products I use a lot is the Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask £8.99. This is a creamy clay mask with salicylic acid, dead sea mud and avocado oil to detox and absorb oil. You only need to leave this on for five minutes and it leaves skin feeling clear, balanced and revitalised. Clay masks can be drying but this one is perfect - my skin always feel soft after use and never tight. Another mask I have a thing for is the Organic Surge First Class Face Mask £8.49*. This mask is ideal for deep cleansing, detoxing and restoring the skin - pretty much good to use after a big night out. I like a lot of organic surge products but this just might be my most used from the brand. The mask itself is really light and creamy and housed in a pump bottle - so hygienic. Organic surge products are also paraben, sls and fragrance free. A truly good product for the price.
For blemishes, the Lush Tea Tree Toner £7.50 is my go to product. It feel refreshing, light and soothing. Most of all, it helps to shift blemishes quickly and tone down any redness.
Ooh theres a few goodies in this category. One of my most repurchased items is the Nip & Fab Dry Leg Fix £10.25 (lets overlook that its 25p over a tenner. I often see it on offer at various places). This stuff is an instant fix for dry and scaly legs. The smell is a little overpowering but its so hydrating, soaks in quickly and gives legs a healthy glow. Another product I use for dry skin is the Weleda Skin Food £9.95. I mainly use this on my feet as its insanely hydrating and nourishing. Its extremely creamy and its best left on overnight as its quite greasy but it does really help to soften dry skin.
I've mentioned this body moisturiser a lot but Boots Extracts Body Butter £8 is the bomb!The packaging seems to have been updated since I bought mine but its such a lovely, hydrating butter that leaves skin feeling smooth, soft and smelling incredible. Its also non greasy and dries quickly so it can be used this in the morning before getting dressed.
The Nuxe Reve De Miel Lipbalm Stick £5.50 doesnt really need much introduction. Theres also a pot version of this lip balm but I find the stick is easier to carry in my bag and has a thinner texture so its nice for wearing during the day. The balm has a lovely honey scent and leaves my lips feeling super soft. Its more expensive than other stick balms but for me, its the best balm I've used so its worth paying more for. Finally, in this category, I had to mention a Soap & Glory product, as after all its what they're best known for. At the moment, my favourite product has to be the Scrub of Your Life body scrub £7. This is one of the best body scrubs I've used as it makes my skin feel so soft. Its really exfoliating whilst still being gentle.Soap & Glory products always have great scents and this one smells good too.
When it comes to nail polishes, China Glaze are such an underrated brand. I used to buy them from ebay but Beauty Bay and Amazon now stock them. I have a few different shades and they've all been good quality. In the hair category, theres not many products I really love priced between £5-£10. If I had to pick, it would be the Big Sexy Hair Big Shine Spray. A lot of shine sprays can leave you hair feeling oily but this one is a lightweight spray that doesn't feel greasy.
For washing my makeup brushes, I use the Dr Bronners Magic Soap which is great for deep cleaning and leaving brushes feeling soft. Obviously, this stuff has many other uses, such as shower gel, cleaning dishes and umm pets. As for makeup brushes, the Real Techniques Setting Brush and EcoTools Fan Brush* are both high up on my list. I use the setting brush for under eye concealer but it can also be used for setting powder, highlighting and contouring. The EcoTools Fan Brush is ideal for bronzer, highlighter and powder. It has super soft bristles and doesn't shed. Again, I think Ecotools is an underrated brand - they're not overpriced and are great quality!