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Guide to the best beauty products on a budget

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I might not be a makeup expert, but I do like a bargain. 

Despite what all those glossy adverts might have you believe, there's no need to spend a small mortgage filling your makeup bag. In fact, I've found that some of the best makeup products on the market are those from cheaper brands. 

Fill your makeup bag without breaking your student loan, by shopping these budget-friendly products:

The Ordinary, Deciem - High-Adherence Silicone Primer £3.90
Deciem is one my most recent discoveries. Its honest approach to branding and the chemicals it uses, making this brand an easy favourite. That being said, it helps that their range The Ordinary is super cheap! 

Miss Sporty - Perfect Stay Liquid Concealer Light £2.99
I may be a creature of habit, as Miss Sporty's concealer is the first one I ever used, but I've stuck with it because it works. I mainly use it to cover up spots and the odd under eye tiredness bag, but the liquid blends well into the skin and covers whatever I need without showing. Why pay more?

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The Ordinary, Deciem - Colours Serum Foundation £5.99
Another recent addition to my makeup collection, but Deciem's Foundation is one of the best I've found. Providing an exceptional range of shades, good coverage and all at a cheap price, this foundation is my new go-to.

Makeup Revolution - Sculpt and Contour Kit £3.50

I spent a long time searching for a contour palette that matched my complexion and I could actually figure out how to use! This handy guide helped me to work out where to put it.
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Body Collection - Blusher Set £2.95 (£1.29 in Bodycare)
As a dancer when I was younger, the cheapest blusher palette from Bodycare was what I had my cheeks bronzed with for all those recitals and end-of-year shows. And so, I've stuck with it. It adds the colour to my cheeks that I need to look alive in the dead of winter, and for far less than other blushers on the market.

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Sunkissed - Shimmer Dust Brush £2.99
If I'm going out, I'm definitely a girl who loves a bit of glitter! This glitter brush allows you to carefully apply the shimmer to your face directly from the glitter barrel in the handle - be careful to test how much comes out before you put it on your face... I have been mistaken for a disco-ball on occasion. 

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Sunkissed - Bronzing Pearls £1.99
Similarly, I love these bronzing pearls to add shimmer whilst also beginning to blend in the rest of the blusher I have applied.

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MUA - Pro Base Matte Satin Pressed Powder £2.50
This is the one product I've always used, since before I had an interest in pretty palettes or blending brushes. As it comes in a wide range of colours and at a cheap cost, this pressed powder is perfect to create a finished look and blend your entire face.

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MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Power £3
It feels like everyone's trying to achieve the icy cheekbone glow to complete their contour. Well, I'm here to tell you that MUA's highlighter is the absolute one to fit that job description. And, coming in a huge range of shades, means that you can have varying levels of glow depending on your mood.

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MUA - Lipstick £1
My favourite thing about MUA is that they do a range of different lipsticks for only £1! They may not last the whole night but the colours are so powerful that they're well worth the spot in my makeup bag.

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Kiko Milano - Creamy Lipstick from £1.45
I've found that Kiko's lipsticks are always up and down in price depending on the store location and whether you manage to find a sale. However, if you're in the right place at the right time, I've been able to bag some gorgeous colours for cheap prices which stay on for long periods of time.

Makeup Revolution - Ultimate 144 Eyeshadow Palette 2018 £16
I received the 2017 version as this palette as a Christmas present and can honestly say that it's the best present I have ever received. The extensive range of colours means you will never have need for another palette and the pigmentation certainly allows for a range of looks to be created.

Miss Sporty - Fab Lash Mascara Extra Black £1.99
I'm not great with mascara and so tend to stick to the one that I'm used to because it has served me well in the past. Miss Sporty's mascara creates longer, thicker lashes - perfect!

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Primark - Various from £1
Brushes are my one nightmare; I completely resent paying extortionate amounts of money for something which seems so futile in the scheme of things. My current tactic is that it's cheaper to replace Primark brushes than to go to the effort of cleaning more expensive ones.

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