Make Up While On A Budget

Are you searching for creative and new ways to increase your daily budget , but you just can’t live without make-up? So has Oana Parvu, a make-up enthusiast who has ventured to find new creative ways of purchasing make-up and bringing to life the British drug-store make-up to life in a Danish Concept. Having had a challenge to purchase good yet cheap products it’s became clear that it is not too difficult to purchase good for a small amount of money.

In case you cannot find a product or you do not like it, you can find alternatives of the mentioned products. Such drugstores as Matas or Esthetique generally offer a number of products that are on sales and the products are adapted to every woman’s taste. A diverse range of make up sets as well as single products of various shapes and colors will definitely make you choose.

These are some recommendations of products used by  a Modern Woman:

FoundationRimmel London Wake Up foundation – 89.95 , which can be found recently in  Matas as an item on sales  3 for 2 .

As for powder I recommend the following – Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder or Maybelline New your dreams matte powder. The first is  49,95 ,the  2nd  is 69,95 both cheap and good quality, plus a must have! Another option would be face powder from E.L.F- complexion perfection, perfect for oily type of skin.

As Concealer I have 3 or 4 options – from  MUA Brush on Concealer Pen (it has a  solid consistency and highly efficient but lacks too many color choices therefore for a more dark skin tone there wouldn’t be much to chose from) but it’s cheap and great for a very good price  2 gbp -18 dkk

Another very good product can be found at MUA Cover and Conceal Wand, (it has a bit more watery consistency and it provides medium coverage so it is not very recommended for skin types with a lot of imperfections ) it does have though great quality offering coverage for dark circles and it comes in 3 colors  only for 1,5 gpb -13 dkk.

The 3rd  is from Garnier roll-on anti dark circles. Although it has a watery consistency it is higly pigmented and covers up all imperfections , a sale is now currently on at Kvickly, 30 dkk for one as in general it is almost 60 dkk

As primer I use the one from E.L.F, as I think it is very efficient and with silicon si which is not everyone’s cup of tea but it does offer coverage of pores and makes your skin seem flawless and silky smooth with only 3,75 gdp.

Now I have the Color Pallets from MUA, which are very pigmented, not powdery at all , actually they have a creamy consistency and used with a good primer they can last almost all day , one palette has 12 colors and it costs only 4 gbp-34.53 dkk. The pallets are as good as the high brand one , for example their Undressed palette is similar to the Naked palette from Urban Decay, therefore quality for an acceptable price.

Mascara: Personally I use Volume Mascara – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes, Maybelline Express Volume, and MUA Mega volume mascara… they all have similar shapped applicators and the only difference are the prices . Whereas the first are around 100 dkk the last one is only 3 gbp – so it becomes a little under 50 dkk.

There are actually some tricks to multi task with what make-up you have as to fill in your brows using eye shadows or the elf all over color stick which can become a blush or bronzer and then a lipstick or eye primer.

When it comes to lipsticks, MUA has some amazing ones for only 1 gbp and there are so many colors to chose from. A tip for those girls which have a problem with lips: lip pealing will make your lips seem healthier. A natural pealing recipe requires only a little bit of honey. Take some honey and put it on a tooth brush or some small brush and brush it over your lips a few times, it will help your lips regenerate and seem healthier, plus you’ll look fabulous with any lipstick on.

I used to use a bronzer from H&M for 39.99 dkk (the big version  for 59.99) it is a fine and not too sparkly bronzer. As for the blush, I would use Estee Lauder but now because of budgeting I have discovered the one from MUA - Mosaic Blusher and there is no real difference between them, only the price is differing but not the quality. This one is up to3 gpb – 26 dkk”

Tips: If you want to consider your budget but you still want the look advertised MUA has a wide range of products similar to other high brand ones for example some nail polishes are very similar to MAC ones but can be purchased with only 1 gbp – 9 dkk maximum. Their Blush nb. 3 is remarkable similar to the one from Nars - Orgasm but is only 1 gbp – 9 dkk .  The postage to DK from UK takes 7 days and there are no supplementary taxes besides the delivery ones which usually are not that expensive around  5 gbp – 43 dkk .

There are other good and cheap British drug-store makeup brands such as Famous X, which provides good quality for a good price. Therefore don’t be afraid to expand your horizons if you want to keep a tight budget.

Valentina Teodora Dumitrache

Beauty and Leisure Journalist

I am a current student, enrolled in the BA Marketing and Management Communication program at Aarhus University. Likewise I am a lover of the finer things in life and would describe myself enthusiastic art critique/ amateur. In addition to this, I like to observe the things around me: people, surroundings, places, services and goods. And I am happy to share my experiences with others in order to increase awareness, and to provide a truthful opinion without any lies. P.s. I love chocolate. And heels.

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