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Glam makeup products under £15 | Back to UNI Part 2

September 13, 2018

For the second part of the Back to Uni series I wanted to share how you can easily create a full-glam makeup look on a budget with every item being under £15. As a uni student with lots of events coming up, we want to look our best when we meet new people (not saying you can’t look amazing without makeup duh) but more often than not want great makeup but don‘t have the biggest budget. Therefore, I am sharing my favourite affordable (many being under £5) makeup products that give a comparable look to high-end makeup.


Primer-Nyx Angel Veil: This primer is one of the only ones where I can instantly see a difference in the size of my pores after having applied it. It has a lovely texture and keeps the makeup from sliding around all day. Cruelty-free? YES

Foundation-L’Oréal True Match: This foundation has an incredible shade range and has a formula that can be worn by people with oily or dry skin. It doesn‘t cling to dry patches and has a satin finish. Cruelty-free? NO (won’t be repurchasing because of this).

Concealer-Catrice Liquid Camouflage: This concealer is probably the cheapest one I’ve ever come across and I absolutely love it. It can be built up to be very full-coverage and is very long lasting. Cruelty-free: YES

Setting powder-RMCA nocolor powder: To set my undereyes and any more oily parts of my face I use the smallest amount of this powder on a brush which leaves a natural and slightly mattifying finish. Cruelty-free: YES

Bronzer-Milani 09 Dolce Baked Bronzer: This product is one of my favourites when it comes to a bronzer that has a slight glow and sheen. It warms up the skin nicely without looking too orange on my pale skin. Cruelty-free: YES

Blush-Essence 40 blossom me up!: One of the product categories you don’t want to miss out from Essence are their blushes. The formulation is lovely and cannot be beaten for this incredible price. Cruelty-free? YES

Highlighter-I used the two lightest shiny eyeshadows


Brow pencil-Revolution Duo Brow Pencil in Blonde: I use this brow pencil to outline the general shape of my brows which will act as a guide. My technique is still very similar to when I created my brow routine post if you’d like to find out how I fill them in. Cruelty-free? YES

Brow powder-Eyelure Fleur de Force powder: To fill in my brows, I have recently started using powders as it gives my light brows a softer and more suttle look. Cruelty-free? YES

Brow gel-Nyx Tinted Brow mascara: I use this mascara to set my brows in place. It is a good drugstore alternative to more expensive brow gels. Cruelty-free? YES


As a primer I’ve used the same Catrice concealer.

Eyeshadow palette-Tammi X Revolution Tropical Paradise: This palette retails for only £10 which is exceptional considering it has 23 shades that are all really nice. What I really like about this palette is that it enables you to create many different looks that can be all different in tone and they could for instance be all mate or incorporate shimmers. I would suggest building up the mattes slowly so that they don’t become patchy. To get the most impact with the shimmers I suggest using your fingers or a wet brush. Cruelty-free? YES

Kohl Liner-Nyx Slim Eye pencil in Black Brown: Instead of using a black kohl liner in my waterline, I prefer to use a brown shade as it looks less harsh on my face (as I’ve got really light hair and skin). In this look, I made sure to smudge the kohl liner to give it a softer look. Cruelty-free? YES

Metallic Eyeliner-Essence Melted Chrome eyeliner in 01 Copper of love: To add a fun tiwst to this eye look, I applied a copper metallic eyeliner which stands out every so slightly and adds a nice shine. Cruelty-free? YES

Mascara-Essence Volume Stylist lash extension mascara: After using an eyelash curler I coat my lashes with my favourite mascara. It is very long-lasting, doesn’t flake off and holds the curl of my lashes nicely throughout the day. Cruelty-free? YES


Lipliner-Essence 11 in the nude: This lipliner is really good value for money as it is below 1€. The shade is really beautiful and is a great nude for anyone who has light skin like me. Cruelty-free? YES

Lipstick-Revolution Iconic Matte Lipstick in Wishful: This lipstick is very matte (therefore not great for people with dry lips) but it is longlasting and very opaque. The lipstick formula reminds me of the matte Mac lipsticks and it only costs a fraction of the price. Cruelty-free? YES

I hope you‘re enjoying my Back to Uni series so far and will hopefully stay tunes for my next few posts coming up.

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