1. The skin care
Most products from the Clean and Clear range are sold at around £2.50 per product. So with a fiver, you can treat yourself to two! Good skin care is so important, and these are my picks for more problematic skin. Equally, if you have relatively good skin, the Simple range would probably be better for you, and the prices are about the same! Both brands are sold in Boots and Superdug.
2. The body lotion
Palmers cocoa butter smells amazing and feels so good on your skin! This 400ml bottle is £5.49 from Superdrug, but the 250ml bottle can be purchased for £3.99. Alternatively, The Body Shop usually sell mini tubs of their Body Butters (100ml tubs I think?), for £5, and these are great if you like fruity scents. My favourite is the Papaya butter as it's just so softening, too.
3. The lip product
Burt's Bees lip wax is my favourite lip product ever. It is so nourishing and smells so good, where it does smell like peppermint I also find that it's faintly sweet, and to me it smells like candy canes! It is £1.80 from Amazon, and it is so cheap and good quality I do feel guilty buying anything else!
4. The concealer
Rimmel's Wake Me Up concealer is sold at £4.99 from Superdrug. It's really great for applying just under your eyes and over blemishes for a brighter, fresher look. This is probably the best concealer I've used, even compared to pricier brands.
5. The blusher
If you ask any beauty blogger for their favourite blusher for under a fiver, they will tell you Sleek. Sleek blushers are sold at £4.49 on both their website and in Superdrug. These blushers are highly pigmented and very similar to the Nars blushers. Beware that these aren't supplied with a brush though, so you will need to purchase one of those too if you don't own one already.
6. The brush
Luckily for you, I've found you the best bronzing brush for under a fiver, to go with your Sleek brush. I find that a bronzing brush is the most versatile brush - I use a foundation brush to apply my foundation over my face, and then blend with a bronzing brush to create the most natural look. I also use it for my blusher, for my bronzer, and generally as a face blending brush. Mine is well used and well loved, and was £2.99 from the Seventeen brand at Boots. These brushes are also really, really, soft, and they feel so nice and fluffy!
7. The mascara
Maybelline's the Falsies mascara is my new favourite mascara. Before this, I was using Max Factor's Masterpiece mascara (£11), and before that, one from YSL (£21). This is slightly over a fiver (at £5.99) but is the one I'd recommend if you can afford it. However, if you literally have only a fiver, then Collection's Does It All mascara is £4.99 and is a good alternative. These can both be purchased from either Boots or Superdrug.
8. The fragrance
The Body Shop Love Etc Purse Spray is £5, smells really floral and pretty, and is great for just popping in your bag and freshening up while on the go. I really love using this in the Summer season as it's just such a light, pretty scent!
9. The hair product
Denman compact hair brushes are sold from £3.49 in both Boots and Superdrug. These brushes are also great for popping in your bag and freshening up your 'do while on the go! Mine is always in my handbag - no one likes tangled hair while out and about! Equally, if you can spare it, the travel size Batiste sprays are only around £1.50, and I carry one around in my bag at all times, too, and both products do literally come to a fiver!
10. The nail product
How could I do a best products for a fiver blog post, without including these little beauties?! Topshop's Nails range are highly pigmented nail varnishes and are sold at £5 each, and the range is absolutely huge! These are only a few of the colours, and I can promise you there really is a shade for everyone! It is virtually impossible to walk past the stand without being drawn into it!
- if you have any money leftover, and are new to makeup and skin care, it is also good to purchase a few basics - a deodorant, a body spray, gentle face wipes, and cotton wool pads are all around £1 each, and are really handy to have.
- if you're going on holiday soon, it's good to get a few products for that. Superdrug and Boots generally have a travel product aisle, and most of the products are sold at around £1. Make sure you get a shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, and moisturiser (one that is suitable for both body and face is best!). Travel deodorant and hair serum are great too if you can afford it, but if not, you can always use your mums!
- if you feel okay for makeup, like you don't really need anything, you could always get a cheap treatment done! Most large Superdrug and Boots stores now offer eyebrow threading/waxing for £5. Most eyebrow bars offer it for the same price too, and it is really important to have the right shape brows to frame your face! Just remember to apply something anti-bacterial over the top (I just use hand sanitiser). As they are pulling out hairs from your face, it opens up the pore where the hair was, and it can get clogged fairly easily if you don't put a cleanser on it! And remember, after having your eyebrows threaded/waxed, it can take at least half an hour to go down - so don't be arranging to meet your boyfriend or potential love interest straight after!
- as a final tip, if you haven't found anything makeup-wise you like, save the money you do have, and wait until next week, when you can afford to buy more!
I hope you've enjoyed reading something slightly different, and if you've been struggling to find something small to spend your last bit of money on, I hope this has helped!