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Five under a Fiver: Budget Beauty Buys


Make-up, applying mascara

Make-up, applying mascara

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Make-up, applying mascara

When it comes to stocking your makeup bag, it’s good to know where to save and where to splurge. Here are the beauty bargains we have been stocking up on lately.


Aldi’s beauty products are some of the best kept secrets in the industry and from tomorrow, their best selling skincare and cosmetics will retail for between €1.99 and €4.99 for a limited time only.

One product sure to fly off the shelves is the Lacura Concealer Pen, which boasts a creamy consistency and coverage to rival counterparts quadruple its price.

The best-seller (€3.99) comes in three shades and easy to use click-pen packaging. A few dots under the eyes and on the brow bone instantly brightens up tired eyes.




Kylie Jenner, along with sister Kendall, was recently cited as one of the most influential teens in the world. It seems the proof is in the pudding when it comes to the rising popularity of lip liner as young women look to emulate her pillowy pout.

Rimmel’s 1000 Kisses Lipliner is a pocket friendly way to enhance your cupids bow, with ‘Indian Pink’ being our personal favourite. (Approx. €3.80)




Ah, remember those days as a youth when you would apply a full face of foundation, powder and (probably glitter) eye makeup without paying any attention to your brows? Thankfully, selfies weren’t as popular then.

Now, thanks to the likes of Cara Delevingne, statement brows have become a definitive step in our makeup routine.

Essence, stocked in Penneys and selected pharmacies, has your back with a selection of pencils and powder brow kits for under €3.




Penneys has fast become a one-stop shop when it comes to achieving a glowing, tanned look thanks to the endless bottles of Cocoa Brown, Rimmel Sun Shimmer and St Moriz that line its shelves.

The St  Moriz brand offers deeply pigmented bronzers and iridescent shimmers from as little as €3, ideal for perking up a winter complexion.



Barry M’s Nail Paint polishes are a favourite with beauty lovers of all ages, thanks to their highly saturated hues.  For best results, apply two coats and seal with a clear top coat. And don’t be afraid to experiment by mixing shades or adding glitter and gems. (From €3.80 in selected Tescos nationwide.)



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