As a beauty obsessive, I love nothing more than discovering budget beauty gems and my makeup collection reflects this as it contains a lot more drugstore products than high end. You don’t have to spend masses of money to find great products and one of my favourite beauty haunts to frequent is Tesco believe it or not. Tesco has by far, the best beauty counters compared to any other supermarket and I can’t help myself from adding the odd (OK regular) beauty treat to my trolley when doing my weekly food shop.
The brands on offer at my local Tesco include Sleek, Maybelline, Rimmel, Max Factor, BD Trade Secrets (Barbara Daly), Collection, Revlon and a whole lot more so today I wanted to do a rundown of my top 7 beauty must-haves under £10 from Beauty at Tesco…..
Max Factor’s newest nail polish release are their Gel Shine Nail Lacquers, which have been designed to offer the shine, longevity and plumpness of a gel manicure without the damaging curing process. The range includes an extensive nine shade collection; all of which claim to last for upto seven days at just £6.99 each.
I have the shade ‘Gleaming Teal’ which is perfect for Autumn as it’s a dark, cool-toned green with incredible shine without the need for a top coat. If like me, you’re not a fan of the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Polishes, I’d wholeheartedly recommend the new Max Factor Gel Shine Nail Lacquers, as they are much nicer polishes, and offer impressive opacity in a single coat.
Gleaming Teal is easy to apply as the formula isn’t too thick like some gel-like polishes tend to be, but I’d recommend shaking the polish vigorously before use to ensure the polish isn’t gloopy. When applied to my nails, Gleaming Teal lasted for six days before chipping but amazingly for nine days on my toes. I really love the formula of this polish, and I’m currently eyeing up Burgundy Crush as I’m a sucker for a berry hued polish.
Barbara Daly is a brand I’ve used for at least eight years, so I was excited to learn that they’d had a relaunch and are now known as BD Trade Secrets. All of the BD Trade Secrets products are super affordable, and their new Express Eye Collection single eyeshadows are no exception at just £3.99 each. I have two shades from the collection; Vanilla Cream which is a pale cream shade with subtle shimmer and Roma which is a taupey brown with a satin finish.
The packaging on the Express Eye Collection shadows is really nice and compact with a clear window to see the shade inside. Both Vanilla Cream and Roma have a silky, buttery soft texture that works best when applied over an eyeshadow primer.
I particularly like using Vanilla Cream as a browbone, and inner corner highlight as it’s such a pretty, pale cream that really brightens the eye area. I also like applying Vanilla Cream all over the lid, and then using Roma as a crease shade for really subtle definition on days where I want to wear winged, liquid eyeliner. If my review hasn’t tempted you to try these bargainous shadows so far, the Roma shade is great dupe for MAC’s Satin Taupe Eyeshadow and Vanilla Cream is a dupe for MAC’s Dazzelight Eyeshadow.
My top 7 had to include an hair oil as I’m quite an obsessive when it comes to hair oil, and use one every single day within my haircare routine. My new favourite hair oil is the John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir £9.99, which claims to nourish the hair and block frizz for 50% smoother, healthier hair.
The oil elixir is enriched with argan oil and can be used on both damp or dry hair.. on damp hair, I like to use 4-5 pumps of oil through the lengths of my hair, and on dry hair I like to use 1-2 pumps on the ends of my hair and also the top of my hair to tame any rogue frizzies. The oil has a lovely, lightweight non-greasy consistency which doesn’t leave my hair feeling weighed down nor my hands feeling slimey.. and it also has a deliciously, sweet fruity scent.
Whenever I apply this oil to damp hair, I find that it really helps to detangle my hair which I’m always very grateful for and my hair is left feeling amazingly soft and shiny. However for me, my favourite use for the oil is on dry hair as fantastic at taming, and smoothing my pesky ‘baby hairs’ down around my hairline, which are the bane of my life, especially when I want to wear my hair up.
I was thrilled when I spotted that my local Tesco had introduced a Sleek MakeUP Counter in the beauty section, as Sleek is one of my favourite budget beauty brands. My favourite Sleek product is their Luminaire Highlighter Concealer £6.49 which I’ve previously reviewed back in May.
The Luminaire Concealer is available in a total of five shades, which is pretty impressive for a drugstore brand. I have the shade 01, which is the lightest and a perfect shade match for my very pale skin.
The concealer has quite a strong salmon tone, which is ideal for applying under the eyes, as it counteracts any darkness an absolute treat, leaving my eyes looking a lot brighter. The Sleek Luminaire Concealer is packaged within a clickable pen, that dispenses the concealer through the bristles which I use to ‘draw’ a triangle shape under each eye and then blend with my fingertips or a blending brush.
The second product from BD Trade Secrets’ new range within my Top 7 products is their Velvet Powder Cheek Colour in the shade Flirt £4.99. Flirt is such a gorgeous, rosy pink that really flatters my skintone. The Velvet Powder Cheek Colours have similar no-fuss packaging to the eyeshadows, in that they’re packaged within plastic, square compacts with a clear window. The texture of this blush is so unique for a powder blush in that it really does feel velvety, almost like a cream blush and it applies and blends like a cream blush too.. and the pigmentation and staying power is wonderful.
Leo Bancroft is another brand that is exclusive to Tesco, and I have one of his products within my top 7; the Leo Bancroft Blissfully Bouncy Volumising Root Lift Spray £4. I have really long, fine hair that has a tendency to lack body and bounce especially at the roots.. however I’ve finally found a product to inject volume into my flat hair.
The Blissfully Bouncy Root Lift Spray is to be sprayed into the roots of damp hair, to then be blow dried with a round brush. Firstly this spray smells divine and very salon-like and the heavenly fragrance lingers in the hair too. The pump spritzes a fine, lightweight mist over the hair without leaving any residue on the hair once the hair is dried.
I’ve found that I get the best results when blow drying my hair upside down with a diffuser after spritzing my roots rather than using a brush, as this then adds volume to all of my hair rather than just the crown.
What I love about this spray in particular is that the volume doesn’t fall out within an hour like similar volumising products, as it leaves the roots and lengths of my hair full of body and bounce for at least five hours before it begins to drop and that’s without using hairspray too. I think this spray would be a great alternative if you don’t like using heated hair tools for creating volume, or if you simply don’t have the time to use them on a daily basis.
My final pick in my top 7 is also from BD Trade Secrets and is their Vital Skin Longwear Foundation £9.99, which contains algae extract protecting the skin’s elastin and collagen to preserve the skin’s youth and it contains an SPF of 20. This foundation is designed for all skin types which is perfect for my dry skin as it doesn’t cling to my dry patches. The packaging is so luxurious for a budget foundation, with a frosted glass bottle and black pump.
Finding a drugstore foundation that matches my pale skin is a nightmare task as everything seems to be too dark or they lean too cool or warm. The shade Porcelain is the most amazing shade match for my skintone as it’s quite neutral in tone, and it blends beautifully into the skin when applied with both a Beauty Blender or Buffing Brush.
What makes this foundation such a winner for me is that it offers almost a full coverage with the appearance of a light-medium coverage foundation, as it still allows my freckles and skin to show through whilst concealing any blemishes and acne-scarring.
I love how lightweight the Vital Skin Longwear Foundation feels on the skin considering how much coverage it offers, leaving my skin with a matte finish and it stays in place for a good five hours before it begins to fade. There are six shades within the range and I’d really recommend having a look next time you’re doing your Tesco food shop as it’ll be love at first swatch.
So there are my top 7 beauty must-haves from Beauty at Tesco, although I could quite happily add a lot more. All of these products can be purchased instore, or online through Tesco Direct and you can even order online to collect instore for free to save on delivery charges. Have you tried and loved any of these seven products before?
*Sponsored Post. I was kindly sent a selection of products from brands available at Beauty at Tesco, and I chose my favourite seven items from the selection.