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5 Budget Buys: Autumn Edition

18 April 2015

As much as I love high end products, there's an incomparable joy that comes from popping into the local Priceline and taking advantage of the great sales. I think the excitement stems from being able to take home multiple products for the price you'd spend on one luxury item*. 

The star of the show is definitely the Pond's Age Miracle BB Cream SPF15 in 'Beige'. I picked it up on a whim one day and was blown away by how far it exceeded my expectations. It's a light, creamy consistency that offers decent coverage. I repeat: decent coverage(!!1!). I have a lot of redness and dark spots to cover around my cheeks, and I always struggle to find something with good coverage and a smoothing formula that doesn't accentuate any dry bits. I have finally found The One. 'The One' is also yellow-toned and although a tad light, still dark enough to suit me. At $14, it's a dream come true.

I've also been enjoying the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in 'Dark Brown'. It's a great product, except I'm not sure what's up with the wand being a ball shape. A mini tapered mascara wand, a la Benefit Gimme Brow would've been lovely, but apart from the wand and the fact I have to wipe the excess product off on a tissue, it's been nice to use on low-maintenance days.

The last of the budget buys are lip products, because who doesn't love them some lip stuff? The lip balm offering comes in the form of the People for Plants Organic Lip Balm in 'Pink Grapefruit & Sweet Fennel'. It's organic, smells lovely, and doesn't leave the horrid white ring some other lip balms leave me with. It's great under lipstick too!

For an autumnal shade that's neither berry nor vampy, try the Savvy Nourishing Lip Liner in 'Chestnut'. It's a brown-red shade; the kind that would have been reserved for 90s supermodels and your great-aunt before the whole Kylie Jenner thing brought these kinds of shades back from the makeup grave (a part of me wants to roll my eyes but the other part is just grateful that these darker nude shades are getting the appreciation they deserve). It's the kind of colour that would look very sophisticated paired with a flawless base and lashings of mascara. My only gripe with these lip liners is that they're more creamy than regular lip liners, so they work better as an all over lip colour than as a base.

The Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon in 'Proudly Naked' has also been a favourite of late. Bourjois released this shade fairly recently alongside two others (a warm raisin and a fuschia).  Proudly Naked is a medium, natural glossy pink that I imagine would be close to the natural lip colour of many. Do note though, that it comes off lighter and slightly more cool-toned than its packaging. During the Priceline 40% Off Cosmetics Sale, I stood at the Boujois stand um-ing and ah-ing between this shade and the raisin. I knew the raisin would suit my tanned complexion, but sometimes a girl with a tan just wants to wear a nude to say that there is a nude out there that suits her. This girl is pleased to report that this not-so-nude nude suits her just fine.

I have a feeling my Priceline Sister Club Voucher will be on its way soon. I'll of course need to pop by to spend said voucher. The excitement builds...

*Not sure why I'm playing coy. I know for a fact that that's where the excitement stems from.
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