Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner £7.99
My history with gel liner has gone a little something like this: MAC Fluidline > Maybelline Gel Liner > MAC Fluidline > Maybelline Gel Liner. Having used both plenty I can attest that Maybelline's is a total and complete dupe for MAC's (and all those other expensive ones out there) and costs half the price. Sure, you get less product but Fluidline dries up long, long before you reach the end of the product. The Maybelline liner is creamy, smooth, pigmented, long lasting and you get a brush thrown in there too which actually isn't half bad.
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner £5.29
Yep another eyeliner, this time of the somewhat easier to get to grips with liquid kind. While I do love my gels sometimes you just gotta use an old-school liquid one, yanno? Liquid liners really do remind me of my youth and while I thought I had used every budget one available it seems Rimmel's had passed me by. Glam Eyes has a super-fine brush which is really important to me (#firstworldissues), it's pigmented but also quite wet and liquid-y so I'm careful to wipe off any excess before applying.
Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara £6.99
OK so by now you should all know how much I love Doll'd Up mascara by Seventeen. But then the newly released Falsifeye HD entered my life and after using it a few times I've found I actually prefer it. It lengthens and volumises but most importantly it holds a curl really, really well. Yep, even better than Doll'd Up. My only gripe is that it tends to smudge onto my brow bone but if it gives me lashes that allows them to reach up there in the first place I can deal.
Seventeen Brow Sculpting Pencil £2.89
Yep, another winner from Seventen. I use a powder and brush for my brows daily but for those times when I need a quick swipe through to freshen them up or if I'm in a hurry this is what I reach for. I find a lot of eyebrow pencils too waxy or too red toned but this is neither; it's pigmented and a good ashy brown and come on, it costs £2.89. It only comes in one shade which is a bit tricky but for brunettes it's perfect.
Rimmel Brow This Way currently £2.99
If Rimmel's answer to Benefit Gimme Brow is under a fiver then I'm on board. It's the best tinted brow gel I've used to date; it fills and thickens, tints and sets. I have the shade Dark Brown and it's perfect but there's also one for blondes, a lighter brown and a clear one.
Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon £7.99
Another product that I've already gone on about a bit too much but Bourjois' lip crayons really are the bomb. If you like your lip products a little bit glossy, moisturising and a doddle to apply you'll love these. Peach on the Beach is basically summer in a lip colour and Fuschia Libre one of the most easy to wear bright pinks I've come across.
Essie Sunday Funday £7.99
OK so I wouldn't necessarily describe Essie polishes as affordable per se but they're under a tenner and I couldn't not include this shade. Sunday Funday is the most perfect pinky-coral with barely detectable shimmer and it's one of those polishes that you love so much once it starts chipping you take it off and instead of choosing another colour put it straight back on again. That's the marker of a truly great nail polish, right?
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water currently £3.99
Ladies and gents, you need no longer search high and low for Bioderma. I swear Garnier's micellar water is the exact same stuff, or at least it performs exactly the same and for that I am eternally grateful. The only problem is that this suff makes me lazy with my skincare - it's just too damn easy to swipe across the face from the comfort of my own bed after a late night. It's extremely gentle on my skin, doesn't cause any breakouts and has quickly become a staple in the way that I panic slightly when I run out.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge currently £4.79
I'll be the first to admit that for a long time I didn't really get this. That was until I spritzed on some of my Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist then used the damp sponge to apply MAC Studio Sculpt foundation. The result? A more sheered out but still perfected base. The key really is to dampen the sponge first because it's then that the magic happens and now I understand the hype.
I hope my ramblings and ravings of some of my favourite more affordable products have you nodding in agreement if you already own them or itching to add them to your wishlist. We'll see how long it takes until I can round up another ten products although we all know how much I love a trip (or two) to Boots.