15 Affordable Beauty Products That Might As Well Be High End

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Building a beauty routine that not only works for your skin but works for the season too can be difficult. As it’s getting warmer you want to focus less on protecting your skin from the cold and more on protecting it from pollution and environmental aggressors. We all want a perfect beauty routine, complete with products that actually work and even better

This melty micellar gel from 3ina makes facial cleansing so much easier. I seriously love this at the moment, it’s gentle on my skin and melts makeup away with one swipe. With green tea, a soothing, cooling formula, and a beautiful bottle, it seems like it should be way more expensive! Buy it here.

NIP+FAB Kale Fix Clay Mask

Where to start with this Kale Clay Mask? It’s the perfect spa treatment to do in your bathroom, first of all, second of all it contains all the science and ingredients to draw out impurities from your skin without drying it out or leaving it sore. Kale is a wonder food for your skin, and this mask is hard-working without the hurt. It feels soft and nourishing, and after you use it your skin will glow! Buy it here.

Oh K! Glowing Skin Gold Leaf Gel Mask

You seriously can’t go wrong with a bit of South Korean beauty. They just know how to do skin care. This gold leaf mask is luxurious, nourishing, and Instagram-worthy without the hefty price tag. Love this! Buy it here.

Maybelline Fit Me Poreless Foundation

Looking for a foundation that doesn’t break the bank but gets the job done? Don’t underestimate Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation. It regularly features in YouTube videos and has over 1,000 reviews complete with very beautiful before-and-after photos that prove you can get gorgeous coverage for half the price of high-end foundations. Thanks to the reviews, this is next on my wishlist to try! See the reviews and buy it here.

Sleek highlighter palette solstice

I’m so in love with this palette. It’s an eye highlighter palette from my favorite affordable beauty brand Sleek. The colors are so pretty and intense, and the reviews are right – it’s seriously amazing! If you use this, pair it with a setting spray and you’ll be shining all day. Buy it here.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid

This pretty dropper bottle will look so beautiful in any bathroom, as well as looking very high-end (and medicinal) this lactic acid treatment is perfect for girls with sensitive skin. It reduces inflammation and sensitivity after one application a day, so if you’re suffering a breakout or you have easily irritated skin like me, you might like to try it! Buy it here.

Dr. Jart+ Dermask Spot Jet Neck & Chin Lift

This neat little package can be compared to surgery in a packet. It’s a set of strips that, when applied, reduce sagging skin and banish fine lines. The mask actually works to tighten skin, so if you want a bit of a lift try this! Buy it here.

Sleek palette in Oh So Special

I am always so impressed with Sleek’s products. I’ve never tried one I wouldn’t use daily. This palette is still my go-to, I even have it in my work bag right now, ready to touch-up before going for dinner after work. It’s the perfect balance of shimmery and matte and high pigmentation, perfect for work and after-work drinks! Buy it here.

Barry M Liquid Eyeliner

Barry M’s Eye Define Liquid Liner might look unassuming but its precise tip makes creating the perfect line easier than ever. I used this so much I ran out pretty quickly, but the sharp point on the tip was perfect for creating an eyeliner flick. Buy it here. 

Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spay

I still can’t believe how affordable this spray is. It looks so high-end, and works so hard! The reviews speak for themselves, with people using it after a bath, before work, during work, before (and after) makeup and even buying extra for their friends and family. You know a product is good when people want to share it! Buy it here.

Nails inc superfood oil

Forget the expensive manicures, Nails inc have a range of affordable (and super pretty) nail colors for every occasion. My favorite at the moment is this oil which strengthens and restores nails, especially if you regularly go for gel manicures. It’s perfect if you’re trying to grow your nails! Buy it here.

Herbivore Botanicals Skin Toning Elixir

Herbivore is one of my favorite brands at the moment. They keep releasing beautiful products that actually work. For me, the simpler the design the better. I want everything on my bathroom shelf. Especially this toning elixir. Buy it here.

Milk Makeup Gel Brow Pencil

Keeping it simple is key, even when it comes to brows. You all know how much I love my brows, and I have a full arsenal of products ranging from high-end to drugstore. Milk Makeups Brow Gel is somewhere in the middle but makes creating perfect brows almost too easy. Buy it here.

e.l.f Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearl

This highlighter is seriously highly rated, and with good reason. Despite its price, it’s a dupe for high-end highlighters with a much heavier price tag. Perfectly shimmery, pigmented, and blendable. A swipe on your cheeks will upgrade your makeup look! Buy it here.


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  • Izzy Bruning

    That sleek palette looks beautiful! x
    Izzy | http://www.pinchofdelight.com

  • Roksana

    The e.l.f Baked Highlighter looks heavenly :D


    I’m not sure why I haven’t tried anything from Mario Badescu yet! I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a facial spray but I’m not sure why I haven’t done it yet. This is one of the top ones that I’ve been looking into buying.