Top 5 Under £5


Recently I have been all about budgeting; finding small ways to save money. It’s been a good excuse to rummage through the shelves at Boots to find more affordable alternatives than my usually very high end taste. Here are my top five finds under a fiver.

1. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer£4.19 £3.99
This little pot of goodness has made multiple appearances on my blog recently, and for good reason too. I am so glad I set myself the mission of finding a high street or ‘drugstore’ concealer as good as my MAC Pro Longwear, because this has well and truly replaced it. It doesn’t crease up or settle into fine lines, it provides a good amount of coverage and can even double up as a highlighter, sound good? The only problem is it’s tricky to get my hands on because it’s often sold out everywhere.

2. NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in Prune£5.00 £2.95
NYX eyeshadows are up there with the most pigmented I have ever used. I have been hooked since the very first use. They produce very little fallout and have fantastic staying power. My favourite is in the shade Prune. And at that price? I’d happily order 50! Hop on over to They have tonnes of bargains you just can’t get in stores.

3. Barry M Showgirl Extra Volume Black Mascara – £4.99
Goodbye Clinique High Impact, MAC Studio Sculpt – you are a distant memory. I was lucky enough to win the Barry M in a giveaway, and I am so pleased that I did. It’s a fraction of the price of my previous favourites and is just as good. It thickens, lengthens and curls my lashes, leaving them looking oh-so-fluttery. I think the high street have really upped their mascara game in the past couple of years.

4. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil – £2.99
Also known as the best eyebrow product I have ever used. I’m often lazy and tend to cut corners when it comes to spending time on one particular area of the face when I’m doing my makeup, and eyebrows are just one of those things. This pencil gets the job done so quickly; it’s thin enough to be precise, and pigmented enough to disperse the product (very evenly too I must add). Plus it comes with a handy brush.

5. Nivea for Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm£5.29 £3.52
Confused? Let me explain. You may have seen this new-ish craze around the Internet. Nikki Tutorials on YouTube actually discovered that because the Post-Shave Balm contains Glycerin, it can be used as an all over skin primer. I put the theory to the test myself (you can watch the video here) and it actually works well. My makeup lasts for a longer period of time when I apply the balm. Crazy? I know. It has become a necessity of mine for that reason. Try it! I always use the Sensitive version because it contains zero alcohol.

There are so many fantastic products under £5. What are your favourites? What should I try?

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25 comments on “Top 5 Under £5”

  1. Adryana says:

    This is such a good collection of products. I will definitely check out the Rimmel Brow Pencil 😊

    1. Clarina says:

      Thanks lovely! Yesss it’s the best brow product i’ve ever used. I’d say the toughest part is choosing a colour that matches your natural brows. Xx

      1. Adryana says:

        Indeed! But I usually go with a tone that is slightly lighter than my hair.

  2. I hear so much about the Collection concealer, I’m dying to try it!! xx

    1. Clarina says:

      You nee to try it! Even at that price if you don’t like it, it’s not much money wasted. Xx

  3. Great products and favourite picks would be Nyx eyeshadow and collection concealer. Oh my, that eye shadow looks stunning. I can’t wait to see a makeup look using that product

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! Yeah I’d say those two are my top cheap favourites! 🙂 id love to do a look using that shadow

      1. Looking forward to it.

  4. Nadine says:

    That’s such a clever idea with the shaving balm! 😀 Brilliant article!

    1. Clarina says:

      Haha thanks! I did steal the idea 🙂 but it really does work.

  5. cecesaidi says:

    Love this post – need to go shopping! x

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! Sorry to tempt you, haha. Xx

  6. Icy Sedgwick says:

    I love budget posts – it’s a good excuse to go shopping!

    1. Clarina says:

      Yes! Got to love a guilty free splurge 🙂

  7. stashmatters says:

    The NYX eye shadows ARE really great value for money! I think they sometimes out perform high end brands. 😛
    Next time that Nivea after shave balm goes on sale, I’m picking it up – I can’t open my laptop without seeing another rave review on it! 😀

    1. Clarina says:

      They are aren’t they! I bought a couple on a whim and was amazed by the pigmentation and quality. Definitely will be purchasing more. Yes, get it! You won’t regret it. 🙂

  8. Chanelle says:

    Absolute bargains! I picked up the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow pencil in Hazel last weekend and I’m already a big fan! Like you say it’s easy to use and is pigmented without being too pigmented if that makes sense 🙂 x

    1. Clarina says:

      Got to love a bargain! I’m glad you like the Rimmel Brow Pencil 🙂 Yes, it’s pigmented without being too overpowering, and it blends nicely. Xx

  9. driftinglexi says:

    A bought the mascara the other day after seeing you always mentioning it, haha. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Clarina says:

      Yay! You’ll love it 🙂 Well, I really hope you do haha. I haven’t put it down. 3 months on it’s still going strong too!

      1. driftinglexi says:

        Haha! Awesome, that’s good! I currently have two mascaras I’m using so I’ll try it when I’ve finished one of them ;-).

        1. Clarina says:

          Sounds good 🙂 I’m the worst at finishing products up – I always just stop using them haha.

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