I'm not sure about you guys, but I love a good list post. Especially when it contains affordable makeup because it lets me quickly know if there are any drugstore bargains missing from my makeup collection. 

I decided to rummage around my dressing room and pick 10 items that I would whole-heartedly recommend to anyone on a budget. These favourites are in no order particularly. I'd also love to know what affordable beauty or makeup item you cannot recommend enough!

Soap and Glory Sheet Masks | The Beauty is a Beast

Soap and Glory Sheet Masks | from £3.50
Although this is on the more expensive side of sheet masks from the drugstore, I believe they're some of the best I've tried so far! Incredibly easy to use and does not cause any irritation to my skin. I love that they aren't heavily perfumed and a must have for a relaxing night in.

Maybelline Instant Eye Eraser and Fit Me Concealer | The Beauty is a Beast

 Maybelline Concealers | from £6
Maybelline concealers are 100% the best concealer I've tried from the drugstore and from watching a lot of youtube videos, I know they would come in a lot of favourites. They're so reasonably priced and have a range of concealers which do the job. My two faves are the Fit Me! and the Eraser Eye concealer.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation | The Beauty is a Beast

 The Ordinary Coverage Foundation | £5.90
You should know by now that all I can do is rave about this foundation so I'm not going to say too much about this, but you can read an in-depth review on this foundation here. I usually struggle to get along with drugstore foundations.

L'Oreal Eye Paint in Cocky Bisque, Colourpop Super Shock Shadows | The Beauty is a Beast

 L'Oreal Eye Paint in Cocky Bisque | £6
I love this for adding a pop of colour to the eye and it is a perfect base for adding eyeshadow pigments creating a beautiful glam eye look! I wish L'Oreal would bring this out in more shades, rather than just matte colours because they're such an affordable dupe for the Stila Magnificant Metals!

 Colourpop Super Shock Shadows | $5
This one is a little cheap since you cannot get them from the drugstore within the UK but they are becoming very accessible now to those of us in the UK with colourpop offering international shipping and Sephora are also going to be stocking colourpop! $5 for an eyeshadow with this kind of pigment is incredible value for money.

Nyx Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencils and Soft Matte Lip Cream | The Beauty is a Beast

 NYX Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil | £3
I'm not usually a lip liner person but I have these liners in so many different colours! They're easy to apply, you can quickly sharpen them up and they're incredibly affordable. A plus side is they make a lot of the NYX lip products which mean you can always find the perfect liner to match your lipstick. They now do them in suede too for an extra £1!

 NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream | £6
I love how creamy this liquid lipstick is. The formula means they aren't very long wearing but they are incredibly comfortable to wear. This range comes in a huge range of colours and I would pick them all up if I could.
Nip and Fab Blush Palette, Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze | The Beauty is a Beast

 Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze | £3
I went on a huge hunt for the perfect bronzer which wasn't too orange or too glittery on this one definitely is my favourite. I had to turn the packaging around because I've nearly hit pan and it is so dirty but I will definitely be repurchasing this again for the third time!

 Nip and Fab Blushed Palette | £8.95
I don't usually wear blush because I already have naturally rosy cheeks but I really wanted to try some nip and fab beauty products so I picked this up; for those who don't usually wear blush this is the perfect palette because it has all the shades you would ever need! Superdrug usually have this discounted or on a 3 for 2 offer as well.
Elf Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted | The Beauty is a Beast

 Elf Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted | £4.50
I'm really not usually a fan of baked makeup products because I find the pigment payoff to be very minimal, and technically this is the case with this eyeshadow too. However, this shade in Enchanted makes the most beautiful, wearable, everyday highlight that for the sake of £4.50 I urge you to put into your makeup collection ASAP. You can now get your hands on Elf at Superdrug too.

What makes it into your top 10? Also, would you like to see a top 10 under £20?


  1. I love Colourpop shadows so much! I actually had no idea that Soap and Glory did sheet masks, I’ll have to try them out!

  2. I need to try out the soap and glory sheet masks asap! I've heard so many great things about them!

  3. Ooo these are some great picks! I really want to try The Ordinary coverage foundation and the Soap & Glory sheet masks they look so good.

    Ellie x