Monday, 24 February 2014

College Girls Guide to: Beauty on a Budget

At this time of the year we are all feeling the pinch so in response to a blog request I decided to focus on champagne beauty on a college budget! This blog post will contain budget beauty tips, DIY hair and face treatments and some of my favourite bargain beauty treats! Enjoy :-)

Greasy roots but can't afford dry shampoo? Blondes can use baby powder and brunettes can use bronzer, just dust onto the roots, rub in, and brush out.

Panda eyes but no eye makeup remover? Work a little bit of olive oil or Vaseline on a cotton bud into your lash line and the oil will work it right off.

White eyeliner is your only woman to brighten up those tired, red rimmed eyes after too many late nights partying or studying ;-) Essence are doing a dual ended black and white kajal liner for €1.89! I picked one up recently in Penneys. Talk about a bargain, two for one!

The makeup essential all girls should have is a matte neutral eye shadow palette. Make Up Academy do a fantastic matte palette (above, left) with not just neutral shades. Blank Canvas palette (above, right) retails at €10.99 and contains shades you can use to contour, highlight, fill in your brows and as eye shadow bases. Matte neutral shadows have so many uses and are really worth investing in a versatile, multiple use buy.
Lidl is worth a look on your weekly supermarket sweep. They have introduced their versions of the BB and CC creams at only €2.99 a pop I have heard only good things!

Vaseline is also a great multi-purpose product for dry skin, lips, elbows, knees, smoothing back eyebrows and keeping hair dye from staining your hairline.
Every girl needs her set of makeup brushes. They can run expensive but I researched it, and you can buy 9 of the essential brushes online at and all for about €25!
Any great makeup brush website which is both affordable and great quality are AYU Brushes, at They are offering high quality brush sets at the higher price of €55, and also free shipping for the month of February!
Try out Natural Collection, WetnWild, MUA, and NYC. They are all fantastic beauty brands offering seriously good savings. Rimmel is also made by the same brand as L'Oreal, so you can also expect high quality for your euro. Catrice is my absolute favourite budget beauty brand. I can personally vouch for their lipsticks, mascaras, blushers, bronzers and powders. They have incredible staying power and are brilliant quality.
It's time to DIY! That's do it yourself for all those ladies out there, and no, get your minds out of the gutter, I don't mean in that way! DIY hair and face masks are the way forward. Most include kitchen-friendly ingredients, take a minute to whip up and don't cost a penney with fantastic, all natural results!
Dry hair/face: take an avocado, smash it up with some honey and banana and apply to hair, and face. Leave on for 20 minutes, then wash off.
Oily hair: This is for seriously greasy hair. Take a 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, and the grated lemon peel of a whole lemon. Apply to scalp, leave for 15 minutes to soak up the oil. Lemon acts as an astringent and then wash off in the shower.
Damaged hair: Three tablespoons of olive oil mixed with two eggs applied to hair and left for 20 minutes will promote healthy hair growth and give much needed moisture to the hair. Don't forget to rinse!
DIY body scrub:
Olive oil and sugar, or coffee granules make a great DIY body scrub.
Quick Tips:
1. Warm eyeliner with a lighter for a few seconds. This will create a gel liner effect.
2. Put mascara tubes in a cup of hot water. It will give the dried out mascara a new lease of life.
3. Re-use false lashes by cleaning the gunk (mascara and glue) off with cleanser on a cotton bud.
4. Don't throw away your favourite eye shadow, powder and bronzer if it is smashed, just put a drop or two of isopropyl alcohol into it and flatten it with a tissue over it, it will be as good as new when it dries out.
5. Check out places like Dealz, Euro Giant and chemists. They often have really good deals and discounts on hair, beauty and nail products!

Hope you found the tips helpful! Let me know if you have any more budget beauty tips in the comments below.




  1. This is an absolutely brill post filled with loads of really useful tips! I have used baby powder in my hair for about 15 years as a dry shampoo and it has never failed me. I've started following you on both twitter & bloglovin'. xx

    1. Awww, thanks a million for giving me the warm and fuzzies! Such a nice comment to receive! Glad you enjoyed my tips, and thanks for the follows! I must check out your blog now xx


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