An Ode to Bargain Beauty

Thursday, 17 December 2015

If you wander into any Poundland, Boyes, Home Bargains or B&M, it's pretty much guaranteed you'll find a beauty section, with shelves brimming with brands you've never heard of, and are probably more than likely to swiftly walk past. However, considering we all had to start somewhere when it comes to beauty (and I definitely started in my local discount shop), I don't think we should be so quick to ignore them when we're running in to pick up toothpaste or tissues. 

As much as I love treating myself to some expensive makeup every now and again, I really think there is nothing better than going to my nearest discount shop and having a bit of a shopping spree in the beauty section. Okay, so I'm aware that a lot of people are quick to turn their noses up at discount beauty brands, but I never judge a book by its cover, and after trying cheaper products that have worked amazingly well for me in the past, I see no harm in having a little bargain beauty haul! 
I haven't really been beauty shopping in ages, so when I wandered into my local pound shop for something utterly boring (like baby wipes or hygiene gel, what an exciting life I lead) I somehow fell into the beauty section. With beauty products rarely over £4 in the majority of discount shops, I think it's safe to say I can afford to treat myself to a few bits, so I thought I'd share my haul, and my thoughts on buying bargain beauty, with you! 

My favourite thing about the beauty section in discount shops is always the nail polishes. Whereas with the likes of foundation or mascara I'd be a bit wary, with nail polish what you see is usually what you get, and I've picked up dozens of fantastic polishes from cheap shops in the past, so why stop now? W7 is one of my favourite discount brands, particularly for nail polishes - they have a huge selection of shades and when I spotted these glittery ones I couldn't resist. I have a feeling they will probably take a fair few coats to look opaque, but for around £1.50 a pop I think it's worth the risk.

I always tend to pick up my cotton wool, nail scissors, nail polish remover etc. from discount shops as it's so much cheaper than heading to Boots, and pretty much identical, so I picked up some nail scissors for the grand old price of 79p, and then headed over to look at the foundations and concealers. As wary as I am about buying them from discount brands, my sister had been raving about the W7 foundation, and for around £3 I thought I'd give it a try. Considering I'm usually an Estee Lauder wearer this seems like a mighty downgrade, but all in the name of beauty blogging - I'll have a review up on this soon. I also picked up a green and yellow concealer because I find them so hard to track down, and a 'camouflage' kit which the verdict is still out on.

As much as it's nice to buy the cheapy brands in discount shops, the best thing about them is when you find brands you know and love so much cheaper. I love picking up my false lashes from these types of shops because they always have well-known brands (ahem, Revlon) in there for half the price. The haircare section is particularly good for this - I managed to pick up some Matrix Exquisite Oil and a HUGE bottle of Matrix conditioner in there for a third of what it would normally cost. Definitely not worth turning your nose up at!

So there you have it... something of an ode to discount beauty. Do you ever buy makeup and beauty products from discount shops? I'd love to know!