Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cheap Thrills Under $5

I love cheap and cheerful products, so I'm going to shop my stash to highlight some products that deserve it. I think I'll do this in a series of Top 5 posts, going up in price range, within reason.

1. Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll - $4.95
I really like this blush- sure BYS costs less but the texture of these far outshines that of BYS. It's quite finely-milled, so soft, reasonably pigmented but it blends out really easily so it's less tricky to overdo it, and I really like this colour. I'm rubbish at describing colours, but 'peachy pink' and 'rose' come to mind when I swatch this. I think there's barely detectable shimmer in there too, but it's so fine that it's more of a sheen. If I had fairer skin I would get Secret It-Girl too, but I think it's too orange for my skintone.

2. Maybelline Baby Lips in Relieving Menthol - $3.75
I know most lip balms cost under $5, but I love this. I wasn't a big fan when I first got it, but it's grown on me and now I can't go without it. Hydrates well, though the mintiness can get a bit intense, and I like the satisfying click of the lid. I tried Anti-Oxidant Berry too, but I prefer this one.

3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues - $4.95
Sure tissues work just as well, but I bought these at the beginning of the year when the sebaceous glands were working overtime and oil levels were getting out of hand. 65 sheets in a pack, and they're pretty small but I only ever need to blot my t-zone, so I find one's enough. They do ones with mineral powder on as well, but I didn't want ones with powder on  for when I'm not wearing makeup.

4. Essence Kajal Pencil in Teddy - $1.95
Glides onto the skin smoothly and doesn't tug. Great pigmentation, pretty everyday colour, and you can't beat the price. 

5. Essence Stay With Me lip gloss in Berry Me! - $3.95
I think this shade's been discontinued, but the formula is quite pleasant and I like the hourglass-shaped applicator. I was eyeing another one but I wanted to become more enthusiastic about lip products before buying any more.

Take care, and God bless! xx


  1. yay for blotting tissues! i've never tried the body shop ones, but they sure do come in handy when half the day rolls around~

    Joyce @

  2. I had those blotting tissues when I was in high school! I wasn't/am not particularly fond of the scent. I actually wore that lipgloss today :D xx

    1. Ohmygoodness I used one a couple of days ago, and noticed the scent for the first time ever! I agree- not nice. Hehehe I wore that lipgloss yesterday! xx

  3. You have me curious to try the Essence blush! It sounds like the quality is pretty impressive for something inexpensive. I am currently using Missha blotting tissues but I'd be keen to try out these Body Shop ones you've featured when they run out :)

    1. I hope I haven't overhyped it! I wouldn't want you try it, only to be disappointed because I gushed about it too much... :S I do love it- it's so good for under $5, but I love Bourjois more. Ironically, 4 of my 5 Bourjois blushes were under $5 too! :p xx