no rx serif;”>As much as we wish it, check more often than not our student budgets don’t cover the cost of necessities such as MAC eyeshadow quads, Chanel nail varnishes and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. Le sigh. So instead left with is a choice of affordable brands. I know, for some this may be a step too far; and I’m not suggesting that all high-street brands are good; but every now and then you can find a little gem that means you can eat for the week instead of forking out on its high-end counterpart. Here lies before you the top five best budget beauty buys for under a tenner. Thank me later!

Mavala Nail Polish: Because sometimes Chanel is just too bloody expensive. The Mavala range is available in most pharmacies, has a huge range of colours and textures and costs under €6 for a bottle; so whether it’s a dupe of an expensive nail polish, a dream to create ombre nails or just a little spend thrift, you can’t really go wrong.



Sleek Storm Eyeshadow Palette: Whether it’s an unassuming daytime look you’re after or a dark smokey eye; this twelve shadow palette has it all. Shimmers, mattes and the odd base colour thrown in means your €8.50 will be very, very well spent. Available from


Maybelline Falsies Volume Mascara Black: Because, let’s face it, mascara isn’t something we want to spend loads of money on. Or share with anyone. Ever. Available in Boots for €10.


Bourjois Pastel Joues Blusher: The packaging isn’t that bad and there is a great range of colours to choose from. Favourites for this season are Brun Cuivre and Rose Frisson, for just €9.


And last but not least Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick: One, because Kate Moss designed them. Two, because they come in great bright shades that will set you apart from the nude-lipped posse. And three, because they come in at just under €8. Go forth, my friends, and spend, spend, spend!