Now I’m no self-proclaimed beauty expert, make up artist or health guru like an alarming number of fashion bloggers these days seem to be, but I do love it when product does EXACTLY what it says on the tin. I’ve got thin hair, sensitive skin and brittle nails, so when I find a good beauty saviour it really does make my day. So many brands churn out endless so-called ‘miracle’ products, but I tend to ignore the hype and stick with solid results! Here are five little lovelies (All under £10) that have simply worked for me this month.

Bourjois Nail Polish

I usually go for Barry M, Revlon or Rimmel when it comes to nail varnish as they are cheap, reliable and come in a bigger range of colours, but I picked out this Bourjois bottle mainly because the packaging intrigued me, and I wanted a gel/shellac like finish as I’m so tired of chipped nail paint! This dark, rich red has a subtle shimmer and the brush allows for super-quick, neat application.

Dead Sea Mineral Face Mask

My skin has been breaking out a lot lately due to stress and diet, so on my last supermarket dash I grabbed a face mask to sort it out a little. Surprised at how effective this mask was (for only £1.00 and with about 3 applications worth of product), I am certainly going to re-buy. My spots have noticeably cleared and my sin feels a lot softer. The mask has a delightful texture and smells amazing; such a treat for tired skin.

OGX Argan Oil Shampoo

For fine and damaged hair, this Organix (OGX) Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo has been a lifesaver. It’s super rich and nourishing but without being too heavy or greasy, so it’s fine for a daily wash! It’s also organic and gentle, and protects hair from heat damage = result!!!

Maybelline Gel Eyeliner

Normally I opt for a standard liquid eyeliner, from Collection 2000, for my signature little black flicks, but decided I wanted something a bit different. This gel eyeliner comes with a double edged brush and unlike other gels I’ve tried, it doesn’t dry out, and has staying power but still wipes off easily. What’s great is that you can create a really strong, graphic line in solid black.

Zara Perfumes

Many of us are fooled by brand names, advertising, celebrity endorsement and buying into luxury, but trust me when I say you don’t always need to splash out. I’m not claiming these scents from a high street chain match up to Marc Jacobs, Gucci or Jean Paul Gaultier, but they smell absolutely lush, and surely that’s the purpose of a perfume! ‘Oriental’ and ‘Fruity’ are my favourites.

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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