As the weather trundles on in its arctic/monsoonal cycle, the gull turns to cosmetics after mainlining Lisa Eldridge’s makeup tutorials.  I like her enthusiastic, I-can’t-believe-I-can-do-this-for-a-living approach to all things enhancing.  There’s a healthy mix of affordable and luxe alternatives.  Check out her tutorial for mature makeup, on a lady called Yvonne.  It’s gone viral – hurrah for the face with no cosmetic surgery etc.

After a pleasurable browse in Superdrug (website fab for deals) on a rainy, windy morning, my cheap buys which work really well are;


Sheer, moisturising, non-sticky lipglosses for £1.  Seven colours.

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Lipboom.  Double ended lipsticks.  Matt lipstick one end, glittertastic gloss the other end.  I really like the lipstick.  A little of the gloss goes a long way but also non-sticky.  £3.



Lycra pro nail varnish.  A revelation – a cheap and cheerful pick-you-up – do it while you’re watching a film – lasts me a week of all the usual nail abuse.  £3.99 but less for multiples from Boots/Superdrug.  Have all sorts of colours – really love the peppermint from the new colours – top of stack below.  Works well with CND sticky base and Seche Vite dry fast top coat.



I like loads of stuff from this range but particularly the little Miracle Touch creamy blush – mine’s in Murano – good for cheeks and lips – natural colour.