Mostly Mum’s Best Budget Beauty Buys for the Summer


As we whizz through exam season, the skies are predictably blue and the sun is shining, almost as if to taunt us about those lazy hazy days of summer freedom which are still a couple of months away. ๐Ÿ˜ž

But here at Mostly Mum HQ, preparedness is key!

So… although we might all be shackled to our work and school run commitments for a few more weeks to come (boo!), let’s lighten our mood by lightening up our makeup bags (hooray!).

Pastel hues, glitter and glitz?

Ooh! Yes, please!

Normally, I am a Dior devotee when it comes to my summer makeup bag. Their punchy pink and cool coral shades just sum up summer for me! ๐Ÿ’–

Still digging the old…


But can’t wait for some new shades…ย  ๐Ÿ’ž

And this year’s รผber glossy Cool Wave collection, with its emphasis on aquamarine eyes and glistening pink lips, is no exception. Mostly Mum will most definitely be diving in before the summer is out! ๐Ÿ’–

However, before opening my purse for a seriously summery high-end splurge (ouchie!), I hotfooted it to Poundland and Primark (old habits die hard! ๐Ÿ˜‰) for lots and lots of summery beauty basics that are so budget friendly they’re practically free! (The Hubby will be pleased… I think!๐Ÿ˜Š)

Now, just wait until you see what I found on that fateful day…

Glisten up


Oh, Poundland, Poundland, Poundland, how I love thee so!

A silky smooth summer pout is an absolute must for Mostly Mum!

Enter the oh-so-cute Keep Calm And… lip salve collection from Rimmel in Pink Blush, Crystal Clear and Rose Blush, which all look and smell so di.vine that you won’t know which one to plump for.

But at a pound a pop, you shouldn’t have waste time wrestling with indecision… Just get them all and alternate according to your mood! Mostly Mum did and has no regrets… Well, maybe one… Why couldn’t they have had an even bigger collection?! Sigh!

Glow it out


Stop traffic with that glow? Well, yes, that would be nice!

Next up, a bronze iridescent glow for the eyes and complexion? A gloriously golden, sun-kissed, radiant glow,ย  with added UVA and UVB filters and without the ravaging effects of sun damage to our delicate skin?

Don’t even have to think about it!

It’s all mine! ๐Ÿ˜

Sparkle time


Should it sparkle, should it glitter, into the makeup bag it goes with a flitter…

Our footloose and fancy free festival days might be behind us (well, some of us, at least… sigh!) but we can always relive those dancing days (or jumping up and down in the mosh pit, hands aloft days…) of our youth with a bit of strategically placed sparkle.

Primark’s iridescent PS… Angel Powder (a virtual steal at ยฃ3) smooths and highlights exactly where needed so that instead of just reminiscing about our youth we can actually recapture it (for a few hours, until the powder wears off at least!). And yay to that, I say!

Then for an everyday festival feel – which glitters, yet is understated – why not swap your usual black liquid eyeliner for this gold glittery Chick Flick one (so love it!) from Poundland’s Make Up Gallery?


Shimmer this summer


Get a royal blush to rival Meghan’s this summer, courtesy of Rimmel (from Poundland)

I normally like to keep my summer look as fuss free and natural as possible but just one slick of Rimmel’s Apocalips and my pout is plumped up, shiny and shimmery in an instant. The perfect finish to a crisp white summer outfit.

Just how gorgeous do Louise’s red summer lips look?

Louise’s glossy lips are by Elizabeth Arden but Rimmel’s Apocalips in Big Bang is a great budget alternative for stealing this super cute celeb look

I know! Made in Chelsea’s Louise just never puts a step wrong in the makeup department (literally!). โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Shine on me


No summer makeup look is complete without a slick of seriously shiny lip gloss

Again, Poundland pulls out all the stops with its Make Up Gallery Shine on lip gloss collection… Pixie Pink, Diamond Sparkle, Ballet Pink… love, love, love them all, got them all…

‘But wait… Which shade is the model wearing in the pic on the makeup stand?

Nice & Nude?

Where oh where is it?

Sold out?


Day ruined… almost!

At least I’ve got a trip to the Dior beauty counter to look forward to…’

Stay tuned, folks!

Until next time…

๐Ÿ’‹ Mostly Mum

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