Budget beauty for busy mums

You just need a few key products to make you look and feel gorgeous - and these won't break the bank. Read on to find out what we've picked as our hero budget beauty buys, ideal for busy mums!


The stretchmark cream

Mama Naked Serenity Stretch Mark Cream, £3.99, nakedbodycare.co.uk

Made of 97% natural ingredients to help increase skin's elasticity, it's also paraben-free.

Tester talk: 'I loved the smell! It left my skin soft, not greasy, and stopped my bump itching.'


The hand cream

Johnson's 24 Hour Moisture Radiance Hand Cream, £1.99, Boots

Enriched with shea and cocoa butter, this will banish signs of dull-looking skin.

Tester talk: 'Absorbed quickly and left my hands feeling lovely and soft.'


The concealer

Collection 2000 Illuminating Touch, £4.99, Boots

This is the perfect quick fix at a great price. Easy to apply using the twisting pen brush and blend with fingers. It conceals dark circles and illuminates skin.

Tester talk: 'I actually looked like I'd had eight hours' sleep - I was impressed!'


The night cream

Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream, £13.50, weleda.co.uk

This cream helps the regeneration phase overnight and leaves your skin feeling super soft and young-looking come the morning.

Tester talk: 'Rich without feeling greasy, this is more expensive than my usual cream, but a little goes a long way. After a week's use, I looked much more "rested".'


The serum

Lacura Multi-Intensive Serum, £3.49, aldi.co.uk

This light cream-gel helps improve the skin's elasticity for a smoother look.

Tester talk: 'I couldn't believe the price of this! My skin definitely felt smoother after a couple of weeks.'


The eye cream

Lacura Caffeine Eye Roll-On, £3.49, aldi.co.uk

This caffeine-enriched eye gel is great for refreshing tired eyes.

Tester talk: 'Feels lovely and cool and noticeably reduces dark circles.'


The blusher

Blush Me! Blush Box in Coral, £8.50, Superdrug

Vintage-style packaging that looks classy but without the price tag - this blush will perk up a wan expression in no time.

Tester talk: 'This blusher gave me a great glow. I was even told I looked "fresh-faced". Definitely a must-have.'


The day cream

Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape Day Cream, £12.99, Superdrug

This day cream includes grape extract which helps strengthen the skin's cells.

Tester talk: 'This had a lovely smell and was very light and non-greasy, so easily absorbed, with the bonus of SPF15 included. A great day cream for busy mums.'


The mascara

Barbara Daly Lash Boost Mascara, £4.99, Tesco

Maximise those lashes with a sweep of this fab lash-building mascara.

Tester talk: 'I thought this was really good - I definitely think it made my lashes feel thicker and longer. I was quite impressed.'


The eye shadow

Barbara Daly Eyeshadow Bon Bons, £6.75, Tesco

This shimmery neutral palette of four complementary shades is perfect for mums who want to pretty up their eyes at top speed.

Tester talk: 'Nice subtle colours that blended easily - love it!'


The wipes

Faith in Nature 3-in-1 Facial Wipes, £3.10, faithinnature.co.uk

Convenient for removing make-up and grime, these wipes are also ph-balanced, so are kind to skin.

Tester talk: 'My skin felt really clean and fresh after using these.'


The cleanser

Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser, £5.99, Superdrug

This nourishing cleanser is rich in vitamin E and comes with a muslin cloth to use with it.

Tester talk: 'A much cheaper version of the iconic Eve Lom cleanser. It has a rich, creamy texture that massages easily into skin, and the textured muslin exfoliates your skin well as you wipe it off. My skin felt wonderfully cleansed and hydrated afterwards.'


The cover-up

Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 In 1 Foundation + Serum SPF15, £12.99, Boots

Gives a flawless finish and protects against signs of ageing.


Tester talk: 'Feels light to apply, blurred my fine lines and lasted all day. Didn't dry out my skin at all.'