Budget Beauty: BYS

Word on the street is BYS has a few good things within their makeup range and most items sell for less than $10.00 AUS. Makeup is constantly evolving and the industry makes sure to keep up with the latest trends. However, it can sometimes come at a huge expense depending on your taste and the Joneses. In the States we have stores like Sally Beauty and beauty brands such as Wet & Wild, Milani and NYX, but here in Australia I've barely even begun to scratch the surface of beauty on a budget. I guess you could say I've been otherwise engaged ;)

BYS can be the guinea pig for this particular excursion.

 BYS Quick Crackle in Big City Bright Lights

BYS Quick Crackle in Big City Bright Lights

 BYS Big City Bright Lights over Hello Darling's Tramonto

BYS Big City Bright Lights over Hello Darling's Tramonto

Crackle nail polish has never really appealed to me; it's novel, I guess, but not my sort of thing. The formula of BYS' Quick Crackle (RRP $4.95 AUS) is a bit jarring, because the consistency reminded me of curdled milk. It's almost as if the polish is attempting to separate on the brush itself. Big City Bright lights is a pretty hue of blue, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to purchase it.

 Nail Enamel Duo in Twice as Nice

Nail Enamel Duo in Twice as Nice

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Now this is where the fun lies! BYS Nail Enamel Duos (RRP $4.95 AUS) are fast drying, easy to use (just make sure you open each shade right side up!) and bright. All I had to do was apply one coat of each colour -- in less than five minutes I was out the door and able to direct traffic :)

 BYS Lipstick Colour Change  in Mood Swings

BYS Lipstick Colour Change  in Mood Swings

 Swatch of Mood Swings

Swatch of Mood Swings

BYS' Colour Change Lipstick in Mood Swings (RRP $3.95 AUS) is purple to the eye whilst hanging out in the tube, it applies clear and finally transforms into raspberry pink. A clever idea if you can get beyond the noxious flowery scent.

Out of the three items I tested, BYS' Nail Enamel Duo is the clear front-runner; definitely a dupe for Revlon's Nail Art Neon nail polish.

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*PR sample provided –  Thoughts and ramblings written here are completely my own.