Unbeatable beauty buys for under £10

There’s nothing better than a friend mistaking your Zara bag for a designer buy. It’s much the same in beauty: compliments don’t always come by way of expensive products. These prudent spends are all under a tenner and rival their pricier much counterparts.

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TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, £5.25
The dry shampoo of dreams, this clear mist won’t leave brunette roots looking grey and it absorbs oil, allowing you to eke out a blow-dry and add oomph to deflated hair.

Essence Princess Volume Mascara, £3.50
Glossies ranked this mascara as best-in-box thanks to its cobra-shaped wand, which stretches lashes from the roots, enhancing both length and volume.

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Percy and Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish, £10
Stylists Adam Reed and Paul Percival know hair, which is why their expert range has become a line-up of bestsellers. This polish makes quick work of perfecting hair, simply warm between your palms and then smooth through the lengths for hydration and hold.

Lanolips 101 Ointment, £7.99
An ointment that can be relied upon to hydrate lips, elbows, cuticles…the list goes on. It also bounces light when pressed along the tops of cheekbones.

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La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Lips, £6
The baume of all balms when it comes to rehydrating and nourishing dry lips.

Maybelline Master Kajal in Lapis Blue, £5.99
Easy to use and soft – it won’t tug the fragile skin on your eyelid – this blendable, buildable kohl is a basic requirement for any make-up bag.

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Essie Nail Polish, £7.99
Essie is the go-to pro nail brand, but for those whose day job doesn’t include manicures, this slightly thicker gel-like formula is quick to apply and wears well.

NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadows, £5
When it comes to bold brights and fashion-forward shades NYX is the latest brand on the block, especially for eyes. Expect expert products on the less spenny end of the spectrum.

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Bourjois Sunsation BB Bronzer Cream 8 in 1, £10
The cheap route to an expensive-looking complexion, this tinted gel-cream is easily blended and sinks into skin providing a subtle complexion pick-me-up.

Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm, £7.99
One of the first (and in our opinion best) lip crayons to hit the high street, the hydrating formula glides across lips imparting a velvety matte layer of colour.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2o Cleanser, £10.20
Famed for it’s ability to simultaneously cleanse and calm model’s fashion week-weary skin, this micellar water soothes, hydrates and ever-so-gently cleanses.

Real Techniques Foundation Brush, £9.99
You’d be forgiven for thinking that good make-up brushes are an investment buy, but Real Techniques has changed that, combining affordability with expertise having been designed by beauty bloggers and make-up pros Pixiwoo.



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