10 beauty bar­gains every woman should try

Beauty editor Fiona McKim reveals her bud­get beauty hall of fame, from clas­sic buys to ex­cit­ing new steals

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the best bud­get buys

1 L’Oréal In­fal­li­ble Pro Glow, £11.99 nor­mally I say foun­da­tion is like sushi – go cheap and you’ll pay the price later – but I ate my words when I tried this new­bie. It melts into skin, gives full yet dewy cov­er­age and re­ally goes the dis­tance. shades for all skin­tones too, hur­rah! 2 Spa Wet Skin Mois­ture Mir­a­cle, £8 I slap this sweetly scented lo­tion onto wet skin post-shower, dry off and dress right away, yet some­how it sinks in and soft­ens like I’ve slathered on but­tery cream and stood around for half an hour as it dries. 3 Su­per­drug Op­ti­mum Phyto Gly­colic Pads, £4.95 I’m con­sis­tently im­pressed by su­per­drug’s skin­care, and these new pads give the same bright­en­ing and smooth­ing re­sults as prod­ucts 10 times their price. swipe on af­ter cleans­ing a cou­ple of times a week and re­mem­ber to put on sPF af­ter­wards.

4 John

Frieda Core Re­store Treat­ment, £9.99

Whether your hair’s fine like mine, or you just crave ex­tra vol­ume (who doesn’t?), this blow-dry cream is the busi­ness. It man­ages to give no­tice­able bulk and root lift with­out feel­ing like it’s there at all, and re­sults get bet­ter with every use. Mag­i­cal stuff.

5 Soaper Du­per Nour­ish­ing Co­conut Body Wash, £6.50

there’s noth­ing not to adore about this. Great brand ethics, fun bub­bly bot­tle (re­cy­cled), yummy trop­i­cal scent and a gen­tle, sul­phate-free for­mula that works to a sat­is­fy­ing lather.


Or­di­nary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90

this brand can do lit­tle wrong in my eyes, of­fer­ing ef­fec­tive in­gre­di­ent-led skin­care at more than fair prices. this hy­drates skin at every level and I rou­tinely nab it from the beauty cup­board over far spendier serums.


Wanna Get Lucky Gel Liner, £7.99

bud­get make-up by a false lash brand doesn’t sound promis­ing, but guess what? this liner is fan­tas­tic. It glides on like the soft­est, silki­est kohl then doesn’t move a mil­lime­tre, even on hooded lids. Cho­co­late­brown teddy is my shade but at this price you can af­ford to ex­per­i­ment.

8The Wet Brush, £11.99

some­times the sim­plest ideas re­ally are the best. Imag­ine a well-known and much-loved de­tan­gling brush, now imag­ine it has a proper han­dle so won’t fly out of your hand every time you hit a snag. It’s no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say I won’t let any­thing else near my hair when it’s damp.

9 Roger & Gal­let Cas­sis Frénésie Ex­trait de Cologne, £22.50

With my per­fume snob hat on I might claim this French black­cur­rant blend is a bit sweet, or that colognes lack the com­plex­ity of per­fume. In re­al­ity I’ve been spray­ing it on con­stantly since spring be­cause it puts a big smile on my face. C’est la vie.

10 Rosie For Au­to­graph Starstruck Lip & Cheek Colour, £15

I find most lip and cheek duos un­com­fort­ably thick, but this, with its pli­able for­mula and sheeny rose pig­ment, is spot-on for rapidly giv­ing my face a bit of life mid-af­ter­noon. w&h

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