Bargain Beauty Buys I Love

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Over the last few months, I’ve become a bit of a beauty snob. I blame blogs entirely – they’ve introduced me to a whole new world of designer lipsticks, shampoo you can’t buy in Boots and candles that cost more than shoes.

But, there are more important things in life than Aveda hair products, so I’m trying to make my bathroom cabinet a bit more thrifty. Here are a few of my favourite bargain beauty buys…
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VO5 Plump Me Up Dry Shampoo, £3.49
A (slightly garish, admittedly) pink can of wonder. This dry shampoo absorbs oiliness without leaving that awful ‘Old Lady Hair’ residue and gives my fine hair a kick up the arse in the volume department. Love it, and as it’s quite new it always seems to be on offer.

Dove Hair Therapy Colour Radiance Conditioner, £1.69 (offer)
Since I dyed my hair dark again, I’ve been having real trouble with fading. I don’t really use colour protectants as my hair is fine and easily weighed down, so my lovely rich locks are turning mousy within days. This conditioner is part of a new range from Dove – it’s very nourishing which is great for hair health and colour maintenance, but terrible for volume. I use it a couple of times a week but only on a night, and let my hair dry naturally.

Barry M Hi Shine Gel Effect Nail Varnish, £3.99 (or 3 for £5)
In my quest to find a nail polish that doesn’t chip within hours of application, I’ve tried almost every range available. From Models Own cheapies to Chanel budget-blowers, they’ve all adorned my fingers (and sometimes my toes). Barry M is the only polish brand I find consistently good for wear, so when the new ‘Gelly’ polishes were released I had to try them. Sadly they seem to be sold out everywhere, but I did pick up this gorgeous ‘Blackberry’ shade – opaque in two coats, super shiny, long lasting. I love it.

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Topshop Lipsticks, £8-10
I adore the Topshop whole makeup range, but the lipsticks are definitely my favourites. I have a range of colours, from orangey reds like Rio Rio (my most worn) to pretty pinks like Brighton Rock. The formula is matte but not too drying and quite long lasting with a beautiful colour payoff.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment, £7.99
I started using this when I was growing out my pixie crop and actually had to stop for a while – my hair was growing so quickly I couldn’t keep up with the constant visits to the hairdresser to maintain its shape! Now it’s a little longer it can grow straight down (the mullet stage is behind me), and so I’m using this again. It’s not the cheapest product, but Lee Stafford is often on 3-4-2 and for the results, this is so worth it. Soft, shiny, longer hair that’s still bouncy and full of body? Yes please.

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Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer, £4.49
This clever concealer was the very first makeup item I bought when I was 14, and I’ve been using it ever since. I’ve never deviated to another and usually buy in bulk so I don’t run out. It’s creamy without being heavy, provides great coverage and doesn’t crease. And despite a HUGE 50% price increase over the last few years, I still adore it!

Topshop Cream Blush in Neon Rose, £6
I’ve tried a few of Topshop’s cream blushers, but I always come back to Neon Rose. It’s a pretty, slightly peachy, warm pink shade that works really well with my pale skin tone. And despite having quite oily skin, I much prefer the creamy formula to a powder – it’s very long lasting and the colour has a real pop.

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets, £1.49 (offer)
I have one word for these – essential. A quick blot with one of these beauties and my skin is fresh and matte once more, with no need to add more powder. I use them along my T-Zone to keep shine at bay and they’re a permanent fixture in my handbag.

What are your favourite bargain beauty buys?



Topshop’s cream blushers are great quality and they’re so cheap. I haven’t tried their lipsticks yet because I really don’t need another lipstick in my life but I’m so tempted xx


Boots cucumber face wipes are my staple. They never dry out and you can often get them on offer at 3 for £3. Total bargain.


Give them a go, Sarah – I’m pretty sure you’ll love them! I’m a blusher fiend and haven’t used anything else for about 2 years.


Vaseline! I love the rosy lips one. I really want to try the gelly nail varnishes, guess I’ll have to try to hunt them down.

Georgia Crocker

Why don’t you try shellac manicures ? They won’t chip as quickly, they are more pricey as they are done by a pro but they last around 2 weeks I think.


Hi Georgia, I’ve had a shellac manicure before and loved it, but sadly I don’t have the time or patience to get them done regularly! Also the colour selection isn’t great. And I’m very fickle so like to change my nails often 😉

They are great every now and then, though.


I’ve been absolutely crazy about the VO5 dry shampoos ever since I first saw them on the shelf in Superdrug. They’re amazing! Never tried a dry shampoo that’d work this well for me (bye bye, Batiste) x

Notting Hill Girl

I’ve tried many expensive shampoo/conditioner combos over the past few years and always go back to L’Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Light! Also love L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick, Max Factor mascara and Revlon ColorStay eyeliner crayon and foundation. I think just like your wardrobe, your bathroom cabinet should be a mix or high and low products too 🙂

Cruella Belle

Miss Sporty shimmer eye gloss! It looks really nice over dark eyeshadow, and it’s lasted for ages- in fact, I think I’ve had it so long, it’s been discontinued lol!

Juicy Satsuma

Topshop & Barry M don’t test products on animals but unfortunately all the others do, which will always stop me buying them no matter how cheap they are or how well they work. If Topshop & Barry M can produce great products without animal testing I don;t see why the others can’t too. Such a shame 🙁 x


Hi Juicy,

Great point and one I, sadly, hadn’t thought of. I’ll definitely be more aware to check for animal testing before purchasing in the future.


your blog makes me spend so much money T_T went out and picked up the lee stafford hair treatment which I haven’t tried yet and the topshop blush which I have to say, I adore. Will definitely be popping back to try some lipsticks


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