Cheap and cheerful cult beauty products

With the cost of living crisis and a harsh winter looming, many of us are thinking about how to save a little money wherever we can.

It’s a daunting process, and it can be demoralizing, when you start thinking about all the beautiful things you might have to give up.

However, when it comes to saving money on your beauty routine, you don’t necessarily have to skimp on quality. In fact, some of the most beloved hair, make-up and skincare products of all time cost less than ten pounds, and they’re worth investing in if you want to cut costs…

1. Dry shampoo

Sure, this might not be the sexiest beauty product out there, but you really can’t beat the usefulness of a good dry shampoo like Batiste’s. Perfect for those in-between days when you want to give your hair a little freshness, or even want to style it with a little more volume.

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Batiste Original Clean & Classic Dry Shampoo, €3.99, Boots

two. the mascara

Makeup artists love Collection’s Lash Surge Mascara, and now the brand has launched the latest version of the cult product, Next Level Lash Surge Mascara.

Makeup artist and influencer Kate Hayes says, “It’s not often you find a mascara of this quality at such an incredible price. I struggle to find a mascara that gives both volume and length, but Next Level Lash Surge does exactly that. It’s perfect for my clients who don’t like wearing false lashes, but still want a more voluminous, lifted lash look. Best mascara on the market!”

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Next Level Lash Surge Mascara Collection, €7.49, Boots

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3. The Cleaner

CeraVe has gained an army of followers for its simple, effective and affordable skin care. While you may not have the prettiest bottles in your beauty cabinet, it will get you results.

One of its flagship products is the Moisturizing Cleanser, used by celebrities like Poppy Delevingne. With the addition of hyaluronic acid, it cleanses the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and fresh, without flaking.

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CeraVe moisturizing cleanser for normal to dry skin, €10.59, Cloud10

4. The makeup remover

There’s a reason so many of us have been using Simple products to remove makeup since high school. Kind to the eyes, it removes all traces of make-up, without breaking the bank.

If you’re still buying single-use makeup remover wipes, now is the time to stop. Instead, invest in a few reusable cotton rounds and Simple’s makeup remover, and you’re good to go.

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Simple Kind To Skin Eye Make-up Remover, €2.99, Boots

5. The moisturizer

Ask any makeup artist how best to prep skin, and chances are you’ll be headed for Weleda’s Skin Food. Once the well-kept secret of an MUA, it has now made its way into the mainstream, thanks to celebrity fans like Victoria Beckham.

Not only is it affordable, but it is also versatile. Use it on your face, elbows, hands, knees, wherever, and it will help get rid of dry skin.

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Weleda skin food, €9.75, Cloud10

6. The shell

You know those products that always seem to be out of stock? The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution is one of them, and for good reason. Last year he made history cultbeauty.esgetting the most subscriptions for a single product – 104,000, to be precise.

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This is one to watch out for if you’re not used to applying acids, but you can reap big rewards, leaving your skin feeling more exfoliated, smoother, and with a brighter texture.

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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, €7.18, LookFantastic

7. The concealer

elf might not be a household name (yet), but she’s huge on TikTok, so she’s well on her way to stardom. TikTok users love the 16hr Camo Concealer, which provides a matte finish and full coverage, without drying out the skin, thanks to the addition of avocado oil.

And it’s only £6, which is a definite bargain, especially when you consider how expensive some concealers can be. Oh, and it’s also available in 26 shades.

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elf Camo Concealer 16h, €7

8. The eyeliner

Everyone needs a solid eyeliner in their beauty bag, and it doesn’t get any better than L’Oreal’s version. Even if he doesn’t qualify himself to nail the perfect cat eye every time, this product will go a long way in giving him a foolproof movie.

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L’Oreal Paris Flash Winged Eyeliner Black, €10.25, FeelUnique

9. Sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t always the cheapest addition to our beauty routines, but it’s arguably the most important. Enter Bondi Sands – one of the most affordable and effective sunscreens out there. Provides UVA and UVB protection, is water resistant and does not leave a white film.

It is so appreciated that the sunscreen was highly praised in the ‘Everyday Hero 2022’ category of the beauty awards 2022.

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Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Sunscreen Lotion, €6.79, LookFantastic