High Street Best Beauty Buys for under £10,
courtesy of Kim Parker @ Redonline Who doesn’t love a bargain? While we’re definitely prepared to spend money on products that will make us prettier, finding a brilliant new must-have at a great price delivers a thrill like nothing else. From skin-plumping face masks to fashion-forward nail polish, Red Magazine’s beauty editor Kim Parker rounds up the best high street beauty buys you can’t afford to miss.
1 - Thick & Fast Mascara in Superjet Black, £10, from Soap & Glory
It’s no secret that some high street mascaras perform just as well as a premium ones (we’re supposed to replace our mascara every three to six months anyway, so that’s definitely a good thing).
Thick & Fast is one of those brilliant over-achievers. From its clever lifting and separating brush to its glossy, lash fattening formula, it’s a bargain that looks and acts like a product three times the price. Best of all the big, fluttery lashes it creates won’t flake all over your face.
2 - Glow Highlighter, £9, Topshop
It’s easy to overdose on shimmer with a liquid highlighter (one pump? Just enough. Two pumps? Oil slick face) but this pearly cream is easy to use and super versatile.
Pat it onto cheek and brow bones for a flattering sheen, apply it to the inner corners of your eyes to add brightness, sweep over eyelids like a cream shadow or use a tiny touch on your cupid’s bow to make lips look fuller. It’s a multitasking marvel.
3 - 1 Day Moisture Shower Oil, £6.99, by Sanctuary
. Clever Sanctuary has tapped the talents of A-list beauty therapist Nichola Joss to help it create luxurious, premium-quality body products at a fraction of the price.
I love this rich body cleansing oil – it doesn’t really foam up like other shower gels, but it becomes a decadently creamy lather that moisturizes your skin as it cleanses. After washing with this, your skin feels so soft you hardly need body lotion.
4 - Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher, £6.99, by Max Factor
An A-list actress once told me that she’d tried every expensive cream blusher on the market, but kept coming back to these affordable beauties.
Once you’ve tried them, you’ll understand why. Each sheer, skin-enhancing shade blends beautifully into skin, leaving a dewy flush that looks as if it’s your own. Only better.
5 - Nail Polish, £7.99, by Essie
It was a good day in beauty when these award-winning nail polishes landed in Boots and Superdrug stores last year (previously you could only get them in top spas and salons).
They’ve kept their chip-resistant formulas, pro applicator brushes and up-to-the-minute shades, only now you pop out and get them in your lunch hour. My favourites include Mademoiselle, a sheer pink which makes nails look beautifully buffed and Chinchilly, a chic yet flattering greige.
6 - Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Starter Kit, £9.25, by Liz Earle
I really love this cleanser. I love its creamy, balmy formulation that you can work into warm, damp skin with your fingertips, so you can really massage your face as you cleanse. I love that its gentle formulation leaves my skin calm, properly clean and make-up free, and that the muslin cloth delivers just enough daily exfoliation so there’s no need for separate scrubbing. And I love that contains no hidden nasties, so I know exactly what I’m putting on my skin.
Does that sound like enough love for one product? Perhaps. Try it for yourself and you might just feel the love, too.
Full disclosure: the larger (100ml) bottle is slightly more than a tenner, but only just (£13.25) and worth every penny.
7 - Miracle Moist Shampoo, £4.49, by Aussie
This great shampoo feels like it’s been around forever, and for a very good reason. It’s amazing value (one of these big bottles lasts for ages, which is excellent if you’re a frequent hair washer, like me), it leaves hair beautifully soft and clean and it has a lovely, fresh scent. What more could a girl ask for? Oh, perhaps the matching conditioner, which is equally brilliant value, so you could buy both bottles and it would only cost just over £10.
8 - Professional Eyebrow Pencil, £2.00, by Rimmel
It would be hard to beat Rimmel’s brow pencils. They’re just the right texture (not too hard, so they’re perfectly blendable and not too soft, so you can draw realistic-looking hairs) and the colour stays put all day.
They also have a genius mini brow brush on the end of the lid so you don’t have to carry a separate groomer.
9 - Summer Glow Lotion, £2,46, By Dove
One of the original ‘touch of self tan’ body moisturisers and still one of the best. This silky lotion is perfect if you’re wary of full-on fake tan (like me), as it develops into a subtle, buildable colour that won’t streak or go patchy.
I like to apply it generously (well at this price, you can) and use it every three days during the summer to keep my tan topped up.
10 - Ambre Solaire No Streaks Wash Off Tan in Natural, £4.66, by Garnier
Even with premium products sent to them every single day, some of the biggest beauty editors I know stay faithful to Garnier’s Ambre Solaire self tan and sun care ranges.
Their formulas are excellent (Garnier’s proprietary Mexoryl SX sun filters are some of the most trusted in the industry and their fake tans never go orange), the textures are divine and the innovations just keep coming.
This gloriously golden instant tan is my new favourite. It blends easily into skin, looks super natural and doesn’t come off until you hit the shower.
11 - Moisturising Creamy Oil, £7.15, by Aveeno
Yes, the packaging may be unsexy, but the way this luscious body lotion makes your skin feel more than makes up for it.
For me, it combines the best things about a lotion (light texture, quick absorption, instant moisture hit) and a body oil (lasting hydration, silky sheen), so it leaves skin feeling smooth and pampered, but never greasy. Plus, the huge (300ml) pump bottle is brilliant value for money.
Keep one by the shower and use it daily for silkier skin all over.
12 - Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion, £5.89, by John Frieda
As a person with fine hair, I can’t live without this John Frieda wonder.
Nicole Kidman’s hairstylist, Kerry Warn, once gave me one of the best blow dries of my life using this fantastic root booster. He taught me that the secret to lasting volume isn’t about applying loads of product (that simply weighs fine hair down), it’s about light layers of volumiser used just at the base of hair.
Spritz into damp hair, flip your head upside-down and blast with a hot dryer as you work it into your roots with your fingertips. When your hair’s 90% dry, blast roots with cool air to set the volume in, flip your head back up and dry the ends of your hair as normal. Et voila – le, blowdry magnifique.
13 - Magic Nail Polish Remover, £4.99, by Bourjois
There are lots of different nail polish remover pots around now, but Bourjois was the first to market with this little pink one and, for me, it’s still the best.
It’s brilliantly simple to use (dip your finger in, twist to wipe polish against the remover-soaked sponge and your nail is clean in seconds) and once you have one, you wondered how you ever got on without it.
No more potential spillages, no more fluffy bits of cotton wool stuck in your polish and the acetone-free formula cleans without damaging your nails. Sadly, the brand don’t make one for toes yet, but I’m sure they’re working on it…
14 - Colorstay Liquid EyePen, £6.99, by Revlon
Revlon has got to be one of my all-time high street heroes. Its products just keep performing, time and time again.
I love the glittery nail polishes (my one nod to nail art), moisturising lip butters and skin perfecting primer. But this unassuming little eyeliner pen is a real favourite. It creates the smoothest, inkiest cats-eye flicks and is totally goof proof to use. Buy one. Buy several, in fact, and keep them in every handbag.
***** Hope this Review list from KIm Parker @ RedOnline has inspired you for a Beauty Bargain.