The best of budget beauty. Products under £10.

There are some products that are not only a complete bargain, but also rival their more spendy counterparts. These products are essentials in my collection and many of them have been repurchased time and time again. 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90

Hyaluronic Acid can attract up to 1000 times its weight in water, but the key to it absorbing in to the skin is the molecule size. This tri-molecrular formula not only provides immediate relief to surface dryness but also helps to strengthen the moisture barrier. The results are remarkable but the skin does feel slightly tacky after application which I haven’t noticed with pricier alternatives. 


The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide Powder £4.90 

Lacking the additional ingredients that can be found in pricier versions, the Ordinary focus on the bare ingredients at bargain prices. I had been meaning to try a Niacinamide based product for quite a while so when I saw that they had launched a powder version which could be added to your current serum I snapped one up. I add it to my Hyaluronic Acid and have already noticed that my skin, particularly on my jaw, is less inflamed.

Garnier Micellar Water 400ml £2.99 (currently on offer)

Although I would always advocate the use of a rinse off cleanser, I always have a bottle of micellar water on hand. Great for times when you would usually grab a face wipe, a glug of this on a (reusable) cotton round gets rid of even stubborn mascara.

Loreal Elnett Hairspray £6.70 (Dry, Damaged hair with precious oils)

I have recently finished one bottle (see my ‘Products I have used up recently’ post for more) and had another opened straight away. My all time favourite hairspray it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair and is easily brushed out at the end of the day. Slightly more expensive than other high street offerings, I do think it is worth the extra couple of pounds.

Dots for Spots.

Completely influenced by Lauren, these tiny hydrocolloid patches help to heal blemishes without drying them out. As my skin isn’t particularly blemish prone I prefer a topical ‘on the spot’ treatment rather than anything that is used all over.

Carex Love Hearts Hand Sanitiser. £1.55

Who would have thought that we would have left 2020 with a a favourite hand sanitiser? Using one multiple times a day and washing in-between had left my hands cracked and dry. In addition to using a hand cream, I switched to a moisturising hand gel which has the added bonus of smelling amazing.

Olivia Hale Make up Sponge £1.59 (available in store)

I don’t think I would pay nearly £20 for a BeautyBlender again. Having switched to the Real Techniques sponge in order to save a bit of money, when I saw the Olivia Hale sponge in Home Bargains I grabbed one to give it a go. I have since recommended it to everyone. For £1.59 it is unbeatable.

Flannels (Washcloths)

I am team flannel through and through. I have tried muslin and microfibre clothes but they just don’t compare, I love the squishy, fluffy luxury feeling of a freshly laundered flannel. Plus they hold the heat really well. You can even pick them up for about 50p whilst doing your weekly food shop.

What are your bargain must haves? Have you tried any of mine?

First-Time Mama to Rosie - MUA / Retail Manager - Fuelled by Coffee and Concealer - Dairy Free - Weaning Toddler - Extended Breastfeeding.


  • Timmy

    Flannels all the way!

    I love the addition of a hand sanitiser, I was gifted the Love Hearts one from a family friend for Christmas so it is the next one on my pile to be used – the closest we can get to Bath & Body words hand sanitisers these days (I still have the dregs of one of these at the bottom of my backpack).

    I am really enjoying Lush’s hand cream at the moment (which I am sure is less than a tenner), it feels thick and indulgent but absorbs really quickly. It does have a bit of an “old lady” scent but I rather enjoy that before bed.

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