9 affordable beauty products that actually work

Want to look hot to trot, but still have enough money to – y’know – live?  Well the good news is there are plenty of amazing products at affordable prices, so you don’t have to hit high-end beauty counters to look a million dollars.

Here are 9 nifty little products to add to your day-to-day regime:


On the lash

This chunky brush separates lashes without things getting too clumpy. It’s over the £10 mark – just – but it’s worth it. I switch up mascaras every so often to try something new, but always find myself running back into the open arms of this old reliable.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, £10.99, Boots

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Nailed it!

This little pot will give you the gift of time. I’ve bought one for friends, my mum, even my nan. Just pop your painted finger in, twist, and out comes a clean, glossy nail. I’ve even put it to the test with two layers of black varnish plus a top coat, and it doesn’t take more than two seconds. I was converted by the original, and recently invested in the ‘Hands & Feet’ version so I can get my toes involved too. It makes changing polishes on a regular basis a piece of cake.

Bourjois Magic 2-in-1 Nail Polish remover, £5.99, Boots

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Get the glow

For those mornings when I rise but refuse to shine, this product is perfect for perking up the under-eye area, and is my go-to highlighting concealer. It blends really well, and I love wearing it on those days when you want to go sans foundation, but still want a little bit of coverage.

Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer, £5.49


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Lip service

As someone who gets dry lips a lot, I actively panic when I leave the house without my trusty pot of Carmex. Nothing beats that tingly, hydrating feeling, especially in the chappy winter months. I have one for the bedside table, one for my handbag and another for my desk at work, so I’m never caught short!

Carmex lip pot, £2.69, Boots

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What Kate did

I’ve tried some high-end red lippies in my time, and I always find my trusty Kate options are just as good in terms of pigmentation, and maybe even better when it comes to lastability. From pillar-box shades to deep scarlets, there’s a red to suit every skin tone. Mwah.

Lasting Finish lipstick by Kate Moss, Rimmel £5.49

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Draw the line

We all have have one friend who has PERFECT winged eyeliner. So when that friend recommend this product to me, I knew it was going to be good. It’s made putting on liquid liner ten times easier for someone as slap-dash as I am. With the thin, bendy applicator, it’s easy to control the thickness of the line, and has pretty good staying power too.

L’Oreal Super Liner, £6.49, Superdrug

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In the clear

Where has Micellar water been all my life? I’m big into cleansing, and love anything that looks like it will be as gentle on my skin as water. Applied with a cotton pad, it’s as easy to use as a face wipe and really feels like it removes every last scrap of make-up. H-2-Oh my, I’m a convert.

Garnier Micellar cleansing water, £4.99, Boots

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White on

Toothpaste isn’t the most glamorous beauty product, but I think this deserves to make the list! It may be a little on the pricey side for an everyday toothpaste, but it’s also way cheaper than a lot of whitening products, so I still think it’s good value for what you get. I don’t know the science behind it, but it contains little blue beads that dissolve when you brush. I’m not generally a fan of blue toothpastes for practical, sink-cleaning reasons, but this really does make teeth instantly whiter, so I can grin and bear the extra cleaning…

Colgate Max White One Optic toothpaste, £4.49, Boots

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Supermarket sweep

This is currently out of stock on Tesco Direct, so I can’t get my hands (and nails) on it, but it still gets a mention because there’s a reason it’s sold out. If you suffer from yellow or discoloured nails, then this is the one for you. It’s won awards and everything, and people are really raving about it, just read the comments on the link below – massive kudos to Tesco own-brand cosmetics!

BD Trade Secrets Goodbye Yellow, £5.99, Tesco Direct

What are your hero products with a drugstore pricetag? Comment below, we’d love to know!

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