Budget Beauty: Cult Products That Cost Less Than £5


As much as we all love an aesthetically-pleasing, perfectly-pink shelfie full of minimalist-designed products from cool indie brands just as much as the next skin-thusiast, there is nothing more satisfying than finding a budget beauty bargain; a product that actually works and doesn’t cost the earth

Keep reading to discover our editor-approved budget beauty finds (that will probably cost you less than your lunch). 

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Jade Roller, £2.59

The latest viral skin hack, facial rollers have truly taken over the beauty world. When massaged in a firm upwards motion on the face and neck, these double-ended crystal rollers help to boost circulation, eliminate puffiness, reduce tell-tale dark circles, and even stimulate lymph drainage – all resulting in a more sculpted, healthier complexion (think of it as a quick-fix workout for your skin). 

As if that’s not enough, they are even known to bring relief from stubborn tension headaches (*sold*). Use daily from décolleté to forehead and you’ll soon see a difference in skin’s texture, tone and clarity (plus, it’s great for combating any persistent wrinkles). Store in the fridge to up the ante on the relaxing and tightening benefits.


Invisibobble, £4.99

Often referred to as the Beautyblender of the hair world, the Invisibobble was born shortly after a young entrepreneurial student (current CEO and founder) repurposed an old-fashioned phone cord as a hair tie. Genius, right? 

The clever spiral-shaped design is totally traceless, allowing you to keep your hair tied up all day or night without the snagging and headache-enduring pain that traditional hair bobbles bring. The results? Free-flowing, kink-free hair that requires little-to-none styling afterwards – so that you can effortlessly go from desk to dancefloor. 

Fun fact: use your hairdryer on a low heat to help shrink your InvisiBobble back to its original size. Mind-blown

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Egyptian Magic, £4.79

A staple in any Makeup Artist’s kit, this balm-to-oil all-natural cream quite literally works magic on cracked skin and dry lips, as well as creating the glossiest skin finish when applied to the highest points of the face and body. It’s so good in fact, that it recently saw a 5000% increase in sales. This may only be travel size, but trust us, a little really does go a long way.

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Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel, £3.16

The next best thing to a raw aloe vera, this 99% formulation helps to soothe and calm irritated skin types. Customer reviews rave over its ability to reduce inflammation, acne and even rosacea, and we can totally relate. After testing for just a week, we noticed a reduction in redness and breakouts, whilst our skin was left feeling plumped and hydrated. 

In addition to aloe vera, this soothing gel also includes a skin-loving cocktail of lotus, bamboo, watermelon, cabbage leaves and cica. Plus, it doubles up as an amazing makeup primer thanks to its slightly tacky texture, meaning makeup just sticks to it all day whilst keeping your moisture levels up.

If your oily but still seeking hydration, you’ll fall in love with this lightweight hydration-boosting skin saviour. And for the same price as your morning coffee it’s worth a go, right? 

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