5 Brilliant Beauty Products £5 and Under

It's definitely nice to splurge once in a while, to spritz that pricey perfume or moisturise with a high-end, high-price tag lotion. It feels good to treat yourself, but there are lots of budget-friendly products that are readily available on the high street, and definitely worth shouting about. 

Today I've picked out 5 of my favourite beauty products that cost £5 or under. They're all excellent, both in quality, performance, and value for money. 

The Ordinary Niacinamide and Zinc Serum 

£5

I get spots because I'm a 'slow shedder' - that is to say, I don't think the surface layer of dead skin cells shifts as efficiently as it should do, because I've never experienced oily skin and yet have had mild yet persistent acne since I was 18. Zinc is an excellent ingredient to help regulate the oil glands and help control the production of sebum. Like I said, having never suffered with oily skin and in fact having dry skin, I steered clear of it. I've found this zinc serum very helpful though, whilst I do regularly chemically exfoliate to help clogged pores, targeting the sebum deeper down obviously isn't a bad thing. Balanced with anti-inflammatory and hydration boosting niacinamide, this is an excellent serum to throw into my skincare routine. I could definitely live without it, but for £5, it's worth having, and I highly recommend it. 

Pantene Pro-V Strong and Long Hair Mask

£4.99 full price, but nearly always on offer! 

I'm on the fence between hair masks being a gimmick and being a hair transforming super-duper conditioning extraordinary new invention. Basically, they're nice, they'll make your hair soft and shiny, but that's it. I'd say that's true across the broad, whether you're buying this or a seventy-odd pounds Sisley hair mask (no, really!) So why needlessly spend more money? This Pantene pick is lovely, it has that iconic fresh Pantene scent, makes my hair super soft and visibly shinier, and it does work as a nice de-tangler too. I highly recommend it, it's cheap to begin with, but I've never known it not on offer - at the time of writing, it's half price in Superdrug and Boots. I've also seen it on offer in supermarkets, too - so keep your eyes peeled. It's definitely worth a try. 

Simple Sheet Masks 

£3.49 each, but always on offer like 3 for 2 

Fragrance free, non-gimmicky, actually beneficial sheet masks are hard to come by. They're usually filled with nonsensical ingredients, perfume, and have a ridiculous animal face or pattern on it just to be 'gram-worthy. But Simple sheet masks are, well... simple: good skincare, with hydrating and soothing ingredients, no fragrance, no BS - they make for a nice relaxing treat. And I can usually nab 6 of them for little over a fiver, so well worth it for a 20 minute pamper session. 

Dove Original Anti-Perspirant Cream Stick

£2.44 

If you're still using aerosol deodorants, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you that not only are you needlessly harming the environment (and the lungs of people like me, with asthma, just saying...) but you're seriously missing out on much nicer, more effective anti-perspirant. I love my much more expensive Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant (£16 for a deodorant?!) but honestly, at a fraction of a price, this Dove cream formula is just as nice and I love it, too. Definitely take a look into cream sticks for deodorant if you haven't already, they're much kinder to the skin and I find, no matter the brand, cream tends to be better at quelling sweat as well. 

Aveeno Moisturising Cream

£4.99 for 100ml, recently spotted for £3 and pennies in Aldi 

Ah, Aveeno. A well-loved brand for good reason. Their famous colloidal oatmeal formula is a very effective moisturiser and skin softener. This fragrance free moisturiser is brilliant and you absolutely can't go wrong with it. I have a larger tube in my room as a body lotion and I keep the smaller tube in my handbag to use as a hand cream. The fact it's less than a fiver is a bonus. 

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2 comments

  1. Such a great post, with some really lovely recommendations. I haven't really tried the ordinary properly, but I know so many people rave about their products. I think it's time I bit the bullet and made an order. The hair mask sounds lovely too, but totally agree that they only make your hair soft and shiny xx

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