10 beauty bargains under £5

Brush Works
Who says you can’t have fun for under a fiver? The way the UK economy is going, you’re going to have to. So here is a round up of skincare, make up and accessories that punch higher than their price in value. Where I’ve got a longer review of anything, I’ve linked to it. And I’d love to know what you’d add to the list, so please leave a comment at the end.

  1. Brush Works
    This is a budget beauty accessory brand offering everything from foot files to toe separators, starting at under £3. The brushes are wonderfully soft, and the royal purple styling makes the products seem more luxurious than the price would suggest.
  2. B. Skincare from Superdrug
    The offers come and go with this range, so you might have to sweat it out a little to wait for the best value. And while you’re in Superdrug, don’t forget that £3 Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser dupe – more on that here.
  3. Traditional Collection from Boots
    When you absolutely, positively have to smell like a Nana. Super affordable retro skincare. Full review here.
  4. 7th Heaven masks
    You might know these 99p masks under the name Montagne Jeunesse. They’ve been around in high street stores for decades and recently rebranded as 7th Heaven. This is a really easy way in to the latest trends in sheet masking and multi-masking (where you use different types of mask on different areas of your face). Sheet Masks sold in the UK are often insanely overpriced, but the 7th Heaven variety are a much more pocket-friendly £1.29. However, as sheet masks go it’s HUGE. Which makes you wonder how big a face the model on the packet had.7th Heaven Montagne Jeunesse sheet mask
  5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Gradual Tanner
    This moisturising gradual tanner is just a shade over the £5 mark, but it smells of chocolate biscuits so for that it is forgiven.
  6. Water
    Free, as long as you pay your water rates. Rehydrates, softens the skin and keeps your innards in tip top working order. Good old water. Find out how I got on drinking two litres of water a day for a year here.

Some Korean beauty bargains to try Holika Holika - Jewel Light Water Proof Eyeliner

  1. Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner (around £3)
    These are just great. It’s a sparkly eyeliner where the sparkle stays put and doesn’t randomly wander all over your face. Plus they come in about a dozen cool colours and are as cheap as chips. Allegedly this is a dupe for Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil, but a fifth of the price.
  2. Mizon Snail Recovery Cream (around £4)
    Don’t be put off by the snail – it’s not crushed up snail we’re talking about here. It’s a derivative from the slime off a snail’s bottom. See, that’s much better isn’t it? This is a light moisturiser that’s particularly good at repairing the skin (like a snail repairs its shell). I use it on cuts and cat scratches. If you’ve seen my cat you’ll know why this is essential.
  3. Modeling masks
    I told you about these here. Gets rid of your wrinkles for a quid. Only temporarily, but what did you expect for a quid?
  4. Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer (around £4)
    Supposedly a dupe for Urban Decay Primer Potion, you can read a full review of this product here. I use this, I think it’s great. Totally stops your eyeliner from transfering up to your brow bone.

Do you have a bargain to add to the list? Leave a comment below


*Contains a mix of PR samples and products I’ve bought

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
I’m linking up with this Cass, Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week’ linky.
  • I love B. skincare, I really want to branch out and try their makeup too! 🙂

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

    • The mascara is great. I like their tubing mascara which is a bit pricey at £10 but seems to revert to half that pretty regularly.

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I really need to buy some decent make-up brushes, as the ones I have are crap.

    • I’m always intimidated by the very pricey make-up brushes – what can they possibly do that’s so different?

  • I keep thinking I should try one of those face masks but I never get around to it. I really need to give it a go! #liml

    • Well it’s a quid so it’s worth a whirl definitely. Not everyone likes the feeling of sheet masks, some people find them a bit claustrophobic, so a cheapie one is a good way to find out if you like it or not.

  • Rebecca Phillips

    Ooh I never realised Montagne Jeunesse had rebranded! I love the B range too. I’ll have to look into those brushes!

    • Lots of places still have it under the old name – I noticed a bunch of them in Primark the other day. Thanks so much for commenting Rebecca.

  • I’d say my best beauty bargains is from Avon! They do such a gorgeous conditioner for coloured hair and it’s mega cheap too. Thanks for linking up with #LIML

    • Oh yes good call. Definitely some treasures to be found with Avon and often really good offers.

  • Amanda CP

    Actually I have just bought some 99p face masks. I agree, beauty stuff needs to be bargainous prices these days, because there are so many things that are not bargains, but we still have to pay for. I love Palmers Cocoa butter, but didn’t know they had a tanning one. I will be looking out for that one.
    Amanda. #kcacols

    • The gradual tanning one is great, I’ve been using it for a few years now. You’ll be amazed at how much it smells of chocolate biscuits!

  • tracey bowden

    I love the Superdrug B range and also their shampoos. They are brilliant on my greasy hair and always on offer! /the hot cloth dupe is brilliant have used it before but not recently #kcacols

    • I haven’t tried their shampoos, I must check them out.

  • The Speed Bump

    Great suggestions – I love a bit of budget beauty! The one thing I will say is that the face masks are definitely not hypoallergenic; I had a huge reaction to one and I don’t even have particularly sensitive skin! But they used to work just fine on me and they were absolutely lovely so even that is a great choice 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Yes, everybody’s skin is different and even our own skin can change what it reacts to. This is why it’s important to patch test as much as you can and not use a brand new product straight before going out.

  • Fran Jones

    Which masks would you recommend? I might have to get a few! #kcacols

    • It really depends on what your skin concerns are. I like a clay mask for cleaning everything out and brightening up the skin, although you have to bear in mind that they might bring some spots up to the surface. And then a moisturising mask is good for when you’re feeling dried out, either by the sun or central heating or air con.

  • Madeline Littlejohns

    Oooh, so many new products to try, thank you! x #KCACOLS

  • Becky Goddard-Hill

    ooh love your bargains! Thanks so much for linking to #5frugalthings

    • Thank you Becky! Looking forward to discovering other blogs in the link up.

  • Great ideas – my teen is very interested in this post 😉


    • You know you’re on to something good when your teen wants to pinch it!

  • emmaand3

    This is great – great stocking filler ideas for teens too. Thanks for linking up and I hope you join in again.

    • Thank you Emma, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts and will definitely join in again