Settle down, it’s a long read! This is a list of 50 best beauty buys under £10.00 from the Online Telegraph I have added my own reviews and thoughts and I’ve marked products I already own and love, with a heart ♥ and products I’d like to buy with a diamond ♦.
I’m certain many of you will already own or at least have heard of, a lot of these products, but there are also a few surprises. Products I’d forgotten about – clear mascara; products I hadn’t heard of – tinted dry shampoo, Detox Hair Masque by Galvin & Galvin and ones I have always been meaning to try – Revlon Lip Butters, Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser.
By the way, I’d take the ‘celebrity endorsements’ part with a pinch of reality, as nearly ALL of them are brand ambassadors for the products they recommend.
They cost a little but work a lot. Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and a host of industry insiders nominate their best beauty bargains.
Bear in mind that whilst the Telegraph has, in essence, produced a thinly disguised list of adverts for the brands, this is still an interesting list of products.
I’d rather search for reviews of products by ‘real’ people than celebrities. Hopefully, next time you read about a celebrity raving about a particular product, you might feel inclined to do a quick search and see if they’ve been paid to advertise it!
Bee Strong Intensive Mask by Herbal Essences “It contains honey and apricot extracts and strengthens hair after one wash,” says the X-Factor hairstylist Ben Cooke. “Nicole Scherzinger loves the intensive mask once a week. Great to freshen up tired hair and leave it smelling amazing.” £4.59, from superdrug.com
Deep Moisture Souffle by Pantene Pro-V A leave-on conditioner that the hairstylist Sam McKnight uses to help him smooth out models’ dry ends. He says, “Always start with a small amount at the end of the hair and work your way up. I use it on Cate Blanchett’s hair all the time.” £4.49, from superdrug.com
Dry Shampoo by Hershesons & Batiste The hairstylist Luke Hersheson has used this on Sienna Miller’s hair to create a dishevelled wave. “You can use it to just eliminate grease but also as styling product to create texture.” £5.50; hershesons.com
♥ Elasticizer by Philip Kingsley This award-winning pre-shampoo hair mask delivers a rush of moisture to the hair. “If I want to pamper my hair, Elasticizer leaves it feeling fantastic,” says Kate Winslet. £8; philipkingsley.co.uk
I love Philip Kingsley hair products in general and I’ve used this particular product for years. It might seem daft to use a conditioner before shampoo, but Elasticizer prepares, conditions and softens hair before you wash it. You can really feel the difference. You also need less shampoo as it lathers up very quickly.
How to Use:
Before washing, wet hair thoroughly and apply Elasticizer to hair in sections, paying particular attention to the mid lengths and ends. Work-in thoroughly with fingertips for one minute.
For maximum benefit cover hair and leave for 20 to 30 minutes (I always do this, the tubs come with a plastic shower cap). Shampoo and rinse twice, before conditioning as usual.
This Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a brilliant product for my highlighted hair which is quite porous, dry and brittle in some places. After using this my feels amazingly soft and much stronger. I highly recommend this if you have thirsty hair in need of a bit of TLC.
Love this product, it really does improve the texture of your hair. I have fine but frizzy hair & have tried virtually every hair care product over the years. This is the only one that works. Expensive but you only need a small amount.
Fabulous! I have my hair highlighted every 6 weeks and this product makes my blonde tresses feel like “hair” again. It really brings back the shine, hasn’t faded my highlights and seems to add weightless volume. Doesn’t make your hair feel greasy afterwards unlike some other “hair repair” treatments and lasts ages.
I have super-fine, bottle assisted blonde hair that is subject to a 4 week colour cycle and much heat styling. It’s prone to breakage, shedding, frizz, dullness, dryness, the list goes on! This product counteracts all the horrendous things I put my hair through. Too much and your hair will feel heavy and sticky – your fault, not the products’!! Buy it and see the difference.
♥ Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk by Klorane “If you want to maintain a blow-dry or don’t have time to do a full wash and blow out, this gets right to the roots and brings back volume,” says Gwyneth Paltrow £7.50; 01582 820165
Another product I’ve used on and off for years. This really knocks the socks off Batiste Dry Shampoo. The scent isn’t synthetic and the powder is finer and easier to rub in without any tell-tale residue. Pricewise though, it IS nearly three-times more expensive than Batiste.
However, Batiste, and I’ve only just seen this, have a range of tinted dry shampoo in red, blonde, brunette and dark brown shades. This is a godsend for regrowth, but why no black? I know a lot of people who would love something like this (and at this price) to cover white roots on black hair.
A lot of reviewers are saying that they use these tinted colours on clean hair to revive their colour and add volume.
I even like it to use even after washing my hair just to give it added freshness and life!
This product is ideal for me as my hair is highlighted and I have greasy roots and try ends. Washing every day will dry the ends more so I use this every other day. This one is especially good for hair with root growth as it is slightly tinted.
I have brunette, highlighted hair and I can honestly say it blends to the colour. It’s very easy to use, easy to apply and very effective – no more greasy hair for me.
I ordered this not realising it actually has a yellow colour to it. When I first sprayed it on, I was horrified as it is really yellow. But after rubbing it off with a towel, I must say it looks natural in my blonde hair, and much better then the usual white/grey dust from the previous sprays. Make sure you are a light blonde colour though when buying this!
£3.99 for 200ml from Boots
♦ Luxurious Volume Blow Dry Lotion Root Booster by John Frieda The celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh uses this to boost the actress Rose Byrne’s hair. “It creates lift at the crown to heighten fine hair directly at the roots for glamorous but natural look.” £5.99, from Boots
The reviews are mixed, but this is something I want to try.
Have used this for years and really is the best on the market that I have found. Brilliant and really does volumise – slight drawback as with all products like this, it can be drying if used over time.
I’ve been really disappointed with it. It made my hair feel really brittle and dry after it was blow dried and by lunchtime the following day the roots were exceptionally greasy. I used it for 3 days on the trot to see if there was any improvement but it was still the same. I will be giving this one away.
I use this volumising spray every time I wash my hair. I apply it to towel dried hair at the roots and then blow dry and it just boosts your hair adding volume at the roots, not much volume, but it makes a big difference from when I don’t use it and my hair is really flat.
If you use too much or spray too close to the roots it can make your hair a bit sticky and dry, so I spray it from about 6/7 inches away by lifting sections of hair and spraying at the root, don’t spray it on top of your hair, always underneath!! It smells nice. But be careful not to get it in your eyes, it stings!! Also the bottle lasts ages, so is great value. If you expect REALLY voluminous hair though, this is not for you.
This is one of the best volumising sprays I have used. Once applied on to wet hair, blow dry and hair comes out with so much volume. I have quite thin hair and would love to have fuller hair. With this product it gives the illusion of thick, fuller hair. The only negative point is that the smell could be better.
♦ Organic Head Detox Hair Masque by Galvin & Galvin London The model and actress Kelly Brook trusts her tresses to Daniel Galvin Junior and she loves this ultimate deep-treatment colour-reviving hair mask. £4.00 danielgalvinjunior.com
I really like the sound of this. One for the buy list.
The ultimate deep-treatment, colour reviving, hero hair beauty mask – Organic Head Detox Masque not only leaves hair smooth and soft with mirror-shine, it adds volume by deeply cleansing the scalp to remove product build up.
Featuring a cuticle smoothing, nourishing cocktail of ingredients including coconut, argan and orange and castor oils plus, vitamins C & E to aid hair growth and colour protecting amino acids.
Mirror-shine and a glossy finish is always agonisingly hard to achieve with blonde hair but I was really pleased with how healthy and shiny my hair looked after the treatment – not to mention how soft and smooth it felt.
After a good rinse, my tresses felt so much softer to the touch, looked glossier, the colour was revived and my locks were bouncier and massively healthier.
♥ Tangle Teezer “Normal brushes make my hair go fluffy, but my friend gave me a Tangle Teezer and now I take it everywhere,” says the model Lara Stone. £8.20, from amazon.co.uk
I’ve raved about this before, I simply couldn’t do without my Tangle Teezer.
Beauty Fluid by Olay “My first foray into skin care was the old Oil of Ulay beauty fluid, now called Olay,” says the actress Thandie Newton. “My mother used it and I always aspired to have one of the little pink bottles.” £4.99, from boots.com
Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover by The Body Shop “Rather than rubbing the eyes and lips, I soak a cotton pad in it then apply on to the area for a few seconds to absorb the cosmetic,” says the make-up artist Attracta Courtney. £8, thebodyshop.co.uk
Not sure, think I’ll stick with the much cheaper Botanics All Bright Eye Soothing Eye Make Up Remover
Cold Cream Cleanser by Pond’s Institute ‘I don’t go anywhere without a jar of this,’ says TV presenter Laura Whitmore. ‘It’s a quick and effective makeup remover, fantastic cleanser and a hydrating face mask.’ £4.07, from boots.com
♥ Daily Eye Repair by Liz Earle “A fab handbag product, it has light-reflecting particles so great for a morning perk up if a late night was had,” says Abigail James, the facialist to Sarah Jessica Parker and Donna Ida. “SPF10 inbuilt (genius) but still not to heavy for the eye area, really nice texture and some great antioxidant ingredients for the longer term anti-aging.” 5ml £7.75; lizearle.co.uk
I’ve actually got this but not used it yet! Something for 2014.
♦ Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector by La Roche-Posay ‘Great for spot-prone women who often also suffer from dry and sensitive skin,’ says dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting. £9.50, from boots.com
♦ Gentle Skin Cleanser by Cetaphil This multi-award winning cleanser is recommended by both dermatologists and celebrities including Claire Danes. It’s mild, non-irritating and gets makeup off effectively. £8.99, from cultbeauty.co.uk
Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser will not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, or disturb the skin’s natural pH balance. This dermatologist-recommended cleanser is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.
I keep meaning to buy this. I’ve seen this cleanser mentioned in many top beauty budget buy lists. I wouldn’t use it to take my make up off, but as an alternative to washing my face with soap.
I suffer from very bad acne and semi oily skin. This is the best wash I have ever used!! It didn’t make my acne totally go but it made it 80% better with use of a cream given to me by my doctor. From acne.org
Homeoplasmine by Laboratoires Boiron A make-up artist favourite to soothe any kind of irritation – from insect bites to allergic reactions and sore noses. “It’s a healing balm,” says Millie Kendall, the co-founder of BeautyMART. “But I also love the matte finish it leaves on your lips.” £6, from thisisbeautymart.com
Olive Oil Virgin Swabs by DHC These swabs appear in the kit of the Bafta-award winning make-up artist Sian Grigg, who works with Carey Mulligan and Naomi Donne. They delicately clean and moisturise and are brilliant for fixing make-up mistakes. £4.50 for 50, from selfridges.co.uk
Not sure how fixing a make-up mishap with an oil would be beneficial unless you have particularly dry skin, wouldn’t it smear? Plus they seem rather expensive.
♦ Original Lip Balm by Carmex Seven of these lip balms are sold every minute in Britain, and, according to the supermodel Jourdan Dunn, “they are a make-up bag essential”. £2.69, from graftonsbeauty.co.uk
Again, I’ve seen lots of positive reviews of this lip balm everywhere. Although, deep down, it’s just a lip balm isn’t it?
♦ Pore Refining Toner by The Sanctuary Spa “I use this toner on every one of my clients,” says the facialist Nichola Joss, who’s worked with Gisele, Darcey Bussell and Kate Moss. “It’s great for re-balancing the skin.” £8.99, from sanctuary.com
The Sanctuary Spa have some really lovely products. I love their masks and I’m quite keen to try Sanctuary Active Reverse Facial 30 Day Thermal Transformation Mask
♦Sensibio H20 by Bioderma One bottle of this ultra-mild water cleanser and make-up remover is sold every six seconds across the world. The supermodel Mariacarla Boscono says, “Years ago I had a big season of shows and a rash on my face – I found this stuff and was hooked.” £9.99, from garden.co.uk
Slanted Tweezers by Boots “I can’t live without these,” says the make-up artist Cassie Lomas. “I’ve tried them all and these really are my ultimate for precision plucking.” £1.80; boots.com
Whilst I’m not convinced by the ‘holy grail’ of tweezers ie the Tweezerman range people rave about, I also wouldn’t recommend a really cheap pair as above.
The ones I’ve used for years are Boots Precision Grip™ Straight Tweezers £3.80. Not only are they curved to fit comfortably in your hand (‘ergonomically designed’) there’s also a rubber like coating (although I’m not sure it IS rubber, but it hasn’t worn at all), it means you can get a good grip without your fingers slipping. The slanted edges, after 4 years, are still razor-sharp.
♥ Sponge Puff by Konjac “I use these sponges on shoots pre-make-up as they deep cleanse and polish the model’s skin without agitating, leaving a smooth canvas for me to work on,” says the celebrity make-up artist Kenneth Soh. £6.99; konjacspongecompany.com
This is a 100% natural sponge, moistened with water, it becomes soft and is used to cleanse skin with water or a small amount of cleanser.
Once it is wet and puffy, simply use the flat side in a circular motion around your face to exfoliate and remove dirt and grime. This circular massaging will stimulate tired skin & encourage skin renewal
I’ve got one of these, the red one for dry and sensitive skin. There are so many positive reviews for this ‘little squishy miracle’ and yet it does nothing for me – doesn’t cleanse or exfoliate. I’m willing it to work but it doesn’t, on me anyway.
♥ Tea Tree Organic Essential Oil by Neal’s Yard Remedies “This is always in my kit,” says Nathalie Eleni. “It’s perfect for breakouts and inflammation. For best results I apply with a two drops on a dampened cotton bud. Use essential oils sparingly as they can be potent.” £7; nealsyardremedies.com
I think we’ve all got a little bottle of tea tree oil, although Neal’s Yard products have an excellent reputation.
BB Lips by No7 “This lip-balm is a beautiful mix of colour and comfort for lips,” says the make-up artist Ruby Hammer, who used it on supermodel Caroline Winberg during filming of the television series The Face. “Just tap on with your fingers.” £8.50; boots.com
♦ Clear Mascara by Miss Sporty The make-up master Kay Montano, who works with Thandie Newton, uses this “to fix and widen her eyebrows. It makes a huge difference,” she says. £2.99, from superdrug.com
This is useful, I’ve been on the look out for a cheaper priced clear mascara for a while.
Here is a great article by Beautyhows – How to apply clear mascara and its many uses. Men can also use this to give their lashes a defined but not obvious look. I always find there’s something a bit creepy about male celebrities wearing coloured mascara – eyeliner is fine though!
It’s no excuse, but Jeremy Renner was a trained make up artist before turning to acting.
♦ ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait by Revlon “Adds a subtle tint of colour,” says the renowned make-up artist Gucci Westman, who works with the Hollywood beauties Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz and Julianne Moore. “You don’t even need a mirror to apply them.” £7.99, from boots.com
♦ Color Riche Quad Pro Eyeshadow by L’Oréal Paris “It has incredible colour density for the price,” says Kenneth Soh, make-up artist to Michelle Dockery, among others. “It has beautiful textures that shoot well even on fashion shoots.” £7.99, from boots.com
Color Tattoo by Maybelline New York “I used these eyeshadow recently on model Lily Aldridge for a cover shoot,” says Sharon Dowsett, Maybelline New York’s make’up director. “Immortal Charcoal and Eternal Silver together create a soft smoky eye.” £4.99, from boots.com
Eyeshadow Base by NYX This is loved by Day Hill, the singer Nicki Minaj’s make-up artist, who says, “To make Nicki’s matte eyeshadow pop, I prep first with this.” £6, from nyxcosmetics.co.uk
Well, if we’re talking about NYX eyeshadow bases, you know what I would recommend NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk.
Java Rice Loose Powder by Bourjois “I use this on all my shoots,” says the make-up artist Attracta Courtney, who’s made up the faces of Eva Longoria and Cara Delevigne. “I used it backstage at the Zoe Jordan S/S14 show – it’s perfect for absorbing excess moisture around the T-Zone and ideal to brighten the eye area.” £9.99, from superdrug.com
♦ Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara by Rimmel “All my celebrity clients love this mascara, especially as the formula has Grow Lash Complex,” says the make-up artist Kirstin Piggott. “It gives you maximum length and lift with clump-free lashes.” £7.99; rimmellondon.com/uk
Interesting, especially after my trouble with Clarins Be Long Mascara (I still love it though, I can’t help myself).
Lip Gloss by CARGO Cosmetics Joni Powell, the make-up artist to Rachel Bilson, says, “I like to finish off Rachel’s look with a neutral lip gloss. Woodstock is light pink with an opalescent sheen.” £7.50, from debenhams.co.uk
Little Round Pot Blush by Bourjois Mary Greenwell , the make-up artist whose A-list clients include Cate Blanchett and Uma Thurman, uses these to add warmth to the contours of the cheekbone. “Orange or coral shades look natural on a dark skin, while paler skins can take a blue-toned blush,” she says. £7.49, from boots.com
Moisture Renew Lipstick by Rimmel “I love these new lipsticks,” says the make-up artist Kirstin Piggott. “Georgia May Jagger’s favourite shade is Red Diva.” £6.49; rimmellondon.com/uk
♦ Nail Varnish in Old Velvet by Liz Earle “Makes you look more ‘done’ and vampy,” says the celebrity beauty therapist and make-up artist Nathalie Eleni, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez and Carey Mulligan. “Apply two coats. After a minute rinse nails under cold water to help set.” £7.50; lizearle.co.uk
I’m not keen on Old Velvet, that shade doesn’t suit me. However, after reading all the positive reviews and already loving Liz Earle make up, (cream blusher, bronzer etc) I had a look at the other shade and I quite fancy Pink Perpeture, Parade, Grey Dawn and Quicksand.
Superliner Gelmatic by L’Oréal Paris “This long-lasting, smudge-free liner stays put for up to 24 hours,” says the make-up artist Lisa Eldridge, “and is easy to apply precisely with a brush.” £5.99, from boots.com
♦ SuperShock Gel Eyeliner Pencil by Avon “Such a find,” says the make-up professsional Lee Pycroft, who used this pencil to line Gabrielle Union’s eyes at the Venice Film Festival. “I love the rich, sooty finish it gives.” £6; avonshop.co.uk
Avon have lost their fusty old image and sell a lot of really decent products now. I’d really like to use one of these in a colour, and not my usual brown shade.
I am a professional makeup artist and have used everything from the top, top of the line (American Designer who’s the same name as the car brand) to professional brands developed specifically for stage and film.I use different types of eyeliner for different jobs, one for smudging, one for waterproof, one for precise lines, etc. This does all the jobs. It has an amazing texture that slides like silk onto the skin, never dragging. It has enough ‘playtime’ to either smudge or draw to fine flicks. And the density of colour is amazing.
Water Eyeshadow by KIKO Make Up Milano “Amazing colour and pigment that can be used wet or dry,” says the make-up artist Georgina Graham. £8.90; kikocosmetics.co.uk
Whipped Creme Foundation by Max Factor This was used to create the immaculate skin on the models at the autumn/winter 2013 Valentino show. Caroline Barnes, Max Factor’s make-up artist, says, “This new super-light formula makes it incredibly easy to achieve the fashionable ‘demi-matte’ look yourself.” £9.99, from boots.com
BATH & BODY
Apricot Cuticle Oil Nail Treatment by Essie “This not only smells good, it nourishes, protects and imprves the health and appearance of cuticles,” says Trish Lomax, a manicurist to Rihanna and Marion Cotillard, among others. £8.99, from superdrug.com
Arnica Joint and Muscle Rescue Bath by Kneipp “After a transatlantic flight, nothing beats jet lag like a long walk, glass of red wine and a soak in the bath with Kneipp Arnica Joint and Muscle Rescue Bath,” says the television presenter Cat Deeley. “Restless nights be gone!” £7.95, from graftonsbeauty.co.uk
♥ Aromatherapy Pure Essential Lavender Oil by Boots Botanics The celebrity facialist Anastasia Achilleos loves using this oil, authenticated by the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. “I place a few drops of the essential oil of lavender in hot water, wring the water from a cloth and use to remove cleansers and masks.” £5.49, from boots.com
Calendular Massage Oil by Weleda “A must for teens on a budget, and new mums looking for products for babies,” says Abigail James. “I also love this after an evening bath, applied to damp skin.” £9.95; weleda.co.uk
♥ Diamond Strength Diamond Shine Base & Top Coat by Sally Hansen “This is great for a shiny finish that dries really fast,” says the nail artist Jessica Hoffman. “It looks amazing with three coats. The clarity of your pink natural nails will shimmer beneath.” £7.95; 01233 656366
Hand & Cuticle Scrub by The Sanctuary Spa The manicurist Glenis Baptiste often uses this on celebrity clients such as Angelina Jolie and Freida Pinto. “It’s enriched with natural exfoliating sugar granules and leaves hands feeling smooth to touch.” £5.99; sanctuary.com
Although, wouldn’t any gentle exfoliator double up and do the same thing?
♥ Instant Tan Wash Off Face and Body Lotion by St Tropez “It’s nice to have a warm winter glow to your skin,” says the skin pro Nichola Joss. “This tan is great as it has rain mac technology, which means now we are coming into winter we don’t have to worry about our tan streaking when it rains, as it won’t budge unless you use soap.” £10; boots.com
We’ve all got a tube of this haven’t we?
♦ Mineral Detox Body Scrub by Champneys Spa Treatments “I use this scrub to prep my skin before a night out – it gives a really smooth and polished finish,” says the Olympian Jessica Ennis. £8; Boots
It has a fragrance that is fresh and invigorating and not too feminine – so it is ok for men too. A little bit of scrub goes a long way and the particles don’t flake off everywhere if you like to apply the scrub before you get into the shower.The smell of the scrub left me feeling all happy and refreshed. It lathered up a bit too which I like in a scrub. Best of all it left my legs and bum looking in much better shape and tone, just in time for summer. Love it!
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Moisturising Nipple Cream by Avent “For dry cracked lips (or heels), you can’t do better than this,” says the dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting (drsambunting.com). “Tremendous value for money, it is free of the irritants like menthol.” £5.99, from boots.com
♦ Organic Virgin Coconut Oil by Biona “It’s great as a body moisturiser and massaged into cuticles,” says Liz Pugh, a make-up artist to Alexa Chung and Emily Blunt. “It also makes a great cleanser.” £7.99; biona.co.uk
I want to review coconut oil next year, so I’ll be looking into this one.
Meanwhile, have a read of this article on the Top 10 Evidence Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
♥ Shea Butter Hand Cream by L’Occitane “If you’re in a hurry then try this – it’s easy to apply, especially after exfoliation,” says the nail supremo Glenis Baptiste. “I often use it on clients before a red-carpet event.” £8 (travel size); 0800 368 9000
This is my all time favourite hand cream for instant results. The foot cream’s top-notch as well.
Skin Food by Weleda One of these tubes is purchased every hour on amazon.com and it has many celebrity fans. The fashion designer Victoria Beckham says, “Simple and inexpensive, it’s really, really thick, and I slather it on.” £8.95; weleda.co.uk or £8.50 from Boots
An amazing all round rescue cream for dry skin.I used this product on my feet and left on overnight and they were so soft the next day. It’s also brilliant for hands and cheap!
There’s a good reason this cream has won awards! At first glance you’re not too sure what to use it for but that’s the beauty of it. It can be used pretty much anywhere on the body.
I use it on sore, rough skin where it instantly soothes and nourishes (ie. knees or elbows). If you rub it into your heels and put on some socks overnight, it softens hard skin and heals cracks better than any ‘specialised’ foot cream I’ve ever tried.
It’s beautifully soothing on feet which have in high heels all day, combating that burning feeling. in summer, it will be my first choice as an aftersun cream. It is quite a thick heavy cream so I wouldn’t put it on my face like the description says but beyond that, its pretty good stuff! Well worth the money.At first I was slightly unsure how to use the cream, but it can be used anywhere and that’s the beauty of this product! I use it as a daily face cream and also at night, as well as on dry elbows. Although the cream can appear a little greasy when first applied, this dissapears soon after and skin is left feeling lovely and moisturised!