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22 Editor-Approved Beauty Buys Under £35

January is dire, obviously. Equally obviously, cheap thrills are what is needed to see us through this bleak and bitter month. After all, we may be economising, but we still require a will to live. The following products are not only bargains, but considerably more stupendous than their bank-breaking rivals. Buy them with impunity – and when on offer, which Simple, Johnson & Johnson, Nivea etc so often are in Boots, Superdrug, and your supermarket of choice.

BEST (CHEAP) CLEANSING OIL: SIMPLE KIND TO SKIN HYDRATING CLEANSING OIL (£6.99)

Densely soothing, beautifully effective. Massage on, rinse off and your face will feel utterly cosseted.

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil, £6.99

BEST (CHEAP) MAKE-UP REMOVER: GARNIER MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN (£4.99)

A cheap-as-chips beauty editor staple for removing all slap and grime (eye make-up included). Swipe over skin on a cotton pad.

Micellar Cleansing Water for Sensitive Skin, £4.99

BEST (CHEAP) FACE OIL: SANCTUARY SPA 10-IN-1 SUPER SECRET FACIAL OIL (£20)

Plumping perfection and another beauty editor favourite, despite their receiving free stuff 10 times the price. Apply on its own or under moisturiser.

Sanctuary Spa 10-in-1 Super Secret Facial Oil, £20

BEST (CHEAP) SPOT REMEDY: JOHNSON & JOHNSON CLEAN & CLEAR ADVANTAGE SPOT TREATMENT GEL (£4.49)

The zit-zapping business. Apply at night and spots will be becalmed by morning.

Johnson & Johnson Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel, £4.49

BEST (CHEAP) ALL-PURPOSE BALM: CARMEX LIP POT ORIGINAL (£1.79)

Not only works wonders on lips, but great around a cold-ridden nose or applied to ragged cuticles and eyebrows.

Carmex Lip Pot Original, £1.79

BEST (CHEAP) HIGHLIGHTING BASE: TOPSHOP GLOW LIQUID HIGHLIGHTER, (WAS £15, NOW £11.25)

Literally brilliant – youth in a bottle. Looks fantastic by way of a foundation for day or night (although you may want something less luminous for your nose).

Topshop Glow Liquid Highlighter, WAS £15, NOW £11.25

BEST (CHEAP) HIGHLIGHTING POWDER: L’ORÉAL PARIS TRUE MATCH POWDER GLOW ILLUMINATOR (£8.99)

Terrific for its declared purpose; equally good by way of neutral eyeshadow.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Powder Glow Illuminator, £8.99

BEST (CHEAP) LIP SHADES: HEMA MOISTURISING LIPSTICK (£4.50) & HEMA SOFT MATT LIPBALM (£4.75)

Joyously punchy colours at a joyously punchy price.

Hema Moisturising Lipstick, £4.50

Hema Soft Matt Lipbalm, £4.75

BEST (CHEAP) SINGLE EYESHADOW: MUA PEARL MONO EYESHADOW (£1)

Super-shiny, long-lasting, invincible; matte shades also available.

MUA Pearl Mono Eyeshadow, £1

BEST (CHEAP) EYESHADOW PALETTE: BOURJOIS LA PALETTE LES SMOKY (£11.99)

For the world’s most smokin’ smoky eye.

Bourjois La Palette Les Smoky, £11.99

BEST (CHEAP) LIP RESTORING TRICK: KIKO EVERLASTING COLOUR PRECISION LIP LINER (£5.90)

Lips vanished with age? Not if you line them with “your” neutral (mine’s 405, Mauve).

Kiko Everlasting Colour Precision Lip Liner, £5.90

BEST (CHEAP) HAND SALVE: NEUTROGENA NORWEGIAN FORMULA CONCENTRATED HAND CREAM (£3.40)

Never bettered at any price. Those Norwegian sailors clearly know a thing or two. Plus, there’s a version with SPF.

Neutrogena Norweigan Formula Concentrated Hand Cream, £3.40

BEST (CHEAP) HAIR TOOL: WET BRUSH (FROM £8)

Life-changing used wet (for detangling) or dry (for incredible shine).

Wet Brush, £8

BEST (CHEAP) SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER: L’OREAL ELVIVE CLAY OILY ROOTS SHAMPOO & L’OREAL ELVIVE CLAY OILY ROOTS CONDITIONER(£2.99 EACH)

Resurrects dead, flat, January hair.

L’Oréal Elvive Clay Oily Roots Shampoo, £2.99

BEST (CHEAP) HAIR OIL: OGX KUKUÍ OIL ANTI-FRIZZ HYDRATING OIL (£6.99)

Revives dead, parched, January hair. Spray on to damp locks and comb through for a glossy, frizz-free finish, or use on dry hair to quash emergency puffing. Suitable even for fine-haired types.

OGX Kukui Oil Anti-Frizz Hydrating Oil, £6.99

BEST (CHEAP) ROOT CONCEALER: COVER YOUR GRAY INSTANT TOUCH UP STICK (£1.99)

Portable for moments when you spot an offender in a cab or bar, slightly greasy in a way that tames wiry strands and so much easier than the costly powder versions that shed all over your face. Applies like a hair lipstick, each bullet lasting years.

Cover Your Gray Instant Touch-Up Stick

BEST (CHEAP) DRY SHAMPOO: KLORANE DRY SHAMPOO WITH OAT MILK (£9)

Gently cleansing on all hair types, with no ghastly smell or stiffness. Also great by way of a root booster.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, £9

BEST (CHEAP) RELAXING BATH: EPSOM SALTS (APPROX £7 FOR 5KG AT MOST CHEMISTS) & MIAROMA PATCHOULI PURE ESSENTIAL OIL (£6.99)

Forget lavender, patchouli is the real, deep-relaxing deal. Magnesium-rich Epsom salts are super calming and so de-bloating that Victoria’s Secret models bathe in them before strutting their stuff. Dissolve the salts in hot water, then sprinkle on the oil.

Miaroma Patchouli Pure Essential Oil, £6.99

BEST (CHEAP) BODY OIL: NIVEA 4 IN 1 FIRMING BODY OIL (£10.99)

Another beauty-insider addiction. Lovely and nourishing, it does actually appear to have a firming effect. I used it after I lost a stone in four days when my appendix exploded, and not a stretchmark in sight. Stockpile it when it’s on BOGOF.

Nivea 4-in-1 Firming Body Oil, £10.99

BEST (CHEAP) DEODORANT: MITCHUM ADVANCED WOMEN 48HR PROTECTION UNSCENTED ANTI-PERSPIRANT & DEODORANT (£2.89)

No sweat shall pass. Used by actors, athletes and politicians.

Mitchum Advanced Women 48HR Protection Deodorant, £2.89

BEST (CHEAP) GROOMING DEVICE: PHILIPS SATINELLE EPILATOR (£34.05)

For the price of a single waxing session, you can have hair-free pins for years, with no stubble or waiting around for regrowth. Invest now.

Philips Satinelle Epilator, £34.05

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