Beauty on a budget – our favourite products all under £15

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As expected, the UK is officially in recession. But what does this mean for our shopping habits?

In past economic downturns, shoppers have been known to tighten their belts when it comes to large ticket household items but part with their pennies for luxury lipsticks.

However, the so-called ‘Lipstick Index’ effect doesn’t seem as likely to happen this time round. After all, who wants to spend £30+ on a designer lippy when you’re only going to have to cover it up with a face mask?

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Our advice instead is to support the reopening of your high street while looking for products that give more bang for your beauty buck – whether it’s time-saving budget buys, affordable multi-taskers or just dupes that give a taste of luxury for less.

Here’s our pick of the best products to snap up when you pop to the shop…

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e.l.f. Monochromatic Multi Stick, buy it here for £4.50

This clever multipurpose stick is great for adding a flush of colour to the cheeks, lips and eyes. A full face for under a fiver? We’re sold.

Face Halo Make-Up Remover, buy it here for £7

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Make-up wipes are a pricey habit and really bad for the environment. That’s why we recommend switching to this eco-friendly, washable make-up remover pad which can be chucked in the washing machine and used up to 200 times. Saving money AND the planet — a double win!

Dr PawPaw It Does It All, buy it here for £9

This multi-tasking hair mist does so much for under a tenner. Infused with pawpaw, the spray promises to nourish hair while combating a whole host of hair problems such as frizz and split ends.

Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Colour Muru Muru Butter and Rose Shampoo Bar, buy it here for £5.05

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Make your money go further with this budget-friendly bar that provides up to 50 hair washes with just one purchase. The all natural, plastic-free packaging also means you’ll be doing your bit for the environment.

Revolution Pro X Lan Nguyen Grealis Ultimate Artist Palette, buy it here for £15

Looking for an affordable palette that does it all? Well look no further. This huge palette features no less than three bronzers, blushers, highlighters, lip colours and eyeshadows and all for only £15.

Barry M Cosmetics Matte Me Up Lip Kit, buy it here for £5

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Designer lip kits have been huge thanks to the likes of Kylie Jenner, and this is a great budget alternative. It’ll give you perfectly matched lip and liner, all with a flawless matte finish.

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