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Top 5 Beauty Products Under £5

I won't lie: I love a bargain. Generally, I try to find all of my products on the high street when I can, partly because I live off a student budget and partly because the thrill of finding something that's both amazing and low-cost never gets old. Today I'm sharing the love by talking about five of my favourite products, all of which leave you with change left over from a fiver. Sorted.

Sudocrem was a lifesaver when I was little, so I was excited to try out their Skin Care Cream. This time a year ago, I never would have described myself as being spot-prone, but stress and my complexion do not mix and I've had acne on my forehead for a while now. The cream is thick, and it takes some effort to squeeze it out of the tube, but it becomes easy to work with once you rub it between your fingers and it sinks in quickly. It smells like, well, Sudocrem, and the lavender is noticeable but not overpowering. I use a layer of it over spots (in place of tea tree oil) before I go to bed, and when I wake up in the morning any redness and swelling has gone down  impressive. Definitely one to keep by your bed. 

You all know the drill with this one: a tonne of shades, and lots of different ranges to choose from. The only problem I have when I'm choosing what to buy is restraining myself! My current favourite is the Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Pole Position but I also really like the top coats and the Gelly range.

The All Bright Cleansing Toner is obviously a toner, but I use it twice a week in place of an exfoliator. It provides a gentler kind of exfoliation than a manual scrub, and leaves my skin looking healthy and glowing, without any irritation. I've also found that it's good at reducing redness when you have blemishes, and it lasts for ages so it's excellent value for money. I bought my bottle last year, and I'm not even halfway through it.

This is a recent find, which I bought when I needed some space-themed nail art. The flecks of black and white — some big, some small — look stunning against dark nail polish (I went for navy) or over the top of a nude shade. An easy, fuss-free way to update your nails. (As with all textured nail polish, it's a pain to remove, but it has good staying power and it looks lush, so I can forgive.)

This stuff is so easy to work with! The creamy texture is a dream to apply but once it stays, it stays. I have Coffee, which is a gorgeous, everyday brown shade. Unfortunately, while I was in the process of putting this post together, e.l.f. announced that they were shutting down. I am gutted. e.l.f. is one of my favourite brands for inexpensive, cruelty-free make up and I've loved nearly everything of theirs that I've tried. RIP e.l.f. Cosmetics :(

What are your favourite products for under a fiver? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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