06.07.2022

These are the 100 best high street beauty heroes

With just a dusting of this finely-milled, reflective powder, you can knock back the shine and glow, all at once. Plus, the bestseller is now available in 10 shades!

Revolution Bake Finish Powder, £5

Max Factor Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eyeliner, £8.99

Dippy eyeliners are great and all, but this ready-to-draw alternative is the only option for lining eyes on a crowded commute.

Sudocrem Care and Protect, £9.99

Who knew a nappy rash cream would be the spot shrinker we’ve all been searching for? Sudocreme, that’s who.

NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lip Gloss, £5.50

34 shades. Need we say more? Probably not, but we’re gonna – this creamy lipgloss glides on, lasts for hours, and puts its sticky (and pricey) peers to shame.

Simple x Little Mix Micellar Wipes, £4.19

These handy little wipes from our favourite girl band cleanse your face easily, remove impurities, whilst working as a makeup remover to remove all makeup (even tough-to-budge waterproof mascara).

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream 50ml, £3.99

This little desk-side savour has protected our paws against ever-changing office temperatures for many, many years. Keep calm, apply hand balm, and type on.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+ Cream™ SPF 50+, £30

Fake the no-makeup look with this lightweight CC cream. Not matte, not glowy, just a skin-like satin finish that doesn’t gather in fine lines. Plus, UV rays bounce straight off it.

Sanctuary Spa Rose Gold Radiance Precious Glow Body Oil, £14

Caution – this dry oil creates a serious sheen! Probably something to do with the diamond dust (yes, seriously). Splash it onto limbs and prepare to dazzle.

Rimmel Soft Khol Eyeliner, £2.99

A fail-safe favourite among smoky-eye fanatics, this blacker than black liner won’t smudge, fade, melt off, or dent the wallet when it comes to replacing it.

Flower Beauty Mix N Matte Lipstick Duo, £7.99

Struggling for space in your clutch? Agonising between a matte or gloss lip? Drew Barrymore has heard your grumbles and created a clever lip duo that flexes to your needs.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, £8.99

Cheat your way to eight-hour-sleep skin with this luminous foundation. Glides on like a dream and never ever goes cakey.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion, £11.99

No Clumps. No Lumps. Just full, fluttery lashes that leave a trail of suspicion (yes, they are real).

Gillette Venus Snap Razor, £9.99

Never fear fuzzy pits again. Our trusty Venus Gillette has been restyled into travel-sized mini with a snap-shut pebble case that’s perfect for popping in your handbag.

Soap Glory Junk The Gunk Deep Cleansing Shampoo, £7.50

Searching for a vegan shampoo that actually works? This spangly new product uses a powerhouse of charcoal and apricot seeds to exfoliate the scalp and lavish hair with goodness.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, £4.99

So much more than a grease dissolver, this beauty cabinet favourite adds volume and grip, but most importantly, facilitates an extra 30 minutes in bed.

4711 Original Cologne 100ml, £18

If a fragrance costs less than £20, be very skeptical. Unless said fragrance is a citrus-aromatic blend of splashy fresh fruit accords, white flowers and vetiver.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick, £8.49

Over 20 shades of lightweight, long lasting, high-pigment lip colour that looks great and feels even better.

E45 Moisturising Lotion, £7.49

All skin types need hydration, but when it comes to sensitive, that becomes somewhat of a challenge. Luckily E45 can put concerns of flare-ups and reactions to bed.

Josh Wood Colour Blending Brush, £15

Can’t get a salon appointment until next week? This handy touch-up will tide you over until then. Simply brush the dye onto the roots of dry or damp hair and style as usual.

Schwarzkopf Live Precious Metals Spray, £6.99

Wild moments call for this amazing metallic spray for hair. Pick a colour, shake, spritz and sparkle. Then wash it out when you change your mind.

Avène Cold Cream Body Lotion, £19.99

Your body is the only outfit that lasts a lifetime, so put down that top and buy this instead. You won’t regret it.

Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner, £2.99

Sorry – what? £2.99. Who cares if it doesn’t last 100 hours, this little liner will let you work that winged look six days a week (Sunday is a day of rest, people).

CeraVe Moisturising Cream Pot, £14.50

Fragrance free = great. Hypoallergenic = fab. Non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores) = essential. Add in a skin-drenching splash of hyaluronic acid and our sensitive, dry skin is in love.

Foamie Shampoo Bar for Damaged Hair, £6.99

Keen to become more eco conscious? This vegan and cruelty-free shampoo bar is a good place to start. It trades in traditional packaging for a simple mesh bag, but most importantly, it works.

Cutex nail varnish remover, £2.15

Some swear by gel, others prefer acrylics, but if you want your nails to constantly match your outfit, a good varnish selection and this remover is all you need.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, £10.80

If you’re going to use micellar water (and you definitely should) this is the one. A favourite among makeup artists, the liquid cleanser dissolves makeup and impurities without the need for a tap.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26

Answering the question, ‘what primer do you recommend?’, this weightless one-stop wonder blurs imperfections, grabs hold of foundation, and is loved by all who try it.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, £4.19

A concealer under £5 that doubles up as a clever contouring wand (just go darker), comes in over 10 shades and doesn’t collect in creases? HELLO!

Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream 10ml, £9.50

Your best friend during a breakup. Sore, irritated skin around the eyes is instantly calmed and nourished with just one blob of this paraben-free product.

The Body Shop Shea Nourishing Body Butter, £15

Feel good inside and out when you dip into this rich and creamy body moisturiser. Skin is softened, the scent is amazing, and each tub supports communities in Ghana.

Carmex Classic Moisturising Lip Balm, £2.69

Does a lipbalm even work if it doesn’t tingle? Absolutely not. That’s our theory and we’re sticking to it.

Schwarzkopf Only Love Permanent Colouration

Gentle on the scalp thanks to the absence of ammonia, silicone and alcohol, loaded with natural ingredients and it still packs a colour punch.

No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Eye Make Up Remover, £8.50

You know that subborn strand of eyeliner? The one left from a smokey eye look you rocked five days ago? We know how to make it disappear.

The Original BeautyBlender, £17

Makeup sponges became extinct the moment this applicator was created. And then we discovered its powers when damp! Our glowy skin is forever grateful.

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, £25

When a product smoothes, hydrates and renews skin as you sleep, it’s easy to get on board. Add in the fact that it’s 100% vegan and we’re out of excuses.

Olay Total Effects 7-in-one Moisturiser SPF30, £14

Searching for a daily SPF that won’t make you break out? Look no further. Packed with vitamins and UV protection, this oil-free formula helps you on the way to youthful (but not adolescent) skin.

Benefit Hoola Lite, £25.50

If you haven’t already tried Hoola, maybe you’ve been living under a rock, or perhaps the bronzer was just a touch too dark. Cue Hoola Lite – complexion warmer for the fair-skinned and protestor of pasty faces.

Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo, £4.19

Oh, macadamia nut. Thank you for your nourishing oil, your heavenly scent, and for gracing our showers in an affordable bottle of shampoo.

Indeed Labs Pepta Bright, £29.99

This amazing product lives up to the hype! Expect smoother, brighter skin with minimised pores and pigmentation *adds to basket*.

Vichy Idéal Soleil Hydrating SPF30 Protective Solar Water, £19

Sticky suncream be gone! This hypoallergenic SPF30 water *Yep, that’s right – water* creates a light, refreshing veil of heavy-duty protection.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, £2.99

To flood skin with moisture, simply lay back, drape one of these over your face and pop a warning on the door for anyone who spooks easily.

Real Techniques Everyday Essentials By Sam Nic, £19.99

The makeup artist duo behind Pixiwoo have developed 100% cruelty-free makeup brushes for every single beauty need. Already obsessed? Join the club.

B Effective Stubborn Makeup Remover, £7.99

A cuelty-free 100% vegan makeup remover that dissolves even waterproof mascara and smells like cucumber. What’s not to love?

Benefit Porefessional Mattifying Primer, £28

Great for those who suffer from shine, this balmy primer helps to mattify skin and stops foundation from sliding off. If the oil returns, simply dab over your t-zone and watch the magic happen.

Indeed Labs Hydraluaron, £24.99

Dry, thirsty skin will be flooded with moisture the moment you add this hyaluronic acid-loaded serum into your skincare regime.

Weleda Skin Food, £12.50

Calming calendula, rosemary leaf and chamomile extracts are captured in sweet almond oil to create this rich, creamy balm for dry and rough skin.

Garnier Summer Body Dark Gradual Tan Moisturiser, £9.99

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Once or twice a week with this gradual tan and you’ll welcome the opportunity to bare flesh *wink wink*.

OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Shampoo, £6.99

If you want your natural curls to bounce (sans frizz), you’re going to need a whole heap of hydration. The incredible coconutty scent is just a bonus.

Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème, £46
(Available at Boots from 1st February 2019)

You can’t beat Retinol. Can you? Well, this overnight crème harnesses a plant-based alternative, bakuchiol for the same (if not better) results. Good old nature.

MUA Pro Eyeshadow Palette in Au-Naturel, £5

Blend to your heart’s content with an eye shadow palette filled with no less than 15 shimmering earth tones.

St Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute, £14.49

Just 60 seconds after applying, you get to wash it off again (hurrah!). What’s left behind is gorgeous, bronze glow without the biscuity pong.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, £5.99

Strong nails start with soothed, nourished cuticles, and this lemony balm is loaded with almond oil, cocoa seed butter and vitamin E to do just that.

Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Advanced Rejuvenating Masque, £6.99

Treating locks to this weekly masque is a must, especially during cooler months when central heating and the chilly outdoors spell disaster for our hair.

Dove Original Roll-On Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, £2.49

Maybe it’s the soft, power-fresh scent. Maybe it’s because we don’t like change, or maybe it’s the fact that this one actually works. Whatever the reason, this is the deodorant we keep going back to.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, £28

Transition through the seasons flawlessly with this tinted moisturiser. Wear it solo or mix with your favourite foundation for extra coverage with a glow.

Dove Exfoliating Body Scrub Macadamia Rice Milk, £5.99

So long, microbeads. There are tonnes of natural exfoliants that can keep us smooth and silky – like crushed macadamia nuts, which have been harnessed in this nourishing body scrub.

Jolen Creme Bleach, £4.35

Does waxing make you wince? One swipe of this (pain free) beauty cabinet classic, and dark hair will all but vanish.

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash, £16

Gorgeous, glowy skin requires a sulphate-free, purifying face wash, packed with natural ingredients.

Rimmel London Super Gel Nail Top Coat, £5.99

Bid farewell to chipped manicures, courtesy of this hard wearing, gel top coat. Plus, you won’t need a salon appointment to take it off.

Eylure Brow Luminiser Highlighter Pencil, £7.45

Sharpen your brow game with this dual-ended highlighter crayon. All it takes is an expertly drawn outline. Steady hands at the ready.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, £20.50

For an instant power brow, this teeny tiny brow mascara contains microfibers that create the illusion of thicker, fuller eye framers.

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