The best budget beauty buys for students

The best budget beauty buys for students

With University in full swing and student loans to be spent, what better way to treat yourself to some beauty essentials from our hottest brands. Whether you’re looking to stock up on your favourites or treat yourself to an early Christmas gift, we’ve put together the best budget beauty buys for students who need a little treat.  

Under £150

Olaplex Complete Collection Bundle

Give your hair the salon treatment from the comfort of your own home with the Olaplex Complete Collection Bundle. The set includes a luxurious range of five of their best-selling treatments that work in harmony to clean, repair and nourish lacklustre locks. The perfect way to rescue your post-freshers hair! 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Duo 

Update your skincare collection with the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Duo. Rejuvenating, patented ingredients and ingenious technologies allow the night serum and the eye cream to be cutting-edge and effective, while remaining kind and gentle towards your skin. The ideal set to help hide tired eyes in your lectures.

ZOEVA Complete Set

Create endless looks with the ZOEVA Complete Set. Packed with 15 of the brand’s most-loved brushes, this is everything you need for your night out glam or back to basic zoom lectures. All handmade, the brushes are soft on the skin but sturdy in the hand, perfect to create a flawless base or sultry eye. 

ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong

Get gorgeous curls with the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong, the styling product you’ve been waiting for. Equipped with a sprung lever the 32mm barrel produces curls starting right from the root, making them bigger and bouncier than ever. For your safety, it comes with a stand that can be used when the tong is not in use. 

Under £100

LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Chest 2020

The LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Chest is back and it’s better than ever. Treat yourself to 11 incredible, full-sized products from brands including Elemis, Natasha Denona, Kevyn Aucoin and more! The must have gift this Christmas.  

Beauty Works Molly Mae X Beauty Works Curl Kit

Create first class Hollywood waves with the best-selling Molly-Mae Styler from Beauty Works. The long barrel is ideal for those with longer hair, or extensions, as the length allows you to create waves from root to tip. Designed with a thin barrel, the styler creates big, bouncy curls that will last until your next wash day. 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

Rejuvenate your skin with Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream. The product uses the maximum concentrate of powerful marine extract Padina Pavonica to transform your complexion. This cream is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and increase moisture levels in your skin. Perfect for an added boost of hydration! 

Jo Malone London Myrrh and Tonka Cologne Intense

Indulge in your new favourite scent with the Jo Malone London Myrrh and Tonka Cologne Intense. Unique and distinctive, the fragrance opens with top notes of aromatic lavender, heart notes of Omumbiri Myrrh and base and lies on a base of creamy Tonka Bean. Spritz all over to see where the night will take you! 

Under £75

Natasha Denona Glam Palette

The Natasha Denona Glam Palette offers a range of sumptuous neutral and golden taupe shades, ideal for creating both daytime and evening looks. The innovative palette features exclusive insider tips from Makeup Artist Natasha Denona herself, with shade names after their ideal placement. 

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Achieve an ultra-smooth makeup application with the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base; a hydrating primer that moisturises, softens and cushions skin. The best-selling formula effortlessly smoothes over the visage, absorbing quickly without leaving behind an unwanted, greasy feel. 


Combat common skin concerns with the GLAMGLOW Supermud Mask; an innovative, unisex facial treatment that tackles blemishes, breakouts and ingrown hairs, whilst visibly tightening skin’s texture and pores. Perfect for use as a full facial mask or as a one spot solution for blemished areas. 

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel foams away impurities without leaving your skin feeling tight or dry. Anti-inflammatory balm mint and lavender extracts soothe your skin, while natural quillaja saponaria gently foams away toxins and cleanses debris. Ideal to tackle blemishes. 

Under £50

NYX Diamonds and Ice Please 24 Day Advent Calendar

Treat yourself to an item a day with the ultimate 24-piece makeup set from NYX Professional Makeup. Featuring their bestselling favourites, the set will leave you with unlimited combinations to wear into the New Year and beyond.  

Bondi Sands Bronzed Babe Bundle

Achieve a goddess glow with the Bondi Sands Bronzed Babe Bundle. Containing everything you need to create a flawless tan, this set will allow you to fake a post-holiday glow all year round. 

Urban Decay Stoned Eyeshadow Palette

Go all out glam with the Urban Decay Stoned Eyeshadow Palette. Inspired by the multi-dimensional sparkle of precious crystals, the 12 mood-shifting shades will be sure to get heads turning. Use wet or dry to achieve your show-stopping look. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit

Get the best brows on campus with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit #2 Best Brows Ever. With the help of these three handy products, your brows will soon become your new favourite feature. Quick and easy to use, simply sweep over in the mornings and you’re good to go! 

Under £25

REN Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

Get rid of last night’s mistakes with the REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic. The handy travel sized bottle contains a skin-resurfacing toner that gently exfoliates congested skin, ridding clogged pores of impurities and restoring radiance. 

bareMinerals bareSkin Stay-in-Place Liquid Concealer

Perfect the look of your complexion with bareMinerals bareSkin Stay-In-Place Liquid Concealer, a two-in-one concealer and serum that delivers full coverage with a flawless finish. Simply apply where needed for a fresh minimal makeup look.  

Redken One United Multi-Benefit Treatment

Rejuvenate your hair with Redken One United Multi-Benefit Treatment. The multi-tasking hair treatment that delivers twenty five benefits to improve manageability, protection and beauty. Simply spritz all over for smooth and nourished results.  

Smashbox Try Me Face Primer Set

Ensure your base is set in place with the Smashbox Try Me Face Primer Set. The four-piece collection of travel-sized treats will help makeup go on smoother, last longer and look better. Housed in a gift box, it makes the perfect pressie for any beauty queen. 

Under £10

Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Dipbrow Gel

Top up your brows in-between lectures with ease with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Dipbrow Gel. The lightweight formula is intensely pigmented but buildable, helping create defined and fuller-looking eyebrows to expertly frame your face. 

NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss

If you want glam with minimal effort for those early mornings add a splash of sumptuous colour to your lips with NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss. The silky liquid lip colour with high-shine glossy finish is sure to last all day long.  

PIXI Glow Tonic 

Brighten and refine your complexion with PIXI Glow Tonic, an exfoliating face toner that purifies to promote smoother-looking, radiant and clarified skin. Now available in a travel-size to take with you on the go.

MAC Mini Strobe Cream Primer

Set your complexion aglow with the MAC Mini Strobe Cream Primer, available in various shades. This liquid highlighter smooths and illuminates the skin, enhancing areas of dullness and fatigue with a healthy-looking radiance. The perfect wakeup call in a bottle! 

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