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    22 Highly-Rated Beauty Products That I Know Are Worth The Hype Because I Tried Them

    Oh, and loads of them are under £5 too!

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    1. This 'Moisture Bomb' sheet mask from Garnier left my skin looking smoother and more hydrated!

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    It was incredibly simple to use – I just peeled its backing off, applied it to my face, and then left it there for 15 minutes. Its soothing formula was incredibly calming, and it made my skin feel soft and bouncy!

    Rating: 4.7-star average rating from 2,077 reviews.

    Price: £1.99.

    2. These inexpensive lil' razors will help you to remove your unwanted brow hairs and peach fuzz hassle-free.

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    After multiple failed attempts to thread my brows and upper lip (yup) at home, I finally gave up and tried these highly-rated razors instead. I was seriously impressed by the results – they were really precise, and they made my skin smoother too!

    Rating: 4.3-star average rating from 15,892 reviews.

    Price: £3.59 for six.

    3. This mermaid-themed nail polish from Rimmel boosts my mood every time I wear it.

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    This fintastic (I'm so sorry) nail polish dried in about a minute, and two weeks after applying it, my home manicure still looks fresh.

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 21,189 reviews.

    Price: £2.54.

    4. These velvet scrunchies make me feel more put-together in no time.

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    Their soft material looks *and* feels incredibly ~luxe~, and I love their gorgeous colours! Plus, they add some serious volume to my ponytail (Ariana who?!).

    Rating: 4.7-star average rating from 783 reviews.

    Price: £3.99 for eight.

    5. I only have to use these inexpensive teeth-whitening strips once a week to enjoy their brightening effect.

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    I really want whiter, brighter teeth, but the idea of using teeth-whitening strips twice a day seems totally unrealistic to me. These weekly ones are the perfect solution – one session in, I've already seen a slight (but noticeable) difference! I left them on my teeth for about 25 minutes before removing them and brushing the residue away.

    Rating: four-star average rating from 693 reviews.

    Price: £4.98 for 14 pairs.

    6. This ridiculously cheap liquid eyeliner has replaced my previous pricier faves.

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    Other cheap eyeliners I've tried have gone flaky and had a washed-out colour, so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered how pigmented and long-lasting this one is. Its fine nib is incredibly precise!

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 3,907 reviews.

    Price: £3.64.

    7. I swear by this dewy-finish setting spray from NYX. It makes my foundation look much less cakey, and it keeps my makeup in place all day!

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    NYX also do a matte version of this setting spray, but I prefer the dewy kind on my dry skin! It keeps my face hydrated and ensures that my foundation looks more like skin than makeup – and as if that wasn't enough, it's got some serious staying power too.

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 44,466 reviews.

    Price: £6.55.

    8. This biotin & collagen conditioner from OGX makes my frizzy hair look way healthier.

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    I have really long hair, so I appreciate how nourishing and moisturising this conditioner is on my dyed ends! It contains no drying sulphates, and its protein-packed formula will strengthen your strands from the inside out.

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 5,346 reviews.

    Price: £4.65.

    9. I pair it with this hydrating argan oil shampoo for maximum results.

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    It's specially-designed to revive dry and damaged hair and hoo boy, is it good at its job! Its nourishing and protective silk proteins have restored and replenished my brittle, dry strands after just a few uses (oh, and it smells amazing too).

    Rating: 4.3-star average rating from 3,460 reviews.

    Price: £4.65.

    10. My chin breaks out a lot now that I wear a face covering every time I head outside. These NIP+FAB glycolic pads brighten, exfoliate, and decongest my skin!

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    Confession time: I struggle to commit to a complicated skincare routine, which is why these low-effort pads are such a great option for me. They contain exfoliating glycolic acid and decongesting salicylic acid among loads of other skin-reviving ingredients! They're designed to be used just before you fall asleep, so I keep a tub on my bedside cabinet for easy access.

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 5,976 reviews.

    Price: £12.63 for 60 pads.

    11. My coworker's nails always look amazing, so when she told me she swore by this Seche Vite topcoat I added it to my basket ASAP. I've been really impressed by its silky, chip-resistant finish!

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    My home manicures barely used to last me a day, partly because when I saw a loose bit of varnish I couldn't resist picking it off (I know, I know). This topcoat's finish is too hard to be picked at, though – I feel like I'm wearing gels! It bonds your nail varnish to the nail beds underneath, so your manicure will stay put for weeks.

    Rating: 4.6-star average rating from 18,081 reviews.

    Price: £4.99.

    12. These low-effort hydrocolloid patches conceal AND heal my spots at the same time.

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    I applied one of these on top of my spot and overnight it began drawing the excess moisture and gunk out from my skin, helping to dehydrate (and eventually eradicate) the zit.

    Rating: 4.3-star average rating from 8,170 reviews.

    Price: £5.99 for 24 patches.

    13. This hyper-precise eyebrow pencil takes my brows from 'ew' to 'oooh' in about half a minute.

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    It's got a brow-shaping spoolie on one end and a fine-tipped pencil at the other. Reviewers love how long-lasting it is, and I've found that it fills in the scar in my right eyebrow where other products struggle to do so!

    Rating: 4.4-star average rating from 2,030 reviews.

    Price: £4.49.

    14. I have combination skin, which means that I struggle with dry patches AND breakouts. This salicylic acid and sulphur-infused soap has helped to tackle both problems at once!

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    The salicylic acid in this soap decongests my pores, while the sulphur removes any bacteria in my skin and absorbs excess oil. The bar is studded with almond and walnut shell particles to exfoliate my skin, and it also contains replenishing vitamin E. No wonder my skin has cleared up significantly since I started using this bad boy!

    Rating: 4.4-star average rating from 2,923 reviews.

    Price: £6.98.

    15. This Denman shampoo brush is the best thing I've ever used on my hair.

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    If you've got a lot of hair, you'll understand how hard it can be to work shampoo right into your scalp. This inexpensive lil' brush solved that problem for me – its flexible bristles reach all the way down to my roots, and their massaging effect is really relaxing! Plus, I find that I get much more volume after using this (and despite my initial concerns, it doesn't tangle my tresses at all).

    Rating: 4.5-star average rating from 5,159 reviews.

    Price: £3.50.

    16. This hair removal cream from Veet works its magic without stinking up my bathroom.

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    I love the idea of hair removal creams, but in reality they often reek. Luckily, this product from Veet actually does get rid of my hair *without* the stench! I applied it to my legs five minutes before my shower using the soft side of its accompanying sponge, stepped into the shower, and then removed the cream with the rougher side. Its effects lasted for about a week!

    Rating: four-star average rating from 144 reviews.

    Price: £7.49.

    17. This vitamin C serum will exfoliate AND brighten your skin.

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    I only needed to use a few drops of this stuff to benefit from its smoothing formula! The serum contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil too.

    Rating: 4.6-star average rating from 13,325 reviews.

    Price: £6.87.

    18. I genuinely prefer this inexpensive heat protector spray to pricier alternatives.

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    If (like me) you've got long or unruly hair, it can be really hard to find a product that makes your tresses look truly smooth – so you can imagine how happy I was to find my ride-or-die solution for three Great British pounds. Simply spray it onto your ends before heat-styling your hair for a glossy, smooth, and frizz-free finish!

    Rating: 4.4-star average rating from 585 reviews.

    Price: £3.00.

    19. I'm a huge fan of this cold-pressed jojoba oil.

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    This oil deeply moisturises my hair, skin, and nails, and I love its gentle fragrance.

    Rating: 4.3-star average rating from 103 reviews.

    Price: £6.99 for 200ml.

    20. This hand cream from O'Keeffe's has honestly earned its rave reviews.

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    This cream transformed my dry, flaky hands in a couple of days when nothing else I found could. It doesn't leave a greasy or chalky finish behind, and just a tiny bit of this product goes a really long way – I've had my pot for almost a year now!

    Rating: 4.7-star average rating from 7,881 reviews.

    Price: £8.99.

    21. Define and lengthen your lashes with the help of this mascara from Rimmel.

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    Its dense brush distributes the inky black formula over every single one of my lashes, including the tiny ones at the edge. This mascara will last for up to 24 hours!

    Rating: 4.4-star average rating from 1,973 reviews.

    Price: £3.98.

    22. I've been wowed by how well this long-wear Infallible concealer by L'Oreal disguises the bags under my eyes (it's a great dupe for Tarte's 'Shape Tape' IMO).

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    The bags under my eyes are very noticeable, so I'll try basically anything that claims to cover them up. This brightening concealer surprised me with how effective it is! It's high-coverage but doesn't settle into the lines under my eyes, and it doesn't dry out my skin either.

    Price: £10.00 – it's available in 20 different shades.

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