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Jazz Up Lips …

Glitter is perfectly acceptable at this time of year - in fact, it's necessary on some nights out. And although glittery lips might sound a bit over the top - or even uncomfortable - they are surprisingly wonderful. And this new Rimmel London Lip Art Glitter, £5.99 (Boots) is the perfect way to try some sparkle on lips. In four different shades - red, silver, purple and gold - it can be used on its own for full-on glam or on top of lipstick for a hint of glitter. This can be so subtle it ...

Half-Price Xmas Candles

We all love at candle at this time of year - and this Yankee Candle Christmas Collection is a cracker. Reduced right now from £50 to £25 at Boots, it's a great gift - but also a nice bargain treat for yourself. It includes a medium jar candle in Christmas Cookie, a small jar candle in Christmas Eve, seven votive candles in Snow In Love, Snowflake Cookie & Spiced Orange, and 12 tea lights scented with All Is Bright. It doesn't get much more festive and cosy than this ...

Layer It On Lips!

Lips need to be kept moisturised and hydrated during the cold months, as once they're dry and chapped it can take a few days to restore the softness. This lovely lip balm from Stripped, £4.50 (strippedskincare.co.uk) has five organic hydrating oils and rich butters including coconut oil and shea butter to protect and moisturise. Beeswax forms a protective layer on the skin and sweet almond oil givesantioxidant protection. It also smells delicious, and has no chemicals, preservatives or ...

The Countdown Begins …

Our first Xmas gift idea … and it's a cracker. This beautiful Lip Balm from The Vintage  & Co Baubles & Belles collection celebrates Fifties style and is just £7 (heathcote-ivory.com). The keep-forever case contains festive lip balm flavoured with warm spiced rum, raisins and sweet orange, and helps to keep lips smooth, hydrated and just a little shiny. A gorgeous gift - and maybe sneak in one for yourself, too!

Little Gems …

If you like to follow beauty trends, you could find yourself forking out a fortune for all the latest nail and face jewellery. And as it's approaching party season, we all need a little bling now and then. Check out stores like Hobbycraft for bargain bits and bobs that you can use to create the latest look, like these Mixed Round Acrylic Stones, £7 (hobbycraft.co.uk) which can be used as nail art, face jewellery or even on your hair parting for a full-on glam look. Invest in a little body ...

The Dry Skin Saviour

We always advise moisturising skin straight after a bath or shower, as hydrating slightly damp skin allows it to absorb more effectively and it locks the moisture in. Aveeno's After Shower Mist, £7.50 (Boots) is perfect for this. Simply spray it on after towel-drying skin and the lovely oat extract in the formula hydrates skin instantly, keeping it soft to the touch all day. We can't stress enough how important it is to moisturise body skin daily - really, you'll thank yourself in years to ...

Super-Duper Bargain Nail File!

We've just discovered the Masqd nail range and it's fab! The Peelable Nail File, £4 (Boots) are reusable, as when they get used, simply peel the surface off and they're sparkling new nail files! The whole bargain range is a little different, and it's difficult to make nail accessories interesting. Check it out - and look out for 3 for 2 deals at Boots.

Watch Out For Waitrose …

Supermarkets are brilliant for beauty bargains, but we often forget about Waitrose, which is a crime as there are some fantastic offers on. Look out for one-third off promotions, such as this L'Oreal Age Perfect Refreshing Toner, which is £3.46, down from £5.20 (waitrose.com). There are loads of bargains to be had, and some lovely handwashes that are a bit different. So next time you're stocking up, have a nosey down to beauty aisle - you'll be very pleasantly surprised.

Luxury Bathing For Less

Not spending a fortune on luxuries doesn't mean you have to compromise. Products such as shower gels and body lotions can sometimes feel like an extra that you need to scrimp on. But there are some gorgeous, well-priced products out there. Korres is a beautiful range, and the skincare isn't cheap, but the bath range is a bargain. Take this Fig Shower Gel, which is £8 from marksandspencer.com There's also Bergamot Pear Shower Gel, £10, Japanese Rose Hand Cream, £9, and Lavender Blossom ...

Keep Skin Bright And Beautiful

We can almost feel the greyness descending. As autumn sets in, skin seems to feel as though it's instantly lost its glow. So now's the time to get some serious hydrating done, and keep that summer luminosity as long as possible. Hydration doesn't get much better quality or value than the bargain Neutrogena Hydro Boost range. We swear by the Body Cream Gel, £5.99 (Boots), which seems to give skin the big drink it needs and instantly make it feel smoother and look healthier. Check out the ...

The Do-It-All Oil

We have oils specifically created for everything these days … hair. body, face, nails … but often one little bottle can do all the jobs you need. Take Shea Butter Wonder Oil from Dr Organic, £5.99 (Holland & Barrett), which is packed full of goodies including shea butter, which is known in Africa as 'Women's Gold'. It's gentle, nourishing, hydrating, and it even smells amazing. Use it on dry patches anywhere, for a 10-minute facial to hydrate skin, to nourish cuticles, tame ...

Cheaper Than Fillers …

Whether you're for or against needle therapy, most of us would choose a non-invasive treatment against regular injections. The new Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Lip (£36, SpaceNK) uses a vegan collagen to plump and 'fill' lips, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles around the lip area in just 10 days. We can't vouch for it as we haven't tried it, but it definitely sounds worth a try. It's completely safe, at a good price for what it promises, and you can stop it at any time should the results ...

Beauty Made Simple …

In these days of complex lotions and potions, sometimes we hanker for the days of the simple - cleanse, tone, moisturise and get on with your day. If you appreciate the bare necessities, Stripped is a brand you may enjoy. It's a capsule collection of products - just five of the essentials, and all lovely and natural. The creator suffered from acne-prone skin, so this is brilliant for those with troubled, oily skin. We love this Stripped Lavender Eye Make-Up Remover Oil, £8 (strippedskinca...

Hubble Bubble …

Face masks should never be boring - there's no excuse these days for a dull mud pack. In fact, all face masks should all have a bit of frizz and froth to them like this bargain Skin Republic Bubble Face Mask, £2 (Superdrug). When exposed to air, the oxygenating mask bubbles and froths, giving pores a good old clean out, while fruit acids exfoliate and scrub away dead skin cells. Skin ends up feeling and looking cleaner than you could have imagined - and the bubbles are seriously fun.

The 4-In-1 Make-Up Multi-Tasker

We love a bulging make-up bag as much as everyone else, but in the interests of not lugging around a huge handbag, it's good to have a multi-tasking staple that will cut down the number of products you need on the move. PÜR 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make Up Compact, £29 (marksandspencer.com) is foundation, concealer, powder and SPF 15, all in one sweep of a brush. It also hydrates skin, keeps shine at bay and is available in 11 shades ranging from ‘Porcelain’ to ‘Deeper’, so there ...