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Nails To Go!

Nail products can be a pain to take on holiday - and that's exactly when you may have the time to pamper your nails. Finding a little kit that contains everything is ideal, and we love this Essential Manicure Kit from Leighton Denny, £25 (marksandspencer.com) It contains four products, including Leighton's best-selling Crystal Nail File - which comes with a 25-year guarantee! - Intensive Nail Repair Cream, a double-sided buffer and the brilliant Marvel Balm, a multi-purpose moisturising ...

Free Gift With Bagsy Cosmetics

Let us introduce you to a lovely range of cosmetics you may not have heard about. Bagsy is a pretty collection with everything from eye, lip and concealing make-up to hand cream and shampoo. And it's also great value for money. The Lip Cocoon Tinted Balm, pictured, is just £7 (Debenhams) and is one of those great beauty staples that lasts for ages and quickly becomes a favourite. Debenhams are currently giving away a handy magnifying compact mirror when you spend £25 or more on Bagsy ...

Luminous Skin In An Instant

If you want natural-looking make-up without too much fuss, go for a big, chunky pencil or make-up stick. They're so easy to apply, and if they have a creamy formula, they can be blended in an instant, so there's no faffing with a brush or sponge. The new Strobe Stix from Lottie London, £6 (Boots) have a soft crème consistency so they smooth on to the skin and can be blended with fingertips - it takes literally 15 seconds to apply them. They're designed for strobing, but if that seems a ...

Cheaper Than … A Hat

It's that time of year ... weddings, christenings and all sorts of fancy get-togethers when you may need a hat, a fascinator or just something to jazz up your hair. If you've never thought of hair jewellery, you should give it a go. It's a great alternative to a hat that you can't take off all day because it's left you with hat hair. These hair chains from Kitsch, £12.32 (mykitsch.com) are easy to use - just pin up a messy bun or plait and slip the hair combs on each end to the back of ...

Cheaper Than … Lip Fillers

Gone are the days when lip plumpers felt like a constant electric shock through your lips. These days, although you can generally feel the plumping agents working, they're comfortable enough to use daily. We've come across an amazing new lip-plumping product - and if you're think of getting filler injections around your lip area, it would be a good idea to try this first. From American brand Fusion Beauty, LipFusion XXL Advanced Priming Plumping pencil, £19.50, is a chunky crayon that is ...

Save On Luxury Bodycare

If you hanker after a spa day, but can't afford the time or the luxury of treating yourself, the closest experience to a day of pampering is to indulge in the scent of Elemis. It's like bringing an expensive spa into your own home. And the good news is, we've found a lovely bargain that makes the treat even more special. This Limited Edition Frangipani Monoi Body Oil collection costs £35 (elemis.com), but the products are worth £53 when bought separately - that's a saving of £18. And ...

Treat Those Aching Muscles …

Planning to run a marathon - or even just get a little fitter for summer? A key aspect of training is to be kind to your body, and that includes helping the muscles to repair themselves. We're big fans of anything that helps to soothe aches and pains - and one of the best potions we've come across is this Ragdale Hall SOS Muscle Balm, £8.50 (marksandspencer.com) which contains arnica, eucalyptus and peppermint oil to soothe and relieve tired, aching muscles. It can be used on any part of ...

Hand Cream For The Whole Family …

Sometimes handcream can be a bit girlie. And while we want nice scents and light, non-greasy formulas, hands can benefit from a good layer of heavy-duty hydration from time to time. We love Outdoor Hands, £6.99 (outdoorhands.co.uk) made a British company, that really gives hands a big drink. It's not too feminine, so you might even get a man to use it, and the kids won't be put off by any strong scents. It doesn't leave a greasy residue and it absorbs quickly, leaving hands feeling ...

Look Out For Baby Balmi …

We at bargainbeautyblogger are big fans of Balmi, a simple yet ingenius lip balm that is forever in our handbags and pockets. Imagine our delight when we discovered Baby Balmi - a cuter than cute smaller version of the fab balm. They're just £2 (Primark) and currently come in two flavours - Fresh Mint and Summer Berries, which are perfect for spring. If you're not familiar with Balmi, it's loveliness lies in its shape - simply purse your lips and the pyramid shape will moisture both lips ...

Gorgeous New Hand And Body Lotions

It used to be that vintage-style beauty products cost a fortune. Now, you can get them at a snip - and they're great quality. Patisserie de Bain is a lovely range, and very well-priced, but even as fans, we're surprised at how lovely this new range is. Choose from a collection of hand and body lotions with such delicious scents as Orange Crush, Cranberries and Cream, Sugared Violet, Cherry Pie, Lemon Bon Bon and Strawberry Cupcake, all £4.99 (Superdrug). The packaging would flatter any ...

Bargain Boutique Make-Up Range

Now you know we love a palette in this blog, they're great value and can save you a fortune. This make-up set isn't exactly a palette but it's actually slightly better. It's a full face for £15. The Boutique Party Edit Kit (Sainsbury's) contains a bronze eyeshadow palette, blusher, lip gloss, bronzer and nail polish. It's a great little pack for taking to work if you're going out festive partying straight from the office. Or perhaps a gift for a make-lover in your life - either way, ...

Precious Metals

Still on the gold theme this week, this nail polish gift set takes metallics to a whole new level. For a bargain £10 (Debenhams.com), this Models Own set contains four Chrome molten metal polishes, in Rose, Gold, Silver and Indigo shades - and they're absolutely gorgeous. The difference with these polishes is that they give a liquid metal effect - a little like gluing tin foil to your nails, but much more elegant than that. They're perfect for Christmas time, when you can get away with ...

A Little Handbag Jewel

If there was ever a perfect lip balm for Christmas, this is it. Those clever people at Balmi have launched this Roseberry version of its best-selling lip balm, £4.99 (River Island) encased in a rose gold pyramid. The attraction of Balmi is two-fold - the balms look fabulous and fit perfectly into the tiniest handbag or pocket, and they're also a joy to apply. They're designed so that you purse your lips together, swipe the balm across and bingo! You have moisturised lips in a fraction of ...

More Of This Please!

Mor is a brand that we've long loved. It's quirky, pretty and has that little something that makes it feel like a luxury product at impressively good prices. Now Mor is available at feelunique.com we can indulge ourselves with all the glorious little bottles and jars full of gorgeous lotions and potions. To give you an example - this Body Butter pictured is part of the Little Luxuries Collection and is £8. The collection also includes Soapette, £6, and a Petit Candle, £8. And if ...

The Perfect Polish

We are loving this gorgeous Baby Blue nail polish from Collection. It's perfect for summer toes or fingernails, and bang-on-trend with its icy, pastel hues. It's a real bargain, at £1.99 (Boots and Superdrug), especially as it's called Up To 7 Day Wear Polish, and lives up to its name. For such a well-priced nail polish, it lasts amazingly well. You'll get at least three chip-free days, and then, with touch-ups, you'll get up to a week - and much longer on toenails. Don't be afraid to ...