Christmas beauty gifts under £10: mascara, hand cream and more
Do we already dare to talk about Christmas? Oh yes, we do. While Halloween, Fireworks Night and Thanksgiving (for our American friends) are still ahead, nothing excites us quite like Christmas. We are already counting down the days until the lights are hung, the tree is erected and the presents are bought.
This year, we may cut back on Christmas spending, with the rising cost of living not too far from everyone’s mind. But you don’t have to spend a small (or big) fortune to show someone special you care, in fact, you don’t have to give a gift at all. The point of Christmas is to reunite with loved ones, isn’t it?
For those who would consider it a crime to forgo gift-giving – culprits – we’re already testing the brightest and best things to buy, from iPhones and e-bikes to mattresses and booze, ready to spread the joy of Christmas in style. And beauty is, of course, one of the most popular choices for many too.
With pampering bath salts and new mascara, eyelash curlers, perfume and more, we’ve picked a hand-picked selection of our tester’s favorite treats, and the best part is they’re all in ten or less. So whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers, a secret Santa theft, or just want to keep things cheap and cheerful this Christmas, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ll be updating this list as new beauty buys drop from all of our favorite brands as we approach the big Christmas countdown, so be sure to check back every once in a while for a fresh list of favorites for all your friends and family.
How we tested
We’ve included our beauty tester’s favorite finds in the budget, whether it’s a hand cream or hair serum, testing each as best we can to confirm it’s a great gift.
The majority of Christmas-themed beauty purchases have yet to hit the stores – we’ve got a head start for those wanting to avoid the rush – but as soon as they do, rest assured they’ll be through by our vigorous testing routine and will only make it onto this list once they’ve made the cut.
As the wintry weather begins to roll in, everyone will need a good hand cream. This Hello Sunday pick is a favorite with our testers. Comes in a nicely packaged box, it’s sure to be incredibly easy to pack and looks a lot more expensive than it is. Our tester loved the fresh, clean scent, how quickly it absorbed into dry skin, and the fact that it included an SPF30, protecting skin from the sun on those bright, crisp days.
No7 lift & curl eyelash curler: £6.76, Boots.com
Named best for a natural look in our roundup of the best eyelash curlers, we now have two testers delighted with this beauty tool. An eyelash curler can last for years, as long as you replace the rubber pads every few months, if you use it regularly. This No7 option is cheap, cheerful, and easily gets the job done in seconds. Including a full-size eyelash curler and two spare pads, it’s another great price we think everyone will love.
Essence hydrogel eye patches: £1.50, Wilko.com
Now that’s a real bargain. Perfect for stocking stuffers, a secret gift from Santa, or even just a treat, Essence Hydrogel Eye Patches are among our testers’ secret budget pick-me-ups. Packed with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, they’re sure to brighten tired eyes and give you 15 minutes of relaxation on even the most stressful days. Our tester even puts them in the fridge for an extra deflating effect.
Byoma Creamy Cleansing Jelly: £9.99, Byoma.com
Cheap and cheerful, Byoma is one of the most affordable beauty brands around. Although the whole range is under £15, this cleaner is the cheapest option of the lot. Housed in a bright yellow recyclable container, it was love at first sight for our tester, and the green tea and licorice root formula sealed the deal, with a lightweight, lightly foaming cleanser that was a joy to use in the morning. and evening.
A new take on budget beauty brand Collection Cosmetics, this mascara falls well under budget at under £7. With a vegan formula, it’s suitable for everyone and its ruby red color screams Christmas. Our tester has been using it for about a month now and was pretty impressed – clump-free, fuller, longer lashes don’t have to break the bank.
Many hair care products tend to be more expensive, but Noughty has a nice niche of being a more affordable option. At just under £10, this pea sprout and coffee bean hair growth solution is sure to please anyone who loves their locks.
Lottie London stays heart-to-heart hurry: £6.95, Lottie.london
Pressed nails aren’t for everyone, okay. But those who go crazy for a manicure will definitely love the Lottie London kits, and we’re sure more holiday-themed designs are coming soon too. With three complete sets of funky nails in a variety of sizes, a mini nail file, vegan nail glue, and adhesive patches, this seems like a bargain for the price. Our tester is more of a girl with natural nails, but found them incredibly easy to use, received a lot of compliments, and was able to get about a week’s worth of wear out of them, so we’re in a hurry – if you’ll pardon the pun – to find a bad side to this purchase.
Anyone with a passion for makeup will love this Kiko lip gloss. Housed in a sleek silver and clear tube, it looks a lot more expensive than it is. Available in 26 colors, there’s a shade for everyone, but our tester found shade 20 chestnut to be his favorite. The soft, doe-foot applicator dispenses a good amount of product for a Y2K-inspired glossy lip, and it even comes in a handy box that makes it easy to pack. Plus, usually at £8.99, it’s currently on offer for £4.
Dove Renewing Stacey Solomon Limited Edition Care Bath Salts: £5, Asda.com
Many of us know (or are) a bath lover. Setting aside time during the day for a soapy bath becomes an almost ritualistic practice, and the lotions and potions we add to hot water can really make a difference. These bath salts from the Dove Stacey Solomun collection have been sitting on the bathroom shelf of our passionate bath tester for a few weeks. In a 900g bag, it’s a generous size for just five pounds and is sure to please anyone with a soft spot for a bath.
We’ve already rounded up the best cheap perfumes to buy on the high street, and this one from Scentology is at the top of our wishlists. Named the best sweet scent in our savvy thrifty’s scent guide, it’s another bargain buy that’s likely to surprise in terms of cost. At 100ml it’s a tall bottle with a sleek and sophisticated design. It even comes housed in a handy cardboard tube, making it easier to pack. Our tester fell in love with its sweet scent and price, and is sure to gift them to all of his friends this Christmas.