I’m a beauty whizz – budget dupes that are better than the high-end versions & the £1.50 Primark bargain everyone needs

ANY beauty fanatic will know that it’s all too easy to spend hundreds, if not thousands, on makeup and skincare products every year.

But according to a beauty expert named Elle McNamara (aka Bambi macht Schönheit), there are many budget-friendly replica beauty products on the market that are just as good, if not better, than the high-end versions.

Elle McNamara revealed her top budget dupes, which are better than the high-end versions


Elle McNamara revealed her top budget dupes, which are better than the high-end versionsPhoto credit: tiktok/@bambidoesbeauty
The beauty expert shared the bargain products she highly recommends


The beauty expert shared the bargain products she highly recommendsPhoto credit: tiktok/@bambidoesbeauty

First up, Elle talks about Revolution’s face and body glow in the shade Ice, which is currently reduced to just £8.

“This is so good … I kind of want to keep it because when you sell it, I get so angry,” she says.

“One of the best highlighters for face and body – iridescent mermaid glow by Revolution.

“You can see it’s very popular.”

Next, she uses Vaseline body balm, which comes in stick form.

“If you want to stress your skin, there’s no better product than petroleum jelly in a stick,” explains Elle.


“I use it on my brows, on my lips, on my bangs – everything!”

And the beauty guru is also perfect for anyone who loves an artificial tan.

“Sanctuary Spa makes the best scrubs,” says Elle.

“It literally smells like beach in a tub.

“It’s the perfect ratio of grains to oils.”

The beauty pro then presents what she calls “one of the best value beauty buys of all time” – Body Shop’s cleansing balm.

“It’s so easy to remove makeup,” she enthuses.

“It’s really good for sensitive skin and you can use it around the eyes too.”

As if that weren’t enough, Elle notes that she recommends Nip and Fab — specifically the brand’s serums — to everyone.

Another budget brand she’s a fan of is Elf.

Holding up the £8 Jelly Pop Glow Stick, Elle continues: “This is the first product I’ve ever bought from Elf and I was shocked!”

“Your glow stick… it gives off that iridescent, non-glittery, gorgeous glow.”

“If you put that in a different package, you’d sell it for 10 times the price, it’s that good.”

Finally, she urges beauty fans to turn to Primark for what they believe to be the best value curlers on the market.

“These are £1.50 from Primark and I’ll tell you I’ve bought some like this in really expensive department stores.”

“It’s a pack of eight and they’re the perfect size because they give you pretty tight curls, but when you brush them out there’s just a lot more volume.”

“Put up stocks – that’s all I say!”

The video has since gone viral, garnering a whopping 169,000 views and multiple comments from beauty fans across the country.

“The Body Shop Cleansing Balm is the only thing that gives me benefits getting mascara off like real mascara and it also removes makeup from clothes,” one wrote.

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A second gushed: “The Body Shop cleansing balm is great. I love him!”
A third wrote: “Vaseline stick! I want a.”

Meanwhile, a fourth added: “The revolution highlight looks so good!”

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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