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Saturday 18 August 2018

Cash in on cheap chic

Not al beauty products need to cost a packet, and these will definately brighten your day

Celebrity brand ambassadors have become something of a beauty advertising staple, making for some predictable (and product placement-heavy) answers to that staple "what's in your make-up bag?" interview question.

At least we know what Jennifer Aniston's actually using to keep her legs looking gorgeous: the actress was spotted applying N I P + FAB DRY LEG FIX, €9.95, on the set of her new movie Wanderlust during a break in filming.

Reckoning that my own scaly, neglected-all-winter legs would pose a considerably tougher challenge than those of a major Hollywood star, I decided to put Ms Aniston's budgetfriendly buy to the test.

Nip + Fab Dry Leg Fix contains moisturising shea butter and is billed as an instant, intensive leg smoother to leave even flaky skin super soft and silky. It's a slightly runny cream that feels almost oily on application but it sinks into skin quickly to leave behind a lovely sheen, a slight citrus scent, and yes, impressively moisturised and smoothed pins.

A month of admittedly haphazard use on, there isn't very much left in my 100ml tube, but my legs are looking pretty damn good.

They're still on the blue side of white and not exactly toned, so I'm unlikely to be asked to step in as Jen's leg double anytime soon, but at least they're no longer responsible for localised skin flake blizzards every time I take off a pair of tights or leggings -- and that can only be a good thing.

At Harvey Nichols Dundrum, select Boots stores, and ASOS.com

> Don't be surprised if you have to visit a few Penneys to get your mitts on ST MORIZ INSTANT SELF-TANNING MOUSSE, €4.

Touted by fans as a better product than many other mousse tans on the market, it's inclined to fly off the shelves.

It performs like a premiumprice tan and, unlike its rivals, doesn't leave a green hue on skin as it dries.

> Barry M and Rimmel aren't the only providers of excellent purse-friendly nail polishes. The next time you happen across an E S S E N C E or CATRICE stand, pick yourself up one of their on-trend shades. At just € 1 . 9 9 and €2.79 respectively, it'd be rude not to.

At select Dunnes, Penneys, and pharmacies nationwide.

> Not all bargain beauty buys are brilliant. POND’S COLD CREAM CLEANSER, €4.99, is a favourite with Kylie but I can't get on with it. Dry skins might like it; I find it leaves a greasy residue. Pass.

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