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Beauty treats under £20 to buy at Westgate Oxford

Need a little something to put some pep in your step? Get thee down to Westgate for a rejuvenating beauty buy

It’s all just a bit weird at the moment, isn’t it? Nowhere to go, not much to do, not much spare cash to play with and no end in sight. BUT… that said, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a little pick-me-up, is there? Here’s our favourite beauty buys right now, all for under £20. Head down to Westgate Oxford and go get ’em.

MAC Ice Ice Baby

MAC, Ice, Ice Baby! Frosted Lipstick

Part of MAC’s Christmas collection, this is just the thing for adding some spring to your step next time you shimmy into Tesco. While it looks dramatically pink, it’s actually more sheer and the frosted finish is gorgeous on an otherwise toned-down face. Pull on a white, fluffy roll neck, wear your hair down and let your face do the talking.

£17.50

Neal's Yard Organic Rosehip Oil

Neal’s Yard Organic Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil should be a staple in every woman-of-a-certain-age’s beauty routine. It genuinely makes your skin glow. And with central heating cranking up at home and chilly arctic winds starting to blow outside, your skin needs layers of protection. Consider it the thermal vest of skincare.

£17.50

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Alas, natural, refreshing sleep isn’t a given, particularly when you’re knee-deep in a global pandemic and have various attendant anxieties, such as: “Am I going to keep my job?”, “When will my savings run out?” and “If I kill my husband for nosily eating Pringles, can I plead diminished responsibility?” Turn those thoughts into background noise with this best-selling pillow spray from John Lewis, a heavenly mix of lavender, chamomile and vertivert.

£19.50

The Body Shop Tea Tree Handwash

The Body Shop Tea Tree Handwash

Wash your hands! More! More! MORE!!! Okay, jeez, we get it. But for something so vital and yet so dull, you might as well make it into an event. Thankfully, The Body Shop is helping out on that front by offering two bottles of its naturally antibacterial tea tree hand wash for just £10. Be safe. But also: be thrifty.

£10

L'Occitane Shea Intensive Hand Balm Travel Size

L’Occitane Shea Intensive Hand Balm

Fervent hand washing (see above) can wreak havoc with the texture of your hands. If your mitts, like mine, are starting to resemble those of a seasoned labourer, then you need to bring in the big guns. Enter L’Occitane’s shea hand cream, which IMHO, is the best on the high street. Buy this travel-size version to fit in your bag and luxuriate in your new silky paws.

£16.50

LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

Ok, so while Lush may always be full of teenage girls and tourists, that doesn’t mean that its products don’t have merit. For instance, this body conditioner (to be used after cleansing in the shower), can see off many a dry skin condition exacerbated by the cold weather. Desirous of glossy limbs? Look no further.

£18

Bobbi Brown Mini Highligher

Bobbi Brown Mini Highlighting Powder

So, although we can’t possibly say when we’re next going out dancing (unless you like to break out your moves in socially distanced restaurants before 10pm), there’s nothing wrong with bringing a touch of disco to everyday proceedings. This gorgeous highlighter gives a pearl-infused glow to your skin to make you look polished with minimum effort.

£20

Essie Eternal Optimist Nail Polish

Essie Eternal Optimist nail varnish

I have a friend who insists that manicures should make her look “expensive”. So for her, anything that isn’t nude, dark red or classic scarlet doesn’t get a look-in. With that in mind, this is a lovely option should you being tending to your nails again from the comfort of your kitchen table, not least because Essie varnishes are famed for not chipping. (Also – sssh – Superdrug is running a promo to buy two Essie varnishes for £12 so you can buy that electric blue shade too.)

£7.99

Westgate Oxford, Queen St, Oxford, OX1 1TR

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