Say hello to the brilliant bargain beauty buys you won’t want to leave home without

As September approaches, we’re saying goodbye to summer and hello to a new term of university. And although we’ll miss swanning about in the sunshine, we're actually pretty excited for the thrill of a new term – meeting new friends, joining exciting clubs and generally living our best lives.

However, university isn’t without its stresses. Between exams, juggling finances and untidy housemates, there’s always more than a few things to grapple with, whether you’re a fresher or in your final year.

One thing you shouldn’t stress about? Your uni bag. And to help, we’ve collated 10 of our favourite uni bag beauty essentials, from the bargain toothbrush that will leave your gnashers squeaky clean, to the CC cream that will keep you looking fresh-faced after one (or two) too many in the Students’ Union. So, head to Boots and get ready to fill up your tote bag. You’ll be arriving at university with all the bits you’ll need and more – without having broken the bank.

Also, don’t forget students enjoy 10% Student Discount with your Advantage Card, find out more here:

Terms & conditions apply. For full terms & conditions please visit:

10 of the best uni bag essentials at Boots
For under arm-our

Try: Boots Cotton Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

• Size: 250ml
• Alcohol free

Those exams got you sweating? We’ve got you. This refreshing deodorant is our sweat-busting go to, protecting against unpleasant odour day through to night. And after trying and testing it ourselves, we can confirm that it’s one you can rely on – bonus points for the delicate scent of fresh cotton which oozes clean laundry vibes.

For stress-free skincare

Try: Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Exfoliating Face Scrub

• Size: 150ml

• Vegan*

Skincare essentials needn’t come with a hefty price tag and this exfoliating face scrub is no exception. This value-for-money product uses antibacterial tea tree oil and calming witch hazel to help unclog pores of dirt, oil and make-up – the perfect companion to help brighten your complexion.

For blemishes

Try: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Blemish Treatment

• Size: 40ml
• Suitable for sensitive skin

Uninvited pimples can happen to the best of us. To help keep them at bay, we like to apply this anti-blemish moisturiser as soon as we feel the first hint of a spot. The treatment can be used on the face and neck and contains niacinamide to help reduce the appearance of spots. Did we mention it also controls shine and helps reduce the appearance of pigmentation? We’re sold.

For a conditioning cleanse

Try: Boots Ingredients Moisture Shampoo with Hyaluronic Acid

• Size: 250ml

• Suitable for all hair types

Adding hard-working skincare ingredients into our haircare is the way forward, we’re in love with this ultra-nourishing shampoo enriched with hyaluronic acid and cold pressed extra virgin chai seed oil. The results? Hair and scalp feeling soothed and moisturised – consider it a de-stressing treat. And if anyone deserves one, it’s you.

For a dose of hair-dration

Try: Boots Ingredients Moisture Conditioner with Hyaluronic Acid

• Size: 250ml

• Suitable for all hair types

We’ve introduced you to the shampoo, and now let’s take a moment for the joy that is the conditioner. Ideal for all hair types, we like to leave it on for three minutes as an indulgent mask. Rinse out and allow to dry for less frizz and strong strands that will sit pretty all day long. Plus, it smells uh-maze-ing.

For a bargain toothbrush

Try: Boots Total Care Toothbrush

• Includes tongue cleaner

Can a toothbrush that’s a total bargain (yup, you heard us right) really be any good? A massive yes. With multi-height bristles and rounded filaments to protect gums and remove plaque, it leaves your whole mouth feeling healthier and happier. Big smiles all round.

For a glow boost

Try: 17. Glow Is Everything CC Cream

• Size: 30ml

• Vegan*

• SPF15

A radiant complexion can be yours with just a pea-sized amount of this CC cream. Featherlight, it has an SPF of 15 and contains hyaluronic acid (ideal for dry skin) for an extra dew-factor. Colour-correcting pigments even out skin tone for an effortlessly natural look – perfect after a late night.

For club-proof make-up

Try: 17. Dewy Prep Setting Spray

• Size: 50ml

• Vegan*

Housed in the millennial pink packaging of dreams, this coconut-infused setting spray is as lovely to look at as it is to use. Perfect for a refreshing hit of cool in the club, just a spritz will leave you looking glowing and radiant.

For a quick cleanse

Try: Boots Micellar Cleansing Water Sensitive

• Size: 400ml

• Fragrance-free

A good alternative to wipes (especially when teamed with some reusable cleansing pads), this fab micellar water cleanses and removes traces of make-up from the face, eyes and lips in one fell swoop – ideal when you’re running late.

For bang for your buck

Try: Mark Hill Style Addict Perfect Blow Dry Kit

• Medium radial brush

• 2 x sectioning clips and 4 x rollers

• Extra long 3m cable

If you’re after a bouncy blow dry that even TikTok fave Matilda Djerf would envy, then look no further. This kit is a back-to-uni dream, smoothing hair and leaving it soft, shiny and full of ‘oomph.’ Be sure to blow dry hair away from the face for a face-framing finish that’ll leave you centre of attention.

From the lecture hall to the library and beyond, here’s to a fabulous beauty routine that will leave you looking as fresh as you feel.

*Vegan formulas do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.