20 Beauty Buys Under £20

From affordable, multi-purpose make-up, to cool new beauty brands and essential daily tools, here are 20 of the best beauty buys under £20 this month.
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Danessa Myricks Matte Liquid Pigment For Lips, Cheek & Eyes, £18

Make-up artists love the products from Danessa Myricks – and for good reason. Known for their rich pigments, long-wear formulas and easy-to-use textures, there’s something for everyone to try, and at an affordable price, too. We love these new tinted creams that work on the lips, eyes and skin. Available in 12 suits-all shades, they add definition, sculpt the skin and work well to create a low-maintenance smokey eye that’s great for daytime. Because they have a cream consistency, they’re easy to blend and build up – experts love to use them as a waterproof base for concealer, too.

Available at GuruMakeupEmporium.com

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L'Oreal Paris X Elie Saab Bridal Collection Lipsticks, £9.99

L’Oréal have teamed up with Elie Saab to create a beautiful, bridal make-up range that’s wearable, but also a little quirky, too. Within it you’ll find a colourful eyeshadow palette, milky glosses and neutral – but rich – lipsticks. Not only is the design and shape beautiful, the colours are ideal for those seeking something more vibrant, but with undertones which are universally flattering. We love their sheer quality, too, which is also smooth and creamy for a non-drying finish. 

Available at Boots.com

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Erborian CC water Teint, £39

If you love Erborian’s original CC cream, you’ll love this new water version. Designed with hydration in mind, the consistency is in-between a gel and water, using high levels of hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. As for the coverage, it’s sheer and lightweight, concealing just enough, without overdoing it or ever feeling cakey. A staple for summer, it doesn’t use silicones or an ingredient called phenoxyethanol either – both of which can clog your pores and cause irritation. A great alternative to your usual heavy base make-up.

Available at LookFantastic.com

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wild Oat Soothing Toner, £19

First Aid Beauty is one of our favourite skincare brands. Offering products that just… work, they offer basic formulas that always deliver on their promise. Right now, we’re loving this milky toner. Non-sticky, it’s full of hydrating squalane, while soothing oat extract is designed to calm inflammation. Use it on clean skin both morning and night, then follow up with the rest of your skincare. As it smooths and evens out your complexion, you’ll find the rest of your products absorb better afterwards. It’s gentle and fragrance-free, too, so you’re unlikely to develop a reaction.

Available at FeelUnique.com

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Garnier Organic Rosy Glow 3-in-1 Youth Cream, £6.25

Looking for a reliable new day cream? Garnier’s offers a host of benefits thanks to its well-rounded formula. Full of brightening vitamin C and plumping omega 3, it does a bit of everything, but is best known for its luminous finish. The texture has a pink-y glow to it, too, which provides a good, glowy base for any make-up that follows. Suitable for all skin types, it’s best suited to those suffering from dryness or feelings of tightness.

Available at LookFantastic.com

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Grüum Kÿra Gentle Face Wash, £8

New brand grüum is one worth having on your radar. Using 96% naturally derived ingredients to create only the best, streamlined products, this face wash latches onto dirt with antibacterial eucalyptus to quickly sweep it away, while lavender keeps inflammation and redness at bay. You only need a small amount, too – no double cleanse required.

Available at LookFantastic.com

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Isle of Paradise Day Dew Face Mist, £15.95

Tan phobes will love this new face mist which develops a healthy dose of bronze throughout the day. It can be applied underneath or on top of your make-up – either way, you’ll develop radiance that’s both believable and natural-looking. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin will keep your skin looking hydrated and plump, too, unlike some facial tanners which dry the skin out and leave it feeling parched of moisture.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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Kitsch Satin Sleep Cap, £14

Satin sleep caps are all the rage right now, but they can be prohibitively expensive. Cue this one from Kitsch, which use a soft, silky satin to minimise friction on your hair and prevent snags. Simply pop it on before hitting the hay to let the fabric distribute your natural oils evenly throughout your hair as you toss and turn. It sounds like an unnecessary step, but it’s brilliant for keep greasy roots at bay, as well as protecting hair from both breakage and frizz. Think of it like a silk pillowcase, just at half the price.

Available at BeautyBay.com

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Laneige Vitamin Brightening Micellar Cleansing Water, £19.50

Korean skincare brand, Laneige, has finally launched properly in the UK, and if you’re yet to try it, don’t delay. There are several products we could rave about, but this micellar is one of the most affordable. It quickly melts away make-up, while added antioxidants like vitamin C and acai berry give skin a brightening, clarifying boost. With regular use, you’ll find uneven tone is smoothed, too, as are blackheads and open pores. As it’s free from mineral and essential oils, all skin types can use it with confidence.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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Legology Exfo-Lite Stimulating Salts For Legs, £9.50

Exfoliating salts for your legs may not sound like a necessity, but these ones use effective ingredients – think pink crystals and lemon peel – to gently detoxify the skin and get rid of dry, scaliness. For best results, massage them into your legs when the skin is dry. This will stimulate lymph nodes and boost circulation, too. The texture is satisfyingly gritty, while the soft lemon scent lingers for hours post-use. A summer essential – they’ll have you ready to bare your legs in no time.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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Bliss Jelly Glow Peel, £9.99

Bliss is back in the UK and we couldn’t be happier about it. Loved for their affordable and effective skincare, their products always deliver on their promise. This clever jelly is a must-try – even for the most sensitive of skin. Made with soft, plant-based fibres which gently remove dry, flaky skin, it won’t strip your complexion of its essential moisture or natural oils. As for the texture, it’s incredibly cooling, so those prone to inflammation will love it. To get the most out of it, massage it in circular motions onto areas that need it most – think cheeks, forehead and the chin. Rinse it off after ten minutes to reveal a softer, primed complexion that’s far more hydrated. A steal at just £9.99.

Available at Boots.com

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Vieve Skin Dew, £19

This is the ideal glow-giver. With a glossy, silky texture, it’s easy to apply, while the golden hue and minimal shimmer adds warmth and some subtle definition, too. The texture is quite loose, so you only need a tiny amount – focus on using it on the highest points of your face, or dabbed on top of regular, matte eyeshadows for a wet-look glow. Added squalane lends skin a constant dose of hydration, while seed oil keeps redness at bay. Apply it with a brush or damp BeautyBlender for best results.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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Magnitone London WipeOut Swipes Eco-Friendly Cleansing Pads, £15

You can never have to many cleansing pads and these are some of the best eco-friendly ones we’ve tried. Smooth and soft, they glide seamlessly across your skin and remove all dirt and make-up at speed. Simply soak them in water or use them with a cleanser or micellar for best results. Because of their microfibre texture, they never scratch or irritate, so you won’t get any snagging or pulling of the skin. Chuck them in the wash every three-to-five days to keep bacteria at bay.

Available at LookFantastic.com

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Nudestix Brow Boost+ Set, £15.40

Nudestix has expanded its well-curated range with this new Brow Boost. Brimming with strengthening peptides and panthenol, it helps to stimulate growth over time, while the clear gel locks hairs into place with a glossy, ‘laminated’ effect. Unlike others on the market, it’s not sticky and never flakes, so you don’t have to worry about unnecessary clumping or patchiness come 4pm. Great for those who like a feathered effect.

Available at LookFantastic.com

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Patchology Serve Chilled Rose Eye Gels, £14

Patchology make some of the best masks in the business and these new eye gels are no exception. With a gel texture, they are incredibly cooling – especially if you pop them in the fridge first – while the special shape is designed to fit snugly underneath the eye area. They use resveratrol from grapes (a retinol alternative) to even out skin tone and hydrate with hyaluronic acid. While they won’t get rid of dark circles or skincare issues entirely, they will provide some instantaneous benefits – notably a more luminous appearance.

Available at SpaceNK.com

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Peace Out Pores, $19

You’d be forgiven for thinking pore patches are a gimmick, but these really do work. Full of hydrocolloid – an anti-bacterial and pore-purifying ingredient – these gently extract excess oil and dead skin cells, while forming a protective layer over the skin, too – locking out pollution and dirt. Pop one onto the area of concern (tacky side down) and then peel it off after four to six hours. Immediately you’ll see skin looks smoother and more refined, and far less red in tone. Yes, it’s a quick-fix, but a worthy one if open pores and congestion are your biggest issue. Extra points go to the added vitamin A (retinol) which prevents further breakouts from occurring.

Available at PeaceOutPores.com

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Sol de Janeiro Cheirosa ‘40 Hair & Body Fragrance Mist, £18

If you’re a fan of Sol de Janeiro, you’ll already be familiar with their iconic, summery body butter scent. Now, they’ve bottled it into a hair and body fragrance mist, which contains added notes of black amber plum and crème de cassis for something a bit muskier. Despite the fact it’s quite light – it needs to be for your hair – the fragrance lingers for hours and doesn’t disappear after just a few sprays. The definition of ‘summer in a bottle’.

Available at SpaceNK.com

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Sun Bum Hair Lightener, £15.99

Sun Bum started with protective SPF for the body, but have since expanded their range by venturing into haircare. We love this Hair Lightener which is activated by UV exposure. Whether you’re looking to boost blonde highlights or give your strands a lighter hint of colour, this works quickly to enhance brightness without the brassiness. Mist a little into your roots, or onto the tips of your hair before heading out into the sunshine – results will show with regular use. You’ll love the brand’s signature coconut scent, too.

Available at FeelUnique.com

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Ultra Violette Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm SPF50, £16

Everyone needs a good, protective lip balm and this is one of the best. With SPF50, it locks out any UVA and UVB damage while cacao seed butter and vitamin E keep dryness at bay. The best bit is the glossy sheen it leaves behind. Plumping and full of subtle colour, it’s a great day-to-day treatment.

Available at SpaceNK.com

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Versed Dew Point Moisturising Gel-Cream, £6.50

A good option for those who don’t like the traditional texture of a cream, this one has a lightweight, jelly texture that absorbs quickly and locks in moisture, all without feeling greasy or tacky. The added aloe leaf and green tea means inflammation is kept at bay, too, as are breakouts. A must for all skin types, but especially those looking for an easy-to-use formula that doesn’t suffocate your skin.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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