20 Beauty Buys Under £20

From high-street skincare to affordable make-up, we’re all looking for high performance beauty buys which don't break the bank. We’ve found 20 under £20 worth adding to your basket now…

Maybelline Brow Extensions Brow Pomade Crayon, £9.99 

Maybelline’s new Brow Crayons are packed with a high concentration of thickening fibres to mimic the appearance of small brow hairs. Use it in deft, upward strokes, creating shape as you go. Focus it on the sparsest areas first, to prevent brows from looking too overdrawn, and always trace the crayon along the direction of the hairs’ growth and towards the tail of your brows. You’ll soon see extra fullness without any grey shadowing. 

Available at Boots.com


Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Body Mousse, £4.99 (was £9.99)

Created for those who prefer a gradual tan, Dove’s Body Mousse works over a few days to build realistic-looking colour that lasts. With a stain-free formula, apply it and sleep in it – you still won’t see any remnants of dark, orange streaks on your bedding. The best bit is you can completely control the colour: apply a few pumps for just a hint of tan or layer it up over a couple of days for a deeper, vacation-like glow. Ideal for tanning novices. 

Available at Boots.com


Aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser, £13 

Sometimes, there’s nothing like a luxe body wash to lift your mood, and our current obsession is Aesop’s new Citrus Melange Body Cleanser. An aromatic blend of lemon, petit grain and grapefruit, the uplifting scent lingers for hours. Ideal for summer, it keeps you feeling fresh and satisfyingly clean. It’s also a low-foam formula, so skin is never too stripped of moisture. A treat, but so worth it.

Available at CultBeauty.com


Barry M Cosmetics Bare It All Eyeshadow palette, £7.99

A staple eyeshadow palette, this houses nine, suits-all tones to flatter every complexion. Combining both shimmers and matte textures, mix them together or build up at will, depending on the look you’re after. All you need for a wearable smokey eye. 

Available at Boots.com


Boots Oats Moisturising Cream, £4 (was £5)

Thirsty skin? Boots have launched their newest cream, which is designed to beat dryness on your body. Brimming with active colloidal oatmeal, the hydrating formula sinks in immediately and starts to soothe flaky patches within 24 hours. Great for those on a budget, or anyone looking for a lotion that gets the job done. 

Available at Boots.com


Daniel Sandler Watercolour Gel Cheek Colour, £16.50

Daniel Sandler is the OG of cream blushers. His latest formulations are as good as the originals, only this time they're more long-wearing. Offering a healthy, wet-look glow, these dewy shades immediately bring skin to life, while the colours are great for daytime, or can be amped up for a more evening-appropriate look.

Available at LookFantastic.com


Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint, 18ml, £19

If you love good glow, but find physical tanning products too daunting, look no further. Akin to a liquid bronzer, a small amount of this tint blends and adapts to your individual skin tone for natural and believable radiance. It’s also vegan, while the moisturising benefits of plant extracts mean skin stays hydrated underneath. 

Available at DrHauschka.co.uk


Fenty Skin Total Cleanser, £20

Rihanna’s cult beauty line Fenty has now expanded into skincare, and the new launches don’t disappoint. Created for those with sensitive skin – but who also want to treat acne, hyperpigmentation or dry patches – each product has a dual purpose. Our go-to is the Total Cleans’r Remove It All. Suitable for everyone, it works as a two-in-one wash, breaking down dirt, make-up and excess oil. It’s incredibly gentle, and never leaves your complexion feeling stripped or tight. Another bonus? The mess-free twist top dispenses just the right amount of formula. 

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Frank Body In Your Dreams Sleep, Scrub & Soak, £13.95

With fun packaging and effective ingredients, Frank Body products just… work. Their new two-in-one bath and body product is a must-have for stressed out, weary souls. Blending magnesium, Epsom salts and lavender oil, this body polish releases relaxing aromas that stay on the skin long after you’ve rinsed it off, helping to ease you into a calming night’s sleep. Massage a few handfuls onto damp skin from the ankles up, then slough the rest off in a warm bath or shower. 

Available at CultBeauty.com


Garnier Ambre Solaire UV Water Clear Sun Cream SPF30 Mist, £8 (was £14)

Garnier do some of the best SPFs on the market and this one is no exception. With a handy 360 diffuser, the easy-to-use mist means you can cover even the hardest-to-reach areas – including your back. It uses aloe vera water too, so skin feels instantly cooled and revived. Much lighter and speedier to apply than some other sun lotions we’ve tried. 

Available at LookFantastic.com


Herbal Essentials Purifying Toner, £18 

One of our favourite new brands has to be Herbal Essentials. Using only clean, ethical ingredients, the brand has a total ban on harmful chemicals known to cause irritation. We recommend this hydrating toner that promotes clearer, softer skin thanks to the inclusion of neem extract and peppermint oil. Added magnesium has a calming effect, too, so if your skin feels tight, sore and irritated throughout the day, use a small amount for instant relief. 

Available at Herbal-Essentials.com


Sainsbury's Boutique Illuminating Drops, £4

You can add a few drops of these silky drops to your moisturiser, foundation, body lotion or apply neat to the skin for a healthy-looking luminosity. It's pigmented for maximum glow, with the perfect amount of shimmer - AKA barely any. Plus, at just £4 you can't go wrong.

Available at Sainsburys.co.uk


No7 Summer Edit Limited Edition Nourishing Tinted Lip Oil, £10 

For healthy-looking lips, look no further than these nourishing oils from No7. Rosehip oil keeps moisture locked in, while the glossy, non-sticky sheen is unbeatable. Apply to cheeks and lids for an on-trend, wet-look – we love the suits-all Coral Dream for its flattering finish. 

Available at Boots.com


VitaSkin Vitamin C Cleansing Balm, £11.25 (was £15) 

If you love the buttery feel of a cleansing balm, you’ll love this from VitaSkin – which has just dropped in Holland & Barrett. Using vitamin C and kiwi seed oil, it gently takes off dead skin cells, while removing dirt, oil and any built-up pollution. It’s incredibly gentle as well – melting into the skin seamlessly, it removes every bit of make-up with zero need to tug or pull. Expect your complexion to feel baby-smooth afterwards. 

Available at HollandAndBarrett.com


Sioris Time Is Running Out Facial Oil Mist, £17

South Korean brand Sioris knows a thing or two about good skincare. Their latest facial oil mist combines the benefits of a toner, mist and serum for an all-in-one formula that delivers immediate results. It nourishes skin, locks in moisture and delivers nutrients, minerals and vitamins deep down into the dermis. You can use a couple of spritzes throughout the day to refresh your skin and make-up, too. Just make sure to shake it properly first, to mix the oil and water fully before using.

Available at FeelUnique.com


Sweet Chef Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shot, £18.50 

Leaping Bunny certified and made with plant-derived extracts, Sweet Chef is one of the newest brands on the skincare block. Our favourite from the range is this brightening – yet gentle – vitamin C serum. Focusing on dark spots and dullness, it works fast to promote a more luminous complexion, while turmeric root counteracts inflammation and redness. Use it post-cleanse but pre-moisturiser for best results. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk


The Inkey List SPF30 Daily Sunscreen, £14.99 

SPF that doesn’t interfere with your make-up is hard to find. Which is why we’re loving The Inkey List’s latest sunscreen. Formulated with 100% mineral filters, it sinks into the skin almost immediately, with zero chalkiness left behind. What’s more, it’s specially designed to cater to everyone – even those with acne-prone and sensitive skin – so you can use without worrying about causing breakouts. A must-try. 

Available at CultBeauty.com


The Ordinary Niacinamide Powder, £4.90

Niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) is one of the gentlest ingredients on the market. It works gradually to balance your sebum levels, while supporting the overall integrity of the skin. Now, you can try it in make-up form, thanks to The Ordinary’s latest powder. Designed to cater to your own, unique needs, it works to improve uneven tone, boost your skin’s barrier function, take down dullness and reduce redness from breakouts. You can also combine it with your favourite water-based creams and serums – just mix a quarter scoop of the spoon provided with your chosen product, and apply it to your face either in the morning or at night. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk


Volition Turmeric Brightening Polish, £16 

New brand, Volition, is causing waves across the beautysphere. The co-founders use their audience to crowdsource all their concepts and bring targeted treatments to the market. Cue this gentle scrub that soothes as it buffs, thanks to turmeric, olive and sesame oils which keep skin hydrated and plump. As for the actual polish, micronized walnut shell works to lift dull, dead cells and any surface grime and keep your complexion looking more refined. Stick to using it just once or twice a week – especially if your skin is prone to sensitivity. 

Available at CultBeauty.com


Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara in Black, £1.50 (was £2)

Affordable mascaras don’t get much better than this. Formulated with soy and wheat proteins, it gradually strengthens lashes over time, while acai oil helps encourage an even glide and seamless coverage. Despite its budget-friendly price, it delivers on length, inkiness, longevity and all with zero clumping – a great all-rounder.

Available at BeautyBay.com

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