20 Beauty Buys Under £20
20 Beauty Buys Under £20

20 Beauty Buys Under £20

From gentle scalp scrubs to nail buffers and make-up that instantly lifts and brightens your skin, here are 20 beauty buys under £20 we’re loving right now.
By Rebecca Hull

All products on this page have been selected by our editorial team, however we may make commission on some products.

Papaya Scalp Scrub, £19 | Ceremonia

Scalp scrubs are all the rage, but it’s important to use a gentle formula. That’s where this Ceremonia one comes in. Gritty and containing papaya enzymes and pink salt, just a small amount is all you need to break down dirt and product build up, and to reopen trapped follicles. The result? Better hair growth and volume. Use it once a week in place of your normal shampoo – you’ll be amazed how soft and weightless hair feels afterwards.

Available at SpaceNK.com

Halo Glow Liquid Filter, £14 | E.L.F

This glow-booster went viral on TikTok recently  – and drew numerous comparisons to Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter. Versatile, you can use it either as a lightweight base and wear it alone or mix into your foundation for a healthy ‘lit from within’ look. If neither of those appeal, simply dot it onto the highest points of your face for subtle enhancement. It’s easy to build up, and the big doe-foot applicator means a little goes a long way. We love that it’s full of hyaluronic acid and squalane for an extra hit of hydration.

Available at Boots.com

Facial Glow Brush, £11.90 | Elytrum

You might have heard of dry brushing for your body, but did you know it can work wonders for your face, too? The trick is to use a more delicate tool, like this one from Elytrum. Made with soft exfoliating fibres, the tiny bristles offer just the right amount of stimulation and never scratch or tear the skin. Use it to brush across your decolletage, then out towards the shoulders before focusing on your neck and upwards towards your ears. Gradually take the brush around your lips, then around the eyes, before finishing off at the nose and cheeks. Experts recommend rinsing your face with ice cold water after for extra tightening benefits.

Available at Elytrum.com

Nail Buffer, €16,90 | Gitti

We love this glass nail buffer from Gitti. Never too harsh or abrasive, it softly skims the surface of your nails and gives them a healthy-looking sheen. Ideal after gels when you want to get rid of any excess and bring brittle tips back to life, you can also use it to smooth uneven texture and smooth out ridges – just be careful not to overdo it. Once a week – or every other week – is plenty.

Available at GittiConsciousBeauty.de

Liquid Brow Silk-Max Hold, £18 | ICONIC London

If you don’t want a full-on brow tint, but are keen to whip your arches into shape, this Brow Silk from Iconic London will do the job. The gel-wax formula instantly sculpts and sets hairs into place, while added argan oil stops them going crispy or dry. The result is that bushy, brushed-up effect that’s so on trend. We love the tiny wand, which catches every single hair for maximum impact.

Available at Boots.com

Ultimate Glow Blush, £6.29 (was £8.99) | Kiko Milano

Just the name of this had us at hello. With a bouncy, gel texture, it’s easy to apply and gives cheeks a quenched, fresh look. You can apply it with a brush, but you’ll get the best results using your fingers in a soft, tapping motion. Containing tiny amounts of shimmer, it also catches the light beautifully and is great for bringing a bit of dimension to other areas of your face, like your eyelids and cupid’s bow. It stays put too.

Available at KikoCosmetics.com

Eco-Friendly Jumbo Claw Clip, £9.50 | Kitsch

Made out of recycled materials, these claw clips are a great addition to any bathroom shelf. No matter your hair texture or type, they promise to hold everything in place and never cause any pulling or snagging. Instead, the clasps are surprisingly soft, with rounded edges that don’t poke your scalp or cause premature breakage.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Top Coat Sunshine, £15 | Manucurist

The wide brush on this top coast means you could apply it with your eyes closed and still get a seamless result every time. Offering protective shine, a couple of coats is all that’s needed to keep your nail polish from chipping or smudging, while a single coat on a bare nail looks equally chic. Reacting to natural UV, it sets fast with zero tackiness, so you can get back to your day without worrying about smudges.

Available at LibertyLondon.com

Beauty Sleep Restoring Night Hydrogel Mask, £10 | Patchology

Patchology do some of our favourite sheet masks. Aesthetics aside, the ingredients are always backed by science  and we can’t get enough of this overnight gel mask that uses retinol, plumping peptides and collagen to strengthen skin and give it better bounce. Centella Asiatica also minimises irritation, soothes uneven tone and improves luminosity. Designed to be kept in the fridge, you’ll love the de-puffing results.

Available at Boots.com

Kabuki Powder Brush, £27.50 | T.LeClerc

SheerLuxe readers will know we love a good kabuki brush. This new one from Parisian brand T Leclerc is perfect for buffing in all types of make-up. Designed to work with powders, creams and liquids, it’s the answer to smooth-looking skin, while the chunky handle makes application a dream. It’s small and compact too, so it’s great for on-the-go.

Available at FeelUnique.com

Coconut Body Oil, £17.75 | Mario Badescu

If you want to hydrate your body at speed, this nourishing oil is for you. The spray applicator means you can mist it on liberally for quick results. Despite the oily texture, it absorbs fast – especially when applied to wet skin – so you don’t have to spend ages working it in. Coconut, argan and ylang ylang oils combine to deliver moisture deep into the skin and hold it there, zapping up dry, flaky patches immediately. Extra points go to the warm, floral scent that’s reminiscent of holidays.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara Cosmic Black, £11.49 | Maybelline

Fans of the original Sky High Mascara will be pleased to know the formula is exactly the same, only the colour is richer and deeper. Now available in ‘Cosmic Black,’ it’s been re-launched to deliver extra definition and intensity. You’ll still find it conditions (thanks to bamboo extract) and adds impressive length with tiny fibres that are easy to remove with warm water. A game-changer for those with fairer, sparser lashes.

Available at Boots.com

R46 Cream & Powder Blush Brush, £13 | Morphe

Brushes are everywhere these days, but not all are created equal. One that stand out is this Morphe blush brush. It says it is to be used with blusher, but it works just as well with bronzer and foundation. Whether you’re applying creams, gels or powders, you’ll find this helps everything blend out with zero streaks whatsoever. The brush is subtly tapered too, so you can get into all the nooks and crannies for even coverage. For £13, it’s a no-brainer.

Available at Boots.com

Cleansing Balm, £12.95 | No7

No7’s hydrating formula starts off as a balm but quickly turns to a luxe oil to melt away dirt and day-old make-up. It’s suitable for all skin types, but especially those on the drier side. That’s thanks to grapeseed oil which penetrates the skin and keeps it looking and feeling plump. We recommend warming this one up in your hands first, then massaging it all over for a quick cleanse. The satisfying texture makes it a joy to use, and it never feels too heavy or overbearing.

Available at Boots.com

The Deodorant Gel, £18 | Nécessaire

Looking to up your deodorant game? This one from Necessaire should be top of your list. With a eucalyptus, herbal scent, it immediately gives you that clean fresh feel, only without any unwanted ingredients – no baking soda, parabens or aluminium. It’s full of skin-loving ingredients instead, like niacinamide, AHAs and panthenol, to keep this delicate area of skin nourished and smooth. It’s not cheap, but if you’re serious about switching to a gentler deodorant, it’s worth the money.

Available at SpaceNK.com

Sheer Glow Colour Balm, £18 | Nude By Nature

These tinted balms are perfect for anyone wanting just a hint of something on their lips. Almond oil, mango butter and vitamin E offer silky hydration, while the colour payoff is seriously impressive. Available in softer, neutral tones, they’re ideal for daytime, while the slanted bullet cushions the lips and softly sculpts them for a fuller effect.

Available at Boots.com

Power Ink Liner, £19 | Vieve

Vieve’s Liquid Liner ticks all our boxes. Rich in colour, it has a glossy finish that looks seriously expensive, while the formula itself sets quickly with zero creasing or flaking. The brush also has a flat edge for serious precision – whether you want to create small flicks or longer, thicker wings, this liner can do it all.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Cicaplast B5 Soothing Spray, £14 | La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay is known for its soothing formulas and now, it’s launching its bestselling Cicaplast in a spray bottle. Easy to spritz on, it instantly calms inflammation and alleviates feelings of tightness thanks to a potent combination of vitamin B5 and glycerin. It’s not sticky or greasy either. Instead, it has a milky consistency that’s easy to blend out. Keep it in the fridge for a bit of cooling hydration – it’s especially effective on sunburn or red patches.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Body Q10 Multi Power 7in1 Firming + Even Oil, £9.29 | Nivea

Since launching, this body oil has received rave reviews. Full of avocado, cottonseed and macadamia oils, it quickly hydrates skin while also improving its elasticity. No product can physically bring back firmness, but this certainly helps give limbs a smoother, suppler appearance with fewer red bumps and more even tone. Plus, it has a velvety consistency that feels amazing when you massage it in. Apply it post-shower, working it in from your feet upwards. A little goes a long way, so start small and build up.

Available at Boots.com

Brighten & Define Eyeliner Duo, £16 | Sculpted By Aimee

Double-ended, this handy eyeliner has an inky kohl on one end and a cream eyeshadow on the other. Both last for hours, but have a satin-y texture that lets you smudge and play around with different looks. Available in several different tones – think rusty red and soft browns – it allows you to experiment with something other than black. Keep the lighter tone for your inner waterline or at the inner corners of the eye to brighten and widen. Then, smudge the darker shade over lids, or wing it out at the corners of your eyes for a soft smokey eye.

Available at SculptedByAimee.com

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