20 Beauty Buys Under £20

20 Beauty Buys Under £20

From a new, high-street skincare brand to affordable gel polishes and nourishing body care ideal for colder months, here are the 20 buys under £20 that we’re loving this month…


The Solution Salicylic Acid Clear Skin Body Gel, £9.99

New brand, The Solution, has just dropped at Superdrug and it’s seriously good. Affordable and efficacious, we can’t get enough of their Salicylic Acid (SA) Body Gel, which harnesses salicylic to gently exfoliate and buff away dead, dry patches of skin. Ideal for those suffering with bumps or under-the-skin spots, it quickly softens limbs while absorbing fast with no sticky residue. The addition of niacinamide counteracts any harsh effects, too, keeping inflammation to a minimum. 

Available at Superdrug.com


Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Level Up, £8.99

The palettes from Sleek Cosmetics rarely disappoint, and their latest launch is no exception. Housing 12, suits-all shades, expect to find matte powders and iridescent shimmers that can be built up and mixed with ease – great for those who prefer a subtle, taupe smokey eye to anything deep and jet-black. It’ll last you for months too – don’t expect to finish the pan for at least a year.

Available at LookFantastic.com


SilkWorks London, Pack of 3 Skinny Scrunchies, £18

You can’t move for silk masks, pillowcases and hair ties these days, but not all are created equal. New lifestyle brand Silk Works London’s chic offering uses the highest grade 6A long fibre of mulberry silk – aka, the gentlest kind for skin and hair. Our favourite? These soft, stretchy hair ties eliminate ponytail kinks, reduce snagging and breakage, while also preventing split ends. Essential for anyone who ties their hair up a lot, they make for a great stocking filler, too. 

Available at SilkworksLondon.com


Collection Lasting Perfection Matte Foundation SPF30, From £4.33

This new, affordable base has earned rave reviews from the get-go, so we were keen to put it to the test. A 6-in-1 formula, it works to prime, conceal, cover, smooth, protect (with SPF30) and mattify, all for just £6.49. Despite it being seriously long-lasting, it’s not cakey and leaves behind a demi-matte glow ideal for the winter months. A must-try for oilier skin types, or anyone looking for a base that goes the distance. The shade range is impressive, too. 


Availble at Boots.com


Max Factor X Nailfinity Gel Colour Polishes, £7.99

Max Factor used to be a go-to for long-lasting nail colour before the range was discontinued. Thankfully, the brand is bringing their well-loved nail colours back with a slick new formula. Offering 11 suits-all shades, each bottle has an in-built topcoat, while the gel-like dry down provides a plump, salon-grade finish. Expect it to last at least five days – if not more – without chipping.

Available at Superdrug.com


John Frieda Volume Lift Lightweight Conditioning Mist, £6.99

This doesn’t launch until 16th November, but when it does, expect it to fly off the shelves. Ideal for those with fine or flat hair, John Frieda’s new Conditioning won’t weigh strands down, unlike other conditioners on the market. Brimming with clever nutrients, a few spritzes detangles, adds softness and improves the manageability of matted hair. Plus, it’s easy to use, delivering instant moisture and working as a great quick-fix. Its studies are impressive too, with 74% of testers noticing a reduction in breakage. 

Available From 16th November At Boots.co.uk


Weleda Arnica Muscle Soak, £14.95

Tired, weary muscles? Weleda’s uplifting Arnica soak is guaranteed to help. Whether you’re warding off a cold or just want to boost your senses, this potent blend of oils (including lavender and rosemary) will ease stiffness and soothe inflammation. It’s rich in texture, too, so expect skin to feel soft and silky the minute you step out of the bath.

Available at LookFantastic.com 


Tropic Skincare Clear Slate Powder, £18

Many brands are cutting back on water consumption as part of the sustainability movement. Tropic’s Clear Slate Powder uses volcanic ash and bamboo charcoal to remove excess oil and penetrate the skin’s layers, shrinking pores and removing any build-up of bacteria. The result is smoother, more refined skin. All you need to do is mix half a teaspoon with a few drops of water, and gently massage it in. Expect your blackheads to shrink, too – so satisfying.

Available at TropicSkincare.com


Stila Sketch & Sculpt Brow Pencil, £18

Brow pencils that deliver a natural finish can be hard to come by, which is why we’re touting the benefits of Stila’s latest offering. Dual-ended it has a retractable pencil one side and a built-in spoolie on the other, which allows you to blend, sculpt and even out the colour. Take a light-handed approach, using it in deft, upward motions – and do it quickly, the formula is smudge-proof, so it sets quite fast.

Avaialble at BeautyBay.com


Maybelline Color Strike Cream-To-Powder Eyeshadow Pens, £7.99

Eyeshadow novices should look no further than Maybelline’s new Cream-To-Powder Pens. Simply roll your chosen shade over your lids for an easy, foolproof smokey eye that sets quickly and lasts for hours. Before it dries, layer the creamy texture using the sponge applicator, or your ring finger if you want to sheer it out. We love the shade ‘Hustle’.

Available at Superdrug.com


Sigma Beauty F74 Air Domed Buffer Brush, £19

A great does-it-all brush, this tool is designed to ‘buff’ and push formulas into the skin for seamless coverage. It works well with creams, liquids and powders, thanks to tightly-packed bristles which deposit just the right amount of product. Plus, the bristles themselves are antimicrobial, so they keep germs at bay better than most. Not only does it stay clean for longer, it’ll also last longer overall.

Available at LookFantastic.com


LANO Everywhere Multi-Cream All-Over, £10.99

Lanolips has long been our go-to brand when it comes to hydrating and smoothing dry, chapped lips. Now, they’ve added a multi-purpose cream to their range. Formulated with vitamin E and nourishing nut oils, the creamy formula can be used anywhere in need of an instant hit of moisture. Silky and lightweight, use just a small amount mixed with your foundation to create more of a tinted cream effect. The best bit? It’s cruelty, fragrance and paraben-free, so even the most sensitive of skin types will get on with it.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk


L’Occitane Fruity Light Reflection Highlighter, £18

L’Occitane have launched their first highlighter and it truly lives up to the hype. Liquid in texture, it contains minimal shimmer, along with a soft rosy tone that suits all complexions and catches the light beautifully. Whether you use your fingers or a brush, it’s easy to layer and gives skin an unbeatable dewy quality. Try using it as an eyeshadow, too, if you want to get more from the little tube – the luminous tones look great in the inner corners of the eye. It’s also free from silicones, mineral oils and animal derivatives.

Available at LOccitane.com


It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Mask For Blondes, £18

If you dye your hair blonde or opt for lighter balyage, you’ll know how frustrating it can be when your colour starts to fade. US brand, It’s A 10, have designed their latest leave-in treatment with exactly that problem in mind. Working to tone colour, enhance shine, detangle and protect against heat styling, it helps keep dullness at bay, while strengthening the hair, too. Mist a generous amount all over freshly washed hair, comb through and blow-dry as normal. You’ll start to see the benefits immediately.

Available at ItsA10Haircare.co.uk


iT Cosmetics Brow Power Filler, £20

This may look more like an eyeshadow, but once you’ve nailed the application, you’ll see why it’s so popular. Essentially a tinted gel, the innovative brush comes complete with small bristles that cling to existing hairs for visible bulk and definition. The key is to wipe the brush off a little before you apply it to stop you depositing too much formula at once. Then, start to fill in your arches using just the tip, focusing on the sparser areas and sweeping upwards. The addition of biotin and green tea extract helps strengthen hairs and promote better growth over time, too.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk


Garnier Micellar Reusable Eco Pads, £8.99

We all know make-up wipes are bad for the environment, yet Mintel studies show 43% of women continue to use them. It’s for this reason Garnier has launched their brand-new Micellar Eco Pads. Incredibly soft and with a fluffy texture, they’re larger than a regular single-use cotton pad and gentle, too, so they never cause irritation or feel too abrasive. Each pad activates with water, but you can also combine it with your go-to cleanser or Garnier’s cult Micellar for a more thorough removal. The packaging is 100% recyclable, too – a great, eco-friendly addition to your cleansing regime. 

Available at Boots.com


Frank Body Fizzy Scrub, £14.95

There’s a reason Frank Body sell one of their original scrubs every 40 seconds – they’re incredibly effective, gentle and affordable. Now, they are expanding on their renowned formula with a fun and fizzy powder that bubbles up as it makes contact with your skin. Brimming with exfoliating AHAs and sugar, it’s brilliant at breaking down dead skin and removing dryness. Massage it in all over to boost circulation, then step into a warm shower to slough it off. You’ll only need to use it twice a week to see results, but the smoothness it leaves behind is impressive. It has a sherbet scent we can’t get enough of either, while almond oils lock in moisture for days.

Available at FrankBody.com


CeraVe SA Renewing Foot Cream, From £6.37

We’ve mentioned our love for fuss-free, efficacious skincare brand CeraVe before, and now, they’re adding a rich foot cream to their cult line. Just like everything else the brand has launched, it’s brimming with nourishing ceramides to keep dryness at bay, while salicylic acid removes bumps and stubborn dry skin without irritation. For best results, use a generous amount before bed, popping on some lightweight socks to lock in the formula overnight. You’ll notice how conditioned and soft they feel in the morning, thanks to a healthy dose of hyaluronic acid.

Availble at Superdrug.com


Avene Antirougeurs Soothing Cream, £16.50

French pharmacy brand, Avene, has updated their Antirougeurs line with a brand-new Soothing Cream. Formulated with shea butter and SPF30, it’s a perfect match for those who suffer with rosacea, irritation or any sensitivities, but are still looking for some much-needed nourishment. It’s multi-purpose, too, doubling-up as a make-up base as well. One of our favourite new launches for autumn. 

Available at LookFantastic.com


NAVY Pro Tools Cuticle Balm, £11.95

We recently stumbled across this chic nail care brand only to find their silky cuticle balm fast became a mainstay in our make-up bag. Compact and great for on-the-go, the unguent texture conditions and soothes ragged skin. Meanwhile, aloe vera, rosehip and coconut oil come together to stimulate nail growth and lock in hydration. We noticed a difference to our nails after just a few uses. Keep one in your bag, on your desk and by your bed so you’re never without.

Available at NavyProfessional.com

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