Looking great this summer needn’t cost a fortune thanks to these beauty bargains
The weather might not be great but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to one (or all!) of these summer beauty buys, especially when every single one of them is under £20.
Sandal season and bikini time is well and truly upon us, whether you’re braving a staycation or planning a holiday abroad so now’s the time to start beautifying your body as you prepare to bare.
Until now, your feet have been tucked away all cosily in opaques and boots so chances are they’re in need of a bit of TLC. Start by sloughing rough skin on the heels and balls of the feet then dress up your toes in a peep-toe pretty colour.
If you’re worried about baring your milk bottle legs for the first time, then we say fake it. A swish of bronzer across the face, neck and décolletage will give your complexion a similar health boost.
Finally when you hit the beach – or the British weather finally gets the summer memo – it’s wise to upgrade your usual make-up for smudge-proof, stay-put formulas, from crease-free eyeshadows to waterproof mascara.
Here are 20 excuses to hit the beauty aisles this week. Ladies, meet our summer beauty buys under £20!
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Matte Bronzing Powder, £5.99
Listen up ladies – shimmery bronzers are not flattering. Choose matte powders for a natural, sunkissed effect. Swirl a large brush over the compact and buff into the face.
Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Deodorant, £2.99
Warmer weather calls for stronger underarm protection. This spray might be tough on sweat but it’s super kind to skin. It replaces all the nasties found in other deodorants, like parabens, with natural plant extracts, so it’s ideal for vegans and those with sensitive skin.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Express In-Shower Lightening Treatment, £9.99
Embrace summer with your brightest, most flattering blonde. This in-shower lightener really works! Apply it to wet hair in the shower, leave on for five minutes then rinse, and voila – blonde hair that’s lifted by a shade.
St Moriz 5 in 1 Tanning Mousse, £7.99
The coloured foam is easy to blend, it doesn’t dry out the skin and we’ve never detected even a hint of a streak. It’s a bit less pongy than other self-tans and more importantly the deep bronze result looks expensive.
Kiko Milano Long-Lasting Cream Eyeshadow, £6.90
As the temperature soars, opt for long-wearing cream shadows to help prevent slipping and creasing in the heat.
Sanctuary Spa Radiance 1 Minute Flash Facial, £14
Look out for this when it launches next month. Massage the slightly grainy mask across the face, leave for a minute then sweep away with a clean cotton pad or damp flannel. Skin looks brighter and fresher, and P.S. it smells amazing!
Sleek Gloss Me in Cranberry Crush, £4.99
Make lips look as juicy as a poolside cocktail with this brilliant lacquer. The subtle golden flecks really compliment a summer tan.
Kissed by Mii Exfoliating Wipes, £4.95
These satisfyingly abrasive cloths will prep your skin for tanning in a hurry. Take them on holiday with you to save decanting your messy scrub.
Yardley London Hermina Eau De Toilette, £19.99
You will not believe that a fragrance under £20 could smell this good. It’s a grown-up, modern floral fragrance with fig, black pepper and warm amber.
No7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush Stick in Rose Blossom, £9.95
Wear this pop of pink on the apples of the cheeks and sweep back towards the hairline. It looks just as good on fair complexions as it does on black skin.
Burt’s Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Bath and Body Oil, £9.99
Upgrade your body cream for an oil this summer – your skin will thank you for it! The lemon scent is an instant pick-me-up, and the plant-based oils leave skin supple from head to toe.
MUA Eye Define Waterproof Mascara, £3
No-one wants Panda eyes around the pool so upgrade your mascara for something splash-proof, like this lengthening wand.
Wet brush, £11.99
Knotty beach hair is the worst, but, somehow, these flexible bristles detangle stubborn kinks without pulling, yanking or tearing.
M&S Bare Feet by Margaret Dabbs Conditioning Foot Cream, £7.50
Celebrity podiatrist Margaret Dabbs has teamed up with M&S to create a pampering collection for feet – and boy is it good! If we had to pick one product to get our feet sandal-ready for summer it’s this deeply-hydrating moisturiser.
Bourjois La Laque Gel in Orange Outrant, £6.99
Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray, £3
What summer beauty haul would be complete without salt spray? This one creates a softly-tousled texture with zero crunch. Spritz into damp or dry hair and scrunch the lengths in your hands.
Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Runway Ready, £10.50
This hot pink is the perfect peep-toe shade.
Aldi Lacura Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30, £2.49
Get into the habit of protecting your skin every day. With this bargain sun cream, you can afford to cover yourself from top to toe.
M&S Autograph Tan Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil, £9.50
Blend this dry oil into the face before bed and wake up to a healthy, natural-looking glow. Just make sure you wash your hands before you drift off.
M&S Ragdale Hall Active Spa Instant Cooling Gel, £6
Ease tension in over-worked muscles or simply cool down tired, heavy legs with this refreshing gel.