Too afraid to check your bank account? We’ve all been there. So, the Look beauty team have decided to get some of our fave beauty products together, all for under £20.
From facemasks to cleansers to nail polish, we’ve picked out all the essentials for the perfect pamper, and it doesn’t have to break the bank.
We asked the top beauty experts, from beauty buyers at Selfridges, Boots and Superdrug to tanning expert, James Harknett, MAC senior make-up artist, Debbie Finnegan and backstage hair stylist, Anthony Turner, what they thought were some of the best products to use that weren’t super expensive. And they gave us some pretty fab recommendations! We tried them all and have to admit, for what they cost, the products were amazing.
Michelle Humphrey, Lily Allen’s on-hand nail artist, recommended the Maybelline Color Show Polish. After giving it a go, we realized why it was one of her favourites to use, it was the most beautiful colour, gave our nails a full coverage with only one application, and it lasted for ages! Plus, it pretty much costs pennies, there’s just no need to go and splash out on a £20 nail varnish which probably lasts ten minutes.
It really shouldn’t have to cost a bomb to look your absolute best, and with these fab products you can save loads of money and still look amaze.
Oh, and we’re also kind of a little bit in love with the StarSkin Brightening Face Mask, it left us feeling super moisturised and it was so relaxing to just lie back and feel it working its magic, plus for under £20 you don’t want to miss out on this one!
By Lucia Campolucci- Bordi
This Cetaphil Body Mousse is light and moisturising. It spreads perfectly evenly and absorbs quickly, it leaves you feeling smooth, soothed and conditioned.
"This Cetaphil Body Mousse is light and seriously moisturising. It spreads perfectly evenly and absorbs quickly, it leaves your whole body feeling sooth and soft." – Victoria Jowett, Look's Beauty Writer
“This fab Sienna X Body Balancing Wash won’t strip away your tan as other body washes can, and as it’s PH balanced, you can use it all over your body. As well as this, it helps skin to retain moisture.” James Harknett, Tanning Expert.
“This gorge Angel Brush has all the qualities of a Tangle Teezer, but has a very handy handle! You can choose from a range of lots of different colours, and for £14.95, it’s a steal.” – Richard Ward, renowned for taming Kate Middleton’s locks for her wedding.
“The formula of this foundation includes argan oil, an anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial ingrediants, which are great if you’re prone to breakouts.” – Sarah Gardner, Head of beauty at Superdrug.
“This is the most universal product in my kit. I can use it to hold the volume of a blow dry or keep curls in place. If you mix it with hair dusts it also creates amazing shine and texture.” – Anthony Turner, Backstage Hairstylist.
“The Chinese have been using jade stones to massage the skin for years, and here’s why. It helps reduce puffiness, increase blood circulation and plump up the skin. I recommend using it after you’ve cleansed, twice a week, in the morning to massage in your face cream.” – John Tsgaris, Traditional Chinese doctor.
“The most luxurious nail is a metallic one, and it’s a great way to add glamour to an outfit. I love this cool copper shade for Autumn” – Michelle Humphrey, Lily Allen’s on-hand nail artist.
“I’ve got very light, sparse eyebrows but this product has transformed them. It defines them so they look natural and it doesn’t budge all day. It’s so easy to use, too- just sweep it over your brows in the same direction as the hairs, then comb them with the brush that comes in the pack.” – Lily Child, Beauty Innovation Buying Manager at Boots UK.
“What I love most about this 90s shade of pencil is that it suits everyone. It makes dark skin look more glowing, paler Asian skin illuminated and cooler complexions come alive”. – Sharon Dowsett, Make-up artist.
“One of the most used items in my backstage kit is this spray. It’s instantly hydrating and stops your make-up from sliding. Plus, there’s a new coconut smell” – Debbie Finnegan, MAC senior make-up artist.
“It’s an absolutely icon! With it’s anti-bacterial properties it’s ideal for all sorts of skin dilemmas, from chapped lips to mosquito bites. It’s also fantastic mixed with eyeshadow or blusher for a subtle dewy finished”- Sarah Chapman, Skincare Specialist
“I love that you can use these straight from the packet. I pop one on for about ten minutes when my skin needs a little boost. They’re smoothing and also work as a nourishing treatment”. – Emily Saunders, Selfridges Beauty Buyer