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10 Pre-Pay Day Beauty Treats For Under £20

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert7 years ago
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During that last agonising week before Pay Day, our dwindling bank accounts leave little chance of retail therapy. So we've picked a few purse-friendly gems to help boost your morale in the meantime. From skin-hydrators and hardworking foundation, to glitzy nail polish and brow saviours - here are ten of our best guilt-free beauty buys costing less than a round of drinks.

Pixi {Hello Glow!}

If you’ve had a heavy night, or if your skin’s looking a bit dull and lifeless this gorgeous travel-sized trio will get your complexion back in business. The Glow Booster veil imbues skin with a radiant finish, while the Beauty Blush Duo adds a youthful flush. And the LipLift Max gloss in 'Honey Sheen' bestows a pretty pink with a volumising your-lips-but-better effect.

skyn ICELAND {Skin Hangover Kit}

If you’re planning a big Pay Day night out (and why not?) we suggest stocking up on these skin saviours for swooning on the sofa the morning after. There are two pairs of Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels and Icelandic Relief Eye Pen to pep up weary peepers, while the Fresh Start Mask and the Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion will replenish lost moisture and dullness.

Huda Beauty {Lip Contour}

If you want to scribble on an immaculate lip in a hurry, this legendary lip liner-meets-lipstick is the perfect pick-me-up for a flagging complexion. Created by Insta-Legend Huda Kattan, the pigment payoff is incredible, while the volumising formula has fantastic plumping prowess. Our favourite shade? Venus – a dusty muted rose that is pure 'brunch-cocktails chic'.

Björk and Berries {White Forest Hand Wash}

Jazz up your sink side collection with this utterly gorgeous smelling hand wash from the sought-after Scandi brand. From the minimalist packaging to the hydrating organic ingredients and woody pine fragrance, it’s certainly a step up from the plethora of pedestrian hand soaps out there.

Lime Crime {Metallic Velvetines}

When it comes to larger-than-life lippie, {Lime Crime}’s new {Metallic Velvetines} take the proverbial biscuit. Coming in eight pretty shades with a statement foil-finish, they look utterly electrifying and are a great way to vamp up your make up look.

NYX Professional Makeup {High Definition Foundation}

If you're looking for a foundation that works hard for its money, it doesn’t get much better than this budget-friendly number. Featuring anti-ageing peptides, it boasts a special light-diffusing formula for an 'Insta-filter' effect and delivers flawless coverage for a red carpet-worthy complexion.

Davines OI {All In One Milk}

This do-it-all hair saviour is the perfect way to maintain your tresses in-between salon appointments. The ultra lightweight formula detangles, reduces frizz while adding volume and prevents breakages and split ends. The formula is rich in ellagic acid so it will cocoon hair from damaging UV and pollution. Plus the smaller size is handbag-friendly so it’s ideal if your hair’s looking a little parched and deflated come 4pm.

ZOEVA {Fluid Arc Brush (113)}

{ZOEVA’s} professional-grade tools are stonking good value, not least this Pinterest-worthy angled brush that is perfect for applying and buffing contour, highlighter and blusher for a truly HD finish. With a special angled shape to hug the hollows of your face, there’s no better way to delicately blur your powder products (and clean up any rogue pigment under the eyes).

Anastasia Beverly Hills {Brow Wiz}

This iconic brow transformer is an easy way to achieve Insta-ready arches. Boasting a skinny mechanical nib, it allows you to recreate each individual brow hair, while the spooley brush ensures everything is kept neat and pristine.

Smith & Cult {Nail Lacquer - Vegas Post Apocalyptic}

If you don’t feel like working the glitter trend on your lips or lids, nails are a more everyday-friendly way to sport some sparkle. This dazzling unicorn-inspired shade looks like it was lifted straight out of the glam rock era – you can even layer it over your normal nail shade to jazz things up.



Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...