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Six Of Our Favourite Budget Beauty Buys

While there is something incredibly pleasing about having luxury beauty products sitting on top of your dressing table or perched in your bathroom, there’s also something incredibly rewarding about discovering a foundation or face cream that works just as efficiently as your luxe items but at a snippet of the cost.

Sure, we’re suckers for those ornate gold caps that adorn elegant body creams, but the rewarding feeling of discovering a new high street favourite that comes in at under £15 is something else.

Here are some of our all-time favourite budget beauty buys…

Simple use some of the purest ingredients around to formulate their collection, which works wonders on even the most sensitive of skin. Blending vitamins, niacinamide and citric acid, the cleanser gently removes your makeup, while cleansing the skin of any impurities. The result? A fresh, clean and hydrated complexion.
Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.49

Face cream
The ultra light texture of this face cream makes it ideal for this time of year. While the price is cheap, it features a great mixture of ingredients, from superfood extracts to plant serum, as well as UVA/UVB protection. The silken texture melts into your skin, keeping it hydrating all day long while never feeling greasy.
Garnier Moisture Bomb 3 in 1 Day Cream, £5.33

Face mask
Clay masks work a treat for sucking out dirt and impurities from deep within your pores. L’Oreal combines three pure clays alongside red algae (which is great for its brightening qualities) in its Clay Purity Mask to leave your skin glowy, beaming and clean, without drying it out.
L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purity Mask, £5

The clever thing about Max Factor’s Miracle Touch Foundation is it transforms from a solid to a liquid formula on contact with skin, creating the perfect dewy, flawless and smooth base.
Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation, £12.99

Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick is one of our all-time favourite lipsticks on the high street. The longevity, colour payoff and consistency is amazing, making it on par with may of its more expensive counterparts.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick, £5.49

Contour palette
Contouring doesn’t appear to be going anywhere fast – in fact, quite the opposite. If you’re still trying to find the perfect products, Gosh has a new palette that contains a quad of perfectly put together hues that will work in sync to define your face. With two brown shades for contouring, a pretty highlighter and a blush, it’s the only thing you’ll need (along with a brush) to achieve a striking finish.
Gosh Copenhagen Contour’N Strobe Kit, £12.99



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