Beauty buys that won’t break the bank!

If you’ve read our article on how to be better with money, you’ll know the importance of saving your pennies. But working out what’s essential and what isn’t is the hardest part, so how do you justify buying more beauty products if you’re saving up for an important goal or practising being good with your pennies? Well, what about if those must-haves were only a quarter of the price? Here’s our list of the best beauty products under $20, so you can spend your money guilt free!


#1 MUA
MUA has a great range of inexpensive makeup products. My top picks are the lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes as they have the consistency of more expensive brands, are easy to wear and have great pigmentation. Featured above is Lipstick in Shade 10 (£1), Eyeshadow Palette Twelfth Night (£2), Eyeshadow Palette Romantic Efflorescence (£4) and Lipstick in Shade 15 Juicy.


#2 Topshop
Topshop’s makeup range has an incredible variety of things, from premium brands to Topshop’s own cutely designed bits and bobs.  Featured above are my fave finds, Mono eyeshadow in Explorer (£5), Glow highlighter in Polish (£9), Mono eyeshadow in Interstellar (£5), Blush Brush (£8), Nails in Chiffon (£5), Waterproof Liner in Gunpowder and Powder Brush (£8).

#3 NYX
NYX has professional quality makeup at affordable prices, and is super popular amongst bloggers and makeup artists alike. Above are the Slim Lip Pencils (£2.50), NYX Mosaic Powder Blush (£4.50), Mega Shine Lip Gloss (£3.50), Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer (£6) and Stay Matte Not Flat Liquid Foundation (£9).

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#4 Barry M
Barry M is the champion of colour combos and affordability, with their highly coveted polishes and eyeshadows there’s not much to complain about. The products featured above are Blusher Brush (£4.99),  Single Pressed Eyeshadow in E1 (£2.99), Foundation Brush (£4.99), Ultra Moisturising Lip Paint in Coral Blush (£4.49), Sequin Nail effects in Black (£3.99), Aquarium nail effects in Caspian (£3.99) and Gel Waterproof Eyeliner (£5.49).

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#5 Soap & Glory
If you’re looking for cheeky, witty and beautifully packaged, you might have just hit the jackpot with Soap and Glory. Although their products are slightly pricier than the ones featured, for the quality of the products and the beautiful packaging you’re getting a good bargain. Featured above are Thick & Fast Mascara (£10), Arch de Triumph Brow Shaper & Highlighter (£9), Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick (£11), Supercat Fat Eyeliner (£7) and Kick Ass Blur & Brighten Concealer (£6)


  • Noemi

    Kiko and Essence are my favorite economical brands.

  • Layla Rosita

    I really want to try a couple of NYX products that are on top of my wish list. Unfortunately, they’re always sold out at Douglas (the only store where us Dutchies can buy them). Personally, I like Kiko Cosmetics a lot! And I heard that Makeup Revolution is pretty good too!

    Love, Love, Layla Rosita | Check out my recent Spring Vibes outfit post 

  • Cojo Graab

    MUA and especially NYC can be compared to high-end brands! All of these products are amazing:)

  • Clare

    It all looks amazing! That Barry M eyeliner is amazing, i got it in every colour!

    Clare |


  • Reagan Costa

    My wife likes the Mary Kay brand. she read some book from and now is really loyal to that company. will they still work as well?

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