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Budget Friendly Beauty

written by: Maddie - Beauty Editorpublished on 22 Mar, 2023

Best Budget-Friendly Beauty

Life can be expensive, we get it, but don’t let life get in the way of your self-care routine. We’ve put together a list of our favourite budget-friendly beauties so that your skincare, hair care and makeup doesn’t have to be sacrificed.

Best Vitamin C 

An essential in your morning routine!

La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum

Say goodbye to dull skin and hello to brighter, more youthful-looking skin! This treatment will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, whilst also improving your skin's texture and tone.

Skinstitut Vitamin C 100%

This super affordable serum restore radiance and firmness. You can mix this with your moisturiser, serum or sunscreen daily to help target uneven tones and texture.

Boost Lab Vitamin C Brightening Serum

You've probably seen this on Instagram as the trending serum, and it's safe to say we love this product! Lower cost, which is perfect when you're on a low skincare budget but still looking for results.


Best Cleanser

Cleansing is a must... if you're not cleansing, your skin isn't going to be healthy and glowing despite using your serums!

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser 

This balm-like cleanser transforms to a silky and hydrating cleansing fluid to simply melt away the dirt and debris. You'll feel clean and refreshed after using this gentle formula.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O 

Loved by many, including Selena Gomez! This Micelle Solution cleanses and removed makeup from your face and eyes. The soothing actives in this product help to sooth your skin and prevent feelings of irritation or discomfort.

Avene TriXera Nutrition Nutri-Fluid Cleanser

This is the perfect cleanser for those with sensitive skin as its gentle formula to designed to minimise the risk of allergic reaction. This can be used on your face and body, to give you that super cleansed and soft feel to your skin.


Best Foundation 

Beautiful with or without, but we know you love a little coverage!

Eye of Horus Ritual Skin Foundation Stick 

This award-winning foundation stick is a must-try product. The clean, lightweight, creamy stick offers all skin types superior coverage, SPF30 protection and a radiant finish for an enhanced natural complexion.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream SPF50

This best-selling BB cream works as a nourishing moisturiser, SPF30 and a lightweight natural coverage BB cream. What more could you want?!

Oh, and by the way, it's a skin-sensitive formula free of parabens, mineral oil and fragrance.


Best SPF

All I will say is reapply, reapply, reapply!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Fluid Facial Sunscreen

The non-greasy formula combines broad-spectrum UV filters with subtle pigments for a universally-flattering, non-greasy glow. It is even great to use under makeup. TikTok loves it and so do we!

Avene Sunscreen Aqua-Fluid SPF50 for Sensitive Skin

A best-selling and affordable SPF! The ultra-lightweight formula is absorbed quickly into the skin, providing broad-spectrum UVB/UVA protection and a non-whitening finish. It's a yes from me.

Aspect Sun Envirostat On The Go SPF50

We all know that we should be reapplying our SPF every 2 hours... and if you don't... get to know here!

This on the go spf is perfect for just that, small enough for your handbag and a non-greasy formula with high protection.