The cost of living is rising with families facing the worst budget crisis in a generation. While you can spend more in other areas of your life, you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on your beauty routine.
The beauty supply of the street is nothing for your beauty parlor (or wallet) to despise these days. Product development has extended a lot lately and continues to exceed all our expectations. From designer-worthy formulas to enhanced complexion bands, it’s time to warmly welcome the budget options back to our beauty bags.
Here are our all-time, tried-and-true favorites that have received the Telegraph’s seal of approval.
skin care saviors
Sumptuous Chamomile Cleansing Butter, £11, The Body Shop
A brilliant cleanser that easily rivals more expensive cleansers and balms, apply it nightly and remove with a washcloth.
Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres, £6, Looks Fantastic
If you like a glow and extra antioxidants, put a vitamin C serum in your plan. This also includes hyaluronic acid serum.
Cerave Moisturizing Facial Lotion SPF 50, £12, Great Look
This two-in-one moisturizer and sun protection is a fantastic option if you’re on a budget. It sinks in well and doesn’t leave a white tone on the skin.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Protection Invisible SPF50+ Face Mist, £10.50, Fantastic Look
A must-have in any skin care routine, spritz this skin-friendly SPF over your moisturizer for the ultimate sun protection.
Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid, £10, Victoria Health
Another Vitamin C that we love, which doesn’t hurt the pocket. This version, with added ferulic acid, helps fight fine lines and stubborn blemishes as well.
Weleda Skin Food, from £8.25, looks fantastic
Well, if VB (Victoria Beckham for you and me) loves this moisturizer, it must be good right? Feed your skin with the botanical goodness of this formula to understand the hype after one use.
Vita Liberata Fabulous Gradual Tanning Lotion, £10, Boots
Use however you like, this fog is buildable and believable and most importantly it is not orange.
Revolution Skincare x Sali Hughes Gel Quench Light Anytime Moisturizer, £14, Revolve Beauty
Ditch the rich creams for something lighter (and wearable) this summer. This hyaluronic acid gel should be three times more expensive…
Byoma Creamy Jelly Cleanser, £9.99, Boots
Ideal for a second cleanse, this jelly-like consistency can help wash away excess makeup at bedtime.
Garnier Micellar Water Facial Cleanser Sensitive Skin, £2.99, Boots
We love this generously sized bottle as we experiment and change our makeup look throughout the day. No oily residue or irritation.
Luminous Cream Concealer £9.99, Zara
If you don’t like a heavy foundation, try this concealer wherever you need it. Leaves a semi-matte finish.
Do It All Stick, £8.99, H&M
H&M is often overlooked for its makeup products and smart formulas. This multipurpose color, which comes in multiple shades, is the case.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, £5.99, boots
This is a best-selling classic mascara for a reason, and it’s still one of our all-time favorites on the Telegraph beauty table.
Boy Brow Brow Gel, £14, Brighter
If you’ve ever been tempted to buy from this brand loved by Generation Z, then brow gel should be first in your basket. Choose between pigmented or clear, and your brows will stay in place, without the stickiness.
Bite-Size Eyeshadow Palette, £4, Elf
There’s no need to overcomplicate an eyeshadow palette – after all, how many shades do you actually use? Keep it simple, and still reap the accolades.
Rimmel Natural Bronzer, £6.99, Superdrug
Contour? It’s all about ‘no-touring’ this year. Simply choose a bronzer a shade (or two) deeper than your skin tone and swipe along your cheekbones, nose and forehead for a pre-holiday glow.
hair care heroes
Pantene Repair and Protect Hair Oil, £3.99, Boots
Nourish mid-lengths and ends with this smoothing serum, which works particularly well on longer hair.
Klorane Daily Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for All Hair Types, £6.66, Boots
You can really skip the shampoo (and disguise that you’ve done it) with Klorane’s dry shampoo – no white tone in sight.
Almost anything cream, £12, Hershesons
Blow-dry, tame frizz or leave as an overnight mask, this truly is an “anything” cream at its best.
L’Oreal Paris Elvive Color Protect Wonder Water, £4.99, Superdrug
Hoorah – a hair treatment designed for people short on time! Wet hair, apply a small amount to length and rinse. Your hair will be stronger and shinier with this nourishing treatment.
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