The Best Of Budget Beauty For When You’re Skint (Like Now)

Actually good beauty stuff that doesn't require an overdraft. Debrief Partnership with Boots.

Boots Budget Beauty

by Chemmie Squier |

Incase it had slipped your mind, it's January. Why else would your bank account look so bleak and the days seem 24,000 hours long?

Right now, it feels like buying anything remotely decent won't be a reality until approximately July payday, but here’s some excellent news: you can! Here's some budget beauty buys that are actually good to help ease the pain of January.


SEVENTEEN Define & Contour Kit, £5.99,

When we say 'contour' we're not talking Kim K proportions, but a little definition never hurt anyone. This kit is great because you get a perfect contour shade as well as a highlighter to give some much-needed brightness, without breaking the bank.

Botanics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish, £7.99 for 100ml,

Decent skincare doesn’t always have to cost a month’s rent. The microparticles in this face polish remove dull, dry skin, giving the brighter stuff a chance to peek through. Make sure you don’t over do it though – using this once a week is plenty.

Natural Collection Lash Length Mascara, £1.99,

Proof that mascara doesn't have to require a loan – this gives length, definition and volume and it costs less than a cup of coffee. Sorry, what?

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, £5.50,

Reasonably priced lip products that actually stay on are like gold dust. Alas, NYX have done it; these lip creams are majorly pigmented, don't dry out your lips and stay put for a good few hours. On top of that, there's a load of shades to choose from. Win win.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, £5.99,

You might think that a make-up sponge couldn't change your life. But you'd be wrong. Use this damp and press concealer (and foundation, if you fancy) into the skin for a seamless finish.

Boots Simply Sensitive Day Moisturiser SPF15, £3.49,

This moisturiser is gentle enough for sensitive skin plus it’s got SPF 15 to help protect from any sun damage. Which is possible even in grey January. Trust.

Sleek MakeUp i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel, £7.99,

Get this: 12 really pigmented eyeshadows all in one palette in neutral shades which cater for pretty much any eyeshadow-based eventuality. It's a no brainer.

Treat yourself! Order at or in-store today by 8pm and collect free from 12pm tomorrow at a store near you.


Monday – Saturday. Geographical exclusions apply. Subject to availability.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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