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8 of the best summer beauty buys under £25

The mercury is rising but we’ve kept our prices icy with these summer beauty must-haves under £25. So, in the need for a little pre-holiday pick-me-up? You’ve come to the right place…

No holiday make up wardrobe is complete without a colour-pop lipstick, and few will complement your tan as well as Lime Crime’s gorgeous {Plushies} in shade ‘Orange Juice’ – £18. A gorgeous hot coral, this long-wear lip colour is tryst-resistant – ideal if you’re looking for a holiday romance…

Britain’s best-loved bronzer, Benefit’s {Hoola} – from £12.50 – is the perfect, suits-all hue for sunkissed skin. Completely matte and finely milled, this applies seamlessly for a gorgeous, post-holiday glow.

Still trying to track down the ‘Holy Grail’ highlight? We just did. NYX Professional Makeup’s {Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator} – a snip at just £8 – lends your base a stunning, summer-worthy lustre while it gilds your lids and cheekbones with a cloak of molten shimmer.

‘Sun-In’ for the 21st Century, OUAI’s ombré spray – £20 – lightens lengths to grant beach-worthy, holiday blonde from a bottle. Abandon the faff of transforming your locks into stickily, lemon-drenched wasp magnets next time you’re trying to highlight your mane and instead, reach for {Sun of a Beach} – a cocktail of citrus and nourishing coconut extracts to brighten your blonde as it lightens your tresses for natural, honey-toned colour (no orange in sight).    

Bon Voyage #Beauties! Streamline your luggage with ZOEVA’s pocket-sized Voyager palettes – £12 -sextets of velvet and shimmering shadow to take you from sand dune to dinner (to dive bar) with ease. Each with six complementary colours, we’re smitten with the {Cocoa} incarnation…

We’re also CocoNUTS for Frank Body’s {Coconut Coffee Scrub} (lets say ‘coconuts’ several more times for good measure). Fusing two of our *favourite* things – a cruelty-free ethic with naturally derived coconut oil – inhaling Frank Body’s incredibly-scented concoctions will quickly become your new full-time pastime. Bad news for productivity but greeeeeat news for skin, this leave your limbs stroke-ably soft with a glorious glow. And, did we mention the smell?     

A body wash that makes your tan last longer? Say ‘aye’! Institut Esthederm’s game-changing {After Sun Face & Body Shower Gel} – £19 – stars dirt-attracting micelles to eliminate sea, sand and sweat without stripping your skin of its much-needed moisture (and hard-earned bronze glow).

And because summer is the perfect time to try a floral fragrance, TOCCA’s hand luggage-compatible rollerball scents are affordable ways to expand your perfumery wardrobe. We’re obsessed with {Giulietta} – £20 – with its uplifting blend of green apple, Bulgarian rose and slang slang, which conjures the sweet, heady warmth of an evening al fresco.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…