You don’t have to spend a fortune to look a million bucks. Check out these ten best beauty buys for a red carpet look that won’t break the bank.
This winter, forget expensive “miracle” products that are too precious to actually use. We scoured our local Stockland Centres for the ten best beauty buys and makeup artists’ best kept secrets that will have you looking luscious and glowing all season – at a fraction of the price.
Natio Ageless Organic Rosehip Oil – RRP $19.95 Priceline
With biting cold winds and indoor heating drying out your skin, it’s important to maintain your skin’s natural moisture barriers during winter. Natio’s Ageless Organic Rosehip Oil is wonderfully rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C and is quickly absorbed to help regenerate and firm skin cells. All you need is a drop at night onto slightly damp skin after cleansing and toning. It’s also perfect for the neck and décolletage.
Nivea In-Shower Rich Body Lotion – RRP $7.99 Target
We all know the best time to apply moisturiser is right after a shower. Now there’s an even better and more convenient way to hydrate your skin. The NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion is designed to be used in the shower and actually activates as you rinse it off. It’s packed with sea minerals to leave your skin soft and hydrated and best of all, it’s quick-absorbing and non-greasy so you can get dressed straight away and be out the door – perfect for busy mums!
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse – RRP $21.95 Priceline
This lightweight cream foundation is loved by makeup artists the world over and it’s easy to see why: Its weightless texture just glides onto your skin – you really will forget you’re even wearing makeup – and gives a natural-looking, matte finish without that chalky feeling. It also builds and blends wonderfully, giving you more coverage where you choose and it’s easy to find your perfect colour from their range of 8 creamy shades. It’s fragrance-free, dermatologically tested and won’t clog your pores so it’s safe for sensitive skin… Need we go on?
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – RRP $14.99 Terry White Chemists
Great products don’t always need fancy packaging and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is the perfect example. Winner of countless Best of Beauty, Beauty Hall of Fame and Reader’s choice awards, this popular, dermatologically-developed cleanser is incredibly gentle. Its soap-free formula works with or without water for all skin types and leaves your face feeling clean and soft. It also dissolves dirt, makeup and oil without stripping skin so it’s perfect for winter and safe for the whole family.
Rimmel London 9 in 1 BB Cream - RRP $ 12.95 Target
If you haven’t discovered BB cream, this is the season to get on board – it will cut your morning routine in half. Our pick of the bunch is this 9-in-1 Perfecting Super Makeup from Rimmel London. It primes, moisturizes, minimizes pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and helps protect with SPF all in one product. Best of all, it’s lightweight and gives a great, natural finish and comes in 3 shades so you’re bound to find the perfect match.
NP Set Pre-Foundation Primer – RRP $33.00 Target
This soybean-based primer is the beauty editor’s best kept secret; it’s perfect for a glam night out or to keep your makeup intact if you’re in for a long day. Apply a small amount before your foundation and you’ll instantly notice smoother and softer skin and leaves you with a subtle pearl glow. It’s also packed with natural antioxidants such as Pomegranate Extract, Green Tea Extract and Vitamins A, C and E to help protect your skin throughout the day.
Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush Mascara – RRP $19.95 Big W
If you love the look of thick, lush eyelashes but can’t stand the hassle (and cost) of falsies, Maybelline’s Volume Express range is your new best friend. The curved brush is designed to fit right up against your lashes and all you need is one coat of this amazing Gel-Mousse formula for full lashes that are soft to the touch. Because you only need one coat, one tube will also last you quite a while – talk about value for money!
Australis Blush BFF and Mineral Face Highlighter – RRP $12.95 and RRP $14.95 Kmart
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a sun-kissed look. Say goodbye to a pasty complexion with the Australis Blush BFF. It contains moisturizing and anti-oxidant ingredients as well as mica, which helps the powder distribute evenly on your cheeks. For the perfect finish, pair it with the Highlights Face Illuminator – just dab a small amount onto your cheekbones, brow bones and your décolletage to get your glow on.
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer – RRP $9.95 Target
Unlike the rest of your skin, your lips don’t produce sebum – your skin’s natural protector – so they dry and crack easily in winter. To keep them soft and kissable, try Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers. These nourishing lip balms are loaded with shea butter and antioxidant-rich fruit oils to moisturise and protect your lips. It also comes in 11 shimmering shades to add a kiss of colour without the need for extra lipstick.
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*Prices are correct at date of print