My Favourite Budget Beauty Buys

Beauty on a budget? These are my favourite products straight from the supermarket shelves! 

Before I had kids, my skincare and make-up was all high-end.

I used to love buying Estee Lauder and Clarins and always stocked up when they had their giveaways with purchase. Everything else was bought duty free. My job as a Corporate Travel Consultant sure had it’s benefits.

Over the years I have put less of my budget into beauty products and thankfully now the supermarkets have a great selection that have become my favourites.

bargain beauty buys that work

 1. Baby Wipes – There are no babies in this house anymore, just two teens addicted to makeup! Miss WW follows some awesome YouTube makeup masters and one of the best tips she has picked up is replacing expensive makeup remover wipes from the cosmetic companies to using baby wipes. They are larger, tougher and designed for super sensitive baby skin. They work like a charm removing makeup and are also great for giving your brushes a quick clean whilst you are at it.

2. Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Shampoo & Conditioner (gifted) – Bottle blonde and soft hair are two things that just don’t go together. Continual bleaching leaves my hair quite dry and porous. This is one budget shampoo and conditioner that leaves my hair super soft and easy to comb out after washing.

3. VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray – My hair is very fine and I have wasted a lot of money on hairspray’s that do not hold a style for very long. This pump pack gel spray holds my hair in place all day, just love it.

4. Johnson’s Baby Powder – This is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to refresh hair that has not been washed. Much cheaper than the dry shampoo’s in a can and works just as well. I just sprinkle a little around the hair line, tousle it in and leave for a couple of minutes before brushing. Oil be gone!

5. Oatmeal Soap – A three pack of oatmeal soap is under $2.00 and it is a great exfoliator you can use all the time. Little bits of oatmeal help remove dead skin cells with ease leaving your skin much smoother and more absorbent for the body lotion you apply.

6. L’Oreal Skin Perfection Concentrated Correcting Serum – This is my favourite day moisturiser at the moment. Two pumps completely covers my face and absorbs super quickly without leaving any residual feel. It leaves me with a smooth and easy to work with base for adding foundation etc.

7. Swisse Bioactive Nature Oil – This blend of 100% naturally sourced oils is food for my skin. I don’t use it in the mornings as my skin is still very oily and this takes a little while to absorb. After cleansing at night I love this oil and it does absorb in and gives my skin a good dose of nutrients, just love it.

8. Garnier BB Cream – Tried a ton of other BB creams, but I still keep coming back to Garnier. Gives me nice coverage for everyday wear and the vital protection from the sun I need. Makes a great base for foundation if I am going out and putting on the full deal.

So often the supermarket chains have these goodies on sale, which makes them super buys. I always stock up when my fav’s are heavily reduced. This bargain queen just loves that!

What is your favourite budget beauty product?

Sharing for #IBOT with Essentially Jess

Gel Nails At Home – No Lamp Required!

OK, I have a ‘thing’ for nail polish, 50 plus bottles worth of ‘thing’!

In saying that, my nails are always painted, nude nails and I don’t get along.

Luckily my nails grow like weeds and are pretty strong, but my day job is cruel to them, so keeping them painted provides some protection from snags and tears.

I have always loved the look of gel nails, that thick shiny finish appeals to me, but the time required and cost of upkeep does not.

At one of my favourite sales – 50% off Sally Hansen etc at Chemist Warehouse, I decided to try the Miracle Gel Nail Polish and Top Coat (not sponsored).

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

You simply use this nail polish like you would any other and you are supposed to end up with a gel look finish that lasts for up to two weeks.

No base coat is required according to the website, you put on two layers of colour and then finish with the special Top Coat. No UV lamp or any other furniture for nail salons is necessary (I would like to get some though), daylight helps it to cure.

The first time I used it, I applied two coats of colour as suggested. The brush is different to any I have tried before, it is wide and flat, polish goes on really easily and a little ended up over the sides, but I just flick that off when it has dried.

I honestly was not that impressed, the colour was too transparent for me and I could see where the white of nail started.

A week later I took it off with normal nail polish remover quickly and easily.

I then did them again, but I used three coats of colour instead, and that made a huge difference.

The finished look was thick and glossy. 10 days later they were showing signs of wear across the tips, but not a single crack or chip. Now I am impressed. Very rarely can I get more than 2 or 3 days out of a bold coloured polish without chips or cracks.

My nails were left with a very slight hint of pink after I took the polish off, so I applied a clear gloss that has a hint of sparkle and it looked really pretty for the next week.

Better go and get some more colours as I will definitely be using this again.

What is your favourite brand of nail polish or do you always go and get yours done?