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?

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Give Dandruff The Flick, Once And For All!

Dandruff is embarrassing, unattractive and can be hard to get rid of, but it is not impossible.

Itchy scalp, redness and irritation are part and parcel of living with dandruff and whilst there are a few causes of this annoying condition, such as allergies, fungal parasites and chemical reactions, I have a few great suggestions that can have your locks flake free in no time.

One of the biggest misconceptions about dandruff is that the pesky flakes are caused by overwashing your hair, and many sufferers do not wash their hair as often as they should. Dandruff is simply an over production of skin cells and it is very important to keep your hair clean and remove this build up. The tick to success is using the right products.

A quick fix solution is the commercially available dandruff control products available in any supermarket. If you condition your hair everytime that you wash it, you must use the matching dandruff control conditioner. These products work by leaving active ingredients on your scalp. If you use a conditioner that does not contain these ingredients, you effectively reduce the strength of them when applying and rinsing out your conditioner. These products will not completely clear the dandruff completely or else these manafacturers would be out of business, so it is not in their interest to solve just aid the condition.

With a little extra effort and using natures pharmacy to help you out, you can get to the root of the problem and banish the flakes for good. Not only will you be removing the excess skin, you will also put in place healing mechanisms on to the skin that will help stop the production of excess skin cells.

Firstly buy a natural shampoo and conditioner, take time to read the labels, as some products that are called ‘natural’ are made with Sodium Laureth Sulphate and you want to avoid this. Add 15 drops of  Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil to each bottle and give them a gentle shake.

The next effective treatment is a scalp rinse that you mix together and apply by massaging gently in to the scalp (not the hair) each night before you go to bed. Combine 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, 5 drops of Lemon Pure Essential Oil, 5 drops of Lavender Pure Essential Oil and 3 drops of Peppermint Pure Essential Oil dilute with 25ml of Spring Water. Place in a glass jar or bottle and shake gently. (Please use only pure essential oils not the fragrant oils you can buy at discount shops).

Enjoy having flake free hair!