Wallet feeling a little light?

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Don’t you hate the week before payday? You’re strapped for cash, budgeting like a maniac, and practically salivating at the thought of that bump in your bank balance.

But just coz you’re watching those cents doesn’t mean your beauty cupboard has to suffer. There are plenty of budget-friendly products out there that will not only keep you looking your best, but won’t leave you with the guilt of spending your dwindling cash.

Everyday staples on a shoestring
Run out of your cleanser? Legs feeling a little dry? Fear not, beauties, Johnson’s has you covered. For your cleansing needs, get your hands on its Daily Essentials Face Wash Gel to keep your skin clean, fresh, and protected. And Johnson’s 24 Hour Extra Rich Body Lotion will have your scaly skin situation sorted in no time at all. The body lotion combines skin conditioners, natural moisturisers, and a tiny bit of oil to keep your body smooth and soft. Win!
Total cost = $15.98

Anti-ageing on a budget
Keeping those fine lines and wrinkles at bay doesn’t mean you need to break into your piggy bank. Derma Intensive, available exclusively at Coles, offers a wide range of quality anti-ageing products that are just as hard-working as they are budget-friendly. Our favourite products? The Renew Oil, which contains a blend of natural oils to rehydrate, soothe, and improve the appearance of light scars, stretch marks, and blemishes, and the Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roll-On, which repairs and regenerates the skin around the eyes to leave it looking plump and supple.
Total cost = $11.98

Derma Intensive Renew Oil, $6.99, and Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roll-On, $4.99, available exclusively at Coles.

Make-up made affordable
If your make-up bag is a bit lacking, then look no further than newbie beauty range, essence, to add the oomph you need. For eyes that’ll pop, try essence Eyeshadows. Used wet or dry, the shimmery, matte, or metallic shades are bound to take your eye look to a whole new level. And if it’s your lips that you want to stand out, try the essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss for added volume and shine.
Total cost = $8.45

Need some more budget-friendly product suggestions? We’ve got you sorted…

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What’s your favourite budget-friendly beauty item?                 

Member Comments (56)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I have a few, but the current standouts are Ulta3 Single Eye shadow for $2.95 and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Night Renewal Cream for $12.99 - both total bargains :-)

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 5:34am)

Posted by: Sparkles12 (Australia)

I love my St Ives exfoliator - $9.95 I LOVE IT

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 8:31am)

Posted by: Meedee (Australia)

Last night I was lucky enough to get the 3 last remaining Rimmel Vinyl lipgloss for $1.50 each at Coles. All were in the shade ICON. I kept one for myself and gave the other two as surprise gifts to my Miss 23 and Miss 15.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 8:43am)

Posted by: Madamebfatale (Australia)

I think I might have to go out and get that Q10 anti-wrinkle eye roll on! (Bargain!) My favourite cheap buy, La Femme Blushes. The pigmentation is amazing, massive selection of colours and they retail at between $8-10 here but when I order from the US they are only $2.50 each!!!

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 8:54am)

Posted by: Shull87 (Australia)

Love my routine def. wont change atm! .... although the above is way cheaper then what I spend!!

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 9:17am)

Posted by: Li (Australia)

Rimmel lipsticks cause they are inexpensive and come in lots of colours!

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 9:17am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

My favourite low-budgets are: priceline sorbolene cream (i got skin that can react sometimes to certain moisturisers - kind of sensitive on my body) Avon hand creams, usually $2. Maybelline baby lips for my lips, clean and clear advantage moisturiser, taft hairspray, and maybelline mini colorama nail polish (bout $5).

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 9:23am)

Posted by: Yummii (Australia)

The essence range looks interesting!

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 9:23am)

Posted by: BasicallyBeauty (Australia)

Rimmel or Maybelline mascaras. Apart from that i find there aren't many budget foundations, powders, concealers that work for my skintype! :(

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 9:27am)

Posted by: (Australia)

I love NYX lipsticks, they are all under $10.....

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 10:08am)

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

My budget beauty buy is always bio-oil. It has many different uses and helps me out when I am short on cash.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 10:27am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love bargains!! The Olay Complete UV Defence Daily Moisturising Lotion is a real trooper I just can't go past - I can often pick it up on special for around $11 (I think it's normally around rrp $14) and it's such a great quality product. I'm also a Blistex Lip Conditioner SPF20 fanatic for around $4. This is a perfect product for my lips, I love the butter menthol scent and it's a real good value bargain. As you can tell I'm SPF mad!

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 10:44am)

Posted by: MissChriss (Australia)

My fave budget beauty item would probably be my nivea lip balm.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 11:18am)

Posted by: Hippy (Australia)

Wow, great budgeting ... so many things for less than I would have thought.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 11:28am)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

Sukin Rose Hip oil @15.00, so affordable, does wonders to my skin and lasts along time. Also Maybelline Lash Stilleto mascara $12.50, curls and lengthens my lashes, works better then any expensive mascaras.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 11:33am)

Posted by: Evanescencessy (Australia)

My favourite budget-friendly beauty item would have to be Vaseline's range of body lotions. It's cheap, comes in various value sizes and works really well for me. Love it. No need to spend $$.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 12:17pm)

Posted by: Vivixenne (Australia)

NYX is a favourite go-to beauty bargain but another (when I can get it shipped in) is Monistat Chafing Gel! I know, it sounds gross, but it is actually a FANTASTIC primer that costs US$20 for 3 tubes... plus shipping it usually winds up being about $10 a tube, which is a way better price (and primer) than what you can anywhere else!

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 12:40pm)

Posted by: Soosh (Australia)

this article is great! Money is a great worry if you dont have much

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 1:21pm)

Posted by: Frangipanifloss (Australia)

She's got $40

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 1:26pm)

Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

I love the products that you can muti-task with, there are so many good choices these days.
I love dove foaming makeup remover as I can double up as cleanser.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 1:54pm)

Posted by: MsLydia (Australia)

might like to try essence eyeshadow, as i'm on a budget atm.
Nail polish: ulta 3's are the way to go, however due to the fact hat they are now PRC made, i havent bought them in a while.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 2:26pm)

Posted by: MsLydia (Australia)

with mascaras, i find the budget ones (rimmel and maybelline) work better on my lashes.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 2:29pm)

Posted by: Bellaaaa (Australia)

im still in high school so i really need to budget and i find great bargains in priceline

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 4:26pm)

Posted by: Strawberry Crayon (Australia)

NONE of my products are budget friendly because of my skin condition =(

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 4:56pm)

Posted by: Love bug (Australia)

YES, my wallet is feeling a little, no, make that REALLY, light! :(

Posted on: October 12, 2011 (Oct 12, 2011 6:34pm)

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