Top 18 Budget Buys (Part One)

Many have accused me of a being a beauty snob. That I only talk about luxurious stuff and bypass the more inexpensive options. I am guilty as charged. But while my expertise and preference veers towards luxe options, it doesn’t mean I haven’t tried budget products. Here are some that I have personally tried and tested. I’m listing skincare today, the rest in my next post.


Cetaphil Face Cleanser: If you’re using a foaming face wash, just swap it for this one and see your skin transform. This holds especially true if you have red bumpy texture and mild acne. A well-known Hollywood actress who endorses a luxurious skincare line uses this cleanser in real life.


Nivea Face Cream: This thick, old fashioned cream in a tin can is rumoured to have the exact same formulation as one the of the most expensive face creams in the world. Especially if you get the original German Nivea. Rub it between your fingers to melt it and pat it on to your face to use it as a night cream.


The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisturiser: Its like a tall glass of water for your face. Skin is deeply moisturised, red patches disappear, and it looks plump and radiant.


Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock: With an SPF of 40, PA +++, and UVA UVB protection this ticks all the right boxes. But the real beauty of this is that it dries in a matte finish without any white residue. Score!


Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Serum: It will not ‘sculpt’ your face. BUT, it will make a huge improvement. Its packed with a ton beautiful ingredients such as niacinamide to brighten, peptides to tone and glycerin to moisturise.


Sephora Rose Sheet Mask: Keep it in the fridge and use it before an event to intensely hydrate and calm down your skin.


Kama Ayurveda Mridul Herbal Soap-Free Gentle Cleanser: I used to use it everyday in the morning as a mild exfoliater (scrub) on my face. It make my skin smooth but never broke it out.


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