The Mahatma was the epitome of frugality, simple living=contentment. It’s hard to imagine city slickers ascribing to the same simple life but it may be time for a little nudge of reality. Pretty packaging, sweet scents and gimmicky advertising do not a great product make.
If higher living (read less expensive beauty) is your early 2018 beauty resolve, make a start by reading labels. A bit of detective work will reveal whether you’re paying more for ‘prestige’ ingredients, or the brand name. Of course, all this is immaterial if you want to drop some hard earned cash on something luxurious. Just go for it!
But in the meantime, here are our top affordable makeup products that make you look (and feel) like a million bucks.
If there was any perfect time to go herbal, this is it. Enriched with cooling Damask Rose and anti-inflammatory Triphala, this bestseller combines Almond and Castor Oils to cool and nourish eyes, and Camphor that helps eyes retain moisture and stay hydrated. Might we add the kajal is a gorgeous dark black. Need more convincing?
Toss those fiddly sunscreens, liquid foundations and loose powders. Your face’s (and wallet’s) savior is here! Your everyday mini skin stylist will get you through the day and night) with its all-in-one skin formula that moistures, brightens, lightens, sun protects and adds a hint of makeup.
For days when you need a little more than a BB Cream. Banish imperfections and cover blemishes in a trice. The Vitamin E Acetate and Punarnava extract infused formula heals skin, slows down aging and gives you dewy, luminous, photo finished skin. Oh, and did we mention, it comes with SPF 20, so you can ditch that sunscreen.
You like color and you like gloss. Look no further. This cheap and cheerful range from Maybelline has everything your heart could possibly desire, 32 shades in everything from red and pink to brown and mauve. The ultra-care hydrating formula keeps your pout happy while the color doesn’t fade no matter how hot it gets.
High impact color meets super-shine. This five-free formula is infused with light reflecting pigments for intense, long lasting color. Perfect for times when you DO want super shiny nails that last longer than regular polishes. An array of shades that take you from brunch with the girls to date nights. Plus, it’s easy on the pocket. What’s not to love?
Chuck those pricey facewashes out the window and say hello to your new BFF. This milky cleanser combines Perlite and Salicylic Acid to keep oily skin woesshine, pimples and blemishesat bay through your twenties, all the while giving you perfectly clear, glowing skin.
Here’s a clever formula that moisturizes, sun protects and brightens skin. Formulated with super fruit extracts of Camu Camu and Acerola Cherry this paraben and mineral oil-free formula has SPF 15 to protect and whiten skin, fade dark spots, and soothe rough, flaky and itchy skin. What’s more it has 50X higher levels of Vitamin C for super brightening. Get this gem today!
Use this multi-benefit shampoo once and you’ll start loving your hair again. This surprisingly affordable superstar fights the five signs of hair damage. Whatever your hair woesdry, rough, brittle, split ends or dullnessthis formula infused with Ceramide Cement strengthens strands from within to make them strong and resilient. Wash after wash, hair feels renewed, smoother and shinier.
Once your shampoo is sorted, all you need is multipurpose product that fights frizz, protects hair from damage and adds luster, all without the yucky, stickiness of a hair oil. This highly rated beaut not only controls frizz but eases out tangles and reduces breakage to give you soft-as-silk hair. What we love is that this Vitamin E infused formula is so lightweight, you forget you even applied it!
Why spend mucho moolah on fancy gizmos when you rustle up any style you want with this inexpensive wet or dry hair styler? The two-in-one styler lets you smoothen, straighten or curl without damaging hair thanks to the patented ceramic coated plates that protect strands. Comes with an inbuilt swivel chord, and a key lock safety function that keeps plates in place and shuts off the device before it overheats.
So, there it is, our roundup of tried and tested beauty winners that will have you looking like a million bucks without breaking the bank.