As the country battles a massive economic slowdown and our choices are contingent on a fluctuating recession, the reality is less than pretty, and our bank accounts are perilously close to nil. Lay-offs, pay cuts, furloughs, which ever way you look at it, all one is thinking about right now is making sure to keep the fridge full. Our vanities? Not as much.
No wonder that beauty aficionados like us have stopped binge-buying whatever catches our fancy, preferring instead to invest in multi-use beauty products that can get the job done quickly and just as effectively. Now, since most of us live in a world where budgeting has become the buzz word, we got digging to help cut through that online retail clutter. Ahead, five versatile products that are easy on the pocket and deliver serious results (to help you SAVE). Always remember that cash is king for the immediate future, so, spend wisely. Here’s how.
Spend on these budget beauty products while in lockdown
1. Such A Know-It-Oil
If ever there were a beauty cure-all, it's coconut oil. You can forget about spending on heavy-duty mouth washes, pricey body butters, scrubs and even lip gloss. This miracle formula pretty much covers it all. Use it as a face cream, body moisturizer and a makeup brush cleaner. Gargle a spoon full of cold-pressed coconut oil (AKA oil pulling) as a natural breath freshener due to its powerful antibacterial properties. Mix a dollop of oil with a small chunk of your lipstick and you’ve got yourself a tinted lip gloss. Got eczema? Forget visiting the doctor. Coconut oil treats it all.
Nykaa Recommends: Kama Ayurveda Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
2. He’s a Jelly Good Fellow
You know Vaseline as a skin-protectant that soothes chapped lips and softens rough cuticles. But you can also stash a tub in your bathroom cabinet to remove your makeup, discipline stubborn baby hair and protect your nose and cheeks from dehydrated patches. Just a dab of this jelly on your wrists and neck works perfect as a fragrance primer. It's a classic multitasker that works from head (dewy eyelids and shiny lashes) to toe (healing severely cracked feet). Since this formula runs out real quick, you can afford to buy two. Each tub costs only 42 bucks.
Nykaa Recommends: Vaseline Original Pure Skin Jelly
3. Excuse Me While I Powder My Nose
If you're like us, you've had your loose powder for years and the jar is still half full. That's because you've been limiting its potential by just using it to tackle shine. What most don’t know is loose powders and bronzers work hand in hand. If you overdo your bronzer, all you have to do is sweep the colorless powder over it to smooth out any harsh lines or tone down too much pigment. Also, dabbing a little on during the day at home keeps you face from sweating.
Nykaa Recommends: NYX Professional Makeup Studio HD Finishing Powder
4. Just Balm Down, Will you?
Foundation, who? This tinted balm is about to kick your usual coverage to the curb. This formula is a primer, moisturizer, SPF and a foundation all in one little tube. The cream is super lightweight, protects you from UVA and UVB rays all the while providing a little color. It even boosts skin radiance and controls oily skin that lends an even, matte finish. Oh, and if you like flaunting beautiful skin at home, just put this on before you start your day. Who’s judging? Your walls? Who would not want to invest in such a budget friendly makeup essential?
Nykaa Recommends: Nykaa SKINgenius BB Cream SPF30
5. Gin And Tonic
The 10-step nighttime beauty routine. Ugh, who has time for that? Not you, so invest in a product that gives you all the pre-sleep skin care you need without wasting time. This Rosewater infused mist does exactly that. It cleanses, tones and moisturizers while promoting a youthful, supple complexion. If you sip on some gin while you’re at it, you get the perfect G&T. Get it? Plus, when you get a Forest Essentials product for under 400 bucks that covers your entire CTM routine, you buy it honey.
Nykaa Recommends: Forest Essentials Facial Tonic Mist Pure Rosewater (Travel Mini)
We certainly hope this curated list of best budget beauty products (or as we’d like to call, intelligent investments) are going to help you focus on important cash practices like cost cutting. That way, you get to enjoy the best in beauty without having to become as poor as a church mouse. With that said, if you commit to following these rules and recommendations without fail, we welcome you with open arms to a better world. A brighter world. The world of smart buying. Ladies, see you on the other side.