Makeup & Skincare
Tired of splashing your hard-earned cash on expensive so-called "miracle" products? The new beauty mantra? Mass-tige.
Yes, we trawled the supermarket shelves in search of the top budget beauty buys that won't hurt your hip pocket but will provide maximum benefits.
SKINCARE FOR THE FACE
Cleanser: Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser 200ml, about $12.95
Expect a squeaky clean without dryness. It works on normal to oily complexions and contains hydroxyl acid, which is claimed to penetrate deep into the skin and pores to cleanse while improving the texture.
Toner: Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner, www.thebodyshop.co.nz
Soothe the skin post cleanser, treatment or after sun with this ultra-gentle alcohol- and fragrance-free toner. Also doubles as a make-up remover.
Serum: Burt's Bees Radiance Serum, $45.00, www.burtsbees.co.nz
Infused with royal jelly, liquorice root extract, glycerine and a cocktail of vitamins and amino acids, this serum provides an instant glow and more radiant skin in weeks.
Eye Cream: QV Face Revitalising Eye Cream, about $18.50, from pharmacies
Enriched with safflower oil, this delicate eye cream is free from fragrance and colouring, and claims to help smooth and hydrate the fragile skin around the eyes while banishing dark circles.
Day Cream: Olay Total Effects Day Cream with SPF15, about $30, department stores, pharmacies and supermarkets
When this face cream was re-invented with the seven anti-ageing secret weapons, it instantly became a top seller. Slather it on to smooth lines, nourish the skin and give it a barrier of protection.
Night Cream: L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Intense Nutrition Repairing Night Cream, 50ml, about $35, department stores, pharmacies and supermarkets
Enriched with pro-calcium, royal jelly and 10 oils, this rich night cream nourishes and repairs mature skin and increases plumpness overnight.
Natural: Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream, about $35, www.healthchemist.co.nz
If you prefer a more natural approach, this sweet-scented day cream contains pure plant extracts of wild rose and essential fatty acids to strengthen, protect and hydrate the skin.
Tinted moisturiser: Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear SPF30+, $21.90, www.allergypharmacy.co.nz
No-onee should leave home without a daily application of sunscreen and this gem is a moisturiser, sunscreen and foundation in one. Suitable for all skins, especially those sensitive to sunscreens, you'll get serious broad-spectrum protection without the grease.
Exfoliant: Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, $15.99, department stores, pharmacies and supermarkets
This gentle microbead-based exfoliant contains active ingredients and moisture-rich soy extracts to gently smooth skin and even its tone and texture.
Cleansing Mask: Body Shop Warming Mineral Face Mask, www.thebodyshop.co.nz
Perfect for congested skin and those in need of a deep cleanse, it contains a purifying combination of ginger, cinnamon oil and kaolin clay that magically warms up on application.
Hydrating Mask: Natio Ageless Hydrating Mask, about $22, department stores, pharmacies and supermarkets
A nourishing blend of organic rosehip oil, sesame oil, papaya, and a skin-saving blend of vitamins and antioxidants - slather it on twice a week for an ultra hydration hit.
Soothing balm: Lucas' Papaw Ointment, about $11, pharmacies
This beauty must-have contains pure papaw and papain which have antiseptic and healing properties. Apply it on absolutely everything - insect bites, burns, dry chafed skin, bruises, cuts, cracked nipples, nappy rash and even dermatitis and eczema. Oh, and it makes for the perfect lip balm.
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