Even if you’re not a typical beauty junkie, it can still cost a fortune to buy all the essential makeup bag items, skincare set and what not. Bye bye all that hard earned cash when you visit a luxe beauty counter and baulk at the price of a teeny tiny pot of concealer, but buy it anyway because the salesperson guilted you into it. Now you’re poor. But the good news is that the beauty selection at our supermarkets has tripled in the last few years. There’s actually a very good range now and you can peruse all the options without being rushed into a purchase, and hey sometimes its on sale (even cheaper, winner!). We’re not ashamed to divulge that we love a bargain – could you tell? And we know for certain that just because it’s affordable, doesn’t mean it’s inferior to its exxy ($$$) counterpart. If you’ve got a twenty on you, these are the best buys to look out for.
Glow Lab Gel Cleanser, $16
A very gentle cleanser that washes away light makeup, and will give your skin a gentle exfoliation with fruit acids. Ooh and the packaging is on point!
Rimmel Lasting Foundation, $18.95
Hands down one of the best foundations you can buy anywhere. Don’t be rattled if you happen to get more compliments when you’re wearing this instead of the expensive foundation you own.
Woolworths Quick & Easy Nail Polish 30 Removal Wipes, $2
A lot easier and less messy than using traditional nail polish remover. Handy to keep in your bag and discreet enough to use in public when you can’t stand the sight of your chipped nails.
1000 Hour Eyelash & Brow Dye Kit, $18.99
One of the best-selling products at the supermarket is this brow game changer. Another excellent way to save money is to tint your own eyebrows at home with this foolproof kit.
Mud 2in1 Nail Polish Base Top Coat, $3
Products that are multifunctional are the best. This thrifty buy, perfectly polishes your nails for a salon looking finish.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eye Eraser Concealer, $18.95
This is a beloved concealer championed by beauty editors, bloggers and even makeup artists (believe it or not). It’s creamy and has an unfussy applicator tip.
Thankyou Body Wash Geranium & Rosewood, $13.00
This smells pretty fancy and fresh for a fragranced supermarket body wash. It also looks attractive sitting in your shower all cute and pink.
EcoTools Starter Pack, $19.60
One the most exciting purchases on the run. Firstly because you never used to be able to get a complete brush set at the supermarket, and secondly because the quality is totally astonishing.
Dickisons Witch Hazel, $7.70
A hall of fame all-rounder. It can serve as a body firming treatment and a facial toner. It helps to reduce inflammation, redness, shrink your pores and soak up excess oil when you use it in between cleansing and moisturising.
Words by Jennifer Aitken