When I’m feeling down/anxious/stressed/overwhelmed/angry, I’m usually overcome with a strong desire to treat myself to something nice – a jumbo toblerone bar, a $111 foundation, a $319 pair of shoes. Clearly, both my finances and health would be in disarray if I indulged my every negatively fuelled whim, so for me cheap pick me ups are the way to go, and naturally I gravitate towards the world of beauty products. Here’s a selection of cheap and cheerful, and for the most part natural, beauty purchases, perfect for that sometimes much needed self-care present lovingly/jokingly addressed to yourself.
I love these tinted pencil lip balms by Crop because, like everything I love the most, they’re multi-use. While they’re not necessarily described as being multi-use, I use them on my lips and as a light, cream blush on my cheeks, and occasionally for a slightly dewy, pink tint on my eyelids. There’s currently two shades available, a natural pink and a dusty rose, and the Shea Butter and Vitamin E heavy formula ensures that your lips remain fresh and moisturised. For only $16, it’s a pretty worthwhile purchase.
Nail polish is something I definitely go through phases of either using religiously or not at all, the latter choice usually leading to me totally disregarding my nails, letting them get into a questionable state. When I’m experiencing a pro nail polish phase, I prefer to use polishes that don’t contain dangerous ingredients, which is why Kester Black is such a great brand. Their Australian made nail polishes are free from ten of the most harmful ingredients, and are also cruelty free and vegan. The colour range is very pleasing (I love the colours Atonic and Petra) and $20 for a safe, high quality nail polish is well worth it.
Apparently this brand is a favourite of Kylie Jenner, and I have to admit that I follow her on Snapchat and can confirm that she has snapped this brand’s products several times. (In amongst the multitude of photos of fake nails, lip kits and million dollar cars of course.) At $9.00 this really is a steal, allowing you to buy into a bit of that illustrious Kardashian-Jenner lifestyle if that’s what you’re into, or just saving you a whole lot of money compared to the price of other facial sprays. It’s super refreshing and hydrating and will make your complexion feel fresh and glowy.
This may only apply if you have oily skin, but I’m sure most people will find a pack of these handy during summer when your matte makeup has a tendency to look dewy and wet-look in a not so ideal way. I was intensely sceptical about the effectiveness of blotting papers and have always thought of them as a gimmicky beauty product, like those hair ties that look like rubber springs and those weird hairbrush-hair straightener hybrids, but after trying these much hyped Tatcha blotting papers I’m happy to say I’ve been proven wrong. They do a pretty impressive job of absorbing excess oil without ruining your makeup and they aren’t powdery like other blotting papers, which can leave behind a residue on your face. The packaging is beaut and they’re $17.00 for a pack of 30, which will last you a surprisingly long time.
This balm is the holy grail of multi-use skincare products, the multi-use product to end all multi-use products if you will. It can save chapped lips, restore dry, cracked skin to its former glory, ease the pain of burns and stings, help sooth eczema, be used as a night time moisturiser, fade stretch marks, treat freshly tattooed skin, cuts, grazes, wounds, clear up cracked heels and pretty much anything else skin wise you can think of. The tube version is $19.90 and will last you for quite a while, but if you’re wanting it to last for literally years, then invest a little more in the $38.00 full size version, which is packaged in a very cute vintage style tin. When you realise how long it will last you and the multitude of benefits it can have for your epidermis, it works out to be a very cheap purchase. This is one of those products that everyone should have in their bag/on their bedside table/in their bathroom cupboard/in their pocket at all times, it really is that good.
This ingenious two step mask uses pure Jeju camellia oil followed by a lifting essence sheet mask that banishes dullness, brightens skin, fights hyperpigmentation and dark spots, and gives you a very pleasing radiant glow, like you’ve just been born or have just given birth (I’m assuming both these experiences give your skin a certain youthful sheen). It’s available on Nudie Glow, a great website to check out if you’re interested in the insanely impressive world of Korean skincare, and is a mere $10.00. The ultimate mask to use pre any big event or just for a skin pick me up to use while you hang out in a fluffy bath robe and take weird snapchats of your sheet masked face.