Everywhere we turn these days we are bombarded with beauty tips from the experts – make up artists, beauty editors and celebs are all giving us their top tips on the best beauty buys and the must have products to make you look your best. But it can be hard wading through all that advice, and harder still when the experts are telling you the must-have products are the ones that cost a small fortune! That’s why we’ve compiled our edit of budget beauty buys and top tips, from age-defying lotions to hair volumising solutions to home mani’s and pedi’s. We’ve got you covered from top to toe, literally, in this two-part special.
1. YOUR BEST HAIR EVER
Split and dry ends don’t look good on anyone and this will happen if you don’t look after your locks. Our top tip for preventing hair damage is to use minimal heat when styling. (We’re looking at you blow dryers, straightening irons and curling wands!) Washing your hair and leaving it to dry naturally is the best thing you can do – this can also help prevent the frizz you get from all those styling tools. If you want beautiful curls, channel past icons like Marilyn Monroe who, in the days before curling wands, used spoolies. These little gems are super soft and flexible, you simply wrap your hair around the centre and fold down to secure. Comfortable enough to sleep in, you’ll wake up with perfect curls, minus the damage and hefty price tag of hot tools.
Fine, flat hair can be a challenge, especially if you want to try a full and classy hairstyle. If you lay off the blowdryer and let hair airdry, you’ll notice your hair has much more volume than when you dry it straight. Rather than investing in a bunch of volumising products like textursing sprays and shampoos which can leave hair crunchy and oily, the simplest and in our opinion most effective tool, is a Hair Volumiser – a clip insert that you place at the crown of your head, pull hair over and style. It’s so easy to use and comes in a number of sizes, so you can control just how much oomph you want!
In between colours, regrowth can be a nightmare, but that doesn’t mean you need to make a dash back to the salon. Colouring your hair too often can be so damaging, which looks ten times worse than dark roots! Instead, there are options like the instant colour touch up brush or the colour comb – these clever touch-up tools blend with your natural hair colour to cover-up regrowth and stray greys. The formulas are waterproof and moisture resistant so it doesn’t come out until your next shampoo, and won’t feel sticky and stiff. These are cheap and easy tools that can extend the life of your colour for a few extra weeks.
2. FACE TIME
BACK TO BASICS
Everyone knows you should wash your face twice a day, and you should never sleep in your make up. But with so many cleansing products on the market, all promising to do different things, it can be a little overwhelming. Lately a lot of the experts have been revealing their top secret – go back to basics. The Flawless Skin Beauty Soap is made from non-irritating natural bear-berry and liquorice extracts so it’s gentle on skin, and the all-natural ingredients are known to help cover spots and patches on the skin’s surface, leaving you with a smoother, more even complexion. Make sure you lather your facial cleanser onto your face, neck and décolletage – that’s probably the number one piece of advice you can be given when it comes to your face cleaning routine.
IT’S IN THE EYES
For years, people been praising the benefits of chamomile. The wild aromatic herb used medicinally for centuries is one of the most effective eye treatments you can get your hands on. When applied to puffy eyes, it helps soothe and reduce bagginess, without leaving behind residue and grease. A chamomile stick is the natural way to a more refreshed, youthful appearance!
Investing in a good pair of tweezers and shaping your eyebrows can also do miracles for your appearance. Brow experts say that you can use your eyebrows to make dark under eye circles less noticeable. Tweezing your brows so they are straight-across, breaks up the circle shape created when bags and arched eyebrows meet. The soft grip tweezers feature non-slip pads for the utmost precision and control, making them ideal for shaping your brows.
WRINKLES BE GONE!
Collagen is a protein found in the skin’s dermis (layer beneath the surface), which provides the basic foundation for your skin and supports the epidermis (skin’s surface). The loss of collagen and elastin in your body as you age results in fine lines and wrinkles. The good news is that there are ways to combat the tell-tale signs of ageing, without resorting to surgery, or super expensive products. Look for products that contain collagen, like the collagen wrinkle reducer. The unique formula contains green tea antioxidants, hyaluronic spheres and marine collagen, which work to help rejuvenate skin by plumping, smoothing and filling out lines and wrinkles, to leave you with a more youthful appearance.
KISS ME QUICK
Every other magazine you pick up has the top tips for choosing your perfect lipstick. One maintains it’s a deep shade of red, another tells you that it’s a blue-based red, and the next one insists that candy pink is your ideal shade. And then there’s long-lasting, super-moisturising formulations to throw in the mix, so most of us don’t even know where to start! Mood Stick Lipstick reacts with your own body chemistry to bring out the colour that’s really you. The set of four colours your lips in shades of pink, red and peach, and the best bit? The colours never look the same on two people. The rich, creamy formula feels like a lip balm and moisturises your lips to protect against dryness, yet sets like a long-lasting lipstick, so you don’t need to worry about the hassle of re-applying every few hours.
3. HAIR FREE, CARE FREE
Navigating your way through the hair removal market is tough – there’s a whole section dedicated to it in the supermarket! Waxing, plucking, shaving, laser…where do you start?
The ePen is a clinically tested and proven hair removal device which destroys hair at the follicle, preventing new hair from growing back. If you’re sick of shaving, waxing or expensive salon visits, this is the solution for you. It is ideal for the face, bikini line and even underarms.
Hair removal pads are an economical option, which can also be used on the delicate face as well as bikini area, underarms, and even legs. A pain-free choice, just rub the area where you want to remove the hair and say goodbye to that unwanted fuzz. Bonus, the skin is also gently exfoliated.
Hair removing gel works to dissolve hair at the root, which can prevent new hair growth, so over time you will have less hair. This is also a completely pain-free option that lasts for up to six weeks. You simply roll on a product, such as Ex-Hair Roll On, leave for five minutes and wash off.
Epilators, like the Magic Tweeze Epilator, offer an efficient alternative to waxing, especially convenient for places like the upper lip, underarm and bikini area. They remove hair from the root, which means you are hair free for longer.
Remember, however you choose to remove your unwanted hair, test a small patch first in case of irritation.
THERE’S MORE TO COME…
Part 2 of our beauty blog has our budget buys and top tips for the body as well as a how-to for perfecting salon quality manicures and pedicures at home.