Beauty On A Budget

Times are tough. South Africa is in a recession and consumers are bearing the brunt of the financial burden imposed on us. This involves cutting back, especially on luxuries. For many women, this means a cut in their beauty budget but there’s no need to get sad or panic. Looking beautiful does not require the most expensive products on the market. Many award-winning beauty products can be found for R500 or less. Here are a few of the top trending that will not cost you an arm or a leg.


These cleansing wipes are a staple in my skincare routine. It gently cleanses and removes makeup without drying out the skin and doesn’t strip it of its natural moisture. If you have dry and sensitive skin like I do then this is your go-to.

Fresh hydrating micellar cleansing wipes, Johnson’s, R59,95 at Dis-Chem.


No girl can go without mascara let alone volumizing ones. Loreal’s mascaras are world renowned for their quality and their benefits are true to their word and the volume million lashes mascara is no exception. The brush has tightly packed bristles that ensures each lash is coated from root to tip. Hello drama!

Loreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara, R202 at Clicks


Visiting a nail technician can be expensive but there is another quick, easy and affordable way to get well-manicured nails. Try Sally Hansen’s gel nail varnish. It will give you the same HD colour and shine that an LED-cured manicure will, and keep your budget on track.

Sally Hansen miracle gel nail polish, R135 at Clicks


If you are not already moisturizing your body, start now! Moisturizer is not for the face only. A good body cream will hydrate the skin, replenish dry spots, and smooth calluses.

Caribbean Tan nourishing honey and milk body butter, R79.95


Foundation is a must, it will conceal any spots and blemishes on the skin and even out your skin tone. It doesn’t matter how good the rest of your makeup looks, if the foundation isn’t right the makeup won’t look right.

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Foundation, R200 at Clicks

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Francis Ferreira
Francis Ferreira


Francis Ferreira is a professional makeup artist & hair stylist. He studied makeup & hair design at Kohl Makeup Academy. He has always been in love and fascinated with makeup and how it can transform and enhance a face. His passion for beauty and skin care stems from many years of experience working for prestige cosmetic brands MAC & Bobbi Brown. Francis loves sharing the art of makeup with women and show them how they can utilize it to enhance their own beauty.

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