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by Christina Brandalise (subscribe)
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Published May 30th 2016
As every woman knows, beauty products cost a fortune. Who hasn't forked out hundreds of dollars for products that just weren't right, only to have them end up sitting unused in your bathroom cupboard. I just tossed several expensive creams and hair products that didn't work for me, all while lamenting the lack of samples given out to "try before you buy". I also have some trusty items I have been using for years that cost just a few dollars, as well as a newly discovered gem. All are cheap enough for anyone to try out.

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The only make up remover i've ever used that doesn't irritate my eyes


Sorbolene Cream. This supermarket item will set you back just a few dollars and I use it to cleanse my face and remove makeup. Rub it in like a face wash and remove with a warm wet facecloth, it even removes stubborn eye makeup. I'm not fussed on the brand as long as it's not the one that smells like, what I call, "hospital". I have used Homebrand, Black & Gold and Natures Organics just to name a few, whatever I find at the time really. All work well and are non drying on the skin. I have been using this method to remove makeup for about 25 years now and, at 50 years old, still get asked what my secret for such good skin is. Who knows, maybe it's this? Cosmetic company make up removers have always irritated my eyes and cleansers have always dried out my skin. This does not.

Baby Oil . If you can't live without a dedicated eye make up remover, baby oil on a cotton ball removes even waterproof mascara. Just a couple of bucks and you have enough eye makeup remover for a year. It's also a great after shower all over body moisturiser or to help maintain your summer tan and avoid peeling or flaking.

Vaseline. Banish dry feet by lathering them in vaseline, popping some bed socks on and voila!; in the morning, feet as soft as a baby's bottom. It's also great for dry lips. It works better than any lip balm I've ever tried.

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Beauty bargain of the century


Mode "2 in one foundation and concealer" sticks. I recently discovered these little miracle sticks in my local chemist. At just $3 each or, unbelievably, 2 for $4 (seriously), I went back for more as they are so good. Great to keep in your bag for touch-ups, they act like a really good concealer or a foundation stick, or both, and they come in a variety of shades. Stock up before everyone is onto it and the price goes up.

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Lots of different types to pick from


Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks. These are becoming hard to find but I have been using them for a good 15 years. Need a deep clean? Can't go past the blue Mud Pac one. For seriously glowing skin, the Strawberry Gel Cream Anti Stress mask. They are my favourite, can't-live-without masks. They are suitable for all skin types, cruelty free and vegetarian approved. They cost about $3 per sachet and I use them 1-2 times a week and love how my skin looks and feels after using them.

What are your "can't live without" bargain beauty buys?
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