Drug Store Beauty Buys Under $30
AS A WORKING MAKEUP ARTIST, ELLEN MALONE CARRIES MAINLY HIGH END, LUXURY PRODUCTS IN HER KIT. BUT THERE ARE MANY TOP-QUALITY DRUG STORE ITEMS OUT THERE THAT WON'T BREAK THE BANK. HERE SHE LISTS HER TOP SEVEN BEAUTY ESSENTIALS UNDER $30.
1. COTTON PADS
Seems like a strange thing to include on this list, right? Wrong!
Upgrading to a better cotton pad will give you a deeper cleanse (using less product) and your skin won’t be irritated.
These little babies are made from 100% organic, unbleached cotton, are multi-layered and they feel like heaven on the skin!
Just one pad will take off a whole face of makeup – or completely remove your manicure. Promise!
2. TINTED DRY SHAMPOO
If you don’t have this in your beauty arsenal, then I really don't know what rock you have been living under!
Gone are the days of dry shampoo only working for Blondes – in 2017, everyone can have the joy of extending their colour and covering their regrowth.
Pro tip: Apply HEAPS of dry shampoo to your roots, wait a few minutes and then blow dry it out. Your hair will feel silky and look shiny without a trip to the hairdresser.
Our pick: Batiste dry shampoo $12.99
3. TEN MINUTE FACELIFT
Believe me when I say there is a product on the market that’s the closest you’ll get to cosmetic injectables, for a fraction of the price!
Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Plumping Mask is loved by the likes of Kylie Jenner – and it really does lift and plump the skin in under 15 minutes.
Pop on a generous layer and lie down while it works its magic (the lifting effect works better not having to fight gravity!) then simply wash off and apply makeup as usual – you’ll love your glowing, plump skin!
Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask $32.99
4. EYE DROPS
When a photographer is retouching a beauty image, one of the first things they do is brighten the whites of the eyes in Photoshop, making you appear younger and fresher. Get a similar effect day-to-day with a few eye drops, instantly helping your peepers whenever you feel over tired.
Refresh eye drops $15.50
5. SINGLE USE SHEET MASKS
Think of these as a whole bottle of serum infused into your skin!
Nifty disposable masks are the ultimate if you have a busy schedule. Simply pop one on and leave it for 10-15 minutes, before removing and applying moisturiser. No rinsing necessary!
Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Firming Mask Set $20
6. NON SMUDGE MASCARA
Did you know your mascara should be thrown out 12 weeks after opening? Didn't think so!
Mascara is one of those beauty items that needs frequent replacing - and Maybelline has been at the top of the everyday mascara game since they first launched in 1915.
My pick: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Blackest Black $23.95
7. MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER
I honestly don't know what I’d do without this in my life.
Micellar water is a liquid where the oil is suspended in a water based solution, making it easier to remove your makeup with a cotton pad - no rinsing required.
I often use it to clean up under the eyes during professional makeup application. It’s also a makeup remover and can help refresh the skin before applying moisturiser.
Garner Micellar Cleansing Water $13.99