It’s the end of the month, and like our fridges and pantries, our skincare routines are looking a little bare. But we still have a need for our regular beauty products, so what’s a girl to do?

With payday around the corner we decided to take the opportunity to test out a few of our less expensive products. Who says you can’t maintain a full beauty routine on a budget?

Take a look at our favourite budget beauty finds here.

Tasha

Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Cream
R52,95 for 400ml, dischem.co.za

It’s the end of the month and my usual go-to moisturiser and body cream has taken its last breath and to make matters worse, we’re in the heart of winter so my skin is crying out for a little extra TLC. There’s no way of getting around needing a good moisturiser.

Luckily for me, this week we were tasked with trying out new budget-friendly beauty finds. My pick? The Rich Nourishing Body Cream from Nivea. The luxuriously thick formula, added almond oil and deep moisture serum keep your skin smooth, soft and hydrated, giving you instant relief. Win!

Now the only problem is keeping it away from my significant other, since he seems to be absolutely loving it too.

Elené

Mixa Restoring Hand Cream

R59,99, coming soon to selected stores

So, I’ve been a bit of a Mixa evangelist since my fiancé started using their body cream almost a year ago, nearly curing his psoriasis completely. Not only did the products work wonders for his skin, they are really very affordable. So when their brand new hand cream landed on our desk, I immediately grabbed their Restoring Hand Cream with Allantoin to give it a go.

Just like their body lotion with the same active ingredient, the hand cream is super moisturising and fast-absorbing. It is a bit greasier than some of the girls on the team prefer, but it did wonders for my cuticles which I struggle to keep moisturised during winter. I also found that it keeps my hands moisturised for quite some time, as I only needed to reapply once throughout the day. Mixa is a French pharmacy brand specialising in sensitive skin and can be found in both Clicks and Dis-Chem. For more info visit mixa.com.

Carmen

Yorba Organics Softening Foot & Heel Balm with wild-harvested Mafura
R80 for 100ml, yorba.com

I got the Yorba Organics Softening Foot & Heel Balm as part of our budget beauty roundup, and after reading the label I was surprised to find that it’s vegan and of 100% natural origin. As an added bonus, it’s free of sulfated surfactants, synthetic fragrances, parabens, petrochemicals and synthetic colourants, all while being pH-adjusted AND biodegradable!

That’s quite a bargain for just R80, don’t you think? And besides everything listed above, it’s a great product as well! I’ve recently started making a conscious effort to look after my feet better, and this balm will definitely make it into my regime. It has a lovely cooling peppermint scent, and applies smoothly without being sticky or oily. I’ll definitely be giving Yorba a prime spot in my bathroom cabinet!

Leandra

Johnson’s Fresh Hydration Micellar Gel with Rose Water
R50,35 for 150ml, clicks.co.za

I need to wash my face every morning and evening! Since a skincare routine can be an expensive routine to follow, I am relieved to have come across these Johnson’s Fresh Hydration range.

I love that it’s an affordable but effective range to use! My skin reacted very well to this gel cleanser and I love the rose water smell. This is my new favorite budget face wash to use when the month seems to stretch out too long.

Marié

Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Intense Therapy Conditioner
R41.99, clicks.co.za

Look, they don’t call me Nina die boskind for nothing. I have this curls-but-not-Rapunzel-curls type of hair. No, instead I have dry, messy, chaotic hair. I have learned to embrace it, and there is nothing that a hat can’t fix! But one day I decided that enough is enough. Liezel saw the irritation on my face and gave me the Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Conditioner.

I started using it once a week and it helped to keep my hair at bay. When you have dry hair, you need something to feed your mane, to straighten it and to protect it against a combing session after a day of hiking in the mountains. Sometimes, especially with the wet winter months in Stellenbosch, I use this intense therapy conditioner every second day. The best thing about it is that my hair is still dry and chaos, but it is more manageable. I can comb through it with more ease and less swearing. It smells good and with the end of the month feeling like a year, this is an affordable and effective way to tame the boskind in me without breaking the bank.

Liezel

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion Face
R287 for 88ml, Clicks, Dis-Chem and Select Pharmacies

Cetaphil is one of my personal favourite brands. Their products are fuss-free, effective and easy enough on your pocket. Personally I am willing to spend a little more on face care than body care as long as I know that I’m getting bang for my buck. The Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion has been formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, which holds water against the skin for long-lasting moisture. It’s also fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic, making it a great choice for my sensitive skin. What I love most, though, is that they’ve managed to create a lightweight, easily absorbed formula that still meets the needs of dry and very dry skin. So I don’t have to deal with that ultra-heavy, sticky feel.

What are your go-to budget beauty products when the month gets long? Let us know in the comments below!

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