Top 10 under $20

I LOVE doing tags, especially makeup ones! I’ve been a longtime follower of Beauty Broadcast on Youtube, and noticed that she uploaded a video on her top 10 makeup items under $10.

While I think it’s awesome that you can get products at such a low price point these days in America, it’s not so much the case down under, where a Maybelline mascara can cost $20. That’s why I’ve changed the tag slightly to Top 10 under $20 to fit our market here :)

I’ll still be profiling products that are as cheap as possible without compromising on quality – so here goes!

10 for under $20


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Brand rave: Essence makeup

Essence Cosmetics is one of those under the radar brands that you might have seen in Priceline but walked past because it just seems so unremarkable… Until you start using their products! To be honest, I didn’t think much of the brand as I didn’t think it would be good quality, plus the packaging wasn’t the best, but I’ve since changed my mind.

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A friend recently gave me a couple of Essence products: the gel eyeliner in Midnight in Paris, Berlin Rocks and London Baby. She also gave me Soft and Natural Long Lasting foundation in 02.

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Review: Apivita Cleansing Milk

Today I’m going to do a review on Apivita Cleansing Milk for Normal/Dry Skin. I picked this up at Priceline today, my first product from this Greek brand. I’ve seen it heaps of times in various pharmacies and in Myer, but never thought to purchase anything as it was rather pricey (I think serums are $50+!).

But as this 200ml bottle was only $15 (down from $20) and I needed a new cleanser,  I thought I’d give it a go.

It apparently contains the following ingredients:

  • Almond and olive oils gently remove dirt and make-up without drying the skin
  • Honey moisturizes and nourishes skin
  • Orange essential oil tones the skin and offers a radiant glow
  • Lavender, neroli and geranium essential oils soothe, rejuvenate and moisturize the skin

APIVITA replaces water in the face cleansing range with green tea infusion to enhance the antioxidant action of the products

Excludes synthetic ingredients that may pose harmful effects to your health and the environment.
Free of: Mineral Oil, Parabens, Silicone and Propylene Glycol.

What made me buy this particular ‘flavour’ was that it contained honey and orange – when I pumped some out of the bottle it smelt divine! It has a really distinct orange flavour. I used it to remove my makeup, just by massaging the cream all over my face, and then washing it off with water.

While it did remove most of my foundation and eye makeup, some traces of eyeliner were left on my lower lashline. This is usually to be expected so I wasn’t too fussed. However, some of it went into my eye and it really stung.

That was a little annoying but otherwise it left my skin feeling moisturised and not tight. It would be pretty good for those with dry skin but not sensitive skin as it is quite heavily fragranced.

Overall, I like this product and will continue to use it. I’ll post an update if my skin has a reaction to it though.

How to shop for beauty products online

If you’re like me and love shopping online, but aren’t sure where and how to go about purchasing makeup and beauty products online, then this guide is for you.

You may have avoided online shopping in the past because you were unsure of how the products would look on your skin or if the colours were true to depiction. These are all valid concerns, but the great thing about the Internet is that you may actually be getting a better deal online than in stores. Here’s what to watch out for.

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Maybelline 24h colour tattoo

I know I’m a little late on board this train, but the Maybelline 24h colour tattoo cream eyeshadows have only just hit Australian shores. I’m so glad it’s available here at Priceline, finally! I went out and bought some last week in the following three shades:

Bold Gold

Tough as Taupe

Pure White

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