Splurge vs Steal: Spring essentials
Get back to basics this spring by stocking up on essentials. Whether you’re strapped for cash or have money to splash, here are the goodies that’ll help you get through the warmer months looking pretty and preened to perfection.
Splurge: Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, 15mL, $30
Just the name of this rich lip balm will make you want to slather it all over your pout! It’s loaded with shea butter, olive extract, and vitamins A and E for long-lasting hydration.
Save: Bellamer Nourishing Lip Balm, 15g, $10
Got cracked, flaky and dry lips? This balm will come to the rescue. With super-nourishing oils like mango and almond, you can say hello to soft and replenished lips.
Splurge: Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion, 300mL, $45
Scaly skin, be gone! Ditch dryness with this smooth lotion, minus the heavy and sticky feeling that some heavier moisturisers can leave behind. Oh, and the sleek bottle will look dreamy on your vanity!
Save: Yes To Coconuts Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion, $14.99
If, like us, you’re crazy for anything that smells like coconut, add this light spray lotion to your list! Plus, it contains 97 per cent natural ingredients including virgin coconut and jojoba oils. Winner!
Splurge: Michael Kors Liquid Self Tanner, 150mL, $55
We can’t go past the shimmering gold packaging of this fake tan! Not only will it look ultra luxe in your bathroom, but it’ll give you an even and glowing tan to boot.
Save: Rimmel London Sun Shimmer Self Tan Mousse, 150mL, $16.95
A personal fave of mine, this faux tanning mousse dries in just two minutes, has a barely-there scent and fades so evenly – no patchiness in sight!
Splurge: Botani Olive Hand Cream, 100g, $24.95
Did you know olive could give your skin seriously long-lasting hydration? This rich hand cream will leave your mitts looking and feeling soft and smooth for hours on end.Save: Swisse Rosehip Hand Cream, 100mL, $9.95
Save: Swisse Rosehip Hand Cream, 100mL, $9.95
If you love hand cream but hate greasy finishes, this one’s for you. It’s enriched with nourishing rosehip oil and grape seed oils for softs and healthy-looking hands and nails.
Splurge: Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil, 50mL, $65
Give your skin a natural glow and loads of hydration with this rich, softening oil. Simply warm two to three drops between your fingertips and press it into your face, neck and décolletage for an instant gleam.
Save: Thursday Plantation Brightening Oil, 60mL, $19.95
Struggling with uneven skin tone and premature ageing? This antioxidant-rich oil is formulated to target age spots, pigmentation and fine lines, all while giving you a gorgeous, enviable glow.
Splurge: Sorme BB Cream, 50mL, $55.95
Forgo the heavy foundation for much lighter coverage with this all-in-one BB cream. It if formulated with skin-loving argan oil, vitamin E, aloe, and chamomile to hydrate and calm skin, and SPF 30 sun protection – major win!
Save: COVERGIRL Smoothers BB Cream, 40mL, $13.95
This lightweight cream will give you flawless coverage, natural-looking radiance and softness in an instant. As an added bonus, it won’t clog your pores and contains SPF 15 sun protection. What more could you want?!
Have you updated your beauty products for spring? Would you like to try any of these luxe-to-less buys?