I’d be lying if I said an abundance of free products wasn’t one of the perks of working as a beauty writer.
But I’m also willing to admit this can easily translate to a certain disregard where pricing is concerned.
It’s one thing to get mascara for free in the post. It’s quite another to pay for it with your own hard-earned money.
That’s why I try my best to be objective and vouch for products across different price points. And believe me when I say, expensive does not always equal effectiveness in beauty. Where to spend versus where to save will always come down to personal preference.
For me, I’d rather splurge on big ticket skincare tools, serums, foundation and concealer. But things like cleansers, moisturisers, hair styling products and fun makeup buys? I’m a bargain hunter all the way.
So, in the spirit of sharing, I’ve compiled eight beauty products under $30 I’ll never stop using, from do-it-all skin salves to the world’s greatest waterless cleanser.
Keep scrolling for the edit, and why I love every single one.
1. Lanolips Golden Dry Skin All Over Salve, $28.95.
An all-over skin ointment made up of over 70 per cent lanolin, beeswax and manuka honey.
Incredibly rich and works to treat flaky, dry, chapped or irritated skin anywhere on the body (think lips, cuticles, elbows, heels and similar).
Also comes in the smaller Lanolips Golden Dry Skin Salve 25g size you can stash in your handbag or office drawer.
Why I love it:
This is like the MacGyver of skin care. It does it all. I especially love it on cuticles and when my lips are really, really cracked.