Budget Beauty: The broke girl’s guide to looking gorgeous

Being a girl is hard. We have to get up twice as early as our male counterparts just to go through our whole beauty routine. And it’s not just a once-in-a-while thing, we have to do it every day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Moisturisers, sunscreen, makeup, haircare… oh the list is endless. Worse yet, the products are pricey and it can really add up. Don’t you think your monthly beauty budget could be better distributed to, oh I don’t know, your shoes? Larissa to the rescue!

If you’ve had your eyes on a pretty pair of pumps for months and have been hoping to find an area of your budget that you can shave a few dollars off then look no further than your beauty cupboard. I’ve sought out ways for you to supplement your beauty closest with products from your kitchen and even your shed! 

Read on to get the most out of your beauty buck.

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Image courtesy of Above Magazine

How do you save on beauty spoils? Tell us in the comments below!

Larissa Thorne (Deputy Editor)

Larissa Thorne (Deputy Editor)

When I'm not working on getting my first novel finished you'll find me buried under the great wall of credit card debt that I've collected over the years. I am a hoarder of shoes, jewellery, books and Disney DVDs and am physically incapable of restricting my chocolate intake.

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The Garnier BB cream is the best drugstore one on the market and it's only ~$13 (half that if it's on sale at Coles). Also, Lush has some beautiful lip scrubs...I reckon I might try that teabag trick for my undereyes.


Some fantastic ideas! I think I need the tea bags on my eyes too. Always looking for a way to save 🙂


Witch Hazel as a toner and Rose water to refresh the skin.


My all time favourite budget beauty buy has to be Cetaphil cleanser, been using it for about 15 years now and is so gentle on my sensitive skin. Holy grail cleasner and for nix at your local pharmacy!


Where has this been all me life - as a student I needed these tips!


Love the Batiste Dry Shampoo. I use it all the time!


The Smith's Rosebud Salve is awesome! I use it as a lip balm, for my cheeks, and even to tame frizzy hair.


great list of products, all very useful

Eheje Iehsji

I reccomend Benetint by Benefit for lips and blush, especially if you're looking to wear natural makeup. It feels great and it looks great! It's the kind of color that looks good on everyone