BEAUTY ONA BUD­GET

Feel­ing strapped for cash af­ter the hol­i­days? There’s no need to break the bank with our pick of the top 20 pamper prod­ucts for un­der Dh200

Friday - - Living -

Vowed to save a bit of cash this Jan­uary, but don’t fancy an all-out sur­ren­der to your in­ner uckly duck­ling? You’re in luck – we’ve scoured the beauty aisles to score you some se­ri­ous bar­gains, all un­der Dh200. Rec­om­mended by us, they’ll have you look­ing twice as nice at half the price.

1 Heaven Cleanse & Tone Fa­cialWash and Orange Flower Cell Re­newal, Dh100

This duo is a match made in (and by) Heaven for gor­geous glow­ing skin. The Cleanse & Tone Fa­cial Wash is a light­weight gel for­mula con­tain­ing man­darin oil, which foams up nicely to gen­tly ex­fo­li­ate, help­ing to re­duce wrin­kles and brighten dull skin, while the Orange Flower Cell Re­newal works to re­gen­er­ate cells and vis­i­bly lessen signs of age­ing. Heaven skin­care is a well-known favourite of the Duchess of Cam­bridge, Kate Middleton – hey, if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for us!

2 Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Clas­sic, Dh103

Beauty prod­ucts flit in and out of pro­duc­tion like pret­ti­fy­ing but­ter­flies, so if some­thing has sur­vived in the in­dus­try for more than 20 years – like this cult clas­sic – you know there’s a good rea­son for it. This frangi­pan­i­fra­granced, vitamin E-en­riched dry oil is a favourite of beauty mavens ev­ery­where and can be used all over the body, face and hair for no-mess, fab­u­lous hy­dra­tion that leaves you feel­ing, and smelling, like you’ve just spent a week on a yacht in the French Riviera – with­out the ac­com­pa­ny­ing price tag. We like to rub a pea-sized amount into hair, es­pe­cially the ends, for smooth tresses with­out the grease.

3 Rim­mel Mois­ture Re­new Lip­stick, Dh49

Rim­mel is a great go-to brand for good-value good­ies, and this bar­gain-priced lip­pie is for­mu­lated with three heavy­weight su­per mois­turis­ers – polypep­tides, hyaluronic acid and nat­u­ral col­la­gen – to hy­drate and nour­ish lips all day long. The per­fect cos­me­ceu­ti­cal, it be­stows both vi­brant colour and chapped-lips-cur­ing con­di­tion­ing, so pucker up!

4 Herbline Es­sen­tials Firm Cream, Dh179

This all-nat­u­ral cream is power-packed with an­tiox­i­dants from the likes of nut­meg, cloves, cit­rus and co­rian­der seed oils, which detox­ify skin, while the coco-palm-wax and sun­flower-oil base mois­turises and strength­ens skin’s elas­tic­ity to boost firm­ness and sup­ple­ness. It’s one of our favourite night-time unguents and, be­ing or­ganic, it’s also free of chem­i­cals and parabens, so it’s safe for sen­si­tive skins.

5 CND Viny­lux Weekly Pol­ish, Dh51

A bar­gain is as much about good value as it is about low cost, and CND’s Viny­luxWeekly Pol­ish is clever enough to of­fer both. Promis­ing to last you a week with­out the need for a top coat, it’s de­signed to ad­here to your nails in a vinyl-like tex­ture that won’t chip as reg­u­lar pol­ish does – think a seven-day Shel­lac with­out hav­ing to go to a salon or buy a UV lamp. That’s what we call tip top!

6 John­son’s Baby Sham­poo, Dh10

This cheap-as-chips sham­poo is not only gen­tle enough to use on kids’ sen­si­tive heads, it’s handy as a soothing nour­isher for your own hair too. Mag­nif­i­cently mild, it cleans hair of im­pu­ri­ties with­out strip­ping away nat­u­ral oils, for re­ju­ve­nated, non-greasy sleek­ness.

7 Dr Den­nis Gross Al­pha Beta Glow Pad, Dh92

Th­ese handy multi-taskers can’t de­cide whether they’re skin­care or self-tan­ner – which is great news for you as you get the ben­e­fit of both! Con­tain­ing al­pha and beta hy­droxy acids, they work to ex­fo­li­ate, re­duce pore size and elim­i­nate black­heads, while the mi­croen­cap­su­lated DHA and soy pro­teins pre-soaked into the tow­els give skin a glow­ing and streak-free colour.

8 Olay Re­gener­ist Mi­croSculpt­ing Serum, Dh93

Hailed as one of the best anti-agers on the mar­ket, this light­weight serum is in­fused with the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of Olay Re­gener­ist’s sig­na­ture amino-pep­tide com­plex, and sinks deeply and eas­ily into the skin. The anti-age­ing for­mula works to mois­turise and in­crease firm­ness, so wrin­kles are vis­i­bly re­duced and com­plex­ion im­proves and bright­ens within a week of use. You glow girl!

9 NCLA NailWraps, Dh75

Th­ese oh-so-amaz­ing stick-on wraps give you that just-out-of-the-salon nail art man­i­cure look at home. With clas­sic colour wraps and must-try fun nail art looks that have been spot­ted on celebs like Drew Barrymore, Rachel McA­dams and Kate Bos­worth, just ap­ply the easy stick-ons to your tips to match any out­fit.

10 Max Fac­tor Creme Puff, Dh28

Talk about age­ing grace­fully, the in­ex­pen­sive Max Fac­tor Creme Puff is cel­e­brat­ing its 60th an­niver­sary this year: what a leg­end. And for good rea­son – it gives a flaw­less photo-ready matte fin­ish with a medium to full cov­er­age and has been used on A-list faces from Jean Har­low to Gwyneth Pal­trow. That’s rea­son enough to get all puffed up!

11 Kevin Mur­phy Pow­der Puff, Dh120

You know how bread rises when you add yeast? Think of this as vol­ume-build­ing yeast for your hair, ex­cept much less dis­gust­ing. This nat­u­ral for­mula won’t dam­age your tresses and can lift or tex­turise your strands with­out adding weight. Dust it to­wards the roots to in­fuse hair body and move­ment. You can even use it as a wax or serum.

12 Bour­jois Erasable Liner, Dh72

As a wise man once said, mis­takes show you are pro­gress­ing – but they can also make a whole lot of mess on your face. Rub away all those failed fe­line-eye at­tempts by us­ing this clever gel-based liner, which can be eas­ily erased thanks to its rub­ber tip. En­joy eye­liner ex­per­i­ments with­out the fear of tricky-tore­move smears.

13 UNE Skin Ideal Foun­da­tion Youth Serum, Dh140

This youth-en­hanc­ing foun­da­tion hy­drates skin, giv­ing it a ra­di­ant glow, while also work­ing to di­min­ish the signs of age­ing. Its key in­gre­di­ent is hyaluronic acid, which helps to keep skin sup­ple and firm. As an or­ganic brand, UNE’s foun­da­tion comes with whole­some in­gre­di­ents like jo­joba, ar­gan oil and beeswax that have en­rich­ing and nour­ish­ing prop­er­ties for the skin.

14 Uniq-One Hair Treat­ment, Dh100

This rev­o­lu­tion­ary all-in-one, leave-in treat­ment spray is a steal thanks to its 10 hair-sav­ing ben­e­fits for lus­cious-look­ing locks. Whether you’re look­ing for heat pro­tec­tion when styling hair, try­ing to de­tan­gle from teas­ing too much or want to pre­vent split ends, this mul­ti­tasker is worth ev­ery penny and ex­tremely easy to use – just spritz on and gen­tly blend with your hands for ef­fec­tive re­sults.

15 Daiso Ja­pan False Lashes, Dh7

Say hello to flut­tery full lashes this year at a frac­tion of the cost you’d pay at high-end stores. The qual­ity, sur­pris­ing to many, is amaz­ing. Th­ese falsies can be re-used up to three times if ap­plied and taken off care­fully and add the per­fect amount of drama to your eyes. All you need to do is ap­ply the lash glue that comes in the kit, all along the strip and wait for it to get tacky be­fore ap­ply­ing.

16 Ben­e­fit Stay Flaw­less Primer, Dh153

This primer prom­ises to keep make-up on for 15 hours and it does just that. A lit­tle goes a long way with this prod­uct to help make-up stay put and fresh all day – it’s no won­der that it has quickly be­come a favourite with makeup artists and beauty in­sid­ers. Just twist and ap­ply a tiny amount di­rectly to the face, blend if nec­es­sary with fin­gers and fin­ish with your favourite foun­da­tion.

17 L’Oréal El­nett Hair­spray, Dh13.75

Al­ways a clas­sic and thank­fully af­ford­able too, L’Oréal El­nett Hair­spray has been hold­ing up fab­u­lous hair­styles for decades. For­get crunchy hel­met heads – this gold can is a hairstyling saviour and the per­fect com­pan­ion to any on-trend look sea­son af­ter sea­son, giv­ing un­lim­ited all-day strong hold with­out stick­i­ness and a bril­liant, glossy sheen.

18 Nivea In-Shower Body Mois­turiser, Dh14

This ge­nius prod­uct has got rave re­views through­out the beauty in­dus­try and is re­garded as the new gen­er­a­tion of body lo­tions. Ap­ply af­ter cleansing to wet skin while in the shower and sim­ply wash off. The re­sult is su­per-smooth, fully mois­turised skin with­out the stick­i­ness or ex­tra time of mois­tur­is­ing post-shower. We gen­uinely love it – the only prob­lem we have is get­ting through it too quickly, but at this price you can stock up.

19 Sephora Uni­ver­sal Lip Liner, Dh52

This is a must for your make-up bag. Colour­less and wa­ter­proof, use this paraben­free lip liner as a primer that locks in lip colour all day and stops it from smudg­ing. Use it to per­fect and con­tour the shape of your pout and kiss good­bye to feath­er­ing and bleed­ing of lip­stick.

20 Pres­tige To­tal In­ten­sity Mas­cara, Dh59

Build up your lash drama with this pre­ci­sion mas­cara. The heart-shaped wand means ev­ery last lash gets a slick , help­ing them to look full and vo­lu­mi­nous. Twirl and twist the wand out­ward for more curl and a long-last­ing false lash fin­ish.

Dh100 each, The Nail Spa

Dh51, Mo­men­tum Beauty Prod­ucts

Dh103, Bin Sina Phar­macy

Dh49, Boots

Dh179, Boots

Dh10, su­per­mar­kets across the re­gion

Dh28, Boots Dh120, Sera Beauty Lounge

Dh92 for 10 or Dh165 for 20, Basharacare.com

Dh93, Boots

Dh75, West LA

Dh140, Beauty Bay

Dh72, Boots

Dh100, Salon Ink

Dh7, The Dubai Mall

Dh59, Life­style

Dh153, Sephora

Dh13.75, Car­refour

Dh14, Car­refour

Dh52, Sephora

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