The beauty struggle is real. Almost every day, we discover a serum, exfoliator, cleanser, or face mask that sounds like the solution to many – if not all – of our beauty woes. The only issue? There’s no way to guarantee you’ll like something or that it will work for you without trying it out for yourself. Reviews and word-of-mouth recommendations only get you so far, and a brief experience with a tester isn’t always enough.
If you aren’t sure about a product and it costs, say, $60, you might hesitate, wondering if it’s worth the risk. To help ease this daily dilemma, here are some of our favourite budget beauty skincare buys you need to try out for yourselves, and they’re all under $10!
#1 Sephora Fiber Eye Mask
Our favourite thing about Sephora’s eye masks is the number of variants. When an eye mask is this affordable, you don’t feel bad about trying out all eight types! The eye masks come in Rose, Pearl, Honey, Ginseng, Green Tea and more, to tackle various issues like toning, anti-ageing, hydrating, brightening, and soothing. You can even double up and use them under your regular face masks!
Sephora Fiber Eye Mask, $3 each, from Sephora Singapore
#2 Vaseline Lip Therapy
Nothing ruins your flawless makeup quite like dry lips, especially if you love matte lipsticks. We know it takes dedication and discipline to keep your lips from getting dry throughout the day (drinking lots of water), but you’ve also got to make sure you’re using a lip balm that’s good for you! Like much of the skincare that’s out there, lip balms don’t work the same on everyone. Thankfully, they’re largely inexpensive so you can try out as many as it takes to find the right one!
Vaseline Lip Therapy, $4, from Guardian and Watsons
#3 St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub
You know those days when simply washing your face isn’t enough? You realise your skin texture is looking a little rough and blackheads are starting to build up. I love a good face scrub, but also one that’s not too harsh. Of course, don’t scrub your face too hard either when using an exfoliator like this. You don’t want to damage your skin! St. Ives also has a range of scrubs (if you have sensitive skin I’d recommend checking out the Oatmeal one) with various benefits.
St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub, $9.90, from Watsons
#4 Nivea Visage Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes
You might know by now that I am a huge fan of makeup cleansing wipes. After a night out I’m almost always exhausted and these are a lifesaver, especially for someone with sensitive skin and eyes (what a chore). There is also something incredibly satisfying about running a cool cleansing wipe across your face and seeing the makeup come off on it. There are other types of face wipes by Nivea you can try, like refreshing or exfoliating ones, if sensitive skin isn’t your primary concern.
Nivea Visage Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes, $9.60, from Watsons
#5 Nexcare Acne Patch
It’s no secret that women in their 20s and 30s still break out. I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there, and while many people may swear by certain blemish gels and creams, it clearly doesn’t work for the rest of us. If you haven’t heard of acne patches, they’re like little stickers you apply to pimples to dry them out and boost the healing process. Many a beauty blogger have tried this and raved about it, calling it nothing short of miraculous. Will it work for you? Well, I suppose you’ll just have to try it out for yourself!
Nexcare Acne Patch, $8.60, from Guardian
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