10 Real Women Share Their Favourite Budget Beauty Products

I love nothing more than discovering budget beauty products that work just as well as their high-end counterparts. Sometimes the best way to find these little gems is through recommendations from friends who actually use them.

We asked 10 real women what their favourite budget beauty products are and they delivered…

Alex Whittington, 29, How To Hustle, Brisbane (AUS)


“I am in love with my NYX blush, it is $9.95 from Priceline. I used to use Pure Envy Sculpting Blush by Estée Lauder which was $55.00 until my sister recommended NYX, it works just as well and lasts just as long!

Eilish Moloney, 16, Student, Sunshine Coast (AUS)


“I got this 6 pack of Jeju Volcanic Nose Strips by Innisfree from W Cosmetics, for $6.00. I am a big fan of K-beauty (Korean Beauty Products) so I was excited to find these at Westfield! I have used heaps of different nose strips in the past but these definitely work the best.”

Ruby Schmidt, 26, Producer/Production Manager, Brisbane (AUS)

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“I don’t even have to think twice about this one! My favourite is Face Base Primer by Face of Australia it’s $11.95 and is just as good as Auto Pilot by Napoleon Perdis.”

Jenny Kennedy, 29, Occupational Therapist/Fitness Guru, Glasgow (SCT)


“My favourite budget beauty product is MAYBELLINE Lash Sensational Mascara Washable in Blackest Black. It’s £8.99 here in Scotland ($21.95 in Australia, available at Priceline). The brush is sort of a half moon shape which is great for getting all the tiny wee lashes right in the corners without smearing it all over your nose and face. It doesn’t go clumpy, defines all of your lashes, and you can build it up as you apply! I wear one coat for work/daytime and then reapply it for my nighttime eye make up.”

Laura Appleyard, 29, Gym Manager/Personal Trainer, Gold Coast (AUS)


“I use T.N Dickson’s All Natural Witch Hazel Toner. You can get it from Coles for $7.70 or on sale at Chemist Warehouse for $6.49. It is so great for my skin and prevents breakouts!”

Amber Schmidt, 21, Marketing Graduate, Brisbane (AUS)


“I used to use Mac foundation but I have changed to Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation. It is normally $18.95 but it is always on sale at different outlets! I recently bought it on sale from Woolworths for $9.50.”

Cassie Davis, 27, Mum/Small Business Owner, Mackay (AUS)


“My favourite would have to be Nude By Nature Mineral Cover. It is $39.95 which is half the price of the Estée Lauder powder that I used to use. I buy it from Priceline and would definitely recommend it as it is the best powder that I have ever used!”

Kelly Jean, 49, Pharmacy Manager, Sunshine Coast (AUS)Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 7.41.23 pm

“I have tried bronzers by Nepoleon, MAC and Lancôme but now I use DB (Designer Brands) Glow Get Em Bronzer and I love it! I get it from my work because I am a Pharmacy Manager but it is also available online for $11.99.”

Danielle Head, 27, Nursing Student, Sunshine Coast (AUS)


“I have recently discovered Olay Moisturising Lotion For Sensitive Skin and I swear by it! I spend a lot of time at the beach which can leave my skin feeling really dry, so I like to apply a good moisturiser at the end of the day. I find Olay leaves my skin feeling hydrated and fresh! I buy it from Woolworths for $13.00.”

Roxy Lewis, 31, Naturopathy Student, Gold Coast (AUS)


“My favourite budget beauty product is Corta’s Rose Water. I get it from my local Middle Eastern Grocer for $4.00 a bottle but you can also order it online from Amazon. I use it as a toner and apply it every night before bed and even bought a tiny spray bottle from the chemist so that I can carry it with me at all times. It just smells so beautiful!”

How to Sell Your Stuff: The ​Bedroom


Start with the things that no longer fit you, the things that don’t suit you and the one offs (Halloween costumes, bridesmaid/formal dresses, on-trend pieces). Be ruthless. If you haven’t worn it in 12 months are you ever going to wear it? Throw it all on the bed and start making some piles.

Pile 1: Designer Clothes – Let’s face it, labels are what the people want so these items are your best bet for a quick sale. Any well-known designer label in good to excellent condition has a chance on eBay.

Brands like Kookai, Zimmeman, Becs & Bridges all do really well on Facebook Buy Swap Sell (BSS) groups. I am a member of a BSS group in Brisbane that has something insane like 10,000 members and all the girls go crazy for labels. Do yourself a favour and ask your friends to add you to every BSS group that they are a part of and if you don’t have friends then find your local groups and send them a request to join.

Pile 2: Great Condition but Not Designer – Sort these pieces into size bundles and put them up on Gumtree, BSS and the Facebook Marketplace. The Facebook Marketplace is a new selling tool on Facebook that allows you to advertise your items to people in your area. At the end of your post there is also the option to add the post to any BSS pages that you are a part of so you don’t have to create the same post a million times. It’s ok to hedge your bets by putting items on more than one site, as long as you remember to remove them all once they have sold.


There is generally always a market for cool kicks like, Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Converse or Vans on eBay. They sell even faster and for more $$$ if they are in the original packaging. Make sure you take photos of the brand name on the tongue, sole and box (this sounds like a different kind of hustle) to show that they are authentic. Make sure that you are honest in your advertisement, if your box looks old and tired (see what I did there?) but the shoes are in mint condition then include this information in the description. It is far better to tell people before they buy it, rather than having someone complain about you.

How to Sell Your Stuff: Part 1

Early last year I found myself in a situation where I was desperate for cash. I was a stay-at-home-mum/student, my husband was working and studying full-time and we had one car. One day this reliable car decided not to start. Very long story short, it needed $2000 worth of repairs. I had a grand total of $50 in my ‘savings’ account (that’s just the name of the account, I can’t recall the last time it actually had savings in it), a maxed-out credit card and I was totally screwed. It was on this day that my best friend introduced me to Buy Swap Sell and since then it, along with eBay and Gumtree have come to my rescue on more than one occasion (like on a monthly occasion). In fact, to pay for this site I sold, 1 x limited edition pop vinyl, 1 x comic book and 1 x pair of converse.

Today I am going to start sharing my top tips for selling your stuff.

My number one top tip and probably the easiest to start with is, SELL EVERYTHING… within reason… that you have no emotional attachment to unless you are really screwed then that stuff can go too, along with your sooooouuuuulllll. Just kidding, I haven’t found a site to sell that on yet.

Seriously though, what do you have to sell and how are you going to sell it? I have sold so many random items, on all different websites and have found that the best way to start is to go through your home from room to room. Everything can be done on your phone as long as you have a steady hand and a reasonable camera, clear photos that show the item in its true form are very important.

Let’s start with the bedroom…


Oh, hey there!

Now, there are plenty of blogs out there that can teach you how to save and be responsible with money, this is not one of those blogs… this blog is for the hustle, for when you don’t really have the money to save and be responsible with.

Welcome to How to Hustle!

What is the hustle? Well, in the words of an Urban Dictionary literary genius,

“Anythin’ you need to do to make money… if you makin’ money, you hustlin”.

Maybe you’re in between jobs, saving for an overseas trip, a new stay-at-home mum, a uni student, or you have just been hit with rego and rates ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Either way, you need money and you need to know how to make it or save it. I have found myself in almost every situation that I just listed, except for rates of course,  because I’m a millennial, clearly all of that avo toast has cost me a house. Anyway, despite being stupid enough to spend a house deposit on breakfast, I have been smart enough to hustle my way through all of these situations and am *here now to share my tips and experiences in order to save you from an inevitable mini-meltdown.

*Saying that I’m “here now” sounds slightly sinister like I owed money to the Corleone’s, just want to assure you this is not the case… Unless the Corleone’s own Afterpay.