It’s not only hard being a girl… it’s freaking expensive!

Think about all the beauty products you use, from body wash, to fake tan, to serums, to dry shampoo and the $$$ spent on your appearance add up quick-fast. 

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So you need to make sure that the products you’re buying are actully working and it’s more of a bonus if they’re cheap too!

Luckily some beauty experts have recently revealed the five budget beauty items you can buy from pharmacies including Priceline and Chemist Warehouse that are ‘better than high-end products’.

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These will save you the $$ and make you look fiiiine! 

St Tropez Extra Dark Mousse, $59.99

Whilst $59.99 isn’t exactly ‘cheap’ St Tropez Extra Dark Mousse is still a lot cheaper than some high-end fake tans, but with results that outstrip them. 

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You can pick it up from Priceline but if you’re savvy you’ll keep an eye on other retailers like ASOS for when it’s on sale. 

The extra dark mousse allows you to choose how dark you want to go based on how long you leave it on. 

On the Priceline website the product has a three and a half star rating on Priceline’s website, with some rave reviews. 

‘You get a deep dark natural looking tan that doesn’t sit in the dry spots like knees and elbows’ one person posted.

Pantene Micellar Water Shampoo and Conditioner, $13
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Your locks will be looking lush for a measly $13 with Pantene’s Micellar Water shampoo and conditioner. 

The micellar water range is popular with many beauty experts, because it gently removes any dirt without getting rid of your hair’s natural shine.

‘Not only that, but the range is also pH-balanced, silicone, paraben and dye-free,’ hair experts at Beauticate said.

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Plus, Selena Gomez is the face of the brand and her hair is always on point!

Real Techniques BLEND + BLUR Foundation Brush, $34.99
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I'm so happy I found this @realtechniques Blend and Blur foundation brush, and that too on sale! I've been contemplating whether it was worth making an international order just to get this brush but it would have been far too expensive. I happened to come across it in one of the local department stores this evening. I tried it out as soon as I got home, and I must say, it is worth the purchase. It blends my foundation seamlessly. The brush head is the right size as well for my small face. I hope it will wash well. My other Real Techniques brushes have lasted very well till now, so I have high hopes for this one. #haul #realtechniques #realtechniquesblendandblur #foundationbrush #paddlebrush

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There’s nothing better than a bargain beauty buy… oh except when it also SAVES YOU TIME!

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Yes, this beauty of a brush from Real Techniques will make your foundation application easier and quicker, which means 2 more mins of snoozing in the morning, right?!

The brush has an impressive 4.3 star rating out of five with the only downside being that it’s a bit difficult to clean. 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Sun Cream, $29.99

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Once we pass our teens we realise that sunblock is actually important if we don’t want to look like a prune. 

So make sure you get your hands on some La Roche-Posay Anthelios for superior sun protection for a modest price. 

It contains the antioxidant, Baicalin, to fight free radicals on the surface of the skin whilst offering the highest UVA and UVB sun protection.

Antipodes Blessing Solution Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum, $54
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Skincare range Antipodes hails from NZ and uses only the best quality ingredients. 

Their face serum is vegan and designed to fight against the stress caused by urban environments by providing a banner against pollution particles.

With ingredients like cold-pressed kiwi seed oil and Savignon Blanc grape seeds you’ll feel super lux using this serum. 

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