5 beauty products you DON’T need + cheaper alternatives

5 beauty products you DON’T need + cheaper alternatives

There’s no two ways about it. Beauty products can be EXPENSIVE. If you’re anything like me, you love saving money and don’t want to be aimlessly throwing away money on things that aren’t worth the price tag attached to them. But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself.

Here, I’ve compiled five alternatives to popular beauty products that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. All prices are in AUD.

Shaving cream

I’ve noticed quite a popular alternative to shaving cream is conditioner! It’s makes your skin silky smooth and smells lovely. Now you’ve probably already heard of that one in the past but if you’re out of conditioner I’ve found that body wash can also do the trick. Use the body wash you already have sitting in your shower, or buy a cheap shower gel at the supermarket. Either will do the trick. You’ve gotta love multi purpose products!

Gillette Wild Berry Shave Gel 195g: $7.49

Dove Nourshing Conditioner 320ml: $6.89

Palmolive Body wash 500ml: $5.99

Lip scrub

Still want soft smooth lips but don’t want to pay for ridiculously expensive lip scrub? Head to the bathroom and look no further than your toothbrush! Rub your toothbrush over your lips after you’ve brushed your teeth. I try to remember do this every day because I honestly think it works better than actual lip scrub.

However if using your toothbrush grosses you out, or if you feel its too harsh, mix some lip balm and some sugar together and you’ve got yourself a DIY lip scrub!

Lush lip scrub 25g: $9.95

Colgate toothbrush: $2.99

Blotting paper

If you feel a sheet of blotting paper, you’ll notice the texture is very similar to baking paper! Cut some baking/parchment paper into smaller squares or rectangles and use them as you would regular blotting sheets to absorb excess oil.

Swisspers Blot Off Oil Tissues 50 pack: $6.99

Woolworths 15 metre baking paper: $2.70


Highlight seems to be the makeup trend of the moment. But if you don’t want to fork out the extra $$$ for another makeup product, search your collection for a shimmery white/pink/yellow tinged eye shadow. It will do practically the same thing!

Australis Highlife Highlighting Powder: $14.95

Essence eyeshadow: $2.00

Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is one of the products I personally would prefer to spend the extra $$$ on because I prefer it and think it’s worth the money. However dry shampoo can be pricey and if you’re on a tight budget or you’re just run out of it, massaging some baby powder into your roots will do the job.

Batiste dry shampoo 200ml: $9.99

Johnson’s baby powder 600g: $4.79

What are some of your budget friendly alternatives to popular beauty products?

– Karen xx




  1. August 9, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Conditioner is a great tip! I’ve used the baby powder trick before but nothing beats dry shampoo for me! X

  2. August 9, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    These are some great alternatives! I’ve tried the conditioner one once out of curiosity and it probably works better than actual shaving cream.

  3. August 9, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    I always use baby powder as a dry shampoo, I feel like it does the better job and lasts better on my hair. I’ll need to try that blotting paper alternative, great advice. xx

  4. August 9, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I totally use eyeshadows as highlighter 😀 Lovely post xx

  5. August 9, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I do the tootbrush trick all the time hahaha. It works so well, and never have to deal with crusty lips any more 😀 The conditioner tricks I do as well- like why is shaving cream so expensive? :/
    One thing I can’t live without though is Dry Shampoo, I just need it in my life.
    Beauty On A Budget

    • August 9, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Haha it’s a great trick! Shaving cream is crazy expensive! I also agree with you on the dry shampoo x

  6. August 9, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    The toothbrush trick! I NEED to do this! Looking forward to brushing my teeth now, haha

  7. August 10, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Before dry shampoo was a thing, I would use baby powder all the time! Now I deff invest in the bastiste dry shampoo because it’s just so much more convenient to carry around and put it on accurately. I deff agree though, in order to save money all of these are super helpful! I even do the toothpaste and toothbrush trick when I’m too lazy to get my lip scrub. Great tips love xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

  8. August 11, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    This was so helpful – thank you! X

  9. August 12, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    These were great tips. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a shaving cream.. ever! And I always go for the baby powder over the dry shampoos. Great post 😊
    Sammy xo

  10. January 1, 2018 / 6:41 am

    Awesome tips and definitely going to try them out next year! (especially the shaving cream one- would defo save loads of money for me!)

    • thelifestylelove
      January 4, 2018 / 7:32 pm


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