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Can’t seem to rub two cents together but #beautyislife? We feel you!


Whether you’re still a student or just terrible at making your budget last til the next pay day, STYLE STORY’s Broke Girl’s Beauty Guide has everything you need to treat yo’self – without going broke.


1 Identify your must-have products

Before you go out and purchase all the products, take stock of what it is you really need and allocate your budget there. If your cleanser is about to run out, it makes sense to budget for a new one rather than racing out to buy Laneige’s eighth release lip mask flavour. Similarly, if your skin is suffering from a bout of acne or pigmentation, give yourself some leeway to spend to help treat these issues with a specialised serum or cream.


2 Use up your old products before you buy new ones

We’re all guilty of this – there’s a shiny new product on the ‘Gram and now it’s on your skincare shelf.  The problem is, you already had another cleanser / toner / serum opened.

If you’re trying to watch your wallet, make sure that you’re only buying products you actually need – ideally, by replacing new for old. Some people call this a “No Buy” period – we just call it good sense.

Remember – most skincare products have a shelf life of between 6 – 12 months once they are opened, so if you’ve got multiple types of the same product on-the-go at once, this can quickly lead to wastage.


3 Condense your routine where you can 

Having a 12 Step Routine can be great, but if you can’t get there without sidetracking your budgeting, then condensing your steps is a great way to do it.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to opt for products that contain two (or more!) products in one. This means you get twice the mileage, without giving up any benefits to your skin.

Some of our favourites? Try:


4. Grab a beauty bargain 

Whether it’s stocking up on items on sale or sniffing out the bang-for-buck deals who doesn’t love a bargain? Luckily, K-Beauty is full of them!

Here are a few of our favourite K-Bargains under $20 that will help balance the budget and stretch your dollar further:

Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack ($13.95) – this nourishing, pudding-textured pack is enriched with 50% pure collagen. It provides a moisture boost that restores skin’s resilience and elasticity, leaving it baby soft and smooth. Best of all? It’s a three-in-one that can be used as a primer, wash-off mask or overnight sleeping pack.

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact ($14.95) – Looking for something to keep shine at bay? Keep this Mineral Pact handy! Innisfree’s cult-favourite compact contains a sebum-controlling powder that won’t break the bank. Infused with Jeju minerals and mint extracts, it helps set your makeup or touch up on-the-go with ease.

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch ($6.95) Beloved by beauty bloggers around the world, these hydrocolloid patches flatten and heal cystic acne and pimples with heads. Far cheaper than a trip to the dermatologist, they’ll have you feeling more confident about nasty pimples with heads.

Benton Honest TT Mist ($11.95) – This soothing skin mist treats acne while hydrating with its blend of tea tree water and hydrating hyaluronic acid. It’s perfect for toning, spritzing throughout the day or to pep the skin on a long flight – bargain!

Elizavecca Hell Pore Control Hyaluronic Acid 97% ($19.95) -this multi-functional serum tightens enlarged pores and delivers moisture to all skin types. The scentless formula is jam-packed full of hyaluronic acid, with a side of adenosine, niacinamide, allantoin and arginine to boot!

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