I thought I’d start a short-term blogging beauty segment aptly named ‘Luxe VS. Less’, where I give you options under different beauty categories that are (you guessed it) luxury products and cheaper alternatives. I for one find these sorts of articles super helpful as I want options when deciding to part with pennies or not.
To keep things from getting confusing, I’m going to list the products in order of use. I’ll also keep the descriptions *short for you so you don’t need to read through all my mumbo jumbo. Crux of the matter is, if they’re listed, they’re pretty dang awesome.
Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Wash should be used sparingly peeps, at $55 for 250mL; accidentally squirting some onto the floor isn’t an option. Available from David Jones and Jo Malone boutiques, this is a freshly fragranced body wash that lingers on your skin long after towelling off. Perfect for using prior to special occasions.
TIP: A luxe body wash is a great gift for a bride-to-be. She can use it on her wedding day and then whenever she uses it after, the scent will take her back to that day.
MANY years have passed since the only option in the shower was a chunky bar of bright yellow soap. These days the shelves of your supermarket are brimming with affordable shower gels. Palmolive Aromatherapy Anti-Stress Shower Gel is a bloody steal at $5.49 for 500mL. The infusion of Ylang Ylang essential oil offers a hypnotic fragrance that smells far more expensive that the price suggests.
TIP: If you have dry or sensitive skin, it’s best to steer clear of shower gels as the SLS found in many of them (the ingredient that makes them ‘foam’) can irritate. Opt for a shower oil or natural soap instead.
Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow IS NOT to be used when you’re simply trying to slough off your crusty old tan. It’s for pampering sessions when you feel like treating yo’ self. A nourishing coconut oil base melts on contact with the skin to seal in moisture, while a rich infusion of exotic Tahitian monoi oil and frangipani flowers leaves the skin delicately fragrant and smooth. At $69.00 and only available from Elemis spas and salons, it’s one for the Christmas wishlist.
frank body burst onto the beauty scene and our Instagram feeds a few years ago now, raising to crazy heights of popularity for good reason. At $16.95 with FREE SHIPPING, this natural and delicious smelling scrub lasts for yonks and works like a charm. The only annoying thing is how grubby your shower is afterwards but nothing a good ol’ splash down won’t fix.
Dry and scaly lasses (guilty) rejoice, as the ultimate skin thirst quencher has been found for a cool $68 per tub. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Whipped Body Cream is light to apply but moisturises like a #baws. It contains no parabens, glycols or silicones which can cause superficial moisture but don’t actually get in deep and do a good job at the root of the cause.
TIP: Use sparingly on dry areas only (like elbows, weird things they are) to make the tub last longer.
For anyone wanting good quality, NATURAL products, sukin offers an array of beautiful body and skin care products. Our lovely Pia Muehlenbeck swears by some of them herself! This body cream is so rich and absorbs into your skin beautifully.
L’OCCITANE Supple Skin Oil changed my life. It is SO good for getting your skin hydrated and smooth. It also doesn’t leave a weird oily residue on your PJs afterwards. If you’re feeling crazy dry, mix the oil with your cream for a blast of nourishment.
TIP: Use in circular motions on areas prone to cellulite. I have witnessed a friend’s cellulite drastically dimish using this bad boy and this bad boy alone.
A cult product for a reason, the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is a multi-use dry oil that can be used on skin and hair to nourish and repair. The scent of this $26.99 oil is amazing and for the perfect nighttime glow, apply a light amount to your shins, collarbones and arms for a dewy radiance.
When tan first became a ‘thing’, St. Tropez was the only brand that didn’t make you look like an Oompa Loompa. But at $59.95 per bottle, it’s an expensive option on the market and unless the formula works particularly well on you, I think there are other great options for a third of the price.
Enter bondi sands Self Tanning Foam, heralded as a cult fave by celebs and influencers all over Australia. At only $19.95 for a bottle that will last you at LEAST 4 full-body tans (I do 2 coats so you may get more use out of it), it’s a downright steal. The colour is amazing and it hardly ever streaks (unless you apply it drunk). Watch our tanning video here.
To win a YEAR’S worth of Bondi Sands, tag 3 friends on the FB post. Winner announced in the comments section on March 1st.
More Luxe VS. Less week peeps!
*I did end up prattling on a bit didn’t I….#soz.
Words by Kelly McCarren.