We love the amazing feeling of owning a jar of pricey moisturiser. It sits like a jar of magic potion on our vanity table and nothing beats the moment we sink our spatula into its velvety formula. But what should a beauty junkie on a budget do to feed her beauty addiction? Let us tell you what might feel even better: an affordable jar of moisturiser that feels exactly the same. We show you it is possible to have a comprehensive skincare routine within SGD100 – made up by products that are comparable to those from luxury brands.

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1. Makeup remover for SGD18.90

Garnier Micellar_Cleansing_Water

Gone are the days we rely on makeup removers that leave an icky feeling behind. The trend is refreshing cleansers that feel like water that remove makeup thoroughly in a short time. Many luxury brands have launched such products, and if you’re looking for something just as great but at a third of the usual price, you’ll be happy to know that Garnier has just introduced the Micellar Cleansing Water this month. This product cleanse, remove makeup, and soothe and hydrate skin in one step. With the ability to lift away makeup and impurities from the skin without needing to rub or even rinse, the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is suitable for removing eye and lip makeup too. Bonus: It is available in 400ml – how generous!

2. Cleanser for SGD8.50

Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Foaming Cleanser 1

Cleansing may be the most basic step in any skincare routine, but it is essential to great complexion. Backed by consumer goods giant P&G, Olay has been known for products that are effective and easy on the pockets. The Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Foaming Cleanser promises seven anti-ageing benefits, including brightening, on top of cleansing thoroughly.

3. Toner for SGD11.10

Nivea Extra White Pore Minimiser Toner

The products in the brand’s Extra White Pore Minimiser range has received great reviews, with many raving about the mud foam. However, its toner is really a holy grail that is a better-kept secret. If you’re looking for a gentle toner that is hydrating, and also comes with other skincare benefits like brightening and reducing the appearance of pores, consider the Nivea Extra White Pore Minimiser Toner. This will keep your skin feeling refreshed and prep it for the other products that you apply afterwards.

4. Eye cream for SGD29.90

Age Miracle Dual Action Eye Cream

Did you know that Pond’s has just unveiled their new ambassador? Michelle Chong has been introduced as the new face of Pond’s for the brand’s Age Miracle range. The range of products claims to help users “look up to 10 years younger” with the help of a combination of six youth enhancing bio-actives: two Retinol boosters, AHA, Glycerin, CLA and Retinol – ingredients that you usually can only find in products from luxury brands. One of Michelle Chong’s must-haves is the Dual Action Eye Cream that comes with two creams: the pink cream helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet around the upper eyelids, and the white cream stimulate blood circulation so the under-eye area looks less puffy and tired.

5. Moisturiser for SGD12.90

Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream

The packaging of the Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream may look understated, but it is one of the most well-loved products in the beauty community. This light and non-greasy cream is rich in aloe vera, which is known for its nourishing and hydrating properties. Also formulated with Indian Kino Tree and Winter Cherry, this cream helps to protect skin from pollution and dry weather, and is a product that many have said saved their skin especially when they travel. It retails at SGD12.90 for 150g, but if you want a larger jar, it’s also available at SGD18.90 for 250g.

6. Sunscreen for SGD16

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence1

One of the reasons people are not wearing as much sunscreen as they should to protect their skin is because they find sunscreen too sticky or greasy, and that it feels very uncomfortable to wear it. Consider this problem solved when Biore launched a series of sunscreen that takes away the annoying texture of regular sunscreen, and in fact, feels quite nice on the skin. The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence has a high sun protection at SPF50+, and PA++++ (the highest levels of sun protection any sunscreen can claim) and has a refreshing texture that keeps skin cool upon application. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and citrus essence, the formula also feels very hydrating, spreads easily, and even smells very good!

Total damage? $97.30!

$18.90 + $8.50 + $11.10 + $29.90 + $12.90 + $16.00