The nature of the capitalist beast is that of efficacy = cost = consumer happiness. In other words, the idea that in order for a product to be effective it needs to be expensive. Kind of like you are what you have or perceive to have.

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Very outdated. 

Beauty bloggers and Instagram personalities like Cynthia Gwebu and Qaanita Orrie regularly try out a bevy of products, both skincare, haircare and makeup and have proven that budget-friendly products can also have skincare loving, lasting effects. 

At the moment they are loving: 

Revlon nail enamel in metallic and matte shades, R87.50 at Clicks.

How pretty? This is a long-lasting polish that won't chip after a day. Be sure to always use a base and top coat, though. 

Aloe Unique skincare and sunscreen

This local brand offers beautiful products at incredible prices. R146.50 for a day cream with antioxidants! I mean. The brand has a big range of suncare and aftersun care products, some of its sunscreens go for R120! (And they won't give you breakouts)

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer 

Mmmmm, sooooo pretty....

Want lips that are lit? R156.36 for these bold, high-shine babies. 

Sorbet makeup is still quite new to the market as its product offering always just included skincare. But we are loving the Shimmer & Glow blush with highlighter in particular. Nothing like one product with various uses. R199.95 at Clicks or selected Sorbet stores.

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The Ordinary is a UK-based brand with a difference.

I've ordered these products before and love them. Most products are under R200 a pop, and offer great results as this simple, no-nonsense brand packs its serums, concentrates and moisturisers with the skincare ingredients at high concentrations. 

I particularly loved the anti-ageing wunderchild, Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, R195.  

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