The month between your December and January pay cheques must be the longest month in existence, which is why you may want to consider some budget buys this festive season. We’ve hunted high and low for the best deals under R500 so that you won’t have to. Here’s what we’ll be buying:
essence crystal power eyeshadow palette, R119.95 (Dis-Chem)
Featuring nine shimmery eyeshadow shades, this beautiful palette is perfect for the party season.
Cape Island Natural Hand Cream and Mini Candle in Clifton Beach, R95.00 / R120.00 (www.capeisland.co.za)
Of all the Cape Island scents, Clifton Beach has to be our favourite. After all, nothing compares to the smell of summer! The Clifton Beach Mini Candle makes for a great stocking filler, and what better way to complement it than with a matching hand cream.
Avon Scent Mix in Romantic Bouquet, R120.00 (https://my.avon.co.za/)
Great for everyday wear, this soft, feminine fragrance is part of the Scent Mix range. This range is made up of four unique scents and are perfect for young, trendy women.
Bramley Savon Collection, from R29.95 (Dealz)
Bramley’s premium body care range, formulated with fruit butter and shea butter, is available in fruit, floral, spicy and natural. The packaging is so beautiful and the fragrances luxurious – it’s incredible value for money!
Lenthéric Lola Fragrance Mists, R139.95 (Clicks, Dis-Chem, Edgars, Foschini and leading pharmacies nationwide)
Fun and playful, these fragrance mists are ideal for teens. They’re easy to use, easy to travel with and can be mixed and matched to suit your mood.
Avon Encanto Irresistible Gift Set, R179.00 (https://my.avon.co.za/)
This set consists of the Encanto Irresistible Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Hand Cream. Delicately scented with a pink flower bouquet and opulent amber, this trio is sure to leave your skin luxuriously soft.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale Dry Oil, R495.00 (select Woolworths, Truworths, Edgars & Foschini stores)
A beautiful floral version of the iconic Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, this multipurpose oil can be used all over the body including the hair. It contains seven botanical oils with antioxidant and anti-pollution properties to hydrate and nourish. Plus, the scent is heavenly!
Kelso Beauty EDP Fragrances, R399.95 (Edgars)
Kelso Beauty’s first three fragrances are one of our favourite new finds. Available in Arum (woody and floral), Disa (Oriental floral) and Cosmos (fruity floral), the scents are light and perfect for summer. Kelso will be running two specials in the lead-up to Christmas: up until 11 Dec, you’ll receive a 15ml fragrance wand free when you purchase a 50ml EDT, and from 12 – 24 Dec, you’ll be able to purchase 2 x 50ml fragrances for R399.95!
Lush Magic Crystals Shower Scrub, R195.00 (Lush stores and www.za.lush.com)
This violet shower scrub not only looks magical, but it feels pretty magical too. It comprises aniseed oil, fine sea salt, Epsom salts, fresh rosemary, menthol crystals, peppermint and spearmint oils. The scent is super refreshing and it leaves skin feeling refreshed too. Plus, who wouldn’t want to find a bright purple, delicious-smelling scrub under the tree?
Sorbet Tri-Me! Gift Set, R80.00 (Sorbet and Clicks)
This happy hands gift set includes a limited-edition Hand & Cuticle Treatment, a Nail Hardening Treatment and a Mini Long Wear Nail Polish. Amazing value and in such cute packaging!