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Who says you need to spend the big bucks to look a million bucks? Halle, Eva and Charlize don’t think so, and these are their secret beauty bargains – all under $25.


Helena Christensen’s can’t-live-without lip balm? Snout Balm, $12.95

Helena surprised us all yesterday by declaring her love for a lip balm intended for doggies! “My son’s lips always get very dry and red and swell up during the harsh winter months. I have tried every possible lip balm but none of them were able to stop them from cracking – until we put Snout Balm on,” the supermodel revealed. “I use the balm myself now, on my lips and on dry spots in my face or body. It’s a little miracle, the Snout Balm.” Not only is it a non-greasy blend of vegetal butters and oils, but 33% of profits go back to this amazing charity that cares for 16,000 dogs in desperate need.


Charlize Theron’s healthy hair secret? Emu oil, $10.95

Charlize put emu oil on the map when she revealed it’s one of her must-haves for strong, shiny hair. Massage a few drops into the scalp and leave in overnight as a treatment.


Halle Berry’s favourite lip gloss? Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Nude Lustre, $21.95

Halle’s signature look is the smokey eye paired with a natural lip, and Revlon’s super shiny gloss is a cult favourite for that your-lips-but-better nude.


Eva Mendes’ skin secret? Cocoa butter, $6.50

Eva doesn’t believe in expensive body moisturisers, preferring pure cocoa butter to achieve that enviably soft, smooth skin. And who doesn’t love the chocolate scent?


Eva Longoria’s hair colour? L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference in shade 5G Medium Golden Brown, $19.95

Eva’s lustrous, tonal chocolate hair colour is one of the most requested shades at salons, but she’s a fan of this do-it-yourself home kit. The staying power is incredible.


Rihanna’s beautiful peepers? CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara, $17.95

Rihanna loves this cheapie mascara and so do I. The fat brush creates va-va-voom lashes with a few quick wiggles. Allow to set for 20 seconds, then apply a second coat for a false lash effect.

What’s your favourite budget beauty buy?