1. L’Oreal Pure Zone
L?Oreal?s is one of those brands with great quality for minimal price. The L?Oreal Paris Pure Zone Deep Cleansing Daily Exfoliating Gel Wash feels divine on the skin. It contains menthol, so after cleansing your skin has that cool, fresh feeling to it. The Pure Zone Deep Pore Tightening and Clarifying Lotion was a toner that had quite an alcoholic smell to it, not very pleasant, but the Pure Zone Anti-Regreasing Moisturiser definitely made up for it with its smooth, moisturising qualities. The skin definitely felt tighter and well cleansed with this regime, a definite bonus for people with oily or combination skin.
RRP Gel Wash $10.95, RRP Clarifying Lotion $8.95, RRP Moisturiser $12.95. Stockists: 1300 659 259

2. Estee Lauder – Future Perfect Anti Wrinkle Radiance Cr?me SPF 15
This is a really creamy moisturiser that feels like it?s really working into the skin. According to Estee Lauder, a skin?s destiny can be change with their groundbreaking, targeted Cell Vector technology. It apparently re-ignites the skin?s natural age-fighting ability. Although it?s hard to test whether the results are 3 times faster than other creams as promised, this definitely does feel like it?s nourishing the skin.
RRP $84 Available at department stores and selected pharmacies

3. Dr LeWinn?s Private Formula
The Derma Wash Facial Cleanser is great for using in the shower as it leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh by dissolving excess oils. The light pleasant scent comes from the Aloe Vera Gel and Ginseng Extracts. The Nutri-Zone Skin Freshener is applied afterwards as a toner and contains a blend of natural herbal ingredients. It removes all traces of makeup, and as it?s alcohol free, it leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean all at the same time.
RRP Facial Cleanser $32.95, RRP Skin Freshener $32.95. Stockists: 1800 033 122

4. Dove Beauty regime
Anyone who says you have to spend money to get a good beauty product will be proven wrong with these Dove products. Most of the Dove range is priced at around $10 for each product, and they feel just as good as some of the $50 products. A new favourite is the Essential Nutrients Alcohol Free Toner. It?s Light and refreshing, removes impurities and has a delightful green tea scent. Follow this with the Fresh Radiance Brightening Moisturiser. It has natural illuminating ingredients which reflect the light to make your skin seem brighter and healthier. It?s a lovely, thick cream that is best for normal to dry skin and is non-comedogenic, meaning it won?t clog pores.
RRP Toner $6.99, RRP Brightening Moisturiser $13.99 www.dovefacecare.com.au

5. Kosmea Clarifying Facial Wash
This is a great face wash that doesn?t dry the skin, but is also effective when removing makeup. Its creamy consistency feels thick and rich but foams to make an adequate lather that effectively cleanses the face. The scent is also magic ? organic rosehip oil combined with the natural scents of lily pilly and quandong extracts provide a refreshing, but fragrant combination. Rosehip oil also has other redeeming qualities apart from its smell. It?s naturally rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants including lycopene to form a multi-vitamin for skin. Perfect for a tired face!
RRP $22.95 Stockists: 1300 130 320

6. Elizabeth Arden Cleansing and Moisturising
The Elizabeth Arden Deep Cleansing Lotion is a soft cleanser which is safe to use around the eye area without irritation. The texture is very light and non-foaming with a slight medicinal, herbal fragrance but certainly not heavily perfumed. Very good at cleansing skin and removing makeup. A good choice for combination skin. If you have oily or combination skin, the Elizabeth Arden Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 15 is a perfect daily moisturizer which is well absorbed into skin leaving a soft smooth base for makeup as it isn?t too heavy or greasy. For dry skin, the Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture is a perfect choice. It?s extremely creamy and leaves a slight residue on the face which would probably need oil blotting before applying make up.
RRP Cleanser $40, Day Moisturiser $68, Perpetual Moisturiser $78. Stockists: (02) 8877 5000 www.elizabetharden.com.au

7. Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser
Love this product! If you have oily skin or just an oily t-zone, absolutely try this cleanser. It feels great to use and the menthol in it gives skin a slight tingle. The sambucus, ivy and lemon remove excess oils, cucumber and sage heal and soothe irritation. Perhaps not good for dry skins as it contains kaolin and green clays. You will notice the difference in your skin the next day, especially when wearing makeup ? it reduces oil and shine in the t-zone. For a deeper cleanse, leave on for 5 minutes.
RRP $46 Stockists: 1800 659 118 www.dermalogica.com.au