Cheap Beauty Products

Reporter: Jackie Quist

Cutting the cost of Christmas - here are the best ever beauty buys at a fraction of what you'd normally pay.

Marissa Maddalena is masterminding Catch of the Day's $3 million Glamourthon -- now just moments from hitting the net. "This is the real deal. The same people that I'm buying from is no different to any of the big retailers here in Australia", Marissa said.

Direct sourcing, and none of the usual retail mark-ups, means consumers like Sarah Harris are saving hundreds of dollars. She stocked up at the last Catch sale. "I think most of the stuff I got at least 50% off, so I know for example all the makeup was at least 50% off and in some cases, especially with the perfume packs it was ridiculous. It was 140 down to about $40. I think I paid about $50 for a Ralph Lauren pack", Sarah said.

"Consumers are definitely sick of paying inflated prices and using the online facilities to get bargains", said online retailer Aaron Bensimon.

Aaron launched the Shopspot eight months ago and cosmetics are his top sellers. "Savings can be up to 80 or 90% off", he said.

It's a beauty phenomenon at Chemist Warehouse, a market leader. Eleven years ago the chain delivered the first permanent savings on Revlon and its campaign to slash prices on prestige fragrances was so successful, it's now close to being crowned Australia's No 1 perfume retailer.

Health and Beauty Development Manager, Sally Desancic, says "Consumers should never pay full price for cosmetics and fragrances, not in this commercial reality".

From tonight on Catch - Elizabeth Arden moisturiser is down from $52 to $19.95 save 62%; Mac studio fix not $49 but $24, half price; Elizabeth Arden eye shadow palette is normally $80, slashed to $29.95, save 63%. "That's a $50 discount which is huge and the colours are just beautiful. This is a gorgeous little gift for mum", Marissa said.

The latest hair must-have is Moroccan Oil reduced from $49.50 to $39.95 ... save 19%; and if you missed out last time, "I've gone out and bought some more GHD's at exceptional prices so normally $269 and we're selling these for $169, so you're saving $100. You can't get discounts like that anywhere", she added.

And there is a TT bonus -- with every order you will receive a free Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick, retail price is $21.95.

Glamathon shopping event commences 23.11.11 - 19.00hrs AEST