Budget Beauty Products

Well, this is an unusual post for me. Whilst, I’ve never written a beauty based post before (and this will probably be the only one I do write), I am in fact a tad obsessed with beauty products, specifically skincare products. However, after giving up my career, I have had to scale back on how much I spend on beauty products. So after several years of trial and error and my unhealthy obsession with finding the best cheap beauty products available, here’s a list of all the best affordable buys out there. I strongly believe you can find beauty products cheaply that are as effective as a more expensive product. Did you know the beauty industry deems anything under £25 as budget? I’m more of an under £10 kind of gal, but as everyone’s idea of “budget” varies, I’ve done three categories for each section, products £10 or under, products £20 or under and one pricier treat (because we all deserve a treat sometimes). Apart from a couple examples, I’ve still tried to make the pricier treats fairly affordable. All products can be bought in the UK and some can be bought in the USA too. For information, my skin type is normal to dry.

BEST CLEANSERS (I find hot cloth cleansing is the most effective way of getting your skin sparkling clean. Hot cloth cleansing is where you apply the cleansing product on dry skin and wash off with a face cloth- as hot as your skin can stand. Most of the below products come with cloths or you can just use any ole flannel, which is actually my preference)

£10 or under:

  • Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser (£4.99)IMG_8067
  • Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser (£5.99)
  • Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Cleanser (£7.99)
  • No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser (Usually £10, but with the £5 voucher you often receive in store, this is only £5 and lasts forever)

£20 or under:

  • Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (15)
  • Balance Me Restore & Replenish (£18)
  • Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel (£20)

Pricier Treat

  • Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (£29.50)

DAY SERUM

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No.7 Lift & Luminate Serum

£10 or under:

  • Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum (£2.99)

£20 or under:

  • Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum (£11)
  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum (£17.50)
  • L’Oreal Revitalift Renew Hyaluronic Replumping Serum (19.99)

Pricier treat:

  • No.7 Lift Luminate (£27)

NIGHT SERUM

£10 or under:

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Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Night Serum

  • Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Night serum (£3.99)

£20 or under:

  • Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight serum-in-oil (£16.99)

Pricer treat:

  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Comlex II (£53- yeah I know)

DAY CREAM WITH SPF

£10 or under:

  • Simple Regeneration Day Cream Age Resisting SPF15 (£5.99)
  • Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream SPF15 (£5.99)

£20 or under:

  • Body Shop Vitamin C SPF30 (£13)
  • Superdrug Optimum PhytoDeluxe Day Cream SPF15 (£14.99)
  • Anew Reversalist Complete SPF25 (£16)
  • Olay Total Effect SPF15 (£16.99)

Pricer Treat:

  • Clarins Hydra Quench SPF15 (£34)

DAY CREAM WITHOUT SPF

£10 or under:

  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA (£4.90)

£20 or under:

  • Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturiser (£13)
  • Face Theory Regenerating Moisturiser (£13.99)

Pricier treat:

  • Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion £30

NIGHT CREAM

£10 or under:

  • Superdrug Naturally Radiant Renewing Night Cream (£5.99)
  • My Trusty Sunflower Oil (£7.99)
  • Superfacialist Rose Peaceful Skin (£9.99)

£20 or under:

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M&S Formula Night Cream

 

  • Body Shop Vitamin E (£13)
  • Weleda Wild Rose Night Cream (£15)
  • Anew Reversalist Renewal Night Cream (£16)
  • Anew Reversalist Infinite Effects Night Treatment (£19.95)

 

Pricier treat:

  • M&S Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream (£22)

EYE GEL/CREAM (at night I just use my night cream around my eyes and it’s absolutely fine. I do like to use a gel in the mornings though)

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Boots Essentials Eye Gel

£10 or under:

  • Boots Essentials Cucumber Gel (£1.52)
  • Body Shop Elderflower Cooling Gel (£7)

Pricer treat:

  • Clinique All About Eyes (£27)

EXFOLIATING TONER (forget normal toners, they’re the biggest waste of time and money. Just splash your face with cold water instead and use an exfoliating toner twice a week or so before serum)

£10 or under:

  • Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Toner (£5.99)
  • Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHS Liquid Exfolliant (£8)
  • Derma E Refining Vit A Glycolic Toner (£9.60)

£20 or under:

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Clarins Exfolliater Toner

  • REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner (£15)
  • Pixi Glow Tonic (£18)
  • Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfolliant (£18)
  • FAB Facial Radiance Pads (£20)

Pricer treat:

  • Clarins Gentle Exfolliater Brightening (£25)

FACE MASKS

£10 or under:

  • Simple Deep Cleansing (£4.39)
  • Dr.Organic Rose Otto (£7.99)

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    Dr. Organic Rose Ottot Face Mask

  • Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask (£10)

Pricer Treat:

  • Origins Original Skin Retexturing Rose Clay Mask (£23)

BODY MOISTURISER

£10 or under:

  • Garnier Hydralock Moisturing Milk (£5.65)
  • Neutrogena Deep Moisturing Lotion (£7.65)
  • Yes to Carrots C Smooth Body Moisturing Lotion (£8)
  • Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey (£8.50)

No £20 or pricier treat suggestions for body lotions as the ones above are superior to any more expensive ones that I have ever tried.

HAND CREAM

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Balance Me Hand Cream

£10 or under:

  • Dr Organic Bioactive Skincare Manuka Honey (£5.69)
  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (£8)

£20 or under:

  • Liz Earle Hand Repair (£10.50)
  • Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream (£14.50)

Pricier treat:

  • Aromatherapy Rose Hand Cream (£23)

LIP BALM

£10 or under:

  • Vaseline Lip Therapy (£1.99)

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    Vaseline Limited Edition Lip Therapy

  • Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm (£2.99)

£20 or under:

  • Lanolips 101 Ointment (£10.99)
  • Clinique Super Balm (£12)
  • Clarins Hydra Quench Moisture Lip Balm (£19)

No pricier treat. I think £19 for a lip balm is pricey enough.

SHOWER GEL

£10 or under:

  • Palmolive Naturals (£1.00)
  • Dove Silk Body Wash (£2.55)
  • Yes How to Carrots Nourishing Body Wash (£4.99)
  • Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey (£5)
  • Soaper Duper Vanilla Shea or Passion Fruit (£6.50)
  • Mandala Spa Shower Cream Balti Santi (£7)

£20 or under:

  • Clarins Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate (£20)

No pricier treat for shower gels as I just cannot justify spending a lot of money on a shower gel.

BUBBLE BATH

£10 or under:

  • Radox Original (£1.99)
  • Waitress Ginger & Clementine (£1.99)
  • Good Things Manuka Honey (£3.49)
  • Body Shop Wild Aragon Oil (£8)

£20 or under:

  • Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey (£12)

Pricier treat:

  • Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak (£26)

Budget beauty tip: When your products start to feel empty, get your scissors out and cut that baby open. You’ll be surprised how much more product is there dwindling at the bottom of the bottle/tube. I never throw away a beauty product that feels empty without cutting it in half first. You’ll save plenty of pennies doing this.