Unlike the majority of beauty bloggers out there, my budget just can’t stretch to Liz Earle, Clarins and every other expensive brand out there for skincare. And I don’t actually mind, I’ve found a skincare routine that really works for me, and it doesn’t bankrupt me.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I was absolutely obsessed with The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream before Christmas, and when I opened my stocking, I found not only the day cream, but the cleanser, toner and night treatment! Thank you Father Christmas! I absolutely love this range, I have fairly combination skin, and this adds moisture to any dry patches, as well as getting rid of any excess oil. This range has made my skin better than before, and The Body Shop quite often have good deals going!
If I have a breakout, these three products become my life savers. The Premae face tonique is a new discovery, it came in this months Glossybox. It contains antiseptic, and when I swipe it over my face, I can instantly feel the difference, my skin feels lighter and it helps clear up spots super fast.
I’ve been using Witch Doctor Gel since my first ever teenage breakout, at the recommendation of my mother, and I swear by it. I simply dab it on a spot when it appears, and it helps aid the disappearance of the bugger! Then I whack out the Tea Tree oil which stops any scarring, and gets rid of any pesky residual spottiness!
I picked up these Soap and Glory Deep Pore Purifying T-Zone wipes on a three for two offer on Soap and Glory at Boots, not really expecting anything amazing, but just wanting to try them out. But they are great! I simply go over my t-zone with these twice a day, and after a couple of months of use, I’m pretty sure my pores are shrinking!
I use this Nivea eye make up remover daily, it’s super gentle and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all, and one wipe will get rid of eyeliner and mascara, minimal fuss and it’s cheap as chips!
I posted about this cleanser not so long ago, in my Lush haul, and two weeks later I still can’t get enough of it, it possibly the best thing I have ever bought. It smells amazing, it makes my skin feel great and it’s all natural stuff, no nasties for the skin!
I think I paid 75p for this 25 pack of Vitamin E cleansing wipes. I picked them up because I was staying with my boyfriend and forgot my cleanser, and I’ve repurchased them a few times since. These make my skin super soft, and plumper from the vitamin enrichment. I tend to chuck these in my bag if I’m staying the night at a friends, or if I’m feeling lazy and can’t be bothered to take my makeup off and pamper my skin.
And last but not least, I try to drink at least one, preferably two glasses of orange juice a day, and I drink a ton of water. Since I’ve been doing this, my complexion has been notably clearer, and I feel better in myself!
What are your skincare favourites? Do you use expensive products, or do you like to find a cheaper alternative? Have you used any of these products before?
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Much to the dismay of everyone who attends my University, I actually like shopping in Primark, Poundland, TK Maxx and on markets. I love a good bargain, I’ve never been able to resist one! So here are some of my latest bargain purchases!
Eco Tools Limited Edition Kabuki Brushes – TK Maxx, £6.99 down from £18.00
I absolutely love Eco Tools makeup brushes, and when this set came out originally I really wanted it, but couldn’t find it in stock anywhere! It contains four mini brushes, one for foundation, one for bronzer, one for contouring and one for powder. I actually think £18. is pretty good value for four brushes of this quality, but I was absolutely thrilled to find these in Ealing Broadway’s TK Maxx for less than half the price. Four good quality brushes for £6.99? Yes please.
Twist and Out Nail Polish Remover – Poundland £1.00
I talked about this in my last post, but it’s a perfect dupe for Bourjois nail pot, and a fraction of the cost. I actually already have one, I just wanted to stock up before Poundland run out and I have to go back to ordering in from Amazon!
Pink Heart Fairy Lights – Poundland, £1.00
These were actually a mini gift from the boy, I am obsessed with fairy lights, and when we saw these in Poundland’s Valentine’s range, I just had to have them! They also have them in red, and a version with roses instead of hearts.
Vineyard Peach Body Scrub – The Body Shop, £5.00 down from £12.50
When I found out that The Body Shop were going to be bringing out a peach range, I nearly wet myself with excitement, but I am absolutely horrified that they’ve gone into the sale, does this mean they aren’t here to stay? Either way, I got scared and bought a pot just in case they don’t come back 🙁
Black and Grey Jumper – Primark, £6.00
I’ve been on the hunt for a thin jumper to layer between my top and leather jacket, but I tend to get bored of jumpers quite quickly, at six pounds, it doesn’t matter! This is also a lot softer than all the other jumpers in Primark.
Mustache Shoes – Primark, £8.00
The first time I saw these in store after Christmas, I fell in love. I managed to convince myself I didn’t need them, but then I saw that another blogger had bought them and I was filled with an overwhelming sense of jealousy…sooooo…. I went back and bought them. Ooops?
Don’t expect many more of these posts because I MUST STOP SHOPPING!
Have you found any good bargains recently? Are you a fan of shops like Primark, Poundland and TK Maxx?
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I am a sucker for Kurt Geiger. I have never ever ever been able to resist going into a store, and when the neon lights are telling me there’s a sale inside, there’s not a chance of resistance.
I hadn’t been into the Notting Hill store before, but I was pleasantly surprised, I guess because it’s a decent sized store but in a fairly quiet area (except for on a Saturday, of course) they had tons of sale stuff still left, unlike the Bond Street and Westfield stores. So I picked up the ring that matches the earrings my boyfriend got me for Christmas, this gorgeous 60% silk scarf, and this cute leather card holder, which I think I will keep my business cards in!
Do you have a shop that you just can’t resist?
Now I know a thousand and one beauty bloggers out there will be reviewing this months (and every other months for that matter) Glossybox, but I just thought I’d give my two penny’s worth as there are some products that I really like in this months box!
This month’s box is Detox themed, it’s leaflet actually contains some great little steps that won’t impact your everyday activity much, but can make a great difference to your general health, for example, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and 8 glasses of fruit juice a week, eating less pre packaged food and trying to sweat at least once a day. I’m definitely going to try and incorporate some of these ideas into my everyday routine, after all, every little helps!
Now onto the products inside, no make up this month, unless you count the lipbalm! It was a little disappointing that the only full sized product in this box was the lipbalm, since this retails at a mere £1.99…
First up, Monu’s Warming Aromatic Face Mask!
Glossybox Say: This warming facial mask helps increase vitamin and mineral absorption, instantly renewing and invigorating your skin. Natural clay provides a deep cleanse, while stimulating and renewing cell health. Beeswax and coconut oil soften, nourish and hydrate the skin, leaving it looking boosted and radiant.
I say: I’m not usually a fan of clay masks, I don’t like them once they set on your skin, I just feel uncomfortable, and I don’t usually like warming masks, as I hate being too hot! But I absolutely loved this mask! It didn’t set making your face feel uncomfortably tight, and although it was warming, it wasn’t hot, more like a gentle, just noticable warmth, like having your face in the English summer sun. The whole time I had it on my face (around fifteen to twenty minutes) my skin felt like it was being nourished and hydrated, and it smelt great! Having taken it off, my skin is noticeably more supple and smooth, and it feels great! My one gripe with this product is that this was a 30ml sample and I only got two uses out of it, the full size bottle is only 100ml and retails at £24.95, meaning you are probably only going to get six or seven applications from it, meaning it isn’t particularly cheap. However, I would definitely consider purchasing a bottle for when my skin needs a bit of therapy!
Premae Skincare, Balance Rescue Face Tonique
Glossybox Say: A refreshing face toner for combination skin, this mattifies and rejuvinates congested skin. With antiseptic lemongrass and sandalwood oil as well as hydrating rose water, this alcohol free, fragrance free solution will cut through dirt and excess oil to close pores without stripping skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin feeling fresh and plump.
I say: This might just be my new miracle skin care product. It literally does everything Glossybox claim it does, my skin has gotten noticeably clearer in the four days I’ve been using it, and it feels amazingly fresh. As well as using as a toner, I like to pat this product on after a shower, it makes my skin feel fresh and ‘plumped up’ as well as combating any nasties that are drawn out by the heat of the shower. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone with acne proned skin, a breakout, or just volatile skin, it is absolutely amazing! Plus, because it contains no nasty alcohols or fragrances, you are very unlikely to react to it! It’s a little pricey at £27.50 for 50ml but it will last you a very long time!
Duck Island Limited Body lotion
Glossybox Say: Stimulating the senses while capturing the aromas of the East (a fragrant combination of mandarin and bergamot) this indulgent body lotion will help you relax while simultaneously stimulating your senses.
I say: This body lotion has a lovely formula, and a great smell, but it doesn’t really do much. I’ve been using it on my arms, shoulders and piling it on to my elbows and although it feels great to put in, it’s not really doing anything, which has really disappointed me, because it does smell so great. However, it is paraben and oil free, which is a plus!
Elemis Fresh Skin Glow Facial Exfoliator
Glossybox Say: Developed by Elemis to accompany you from your teens to mid-twenties, the Freshskin range aims to nurture your skin and help prevent premature aging. With deep pore cleansing action this exfoliating facial wash combines cherry powder and jojoba beads to gently polish away dead skin cells and help refine texture. Enriched with mandarin and aniseed your skin will appear brighter and more radiant and left feeling soft and smooth.
I say: I’ve actually used this face wash before, in a Center Parcs Spa treatment, and I loved it then! This is a great little face wash, its cherry scent is lovely and it makes your skin super soft, whilst feeling refreshed and hydrated. This little mini has worked its way into my overnight bag, and I will definitely consider purchasing a full sized bottle when I run out, I personally think it’s a steal for £12!
Jason’s Lip Bee Healthier
Glossybox Say: The Jason brand name means ‘healer’ in Greek. The results-driven therapeutic blends of formulas and wholesome, natural ingredients reflect this, which is why we just had to include a Jason product in our detox box. To prevent parched and cracked lips this rich natural lip balm stick combines moisture trapping Beeswax with Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract. Organic Aloe Vera helps heal, soothe and protect chapped lips, while Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oil moisturise.
I say: I almost squealed with delight on seeing this inside my Glossybox. I’ve been meaning to purchase a Beeswax formula lip balm for the last couple of weeks, and this one is perfect, it’s super nourishing and leaves my lips feeling ready to face the cold outdoors!
This months Glossybox also contains a cute little sleep mask! I actually use one of these most nights, as my blinds don’t quite fit my windows in my Halls, so I tend to get rudely awoken by the sun in the morning, so this was quite a nice little surprise for me! Can’t imagine that everyone else felt the same way though!
What did you get in this months Glossybox? Will you consider purchasing any of these products?
I am a firm believer that you’re not experiencing something properly if you’re not getting your hands dirty, so as a result, my hands need a little R&R every now and then. So one of my Resolutions this year is to take a little more care of my hands when I change over my nail polishes.
So I’m trying to use up my nail polish remover, I accidentally bought the acetone formula, which totally ruins my nails, but I don’t want to just chuck it before I buy a new one! So after removing my polish, I cover my hands in Vaseline’s Healthy hands and Stronger nails hand cream. I got this product for Christmas, and was surprised by the noticeable effect it had, immediately improving the visible quality of my nails. I follow this up with The Body Shop’s Almond nail and cuticle oil. This stuff is great, I put a dollop on each nail and massage it in to my nails and cuticles with the end of the pen. I use the Model’s Own four way buff to shape my nails, and then cover in a coat of Sally Hansen’s Maximum Growth nail treatment. My nails never grow, so I’m trying this out to increase their length! I then continue with my polish as usual.
I’ve also started using Soap & Glory’s Endless Glove hand mask at night, I coat my hands and then put on the gloves that came with, and then when I wake up in the morning with super soft hands! I absolutely love this hand mask, and how nice my hands feel after using it! It also smells amazing!
Have you guys tried any of these products?