For the last couple of months I have been trying desperately to stop spending so much money on beauty products. In September I ran out of a few premium beauty products I had been using and realised that to replace them all at once was going to cost me about 300 quid, and I had an epiphany I suppose, along the lines of '300 quid on a few potions and lotions?! Are you fucking insane, woman?!'...
So I have made a few swaps from premium to cheapo beauty products and so far, so good. Best discoveries so far have been:
Boots own-brand rip-off of Simple products (similar packaging). I have been using the daily SPF 15 moisturiser (think it costs three quid) instead of my 20-odd quid Dermalogica one and its been great.
Boots own brand cucumber rich moisturising cream, which I think is about 2 quid. Replaced Clarins night cream which was 35 odd quid. If anything, my skin is better.
Coconoil virgin coconut oil. Have replaced Clarins body oil and Neals Yard facial oil with this one big tub of loveliness (think its about eight quid off Amazon). How did I not know about coconut oil sooner?! Such useful stuff.
Now I need more recommendations. My Eve Lom cleanser and Clinique facial scrub are running low and I need cheap alternatives. Anything but Liz effing Earle, though. Always brings me out in spots! I like quite a densely grainy facial scrub. Re: Eve Lom, I love the fact it cleanses my skin but doesnt leave it feeling tight. I did try the OCM for while earlier this year hoping it would have a similar effect, but it made me very spotty...
I love Superdrugs vitamin E hot cloth cleanser. I will now look at the French brands mentioned for moisturiser. My favourite scrub (skin is combination) S&G scrub your nose in it. If you have a spot you can dab some on as its got kaoline (wrong sp) to draw oil out. Great stuff. Oh, never use cleansing wipes (unless a drunken emergency). An optician told me an ingredient in them is the same as car de-icer!
I used to and still sometimes do spunk ££££ on beauty stuff, and I've replaced my EL night repair with that stuff boots sell in a tube hyrdralaun (sp?) which does the same job for half the price, and I've been very happy; like not disappointed at all - with all my purchases from the boots time delay range. It kicks shit out of p+p and feels like a high end brand. Can't get on with cheap make up though.