Your bargain cheap skincare & cosmetic products that ARE better than expensive posh products(88 Posts)
and with that I dont mean something on promotion at the moment, I mean something cheap/high st that really for you is worth its weight in gold.
For me it is Sainsburys own Honey Shampoo & Conditioner, I wouldnt be without it. Beats Kerastase hands down.
The best thing i have used for my skin is homemade vitamin c serum/toner. Its cheap, clears your skin and over time makes it firmer.
My days of buying expensive, hyped up products are over.
Mines Nivea lotion, the one in the navy blue bottle. I use it as a cleanser, rinse it all off with a hot cloth. Brilliant stuff, gets rid of eye make-up too and its cheap as chips.
I like the Soap and Glory fab pore hot cloth cleanser. I think its as good as Liz Earle stuff.
I've just bought some Lush shower gel. Its called Its Raining Men. I normally use Molton Brown but someone said this was nice and it is lovely and half the price of Molton Brown. I think I might swap between the 2 brands as I like a change sometimes.
I cleanse with aqueous cream and a face cloth. It costs next to nothing and a tub lasts for ages.
Eucerin 5% urea facial moisturiser, A's recommended by someone on here .
Have given up my fancy expensive stuff for it.
Product junkie here, trying to be a reformed one. Apart from the packaging, and the cheap smell, my Collection 2000 and Natural Collection lipsticks and blushers are my favourite. Sleek and MUA from Superdrug too. Rimmel liquid eyeliner, Bourjois mascara. . . all just as good, if not better than high end brands.
Won't be swayed from my Clinique skin care though. . .
palmers cocoa butter. Better than high end brands IMO.
the best exfoliator & skin moisturiser money can buy is a blob of cheap, water based cleanser (like tesco own or similar), mixed with bicarb of soda to make a stiffish paste. Rub into clean, damp skin, leave for 20 secs then rinse well. you need to moisturise well afterwards and I wouldn't do it more than once, maybe twice a week. It makes skin glow. Better than origins (which I also love).
all the eucerin products
I don't think you can beat herbal essences shampoos
Astral cream. Been using it as night cream since the beginning of the summer and it beats all the expensive smelly stuff.
Apparently, Atrixo hand cream is the same as Creme de la Mer. (I read that somewhere, but haven't tried either)
Dr Nick Lowe day cream from Boots - great for oily skin
cedge - how do you make the vit C serum?
I have used for years Superdrug vitamin C body scrub and prefer it to anything else I have tried. They didn't have any last time I looked, hope it's still about.
I use any old cheap, oil free moisturiser as I find them best under make-up in the day.
Avon shampoos and conditioners are good and very cheap.
MeMeMe range also at Superdrug are basically Benefit copies and I have tried the blusher, shimmer powder brick thing and highlighter and find them really good. I know it isn't the most important thing either but the packaging is cute.
I keep trying swish and shiny new moisturisers for day with SPF
And keep going back to Olay 7 signs SPF 15.
You buy some l ascorbic acid (vitamin c powder). A place called active extracts sells it for £4.50 ish i think.
Buy some distilled or dionised water ( about £1.50 for a big tub that lasts over a year).
If you want to make a toner, just mix the vitamin c powder with water at a 10% ratio (2 1/2 teaspoons water, 1/4 teaspoon vitamin c powder).
Because vitamin c is unstable, it should be made fresh every time you use the toner (hence the small amounts).
Alternatively, you could make a serum which prolongs its 'shelf life' somewhat.
If you google 'makeupalley homemade vitamin c', a lot of good reviews come up.
Just make sure you dont crush vitamin c tablets as some people do. A lot of the time this isnt l ascorbic acid but ascorbic acid which does not work in the same way.
madmomma - the makeupalley review site also details how to make the serum. A site called skincaretalk has a lot of recipes too.
E45 lotion as a body moisturiser.
burts bees miracle salve is better than 8 hour cream on skin and is better than ojon oil on hair
soap and glory facescrub
GOSH makeup from Superdrug is as good as Mac.
Collection 2000 cream stick concealer is the best EVER! I've tried every concealer going including expensive Laura Mercier and C2000 is by far the best.
Maybelline Liquid Minerals Foundation gives an airbrushed finish.
E45 cream on face - my skin has never been better
Image cream eyeshadow crayon in bronze is the best bargain -79p from Wilkinsons - creamy and blends easily and lasts for ages
yy to bicarbonate of soda - I've used it just mixed with water on my face and it feels exactly like those microdermabrasion scrubs you can buy.
Have also started using bicarb of soda as a natural deodorant - mix a tiny amount with water and dab on underarms. Sounds odd but it really works - no odour!!
Monoi cocnut oil: http://www.monoi.com/oil.html
I use ti as moisturizer, hair mask, bath/massage oil and it also lasts forever.
E45 as a night moisturiser here in winter
Lansinoh as 8 hour cream on cuiticles and lips, nothing beats it and a tube lasts forever!
Oil cleansing method once a week-skin is radiant with it
Soap and Glory face serum
Any cheap hair conditioner- think Tesco Value or similar- as shaving cream fro underarms and legs.
A drop (literally one drop) of argan oil as a face/neck moisturiser at night.
Ditto on hair (better than moroccanoil)
Carmex lipbalm - there simply is no better
Soap & Glory original pink shower gel - also use it as a handwash, leaves skin moisturised.
Bio oil on face overnight, couple of drops, wake up and skin is so smooth and looks amazing.
Body shop/Palmers cocoa butter - fab moisturiser.
I find any cheapo mascara works a lot better if you curl your eyelashes first too.
St. Ives facial scrub, although I swear it had doubled in price over the last few years...
yy to lansinoh as lipbalm/intensive moisturiser; it's fabulous stuff.
Vaseline Intensive Care body lotion as hand cream...best I've come across, as emollient enoguh but not too greasy (hate slippy hands)
Lush shampoos rather than Ojon etc (Ojon are poo!)
No7 Instant Radiance undereye pen thingy...waaaay better than watery Touche Eclat, which tends to illuminate my dreaded circles!
Colorsport Lipstain lipsticks rather than any other stains ...about £5 each....just put Vaseline over top as can be a bit drying, as all stains can
Gosh natural touch foundation (rather than any other and i've tried hundreds!)
For super-smooth hands mix together some brown sugar and olive oil and massage in for a minute or two.
My mum was advised to do this when she did her nursing training fifty years ago to prevent her hands becoming dry from having to wash them so frequently.
It's good for elbows and knees too.
I like this thread! I love beauty products and do mix and match, so here are some of my favs:
Carmex lipbalm. The tin, not the tube for some reason
Body Shop body butters in the tubs are v good in winter
Dr Nick Lowe facial cleansing water (and often on offer at Boots) for combo skin is fab. Leaves skin v clean and fresh but not tight and good for spots.
Garnier's oil and water eye make up remover. Better than Lancome's dual one for waterproof mascara.
L'Oreal's Millioniser mascara (rubbish adverts though)
Dove's Daily Care shampoo and conditioners are great. Nicest I've used for ages
St Ives facial scrubs
BioOil v good for all sorts of things
Clarins (I know, not cheapo) facial soap has so far lasted me a year using it every day in the shower, so must make it a good buy!
Olay's Total Effects tinted moisturiser is great for everyday.
LOVE this thread! Am making a list of your recommendations as we speak!
Mine would be:
Tesco own brand Aloe Vera body lotion - a quid a bottle (3 for 2 right now) and works just fine on my dry skin
Seche Vite topcoat - wonderful stuff, have used it about twice a week and has lasted about 4 months, getting a bit thick now
Another vote for bicarb+cleanser as a cheap exfoliator
Olive oil as cuticle oil/massage oil for hands
NYC lipgloss from Superdrug, absolute bargain for about £2, lasts well and not drying at all
Tresemme Naturals shampoo and conditioner - my thick, curly, frizzy hair which hasn't been cut in 5 months is looking MARVELLOUS since I've started using these a few weeks ago. I use the cond as a rinse-out and as a leave-in
Boots Curl Cream in pink tub
Tesco"s Vitamin E Facial wash and facial scrub
Vaseline (put on dry skin on hands/feet overnight under gloves/socks)
Nivea lotion and cream
Palmers cocoa butter
Doublebase eczema cream as a body lotion
Any left over nipple cream is brill for dry heels too.
My suggestion is a bit messy but is wonderful:
use brewed coffee grounds as a scrub before soap or gel in the shower, You'll have to clean up afterwards but your skin will feel fantastically soft. I've never experienced anything close.
Dr Organic Rose Otto range from Holland and Barrett is easily as good as the REN Rose Otto range (which I also have in my bathroom cabinet).
Tesco foundation is the best foundation I have tried.
Body Shop's Aloe soothing night cream is fantastic for dry and sensitive facial skin.
Spray your hair with vinegar five minutes before a shower then wash as per usual. Leaves hair soft and shiny.
Coconoil organic coconut oil. Use it for hair, skin, cooking ... I even used it once for my bicycle chain when I ran out of bike oil!
babycham agree with you on the Tesco Vit E stuff, amazing face wash!
Superdrug Vitamin E all over body cream is my best friend.
Alberto Balsam Shampoo & Conditioner is really good for my thick hair, stupidly hard to get ahold of around here!
OP, I will try out Sainsburys Honey S&C on your recommendation!
Loreal lash extension mascara, nothing makes my lashes look as long.
Tried lancome, chanel, clinique, ysl and max factor but I always go back to this.
Any shampoo does the job it's all the same cleaning agent, it's the conditioner that counts, so don't bother spending a fortune on shampoo save it for the conditioner.
Rescue Oil on the face, helps make smooth skin and evens tone.
Baby oil and cotton wool as a make up remover.
Runny honey and sugar as a face scrub does the job better then anything I've bought.
Sod fancy anti spot face washes, just wash your face with a bar of Detol soap, it's cheaper and works better.
Sudocrem is a really good base for make up.
E45 moisturiser for face and for hand cream. Works wonders.
Rimmel and No 7 mascaras are great. Nivea cream in blue tub an emergency everything- handcream, moisturiser, spot cream....
i hate these threads
they are bollocks - many a ££ ive watsed on crap form here
i LIKE the brand, i like the luxury and i like the poncey bag chanel give you
( i do think tbh a lot of you arent really make up aficionados)
tesco have this range of makeup called 'vivo'. its REALLY cheap and I love the liquid eyeliners which stay on really well, and the eyeshadow sets of three and the pencil eyeliners. (Havent tried mascara yet.) I like their lipstick too although its staying power isnt as good as the eye stuff. I dont use foundation/concealer and I hate their blushers which are too shiny and dont like the colours, but for the eyes I love it.
Sudocreme as a base for makeup? Really?
Doesn't it leave you a bit... goth....?
AnnetteProfit erm not sure where anyone attempted to show traits of being aficionados, and some of us get a very warm feeling when we save money on S&B (and then go and spend them on pretty and unnecessary shoes). Common knowledge Im afraid that branding and the associated pricetags are more bo***cks than these threads . Thanks for your post though, enjoy chanel
AnnetteProfit - each to their own.But rather than lining Chanels pocket I"d far rather get cheap but effective beauty brands and spend any money I save on the kids.Because they"re worth it
I love the brands. Can't tear myself away from Clinique or most of Bobbi Brown's stuff, but sometimes there is so much choice it's just easier to grab something off the shelf and nice to discover it's actually pretty good, like No 7 mascara.
i got exfoliating gloves this week, really liked them so far, cheaper in the long run than body scrubs, and no bits of gunk in the bottom of the bath/in between yer toes/etc.
I love high-end make-up but I love using natural ingredients for hair and skin care. I love oils and olive and coconut are my faves.
Olive oil makes a brilliant bath oil. Half an eggcup-full of oil, and top it up with milk so the oil disperses in the water. Add a few drops of lavender oil for relaxation. Your skin will be lovely and smooth and no need to moisturise after your bath You can use coconut oil for this too.
Mix olive or coconut oil with a teaspoonful of sugar to make a great body exfoliator.
Put olive oil on the ends of your hair as an overnight pre-wash treatment.
OCM every night to remove make-up, and Jojoba oil makes a great overnight moisturiser. Use avocado for a treat.
Thanks for the bicarb scrub tip - tried it last night and it did feel like I'd just had microdermabrasion. It's really brightened my skin up.
My personal faves are T Zone gel face wash (£1.79 from my local Savers/Bodycare) and Tesco Skin Wisdom face moisturiser (about £3). The face wash cleans make up right off but isn't too harsh and the moisturiser is light, slightly mattifying and not too heavily scented - doesn't clog my skin up at all. Often on 3-4-2.
I've given up spending money on shampoo and now buy the cheapest supermarket one I can find. Herbal essences or Aussie miracle conditioner are both excellent (but I'm still sulking at the herbal essences 'makeover' of a few years ago - it was even better before...)
For DIY recipes, sweet almond oil with some lime essential oil (just a few drops) and granulated sugar makes a delicious body scrub.
Just bought Superdrug Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser. Feels as good as Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and smells gorgeous at a third of the price!!
A mix of 1 ripe avocado, 2-3 spoons of oil and an egg if you fancy it. Mix it all up and apply to your hair, wrap hair in a warm towel for 30 mins and then wash out with shampoo and conditioner. I do this every week or so and it keeps my hair lovely and smooth and soft. It was a frizzy nightmare before I started doing it!
I love this thread and am happy to spend the money on the prestige brands if they work
and btw Annette Vitalumiere was shit
Aussie "Take the heat" has been very good for my hair.
I like the Garnier bb cream.
Avon Glimmersticks are fking marvellous
No.7 Exquisite Curl mascara doesn't clump and stays on.
Macademia Nut oil for makeup removal and as a moisturiser
Vaseline Intensive Care Repair and Relief Balm when my skin is stressed but tbh sonce I started using the Macademia Nut oil it hasn't been
Argan Oil for hair
Have just started using avocado oil and hot cloth to cleanse before bed. Skin is looking nice in the mornings since I,ve started using it.
So, after reading this thread last week, I was intrigued by the oil cleansing method. I duly read up on it on MakeUp Alley and ordered my cold-pressed castor and jojoba oils, resolving to start with 3x a week oil cleansing alternated with my usual (slightly slap dash) routine.
Three oil cleanses later my skin looks GOOD. I didn't realise just how good until I ran out of my stupidly expensive foundation primer/tinted moisturiser combo this morning, and in a rush to get out the door I just popped a bit of cream blush, mascara and lipstick over my moisturised face. And... I can't tell I'm not wearing any sort of base. My pores are tight. My skin is soft. I am positively glow-y. Okay, I could probably stand to be a little more evenly coloured, but I'm THIRTY EIGHT and my skin is looking good with practically nothing on it.
So: I've spent approximately £7 on oils, vs more than I care to admit on primer, tinted moisturiser, plus whole skincare routine.
I realise I may yet experience the breakout to end all breakouts, or I may not be able to junk my fancy anti-aging skincare products altogether. BUT... I'm hardly wearing any make-up! And it's cheap!
To whoever it was that recommended OCM, THANK YOU. I think I may end up owing you flowers.
i have facial skin like sandpaper. over the years i have used several brands including - creme de la mer, oxypeel, most high street brands, serums, etc. what i have found works best is simple's - kind to skin replenishing rich moisturiser.
Love this thread!
Boots Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Calming Day Cream is wonderful, much better than any of the expensive skin care I used to buy. No greasiness, just perfect skin. I love it and buy tons whenever its on a 2 for 1.
Actually, scotch that. Apparently bloody Boots have changed the formula and added perfume, which is going to make my skin angry. Last pot of the old formula... sigh back to the drawing board...
Boots' curl creme.., the pink one WAS brilliant, but they seem to have discontinued it
YY to cheapest possible shampoo and invest in conditioner (Aussie 3 minute miracle is a miracle
YY to old fashioned blue nivea..it's kind and brilliant
boots organic / botanics face scrub is lovely and makes my skin smooth and glowy
I really can't see the point in spending £££ on mascara.
You can bend the brush yourself.
Bio oil on face is good.
Body scrub; maldon salt and oil.
to all the people who mix up their own scrubs, I tried this with olive oil/brown sugar, and my shower overflowed as the drain clogged up within seconds..!
Cleanser - Olay Regenerist and Aveeno both do good exfoliating face washes. Both are as good as Origins although not quite as good as Clarins.
Blusher - Max Factor creme blush or Boots Natural Collection powder blush suit me better than Nars (although really my heart belongs to Benetint and the cheap versions of that are rubbish).
Nail varnish - Revlon excellent.
Handcream - Clarins and Aveda are the best but Garnier Hydralock or Flexitol are both v good.
Body lotion - I like Aveeno better than any of the high end ones I've tried.
Vaseline and Carmex the best for lips.
Lipstick - Une ones excellent at about 8 pounds each. MUA from Superdrug rubbish - even a pound felt like I'd been ripped off!
Mascara - Max Factor 2000 calorie is better than Lancome Hypnose but not as good as Lancome Definicils.
Foundation - I'm actually really liking the Garnier anti-aging BB cream lately and I like the Garnier undereye thing too.
Eyeliners - have to be Urban Decay or Lancome: hate everything else
Eyeshadow - nothing comes close to Mac or Urban Decay
Bayliss and Harding handwash is just as good as Molton Brown and only 2 pounds.
Cetraben emollient cream. It's about ten pound for a 500g pump dispenser, it's designed for irritable eczema I think, but it makes my skin feel beautiful. Better than clarins body lotion, which is about five times the price.
I love Nivea Q10. It's always on offer either in Boots or Superdrug or supermarket so never spend more than £6 on a pot that lasts a month. It is silky and smooth and smells divine and makes my skin look five years younger instantly. Nothing beats it.
The only cream that works for dry hands ( DH has them and has tried everything over the years) is divine Palmer's cocoa butter. DC love the smell too.
Be careful with those coffee grounds going down the plug hole... they can block up your pipes!
Barry M nailpolishes outlast my Nails Inc ones.
I also like the Maybelline gel liner pots - easier to apply than the MAC version.
I don't rate GOSH eyeshadows at all, nowhere near as pigmented as Urban Decay etc.
Dr Bronner lip balm sticks. Not bargain basement - about £3-4 - but really, really nice.
I really like the natural radiance range in superdrug. The hot cloth cleanser is lovely on offer at £2.99 at the minute. Such a bargain!!
My MIL deliberately puts coffee grounds down her sink to clear her pipes. I have no idea which one of you is right.
I guess it depends on your pipes... they're quite heavy and don't break down so can build up in bends and get caught up and block the pipes... as a friend found out to her expense... I especially wouldn't put them down our shower as its such a short drop iyswim?
Starbucks is your friend. I like to pick up a couple of sachets of brown sugar each time I'm in, one sachet is perfect for an olive oil hand scrub.
I've got dry skin, but MUA raves about Starbucks serviettes used as blotting paper!
Best face wash of all time is the garnier daily scrub stuff in the blue tube. It's always on offer, a couple of quid or just over. My skin doesn't feel clean with anything else, been using it for years.
Maybelline creme eyeshadow in taupe is a good neutral and doesn't crease. Maybelline gel eyeliner in black is just as good as Bobbi Brown, and it comes with its own wee brush that is actually pretty good.
Revlon lippies and their new eyeshadow quads are good too.
I am make up obsessed in fact you could scatter my ashes in Selfridges beauty department
Sleek eyeshadow palettes are great, really pigmented
Fyrianne eyeshadows and their pixie epoxy - the latter turns shadows into molten metal type, and sticks glitter and loose pigment down
I couldn't be without urban decay potion primer, I know it's not cheap but it is cost effective as you only need a teeny bit and cheap eyeshadow lasts over the top of it
L'oreal ever pure shampoo and conditioner is the best I've used on my curly dry hair
ELF HD powder is a great silica based one
Soap and glory clean on me body wash seems to help my upper arm bumps
Not really beauty (maybe?!) but if you have clothes with sweaty smell that won't come out, soak them in napisan and wash with powder but no fabric conditioner. Smell gone, clothes as new
Couple of Boots cheapies but goodies that I wouldn't be without.
Boots Essentials Fragrance Free Eye Makeup remover. Only £1.50 & even often on 3 for 2.
Boots Traditional Cold Cream £2.42 for a huge pot, great cleanser, I remove it with a hot cloth ( baby muslins from the supermarket, cheap as chips for a big pack). Far cheaper & just as good as Liz Earle.
vaseline as an eye treatment - put it on just before you go to sleep. It really works!
I am a total lipstick junkie, but current favourite is Natural Collection in Cedar - good pigment, smooth, lovely colour.
Nivea blue tub basic thick moisturiser as overnight face treatment.
MUA lipstick - shade 11 is a perfect neutral and moisturising too.
Coconut oil for hair treatment.
Barbara Daly at Tesco 'Face Lift' foundation.
Boots Oil of evening primrose moisturiser. V cheap, one pot lasts forever and I've been using it for about 20 years. Every now and again I would change to clinique or something, and it was just never as good.
Primark Tea tree oil facial cleansing wipes. £1 for 50. They smell tea tree-y and clean and do the job fine.
I love Aloe Vera gel with tea tree (Holland and Barrett sell it), great for spots, burns, bites, shaving rashes, allergic rashes, sunburn, anything really!
Tried all kinds of body creams and my current fave is Garnier intensive 7 days lotion for very dry skin. It has Shea butter in it, sinks on easily and lasts all day. It's cheaper than body shop body butters (which I love also!) and lacks the greasy skin feeling that you get with some others.
Nivea Q10 hand cream (yellow tube) is my fave hand cream by far (have tried Elemis, L'Occitane etc).
Also think Montagne Jeunesse cucumber peel off mask is way better than any other treatment mask for oily skin. Costs a bargainous 99p per sachet and you get the satisfaction of peeling it off!
Thank you all for your ideas.
Only addition from me is Dr Bronner's castille liquid soaps as a face cleanser. They're fab, haven't had a spot in ages and a bottle lasts forever.
Can't believe no one's done the aspirin mask! Crush up a couple of aspirin with a drop of water, mix to a paste, then leave on your face until dry. Absolutely amazing for breakouts, clears the complexion like nothing else and leaves skin really, really soft. A packet of aspirin is pretty much the cheapest thing in Boots as well, which is even better.
Superdrug Vitamin E all over body cream is my best friend.
I have tried loads of different body lotions but always come back to this, it's gorgeous & so cheap!
I know this is an old post, but I am looking for recommendations for discount online beauty sites, do such sites exist?
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