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Your bargain cheap skincare & cosmetic products that ARE better than expensive posh products

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Chicinwellies Wed 28-Sep-11 13:40:41

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.

madmomma Thu 29-Sep-11 18:46:09

yy to lansinoh as lipbalm/intensive moisturiser; it's fabulous stuff.

lololizzy Thu 29-Sep-11 20:38:28

Vaseline Intensive Care body lotion as hand 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!)

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MrsMigginslovespies Thu 29-Sep-11 21:00:01

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.

JosieRosie Sun 02-Oct-11 18:08:31

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 blush 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

babycham42 Sun 02-Oct-11 19:37:55

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

babycham42 Sun 02-Oct-11 19:39:34

Any left over nipple cream is brill for dry heels too.

cairnterrier Sun 02-Oct-11 19:40:51

Avon lipsticks

latrucha Sun 02-Oct-11 20:32:21

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.

TigerseyeMum Sun 02-Oct-11 21:45:37

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.

spatchcock Sun 02-Oct-11 21:57:14

Brilliant thread!

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!

Awomancalledhorse Mon 03-Oct-11 11:44:44

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!

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 03-Oct-11 16:01:12

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.

Ryoko Mon 03-Oct-11 16:29:36

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.

FreckledLeopard Mon 03-Oct-11 16:32:21

E45 moisturiser for face and for hand cream. Works wonders.

40notTrendy Mon 03-Oct-11 16:35:34

Rimmel and No 7 mascaras are great. Nivea cream in blue tub an emergency everything- handcream, moisturiser, spot cream....

AnnetteProfit Mon 03-Oct-11 16:45:14

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

AnnetteProfit Mon 03-Oct-11 16:45:39

( i do think tbh a lot of you arent really make up aficionados)

lynniep Mon 03-Oct-11 16:52:39

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.

ChunkyPickle Mon 03-Oct-11 17:01:04

Sudocreme as a base for makeup? Really?

Doesn't it leave you a bit... goth....?

Chicinwellies Mon 03-Oct-11 18:26:45

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

babycham42 Mon 03-Oct-11 18:31:34

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 wink

Pinot Mon 03-Oct-11 18:52:42

Annette you naughty minx

40notTrendy Mon 03-Oct-11 20:52:33

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.

JennyPiccolo Mon 03-Oct-11 20:57:14

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.

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