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

(88 Posts)
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.

JosMorgan Tue 22-Jan-13 10:40:58

I know this is an old post, but I am looking for recommendations for discount online beauty sites, do such sites exist?

JemimaPuddle Thu 22-Nov-12 07:37:35

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!

dogrilla Thu 22-Nov-12 07:23:50

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.

KittieCat Thu 22-Nov-12 00:33:16

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.

Paintyourbox Wed 21-Nov-12 16:24:10

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!

BobblyGussets Wed 21-Nov-12 15:10:18

Primark Tea tree oil facial cleansing wipes. £1 for 50. They smell tea tree-y and clean and do the job fine.

trixie123 Wed 21-Nov-12 14:57:58

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.

Djembe Wed 21-Nov-12 11:43:15

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.

Elemental Wed 21-Nov-12 10:53:17

I am a total lipstick junkie, but current favourite is Natural Collection in Cedar - good pigment, smooth, lovely colour.

faustina Wed 21-Nov-12 06:47:33

vaseline as an eye treatment - put it on just before you go to sleep. It really works!

Aquelven Wed 21-Nov-12 04:10:21

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.

brighthair Wed 21-Nov-12 03:55:41

I am make up obsessed blush 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 grin

ZacharyQuack Wed 21-Nov-12 00:50:45

Revlon lippies and their new eyeshadow quads are good too.

ZacharyQuack Wed 21-Nov-12 00:50:19

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.

MorrisZapp Tue 20-Nov-12 22:07:14

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.

AuntieMaggie Tue 20-Nov-12 21:39:22

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?

LaTrucha Tue 20-Nov-12 21:06:35

My MIL deliberately puts coffee grounds down her sink to clear her pipes. I have no idea which one of you is right.

combobulated Tue 20-Nov-12 21:01:25

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!!

BandersnatchCummerbund Tue 20-Nov-12 21:01:01

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fridgepants Tue 20-Nov-12 20:51:07

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.

AuntieMaggie Tue 20-Nov-12 20:31:46

Be careful with those coffee grounds going down the plug hole... they can block up your pipes!

racingheart Tue 20-Nov-12 19:11:00

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.

colditz Tue 20-Nov-12 19:01:19

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.

Spookey80 Tue 20-Nov-12 18:56:53


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.

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