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