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What are your cheap as chips beauty and perfume favourites?

(41 Posts)
YouOldTinsellySlag Wed 12-Dec-12 13:38:13

For under a fiver? I recently bought L'Aimant Fleur de Rose perfume for 1.99, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula handcream for about 3.50 and I also love Collection 2000 black eyeliner pens ( about 3.99 I think? they last for MONTHS).

Just nosey and frugal and in an all male house (DH and 2 DSs).

WayneDeer Thu 13-Dec-12 00:02:46

use this and you will be blackhead free

rose and damask showergel by palmolive smells££££
bit of essential oil any old salt and a crappy kilner is brilliant as a scrub
hairspray sorts eyebrows out (i am not denis healy)

ThursdayWillBeTheDay Thu 13-Dec-12 08:35:35

Palmers cocoa butter hand cream- the best I've ever tried. Carmex lip salve-the only thing that sorts my ever fraying lips. Always buy Collection 2000 mazzie and eyeliner and their version of touche eclat- which unlike touche eclat, doesn't start to smell like dirty dishcloths after a week. I also alternate between naissance rosehip and argan as a night facial moisturiser.

TeaBrick Thu 13-Dec-12 08:49:37

Aldi concealer is really good too

KatoPotatoHoHo Thu 13-Dec-12 08:52:38

Aldi aqua moisturiser is identical in every way to Lancôme aqua fusion it's my new hg!

YouOldTinsellySlag Thu 13-Dec-12 08:58:56

ooh some great ideas on here. My little five pound note is burning a hole in my pocket!

SinisterSal Thu 13-Dec-12 09:03:22

I think there's a lid version of miss Dior perfume, can't remember the name though, but I think it wax recommended on here.

YouOldTinsellySlag Thu 13-Dec-12 09:11:53

It's called Suddenly Madame Glamour and it's 3.99 for 50ml. In tests, users preferred it to Coco Madamoiselle. Sometimes if you get lucky it's only 1.99. It's had good reviews and isn't just a copy.

MincePiesAndBaileys Thu 13-Dec-12 09:18:00

St. Ives face scrub, but buy on offer then you can get two tubes for a fiver.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Thu 13-Dec-12 09:18:31

The Body Shop Earth Lovers Shower gels are lovely, the list price is £5 for 250mL, but they have been on 3 for £6 for ages.

Agree about Barry M nail varnishes (I like the glittery ones at this time of year).

Olive oil and salt as a handscrub

bulletwithbutterflywings Thu 13-Dec-12 09:25:49

I like 'Natural Collection' waterproof mascara, It's just right for everyday wear. I think it's £2.

bulletwithbutterflywings Thu 13-Dec-12 09:27:43

I think there's a lid version of miss Dior perfume, can't remember the name though, but I think it wax recommended on here.
Not a perfume, but some of the Soap and Glory range smells exactly the same, I think 'The Righteous Butter' is one of them.

Bluesue26 Thu 13-Dec-12 10:35:51

I would absolutely recommend the Aldi concealer. I was buying the touche eclat pens for ages and read about the Aldi one on here. I bought one as it was only £3.49 and now wouldn't use anything else.

anothercuppaplease Thu 13-Dec-12 12:06:32

I'm off to lidl...

I use St. Ives face scrub for sensitive skin every morning, have been for years and years, it's fab. Nivea Soft as night facial cream, on knees, hands, etc. When I go to asian shops I buy almond oil (much cheaper there) and use it on cuticle/nails works a treat. I also rub natural coconut oil in my hair (very frizzy) about an hour before washing and it helps control the frizz. I use avocado (when they have gone a bit too soft) as face mask. Lovely.

CointreauVersial Thu 13-Dec-12 13:31:26

Boots Essentials skincare range - the cucumber Eye make Up Remover is lovely, and less than £2 I think.

MUA and Barry M for nail varnish (in fact, pretty much any make-up).

Next Just Pink is my everyday perfume, soft fruity-floral, really cheap too.

ArtexTheHallWithBoughsOfMonkey Thu 13-Dec-12 13:41:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

YouOldTinsellySlag Thu 13-Dec-12 14:57:40

Artex, you are a woman after my own heart.

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