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What cheap products have you bought and surprisingly loved?

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Mummybear8 Fri 07-Apr-17 16:43:57

Trying to cut down as I have a holiday coming up and toiletries/make up seem to be quite a big spend for me.
Intrigued to know what inexpensive hair & beauty buys you have purchased and fallen in love with, continue to use and swear by.
Thanks smile

findingmyfeet12 Fri 07-Apr-17 16:47:32

I really like Sleek blusters. Very cheap and nicely packaged for the price.

findingmyfeet12 Fri 07-Apr-17 16:47:50


ggirl Fri 07-Apr-17 16:48:25

Maxfactor false lash effect mascara is miles better than Chanel one .
In fact I've tried most brands cheap and expensive and it suits me the best.

Superdrug B moisturiser good as any other I've tried .

Superdrug CoLab dry shampoo ,the one with no white powder is fab.

dontpokethebear Fri 07-Apr-17 16:56:03

W7 make up! The mascaras aren't great, but their eyeshadow palettes are fantastic and stay put.

Primark face creams are really good too.

VintagePerfumista Fri 07-Apr-17 16:57:14

Maybelline Dream satin liquid foundation. I have: Chanel Les Beige, Chanel Perfection Lumiere, various Clinique ones and an Armani Lasting Silk and the Maybelline is the only one I constantly repurchase.

Olay acid toner- much prefer this to Nip and Fab and all the others.

Astral for my neck, used it for about 40 yrs.

<waves to ggirl- you and I discussed the sad demise of a Clarins foundation a million years ago! I was Bucharest then I think!>

dontpokethebear Fri 07-Apr-17 16:57:52

Sorry, not primark! Aldi!
It's been a long day....

CakesAreBiscuitsToo Fri 07-Apr-17 17:01:42

I liked the Nip n Fab Glycolic night pads - cheap and my skin can take them a few times a day if I need to freshen up (and I'm not wearing makeup)

Someone recommended them here.

ggirl Fri 07-Apr-17 17:06:00

hey Bucharest /VintagePerfumista ..that was so long ago I can't remember the foundation? Still love most of clarion's stuff. I am loving Chanel CC cream atm although a bit spendy.

sorry for hijack OP

CakesAreBiscuitsToo Fri 07-Apr-17 17:07:12

vintage which Olay toner?

TiddlesUpATree Fri 07-Apr-17 17:16:43

Another vote for W7 products. Agree the mascara is not good but the foundation and bronzer are lovely.

mrssmith79 Fri 07-Apr-17 17:19:13

Not hair or makeup but 4711 cologne just goes hand in hand with holidays and warm evenings outside (repels the mozzies too grin ). It smells very similar to my every day perfume (Tom Ford Neroli Portofino) which I never take away with me in case it gets lost / smashed in transit.

Mummybear8 Fri 07-Apr-17 19:23:58

Perfumes are welcome too mrssmith79! I'm all for a cheap dupe and I think I've seen 4711 cologne in boots, greeny bottle, gold old-fashioned writing?
Thanks for the suggestions!

VintagePerfumista Fri 07-Apr-17 19:25:12

mrssmith- Perfume Parlour do a Neroli Portofino dupe at around £3 for the smallest size.

Cakes- I have 2 versions of the toner- one is called anti-age and one anti-wrinkle confusingly- though ingredients are identical in both. It costs about £4. Someone on another thread a month or so back couldn't find it anywhere- it may have been repackaged/renamed to stop the confusion!

Also using the Ordinary serums and gubbins at the moment, but only been using them for about a fortnight, so can't really say yet, but the Superdrug Pure Serum (costing a whole £2.99) is fabulous and leaves my skin wonderfully smooth.

ggirl- I think it was called Instant Smooth or something and was in a pot rather than a bottle.

VintagePerfumista Fri 07-Apr-17 19:27:01

Íf it's perfume dupes you want, look no further than Perfume Parlour.

A cheap as chips perfume I love is Yardley Jade. Smells almost identical (to me) to Annick Goutal Eau du Sud. Some say it's like Chanel Cristalle, but I think it's more like the EdS, whatever, it's lush.

SilverMachine Fri 07-Apr-17 19:37:16

Bourjois city radiance foundation which has replaced my usual Clinique one.

Also totally agree with perfume parlour. I am wearing a dupe of Valentino Donna today. The perfumes smell amazing and lady for ages.

SilverMachine Fri 07-Apr-17 19:39:17

*last for ages not lady for ages grin

MrsMeow Fri 07-Apr-17 20:05:47

Rimmel 25 hour thingy foundation - often on 2 for £10 or 3 for 2. I was a Mac Studio Fix devotee until I discovered this.

Aveeno or rose hip oil to moisturise face.

CalonGoch Fri 07-Apr-17 20:05:47

Yardley White Diamonds also smells just like Chloe to this nose. SO cheap you can just spray it on with abandon.

Rimmel eyeshadow crayons are also really great, and stay put all day.

hippadoppaloppagorillapig Fri 07-Apr-17 20:05:55

The rimmel lip crayons are brilliant, they stay on all day without needing to be reapplied, even through eating & drinking etc. I always wear one to weddings, races etc.

Superdrug B eye cream is pretty ace as well.

SirVixofVixHall Fri 07-Apr-17 20:11:52

I'm using some things from Beauty pie at the moment. Very cheap, although you do have to factor in the subscription/postage etc. The mascara seems really good, and I love the foundation. Concealer is good too. I don't love the lipstick, but that may well be because it is so hard to choose lipstick online, the colours vary so much.

CalonGoch Fri 07-Apr-17 20:31:54

Sorry, what am I talking about? I mean Royal Diamond. Yardley Royal Diamond.

Sorry, Dame Liz.

norbert23 Fri 07-Apr-17 20:39:22

I second the ordinary skincare, their retinol has completely sorted my cystic acne and their rosehip face oil is lush smile

Hellofromme Fri 07-Apr-17 20:42:43

Where can you get ordinary skincare? Is it only online?

ArtemisiaGentilleschi Fri 07-Apr-17 21:45:37

You Ordinary products from Victoria Health (online)

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