Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Four Budget Skincare Buys

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Budget + skincare are not words that I often include in the same sentence, so I’m really pleased to introduce four recent finds under £10 that perform way better than their price tag suggests (and give some high end products a run for their money).

Bee Good Honey & Wild Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water, £10 here - you already know how much I love the Bee Good Creamy Cleanser (review here). I found the cleansing water super-refreshing and effective as the first step of my holiday skincare routine, removing most of my make-up with a single swipe. It dissolves make-up, cleanses and tones the skin and is gentle enough to use on eyes. Also lovely for a morning cleanse, the light, 100ml bottle is perfect for travel. I know there are cheaper micellars around, but the value in terms of quality is excellent - and it does fall within the £10 budget.

Super Facialist Purify & Refresh Face Scrub, £5.99 (on offer at Boots) here - I’m a huge fan of this brand and it’s always the first option I suggest when asked for budget skincare recommendations, as the quality is superb. Packed with effective actives such as salicylic acid and Vitamin B3 to tackle breakouts, it also soothes with Grapeseed Oil and Elderflower. The texture is superfine and it leaves my skin feeling extra soft and smooth. Currently 1/3 off at Boots, I honestly can’t believe this is only £5.99!

Mandara Spa Amber Heaven Softening Body Cream, £4.00 (on offer, different packaging) here - in all honesty this has been in my stash for a few months as I didn’t really expect to be wow-ed by it. More the fool me. As the name suggests, the smell is *actually* heavenly - and the sandalwood and patchouli element smells rich rather than hippy. Acacia honey, sweet almond & starflower oils and vitamin E mean it leaves the driest parts of my skin (shins and ankles) feeling totally nourished, with a lovely sheen. Feels like it costs £40 instead of £4.

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask, £3.99 (another offer!) here - I don’t generally associate clay masks with radiance, but somehow this works. It draws out impurities with white clay, brightens with papaya extract and soothes with Manuka honey and beeswax, all while smelling divine! This gave my post-flight and full day’s travelling face a real boost and didn’t leave it feeling at all stripped - a pleasure to use.

While luxury products will always be my first love, please let me know if you’d like me to include more budget finds in future. I’d love to hear your budget skincare recs - please leave me a comment below!

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