Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Great Skincare Under £10 ❀

Something I hear a lot is that it's "better to splurge on skincare and save on makeup", and whilst I think splurging on skincare can be a good thing, it just isn't feasible for everyone. I've been a full time student for the last four years so most of the time I'm bound to a student budget. However, I think this has been a positive restraint because as I've become more conscious of skincare, I have gone digging for some drug store gems, & boy have I found some!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 
This is one that gets a lot of love from beauty bloggers, and it's no surprise why! A dupe for the much loved BioDerma, it gently and effectively removes makeup in a flash. Garnier say 'designed for sensitive skin and loved by all skin types' and I can safely tell you all that my skin adores this stuff. This is my go-to product for removing makeup quickly on a lazy evening, or the first step in a 'double cleanse' routine. Gone are the forbidden makeup wipes, as this stuff has taken their place! 
Usually £4.99 but currently on offer at Boots for £3.33 and Superdrug for £3.32

Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make Up Remover
This is the most recent addition to my skincare routine as I've been wearing a lot more waterproof mascara and have been finding it impossible to remove, until this bad boy. It's a biphase solution, so shake before you use and apply to a cotton pad just as you would with the micellar water. I like to hold this over my closed eyelids, pressing into my eyelashes to help break down the waterproof mascara. With a little gentle rubbing the waterproof mascara easily wipes away and my eyes are left feeling fresh, not sore. Garnier claim that this stuff even helps to care for your lashes, and whilst I haven't seen any remarkable difference in my lashes, I do notice less lash-fall-out (am I saying it right? Who knows!) Wonderful. Even removes stubborn eyeliner.
Usually £3.49 but currently on offer at Boots for £2.33

Botanics All Bright Toner
❀Dupe Alert, Dupe Alert!❀ Ok, I want to call this a dupe for a much hyped skincare product, but I actually think that (for some skin types, not all!) this is better than the original. The original that I'm talking about, is the much loved Pixi Glow Tonic which is a really effective and very loved chemical exfoliator. I tried the Pixi Glow Tonic almost 5 months a go, and whilst I found it to leave most of my skin glowing, bright and fresh looking I also unfortunately found that it caused me to break out quite badly, with deep, large spots that never fully came to a head. I was so disappointed as I really wanted to love this product, but my skin just didn't like it! On the hunt for another chemical exfoliant I came across this, Botanics claim that "Natural AHA's from the flower act as mild exfoliators to help leave skin smoother and brighter" and it really is leaving my skin smoother and brigher. I have acne-prone skin and have suffered with break outs for years, which is probably why I had a bad reaction to the Pixi toner, but this toner from Botanics is actually helping to clear up my break outs and leaving my skin so much fresher and younger looking! Who can argue with that?
Usually £3.99 but currently on offer at Boots for £2.49

Botanics Hot Cloth Cleanser
I have been loving using this in my skincare routine lately. This is not only a hot cloth cleanser, but also a balm cleanser. I currently have my 'lazy skin routine' where I just use the Garnier micellar water (usually two goes of it, to really get rid of all the make up and grime!) or I have my proper routine, where I will remove makeup with the Garnier Micellar water, and save this stuff for actually cleansing my skin. It always seems a bit peculiar to me to put a really expensive (or even fairly affordable) skin cleanser on your face while you still have make up on, because then it can't get to your skin! So, after removing my makeup I massage this stuff into my skin and then soak my cloth in hot water to remove it. I like to really get the heat from the hot cloth all over my skin and spend a bit of time, rinsing the cloth and re-wiping over my skin to get really clean. It's also just really soothing and relaxing to have a hot cloth on your skin so I like to go to town! 
Usually £8.99 but currently on offer at Boots for £6.49

All these beauties for less than £10 each! Great skincare doesn't have to break the bank, it's really about finding what works best for you! Do you have any cheaper skincare favourites? Thanks for reading xx

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