Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Budget Week - Day 1 - and an extension...



So here's the thing. I fully understand that the word 'budget' is different for everyone. I do. What's budget to some, may be unattainable to others. What's 'affordable' to XX may be absolutely extortionate to YY.
I knew budget week would be popular, what I didn't expect is people arguing amongst themselves about what actually constitutes the word 'budget' across all forms of my social media. There is no need to argue! It's all good. There are plenty of products out there in all price brackets, and as the idea of a 'week' was so popular, I've decided to just extend it and include much more 'budget' (there goes that word again) finds across all of my channels forever more.

I'll still be a fussy cow, still expect great results no matter the price and include plenty of high-end gear as per usual, but expect to see more affordable/budget/bargain finds as the year goes on.

In the meantime, I thought it would be helpful to do some 'flash reviews' of the products I'm using on a daily basis (while I can keep it up!), otherwise my 'to review' pile will never subside and nothing will get done!

So....

Vichy Purite Thermale Eye Makeup Remover - £8.07 - this is good, but I had residue this morning - even after I thought I had gotten all of it off last night. Not as good as Clarins, Lancome or Tilbury.

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel - £12.00 - this did a surprisingly good job of removing my makeup and my skin didn't feel too tight afterwards. I wouldn't be able to use it every day, it would be far too drying long-term, but it should be fine if you are particular oily - or for summer's hot and sweaty months..

Pixi Glow Tonic - £18.00 - done and dusted, kippers and custard. (I.e. - reviewed and mentioned 400 times on this blog - search here)

Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner - £7.50 - light and refreshing, it's suited to an oilier skin than mine. Nice and fresh though..it's a second tone, not an acid one...

Organic Surge Hydrating Eye Cream - £18.00 - either I've got dog-eared dry eyes or this is again, more suited for 'normal' skins, even thought it is aimed at a dryer/more mature skin. Lovely cream - maybe for someone younger, but I need more oomph.

Nuxe Detox - £47.00 (clearly not budget) - I found this for £29 yesterday on a french to english website - and now it's disappeared. Sorry!
Aside from the price, this is a great nighttime product if your skin is dull or a little drained. It would probably be worth checking out if you suffer from continuous blemishes/hormonal lumps etc. It's available in M&S too, so you can more than likely find it in your high street in the UK.

I hope this reassures those of you on tight budgets that I am trying to cater to everyone, including you. And please don't argue amongst yourselves. After last week, I'm enjoying the calm. :)

49 comments:

  1. La Roche-Posay makes some really excellent products. I also find that, although budget is different for everyone, for a lot of these products a little goes a long way and most of the time the better (more expensive products) will require much less application.

    Danielle
    www.beautyandbourbon.co

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    1. I agree; La Roche-Posay really does make some great products. I have sensitive skin that reacts very quickly to irritating ingredients in cleansers but my skin actually became clearer since using the Toleriane cleanser.

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  2. Thank you my Fairy God Mother of skin care, extremely helpful to know I can still look after my skin on a budget, really appreciate this, and your you tube budget skin care videos....

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  3. Hi Caroline,
    Do you think the Nuxe Detox would be helpful for my PCOS skin? I'm forever suffering with jawline spots. Thanks :)

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  4. Thank you Caroline! It's very much appreciated! Thank you for all your time & dedication xxxx

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  5. I've been a student for the past 8 years, since I got out of HS and at times it's been tough. But I still, and did, consider the most expensive cream in my skincare routine to be budget up to about 35-40 pounds. But I'm also one of those people who can't just slap on some budget friendly organic oils on my face. Incredibly jealous of the people who can. :)

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  6. this post had a nice selection from bargain to 'treat' price wise :) lovely line up and look forward to more

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  7. It's available on cocooncenter.co.uk for @£30 but p&p is @£8. Still bit cheaper though. No idea what cocooncenter.co.uk is like!

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    1. I bought Bioderma and LRP serozinc from them several times. I live in Denmark and the shipping cost is worth it if I buy two bottles of Bioderma. So if you just stock up in the good stuff it's all good.

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  8. Lady Hirons, I love your blogs and have started to follow the 'Hirons method' for a few months now and am loving the improvement in my skin. Thank you for your reviews of budget skincare, as I still want to look after my skin but can't afford the extremely pricey products. You're the best! :)

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  9. Try Boots n07 Cleansing Balm... i've bought 2 tubes already in the past year!

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    1. What sort of skin do you have because i did not get on with it. I really disliked it, as it did not do anything and its more like a cream than balm. It made my skin feel strange the only word i have is "froggy???"

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  10. Thank you for this. Had an Avon book shoved through the letter box tonight, any thoughts on reviewing any of the Anew products from Avon?

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  11. Hi Caroline, I would love to know your thoughts on the Olay regenerist range.

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    1. Oohhh, yes! I'd love to know about that as well.

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  12. Great review! I like the way you discribe the products, stating the effect they had, skin type etc, even when it's in short.
    Could you also review Caudie serums? The older ones vs the new Polyphenol one? I know it's not strictly budget, but at least it's easily available over here, as opposed so some other small brands, and as I personally have to test new stuff to check I don't react to it, ordering new products on the net is not an option ;)

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  13. Caroline, in your budget finds could you review the Una Brennan products, Superfacialist? I am using their purifying cleanser now (with salicylic acid), but find it has worsened my breakouts and skin feels really tight... :( I was so excited by the fact it had salycilic and also Vitamin B3!

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  14. Hey,

    I'm just wandering if you will be doing a clinic sometime soon? (I know youre REALLY busy) I've changed my skin care routine, but I seem to be getting spots where I normally NEVER get any spots. I've read and re-read most of your past clinics + cheat sheets but they are not going away.

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  15. Hi Caroline, would love to know your thoughts on the "yes to" ranges - they are pretty affordable and accessible here in NZ, but have been put off trying since I stopped buying skincare at the supermarket...

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    1. If you have sensitive skin don't do it!

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  16. I like the range from pretty budget to a bit of a treat. Thanks Caroline!

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  17. In terms of moisturiser and serum, would you say it's better to get the least expensive product in a luxury range e.g the zelens Daily defence moisturiser or the top of the range (most expensive) product in a standard drug store brand? Just a thought I had

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    1. Great question, I second that!

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  18. I don't usually post but I just wanted to say thank you Caroline, for providing all this amazing content for us, I for one am just grateful that you do this with no other stipulations or pettiness at the definition of budget. Also M&S currently has five pounds off a thirty pound spend on Nuxe which would apply to the product you've mentioned if anybody is interested in buying it :-)

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  19. Are you ever posting a new video???

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    1. give the lady a break jeez

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  20. Hi
    The Nivea bi-phase eye make up remover is really good; reminds me of the Claris! Worth trying :)

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    1. Yes, I love this stuff! No next morning panda eyes, and I layer on the waterproof mascara! Always stock up when it's on offer!

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  21. I think a variety of Price range, paired with your usual thorough reviews, is what I love to see

    http://www.lindalibraloca.com

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  22. I agree with what Caroline and other ladies have said - budget means different things to different people.

    When I have to cough up for something that is a bit pricier than what I would normally spend, I try to do "cost-per-wear" type of calculation. Kinda what fashion bloggers do? I swear a) I won't say "it will go with just about everything" and b) there is (some) method to my madness :)

    For example - given my age, retinol is a must. Eluage is Ł26 at full price (although I normally shop around and try and find a promo code or something similar but let's say I buy at full price). Since I'm on my 3rd bottle now, I know the bottle will last me 8 months (with nightly use). So that would be Ł3.25 per month. Or for example Superfacialist rose day cream. Ł13 a pop. Have been using it since hm August last year and there is still plenty left in the tube? (obvs you have take into consideration shelf life as well).

    I know Ł26 for a jar of anything might be pricey for someone else, hell it was pricey for me at some points! But again this is just what helps me decide whether something is worth spending money on or not. Well that and if it suits my skin to begin with.

    Also even if I was a bit flush with funds, I know I would have a problem with some prices. For example Omorovicza day cream is Ł80 I think? Omorovicza day cream = a plane ticket to London and in my case plane ticket wins every.single.time. So you know, we all have different budgets at different points in our lives and different priorities. That said I think good quality skincare can be found at all price points.

    Hope this makes sense :)

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  23. I think you need to stop worrying about everyone else and just do your thing. It's not like we are paying you. And lets face it, that's why we are all here, to hear your opinion and if your opinion is that a high end product is better than a budget one or vice versa then you should be able to say that without a second thought. I do love these posts though and I love that you are giving a quick review of each of them because budget or not, I'd rather know if a pricier alternative was better and save for it. And if a budget item ends up being equal to something I'm spending a fortune on then yeh to that because unfortunately my experience has been that the more "natural" and high end products are the ones that work best for me.

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    1. This, absolutely. YOU are doing US a massive favour and we should be grateful for it, full stop, whether it includes high-end only or mire budget-friendly options as well.
      My eyes watered when I first saw the price of Good Genes but after trying a sample of it and thanks to your glowing review, I know I will be buying the full size becase, well, it works and is better than cheaper stuff. So like Lisa Ann said, if some expensive stuff is indeed beter than cheap stuff, yes it will hurt my wallet but if it's better, it's worth it.

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    2. I 1000% agree with the "just do your thing" comment. You can't please everyone and really who cares to try? I would rather save up for the stuff I KNOW will work than trying to make products of less quality/money be something they are not. Just do your thing and let it be what it is.

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  24. I am so thrilled to see that this 'budget' theme is going to be ongoing!! I really do highly appreciate that you are doing this for us as after using high end products for so long, invariably you are likely to find that some of the budget stuff isn't as good or that you simply don't enjoy using it as much. But I for one am really keen to see which budget products you will recommend and which you advise we steer clear of for whatever reason. Many many thanks for all the hours that you put into this blog and the videos *squeals with delight* especially when you have to deal with such childish behaviour while trying to get a good job done!

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  25. Ordered Nuxellence Detox from lookfantastic for 37.60 as they are doing 20% off currently across almost everything. Discount is supposed to go down with every hour but doesnt seem like it so far.

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  26. Here's the Nuxe detox for £36 inc postage http://www.cocooncenter.co.uk/nuxe-nuxellence-detox-detoxifying-and-youth-revealing-anti-aging-care-50ml/20682.html?currency=GBP&gclid=CI6e16i-7MMCFXTMtAodRH0Alw#startpage

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  27. Doesn't the La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel have mineral oil in its composition?

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    1. It does. I'm surprised she used it

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    2. No. The one I have does not contain MO. Diff inci in diff countries.

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    3. Ingredients list, please? The La Roche-Posay UK website has the ingredients listed, and mineral oil (listed as paraffinum liquidum) is most definitely on there!!!!

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    4. Sure. If my word isn't enough I can take a picture when I'm home this evening. I would point out though, that the LRP site says 'Last update 02/08'.

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    5. Yes please and thank you!

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    6. LRP confirmed this afternoon that their website was wrong. There is NO mineral oil in the product. The site has been updated: http://www.laroche-posay.co.uk/product-treatments/Physiological-cleansers/Physiological-Cleansing-Gel-p799.aspx

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  28. Hi caroline! Just found a store in Sweden that sell you beloved Clarins extra-comfort cleansing cream! Wanna make a beauty trade? ;)

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  29. Thank you for changing my skin! My old skin is at its best thanks to the advise and recommendations on your blog. I cannot afford those luxury high end brands, but there are plenty of products on the market within my price range, but before I buy them I always search your archives to see what you have said about them (I am amazed at just how I have manage all these years without Pixi Glow Tonic in my life)!

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  30. Hi Caroline, I am loving your recommendations. Vichy makes some great products, I am using the Aqualia serum which is really hydrating and it was/is on offer in Boots, a third off I think. I haven't tried their eye make up remover but Klorane is another budget brand and it is really gentle, non stingy and it works, but it doesn't seem to be widely available, just in pharmacies as far as I know.

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  31. Looking forward to budget tips :)

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  32. I really liked the Physiological cleansing gel and it didn't dry me out at all, but I have combination skin. It smells of bananas though which I just found continually odd! Not unpleasant, just...why?!

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