Saturday, 21 February 2015

Budget Week - Day 3


Bit of a hotch-potch today, contains good and disappointing ones...

Bio-Essence Miracle Bio Water - £16.00 - weird one this. I personally found it wasn't great for waterproof mascara - but my friends tell me otherwise, however, it was perfectly acceptable for lips/other..
It is lovely and cooling on the skin though, and I imagine a sensitised skin would appreciate it.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleaning Butter - £12.00 - I've spoken about this many a time, In essence, a great affordable balm cleanser that annihilates makeup and leaves the skin soft and refreshed with no sticky residue or tight feeling.

Merumaya Exfoliating Toner - sample - I don't know what I can say about this as I have no information on it! This is literally a lab sample and part of the brand's testing so I don't know what's in it or how much it will be.. what I can say is that it is totally non-stinging (is that even a phrase?), exfoliates gently and softly and leaves the skin comfortable. As for everything else, watch this space!

Caudalie Grape Water - £6-£10 - leftovers from the grape harvest, sprays in a fine mist, softer that normal water and feels like it absorbs more efficiently.

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes - £24.50 for 15ml - see yesterday's post 

Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum - £35.50 for 30ml - this is over my intended limit of £25 - £30 for serums but I thought it was worth mentioning as I am always asked about appropriate ones for oily/acne skins. Whilst this is not particularly aimed at those skin types, it's certainly one worth checking out if you are a woman of a certain age with adult acne (I feel your pain, been there), if you're just a person with problematic skin or if you want a product that contains a lot of the same ingredients as serums that are 5 times the price...

Superfacialist Rose Peaceful Skin Night Cream - £16.00 for 50ml - a frankly bargainous £16.00, this is great for all skin types including combination. It contains shea butter, but it's not heavy/cloying at all. The only thing I would say, is try and check the smell before you purchase. To me, this is proper, old lady rose. It doesn't linger, and you do wake up looking refreshed with a glow, but it is strong on application.


22 comments:

  1. When are you announcing the Sunday Riley winner?

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  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am going to try TBS balm for sure, and would love to get my hands on the night cream. I am on a self-imposed cosmetics-buying quarantine now (I've gone a bit crazy and definitely over my budget - but, oh, the joy...), but as soon as this ends, these will be the first ones to go for :)

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  3. To help the uneducated among us (read: me), would you consider, when reviewing cleansers, stating whether the cleanser would be for first cleanse or for the second cleanse. Thank you for considering this additional bit of information.

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  4. Hi, maybe someone who knows more about this stuff can tell me if Lierac Radiance Toner qualifies as a good exfoliating toner. It is also alcohol free. I would really appreciate it. Thank you :)

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  5. ERM good old fashioned manners please n thank you

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  6. Ooooh the night cream sounds fab! I love Una Brennan's products - they are great bargains! X
    http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. ERM good old fashioned manners please n thank you

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  8. So glad you liked the Una Brennan Night Cream - I've just started using it and it's an absolute delight!

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  9. The body shops balm made me break out so terribly! I had horrible angry spots everywhere. I have an almost new pot going to waste..

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  10. TBS balm made me break out with such horrible spots!!

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  11. I use the Body Shop balm for almost a year (before I used Clinique's TTDO) as well as Body Shop's Aloe Toner and the eye cream occasionally as well. I have to admit that you "converted" me to use The Body Shop products more (TBS and I had a fallout for many years though as a teen I always relied on their fragrances, White Musk anyone?)
    In Greece I use a lot of Korres and Apivita creams and eye creams. They fall in the budget category for me (although I think their a tad more expensive in the UK). Korres has a brilliant toner (with no alcohol) which contains witch hazel and Apivita has a brilliant clay mask!

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    1. I always wore their White musk oil when I was a teen. I'm after getting the Red musk perfume this year.

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    2. TBS still do their original white musk oil too!! Love the balm literally takes all your makeup on when used with a hot flannel x

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    3. TBS still sell their original white musk oil, the cleansing butter literally melts away any makeup!! - it's fab! X

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  12. I'm so curious about Caudalie products because you can't get them in store in Australia. I love facial sprays, so I might look into the Grape Water one you mentioned! x

    http://thewhimsicalfox.blogspot.com.au

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  13. Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum sounds nice. I've been considering the Pai blemish serum, I'll have to compare!

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  14. My skin hates serums, but I'm 40 now, so I need to find something I can use for the wrinkly bits. I like the sound of the Body Shop cleansing balm indeed, thanks :-)

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  15. Hi Caroline, I read your blog everyday. Ever since I discovered you on pixiwoos youtube video a few months back. I just wanted to say me and my face are so thankful for your on point advice. My skin is in the best condition it has ever been thanks to your advice. I enjoy your blog as well as your videos. I just wanted to say thanks for helping me understand my skin a bit more, and also for making me aware of the ingredients in products that are bad for me.
    I've suffered bacne for years and since cutting out sulphate's in my shampoo and conditioner it has completely gone. For me your advice is crucial and I'm happy not to be spending lots of money on products that do nothing for my skin. It's nice to go into a department store and shop confidently for products without being sucked in by sales people promising me the world. For example in Clarins the other day the sales girl was really pushing there serum on me and could confidently say "No Thanlyou, my skin reacts bad to mineral oil".
    A year ago I would have caved in, used said product and left my skin a mess as well as my purse lighter.
    Keep up the amazing advice you give because I am so thankful :))

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  16. I absolutely adore the merumaya iconic youth serum & have yet to find one that goes on as smoothly as this one! I have been following your advice for nearly a year now and me & my skin just want to say a massive THANKYOU (that's as big as i could type it) for all your helpful information. I just wish i had found you years go!!

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  17. Caroline I have today been back in TBS, first time since my teens (many years!), and bought myself the cleansing butter and the nutruganics gel/oil cleanser both on your recommendation. Also picked up the Vitamin E overnight serum/oil to try. I cannot wait to wash my face later!! I've also pointed my best friend in your direction and told her to read your blog. She is allergic to chlorine and cannot put water on her face or she gets a severe rash so she was asking my advice skincare wise so I sent her here!

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  18. Hi Caroline, I've just recently discovered you and your blog and I wish I found you in my 20s*holding back tears*! Dramatic, I know. I was wondering, since you're doing a skype consult giveaway~will you be available for appointments via skype*crossing fingers,toes,legs and everything else I can think of*? I live in Indonesia, and I do have a derm, but she focuses more on my overall health, which is great, but I would love to know more about other products for my troublesome skin. I recently started adding balm and oil to my regimen, and threw away a whole slew of products that I had no idea were so drying until I read your blog, and I'm ecstatic with the results!xo

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