Sunday, 22 February 2015

Budget Week - Day 4


So I'm thinking this could maybe become a regular fixture - mini-reviews of the products I show in Instagram - thoughts? It won't take the place of anything else - it'll be in addition to the other usual stuff. Let me know what you think. :)

Anyway, without further ado:

Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil - £10.99 - formerly known as 'the good product with the packaging from hell'. This is a great cleansing oil, it removes all of my makeup, doesn't leave any residue and doesn't sting my eyes. It is only hindered by the fact that it is a runny oil, in an open-neck bottle. No pump. The new ones at least have a snap cap but still, you have to pour this into the palm of your hand, put it down and get most of it on your face before it dribbles down your forearm like a cold lolly on a hot day. Other than that it's great. *stabby*

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion - see previous post

Nuxe Gentle Toning Lotion - £14.00 for 200ml - this is a perfectly lovely and affordable toner for all skin types. As an aside, it has one of the worst 'ingredients' pages that I think I've seen on a website. I'm not joking. Check it for yourself. What's the point? Taking none of that into consideration because it's hardly reflective of the actual product, which is why we are here, have a look at this the next time you see it instore. You may like.

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Serum - £16.00 for 46ml - A great price for a serum containing a lot of ingredients found in much more expensive  products, albeit maybe at lower %'s as they are near the end of the inci list. Feels good on teh skin, and does give an immediate plumpness to the skin. A good budget buy.

Organic Surge Extra Care Replenishing Facial Oil - £23.50 for 30ml - taken from Organic Surge's more premium line 'Extra Care', this smells and acts very similar to a lot of other high-end oils but it does have a slightly 'gritty' feel that the more expensive oils don't. If you're an oil addict you'll know what I mean. It's a good oil, just not great.

Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream - £12.95 for 50ml - this, from Organic Surge's original line, is much more like it. Completely worth checking out if you're in the market for a night cream, as promised on the box, this does make you wake up with refreshed skin.

55 comments:

  1. Hi Caroline, I am loving the mini reviews of the Instagram pictures. Thank you for all the hard work you put into both you tube and your blog. xx

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  2. Is organic surge available at Boots or some other place in london? Seems Lovely! And then, does active ingredients penetrate into the skin even if you put a silicon based serum under? Thank you :)

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    1. Hi Natural Beautique, it doesn't seem to be available in Boots but I have seen it on Look Fantastic or they also have it on Ocado - could do a bit of sneaky beauty shopping in with your groceries ;) x

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    2. I have occasionally seen Organic Surge in TK Maxx (only the odd product though) and I think John Lewis sell it? Also Ocado.

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  3. For your first question Google can definitely help you. http://www.organicsurge.com/pages/where-to-buy - guessing your second was for Caroline though :)

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    1. Yes it's for her :) hope she answers cause I'm really struggling with this silicon-thing as internet gives controversial opinions about it ;)

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  4. Love the mini reviews.

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  5. Yes please to the mini reviews!

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  6. Love the idea of mini reviews ! xx

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  7. Love the reviews! Was going to say maybe you could also add whether you think it's worth the price/ a quick "I think X is better for the same price" sort of thing...for example I was thinking with the oil above you could get the trilogy rosehip oil for the same price and that's meant to be better...or the melvita biphase oil...--- which I got after you and. Ruth reviewed it! Do you still like it? Also can I use hydraluron under the vichy Aquila serum you posted a few days ago? Or overkill :P ?

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    1. Hello Anon! :) I mix my Hydraluron with the Vichy Aqualia serum in my hand then slap it on, they work really well together. I find that Aqualia on its own isn't as good as Hydraluron, but Hydraluron can leave my skin feeling strangely tight, like there's a film on it, when used on its own. Together, they're a n absolute dream team :D

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    2. I've read that bloggers mix Hydraluron with pepta-bright and it works so much better.

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    3. Thanks guys !

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  8. Love the mini reviews! Keep em coming :)

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  9. Love the mini reviews. They are excellent.

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  10. Love the mini reviews idea and thank you for all the help and advice you so freely give - very much appreciated

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  11. Mini reviews are the best! Thanks for everything Caroline!

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  12. Yes please, more quick reviews! (:

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  13. I'd consider decanting that oil! Maybe into a baby oil bottle!

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  14. For the una Brennan oil,I just popped the pump from a travel bottle in primark onto the top of the bottle and its a perfect fit......problem solved.☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️

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  15. Dear Caroline, hope you're doing fine..thank you so much for all your beneficial tips and info! Really appreciate your time given to give people a good knowledge about skincare. I am visiting London soon, and I really need to see a dermatolgists, it would be kind of you if you recommend a good one !

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  16. Just a little heads up for everyone, the Emma Hardie on sale in M&S is the same price for 150ml as it is for 100ml! If you buy the pack with 3 travel/smaller sizes in it the pots are 50ml each, I've checked this against my full size pot at home which is 100ml. Get it before they get wise and price up!

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    1. And it's back in stock now! Just ordered after missing out last week - Monday treat!

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    2. Ahh I got mine in store in Manchester. Happy Monday!

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  17. Thanks for all these really helpful posts, and a yes please to a permanent feature for the mini reviews!
    I have a question which I'd love your opinion on if you have time please?

    I have combination oily skin, with hormonal breakouts once a month and the occasional breakout if I've eaten badly etc - I used to have acne. I'm 28 and have always (10 years) used the infamous apricot scrub as I didn't have any other advice for tackling my spots on my chin and around my nose - it has now left me with very uneven skin texture on my chin and broken capillaries on the corners of my nose.
    After discovering your blog (January) I haven't used the scrub since! I've started using Liquid Gold every other night and the Ren Clarifying toner in the mornings and in the evenings I'm not using LG. I've felt like I've wanted to scrub exfoliate a couple of times since changing my routine (mainly around the corners of my nose area which seem to sometimes still look dry/flaky) but I haven't as I don't want to make my skin worse.
    I don't get a 'tingle' from either of these products like some people mention, so I was wondering if they were perhaps not strong enough for me. Would P50, Pixi Glow or the Clinique MCL be better for me? Should I swap to one of these or introduce it to my routine as well?
    Also could the dry areas on my nose, perhaps not be due to lack of exfoliation but lack of hydration?
    xx

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  18. The mini reviews on what's you're using are great. Informative and to the point!

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  19. That is a brilliant idea Caroline I would love to see your mini reviews! :) I had a question I'm not sure where to post, I was wondering if you would consider doing a blog post about acid toners by their ph, a list would be super helpful i think when deciding which to purchase, sorry if this already exists on the blog xxx

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  20. The Una Brennan Cleansing Oil looks like it has the EXACT same packaging at the Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil. I feel your pain Caroline, so much wasted product with no pump!! Origins sell a pump to go with theres that might fit that one too, it costs around $3 so maybe worth trying? :)

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  21. I love these mini reviews of more affordable products! They aren't cheap as chips, but theyre at a pricepoint where if I like what I hear, I'll head out and buy a bottle to test out unlike some products that take a few weeks of contemplation. Will be trying the clinique toner next time I find myself at sephora!

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  22. Caroline, Have you tried the Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil? It's £22 and is a gorgeous, light oil.

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  23. Hi Caroline,
    Yes I would love reviews, in fact I would love your review on absolutely anything! Thank you so much for what you do, I feel so lucky that I discovered you last year. I have had problem skin since the age of 14 and I am now 48 years old!! My skin is now the best it has ever been, so I thank you for that. My only problem is that I live in Turkey and its not easy getting a lot of the products, postal service here is crap.
    Keep up the good work, we love you :)

    Louisex

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  24. Love the mini reviews! Please keep them coming.

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  25. Love the mini reviews, thank you.

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  26. Hi Caroline just wanted to let you know you're awesome! Been suffering from depression/anxiety neglected myself including my skin. after finding/reading/watching your blog and videos it has made me start to love my skin again. Slowly building up my skincare thanks to your advice. Your time and advice is always appreciated by myself and im sure thousands of others.

    kirsty x

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  27. Yes please to the mini reviews! I'm loving them

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  28. I'm very, VERY late to the Lady Hiron party - but I'm seriously glad I gate crashed! I'm in my early 40s and despite recognising and purchasing good quality brands I've just had a major wake-up call (esp a cleansing & retinol one!) - I did say I got to the party late but clearly I was living in a bubble (not a cleansing one) as well!! I now realise that I've been seriously skimping on a holistic skincare approach and as such I now need my beauty budget to go further. I'm sure I will still be a slave to a few expensive 'hero products' but I will need to make my limited budget work a little better for me. As such these blogs are invaluable - please keep 'em coming! Two thumbs up and many thanks for taking the time. T xo

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  29. The mini reviews are awesome!

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  30. I'm VERY late to the Lady Hirons' party - but I'm seriously glad I gate crashed! I'm in my early 40s and although I've always recognised the importance of good quality brands I've recently had a wake up call (esp a cleansing & retinol one!) - I did say I was late to the party but clearly I've been living in a bubble (not a cleansing one) as well!! I now realise I've been seriously skimping on a holistic skincare approach and as such I need my beauty budget to go further. While I'm sure I will still be a slave to the odd 'hero product' I need to make my beauty spend work better for me. These blogs are invaluable to help with this - please keep 'em coming! Two thumbs up and many thanks for taking the time.

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  31. Thumbs up for mini reviews! I don't find any issues with Una Brennan's cleansing oil new packaging (flip lid). I can imagine it would be such a pain with normal screw lid that it used to come with. And it lasts ages! I bought mine in December last year and it's just 1/3rd so far and I use it daily in the evenings.

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  32. Hi Caroline, don't always comment but read your blog constantly the nuxe toner is fantastic & gentle, but the miceller water is amazing it takes eye-make-up off better than any eye-make-up remover its so gentle, but does a great job of taking all my face make-up & leaves it hydrated & soft
    Also enjoying my clarins booty from christmas comp xxxxx

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  33. Can I get away with using a nourishing organic oil mix on my face, or is faceoils the only solution? Inci: helianthus annuus seed oil*, prunus amygdalus
    dulcis oil*, persea gratissima oil*, tocopherol.

    Getting the Clinique, loooooving the budget-thingy! So relieved to see some of my favourites show up with the "Hirons approval" stamp, yippie!

    Love your blog,

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  34. Yes please to the mini reviews, and I'm loving the budget week. I can see my 'to buy' list is going to be as long as my arm by the end of this week!! Tried TBS cleansing butter/balm last night and am addicted already, omg such soft skin, I'm now a balm convert, popped some of their Vit E overnight oil/serum on and topped with my night cream and my skin was plumper and more nourished this morning. I'd not have even stepped inside TBS if it weren't for your recommendations so ty ty ty!!

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  35. Hi Caroline (or anyone who can help!) im New to the blog and and love it! Very slowly learning and picking up tips. I am 32 and have always (luckily) had decent skin, that looks young, with just a couple of spots around the time of the month and that's about it. but the last few months I seem to have permanent spots on my chin and tops of my cheeks. I've been cleansing each morn and as soon as I'm home from work (ren hot cloth) and love using a cloth to feel really clean. I Use olay moisturiser which I know is cheap and cheerful but I like how light it is. have a couple of ren ones too but they feel so heavy and greasy. been trying some clay masks to
    Help clear but not sure it is working. Bourght a toner after Caroline's recommendationa but it felt too strong and stung and I think may have caused some random dry patches around my mouth. I know my info isn't great and I'm probably doing all the wrong things. Any help appreciated as I feel I'm too old for spotty skin! Mostly healthy diet with lots of veg, and i drinks loads and loads of water.

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  36. I'm loving the budget week series! A girl can't afford to spend loads as a student! X
    http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk

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  37. Lots more mini reviews please. I love the Superfacialist oil. Thank you!

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  38. Yes, mini reviews of instagram pics!

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  39. wondering what are your thoughts on the nip and fab glycolic pads and the 'dragons blood' range? waiting for the official Hirons seal of approval! Also clinique mcl is currently £14.85 in boots :) xxx

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  40. Yes please have mini reviews on the pics.

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  41. Caroline, please put the bug in Una Brennan's ear to bring her lovely range to the USA! We can't even order it on the Boots website here in the States. I would love to try her products. <3

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  42. Hi! I would love to try the oil from Una Brennan but I can't get it to Denmark! On the internarional site at Boots the oil is missing from the rest of the Superfacialist... help, anyone? Tips greatly appreciated!

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