Sunday, 23 August 2015

Budget Buys



Well SPF is done, retinols are next up, and after that I'm going back to budget basics. These Clearasil Pads were the star of the show last time and incidentally are still on sale for A POUND here: www.onlinepoundstore.co.ukclearasil-superfruits-refreshing-pads-65-pads/ (there are not many in stock though - move quickly)

Do let me know any of your current favourites that I may not have grabbed so I can pick them up when I'm out shopping. I'm aiming for supermarkets and chemists. Not department store prices.

Hit me up!


*Use google for comments - there's a glitch with Intense Debate - sorry!

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  1. I find this a bit rough in texture and worry it's too abrasive for my skin having used a flannel to cleanse before...maybe im just paranoid, its not like i have sensitive skin.
    Would you be able to recommend a couple of products for scars? Cystic spots caused by hormones have wreaked havoc on my right cheek in particular, just under the cheek bone. :-((

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    1. Would be interested to hear your view on the Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum for Uneven Skin Tone and the Yes to Tomatoes range-especially the moisturiser. I know im cheating as they're not my faves yet! You've already covered my high street fave in past posts!

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  2. Superdrug vit E hot cloth cleanser please.

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  3. These clearasil pads are rapidly disappearing from boots / superdrug / supermarket shelves. If they do become extinct, can I ask if any of you have found the other clearasil pads as good?

    Good budget range NSpa at asda - gel to oil cleaner, acid exfoliator and facial oil are my picks.

    Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Night Pads (more mid range than budget) contain Glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids and have been fantastic for my acne prone scarred skin. Works out reasonably as only need to use a couple of times a week and sometimes on offer at boots.

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    1. Thanks for mentioning these Nip fab pads and your experience using them. I've just ordered some to try, they are on offer in Superdrug - night pads are £7.45 and the regular ones are £6.45, just under half price!

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    2. Oh wow! Thanks for the heads up......am off to stick up x

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    3. Both the new Clearasil pads and the nip+Fab pads contain a high amount of alcohol denat (second ingredient in the list!) so I would steer clear.

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    4. The Nip + Fab are great, alcohol is lower down on the list. I used to work for Bare Minerals and used the Glow Pads which I loved but alcohol is first ingredient just like my holy grail Alpha H Liquid Gold. So its nice to have a cheaper yet effective option! I'm not a fan of the Zelens or Pixi Glow Tonic - too gentle for my skin.

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  4. N'Spa Skin Renewal Gel
    Una Brennan Super Facialist Cleansing Oil
    Soap and Glory bodysprays

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  5. Haven't seen them on shelves in months. I'd say discontinued alright

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  6. I loved these(especially for sudden breakouts), thank you for recommending them in your budget video. Sadly I can't find them in Los Angeles anymore. :(

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    1. Forgot to mention, I started using Derma E, Desert Essence and Andalou Naturals products. They sell them at Whole Foods market for a good price. And they have ingredients you have mentioned on your blog :) Jury is still out on whether I'll keep using them, but i would like to know what you think of them :) Thanks!

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  7. I picked these up after you mentioned them last time on the budget week blog Caroline and they're fabulous. I now use glycolic pads each morning but I keep a tub of these on hand for any break outs, and if it's just one or two spots then I cut the pads in half to be even more frugal!! I am sending this post to my daughter too.

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  8. I would love to hear your thoughts on Superdrug's Clearly Youthful range, especially the Glycolic Peel and AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. The whole range has ingredients you can find in premium products so could be a steel at the price.

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  9. Can you check out the Burts Bees cleaning oil?

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  10. Asda's n-spa skin renewal gel! I got it for 50p!! So I hope it's not being discontinued because it's great! Also bought these pads on your recommendation (for £2 from savers) and I like them, texture is a little rough but definitely the closest to the FAB pads! X

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    1. I got the Nspa cleansing gel (the pink one) reduced from £8 to £2 and I wondered the same

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    2. I know! I really hope not! I must have got it when it was discontinued further! Damn it!
      Also for anyone else reading the clearasil pads are still available at the factory shop for £3!

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  11. My favourite budget buys are: Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleanser & Garnier Micellar Water x

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  12. I stocked up on theses from a pound shop!!

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  13. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it, but…Aldi's hydrating facial wash (brand-name Lacura). The smell, the texture and how well it removes makeup all add up to make it one of my favorites. And it costs $2.99!!!

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  14. I don't know if these available in the UK, but I'm liking: Reviva Labs Rosewater & Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum.

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  15. Oohh I've been itching for this post( not literally I hasten to add !!) I'd love to know what you think of the Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix pads as they are often on offer but that might be for a reason ! Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser and Boots Time Delay Wrinkle Reducing Night Oil as I have really struggled to find a reasonably priced oil for my dry /dehydrated skin that hasn't got mineral oil in it ....thanks millions in advance x

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  16. I'm not sure it's sold in the UK, but if you ever have a chance - could you please check out Salma Hayek's Nuance Daily Resurfacing Pads? It's not *exactly* a budget buy, but it's surprisingly good, at least I think so. Also, the info on the package advises to rinse it before continuing with the routine and I'm wondering what's your opinion on that?

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  17. I'm not sure it's sold in the UK, but if you ever have a chance - could you please check out Salma Hayek's Nuance Daily Resurfacing Pads? It's not *exactly* a budget buy, but it's surprisingly good, at least I think so. Also, the info on the package advises to rinse it before continuing with the routine and I'm wondering what's your opinion on that?

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  18. I purchased a tub of these after you first recommended them, and, unfortunately, I found them too drying. I realized that it must be the high alcohol content that was causing my face to feel so dry. I was wondering if maybe the ingredients list is slightly different in the U.K. than it is here in the States, as I know you don't love high alcohol content either. Ethanol alcohol is the second ingredient on my tub.

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  19. I'm enjoying the Superdrug Naturally Radiant hot cloth cleanser at the moment and a few things from the Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix range (especially the pads and overnight purifying treatment) x

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  20. Vitamin C cleansing oil from Una Brennan and Clean and Clear Spot Treatment Gel! Xx

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  21. Would love to hear your views on the simple range as my dermatologist is a fan. Also I cannot find the clearasil pads in any boots :(

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    1. I suspect they have been discontinued because I can't find them anywhere either-I have checked Boots, Superdrug and supermarket

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    2. You can get them from the factory shop. £3

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  22. Oh and would love a recommendation for budget masks! X

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    1. Caroline used to recommend Cattier, they are now havily reduced in the Birchbox shop :)

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  23. The 'Back Spray' from the Boots which contains Salicylic acid from their tea tree and witch hazel range has been really great for clearing up my back occasionally.

    I know its really hard to find things for the body that are easy to apply to get on your back, so someone else might find this useful if you approve.

    Heres the link on the Boots website.
    http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-Tea-Tree-Witch-Hazel-Back-Spray-150ml_1349707/

    xxxx

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  24. I just finished my first jar of those pads and I am someone who never has empty jars. It was very satisfying. I'm in the states and hope I can find them again.

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  25. Love these! Also, Nivea Q10 Anti Wrinkle Energy Serum and, off topic but Essence I <3 Trends nail polish in "03 i'm lost in you" (available at Wilko) and Wilko's for discounted L'Oréal shampoo & conditioner, half price. P.S. I don't work for them.

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  26. My boyfriend is Japanese and we shop at the Japanese drug stores a lot in LA. They have a product called "HadaLabo Gyokujyun Lotion Moist" that is absolutely amazing!! It's some kind of toner/serum hybrid and it saved my skin from the drought we've been having. Best part: it was only $8. If you can find it in England, i think it's worth looking into. Here's an amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Hadalabo-Gokujun-Hyaluronic-Lotion-5-7floz/dp/B00BSNBO9O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440379135&sr=8-1&keywords=hada+labo+gokujyun+lotion

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    1. Ooohhh... hadalabo products are lovely, I never find anything I dont like from their range. I think their moisture lotion is a cult product?

      You must try their Tamagohada cleanser. It foaming sadly, but sls/sles free and had both bha and aha.

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    2. I have the tamagohada cleanser (it means egg skin, according to the BF) in the pump bottle and the tube! It's so gentle, I love it so much! I've never had a hadalabo product that failed to impress, actually.

      Try their sunscreens, if you can.

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    3. Hey, thanks for the suggestion! I've just did some search, read some reviews and decided to order a cleanser and a lotion on Amazon :) Went for the Hyaluronic range though, as my skin is not really oily/acne prone and could do with some extra hydration. Cheers! o/

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    4. i love the tamagohada cleanser, the pH is perfect (aroun 5,5). u can also try their tamagohada mild peeling lotion. it's my favorite morning acid toner

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  27. Love these pads, but as others have mentioned they are becoming increasingly more difficult to find. Could you share your thoughts on the other Clearasil exfoliating pads?

    I'd also like to hear your thoughts on the Yes to brand (yes to carrots, yes to blueberries, yes to cucumber, etc.)

    Thanks for all your wonderful reviews/ tips! It's greatly appreciated!!

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  28. I find Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner a great time saver one step for both AHA and BHA. What are your thoughts about the alcohol content of this?

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  29. I love them, they are widely available in Germany and my go-to acid tone when traveling.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. You've found them in Germany? Where??? I ordered them from the US cause I haven't seen them anywhere.

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  30. But they have alcohol on the top of the ingrediences list ...

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  31. Thought I had left a comment but it has disappeared, also thought of a few more things.
    - B. Clean melting gel cleanser (Superdrug)
    - Pro Formula Radiance melting gel cleanser (Tesco)
    - Nivea Daily Essentials oil free moisturising day cream
    - Garnier Moisture Match mattifying fresh cream

    I've also heard good things about the Neutrogena oil free moisturiser.

    These are all around £5 each and you can get them from Boots, Superdrug etc.

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    1. There's a 2 for 1 deal on selected skincare at Boots at the moment and I managed to pick up four things for less than a tenner. Haven't used any of them yet but might be worth looking into
      - Quick Fix Facials anti blemish mud mask
      - Quick Fix Facials purifying charcoal mask
      - Neutrogena oil free moisturiser
      - Good Things Stay Clear purifying cleanser

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  32. A review of any of the una brennan stuff would be great. I love their products and would be curious to see if you rate them. Did I see that there will be a new pro-biotic range coming out soon for Una brennan in boots? Sounds like it could be good for my rosacea ridden complexion.
    Also Ive likes some of the boots botanics stuff so would be keeping my eyes peeled to see if you recommend any of them.

    Also.....(im full of the request here....:-/ )........please please please do a cheat sheet for acne rosacea????

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    1. Caroline has recommended Superfacialist before. Search the blog.

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  33. Aldi Lacura Multi intensive Aqua serum is my desert island product. I've been using it for about 4 years and I can't live without it, I might even prefer it more than Hydraluron *hides behind hands* even though hydraluron is great. If you are near any Indian shops Himalaya Herbals is amazing, I use the nourishing skin cream, which can be used all over but I use it on my face which is oily and dehydrated and it's incredible, especially as a make up base. http://www.himalayawellness.com/products/personalcare/nourishing-skin-cream.htm The clarifying mud mask is also incredible, my skin literally glows after.

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  34. I'd love to know your thought about the Clearly Youthful range by Superdrug. I use the day and night serums, which contain salicylic, glycolic and lactic acids. I think they're normally around £5 each but there are often special offers on.

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  35. I am literally finishing TOMORROW a pot of Vichy LiftActiv Night Complete Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Care and highly recommend. I like some Vichy, but always have to keep my eyes opened as they like to put a lot of silicone in some products (I don't mind A BIT of silicone, but not loads, and definitely not in eye creams, for instance). This night cream, however, is lovely, doesn't have anything too nasty, feels great on skin and lasts for bloody forever. For just over £20 (plus Boots points lol) I think it's quite a good budget option :)

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  36. Any oil of play product review would be great! Maybe the regenerate line?

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  37. Aveeno's ultra-calming daily recovery cream is my go-to "do no harm" moisturiser. It combines really well with some punchier serums on my sensitive skin.

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  38. Una Brennan micellar water from her new proactive range is great, no perfume added which is always a bonus. Boots no.7 cleansing balm with hot cloth, got this for €6.50 the other day with one of their vouchers

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  39. The nip & fab pads (both day & night) have been lovely & i'm pretty sure i only paid £7.50 for them in superdrug!

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  40. I'm fond of the Melting Cleansing gel from NSpa at Asda, which is cheap as chips and very gentle. I like a lot of their range, actually - their 5 minute magic mask is nice, too. And I love the Garnier Micellar water, it does a good job of getting off makeup and surface crud. I've also tried the St Moritz fake tan and that's as good as any.
    Have a try of the Essence twist-up eyeliners too! They're really good and long-lasting. (from Wilkinsons)

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  41. I tried these pads before (I'm pretty sure it was these) and had to stop as I developed dry patches, especially around my mouth and chin. Most likely the alcohol.....

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  42. c.Booth (which I get from Amazon *got to love prime shipping) does some amazing budget bath products (between $5 and $10) that are sls and *lots of others* free. They also have a skincare line which I just ordered a few things from but haven't tryed yet that looked pretty promising.

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  43. I tried to get these but they would only sell one pot per order from the pound store. Ended up getting them for £1.50 from household-discounts.co.uk which is more convent as i ordered 5! oops

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  44. Una Brennan vitamin C Cleansing Oil.
    Nspa hot cloth clease- I'm using the super drug one atm, it's good but I prefer Nspa.
    Can't get my hands on these pads but I dare say I won't move from my effaclar toner 💗

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  45. Balea's mic.water. German brand sold in Dm.

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