Budget Week – Day 2

Ooh, I’m a couple of days behind so you’ll have to excuse me. Busy with work and I’m skin prepping behind the scenes for London Fashion Week as well so will be playing catch up for a few days. 🙂

The above routine is actually my favourite of this week so far (I’m a few ahead as I write this obviously). This was an A.M. routine.

The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser – £10.00 for 100ml – Soap & Glory’s foray into the ‘Hot Cloth’ domain is easily one of my favourites. I’m obsessed with the packaging, which is akin to a large toothpaste tube and the product inside doesn’t disappoint. Although it says it is ‘deep purifying’ and it contains clary sage, I don’t find it too strong at all. It does not leave my skin red and instead leaves it subtly refreshed, ready for the day. I would also use this as a second cleanse in the evenings.

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion – £16.50 for 200ml – this caused some shocked reactions when it went up this week. This Clinique MCL is used as an exfoliating acid and it’s a brilliant one – especially if you can’t/don’t want to use glycolic. It contains 0.5% salicylic acid and has a ph of 2.9 – making it one of the stronger exfoliating acids on the market. It’s also, for those of you that were horrified, alcohol-free. Dive in my friends, it’s lush.

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes – £24.50 for 15ml – not particularly ‘budget’ this one, but one I am asked about a lot, I think because these french pharmacy brands can always be found on offer or used with Boots points for example (in the UK!). As it is designed to increase the strength/length of the lashes – you would obviously need to use this up to the end to see the results, but for texture and usage purposes, it has a great slip/feel to it and is incredibly soothing and hydrating….

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Serum – £17.00 – well Hughes is right. This is a great hydrating serum, that instantly imparts moisture without greasiness and a feeling of relief without stickiness. At £17.00 it’s also considerably more affordable than others in its genre, including Hydraluron.. If you are dry/dehydrated and haven’t already, try this out. You’ll probably love it.

Twas a good face day!

(Note: I am trialling some embargoed moisturisers that can’t be photographed yet. I did use a moisturiser after this serum, as brilliant as it is, it wouldn’t have been enough for me on its own)