Beauty can be a very expensive hobby. I can easily walk into Boots looking for a moisturiser and leave with a £30 foundation, two £15 lipsticks and a whole new cleansing routine, totalling a small fortune. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. But, sometimes the beauty Gods are on my side and I discover a cheap and cheerful gem that still manages to deliver amazing results. From skincare to haircare, here are my bargain beauty faves at the moment…
I often wonder how I coped with life before dry shampoo. Like, seriously…how? Whenever I don’t have time to wash my locks, a generous helping of Batiste solves all of my greasy hair woes. Being a brunette, I do struggle with the slightly grey tint that dry shampoo can leave, so if I need a hefty amount (basically on a super-greasy day) I opt for the brunette version so that the excessive amount doesn’t show. I even sometimes use a spritz of dry shampoo on my freshly-washed ‘do for some extra va-va-voom. Top tip, ladies!
I’ve used a whole load of moisturisers in my time – including a lot of super-luxe brands. However, time and time again I find myself coming back to this ultra-simple Nivea one. It smells lovely, soaks in like a dream and leaves my skin feeling great – so what more could a girl want? It’s my go-to for my pre-tan moisturising routine. I really couldn’t live without it. Oh, and did I mention that it costs less than a Pret lunch?
My combination skin really benefits from a purifying cleansing routine to rid it of an excess oil and dirt. I’ve been obsessed with this one from T-Zone ever since I started using it last year. I first use a cleansing balm and then follow it up with this to leave my skin feeling squeaky clean. The one thing I really like about this product is that it doesn’t feel like it’s too abrasive – my skin feels clean and soft, but not like it’s been sanded to within an inch of its life.
Think all hair serums leave your hair feeling sticky? Think again. As soon as it’s on, my hair just feels silky and soft, not weighed down with product at all. I’ve had this for so long that the brand packaging is now different, but I’ve linked to the current one. The reason this serum has been in my drawer for yonks, is because a little really does go a long way. I only need a 20p-sized amount each time I use it. I apply to my hair after blowdrying to tame any flyaways and smooth out my frizz. However, I ONLY use this on the ends of my hair. My roots do not need any extra moisture (hence the dry shampoo) so I keep this stuff for my lengths and ends.
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