Budget Skincare Haul!

Monday, 23 March 2015

In an effort to get my skin wedding ready I have been on the hunt for some skincare treasures. But, of course, with a wedding to pay for, budget is a big concern, so I wanted to look for products which are purse friendly but also deliver results wise!
I took to my social media to ask my sweet readers what their skincare secrets are and I was given many wonderful recommendations and options! One comment that stood out to me was on my Facebook page, where a lovely follower recommended Superdrugs very own ranges, so I went shopping right away!

I am usually a Nivea girl through and through (particularly moisturiser wise), but as there were no offers on and my reader Charli has such high praises for the Superdrug ranges I knew it was worth giving them a try! 

First off, I picked up a couple of items from Superdrugs Vitamin E range. They are currently on offer at buy one get one half price.
The Vitamin E Refreshing toning mist  (£2.99) is a real steal. I have recently run out of my BodyShop Vitamin E face mist so I thought that, at such a tiny price, this one would be well worth a try, and I am so glad that I did take a chance on it. The scent of this product is amazing - I actually prefer it to the BodyShop shop alternative - it is infused with aloe vera which is very comforting and instantly refreshing. I think this would be a great product to have in your handbag throughout the summer months or on a holiday, as it just makes you feel amazingly refreshed seconds after use! The vitamin E enriched formula means that this will protect your skin against environmental damage and even help toward premature ageing!
The Vitamin E Gentle eye makeup remover (£2.99) is something I am unsure about. Charli did warn me that it is not effective at removing waterproof eye make up and I have to say I agree. Although it has been very caring on my sensitive eye area, I do find that it takes me at least 2 or 3 cotton discs per eye with just regular non-waterproof eye make up, so I have ended up going through this quite quickly. 2-3 cotton discs per eye may not seem like a lot to some, but comparing it to using just 1 per eye with my usual favourite NIVEA double effect eye make up remover means that I am, unfortunately, not sold on this.

Next up, I had a look through Superdrugs Naturally Radiant range, also highly praised by Charli and currently on offer at half price.
I was drawn to the Naturally Radiant Brightening micro polish (£4.99). I love polishing scrubs as they always seem to make my skin super soft and glowy from the first use and this one is no exception. It is infused with Kiwi and Mulberry extracts which help to even out skin tone. I have to say that I'm not overly keen on the scent of the products in this range, but it doesn't last long so I don't mind too much! The scrub works to remove dead skin cells, leaving a fresh and bright complexion!
I was also curious about the Naturally Radiant Radiance balm (£5.99). I read great reviews about this on the Superdrug website and I thought it was worth a try for £2.98. This product contains Kiwi and Mulberry extracts as well as sugar beet which is a natural moisturiser, Again, I'm not mad keen on the scent but it does leave my skin very soft and smooth and I also like the fact that it promises to refine and even out skin tone after 4 weeks use (I'll get back to you on that!). 
Finally, I chose out something which Charli said she really enjoyed. This is the Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser (£5.99). Hot cloth cleansers are a relativity new concept to me and the fact that this one comes with its very own muslin cloth is fantastic as I didn't have one of my own. Reviewers have even called this a dupe for the very much hyped about Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser! This product is enriched with cocoa butter and is so lovely and creamy. It effectively removes my make up and it also gives a very gentle exfoliation which makes my skin super supple and soft and makes me feel very clean - it's almost like  a mini facial! I am so glad that Charli recommended this product, it is a bargain and I will definitely use it again in future!

I also decided to pick up a couple of the B. products, which are exclusive to Superdrug, as they are currently half price. There are so many things that I want to try in this range but I was very good and only got 2 this time around!
The B. Revealed Glycolic Cleansing Peel (£7.99), is something I have never tried before and was very interested in. Charli had recommended the Naturally Radiant Glycolic overnight peel, but it was out of stock when I went shopping so I thought this would be a suitable alternative.This also came with its own muslin cloth to help buff away dead skin cells and I really love the scent, it is familiar and comforting. I think this would be a great product for those with sensitive skin as it has all the benefits of a scrub without having micro beads - so it wont leave your skin irritated or sore! I have found that this has made my skin feel much healthier and look very radiant. I really like the packaging of the B. products as they are very simple and minimalistic - almost like something you would find in a spa.
I also picked up the B. refined exfoliating cleanser (£5.49). I have actually used this before and I really enjoyed it so I had to re-purchase it, especially for £2.73! The exfoliating beads are very small and gentle (you can hardly see them in my image!) but it is still effective enough to leave my skin bright and refreshed. This also has a wonderful clean and fresh scent and I find that you really only need a small amount to cover the whole face!
These products give me the impression of luxury on a budget and they do look very nice on display in the bathroom!

Finally, a couple of products that aren't Superdrug own brand, but are more than worthy of a mention.
The Garnier Cleansing Micellar water (£4.99) is something I have used before and liked a lot, so when I saw it on offer with a 1/3 off I picked up a new bottle. For starters, the bottle is huge - promising 200 uses. Now, I don't know if I quite got that many, but it sure was close as you do only need a small amount for maximum effect! This product is hypo-allergenic and doesn't contain any fragrances or chemicals making it perfect for sensitive skin. It also boasts that it can remove all make up without the need for rubbing and rinsing, and while I do agree that it is very effective, I'm not sure that I personally would use this alone to remove make up and dirt from my skin. I love to use this after cleansing to really remove final traces and it leaves my skin very fresh and clean!
I also decided to try the Pond's Institute hydronourishing cream (£4.99). This was on offer at half price when I bought it, but I don't think it is any longer. However, it is a bargain even at full price as the formula is very rich and creamy, and it is even rumoured that Dutchess Kate Middleton is a fan of this skincare range! The packaging on this range is fairly plain and uninspired but the results are nothing short of wonderful. This cream has really helped to hydrate and nourish my skin. I was having a hard time with dryness and a flaky forehead before I stumbled across this, but it has really made light work of clearing it up and leaving my skin soft and lovely! It has a delicate fragrance which is gentle and comforting.

I love to try our new skincare, thank you to all who made recommendations to me, I'll be picking up more of your favourites on my next skincare shopping trip!
What skincare items are you loving this season?


  1. What a great haul! I believe the Garnier cleansing water will be launching in the US soon. So glad you like it. I'll have to pick it up! Xx

  2. I've heard such amazing things about the Superdrug Vitamin E range, however I think I'd like to try their more combination skin own brand products :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  3. I really want to try Garnier Miscellar Water!

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

  4. I seriously love the garnier water lol, I see everyone has commented basically just on this item but it seriously works so great and so many uses out of the one bottle.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination