Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Top 10 Products under £10: The Skin, Hair & Body Care Edition.
Sometimes I think that products that won’t break the bank don’t get enough recognition. When I first started watching YouTube videos and reading blogs for some reason I wanted to have drawers full of expensive make up and beauty products but now I’m forever searching out those hidden gems that suit those of us on a budget.
Batiste is a like it or loathe it kind of product I think. I wash my hair every other day and use this on the non-wash days just to give me a bit of texture and volume because my hair is thin & I don’t like the limp look. I’m not fussy on which scent I pick up, none of them linger on my hair for very long but they all do the job just fine. It’s like putting talcum powder in you hair but slightly less messy. This hasn’t been a very upbeat review has it? I find it hard to get excited about a product like this, but hey, it’s much quicker than having to wash my hair daily. I always have a can or two of Batiste kicking around somewhere and they cost no more than £2.50 - bargain!
As someone who’s usually not a fan on roll-on deodorants, when I say I really rate this as a product, I totally mean it. I will have a review of this up very soon, Alva have been so patient with me, but a sneak peek of my opinion on it is that I love it. I have the scent coconut lime, which is gorgeous, so very summery, and they have a range of other scents that are a far cry from ‘cotton fresh’ or the usual deodorant scents. If you need something stronger like Mitchum products, this probably won’t be for you because this is aluminium free. Like all other Alva products it’s also free from parabens, alcohol & mineral oil and it hasn’t been tested on animals. Fabulous company, fabulous product. At £7 it’s a wee bit pricier than other deodorants perhaps, but I think it’s totally worth it and it lasts for ages.
I've been using witch hazel gel on any blemishes for a while now and find it really helps to take down a lot of the redness very quickly which is fabulous! It was when I saw Nicola's post about the results she'd had from using distilled witch hazel as you would a toner that I decided to give that a go. Previously I'd thought if I were to use it all over my face I'd end up with horrible dry skin, but oh how wrong I was. This has worked miracles at improving my overall complexion and reducing the amount of blemishes I get. These 2 products are so inexpensive and I couldn't do without them in my skin care routine now.
These two face washes from Naked have been a part of my routine for a long time now and I really love them. The jojoba exfoliating wash is so gentle so it's suitable for even really sensitive skin and the rose wash is so calming and it smells beautiful. They foam up beautifully and don't leave any residue on your face so it feels very clean. The only down side with these is that they're only available to purchase online, as far as I know, but they are very worth it. These are £3.99 each and mine have lasted for just over 6 months so far!
As my favourite Naked face washes are only available online I popped into Boots the other day to see what I could find. As most of you know I like organic products that are free from parabens, SLS and all those unnecessary ingredients so Organic Surge products are right up my street. I think it was Jen who first mentioned this brand to me so thank you so much for that, I love what I've tried so far. One pump is more than enough to leave your skin feeling beautifully clean and at only £4.99 for 200ml this bottle is sure to last a long time.
I wear waterproof mascara quite often, thanks a lot watery eyes, and I think we all know that sometimes it can be a bit of a pain to get off at night. I like to make sure every trace of make up is removed because I don't want to wake up with panda eyes, as lovely as pandas are! The Boots Botanics eye make up remover is brilliant. All I have to do is soak a cotton pad in it, hold it to my eye for 10 seconds and then wipe away. It is oil based so does leave a residue behind on the skin but since I cleanse and wash my face after it's not a problem for me. At £2.99 for 150ml it's hard to go wrong with the price.
I've reviewed the Naked salt scrub in full here so in short, this is my favourite scrub ever. I especially like using this on my legs after shaving because it really helps to soothe them and prevents any of that yucky redness appearing. It smells absolutely divine, really fresh and it just seems to effortlessly melt into the skin. I will never not have a tub of this sitting on my shelf, it's gorgeous! Again this is an online exclusive from Naked but I would recommend it to everyone. It costs £6.99 and the tub seems to last for ages, even with regular use. Thumbs up!
After I get out of the bath my go to body moisturiser is the orange & honey hand and body lotion from naked. This makes my skin so soft and hydrated as well as being very soothing and calms any irritation caused by shaving. The scent isn't overpowering at all but leaves a soft honey scent for a few hours which is really lovely. It seems like a small bottle but I've been pleasantly surprised with how long one bottle has lasted considering how often I reach for it. You can read my full review here. This is another online exclusive and costs £3.99.
I think I'm in minority when I say I'm not into Lush at all, but, instead I just adore all the scents from Original Source, they're my favourites. The packaging is very cute, I love all the little facts they put on the labels. I have the shea butter and honey at the moment and it says it takes 49 bee miles to make one bottle - how adorable! It also smells good enough to eat but I really don't advise that! I don't remember how much this was but it was no more than a couple of pounds. I definitely recommend these lovely products from a very ethical company.
Finally and probably my new favourite skin care product is the five minute facial mask from Good Things. It's unbelievable how good my skin feels after using this; it feels plump, hydrated and so soft! The scent is gorgeous and it definitely feels like such a treat to use. I'll be reviewing this in full very soon and I think the Good Things skincare range is one to look out if you're after a new routine. The mask is £5.99 for 100ml which I think is a good price.
What are your favourite skin, hair or body care products that cost less than £10? I'd love to hear your recommendations!