Skincare To Fit Your Budget

The beauty market is saturated with products that are boxed in pretty packaging and plastered with extraordinary claims, but do they really work and is it worth dropping the cash for this seasons current must-have anti-ageing cream? Not necessarily, no. For me, there are some areas in your skincare routine that I really do recommend you spend your money, for example, a standard moisturiser is more expensive for a brand to produce than a middle of the road cleanser. But, a higher price point does not necessarily mean that it’s more effective.

In this post, I’ve pitted similar products against each other, a splurge and a steal, talking about my personal experience with them and how they’ve helped to boost my skin. I’ve made some recommendations about where you should spend your money, taking into account that you lovely readers will have different budgets.

All the products in this post are products which I love; I’ve personally used and that I trust to deliver results.


Daily Cleanser

Steal

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash – £16.00

To kick off this steal vs splurge post let me introduce you to the sulphate-free cleanser that literally saved my skin last week. If you’re a follower on Instagram you’ll know that it really wasn’t playing ball and whilst it wasn’t a complete nightmare, it was irritated, spotty and red. So, using this cleanser every morning and every night I saw a vast improvement in my skin. The reason I specifically chose this cleanser was due to the fact it contains Moringa Oil in it which is anti-inflammatory and Aloe Vera which is fantastic for calming down stressed-out skin.

As you know cleansing is something I preach about and is a must-have step in my routine. If you’re not looking to spend over the odds but need something effective this miracle in a bottle will pave the way to clear, calm skin.

Notes

Good for normal, oily, combination and sensitive skin. A good all-rounder.

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Splurge

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel £31.00

This has been a treat for my skin every morning and night for the last couple of months, it’s worth every penny. With its high-tech blend of natural ingredients, Oskia’s gel cleanser helps to remove residual make-up and SPF from my skin. With an array of Vitamins (A, C, & E) it restores, protects and nourishes my skin leaving it soothed and purified from free radicals e.g. pollution. £31.00 gets you 100ml of this Camomile and Rose scented cleanser. In my opinion, it’s totally worth it.

Notes

Good for normal, dry, combination and sensitive skin. Super for unclogging blocked pores.

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Anti-Ageing Serum

Steal

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid – £6.00

Hyaluronic Acid is known to attract up to x 1,000 its weight in water meaning that when applied to the skin it looks visibly plumped and hydrated, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. That’s where The Ordinary comes in, a brand that promises to deliver top quality ingredients at rock bottom prices. This little bottle is fantastic and something that I turn to when my skin is dehydrated. You won’t be disappointed!

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Notes

Good for all skin types. If you do have slightly sensitive skin patch test it behind your ear before application to your face.

Splurge

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum – £37.00

If you have the budget pop along to Boots and buy La Roche-Posay’s incredible serum. It’s clinically proven to intensely hydrate so to re-plump and repair skin in just one day! If you’re looking for quick results, this is the answer.

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Notes

Good for normal, dry, combination skin. If you do have slightly sensitive skin, patch test it behind your ear before application to your face.

Daily Moisturiser

Steal

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturiser – £23.00

Moisturisers are the part of my routine which I really invest in. If you have the money it’s worth investing here specifically. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this Caudalie moisturiser, it’s just brilliant. It’s incredible at sorting my skin on days when my skin is extra sensitive with its blend of hydrating organic grape water and calming camomile. Post-application my skin feels smooth, soft and most importantly calm.

Notes

Good for all skin types and is fantastic for sensitive skin.

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Splurge

Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer – £40.00

Malin + Goetz is a brand that is both gentle and effective with its pH balancing treatments for sensitive skin. This vitamin E moisturiser hydrates and balances the skin without blocking the pores whilst also reducing any irritation. The lightweight texture makes it perfect for prepping the skin before applying foundation.

Notes

Good for all skin types. Brilliant for sensitive skin!

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Night Time Moisturiser

Steal

Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream – £29.50

Having both a day and a night cream is important, they have different functions so for me, it’s imperative to have both. This night cream is rich in texture leaving the skin smoother, firmer and brighter come the morning with its Rosapene™ oil blend and luxurious ingredients like Manuka honey. After radiant-looking skin? Then this is for you!

Notes

Good for all skin types. Hello! glowing morning skin.

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Splurge

This Works No Wrinkles Midnight Moisture – £46.00

This is a product that I am willing to invest in. The ultra-nourishing night cream from This Works is formulated with a blend of anti-ageing Retinol to boost collagen production, Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump the skin, and enriching Shea Butter, Jojoba and Evening Primrose Oil. A lot of goodness, right? It may be pricey but my gawd does it do the job!

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Notes

Good for normal, dry, combination skin. If you do have slightly sensitive skin, patch test it behind your ear before application to your face.

Depuffing Eye Cream

Steal

Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream – £10.00

Now we come to the eyes and to French brand, Avene, a favourite of mine for many years. I’m one of those people who wakes up with puffy eyes in the morning especially in the Summer when my allergies rife! The anti-puffiness formulation gently soothes the delicate eye contour area for a smoother, brighter under eye area.

Notes

Suitable for all skin types. Bub-bye puffy eyes!

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Splurge

Malin + Goetz Rice Bran Eye Moisturizer – £30.00

Finally, we come to the eye cream splurge which to me isn’t such a splurge but not everyone can justify spending £30.00 on an eye product. If it’s payday and you’re feeling spendy invest in this. Made with natural rice bran and soja protein-amino acids, it reduces wrinkles and puffiness around the delicate eye area. Dark circles will be no more so your skin will look and feel firmer and brighter.

Notes

Suitable for all skin types, specifically dry, sensitive skin.

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I can only talk about those products which I’ve used so the above are products which I recommend if your skin is like mine. It was a bit of a long post, but I hope you found it useful. I’m thinking of making this into a series as it’s not possible to cover off all products and no doubt I’ll find new goodies to share with you all. If you do have any questions please feel free to message me, I’m always on Instagram so send over a DM!

Becca x

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