Budget Skincare Gems.

As you may have remembered reading one of my new resolutions was to spend a little less on my skincare products, since they all pretty much do the same thing. Not only that but since I’ve been drinking more water and less diet coke (another one of my resolutions go me) my skin has almost completely cleared up. I still get the occasional spot but other than that it’s like freaking baby’s bum on my face. So I recently went out to do a little budget skincare shopping to find alternatives to my more expensive stuff and I have found some absolute gems, that I am here to share with you.

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I have been a worshipper of The Body Shop Vitamin E range since I used to steal my mum’s moisturiser. But who knew Superdrug  did there own version (probably everyone but me) that is just as good. I got this to replace The Body Shop intense moisturiser and it is just as good I can tell no difference and for so much less money…fab.

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Now I’ll be honest, I picked his up on a 3 for 2 sale at Boot not knowing how I would use it. But as soon as I put it on my face I realised it’s an amazing primer and leaves my skin feeling the same as if I have used the Benefit Porefessional.

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This I have used before as I saw it mentioned by Lisa Eldridge I believe years ago. As a hydrating night cream it really does the job, gives my skin a nice drink over night and doesn’t leave my purse thirsty.

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This was an absolute revelation to me. I have used The Body Shop moisture serum for a few years now and thought I’d never be able to find a cheaper alternative, but I did. The Superdrug version leaves my skin feeling beautifully hydrated, yes it smells a little of suncream but that’s the only real difference. I will be buying for this year’s to come I can already see it.

So that’s my picks of my favourite budget skincare, let me know if there’s anything else I need to trying.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Lush Plymouth event: Winter Is Coming

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So roughly a month ago I was invited to a special event, Lush Plymouth‘s Winter is Coming launch night. Aside from the enthusiasm of the staff I was really impressed by this event from one main reason: I am a Lush newbie, and I learnt so much about this brand in a couple hours! The night started with waiting outside with the other bloggers, staring though the windows and watching the staff play with Fairy Dust and First Snow, and hoping for the doors to open. Once inside we were given personalised Lush cups and given free reign in the store to see and touch all the new products.

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Our first activity was a competition, we were split into teams and tasked with using Fun to create a Santa or Snowman in a very short period time. Fun would be an amazing gift for a young, or arty relative. As I’m typing this I’m thinking about how good it would be for younger sister (who is in her 20’s)!

We were then taken through each product category with a chance to smell and learn about the new launches. Bath bombs, shower products, soaps, face masks, makeup, gifts as the night went on we all got more and more excited about the new releases.

Here are a few of the stand out bits from the night for me:

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Magic Wand
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Five Gold Rings

And before we left Lush were generous enough to give us a basket to create our own goody bags. I picked up: Christingle, Santa Baby, Yog Nog and Sparkly Pumpkin. I also purchased Rose Jam and Reindeer Rock.

As a note to myself, I need to put Santa Baby in my makeup bag, else Im going to keep reaching for Ruby Woo as my default red lip! When I swatched Santa Baby on my hand I couldnt get over how pigmented it is!!

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I’ve used Christingle and love it, it’s brilliant for those days when I’m running out of time and dint have to skimp on moisturiser (as it’s a body conditioner!) it smells and feels amazing. It was also brilliant for all the travelling I’ve done this month. Was able to pamper myself.

And i used my first Lush bath bomb: Sparkly Pumpkin. I was so impressed with it. Using just half of it (I broke the other half off for my mum, she works hard and deserves a pamper) I had the most divine smelling bathroom, with an abundance of colours and it turned the water orange!! And best of all, aside from how moisturised my skin felt afterwards, I didn’t end up covered in glitter.

I can’t wait for my next trip to Lush!

-Emily


Some of these products were gifted to me, though  attending the event required no obligation to write this post. I wanted to share this with you because I was so impressed by Lush, the products I have used are amazing and Im very grateful for the invitation to such a fun event.

Mini Body Shop Haul

If you haven’t already noticed I am a massive fan of The Body Shop. Not only is the company great, with great ideals and practices, but their products live up to their ideals. Ever since I can remember my mum has always used The Body Shop products. Now my mum is not overly into skin care and make up but she did always have a Vitamin E moisturiser, a raspberry body butter and as soon as they started making it a ‘your lips but better’ lipstick. So as soon as I started to get into taking care of my skin and playing around with make up, The Body Shop was one of the first places I went to, (oh the power of brand recognition) and I still swear by them.

So now that I’ve gushed a little about the love of my life, I should really get on with this haul. I was starting to run low on my staples and since I had a 40% off code I took advantage. Though being me I completely forgot one of the main things I needed (the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil) so I will be waiting for another coupon code and ration what I have. SO let the haul begin.

Mango Classic Picks Gift Box
Mango Classic Picks Gift Box

This one isn’t for me. It’s a Christmas present (yes I am that organised) for a friend. Though I have had their Mango Body Butter and Shower Gel and they smell delicious so I’m more than happy to pass on the deliciousness.

Vitamin E Moisture Serum
Vitamin E Moisture Serum

This is one of my favourite products that I have EVER come across. It gives the skin such a great moisture surge and sets up your skin perfectly for your moisturiser, hence why I repurchase it so so often.

Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet
Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

Another repurchase, it’s by far the best moisturiser I’ve used for under make up. Not the most moisture replenishing cream in the world but is light enough and sinks in so fast that it is perfect for before make up.

Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub
Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub

This is a new purchase for me, I’ve tried many of the body scrubs and I’ve loved every single one I’ve tried. This is the first thing I’ve sampled from the Wild Argan Oil range and from my first little whiff it smells gorgeous, so I’m very excited to try it.

Just a little disclaimer this was all bought with my own money and out my own absolute devotion and adoration for The Body Shop. Who knows there may be another Body Shop haul coming your way soon, I need to re-buy the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and I’ve just seen there’s a new sale on. Wish me luck that I don’t buy the whole shop.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂