Thursday, 11 June 2015

Budget buys: A few favourites



I am extremely conscious of the fact that blogging comes with it's downsides, one of which being a tendency to covet high end products. In fairness this is always something I have done, in fact if I had to choose between spending money on something like clothes or skincare and body care, products always are the winners.
I do however have quite a few tricks and tips up my sleeve when it comes to how much I shell out and getting the most bang for your buck, as detailed in this post How to save money on your beauty shopping.

Whilst I have a love for great ingredients and luxury products I don't believe everything has to cost a fortune, in fact these budget buys are some of my favourites because they don't compromise on effectiveness or ingredients whilst still being very budget friendly: 

You will notice a theme in the brands I go to for high quality that fits my budget and I tend to stick with the same repurchases over and over again once I have found something I love. One of my most repurchased products over the years are the Weleda creamy bodywashes , they come in a great variety of scents, including one suitable for babies and have the most glorious creamy texture. As well as being perfect for use in the shower they also are lovely in the bath, as a shave cream or hand wash, the perfect multi-tasker! Sticking with Weleda the iconic Skin Food is another product that will get you a lot of mileage, this thick balm like cream is one I love as a foot treatment, hand cream, face mask for dry skin and for any dry patches of skin anywhere on the body. If you have dry skin chances are like me you get through body oil like it is going out of fashion, well Weleda has again come to my rescue time and time again with their Body oil blends that feel much more luxe than the price point would have you believe. Prices start at £11.95 and a firm favourite at the moment is the Stretch mark massage oil which although designed for pregnant women I think is perfect for anyone with dry skin or if like me you have skin that marks easily. For summer I also highly recommend you check out the Calendula massage oil not only is this oil a total bargain but the bright lemongrass scent will have you dreaming of sunshine!

Another brand where your money will go a long way is Organic surge, if you have been reading this blog for a while you will know I have been working my way through the products for a while and have always been very impressed with what they have to offer. Coming in at under five pounds the Tropical bergamot shower gel (£4.75 for 250 mls) is great value and has a lovely fresh citrus scent which is perfect for the summer. On the subject of summer, the warm weather and summer dresses means extra exfoliation and bare legs. The Tropical bergamot skin perfecting polish (£12.50 for 350 mls) is gentle but effective and the price means you can use it freely without worrying about having to repurchase. What I love about this scrub is that it comes in a creamy rather than an oily base which makes it ideal for using with fake tan or bronzing oils. 

Another product which has been repurchased multiple times and not yet featured, **naughty me** is the Crystal spring Pure Aura deodorant spray, aside from the lovely scent I really like this for those days when I am at home and want gentle protection that is kinder on my underarms than some of the baking soda cream deodorants like Schmidt's or Soapwalla. Whilst the baking soda works a treat and is my go to for days when I am very active, this spray is effective and easy to reapply so keeps me fresh whilst also saving me from getting irritation. I find this to be incredible value for money and the ingredients in my opinion are better than anything else you can find on the high street. 

Last but not least I discovered a little gem in the form of this Cleanse and Polish dupe from the Aroma Actives. The Cleansing and brightening balm is actually a cream cleanser (why lie to us??) with a lovely texture and perfect for removal with the hot cloth method. Just like the original cleanse and polish the essential oil content in this one is a bit much for my skin on a daily basis but I whip it out when I want to feel really clean and refreshed. If you are a fan of the Liz Earle version, snap this one up, at that price and when you can just add it to your shopping cart at Sainsbury's you really have nothing to loose!

As you can see these are all bits and pieces I have bought, but worth of a mention in terms of samples I have tested lately are Monshea Shea butter and Greenfrog Botanicals both which I have really been enjoying and won't break the bank. 

Let me know what your budget friendly picks are below!

Ana x 


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  1. Weleda is definitely one of my top budget buys too!

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    1. They are awesome aren't they! :) Xx

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  2. Love this, thank you! I'm the same, I like to indulge in high end skincare (facial moisturisers/serums) when I can but this helps for all the other bits.

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    1. Exactly it is about finding a balance, no one has an endless budget! :) Xx

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  3. Thanks for this post! Aroma actives is quite an under the radar cleanser. I love it. I am on my 3rd tube. Clearly i am addicted and i so agree---the essential oils in it can be a sensory overload! And am sooo glad you addressed the fact that IT IS NOT A BALM !!! (I was having the exact same conversation yesterday) :-)
    Weleda skin food is such a saviour for my dry feet and funnily enough it helped heal a burn.

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    1. Nice to see a fan of this, it seems unappreciated with bloggers especially given how inexpensive it is! Xx

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  4. Thanks for the post. So glad you addressed the issue ---- the cleanser from aroma actives is CLEARLY not a balm ....!
    However I am addicted to it... (on my 3rd tube). I don't mind the essential oil overload .....but that could be an issue for some.
    Weleda Skin food is such a miracle healer !

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    1. Definitely not a balm... not even close! Lol! Xx

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  5. Nice products, I like Welwda body wash too, its so creamy and smell nice.
    Best regards.

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    1. The pomegranate is my favourite! Glad you enjoy them too! :) Xx

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  6. I love Skin Food too, only started using it this year, but its really good for dry skin anywhere on your body and I feel it's more effective than Lavera's all around cream. For my showers I use hemp soap from Faith in Nature and i've been using it for a couple of years now, it's really affordable. I also keep buying Lavera's lemon shampoo for greasy hair as it works so well for my hair type and smells gorgeous.

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    1. Weleda Skinfood really packs a punch in the hydration stakes, it has a very low water content so is more similar to a balm. Thanks for the heads up on the Lavera shampoo, sounds lovely! :) Xx

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  7. love the aroma actives range and OS Tropical Bergamot Shower Gel and Scrub.

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    1. It was thanks to you I picked up the body scrub! So glad I did now :) Xx

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  8. Ooh, I love the budget buys! It is so nice to see less pricey options especially since green beauties aren't fortunate enough to shop the drugstore!
    The Grass Skirt
    The Mini Skirt

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    1. I know, as much as I love all my organic goodies it can get so pricey! I will do another of these posts soon :) Xx

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  9. I saw Aroma Actives in Sainsburys recently! Love snapping up a green beauty bargain :)

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    1. I haven't checked all their INCI lists but if you are OK with Liz Earle they are more a less the same, everyone loves a bargain! :) Xx

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  10. I really need to look into the gentler deoderants as my skin is getting irritated by my regular ones x

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Beauty, Parenting & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. This one is very nice and may work well for you, it's hard to know what is irritating you sometimes Xx

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  11. Sainsburys are really great for nastie chemical free, organic and eco products so happy i always shop there as sometimes It's easier to grab things in store!
    Eloise x|eloisesvilag.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Waitrose also has a better selection of products that lean to the natural side than somewhere like boots, it is nice to pick things up in person sometimes! Xx

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  12. Organic Surge are one of my favourite budget, natural brands. I really haven't tried much from Weleda, though I have looked at their cleanser and toner range before. Also just wanted to say thank you so much for putting me in your Blogs To Love list in the sidebar. Only just noticed this as I normally comment on my iPhone xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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