So it’s January. My least favourite month of the year. All I want to do is cocoon myself in a duvet and come out in March. There is just nothing to look forward to, the weather is dreary, and everyone is broke after all the Christmas shopping last month (I know I am).
The last thing you want to do is spend money on cosmetics (tempting, I know). This month I’m embracing budget buys. They won’t break the bank and will perform as great as their more expensive counterparts, or maybe even better than them.
First up, REN Clarimatte Toner
(£12). This is my second bottle and I believe it’s the only toner that lasts me a long time (around 2-3 months), others tend to last a month. I think it’s due to the fact that it’s not a spray bottle so you really don’t waste any product. Onto the product itself, though. It’s acid toner, which contains Salicylic Acid (BHA), Glycolic Acid (AHA), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, and Tartaric Acid. Even when you don’t use it every single day, it makes a huge difference especially for oily/combination skin that is prone to blemishes. I find that it’s really gentle on my slightly sensitive skin and it really helps drying out spots and those really annoying cysts that are just there, creeping under the surface. I tend to use it at night only but when I’m having a lot of blemishes, then I use it in the morning as well.
Another budget product that I’m currently loving is Aubrey Green Tea Shampoo
(£8.92). If you suffer from crazy oily hair like I do, you’re going to love this one. It clears my hair like nothing else and I usually use it as my first wash and then after that I apply my beloved Body Deli Shampoo (too expensive to use twice during once wash
). At the same time it doesn’t make my hair or scalp feels dry since it doesn’t contain any nasties like SLS. It’s quite runny but it lathers well so it’s not an issue for me really. People with normal/dry hair should only use it when needed (once a week), not on a regular basis. I adore everything about it, including its price.
No matter what season it is, I just can’t go without a body cream/lotion/butter. Otherwise my skin gets itchy and dry (even though I do drink enough water
). As much as I love the Body Deli body butters they are so expensive that I use them only when my skin needs some extra TLC. On a daily basis I like to use something more affordable like Weleda Baby Lotion
or my more recent find (currently almost empty
) Deep Steep Brown Sugar Body Butter
(£8.75). Apart from smelling absolutely divine, like a mix of brown sugar and vanilla, it’s a really nourishing and fast-absorbing body butter which leaves my skin soft and smelling gorgeous for hours. I also have shower gel from Brown Sugar range which is also brilliant. This body butter and shower gel are everything I need on cold January nights.
I find that the most used product at my house has to be hand soap (due to all the cooking I do, I guess
). For that reason alone I wouldn’t want to use any commercial soap with SLS, artificial fragrance and whole host of other toxic ingredients. At the same time it’s hard to find natural hand soap that is not too expensive and doesn’t leave my hands feel like pumice. Before Christmas I stumbled upon Bentley Organic Hand Soap
(£4.50) and when I saw it’s budget friendly and has some nice ingredients I bought two: Cinnamon, Sweet Orange & Clove scent and Lavender scent. I really like both but I must say that I’m more fond of the Lavender one. Probably because I love anything with Lavender just like anything with coconut. What I like most about it though, is how nice it makes my hands feel. No matter how many times I wash my hands, they stay soft even when I forget to put gloves on when going outside. I tried a lot of natural and organic hand soaps and this is my favourite one. I will be definitely stocking up on it.
Have you tried any of these?