Beauty | Budget Skincare Saviours

I've never been overly kind to my skin, as a teen I had acne, as a 20-something I layered the foundation on with a trowel and now in my thirties I think it's time to take stock and plead to the skincare gods for mercy on my poor complexion.

I had a mua shout at me a few months ago as my skin was so dehydrated.  I'm terrible at drinking water throughout the day and in the past I wouldn't even say I had a skincare regime.  So I've been actively trying to find products to help put the hydration back into my skin and up my water intake.

Recently I've been trying out a few bits and bobs and I think I have found some great purse friendly items that are helping to bring my dull, tired skin back to the land of the living.

This was a bit of a gamble of a product for me.  Silly me didn't realise that it's aimed to protect against sun damage.  I just bought it as it was on sale and I thought it looked interesting.  (Story of my life, ha) I mean, my poor skin hasn't seen the sun since I was about 9 years old.  I'm so pale I'm almost transparent, although I do hope to fix that this summer.

Before trying this product I'd never used an oil based products on my face.  I have combination skin, sometimes it's super dry and then it's oily.  Oh and sure let's also throw in blemishes and wrinkles too, can't forget those!

"Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil is specially formulated to gently but effectively cleanse away impurities, helps to remove makeup and mascara in one easy step, leaving skin feeling clean and soft".

Now I bought this on the same day I purchased the Garnier Micellar Water for the first time ever so this product actually got forgotton about very quickly when I realised how much I loved the Micellar Water (Top Lazy Girl product) but for the great bargain price of £2.99 - the added benefit of the oil helping my dry skin means I've found myself reaching for this daily and saving the Micellar Water for when I'm in a rush.
I was a bit sceptical about this one as it's listed as "skin phase 2", which according to "B" is for late 30's and early 40's skin.  But the lovely lady in my local Superdrug branch and I had a great old time playing with all the oils, serums, lotions and potions and this one really stood out for me as the one I wanted to try. 

It is said to be "A powerful antioxidant-rich formulation to help protect and hydrate the skin".
Now, I can stand up and shout that this product 100% does what it says on the tin without being overly greasy. 

After a week of using this, my skin seemed smoother and just felt happier.  The smell reminds me of something but I can't quite put my finger on it.  But what I love about this is that the smell doesn't linger.  If used as instructed - 2 drops warmed in the hands and applied to the face & neck then it seems to absorb well.   Just don't do what I did and get overexcited playing with the dropper and use 10 drops in one go.

I love this stuff so much, I've already purchased my second bottle.... not that I need it for months but I get a little over excited when I find a product I like.
Usually this item retails for £13.99 but it's currently on offer for £6.98. 

I've tried many moisturisers.  I'm a fussy sod, y'see.  I don't like the texture of most, I like things to absorb quickly and I hate strong smells.  
I've tried all sorts of products in my time, from budget to luxury but the one I continue to repurchase time and time again is this Aveeno moisturiser.  It's got a slightly odd scent as it has oatmeal in but that does disappear fast.  
Granted this doesn't look quite as pretty on my dresser as the like of Benefit's Total Moisture or even my sleek black & white Philosophy Hope in Jar but it is a complete fraction of the price(£6.99 from Boots ) of those items so this one stays on my favourite list.
The latest addition to my routine is this radiance balm from the naturally radiant range in Superdrug. 
I bought this one as I was on a sort of shopping spree and looking for new things I don't need.  Y'know the type, spending an hour in the skincare aisle looking for inspiration and since it was only £2.98 I figured I had nothing to loose.
I use this when I have some extra time in the mornings, once my moisturiser has settled and I think it's giving me a slight highlight.  Nothing spectacular BUT just something subtle and I really like that.
Plus it's infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry extracts to help bring my skin back to life and should help even out my skin tone.  What's not to love?!
So, that's it.  That's what has been saving my poor, sad skin the past few weeks and I'm really enjoying using them.
Have you found any recent skincare bargains you could share?