Affordable & Effective | My Favourite Beauty Products

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The recent extreme changes in our British summer (hot.cold.hot.cold) has wreaked havoc with my skin leaving it dull, uneven and oily. After having a huge clear out of my beauty cupboard I decided that I needed to switch up my routine and perhaps invest in some new products to try and revive and rejuvenate my confused skin.

My everyday routine is usually very minimal, but as I approach my late 20’s I am noticing that my skin needs a little more TLC; I have managed to gain the darkest of circles under my eyes which takes about 5 layers of concealer to cover up, I have some fine lines around my eyes (which definitely weren’t there last year) and I’ve also noticed that a week of eating junk really makes me look dull and sallow – not an attractive combination I’m sure you’ll agree.

Here is a small list of products that I have been using recently to give my skin the kiss of life (some I have been using all year, some are recent purchases):

Morning Routine (All products used)

Boot’s Botanics Radiance Concentrate Serum (All Bright range) £6.99

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This serum is an absolute dream for my skin. I use 2-3 drops after washing my face in the morning and it tightens and brightens in an instant. It sits lovely under make up and it’s nice to use on your face if you’re having a no-makeup day. I bought this around 3 months ago, use it everyday and still have about a third left in the bottle – definitely the most cost effective skin treatment I’ve bought.

Boot’s Botanics Hydrating Day Cream SPF 15 (All Bright) £4.99

I don’t use this everyday admittedly as my skin just can’t handle too much on it. However around every other day I put a small amount of this on top of the serum to really give my skin an extra moisture boost. Much like the serum, it sits well under makeup but I think if I smothered my face in it then I would be left looking very oily which is a no-no for me. A little goes a long way with this cream.

Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner £2.69

I’m not a fan of lip products in general; I even find lipstick irritating after half an hour. I hate the feel of products on my lips and find that they often leave them even drier than they were before which is pretty annoying. I’ve always heard good things about Blistex so I thought I’d buy a bog standard lip balm to help smooth and heal my cracked bottom lip. This is so lovely to apply and feels weightless whilst it’s on – I also am left with a subtle glossy look which works well for me as I then don’t have to put on horrible sticky glosses or drying matte lipsticks.

Evening Routine (Only one cream used)

Yes To Carrots Nourishing Gentle Cleansing Wipes £3.99

I use Yes To shampoos and conditioners for my hair so I felt like I had nothing to lose when buying their beauty products. I always start removing my makeup with wipes but often find them really harsh on my skin and am left with ‘panda eyes’. These wipes left my skin feeling really soft and moisturised. They did however make my eye area slightly sore – not sure whether this is due to me having sensitive skin or not, it might just be me. Other than that I found them a really nice addition to my evening routine.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Night Cream £7.99

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This cream is just wonderful. It comes in a gel-cream texture which means that it literally melts into your skin. It smells really nice and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. After waking up in the morning having slept in this cream, my face looks fuller and brighter.

No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum £17.00

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I don’t use this everyday, perhaps once or twice a week as I like to mix up my night creams a bit. I’m aware that the serum is meant to be used under a night cream but my skin broke out big time when I first tried that so for me I just stick to one or the other. I can definitely see results using this serum – perhaps not as much as if I used it everyday but I can notice a more even complexion.

& Other Stories Natté Anti-Stress Sleeping Masque £12*

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I think this is definitely at the top of my list of favourite night time products. The smell of this cream is beautiful and much like the Garnier, melts and disperses straight into the skin. It helps to give my skin a bit of a glow, whilst settling down any aggravated areas such as my chin or nose. I’ve had this tube for about 6 months and use it around 3 times a week so it’s very cost effective.

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream £22

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I got this as a present earlier on in the year but had never gotten around to using it. Since my eyes started making me look like I’d been in a fight I decided to add this cream into my evening routine. The application is a bit tricky as the nozzle acts as an applicator – personally I prefer just using my ring finger to lightly dab it into my under eye area. It makes my eyes water slightly but again that might be due to my sensitive skin. It does however leave a slightly ‘blurred’ effect under my eyes in the morning which really helps to hide the dark circles. I use this around once a week.

Lani Tropical Hair Treatment £10.99

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So not really a beauty product but this is something I add in once a week as a no-fuss hair treatment. Completely vegan and made with natural ingredients, this serum is lovely to use the evening before washing your hair. I put it on from root to tip all over and sleep with it in before washing my hair in the morning. It smells lovely and tropical and really helps to add body and shine to your hair. I use this once a week – any more could potentially leave me with a greasy scalp.

Written by Sophia Chettleburgh
Twitter: sophiageorginax
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