*AD – gifted: this post contains products that were gifted to me in exchange for a review
I recently wrote a post giving away my best tips for saving money, if you haven’t already read this post you can do so here. One of my main points was to switch to drugstore beauty products and make it a little challenge to find affordable products that work just as amazingly as higher end products. Recently, I’ve been running low on all of my skincare so I needed to stock up. This was worrying me because I need to be strict with my spending so I had a browse on the Superdrug website to find some affordable products.
Superdrug is my favourite because they always have plenty of offers available such as 3 for 2 or percentage off discounts, particularly if you place an order online. I’ve found this much easier than going into the store because it’s easier to keep an eye on what your spending total will come to. The website also lets you know if there’s any offers you can benefit from depending on what you’ve added to your basket to make sure you’re not missing out on any deals. After I did my skincare haul, I was so impressed that I’d managed to order five products whilst spending under £15! So I’m going to be talking about the products I picked up as well as a couple of other little affordable extras I’ve tried out before that I’d recommend buying.
I’m basically micellar water’s biggest fan; I used to just use make-up wipes to take off my make-up but it proved pretty difficult, especially when removing eyeliner and mascara. Micellar water makes things so much quicker and easier, I just soak some onto a cotton pad and swipe it over my face. Have you watched the scene in Mulan where she wipes off her make-up with her sleeve and it comes clean off? That’s how I feel using micellar water, it’s just so effortless. I’d been using a different Garnier water for a long while but I decided to switch to one that’s targeted specifically for combination skin as that’s my skin type. It’s so good at balancing my oils out and controlling problem areas such as my forehead, nose and chin. There’s a Garnier micellar water to suit every skin type so there’s something for everyone which I think is really great.
I first heard of T-Zone through some of my close blogger friends that had tried some of their products. One of the things they hyped the most was this face wash and seeing as I’d ran out of my Neutrogena one, I decided to test something new. Products involving charcoal always seem to be so great for my skin type as they’re great for controlling excess oils and minimising blackheads. This face wash is really great for this, I’ve noticed a slow but noticeable reduction of blackheads from using this for a couple of weeks which is impressive as they never seem to budge. I also really love the smell of this, I can’t really explain it but it just smells so fresh. I’m so impressed with this face wash as it’s a lot more affordable than others on the market but with all the same qualities.
This toner is so good for oily skin, it just feels so refreshing and leaves my face feeling like it’s had a proper clean. I find that sometimes with toners, they leave a bit of a sticky residue on your face which doesn’t feel the best. I’ve also noticed that most toners seem to make my face feel quite tight and dry rather than hydrated. This is the first toner I’ve found for me that isn’t sticky and makes my face feel silky smooth as well as brightening my complexion. The only thing I don’t overly love is the smell but I can easily see past that when it does such a good job!
I’ve seen a couple of blog posts singing praises about Superdrug’s own skincare range so I thought I’d try a couple of products from their Vitamin E range. It’s safe to say I’m a little obsessed – this hydration mist is absolutely perfect. I wanted something to moisturise my face in the morning without it being too heavy under my make-up and this answered all of my prayers. You just spray it a few times all over your face after cleansing and then let it dry down. It dries really fast so you can crack on with your make-up pretty quickly and it’s the perfect amount of hydration without feeling heavy. The smell reminds me of cocoa butter and sun cream which I really love as it’s like a little summer holiday flashback.
I’ve never used a night cream before, only general all-day moisturisers but I’m so glad that I do now. My face has been feeling incredible since using this night cream and my skin is practically glowing. It makes my skin feel so incredibly soft, I’m always worried about using intense moisturisers as my skin can get pretty oily and anything heavy can make it worse or cause breakouts. I haven’t had any problems with this at all though, it doesn’t make my face greasy at all and it soaks in really well rather than just sitting on the top of my face. I’m super impressed with Superdrug’s Vitamin E products, they’re crazy affordable and I’d highly recommend trying them out.
Back in August, I attended an event called Bloggers Festival and 7th Heaven were one of the brands that attended. I was really excited because I’ve always loved their face masks ever since I was a teenager so I basically bee-lined over to them. They were very generously giving away tote bags full of around 15-20 face masks! There were all different types of masks in the bag including their newest mask, a Charcoal Peel-Off Mask. I was really looking forward to trying this because I’d heard really great things about charcoal peel-offs. I suffer from stubborn blackheads and they’re meant to be amazing at minimising them. This mask didn’t disappoint my expectations! It makes my skin feel so incredibly soft and it definitely reduces the blackheads I get on my nose and chin. These masks are only £1 each and they’re so beneficial to include in your skincare routine. I try to do a face mask at least once a week after I’ve cleansed my face of a night time, it’s a great way to wind down and pamper yourself. Plus, for £1 you really can’t go wrong.
T-Zone also attended Bloggers Festival and I was really drawn to their bright pink stall! Again, the use of charcoal in their skincare range appealed to me instantly as it’s so beneficial for your skin. T-Zone recently very kindly sent me a few of their products to try out in exchange for an honest review which included these pore strips. I couldn’t wait to see if they would actually remove my blackheads because I felt like it would take a miracle but these actually work! All you do is wet your nose, pop the strip on, leave it for 10 minutes and then peel it off. As gross yet satisfying as it sounds, you can see all the rubbish that’s come off your face on the strip afterwards. T-Zone also recommend steaming your face to open up your pores before using these strips as it helps to get more out. If you have problems with blackheads, I really recommend these!
T-Zone also sent me along these No Shine Papers, I’ve never used blotting papers or anything like that before but I was pretty intrigued. I tend to get very oily some days especially if I’m running around and getting hot. This can make my make-up look really greasy, it’s just not a good look. These papers have been little life-savers, you can just throw a pack in your handbag as they’re so travel friendly. The thing I was most worried about was that it would take my foundation off with it but as long as you pat rather than wipe, it doesn’t budge your make-up. They do an amazing job of removing excess oils from your face and I love that you can just pop them in your bag ready for any situation.
The total amount I spent in Superdrug came to £14.21 and with all of the additional extras added on, I’d still have only spent £22.19 in total. I know that other people may use way more products in their skincare routine so might not call this a ‘proper’ routine but this is just what I’ve found works best for me. I’m loving finding bargains that are amazing quality considering how low the prices are. I hope I’ve given you some ideas for skincare products to try out as I’m genuinely loving how great these products make my skin look and feel!
What skincare products are you loving at the moment?