I have said it before. I am a low budget kind of girl when it comes to make up and toiletries. At my age I have tried so many products and I no longer believe the pseudo science or advertising hype. All I need is a cleanser of some kind – and I don’t get on with soap for this as I have dry skin- some cotton wool and a moisturiser without too much fragrance in it. I use an exfoliator once or twice a week – the St Ives apricot stuff is fine. We have shower gel in the house as the others like it but actually I still prefer soap and a flannel. I always use body lotion, again because of the dry skin. I wear make up because I tend towards being too pale and showing any tiredness immediately, but not that much. I use a razor and soap to get rid of the fuzz, I pluck my own eyebrows and do myself the odd manicure and pedicure. I can’t afford to visit the beauty salon to be waxed and preened. I quite fancy getting my nails done, but I know I would wreck them in 10 minutes doing the garden! I dye my own hair but draw the line at cutting it…
When I was in Aldi the other day buying the night cream that I use I had a good look at their range of toiletries and they are excellent value. This particular moisturiser costs £1.99 and is as good as anything else I have ever tried, including the Clarins range that I used to spend a small fortune on. Home Bargains is another that I like for shampoos, shower gel and conditioner, plus they sell the hair colourant that I prefer.
In Aldi this week you can buy shower gel for 33p, face wipes for 89p, permanent hair colour for £2.39, hairspray for 79p, sanitary towels for 69p for 14 and an impressive looking beauty serum for £3.99, among other bargain beauty buys.
I look out for bargains in the supermarkets for makeup. I really like the foundation I have now and it was on offer for £6.99. I know people who will spend £35 on a small pot of this stuff! I also very recently discovered the MUA range in Superdrug which is incredibly cheap. £1 for a lipstick and £2 for a cream blusher! That will do me!
My daughter raves about the bargains at www.cosmeticsfairy.co.uk and they do seem worth investigating.
Fragrance – the prices! I am sure you shouldn’t need to sell a kidney to smell nice! I go for the Body Shop range fairly often. Another good ploy is to buy the gift sets of fragrance and body lotion after Christmas at massively reduced prices or celebrity fragrance when the celebrity has fallen out of favour. It either smells good or it doesn’t. Who cares if Britney’s name is on the bottle?
If this stuff really matters to you, you probably think I am tighter than the proverbial bit of the duck’s anatomy. But if you are on a tight budget you can be sure you can do it more cheaply. Start at Aldi. You may be surprised at what you will find.