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Friday, 9 June 2023

The best budget beauty products from a luxury beauty lover

The best budget beauty products from a luxury beauty lover
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted, without obligation.

I know that I focus a lot on expensive products on the blog but I do also use budget products (if they're good, obviously), and given that we are all feeling the pinch with the cost of living crisis, I thought I'd share some of my budget favourites with you today. I would also love to hear what your favourites are in the comments because I'm sure that I'm missing out!

L'Oreal Paris Elvive Bond Repair Haircare range*: I originally bought the Bond Rescue Pre-Shampoo, which I loved, and then I was kindly sent the set. You know that I generally spend a lot on my haircare because it's important to me after so much hair loss, plus the way I look at it is that we wear our hair every day so we need to take care of it. The products in this range are brilliant for strengthening and repairing the hair, they also smooth strands and with consistent use, my hair feels more elasticized and strong and looks glossy. It also smells amazing. It's an excellent alternative to similar high end products.

L'Oreal Elvive Hydra Hyaluronic Acid 8 Second Wonder Water*: An excellent product for those short on time because this is applied to the hair after shampooing, massaged in for 8 seconds before rinsing, and following with conditioner, although those with oily hair may not need an additional conditioner. This leaves my hair silky soft in an instant and it doesn't weigh the hair down. When I blowdry my hair after using this, my hair looks so sleek and smooth and feels hydrated but doesn't get greasy any quicker than usual.

Bio Oil: I used this years ago for some stretch marks that I have on my hips and they are barely visible now, so when my scar from impetigo wouldn't shift almost 5 months after I first contracted it, I knew I had to start using it. What started as a tiny dot ended up being around an inch and a half wide. It looked more like I had a flesh eating bug! Anyway, the scar was still very angry looking months after I stopped treatment and the wound closed so I started to use the oil again and could see a difference within weeks. I love using oils on my body to keep my skin supple, so I've been using this on my stomach and thighs too. If you have any scarring or stretch marks, I'd highly recommend it but even if you don't, it makes a gorgeous everyday body oil and is affordable.

Revolution x Sali Hughes skincare*: I reviewed the range in this post last year and I still recommend it to so many people because the products are affordable and work really well. I'm fortunate enough to have been sent some refills and I know that every last drop will be used. I really love the cleansing balm but I honestly couldn't pick just one favourite! If you're on a budget but still want high quality skincare, you can't go wrong with this range!

Nivea Body Lotion: I've used Nivea body lotions for over two decades! My skin has always been very dry, so I started moisturising my body in my teens and Nivea has always been an affordable brand. I find the original to be a little too thick in texture and it feels like a workout to apply, but all of the others - the Q10, Express Hydration or any of the limited edition scents are my favourites. I think that I will use this brand for the rest of my days!

Footner Exfoliating Socks: I use these two or three times a year and just love how effective they are. I wear them for an hour and then 7-10 days later, my skin begins to peel off (my guilty pleasure!). My skin is left super soft and it's especially effective for dry heels. It's an affordable way to keep your feet in good condition if you can't afford a deluxe pedicure that includes a peel.

 I'd love to hear what your favourite budget beauty products are? What should I try?

Thanks for reading!

All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. Anything marked with a * has been kindly gifted, without obligation. I don't do sponsored posts. Opinion is always my own. Affiliate links may be used.


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