Some of my purchases in the last month have been absolute bargains and if you are anything like me, trying to save and not spend your whole pay check the day you get it on shiny new beauty products and every fashion trend going, I think you’ll like this!
Ok first up are some Phil Smith hair products that I found reduced in Sainsbury’s. The whole range was on offer so I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong with these products, so I was keen to try them out. The dry shampoo I couldn’t resist at £1.50 and because these products always come in handy when your hair needs a little freshness and touch up. This product does leave a bit more a dusty look compared to my trusty Batiste however it does the job, smells amazing and it definitely won’t take me long to get through it.
The Phil Smith Total Treat Argon Oil Cream, I wasn’t only totally drawn to the hot pink packaging, much! This was £2.50 for 100ml and promises an ‘unbelievably silky texture‘. Sold. The definition of my current hair status is on the bottle, ‘dry, coloured and damaged hair’ – so I thought why not give this a go! Argon oil is an incredibly nourishing and hydrating oil so I am hoping this oil-in-cream treatment will transform the texture of my hair as the product claims!
Both of these Phil Smith products are cruelty free and Made in the U.K. Kudos to them.
Next up are some Primark purchases. The nail buffers at £1 for 2! I’m not saying the ‘file me’ part is amazing, but I use these mainly for the polish and shine sides.
Macaroon Eau de Parfum. I cannot believe Primark now sell perfumes, what do they not sell!? I thought I’d try one, as my ‘handbag‘ perfume, those ones you just go through like no tomorrow! The scent is surprisingly really nice, for £2 may I add! Crazy price! Hopefully I will continue to like it…
Sunnies. I rarely leave Primark without a new pair of sunglasses, its becoming ridiculous but I have been after a yellow tinted pair for so long now. And when I saw the pink and blue I thought they were also really cute colours for the summer, £1 each too!
Miss Selfridge clutch bag. I have already done an outfit post featuring this bag here so I won’t go over too much detail but it was half price in the sale (£11 from £22) and I love the giant ring handle. There is also a black version available which would be amazing for an evening look.
Nivea Gentle Exfoliating Scrub. A repeat purchase for me, this retails at about £3.99 for 150ml and if used only on your face, this would last you ages. I love that this product is enriched with Vitamin E and Hydra IQ so it is gentle on your skin whilst removing dead skin cells. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and clean.
I picked up the Soap & Glory 5-in-1 as I needed a new micellar water and I liked that this product cleanses, tones, removes make up and dirt, soothes and smooths – quite a lot for one product! It contains a technology that “magnetises” the bad bits away, plus vitamins A and C rich peach, goji berry extracts, cool cucumber water juice and so much other goodness. It has such a fresh scent and leaves my skin feeling so clean – so far I’m addicted!
The Ordinary products – I think these products will need a post alone in a couple of months when I’ve really tested them out but to keep it as brief as I can, I bought the High Spreadability Primer and the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% as my first dip into the world of this clinical skincare brand that has taken the beauty industry by storm. The prices are so affordable due to their no frills approach whilst still offering ingenious and honest formulas free of mineral oils, parabens and sulphates.
The formula of the primer is so lightweight and velvety in texture and scent free, and I have seen the difference in my make up adherence and coverage over a longer period of time.
I have started with the 5% concentration of lactic acid (instead of 10%) as I didn’t know how my skin would react. I think the inclusion of the Tasmanian pepperberry derivative has helped with me not having any skin irritation. I chose this product to improve my skin tone, texture and brightness, and skin hydration and softness thanks to the addition of hyaluronic acid which assists in retaining moisture. So far I’ve enjoyed the inclusion of this product in my PM routine and can tell the results will be even more noticeable in due course.
Lastly, a new conditioner I’m trying is this Garnier intense repairer and so far I’m impressed! The formula is so creamy, smells amazing and doesn’t contain parabens. I love that it contains caster oil, an omega-rich oil for deep hydration and maple sap extract, a restoring ingredient.
Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?