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I think we all love that feeling of finding a really great, affordable product - it's like we've cheated the system or something! Today I'm going to share several of my favourite purse-friendly makeup, skincare and haircare products of the moment...
The first product I wanted to talk about is the Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Foundation (265) | £10.99. I have no idea why this is called a foundation; it's essentially a cc cream and reminds me a lot of the one from IT Cosmetics (let me know if you would like to see a comparison, as that idea has been sat in my drafts for a while now...) It's light coverage but has a nice, perfecting effect on the skin. It lasts really well on me and gives my complexion a healthy glow. It also comes in more shades than the IT Cosmetics version (which is 3x the price), so that's pretty wild!
I haven't heard many people talk about it but I'm really impressed by the Sample Beauty Reign Palette | £20. I was a bit sceptical as to whether I'd be disappointed with the quality given how little buzz I've noticed around this brand but it's really, really good! The mattes are pigmented, smooth and go on evenly and the shimmers have an opaque, dewy-look finish. These eyeshadows last really well on me too; I can trust my eyeshadow to still look pretty good by the end of the day! The colour story is also dreamy and so autumnal with reds, coppers, yellows, greens, browns and bronzes. The only thing I don't like are the slightly royalist names! (Kidding, but kind of not...)
- HAIR -I've finally found a conditioner that made me reach for something other than my beloved Hask one... it's the OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner | £6.99. This is absolutely lush! It never leaves my hair greasy or heavy but seriously nourishes it and leaves it feeling softer and looking healthier. It's also one I can repurchase over and over again without any price-related guilt.
The other haircare product I want to recommend is the Umberto Giannini Grow Scalp Scrub | £9. Before I tried this I was spending £20 on a scalp scrub from Kiehl's, so I've definitely saved a bit of money by making this switch and this tub has lasted me a good amount of time. It's made with sea salt, so starts off as a rougher scrub and - as you add water - it melts down into an algae and seaweed treatment. My scalp has been so much less flaky and irritated since I started using this twice a week - as it's so cheap I've been using it more often than my previous scrub and I'm definitely seeing the benefits!
- SKIN -I've mentioned it a few times, so I'm sure you regulars won't be surprised to see the Sukin Natural Rich Moisture Face Masque* | £11.95. This is a really great mask for dry skin or for skin that's feeling drier as we head into the colder months (though I wouldn't recommend it if you're sensitive, as it does contain natural fragrance). It contains nourishing, soothing Vitamin E and aloe, alongside rosehip. I love love love rosehip; not only does it provide intense nourishment but it can have healing properties and even help fade scarring and even out the skin's tone. This is a light cream mask that I leave on for around 15 minutes and then rise off to get softer, more nourished skin.
Finally, there are two really great US indie brand skincare products I wanted to spotlight here. The first is Fourth Ray Beauty's Matcha Face Milk | $8. I do have a brand overview coming up that will do a proper deep-dive into the brand, the products and the ingredients. However I really like this product and used it as a moisturising serum the entire time I was on holiday in Italy at the end of summer to replenish my skin with matcha milk, jojoba milk, white tea, kale and rice milk (note it does contain some flower extracts so may not be for you if you're sensitive to those ingredients). One product that is for everyone is the Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum* | $6. My brand review of Good Molecules is already up so please do check it (spoiler alert: I've been impressed!) This is a water-light, non-sticky serum to plump, smooth and hydrate the skin. It truly does stand up against much more expensive options I have in my collection and I can't recommend it enough.
Have you been loving any affordable beauty products recently?