Saturday, 5 October 2013

Beauty Buys...

I rarely discuss beauty buys on The Frugality, mainly because I'm not much of a beauty buyer/wearer really. But when I do invest in products, it's because I really believe in them. I thought I'd share my favourite products currently residing in the Frugality household...

Vichy Idealia Life Serum, £22.12, Boots
I try not to put too many products on my skin, as I suffered from acne in my early twenties. I usually use Liz Earle's skin repair moisturiser and then nothing else, but after a hectic few weeks and a LOT of working on weekends with shoots and London Fashion Week I needed a boost. Vichy's idealia life serum is ideal for bad diet/pollution/stress - all of which I generally suffer from this time of year. I applied it under my usual tinted moisturiser and it gives a real radiance - I have never had so many compliments on my skin. They are offering free samples, here, if you want to give it a go!

Tinted moisturiser, £28, Nars
I am very lucky working at a magazine, as I get to try a lot of products, and this was one I came across at work a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. I try not to wear foundation too much and this Nars tinted moisturiser is great for work for a healthy glow, and it feels like nothing on your skin.

Sadly my Brazilian blow-dry has faded and I'm back to frugally tackling frizz. John Freida is the originally frizz buster and their 'Full Repair' range is my new hair regime, I especially love the 'Touch-up Flyaway Tamer' which is very useful when I leave my hair to its natural curly devices - just brush it quickly through frizzy roots to leave it sleek. Also, their Hair Oil is certainly a lot cheaper than the £30 Shu Uemura version I've been addicted to!

Flyaway Tamer, £10.99, Boots

Hair oil elixir, £10.99, Boots
This is another product I found through work, and I had never heard of it before - although apparently Ushvani is an exclusive Day Spa in Chelsea and known to beauty experts. It's quite pricey but it lasts forever as you only need the smallest amount to remove make-up. On a recent shoot with the red Beauty Team, their make-up artist had the most amazing skin and revealed that she cleanses her skin every night for 3 minutes with cleansing milk - it's the secret to her youthful complexion. I always wake up with black under my eyes, no matter how thorough I've been with cleansing the night before but with this - I wake up fresh and clean. And it's so gentle on my skin...I love it.
Coconut and kemiri cleansing lotion, £32.50, Liberty


  1. Thanks for the heads up on the free sample, I have just registered for one. I came across a few good bargain buys in Superdrug I've blogged about today, you don't have to spend a fortune but I like the sound of the cleanser although it's normally Liz Earlie, Eve Lom or Dermalogica for me x

    1. I saw! I do love a bit of Superdrug...but the Eve Lom cleanser is to die for - the smell is irresistible!

  2. Is the Ushvani cleanser the exact one that the make-up artist used? Do you wash it off or use cotton pads?

    My favourite Guinot cleanser has just been discontinued (hate when that happens!) and I desperately need to find a replacement.

    Thanks, lovely!

    1. Have you tried the Oqibo Purifying Cleanser and Toner? It's the most gentle wash off cleanser that I've found and the price is really reasonable too.


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