The Price of Beauty

Over the years, I’ve had periods of buying different kinds of beauty products; budget, expensive, organic & handmade. Each time I try these different products, I either like them or I don’t. I suppose I go through phases of using them and find I want to switch for no clear reason. I’m not sure why I do this, I just do!

Just as we left the UK, I had fallen into the habit of buying the same products and even brought a couple of month’s supply of make-up over to the States with me. I like using products that I know I like. I sometimes get a bit nervous of change, especially when it comes to make-up. Am I going to be too pale? Do I look like an Oompa-Loompa? Will it dry out my skin? anyway, a lot of questions are asked!

So… I ran out of my UK supplies and needed to buy some more make-up. We are also in the process of trying new beauty/skincare products that we have never had access too. As much as I would love to spend $10 on a designer hand soap and body wash, we are trying to spend as little as possible at the moment. The following products are my favourites of the ones I have tried so far and I wanted to share them with you! Some are available in the UK too 🙂


I bought all of these from Walmart.  I am sure that are available elsewhere but this is where we do most of our toiletry shopping.

This isn’t a sponsored post but I have included links for if you want to know where to get these items. 🙂

RIMMEL Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer goes on like a dream for me!  I have always loved the concealer comes out through a brush applicator.  This blends is nicely over liquid foundation and doesn’t sit heavy on my skin.  I paid $4.97 at Walmart, which I think is quite reasonable for a branded concealer.  The exact same one can be bought on Amazon here in the UK for £7.27.  There is also similar product available in the UK from Boots.

If we are going out I have always used a pressed powder foundation over my liquid foundation.  I find that it conceals any red blotches and greasy patches.  For years I have only used the natural collection powder from Boots, a cosmetic/beauty store in the UK.  Obviously, they don’t have natural collection beauty supplies over here in the US, so I chose a RIMMEL Stay Matte long Lasting Pressed Powder to try.  It is $3.97 from Walmart and £3.99 from Boots.  Quite a good bargain if you buy it in the US I think!  It is a light powder which doesn’t at all make your face look powdery.  It is also ranked at No.10 on Influenster in their face category.

The Suave Naturals Wild Cherry Blossom body wash was a great bargain find at $1.88.  It has a long lasting fresh fragrance and we found that a little goes a long way.  My skin can sometimes be a little sensitive with body wash but I haven’t had any problems with this one.  🙂

The Paradise Spa Magnolia Peach hand soap was a little over $1.  (I can’t find a link to it!)  I think it has a good fruity fragrance that lasts for ages but Adam really doesn’t like it.  He think it smells like hair dye! :-0  I will still buy another bottle though and Adam will just need to get used to it!

I don’t really like using normal body wash on my face so have always had a separate facial cleanser.  This Equate beauty refreshing facial cleanser was $3.47 for a handy bottle, which is easy to access in the shower…especially if you are like me and don’t wear your glasses in the shower (I don’t know anyone who does!).  Easy access bottles are a life saver for me!  I like that it has little beads that pop on your skin. 🙂


So… do you have any bargain beauty items that you would recommend?  What are your favourite buys?

11 thoughts on “The Price of Beauty

  1. Umm, this is slightly offbeat, but it’s the best makeup remover I’ve ever used. I use EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to remove my makeup. Yep, the same stuff you cook with–make sure it’s the extra virgin grade and of decent quality. I just pour a bit into my hand and rub it onto my made up, dry face. I then wash it off with my favorite face cleanser. EVOO will remove everything, including waterproof mascara. And since I have dry skin, it really helps keep irritation down.

    In the winter, I also will mix it with sugar to make a homemade sugar scrub to use in the shower. It immediately softens up my flaky skin.

    1. Wow I’ve never heard of it being used as make up remover! I’ve seen, and want to try some of the scrubs 🙂 do you use any essential oils when you make your scrubs?

      1. Nah, I’m too lazy to keep up with those. But if it’s an oil, there should be no problem adding it to the scrub. And nothing loosens up makeup, especially mascara, better.

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