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    • Fusspot
    • By Fusspot 2nd Jul 17, 5:58 PM
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    How much do you spend on beauty products?
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    • 2nd Jul 17, 5:58 PM
    How much do you spend on beauty products? 2nd Jul 17 at 5:58 PM
    I've put this on here rather than Health and Beauty because its about money saving.

    How much do you spend on beauty products, including make up, skin care, body care etc. Do you think quality matters more than quantity?

    I have a mixture of stuff, some good quality, some just mid price but I don't have tons and tons of make up, just the basics, I do wear make up every day though, same with toiletries, just the basics.

    I do suffer with eczema so have to be careful what I use. I do buy hair products from the salon and like Liz Earle cleanser for my face.
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    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 4th Jul 17, 6:33 AM
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    Hi islandmaid

    Do not worry, I wasn't feeling bad, my comments were somewhat tongue in cheek

    I'm aware we all have different things we won't compromise on. I am OS in lots of ways ( cleaning products, energy use, make do and mend) and like others it allows me to be more extravagant in other areas. It's what I've always liked about MSE. It's not about living like a pauper ( unless that's your thing) it's about only paying the minimum amount for what you need/ want.

    Bexster
    • t14cy t
    • By t14cy t 4th Jul 17, 6:34 AM
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    I wear very light make up probably twice a year!!! bought in boots when on promotion, probably spend £5 a year. shampoo ive won a years supply of this year! shower gel/ bubblebath I stocked up on 12 bottles at 20p a pop when sainsburys were selling off cheap! I always buy imperial leather soap, £1 for 3 bars, an anti bac liquid soap, and boots cucumber face wash and moisturiser when on 3 for 2 and triple points day! so I reckon over the year I spend less than £20 a year. also I forgot, im still using the bottles of pefume the ladies I used to work for threw out in their bins!!! currently using clarins le gardin....very nice too especially for free!!! still have a stock of 4 bottles after leaving the area nearly 2 years ago!!! x
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 4th Jul 17, 8:21 AM
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    My Grandma always told me it's worth it if you use it all the time, i.e. A £100 pair of jeans are cheap if you wear them most days for 5 years. £100 on a dress you wear once is an expensive item...
    Originally posted by Islandmaid
    And that is so very true.
    My indulgence is my treat, someone else's treat to themselves could be the theatre, bingo, skydiving.
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 4th Jul 17, 9:16 AM
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    Don't wear make up very often, only when socialising. When working in an office I wore mascara daily - lancome - but no other makeup (I was going to say I just wore mascara and nothing else but realised what that sounded like!).

    Following redundancy I am now a self employed home help and it is very physical work so no make up to run / mop up while I am working.

    So beauty products, including basics for hygiene -
    Sainsburys tea tree 2in1 shampoo and conditioner, 69p (suits my hair and smells nice. I have to be very careful about fragranced items as i am asthmatic and many fragrances cause me to wheeze).
    Sometimes use extra hair conditioner that comes with the 8-weekly hair dye . I am inclined to stop dyeing my hair because it is more white than brown now and looking at my current colour i see the blond is nicely blended and could grow out without looking too bad. DH is not kean, I think he is worried about his wife having white hair making him look old..... I am approaching my mid 50's.

    Soap for body and face - fragrance free palmolive or small soaps that i buy as holiday souvenirs made from organic products that have delicate scents such as ginger.

    Fragrance free bubble bath.

    Dove deo (one of the few I can tolerate re frangrance), bought cheaply online when high street stores only rarely stocked this particular one and the price rocketed.

    Disposable razors because I am allergic to depalitory cream. I buy 'mens' because I realised years ago that you pay more for pink!

    Fenjal body spray which i use on the soles of my feet after washing (tried everything else to control smelly feet - washing them twice a day was not sufficient - but only this works, and works a treat - saves me loads because my shoes last much longer).

    A lovely, lightly fragranced body lotion on my hands and arms by ' Nest and Eggs' ( terrible name imho). I discovered this in a garden centre, after sniffing every other potion and finding them all far too strong).

    I used to use a facial scrub but realise how bad this is for the environment so now use a rough sponge once a week to do the job. I always use a rough towel to dry, hate soft towels!

    Make up -
    waterproof Clinique mascara. A tube lasts a year then i replace with xmas money!
    A max factor compressed blusher i have had for years that is exactly the right shade.
    Boots No7 cream foundation in a pot (no idea which one), again had it ages, applied by frequently-washed brush.
    Lancome lip gloss. Yep, had it ages!
    Boots No7 lippy, one of two colours in my extensive (not) collection.

    Last time i wore eye shadow, which is rare, DH announced loudly, in all innocence, that I had something glittering on my eye lid

    I used to bother with nail varnish occasionally but having de-cluttered I no longer have any.
    I do my own manicures and have lovely strong nails so they usually look good and in fact get compliments.

    I never wear perfume because almost all make me very wheezy. (I only get away with the fenjal because it is in my shoes so i am not breathing it in).
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • SparksAlive
    • By SparksAlive 4th Jul 17, 9:55 AM
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    I think about £15 a month, averaged out? My hair is very fine and dry so I use Tresemme Salon Smooth on it. I went through a phase of trying cheaper brands but they mostly made my hair very frizzy and full of static, so I look at it as a compromise - it's a slightly more expensive shampoo and conditioner, but using it means I don't need additional oils to tame the flyaways!


    I buy toothpaste, contact lens solution, facewipes and moisturiser from Tesco at the start of every month. I mainly use the Tesco cucumber skincare range, and whichever toothpaste is on offer so long as it's white paste, not gel or with bits in.


    I only buy makeup maybe twice a year - I use powder, mascara, coverup and eyebrow pencil, all quite sparingly so they last a while. Not the cheapest since I buy Rimmel but the shades match my skin tone really well. I do sometimes get suckered in by new products - I'm always trying to find a foundation that'll stay matte the whole day, but they never do!
    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 4th Jul 17, 10:17 AM
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    Not that much.
    Shampoo and conditioner is SP but I buy a litre at a time from ebay which lasts well over a year. Anything else makes my scalp itch.
    Face - I like Olay daily moisturiser with SPF 30 as I have sun damage on my face but they have discontinued it so not sure what I will use next.
    I wear makeup about twice a year - I have a nice Clinique foundation I bought in the US which came with masses of free gifts. That will dry up before I finish it - probably after about another 5 years.
    I did get the M&S beauty advent calendar last year so those products will see me through for some time.
    I don't like perfume and any old shower gel will do.
    • MrsLWW
    • By MrsLWW 4th Jul 17, 2:41 PM
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    That's interesting as I like Clinique foundation in the glass bottle, is it the Superbalanced one you have? It ain't cheap but it does last ages. I also like Boots N07 which is cheaper.
    Originally posted by Fusspot
    It is the superbalanced. I feel the same, it does last well and applies really well, giving a good coverage without being too heavy, but the thrifter in me feels conned at the glass bottle (I love to cut open my tubes and get the dregs out lol). Funny, I did have the boots no7 but felt it was a little chalky. Currently have a maybelline one (had a boots gift voucher) and it's really chalky (but I'm persisting with it cause i'll be damned if I'm wasting it lol. So I think some boots vouchers for christmas and I'll head into the big boots in the city and get my clinique again.
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    • Izadora
    • By Izadora 4th Jul 17, 3:03 PM
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    Face - I like Olay daily moisturiser with SPF 30 as I have sun damage on my face but they have discontinued it so not sure what I will use next.
    Originally posted by MallyGirl
    L'Oreal do an SPF 30 moisturiser which I quite like. It doesn't make my face too greasy but seems to be quite good at stopping me burning. It's also very regularly on offer.
    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 4th Jul 17, 3:55 PM
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    Thanks. I tried the simple one but it was too thick. Olay's replacement product has a lower SPF. I will look at L'Oreal
    • Paulaviki
    • By Paulaviki 4th Jul 17, 9:10 PM
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    I use Wella Professionals shampoo and treatment, I get it from my hairdressers, it does last ages. Which one do you use? I use the shampoo for sensitive scalp and treatment for coloured hair. Sometimes I find my hair getting greasy and I wonder if its this but I am reluctant to change brands and its really helped the condition of my hair over the years.

    I can also get E45 on prescription but I do often buy it over the counter, it works out cheaper on prescription though as I get bigger bottles.

    I don't think I'm extravagant by any means but I do like nice products. No disrespect to anyone but I'd find a £1.00 shampoo too watery and would do nothing for my hair. I like a balance really.
    Originally posted by Fusspot
    I use the brilliance shampoo and conditioner for fine to normal coloured hair (red bottle) I have fine hair with bleached highlights and it's perfect for my hair. The conditioner is quite light weight so could be one to try if you find your hair gets greasy? Sounds like you are using Systen Professional products though?
    • Fusspot
    • By Fusspot 4th Jul 17, 10:05 PM
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    I use the brilliance shampoo and conditioner for fine to normal coloured hair (red bottle) I have fine hair with bleached highlights and it's perfect for my hair. The conditioner is quite light weight so could be one to try if you find your hair gets greasy? Sounds like you are using Systen Professional products though?
    Originally posted by Paulaviki
    It is the Professionals range I use. They do have a shampoo in a purple bottle for sensitive scalps though my hairdresser says they are all OK for sensitive scalps.

    I have fine highlighted hair also. I use the treatment as a conditioner at the ends of my hair mainly and as a treatment where I leave it on now and again.
    • Fusspot
    • By Fusspot 4th Jul 17, 10:08 PM
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    It is the superbalanced. I feel the same, it does last well and applies really well, giving a good coverage without being too heavy, but the thrifter in me feels conned at the glass bottle (I love to cut open my tubes and get the dregs out lol). Funny, I did have the boots no7 but felt it was a little chalky. Currently have a maybelline one (had a boots gift voucher) and it's really chalky (but I'm persisting with it cause i'll be damned if I'm wasting it lol. So I think some boots vouchers for christmas and I'll head into the big boots in the city and get my clinique again.
    Originally posted by MrsLWW
    Only thing is the Superbalanced doesn't have an SPF (the original one) but when its hot I mix it with sunscreen and it acts like a tinted moisturiser. In winter I don't know which moisturiser to use with it as the one I have for day to day has no SPF. I guess we never worried about this at one time. I also like Clinique eyeliner and lipstick but if I buy the whole lot then I'll cut down on skincare.
    • Living proof
    • By Living proof 4th Jul 17, 10:19 PM
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    I use a Salt of the Earth crystal deodorant which seems to cost about £2 a year, if that. Occasionally if the weather is really hot and I am driving in my very hot little car I will use a Mitchum or similar. I buy almost all my toiletries at car boot sales and have absolutely masses. I can often buy something like foot cream which would cost about £9 for 20p, fabulous soaps for pence. I have drawers full of them so it has become something of an obsession and I have had to stop. One of the traders at the CBS has had loads of good quality shampoo and conditioner which literally fell of a lorry and had to be recovered to clear the road. She has been selling them at 3 for £1 and I am still on the first one after a couple of months. Tresemme also comes up frequently because people buy the wrong ones. There is nothing I lack and I have probably enough for a few years.

    The only things I buy from new are toothpaste and mouthwash, both the top of the range types. Once a year I will buy perfume abroad so in total I would estimate £10 a month for all this kind of expenditure. Makeup although a few years old, is hardly used in any case these days.
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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 7th Jul 17, 1:20 PM
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    As this has dropped down the Old Style board, i've moved it to Health and Beauty as you will get lots more input here.

    Everyone has different price points and priorities (and definitions of what's worth spending money on) so this thread is for discussion and not judgement.

    My Mum is obsessed with expensive toiletries and buys me a lot of brands and designer things (Elemis, Liz earle, etc) despite me asking her not to I do use the products she buys me. The only thing I choose to fork out on (for me) would be my hair which is one trip a year @ £90 a visit. That's for full head of colour and a very special haircut lol. I have had the same hairdresser for 24 years and he spends hours cutting my hair and styling. It's styled before i leave (curlers eg) . I have waist length hair and in between this I henna it myself () with great difficulty which costs £3 a go 4 times a year. That's two packs of henna at 99p each and a £1 bottle of conditioner to mix with it. I don't use hair products beyond washing once a week so shampoo and conditioner lasts months. This is to preserve the colour and condition.

    I have just treated myself to some Mac make up as a gift to myself as I've been unwell. I got a lesson etc so it's all sitting in the bag waiting for me to try it out. I'm a bit scared

    I don't wear make up daily, only for special occasions.

    I've no idea how much I spend in total but it is the minimum such as £1 shwer gel and £1 deodorant etc. I have such a stock from my Mum that i don't really need to buy many toiletries.

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    • bellanoisette
    • By bellanoisette 8th Jul 17, 4:50 PM
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    I spend most of my disposable income on beauty products I only buy cruelty free and mostly premium brands. I tried doing some comps on here for beauty stuff and won over £500 of amazing things from cultbeauty that I could never afford.
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 8th Jul 17, 5:11 PM
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    Not that much.
    Shampoo and conditioner is SP but I buy a litre at a time from ebay which lasts well over a year. Anything else makes my scalp itch.
    Face - I like Olay daily moisturiser with SPF 30 as I have sun damage on my face but they have discontinued it so not sure what I will use next.
    I wear makeup about twice a year - I have a nice Clinique foundation I bought in the US which came with masses of free gifts. That will dry up before I finish it - probably after about another 5 years.
    I did get the M&S beauty advent calendar last year so those products will see me through for some time.
    I don't like perfume and any old shower gel will do.
    Originally posted by MallyGirl
    What does SP mean?
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 8th Jul 17, 5:15 PM
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    As this has dropped down the Old Style board, i've moved it to Health and Beauty as you will get lots more input here.

    Everyone has different price points and priorities (and definitions of what's worth spending money on) so this thread is for discussion and not judgement.

    My Mum is obsessed with expensive toiletries and buys me a lot of brands and designer things (Elemis, Liz earle, etc) despite me asking her not to I do use the products she buys me. The only thing I choose to fork out on (for me) would be my hair which is one trip a year @ £90 a visit. That's for full head of colour and a very special haircut lol. I have had the same hairdresser for 24 years and he spends hours cutting my hair and styling. It's styled before i leave (curlers eg) . I have waist length hair and in between this I henna it myself () with great difficulty which costs £3 a go 4 times a year. That's two packs of henna at 99p each and a £1 bottle of conditioner to mix with it. I don't use hair products beyond washing once a week so shampoo and conditioner lasts months. This is to preserve the colour and condition.

    I have just treated myself to some Mac make up as a gift to myself as I've been unwell. I got a lesson etc so it's all sitting in the bag waiting for me to try it out. I'm a bit scared

    I don't wear make up daily, only for special occasions.

    I've no idea how much I spend in total but it is the minimum such as £1 shwer gel and £1 deodorant etc. I have such a stock from my Mum that i don't really need to buy many toiletries.

    We move threads if we think they’ll get more help elsewhere (please read the forum rule) so this post/thread has been moved to another board. If you have any questions about this policy please email forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com.
    Originally posted by zippychick
    I buy my daughter Elemis & Liz Earle, but I know you're not her, my daughter loves the expensive products I buy her!
    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 9th Jul 17, 9:20 AM
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    I bought some lookfabulousforever makeup to wear on holiday in London last week and didn't even open it. I only bought it as I thought I should wear makeup So it will be offered to friends and if they don't want it will go on freegle.
    I don't use soap on my face just warm not hot water. I use Waitrose essential shower gel the sensitive skin one which is clear and only £1 and also their essential deodorant. I have very sensitive skin and use My Trusty creams from Salisbury hospital which they developed for eczema and for healing burns. Shampoo is a Boots cheapie and don't use conditioner. I don't dye my hair and cut it myself. It's about shoulder length and dead straight and looks as though I have expensive streaks addedgrey ones haha.
    I love perfume and wear it every day. Harrods had a perfume day last Sunday half price then an extra 20% off and they also gave me 2 Clinique gifts with lots of little bits in which will go to my niece for her girls when I see her.I stay in the north of Scotland about 12 degrees today and rainy and loved the heat in London last week. It was so warm I had no aching joints which was wonderful.
    I agree with greyqueen about eating healthy foods. I popped out to the garden and picked rasps and strawberries and blackcurrants for breakfast this morning. Lunch will be lots of homegrown salad bits.
    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 26th Jul 17, 11:32 AM
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    I buy my daughter Elemis & Liz Earle, but I know you're not her, my daughter loves the expensive products I buy her!
    Originally posted by Kim kim
    Oh gosh! i hope that didn't sound ungreatful!!!! In all honesty, she spends far too much on gifts outside of her disposable income. We've opted out of christmas presents for about four years now just to save fortunes being spent. So that's where I'm coming from . I very much love and appreciate them, no one can argue with Liz Earle! I just don't expect them from her if that makes sense. It breaks my heart as I know she can't afford these expensive gifts xx It truly does.

    I'm loving the mac make up. Getting braver and braver (and making many mistakes in the process) .
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    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 26th Jul 17, 9:55 PM
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    Oh gosh! i hope that didn't sound ungreatful!!!! In all honesty, she spends far too much on gifts outside of her disposable income. We've opted out of christmas presents for about four years now just to save fortunes being spent. So that's where I'm coming from . I very much love and appreciate them, no one can argue with Liz Earle! I just don't expect them from her if that makes sense. It breaks my heart as I know she can't afford these expensive gifts xx It truly does.

    I'm loving the mac make up. Getting braver and braver (and making many mistakes in the process) .
    Originally posted by zippychick
    I didn't think that - I just thought it was funny :-)
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