Budget Skincare Products (Under £5)

Skincare products are one of my favourites because taking care of my skin is so important to me especially after suffering from acne and still suffering from dark blemishes left behind. I am not all about the cost of skin care per say; if it works and takes care of my skin, that’s all that matters. I know a lot of people swear by expensive skincare because they believe it works better than cheaper brands and I am not arguing with that because it may be true but I find that some drugstore and middle range brands are equally good and as effective as the high end counterparts. My advice is stick to what works best for your skin and remember what works for one person may not necessarily work for you as our skins are all different. Even siblings have totally different skin types how much more unrelated people.  Rambling over, let’s dive in to some of my favourite budget skin care products that have been amazing...

Garnier Micellar Water (£4.99)
I have already written about this lovely and affordable micellar water here on the blog and even though Bioderma (review here) is my favourite, I think this is the closest dupe to it. It removes my makeup really well and it leaves my skin soft and clean without any reactions. There is no greasy feeling or too watery feeling; just a nice clean feeling almost same as when you wash your face (but wash your face still girls!!).  The packaging is very pretty as well and it contains 400ml of product which is very generous if you ask me. I just use some cotton pads and tip the bottle to dispense some product and gently swipe across my face to take off my makeup. If I am extra lazy, I also use it to remove my eye makeup which it does really well. Best part is it costs only £4.99 but it always on offer in Boots and other stores for less and I got mine and a back up for £3 only.

Rimmel Just Let it Go Eye Makeup Remover (£3.59)
This is a pretty new discovery for me and I absolutely love it because it is so effective. I wrote about the Garnier Eye Makeup Remover (review here) which I loved but the Rimmel Eye Makeup remover completely knocks the socks out of it as it is so much better. It feels so gentle and all you need to do is soak your cotton pad, gently hold against each eye for a few seconds and swipe downwards and trust me, everything comes off. I am totally impressed and I never expected this from Rimmel who I associate more with actual makeup. No single greasy feeling at all and no need to tug and pull and most importantly, no Panda eyes. It is definitely worth a try and at £3.59, it’s a total bargain.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear  Gentle Exfoliating Wash (£3.79)
This is an oldish newish discovery for me in the sense that I have used Neutrogena Face washes and scrubs at various points in the past but I recently rediscovered it and decided to give it a try. I have to say, I really like this exfoliating wash which feels so refreshing and gentle on the skin. It has some tiny microbeads which are almost undetectable but you can feel it ever so slightly on your skin but it is not abrasive at all. I have been using this in the evenings as a cleanser and it has been lovely. My skin feels smoother and less bumpy and I have no breakouts as this contains salicylic acid amongst other ingredients aimed at keeping the skin fresh. It is suitable for everyday use which is why I love it.

Lush Tea Tree Toner (£4.25)
This is another toner I always have in my stash as Tea Tree is effective in controlling acne and other dodgy breakouts. I already have a review of this here. I love Lush as many bloggers do and I particularly love their facial range as they are wholesome and have simple ingredients. The Tea Tree Toner comes in two sizes but I prefer the smaller size as it is suitable for travelling and just handling in general. You can either spritz this directly on your face or spritz some product directly onto a cotton pad and swipe across your face. It sometimes leaves a slight tingly feeling which is common with Tea Tree but it leaves my skin really fresh and it is a perfect toner for acne prone/combination oily skin as it helps control breakouts and oil shone.

Botanics All Bright Toner (£3.99)
This is another favourite of mine and I only started using it religiously after I ran out of my Holy Grail Pixi Glow Tonic (review here). Just like Pixi Glow Tonic, the Botanics version is a gentle chemical exfoliant which helps slough off dead skin cells to allow fresh skin come to the surface. It contains Hibiscus Flower Extract which is a natural skin brightener and I totally love it. I can’t really say I have noticed any “out of the world” brightening effect but my skin feels a whole lot more healthier and fresher. Many have compared it with the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner and I can see why as it has an almost similar texture and colour but Clarins and Pixi Glow Tonic work better and faster in my opinion. Nevertheless, this is a very good alternative compared to other brands. I will report back once I have used it till the end to see how my skin feels. It's forever on offer in Boots so it's worth checking out.

That’s it folks..I think drug store and middle range skin care products are really upping their game and you can tell because many people turn to them especially as some results they deliver are very comparable to other high end brands. Tell me what your budget skincare secret products are in the comment box..See you in my next post...x


  1. I think that Neutrogena haven't ban testing on animals yet, so I don't shop from them; but I'd love to try the Tea Tree and Botanics. :)
    Great post!

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

    1. Hi Lu, I totally understand what you mean and it sucks that although Neutrogena in themselves do not test on animals, the company that owns them do so it is about the same thing but I really like their products...thanks for stopping by...x

  2. Great post, i need to try the Botanics xx

    1. Hiya, thanks so much for stopping by and yes, you do need to check out the Boots Botanics range as it is really cheap, cheerful and affordable..x

  3. Hiya Taria and a bug welcome to my blog..thanks for stopping by and I just checked out yours and it is very impressive...I love it...following now too...x

  4. Great post, I like the makeup removers and couldn't agree more, they're fab...I must admit to not washing my face sometimes though afterwards :/ I have sensitive eyes so find neutrogena irritates them a bit :( I use the botanics rose water toner its really soothing, its running low so I might give the lush one a go! x

    1. Hahaha, I totally understand how you don't feel like washing your face after using makeup removers...they feel so refreshing and make your skin feel clean and fresh... I am surprised to hear a few people have not got on well with Neutrogena :-( they have been lovely on my skin....I may need to try more products from the Boots Botanics range which is surprisingly good...meanwhile if you want to try something extra from Lush..try their Breath of Fresh Air toner...it's amazeballs...x


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