As a result of doing a bit too much stress-shopping (do you do that? retail therapy? all those little “happies” add up, I guess!) I’ve been on a money diet this month…and I am halfway through it, I just realised. The rule is that I am not allowed to buy any non-essential items that aren’t food. I have been allowed exceptions for shopping for holiday requirements (mostly sunblock and a sundress that was on clearance, more on this later), but otherwise I think I have been pretty good.
I’ve also had two minor transgressions on the skincare front. My 2 biggest sources of monetary attrition are skincare/makeup and magazines. I don’t even buy massively expensive skincare, usually, but I am still hunting for the holy grail cleanser to use with my Clarisonic.
Well, everyone and their dog seems to use and utterly adore Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. And to be fair, it sounds like it is perfect for the job. I should really get around to trying it. But…Boots No 7 has a hot cloth cleanser, and since I had a £5 off voucher the other day, I picked some up for a mere fiver. Is it good? Oh yeah. I am loving it. The reviews online are all quite favourable, too. It isn’t as au naturel and earth mothery as Liz Earle, but if you want a cheap alternative that does the job, the No 7 Hot Cloth Cleanser is the bidness.
Now, the aforementioned Clarins: I am still madly in love with my Multi-Active Jour moisturiser, but it’s quite pricey. I was thinking of ways to make it last longer, and decided to try the legendarily cheap-but-cheerful Cien Q10 day cream from Lidl for a mere £1.79. That is about a twentieth of the price of my Clarins! And you know what? It isn’t making my skin freak out. So I am going to carry on using it and see what happens, but that’s a lot of pocket change saved to blow on other useless fripperies. Like food.