Continuing with the theme of major brands vs generic brands from yesterdays post, I thought that I would talk about a cleanser that I recently discovered. A while ago, I was looking for a gentle foaming cleanser that wouldn’t strip my skin as I was looking for a cheaper alternative to my beloved Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. The mua at the SDM near me suggested this cleanser.
I have to say that I was a bit skeptical at first but I have to tell you that it’s a great dupe for the Dermalogica cleanser at a fraction of the cost; the Dermalogica cleanser costs $43.50 + taxes and the Boots No 7 cleanser costs $17 ish + taxes. Other then the price, there really isn’t much of a difference between the way that these cleansers work. They both foam but not too much and both leave my face feeling clean but not taught.
Are there any products that you have found that work as well or better then the major brands? If so, leave me a comment and let me know what it is.
There are some things that are worth spending your money on and a good eye primer is one of them. UDPP is my top pick for this because it really helps to prevent oil from breaking through and smearing your eye shadows. Save your money on things like eye shadows, eye liners and mascara. I find that drug store brands have really stepped up their game in terms of the quality that they offer. I like Rimmel London for their kohl eye liners, eye makeup remover and lip glosses, Annabelle for their lip and eye liners, and Cover Girl, Loreal and Maybelline for their mascaras. In my opinion. there’s no point in spending $23 for a mascara that you are going to have to throw out in three months. I don’t really use drug store brand eye shadows as I find them to be too chalky and create way too much fall out; especially the shimmery ones. Mary Kay makes some good eye shadows that have good staying power and have little to no fall out.
I’ve been a big fan of body washes for as long as I can remember. I love their creamy texture and the way they leave your skin feeling soft, moisturized and clean at the same time. I am going to show you two of my favourite body washes, one that is a bit more pricey and one that is a bit more friendly on the wallet.
Splurge: Crabtree & Evelyn Naturals Nourishing Creamy Body Wash in Cocoa Butter, Nutmeg and Cardamom. $19
This body wash is amazing and smells so good, you could eat it. It contains 10% cocoa butter and 10% sweet almond oil. It is also paraben, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, mineral oil, propylene glycol free and contains no synthetic colourants. This wash gives the best creamy lather that I have ever experienced.
Steal: Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter. approx $10
I think that this was the second body that I tried. I get super dry, itchy and irritated skin during the winter and this helped to alleviate a lot of the discomfort.
Honourable mention: Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash