Beauty Debate: My £114 vs £40 Skincare Routine :
There's always been competition between high end skincare products and the high street. Some people believe 'you get what you pay for' whilst others think higher end products are simply marked up because of the brand name.
If you weren't aware, some high street brands are owned by larger high end brands. For example Bourjois own Chanel (yes it's that way round!), Estee Laudre own Michael Kors Beauty and Clinique, and then there's L'Oreal whom own ALOT of the market such Lancome, Maybelline, Georgia Armani, Garnier and Kiehls.
Which makes you wonder... are you paying for the brand?
When it comes to skincare I'd never say that you get what you pay for, it's all about which brand do what product the best. So when it comes to my beauty routine, yes I do mix and match with cheaper and higher priced products but If i were to split them into purse savers and purse splurges, which would be my favourite?
Splurge Beauty Routine - Total £113.73
Splurge Beauty RoutineSimple Make Up Wipes £3.25
Garnier 900ml Miscellar Water £7.99
Sukin Exfoliatior £9.99
Rodial Hangover Face Mask £45
Neals Yard Frankincense Toner £20
Neals Yard Frankincense Cream £27.50
Save Beauty Routine - Total £39.72
Simple Make Up Wipes £3.25
Garnier 900ml Miscellar Water £7.99
Neutrogena Hydro Facial Wash £3.99
Lacura Caviar Face Mask £6.99
La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray - £8.50
MooGoo Moisturiser £9.00
When it comes to my luxury skincare routine I have about 6 products that I like to use. There's makeup wipes to remove my eye makeup, miscellar water to remove my base, an exfoliator, a face mask, a toner and then of course a moisturiser.
To really test which beauty routine I'd prefer (minus the Simple Makeup Wipes and Garnier Miscellar Water as I'd never change these!) I tried each one for a week and was surprised to say that I preferred using all the products in the £39.72 routine than the £113.73.
Sukin Skincare Exfoliator vs Neutogena Hydro Facial Wash
To be honest with this one I would of much preferred to review the Pixie Glow Tonic against the Neutrogena Hydro Facial Wash as they both contain fruit acids. However, since there are other ways to exfoliate the skin I figured that this was still fair. The Sukin Skincare Exfoliator is a little messy, although the beads are small it feels like you need to spend longer on the skin for it to have an effect. The Neutorgena Hydro Facial Wash however has a gel like consistency, feels incredibly quick to apply and doesn't need long on the skin to do it's job, on an extra it also removes excess makeup.
Rodial Hangover Face Mask vs Lacura Caviar Facemask
Although I do love my Rodial face mask I also love the Lacura one so when I was reviewing these over the 2 weeks I worried I wouldn't be able to pick as they both have the same (if not exact) results. However one advantage (that seems to be a common theme) is that the Lacura face mask only needs to be left on for 3 minutes, it doesn't dry which makes it super easy to remove and it leaves my skin feeling super soft. The Rodial face mask however has to be left on for a good 10-15 minutes, dries into a powdery finish and is a little messy to remove.
Neals Yard Frankincense Toner vs La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray
Although the Neals Yard toner smells incredible I much preferred using the La Roche Posay spray, simply because It's super quick and easy to use. I don't need to pour any product out or require extra help from cotton pads. The La Roche Posay spray leaves just the right amount of product on my skin that it soaks in quickly where as I always end up pouring too much Neals Yard toner onto a cotton pad and wasting it.
Neals Yard Frankincense Moisturiser vs Moogoo Moisruriser
I knew before I even did the 2 week trial on both these moisturisers which one would win. Although I love my Neals Yard moisturiser I haven't stopped talking about the Moogoo one. Unlike the Neals Yard which is a little watery and takes a while to sink in (but smells incredible) the Moogoo moisturiser is thicker, has a pleasant milky smell, feels natural and although needs a little more effort to moisturise into the skin, it doesn't leave any oily residue.
Save > Splurge
You don't always get what you pay for and it is about personal preference. So next time you're considering splurging on a product just because you think it'll worth, money and the brand name don't always mean better!
(*) Disclaimer: I was not gifted any of the above products. All views in the post are my own and others opinions may differ depending on their skin type.