Get them before they're gone! We've scoured the aisles for the best beauty bargains in your weekly shop
Supermarket beauty has come a long way since the days of 2-in-1 apple shampoo, jumbo tubs of Vaseline and that’s your lot. For the die-hard beauty fan (a.k.a us) there are few things more exciting than picking up a beauty bargain along with our weekly shop. So how about picking up a beauty bargain that will bring endless joy but costs less than a glass of pinot in the pub?
Soaper Duper, the eco-friendly natural-based range of bodycare is the latest brainchild of super-entrepreneur, Marcia Kilgore (Of Bliss Spa, Soap & Glory and Fit Flop to name but a few) so you know it’s going to be good. The range, launched last year, started life exclusive to Liberty but has now been rolled out to Tesco nationwide, which is great news for all of us.
The entire collection feels and smells just lovely, with cheerful packaging and generous bottles, particularly as it’s so rare to see beauty with ethical credentials at such affordable prices. There are hand washes, body butters and lotions with various fruity scents and this Lemon Body Wash is my favourite. Zingy and refreshing it makes a perfectly energising lather for a morning shower. I’m yet to try a product in this range that I don’t like, and at these prices, you can happily try them all!
This bargain face cream from Asda caused a stir recently when The Sun reported that it shared many benefits with the much-loved but discontinued Clarins HydraQuench Cream when tested... so of course we had to try it!
A fairly buttery texture means this is best suited to normal to dry skin (oily types would probably prefer something lighter) but it sinks in quickly enough to be used during the day and leaves a comfy softness behind thanks to various moisturising factors like shea butter, avocado oil and urea. My skin certainly felt bouncy and hydrated all day after using it, and the feel and look are both impressive for the very minimal investment.
Buy it now for £6 from mysupermarket.co.uk
Planet beauty is divided into those to whom pricy haircare is a must, and those who think, 'why bother spending big on shampoo when you rinse most of it down the plughole'?
If you fall into camp B, I'd highly recommend giving this brand new haircare at Sainsbury's a go. Developed by industry insiders, this line contains all the big hitters like pro vitamin B5, keratin and wheat proteins, packaged simply and prettily in rose gold and sold at prices that are do-able for all. A wash with this Smooth & Shine variety left my fine, highlighted hair feeling soft and silky, and smelling rather pretty too. There are ranges for colour protection, repairing damage and volume launching later this year too, so truly something for everyone.
The entire Pure Hydration skincare range is worth a look, with natural ingredients and cruelty-free credentials that far pricier brands lack. The new Hot Cloth Cleanser has a pleasingly unctuous texture thanks to seed oils, lathers nicely without harsh foaming agents and leaves skin tingly clean and comfortable.
Mandara Spas five-star retreats are a lucky lottery ticket away for most of us, but on these shores it runs a nice line in exotic body treats at any-time-you-fancy prices. New and particularly lovely are the sweet and smoky Oriental Retreat Bath Salts with skin-softening oils, which are housed in a classy glass jar.
Waitrose are the first supermarket to catch on to this British start-up brand, but we reckon it won't be long until you see it everywhere. This simple foaming cleanser that won't make your skin feel sqeakily stripped, but will dissolve make-up and grime with environmentally-friendly apple extract, aloe vera and olive oil. The packaging is appealing for all sexes (and ages) making this a perfect bathroom shelf all-rounder to throw in your trolley.
It's a safe bet that visitors to your downstairs loo would never guess that any of the eight chic bath and body products from the My Spa range is straight from the shelves of Morrisons... in fact, we would put money down that anyone who uses the prettily fragranced, non- drying Coconut & Frangipani Flower Cleansing Hand Wash would be astonished to learn that it costs just £2. Which is exactly what you?re aiming for in the cloakroom, right?
After years of leaving them to their own devices, except for the occasional tidy up with a pair of tweezers - brows are big news. If you're not quite ready for the dramatic thread, tint and re-shape overhaul, pick up a George Brow Taming Gel next time your doing your weekly shop.
Essentially the same as a mascara - except you sweep the wand through your eyebrow hairs instead of lashes, it builds a natural subtle colour which you can layer up to go darker as you see fit.