Here is a little handful of products that once were, and why I used up every last bit of them.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil – £10


This is a beautiful organic cleanser and makeup remover from The Body Shop. I absolutely loved using this. I found the squeezy tube great for taking away with me. It removes makeup and cleanses so I would use this for my first and second cleanse to save on packing another cleanser. It’s oiliness leaves your skin comfortable and moisturised, but is not so oily that a layer of grease remains after you have used it (assuming you have removed it properly – with warm water and a flannel). 98% organic, Fair Trade, £10 for 100ml, and it lasted me ages.

Pixi Natural Brow Duo – £12.50


Now this is a product I cannot recommend enough! 2-in-1 brow products have been springing up from a number of different brands in recent years, and I have tried a few, but this is my favourite. On one end is an angled brow crayon and on the other is a gel brow “mascara”. Very similar to the Revlon Brow Fantasy which you may have seen hit the shelves about a year ago (which I tried out), only better (sorry Revlon). The Revlon pencil I found much too soft, so it was no match for my oily skin. The Pixi Brow Duo, however, I took on holiday to Cyprus last summer and it actually lasted really well in the heat, and the gel really holds the brow hairs in place. It also makes doing your eyebrows so quick and easy.

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream – £12


On those days where you can’t be bothered to make an effort with your makeup, or you just don’t want to wear anything that says ‘full coverage’ on it, there is always The Body Shop BB Cream. This is such a gorgeous ‘no-makeup’ base; it just brightens your face up so you look healthy and glowy. Just follow it with a bit of concealer in the places that need it and you look naturally radiant. It might take a little bit of getting used to, as it comes out of the tube white and changes colour on your skin as you blend it. I find it is best applied with fingers. This comes in 5 shades (00-04) and I wear shade 03, a great range considering it is a BB cream. This is such a good one for summer, so I will definitely be repurchasing.

GOSH Amazing Length ‘n Build Waterproof Mascara – £5.99


You’ve gotta love a good affordable mascara. I bought this one without much thought in Superdrug a while ago (I picked it up because it was on offer – only £3.99, as it is at the moment, coincidently) and was truly pleasantly surprised. It really doesn’t look like much: no fancy bristles on the wand, no hype about the formula (no hype whatsoever for that matter) but this is really a very good mascara. I understand why they named it Length ‘n Build, as you can layer and layer it without getting clumps, just length. Absolutely one of my favourite mascaras.

The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil – £7.50


It was a sad day when I ran out of this cuticle oil. I used to use it every time I painted my nails. The fact that you use it like you would a pen, and that the lid has a little rubber cuticle pusher on it makes it a really handy little product, and leaves you with lovely soft and naturally scented cuticles. And if you manage to pick this up from The Body Shop in one of their sales it’d probably be cheaper than most cuticle oils you could find in Boots or Superdrug.

Superdrug Deep Action 2-in-1 Detoxifying Cream Wash & Mask – £2.69


Probably the cheapest anti-spot cleanser in the land (99p stores aside), and it’s a bloody good one, actually. This product contains the maximum concentration of Salicylic acid, so if you’re a spotty greaseball, you’ll probably like it. I find that it really helps calm breakouts, especially if you leave on the skin for 2 minutes (as suggested). It really does just make your skin feel so clean, and I honestly did see visible results. Plus, it’s almost always on offer, either 2 for £4 or buy one get one free.


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