7 Days of Positive – Day 135: slashing my beauty budget

 

 

Just a quick note – if you are a (lovely, adored) subscriber, reading this in the email, you’ll have a better experience if you click through to the site. Pictures and that.

I will sort the glitches out, but I don’t want to disturb my webmaster pal Jayne, while she’s on a well-earned break.

Right now, where was I… oh yes, If I had shares in a major beauty company right now, I’d sell them. I think we are on the brink of a beauty revolution.

My morning and night routines, which used to be quite a number, have minimalized down to next to nothing – and my skin is better than it’s been for years.

My wallet is also happy.

This was how it used to go. Night: cleanse with Liz Earle, Eve Lom, or This Works cleanser. All wonderful products. At least £25 a go, £55 for the Eve Lom.

Take eye make up off with remover, ideally Clarins one for sensitive eyes, as all others make my eyes run. It’s £16 a bottle.

Apply moisturiser, ideally Liz Earle’s Superskin. £39.

Apply specialist rosacea product of the week to worst pustules and sores. Prices, various, most used one £18 (although quite a few were passed on by my beauty guru bestie for me to trial).

Morning: remove any remaining mascara with eye make up remover.

Apply moisturiser and rosacea boil cream.

This is how it goes now. Night: cleanse with the Make Up Eraser cloth, just add water, no chemicals involved. This also takes off my hardest to remove mascara. One cloth, £16.99, lasts for a thousand washes, so even if you washed it twice a week, it would last nearly ten years.

Moisturise with organic coconut oil. £5.50 for large jar.

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Morning: moisturise with Origins Plantscription cream for sensitive skin with 25 sunblock. £45

It’s really extraordinary and can you imagine how great that cloth will be for travel?

This is how it works, according to their website:
“The Make Up Eraser is made from a specially knitted polyester/silk fibre which is many times finer than human hair, when wet the eraser creates a hydro-mechanical process that breaks the surface tension of the oils that bond make up to the skin. MakeUp Eraser even removes waterproof and smearproof mascara, HD makeup and lipstick. The Eraser is double sided and has a slightly longer nap on one side for gentle exfoliation, whilst the other shorter side is for the 100% removal of all makeup, the Eraser is suitable for all skin types,even for the most sensitive and troublesome skin.”

http://www.makeuperaser.co.uk/

It certainly seems fine on my very troublesome skin so far, although I will report back if there’s trouble ahead.

And it really does take off waterproof mascara. I put on my hardest to get one off deliberately and did a test afterwards with eye make up remover – nothing.
So my beauty routine and budget have been revolutionised. All I need now is to work out a way to travel with coconut oil.

Here’s a rather hilarious video from the Make Up Eraser website. How she works out 1000 washes would last two months, I don’t quite compute, but you do see it in action.

27 Comments
  • Karen
    April 17, 2015

    What a brilliant column! As usual, I might add. Another money-saving tip: Pure shea butter is a genius moisturizer for your face and body and in NYC you can get it from street vendors for only a few dollars (enough for months). And argan oil is another fab multi-tasking moisturizer for skin and hair–but only use it if it’s organic, as you really don’t want to know how the cheaper brands process it (it has to do with the tail end of a goat, ’nuff said!) .

  • Camille
    April 18, 2015

    Really – you use coconut oil – as in the one used for cooking – to moisturise?

    Camille x

    • maggie2015
      April 18, 2015

      Yes – look back on my posts for the one about. I use it for everything! It’s a wonder product. I use an organic one on my face and a ‘virgin’ one for cooking.

  • Celia Hirsh
    April 18, 2015

    She needs her own TV show. Fran Drescher look out

  • ivie
    April 18, 2015

    Hello Maggie!! The cloth sounds like a great idea, but how do you wash it only twice a week if you use it daily – it wouldn’t become like a dish cloth I currently use (on dishes) and need to disinfect badly..?
    Worth finding out though as products are overrated and reusing something is great.
    Don’t worry about transporting your coconut oil, you can find a jar like yours in supermarkets here in Syd, and I imagine in all other major towns..
    I liked your post about coconut oil benefits and I have purchased a jar (two to be sure!!), but forget to use it constantly!!

    • maggie2015
      April 18, 2015

      I don’t disinfect my dishcloths. A wash in a washing machine is going to clean anything IMHO. I’m going to see how I go and might buy another one, because I’m not mad about using a cloth which has been lying around damp, but I’m still early days with it.

  • Sally
    April 18, 2015

    Thanks Maggie, great tip. Am googling the Make-up Eraser right now! I have loved Eve Lom and their muslin cloth for years. English relatives keep my in stock though you can get it here now. But the MUE sounds like the thing! So excited that you are going to be in my ‘hood soon (Malvern, AU) soon. Good luck with the tour and the new website looks great.

  • lara
    April 18, 2015

    Tell me again – do I wartch with the clawth ? That video is hilarious. And I thought we Aussies had strong accents ……

    • maggie2015
      April 18, 2015

      ‘It lasts one thousand washes, so that’s like, two months, I guess…’ Yes, if you wash the cloth 16 times a day. Remember The Nanny?

  • lara
    April 18, 2015

    Okay I have now watched the full video. I’m in ! I will also be buying a few for birthday presents. Perfect for those of us with sensitive skin, on a budget, etc.
    ps I thought she was much prettier without all of her heavy makeup.

    • maggie2015
      April 18, 2015

      Me too! (prettier without)

      • lara
        April 20, 2015

        I have ditched haircare products after almost 30 years – gel (for my 80s big fringe), shellac hairspray (ditto), crunchy mousse (90s spiral perms), stuff for my ‘Rachel’ in mid 90s, antifrizz serum etc for my (attempted) and used ‘rootbooster’ for the last six years. At $20-50 a bottle, who knows how much I’ve spent in total. A life changing illness and subsequent loss of income, rather than any conscious choice was the reason. And you know what – my hair looks no different but feels so much better. I can now wash it every third day instead of every second. So my shampoo and conditioner will last longer, too.

        • maggie2015
          April 20, 2015

          I really think this is a sea change – we’ve all gone product mad. It’s cluttering up my house and the expense is ridic. I’m not ready to scale back on hair yet, but that may well be next…

  • Jane
    April 18, 2015

    I love this post! I’ve got my morning/evening routine down to almost nothing.
    I don’t use shampoo, conditioner, soap, moisturiser – not even toothpaste any more. And I make my own deodorant with no nasties.
    Coconut oil and lemongrass essential oil are really all I need.
    It’s been a slow process through all the variations and trials and errors, but I love the simplicity of it now.
    I have a lovely relaxing bath every morning; I brush my teeth for THREE minutes, 3 times a day; I wash my hair with warm water every Sunday; and I file my nails once a week.
    That’s it.
    Easy As.
    I probably have a few more visible wrinkles, but I love having clear skin with NO redness – goodbye rosacea!

    • maggie2015
      April 18, 2015

      so you clean your teeth with a brush, but not taste? that’s interesting as I find toothpaste very intrusive and chemically feeling. I do oil pulling with coconut oil when my mouth feels stale and it works a treat. So refreshing. Have you tried that?

      • Jane
        April 19, 2015

        Hi Maggie
        I have a carbon toothbrush so (apparently) no toothpaste is needed. I read so much about the ingredients in toothpaste and how the glycerine in toothpaste actually makes plaque stick to the teeth (much like the silicon in shampoo/conditioner makes dirt stick to the hair).
        I’ve started oil pulling but can only manage a couple of minutes at the moment, but I’ll keep increasing until I’ve got it.
        What I find happens between the second and third minute of brushing is that ‘stuff’ starts coming out into my mouth from my teeth which I guess would still be stuck there after only two minutes. That’s a bit like when ‘stuff’ starts appearing during oil pulling. So I rinse really well. My mouth feels really clean, smells good, and my teeth look fine. (And no nasty slimy build-up around my toothbrush, either, which also puts me off toothpaste.
        I’m off to the dentist for a check up soon (three-month mark) to see how I’m going.
        Cheers
        Jane

        • maggie2015
          April 19, 2015

          Let me know – I’ve got a carbon toothbrush too, didn’t know I was wasting it with toothpaste!

  • Shelley Sonand
    April 18, 2015

    Hmm, interesting Maggie. I’m a huge fan of Eve Lom cleanser as it’s the only product I’ve found that removes zinc sun block ( a must have in our harsh Aussie sun). I would like to put Make up Eraser to the test.

    • maggie2015
      April 18, 2015

      Will you let me know how it works out with that? I still find it hard to really believe in it – keep testing it, like the woman in that video.

  • Mary
    April 18, 2015

    Love the sound of your new routine but when you moisturise at night with coconut oil doesn’t it leave a stain on your pillowcase?

    • maggie2015
      April 18, 2015

      No, it doesn’t seem to. I rub it in with quite a lot of massaging, but it sinks in pretty quickly. I am very enamoured of it! I don’t use it in the morning as it is a bit greasy as a make up base, but I use it on my neck and chest in the morning. And my knees! cuticles, hands…

  • Di
    April 18, 2015

    wow, best thing, I bought a jar of coconut oil over a year ago, sitting closed tight unused in my pantry, yay now I have a use for it, the eraser looks terrific too, yes she is a scream.

  • WattleFlatJane
    April 18, 2015

    I just had a quick look and you can buy them online in Australia for around $25. Excellent. They must work a bit like Enjo cloths. Like, like, like. Thanks for such a great tip.

    Chloe has been swearing by organic coconut oil as an oil rounder for her lips and hair for a while now. It is readily available here, so perhaps just travel with a little bit in a plastic bottle and buy a nice glass bottle here. As long as it’s labelled you should be fine going through interstate aiports.

  • Julie Hock
    April 20, 2015

    I think that I’d prefer to use the cloth and then rinse it out (with soap?) and hang to dry. Having all that makeup on (not that I use very much – mostly organic mineral stuff) the cloth and then reusing it would be rather ikk in my opinion. The concept is good. I’ll be interested to hear your report Maggie . Thanks for a great post.

    • maggie2015
      April 20, 2015

      I give it a very thorough wash, but I’m still a bit wary… It’s getting a wash tonight!

  • Ros
    June 10, 2017

    What I have found to prevent my rosacea is Sudo creme (zinc oxide). I cover my face with it most nights and it pretty much stops all breakouts. I go to bed looking like a ghost but it is worth it.

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