Tuesday, 1 February 2011

My Face is My Fortune....

Or rather...my face costs me a fortune, or at least thats what Avon would have me believe I need to spend to keep my youthful good looks!!
I got the latest catalogue from my Avon rep last night and whilst flicking through it today I saw a double page spread advising women according to their age what skincare products they should be using. 
The 6 products recommended to me cost a hefty £111.50
Do these things really work?
Am I crazy for not only refusing to spend such silly amounts of money on lotions and potions but for also not even knowing what to do with them?

I really dont have the time (well ok I do) or the inclination to spend forever slathering creams into my face...I like a quick wash, olive oil soap or facewash and my £10 moisturiser which does me day and night and one tin lasts me about 4 months!!

Look here for the cream I use...it seems to do the trick, I have very few wrinkles for 41 and at approximately £2.50 a month its pretty easy on my purse!

I'll stop ranting now!
Em xxxxx

19 comments:

Ruth said...

No I don't think you are wrong at all in what you say - it's crazy to think that in the current economic climate that people will spend over £100 on stuff for their face! For me it's a plain old bar of soap and moisturiser (if I remember that is lol!!!)

Louise said...

Oh, would you recommend steam cream then? I've been getting spam emails for a long time about it and assumed it was some sort of con or something!

I don't believe in expensive lotions or potions. I have a hideous skin condition that causes me a good deal of misery, so I have tried cream that cost loads but they are no better or worse than cheaper ones.

I think a good diet is much more benefial than a £40 cream, although I can't claim to have a such a diet, I'm not good with food.

Has your diary arrived yet? I posted on Thursday so I do hope so :)

Kelly said...

I have to be honest I have spent lots on skincare and am a make up snob but now with Sophie here I can't really justify spending that amount on creams! I will have to try your recommended cream :)

Bethany said...

My honest thought was "41?!?!?!?!?!" so I'd say it's doing the trick at keeping you youthful :)

PootleFlump said...

I used to use facecream that cost £40 per tub as well as eye cream, neck cream etc that cost around the same. I stopped using it and started using cheaper stuff and have to say I cant notice any difference whatsoever (apart from a nicer bank balance!) x

Diane said...

Can't beat Nivea if you ask me. £2.40 for a tub that lasts a few months! I did once trial a cream that was vey expensive and it was lovely, but not that lovely! xx

emma bear forever said...

It's crazy is'nt it. I use olay face wash and a No7 P&P moisturiser. I was buying the protect and perfect serum, mainly when it was on offer. I've stopped it now and to be honest I dont look any more craggy for NOT using it :0) I do indulge in the P&P body serum, stocking up when it's on offer x

Lucy said...

Augh, I'm 29 this month and as well as still battling spots (STILL?! I mean, come ON!), I'm also starting to get wrinkles. Whooppee. Still wouldn't spend that much on face creams though :D

Maggie said...

I use only Oil of Olay, or Ulay, or whatever the heck it's called these days. I have neither the time nor inclination to spend fortunes and oodles of time on my skin. I have skin problems anyway, allied to the strong meds I take, and no amount of expensive creams will help that.
And I have wrinkles, I am 60 - though of course wrinkles at 40, 50or 60 aren't a given are they? - and these are my lines of laughter and life experience, I am proud to show that I have lived a life that has been pretty stressful, to put it mildly, at times. Wear your wrinkles with pride say I. But then, I am considered a tad eccentric at times!

Kandi said...

Thanks for the heads up, I use Estee Lauder face cream at the minute and my skin is so dry. I have previously used Nutrogena day cream (£5 tube) and it's just as good. I was just thinking that i need to get some new stuff, so I have ordered some Steam Cream to give it a go.
Kandi x

Jane and Chris said...

HOLY CR@P!!!!
HOW MUCH????
I spend $10 on a vit E face cream, don't look like a walnut/prune yet, so I'd say it was working!
Jane x

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

It does get ridiculous though! I have a teenager who does Avon next door so I feel obliged to buy from her as she does it for posket money(even though I don't like Avons ethics

Thanks for the link, I think I will order some of that cream!

wildblue said...

i used to spend tons until i read a medical report once that said Dove soap (or any moisturizing soap) was sufficient for face washing. So that's what I now wash with, and I use a walmart knock-off Olay daily moisturizer with SPF 15 (it even smells the same as the Olay, but 1/2 the price). the only thing i still spend "good" money on is my night cream. I use Neutragena Tone and Correct Night Cream, and its about $20 a tube, but lasts several months. I can't use Avon Anew. Tried several different ones and every time, I broke out like a pubescent teenager. I've come to the conclusion that we have 2 choices when it comes to looking/getting older. 1) we can fight and fight and get work done and end up looking plastic like Cher or Michal Jackson or 2) just clean and moisturize twice a day, and accept the fact that we can't stop the clock. I just want to look my best at each age, not like I'm desperatly clutching to keep hold of my youth (like Cher. doesn't she look AWFUL???) anyways, just 2 cents.

Vintage Sea Muse said...

I'm using Neal's Yard at the mo and finding it really moisturising. I tend to use just the facewash and moisturiser, but there are loads of different products in the various ranges.

I suffer with eczema on my hands and when its at its worse I slap on Nivea cream at night and it works a treat. As I'm being super-frugal at the moment, when my Neal's Yard is all used up, I'm going back to Nivea, one cream does all lol!

Shirl x

Clara said...

I use a lighter cream for the daytime and heavier one for bedtime. I don't think the more expensive creams are any better. I think you do have to try out what you are using as they work according to your own very particular skin type. If it feels good and you look good, keep using it. Em, you do not look 41! Smoking, alcohol, tea, coffee and the sun are all bandits when it comes to your skin and it's hard to avoid all of those at once methinks.

VintageVicki said...

Am a soap and water girl with a slick of Olay for afters (get that from the Savers chemist).

No way would I pay silly money for anything.

Kandi said...

Me again, I ordered that and it arrived yesterday ~ I love it ~ thanks again. x

Amanda said...

Hi Em! Thank you for your comment. You're a star. The buggers don't intimidate me, I just get sickened by them. Anyway, less of that! I'm a Clarins girl. I've tried lots of other brands along the way but nothing beats it for my funny old face. It lasts a long time so doesn't work out too expensive. When things are very tight I just use any old cleanser and my Clarins moisturiser. Loads of love chick, Amanda xxx

Scented Sweetpeas said...

omg £111! I use baby lotion on my face :-)