I have always struggled with finding skincare products that suit my skin. When I was younger, I had a really oily t-zone that I found hard to control, and with less money to spend on products it was always a challenge finding skincare that really made a difference to that dreaded shine.
As I've got older, my skin's no longer so oily but it can still be troublesome, and it's gotten more sensitive too. Although I'm definitely not of the belief that a more expensive product automatically equals a better product, I do now tend to spend a bit more on my skincare to ensure I get products that really meet my needs. I'd prefer not to, though. We all like to save a bit of cash, right?! So when I saw the B. Skincare range in Superdrug I was really interested to try it out. Could products at such a brilliant price point (prices range from £3.50 for cleansing wipes to £15.99 for facial oil) really work as well as some of the 'premium' brands I've tried?
The other thing I really like about B. is their philosophy, which is, in essence, to appreciate the beauty in things around you - and yourself. Simples! Of course, the products are also completely cruelty free too. Recently, the B Skincare range has been better than half price at Superdrug, and is still on offer as I type - I don't know when this ends, so if you're yet to try this range, go, GO!!
I've been using a few products for a couple of weeks now, and this is what I've found....
B. Quick 4 in 1 Cleansing Wipes
I love a good cleansing wipe. I remember when they first came on the market about ten years ago and they were my saviour for getting rid of all that makeup after a heavy night. I've been using them ever since. To be honest, to me a cleansing wipe is a cleansing wipe, but I would say that these have a nice sort of ridged effect which makes it feel like they are cleansing the skin a bit more thoroughly, and my skin doesn't feel tight or dry after using them, like it does with some others. They smell nice, too.
B. Pure Micellar Water
This is definitely my favourite of the products I tried. I was intrigued by the idea of Micellar Water cleansers when they appeared on the market a couple of years ago. From what I could tell they were basically a gentle, water based product which could be used as an alternative to other cleanser formulations. I tried Lancôme's version shortly after and, although I liked it, once I ran out I didn't replace it due to the price (£23). B.'s version is £4.99 (£2.47 on offer) and honestly, I really couldn't tell the difference between it and the pricier product. It glides over the skin and really does make it feel fresh and clean. I love the idea that I'm using something a bit more simple on my skin, too (I've tried to understand the science behind Micellar Water, which seems basically to be small spheres which trap oil and therefore are quite effective at removing makeup). Also, I love the packaging of this product. I think it looks clean, simple and classic. Far more expensive than the price tag!
B. Refined Exfoliating Cleanser
I'm always a bit wary of exfoliating products as I do find that they can aggravate my skin if the beads are too harsh or scratchy. A bright red chin and nose is not a good look! This exfoliating cleanser is quite mild, gentle enough to be used every day, I think. My skin felt lovely and fresh after use and...no redness, hooray! I've found this perfect to use in my morning shower as it gives me a bit of a wakeup.
B. Energised Eye Cream
I know this is really bad....but until I bought this, I'd never regularly used an eye cream. I'd had the odd sample pot that I used occasionally but it was never in my routine. I realised that now I'm in my
So, all in all I think this range is pretty freakin' awesome. For the price I paid on offer, I haven't found better, and the full price of the range is still really reasonable so I'll definitely be buying more - in fact I think I'll stock up now! I'm really keen to try the Facial Oil, and B. also do a cosmetic range which I will definitely be checking out.
Have you tried any products from the B. Skincare range? What did you think?