I do some extreme things to save money. You see, I have a guilt secret. I love baths! But! I live in the area with the most expensive water in the country so baths are a luxury. But, I’ve got a way of having them. All week long, I fill up one sink of water, stand there in the nothing and wash myself from head to toe. Often, I’ll boil a kettle to do this as we don’t ‘switch the water on’ unless I want a bath. So along with new clothes, chocolate or colouring my hair, having a bath is a total treat.
I have another guilty secret. I have a facial twice a week, but I do it myself. All of the Tesco Vitamin E products are just divine on ‘older’ skin. They all cost in the region of 75p each and last for almost two months. So picture this. A hot bath, exfoliating, cleansing, toning and then moisturising and all within a tiny frugal budget.
One thing I will not do without is moisturiser. I stock up on Aldi’s Q10 and I always have a pot in the bathroom cupboard in reserve. It is incredible, it works, it ‘reduces the appearance of wrinkles’ and it soothes and moisturises my skin.
My other minor indulgence is subtle make up. I used to use Yves St Laurent’s ‘touche eclat’, then I down graded to Clinique and then when I woke up and realised the good supermarkets just copy the formula, I found Aldi’s version. Now, I consider £3.59 on make up an indulgence, but it brightens the dark areas under my eyes and makes me feel ‘younger’
I also think Aldi’s mascara is great. I used to love going to Dingles, trying the make up. I had Lancome, Clinique and Chanel make up at one stage and I don’t remember looking any better for the expensive products. You’re probably thinking that £5.98 is a lot of money for me to spend on fripperies such as make up, but they both last me around two months, so I feel they are worth the expense.
Well, tonight was bath night. I put the boiler on for an hour and had a soak and washed my hair. I’m scrubbed, toned and moisturised. I’m off for a very early night with the paper and Grazia magazine that Dearly Beloved found on the train for me. It’s another one of those days, when I’m really enjoying the treats that I have.