I’m always running out of the products that are more behind the scenes but that are key to keeping me looking my best. When it comes to these everyday essential items I hate overspending on them. The more I can save on these items the more I have to spend on pretty things like nail polish & lipstick. I love to shop in Wilkinson’s for the essential bits as it is majorly budget friendly, I have shopped there for years and its such an Aladdin’s Cave, it always amazes me what I come out with (often not just beauty bits). I thought I would share with you my latest essentials haul.
They have a huge selection of bits in this section & I bought a fair few things, I did also get some hair grips that I forgot to photograph. I like the packaging, its simple but eye catching. The product I mostly pop in for is cotton wool pads as I use these daily and these Large Oval Cotton Wool Pads are the perfect size for taking off eye makeup. I use one pad for both eyes & they’re really good quality and don’t breakdown, they’re soft and you get 50 for 50p. I stock up on them when I’m in & I buy them for my lovely mum too.
Their face cloths are 100% cotton and I like to use a fresh cloth each day to cleanse off my makeup, so I always have a stack of clean ones. They wash up nice but obviously don’t last forever so I like to buy fresh ones every couple of months. I buy white ones as Caroline Hirons says white is best for telling if you have cleansed off all your makeup, don’t want to leave any behind. These are 33p each.
Exfoliating Gloves are something I use more in the summer, what with fake tanning & showing a little more flesh I like to keep my skin looking as glowing and smooth as possible and these mitts are great for the shower. I use them at least 4 times a week, they do a great job of exfoliating away the dead skin. It helps that they’re a pretty turquoise shade too. One pair of gloves is £1.00.
4 in 1 Nail Buffer – I love these & have found it doesn’t matter if you spend a fortune on these they all do the same job. I use these every time I paint my nails as I like to have smooth nails, otherwise I find nail polish just doesn’t apply as well. These are a must in your nail kit. This was £1.00.
If you are as messy as I am when it comes to painting your toes then these Toe Separators are a must. I use them each time I paint my toes and they just help keep them from smudging & its easier to get to each toe. Very handy. These were only 50p, utter bargain.
I go through Hair Bobbles like no ones business, they never stay in my possession very long but at 75p I just pick up a pack each time I’m in the shop. I tend to wear my hair up most days and I like to have a spare bobble with me just incase one breaks. They never last me long, I have the thickest hair & when it’s hot I have to have it up & off my neck.
My cuticles grow back so quickly so I like to have a stash of these Wooden Cuticle Sticks for when I do my at home manicures. I find they do a really good job at pushing them back, I use them with my cuticle gel from Sally Hansen. I try to do them at least once a week otherwise they get a little messy. You get 10 in a pack for 20p
Last but not least I bought an Eye Smudger Brush, I hadn’t tried any brushes from Wilko’s before & I don’t think I will be repurchasing any more. It was OK but not great, I found it a little scratchy and not vey good also I think t would be better used to pack the shadow on as its quite dense & there isn’t much movement in the bristles. I think elf brushes are better quality and not much more in price. For £1.00 I had to try it out.
Not the most exciting haul but it’s all the essentials and tools that I use often & that need replacing every few weeks / months. No one wants to be wasting money on the mundane items when we could be spending our hard earned money on the luxurious and pretty things. So if you have a Wilkinson’s near you, go in and have a look! Let me know where you purchase your everyday beauty essentials & what you can’t live without.