The Skincare Swap

IMG_5460A couple of years ago I did a tag called ‘how much does your face cost’ and was shocked at the final number. As a budget focused blogger I like to think I’m pretty savvy when it comes to my product picks but from time to time the lazy in me sneaks out and buys expensive items rather than researching their cheaper alternatives. Some things really are worth the extra cash – a few years ago I scoffed at bloggers raving about EsteeLauders Double Wear but now I can’t be without it – but a lot can be duped for a fraction of the cost. I should preface the following by saying I am NOT a skincare expert, I don’t know what ingredients are expensive or why one thing is worth more than another I just know if it works for me. Feel free to add to the conversation in the comments if you have an educated opinion – or just an opposing one – my thoughts are my own and skincare is not one size fits all.

Superdrug recently launched a ‘swap shop’ campaign in which they are suggesting you replace your fancy skincare items with their own brand products in the hope that they will win you over with their value for money. Now I don’t have a great routine for my skin.. I don’t stick to anything and I don’t even moisturise every day – I know, I’m awful – but I sent over a list of products that I really enjoy using and I’d like to find cheaper alternatives for and this is what I received..


My Current Product: Caudalie Beauty Elixir £32 – This is my guilty pleasure because it’s expensive and it’s full of alcohol and probably not good for my skin at all but it feels so refreshing and I’m addicted to the scent. It’s probably the only thing that I do use without fail every night because it’s a quick and easy spritz and as previously mentioned, I’m lazy.

Superdrug’s Replacement: Vitamin E Refreshing Toning Mist £2.99 – I can’t tell you I love this as much but in fairness they were going to struggle since the scent is 90% of what I love about the Caudalie. It’s just as refreshing and a quick scan of the ingredients tells me it’s probably less likely to dry out my skin. It lacks the ‘luxury’ feel, it’s a squirt rather than a mist so your face is left wet rather than damp but it’s just as quick and easy to apply and when I run out of the Beauty Elixir I will definitely use this in it’s place.


My Current Product: Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask £23– This was a product I avoided for years but as soon as I tried it I was hooked. My skin is oily but prone to dehydration and this is the perfect pick me up. While we were in Las Vegas I actually used it as my evening moisturer, it was so dry my skin literally drank it up. The texture might not be for everyone, quite sticky and the scent isn’t my favourite but it’s effective so I can overlook the cons.

Superdrug’s Replacement: Vitamin E Moisture Mask £2.59 -Funnily enough I already had this product and have raved about it both here and on my YouTube channel. I wouldn’t say it replaces the Origins mask but the price difference swings it back in Superdrugs favour. This moisture mask is almost as hydrating but not at all sticky and with a much fresher scent. It’s lighter so for those with very oily skin or for the summer months it actualy edges out the higher priced option.


My Current Product: The Body Shop Body Butter £13 – I never used to like these Body Butters and I still don’t think they’re worth the money – always buy on sale, ladies – but they’re uber thick and they last a long time. When I want a real moisture hit there’s nothing quite like them and they don’t pill like other body products so they’re also great for massage. Another obvious benefit is of course the huge range of scents available.

Superdrug’s Replacement: Vitamin E Body Butter £2.59 – I have had a few products from the range over the years from cleansers to lotions and been happy with all of them.. it’s just the scent. Much like Rose – which I also dislike – I’m in the minoroty here as the whole line smells like suncream. In theory it’s summery but it’s just not my favourite. That aside the product itself is excellent, again very thick and although TBS Butters are hard to beat it’s just as good as say Soap & Glory when it comes to texture and how my skin feels after using it.


My Current Product: Origins Plantscriptions Serum £48 – This is a TOTAL luxury, it was sent to me and I cannot honestly tell you I’d spend the money on repurchasing so I don’t think it’s worth the price point but it’s just LOVELY to use. It absorbs quickly and leave just enough residue for my skin to feel velvety smooth and look plumper.

Superdrug’s Replacement: Clearly Youthful Hydrating Day Serum £6.99 – This product totally blew me away, I wasn’t expecting to like it even a fraction as much as the Origins but seriously it’s as close as it could be. It doesn’t feel quite the same to apply, it actually felt sticky and I was surprised it was a day serum but it settles to a near identical, plump, velvety finish that is the perfect base for makeup. I had considered repurchasing the Planscriptions Serum as a treat for my – nearing 30 – skin but having tried this there’s no way I would shell out that kind of money.


I can’t tell you every one of my swaps made the grade but you have to try to know, don’t you? Plus Superdrug offer a money back guarantee so if you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase from their own range they will refund you AND give you 25% off your next own brand purchase. It’s estimated that we could be saving over £150 a year by swapping our pricier skincare for own brand products but even if you just find a couple of alternatives, it’s a saving! Throughout June there will be Swapshop advisors in Superdrug stores every Friday and Saturday so if you’d like to put them to the test they’re there to help.

Now for the fun part, one of you have the chance to try their swapshop for free, I have one prize of 5 products to give away. It’s going to be a simple one today.. the giveaway will run until the end of June and the regular Ts&Cs apply. You must be over 18 or have permission to give out your personal information and – sorry – it’s UK only. Now all you need to do to enter is leave a comment below of the 5 products you’d like to swap. Be sure to enter your email in the comment form and I will contact the winner next month!

Good Luck & Happy Swapping!

Miss BB

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  1. Jenna
    18 June, 2015 / 8:25 am

    I’d like to swap: LA Roche posay effaclar duo, sanctuary stop the clock moisturiser, sanctuary wonder oil serum, avene soothing moisture mask, and evian facial spray

  2. Katie Wallace
    18 June, 2015 / 9:37 am

    Hi. I would swap Liz Earle cleanse and polish, Sarah Chapman Skinesis Age-repair serum, Ren V-cense youth vitality day cream, Clinique super rescue antioxidant night moisturiser and Elemis papaya enzyme peel.

  3. Robyn
    18 June, 2015 / 9:44 am

    I’m just like you don’t really have a regular routine the one item I can’t live without is Clinique’s take the day off cleansing balm, the others would be sanctuary wonder oil serum, clinieqe moisturiser (the pink one), Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and Mac facewipes x

  4. Heather
    18 June, 2015 / 11:41 am

    This is just a suggestion, but when/if you run out of Caudalie and switch to the Vitamin E mist, just switch out the pumps. If they fit interchangeably you won’t have to worry about a wet face! I’ve done this with products before, because as we all know not all pumps are created equally!

    I wish we had Superdrug in the US. This sounds like a really cool (and smart) program!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      18 June, 2015 / 8:58 pm

      oh my god.. I feel like a total moron for not thinking of that myself haha.. THANK YOU!

  5. donna
    18 June, 2015 / 11:57 am

    great post! While on maternity leave and watching my pennies I started to use Lidl skincare products, I don’t know if you’ve tried them but I really couldn’t justify buying the expensive stuff again!

  6. Romy
    18 June, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    Great post!
    Even though it’s completely irrelevant for me as I live in Germany, I love following all your different kinds of posts.
    I’ve been following you blog and channels for years now, but the only thing that makes me sad all the time, is that most of your Giveaways are UK only. I do understand it means extra costs (and maybe a bit more work at the post office) put I’m fairly positive that your readers and viewers from outside the UK would be willing to pay the packaging costs.
    Apart from ordering from the UK online, which always is incredibly expensive for no reason it’s one of the few ways (this one is even fun) to receive UK products.

  7. Ani
    18 June, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    I’d like to swap my clinique dramatically different lotion, my clinique moisture surge face spray, my lush dream cream, my estee lauder advanced night serum, my murad exfoliator and my liz earl cleanse and polish!

  8. Laura
    18 June, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    My swaps would be: Erno Laszlo sea mud deep cleansing bar, Murad Blemish spot treatment, Origins clear improvements charcoal mask, Aveda botanical kinetics toning mist, and Vichy Aqualia Thermal dynamic hydration power serum (try saying that fast 10 times!)

  9. 18 June, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    I would swap..

    Liz Earle Toner
    Body Shop Body Butter
    Soap and Glory Hand Food
    Soap and Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator
    Simple face wash

  10. Lucy
    18 June, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
    Nip and Fab Glycolic skin pads
    Body Shop Bouncy skin mask
    Body Shop Body Butter
    Pixi Glow Tonic

    Would love to win this!!

  11. Sydney Kavanagh
    18 June, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    I’ve been making a move towards cruelty free products and am pleased to see that Superdrug own brand fits the bill.

    I’ve just done some quick maths and am horrified at how much my ‘face’ costs, especially when you consider a completely different skincare routine for AM and PM.

    If I had the chance I would love to try:
    Vitamin E Sugar / Oil Body Scrub (who doesn’t need a scrub for summer?)
    Cocoa Butter and Vanilla Body Butter (especially now Body Shop are owned by a company that test on animals!)
    Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel
    Dead Sea Mud Mask (has such good reviews!)
    Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape Serum (living in London is horrid for the face – hope this counts as it is a superdrug brand!)

    Great giveaway/competition.
    Have a lovely day x

  12. Sydney Kavanagh
    18 June, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Just realised I may have answered this wrong, I thought you meant what I would want to swap for!
    These are the things I would swap:
    Jo Malone Vit E scrub, Bosy Shop Cocoa Body Butter, Ren Glycolic, Estée Lauder Night Serum and Origins Charcoal mask.

    Do not want to add those up in price!

  13. 18 June, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Really good concept!

    I would swap:
    -La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
    -Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian
    -Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris
    -Clinique All About Eyes
    -E45 Body Lotion

  14. Chloe
    18 June, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    I would swap
    Origins GinZing Eye Cream
    Clarins Multi-Action Day Cream
    Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum
    Pixi Glow Tonic
    Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm

  15. tina
    18 June, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    I would like to swap my by Terry baume de Rose.
    Jurlique rosewater balancing mist.
    Ren flash rinse one minute facial.
    Algenist complete eye renewal balm.
    Eve Lom TLC radiance cream.

  16. Kayleigh
    18 June, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    I’d like to swap Emma hardie cleansing balm, the body shop serum in oil, balance me moisturiser, soap and glory sugar crush body scrub, sanctuary thermal mask

  17. Nikki Stevens
    18 June, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    What a fab idea, and who doesn’t want to save money 🙂
    I’d like to swap my Clinique smart custom serum,
    Indeed labs hydraluron moisture jelly,
    Soap and Glory make yourself youthful sunshield superfluid
    Ole henriksen pure truth melting cleanser
    Nude perfect cleanse nourishing cleansing oil

  18. 18 June, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Love this type of post! I think I would swap:
    REN Glycolatic Mask
    Indeed Labs Hydraluron
    Origins Clear Improvement Mask
    Pixi Glow Tonic
    La Roche Posay Serozinc

  19. 18 June, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    This is such a helpful post! I have both the night masks and whlst I love the Origins one, I think when I’m strapped for cash I will be sticking with the Vitamin E version. I have both the face mists and whilst I love Caudalie, a face mist is a luxury so maybe I can compromise on that and go cheaper xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  20. charlotte
    18 June, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Superdrug totally brings it with their skincare lines! I would swap:

    Emma Hardie amazing face Moringa Cleansing balm (i dont love this but do love cleansing balms)
    Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate facial oil
    Nuxe Hydrating mask
    La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo
    Nuxe reve de miel lip balm

    What a great idea!

  21. Jodie Wright
    18 June, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    I already use the cleanser, day serum and night serum from the clearly youthful range anyway. I feel like most skin care doesn’t actually do anything but that range contains AHA’s and salicylic acid and my skin has never been clearer.

  22. Kat
    19 June, 2015 / 7:11 am

    Really interesting post!
    I’ve been really splurging recently to cheer myself up, so my 5 would be…

    Emma Hardie morninga cleansing balm
    Caudalie beauty elixir – like you!
    Estée Lauder night repair serum
    Alpha H liquid gold
    Origins vitazing

    Will have a peek at the vitamin e range next time I’m near superdrug- sounds worth a try ….

  23. Avis
    19 June, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    Not entering the competition, because everything I use is from Superdrug! I had to reduce my expenditure when I retired but I honestly haven’t missed the expensive stuff. I use the Naturally Radiant range and it is brilliant – cheap at full price but almost always on some kind of offer.

    • 25 June, 2015 / 11:50 pm

      The vitamin e range and the clearly youthful range are brilliant, I highly recommend them if you like the naturally radiant range.

  24. Ruth
    19 June, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    Mine would be Mark Hill argon oil shampoo and conditioner
    body shop almond nail polish remover
    bourjois foundation
    lush lemony flutter cuticle butter
    lush ro’s argan body conditioner

  25. charlene morgan
    19 June, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    What a great idea!! I would swap origins ginzing moisturiser, clinique moisture surge face spray, body shop camomile cleansing butter, kiehls midnight recovery concentrate and elemis beauty flash balm. Love most of these and not sure they can be beaten lol x

  26. toni
    19 June, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    I would swap Nars Sheer glow, elemis pro collagen marine cream, clinique take the day off cleansing balm, keihls midnight recovery serum and hydralauron

  27. 20 June, 2015 / 12:09 am

    This is such a good idea, I always try to put so much effort into my skincare and end up spending way more than I probably should. I’d love to swap the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil, the Emma Hardy Moringa Cleansing Balm, Hydraluron, Pixi Glow Tonic and the Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic mask, I love them all so much but they’re just sooo expensive and often hard to find.

  28. Samina
    20 June, 2015 / 5:55 am

    This is such a great idea! I would like to swap

    Emma hardy cleansing balm
    Alpha h liquid gold
    E45 / Epaderm
    Pixi glow tonic
    The body shop chamomile cleansing balm
    No7 Protect and Perfect intense serum

  29. Samina
    20 June, 2015 / 5:57 am

    Oh and the First Aid Beauty Radiance pads as well!

  30. Rachel
    20 June, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    I would like to swap:
    Ren Rosa Centifolia cleanser,
    Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing balm,
    Kiehls eye cream,
    Ren Clarifying Toner and The Body Shop Vitamin E serum.

  31. Jen
    20 June, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    What a fab idea! I’d love to see what swaps would be suggested for:

    Pixie glow tonic
    Clarins hydraquench cream
    Clarins hydraquench intensive serum
    Clarins extra comfort anti pollutant face cleanser – smells amazing!
    Kate somerville cytocell eye serum

    Thanks for the interesting post! I currently use the superdrug vitamin e toner mist and love it when I don’t need to use an exfoliating toner 🙂

  32. 23 June, 2015 / 4:16 am

    Soapandglory moisturisers, purely because I fly through them!
    Clarins hydraquench cream moisture mask thingy haha
    Body shop strawberry body butter
    Soap and glory whipped clean shower butter
    Clinique anti blemish solutionsnoil control cleansing mask

    This is such a good idea! I saw superdrg posted an ad for it on twitter and I had no clue what they were on about, thanks for explaining and for hosting the giveaway, superdrug skincare is bomb! 🙂

    P.s I love your blog and YouTube! We don’t live that far from each other i think?

    Love, Emma xxx

  33. Jasmine Dorrington
    24 June, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    As I’m starting Uni in September, this seems like such a good idea! My favourite skincare products are the L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil, La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Body Shop Shea Body Butter and Ted Baker Body Polish in Butterfly Wings.

  34. Siobhan Marie
    25 June, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    Liz Earle hot cloth polish
    Liz Earle tonic water
    Garnier miceller water
    Nivea regenerating night cream
    Nivea moisturising primer

  35. 25 June, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    This is such a clever idea!
    I would like to swap:
    Elemis Rosepetal Cream Cleanser
    Elemis Ginseng Toner
    REN Glycolactic Mask
    Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum
    Origins GinZing Moisturiser

  36. suzanne egan
    25 June, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    I’ve used quite a lot of superdrug products. Would love to swap.

    Sanctuary thermal mask
    Clinical take the day off balm
    Cleanse and polish
    Opi avoplex oil
    Charing beauty flash balm

  37. 25 June, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    I absolutely love the toning mist, vitamin e mask and clearly youthful serum. They make my skin feel brilliant everytime I use them.

  38. Rallou Chatzimichail
    26 June, 2015 / 12:03 am

    I’d like to swap my Avon Anew eye cream, Kerastase hair oil, Bodyshop hand butter, Benefits roller lash mascara and Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter.

    Great idea!!!

  39. Amanda
    26 June, 2015 / 5:13 am

    The products I’d love to swap are, Liz Earle cleanse and polish. I’ve used it for years and love it. Caudalie vinoperfect serum, it’s a new favourite of mine. The body shop vitamin e serum, I use this every night. Dr organics snail gel, I love this as it helps with my redness and finally L’occitane ultra rich body cream, this is amazing, very hydrating and I love the smell. Cheaper alternatives that deliver would be great.

  40. Jackie
    27 June, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    I’d swap out Liz Earls cleans and polish plus her day moisturiser. Think I’d also try swapping Clarins serum and my soap and glory body butter. Lastly I’d swap my Clarins foundation if that’s allowed.

  41. Heather Rostron
    27 June, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Hi, I would like to swap Clinique take the day off balm, pixi glow tonic, La Roche posay serozinc, the body shop vitamin e night serum in oil and Clinique moisture surge moisturiser. Some of these seriously don’t fit into my budget so trying cheaper alternatives would be so good!

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