My Ultimate (but actually affordable) Skincare Wishlist


Skincare is expensive. I feel like I say this a lot (I started another blog post with the exact same phrase) – and although I do really have a passion for skincare and use considerably more products than the average person, I don’t really feel like I spend a bomb on skincare.

Why’s this? Well, it’s mostly because I don’t want to. The skincare market can get a little ridiculous – who’s spending £195 on six sheet masks, or £240 for a 15ml pot of eye cream? Not my cheap ass, that’s who! With the massive variety in the skincare market now, improvements in availability, and the wealth of information and regulation out there, I really don’t feel like you need to spend an entire paycheck on a skincare routine. And you easily could.

Having said that, buying all the stuff on my wishlist at once would set me back quite a bit. Hundreds of pounds, to be truthful. And while I theoretically could spend that much on a bunch of new skincare, the part of me that’s saving to buy my first house would get incredibly cross.

So for the sake of my sanity (and my bank account), I’ll be buying these products as I use up their counterparts in my current stash. Just to clarify – ‘affordable’ in the title refers to each product individually, not the entire list. God knows, the entire list is anything but affordable – it goes well over my monthly disposable income… But just for today – let’s pretend I would totally buy all these things at once, shall we?

*links to products are not affiliate links, but may not be the lowest price available. I suggest shopping around – if you’re willing to wait for delivery, eBay is usually the cheapest! Prices listed were correct at time of writing.


For removing makeup, I’d buy the Heimish All Clean Balm (£16 at Buttermilk Skincare) – a fancier, more natural and slightly more expensive sister to the famous Banila Co Clean It Zero. I’ve actually used the Clean It Zero, albeit in the Purity version, and did like it – but I’ve heard the Heimish version is more gentle on skin while still doing an awesome job of removing makeup.

I also like to have an oil cleanser on hand, which make removing makeup a cinch and don’t dry out my skin. The two I’d like to try are the Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil (£17.90 at Amazon) and The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil (£5.25 at iHerb) – both highly rated and regularly recommended among skincare bloggers I follow.

Lastly, you need a regular cleanser – both as a second cleanse (which I honestly don’t do as often as I probably should) and as a light morning cleanse. My choice for this would be the Cosrx Good Morning Gel Cleanser (£14.98 at Amazon) – PH balanced for your skin, it would be a perfect way to start the day!


It’s well banded-around amongst skincare addicts that the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (£24.95 at Amazon) is a spot-on dupe for the incredibly expensive (but incredibly effective) SKII Facial Treatment Essence – at less than a third of the price. I really got into using essences last year and now see them as an essential step in my skincare routine – I’d like to see what difference this makes to my skin!

To be completely honest with you, I’m not 100% sure what the mysterious Son & Park Beauty Water (£29 at Amazon) really is – but I’ve seen that many skincare bloggers and vloggers mention this ‘multi-use product’, I think I’m going to have to try it for myself!

I’ve used the Pixi Glow Tonic (£18 at Marks & Spencer) before and loved it – unfortunately, at £18 a bottle, it’s not something I can justify purchasing regularly! Saying that, the bottle does last a long time, and made a big difference to my skin – it contains glycolic acid, which is a fantastic chemical exfoliator.

Another acid-based product I’d like to try is the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (£24 at Buttermilk Skincare) – a holy grail for many, this product helps to deep clean into your pores and remove sebum and trapped dirt, actually making a difference in the fight against blackheads!


Another well-known dupe for a much more pricey product is the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule (£24.99 at Amazon) – said to be incredibly similar to the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. This is one of the more pricey products on my list, but if you’re going to invest in skincare anywhere, it should be in the serum/ampoule section – as these tend to have the highest concentration of active ingredients.

All the hype has got me curious about the Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze in Wine (£21.50 at Amazon). Also available in lemon, these exfoliating pads are said to be a real skincare game-changer. Fermented ingredients are having a bit of a heyday right now, as they are meant to be amazing for the skin – I’m ready to put wine on my face and see what happens…

The only reason I haven’t tried The Ordinary Treatments (starting at £4.90, direct from Deciem) yet is because it’s really difficult to choose which ones to try first! I love that their whole brand identity is about being transparent and open about what their ingredients do, while charging a fair price. The majority of treatments are £5 each and the focus is on making high-quality, effective ingredients accessible to anyone. Maybe I’ll just buy them all!

I’ve had acne since I was about 12 (that’s over 14 years, holy heck) so the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch (£5.67 at Amazon) really appeals to me – they’re basically like tiny plasters that heal your spots. Seeing as I’ve basically always got at least one mean ol’ blemish chilling out maxing relaxing all cool on my face, I think these would be a worthwhile addition to my skincare routine.


A product I’ve been lusting after for LITERALLY years is the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack (£23.30 at Amazon) – this comes very highly recommended far and wide across the blogosphere, it’s just a lot for me to spend on one product. Maybe one day I’ll take the plunge – or play it safe and buy a mini sample version…

Another sleeping pack I’ve got my eye on is the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask (£13.97 at Amazon) – I’ve really enjoyed all the products I’ve tried in the past which have rice as a main ingredient, so I think I’d really like this one.

A dear insta-friend of mine, Vanna Christine / SkincareMochi, has got me obsessing over the Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Shield Cream (£26.51 at YesStyle)read her review here. It sounds like everything I want in a moisturiser, and if I’d found it for sale for less than £18 (gulp) I’d have bought it already!

I spotted it on Amazon ages ago, but I’ve recently noticed the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser £12.99 at Amazon) is now also available in Boots! I don’t recall ever trying anything from Neutrogena before, and I’d like to try the whole line, but I feel like the moisturiser is a good place to start – especially as I’m a big fan of gel moisturisers.


The Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off (£7.24 at iHerb) might look like a tub of poo, but it’s a mask I’ve seen mentioned far and wide across the blogosphere – particularly as a low-cost, high-impact product – so I’d really like to add it to my skincare stash!

Chock full of skin-loving ingredients like Kaolin Clay and Honey, it’s no wonder the Lush Mask of Magnaminty (£10.95 at Lush) has cult status. It’s just one of the many Lush masks I’d love to try – but maybe I should use up some of the ones I have already, huh?

I’m in no doubt there are also a ton of sheet masks I’d like to try out, but seeing as I have over 50 waiting to be used, I’ve been trying to avoid making a mental wishlist until I’ve got through some of my current ones…


In 2016 I became utterly obsessed with lip oils, and now I’m on a quest to try ALL OF THEM. Top of the list is Skinfood Propolis Nourishing Lip Oil (£10.12 at YesStyle) – thanks to the inclusion of propolis, which along with manuka honey, I would happy bathe in / absorb / probably turn into a bee.

I struggle with eternally dry lips, so I’ve been wanting to give the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (£17.21 at Amazon) a go for ages – I love sleeping masks for my face, so it stands to reason I’d love their lip counterparts!

I bought my mum the lip scrub from the Aritaum Ginger Sugar line and she loved it – she even messaged me concerned about whether she could eat it or not, as it smelled so good – so the Aritaum Ginger Sugar Overnight Lip Mask ($9.28 direct at Aritaum’s site) is also on my list.

After seeing my instafriend Poofie / @poofiepeej feature it in so many of her skincare routine flatlays, I’m also lusting after the Nuxe Reve de Miel Honey Lip Balm (£6.33 at Amazon). It looks so luxurious – I’ve always had cheap lip balms so it would be a real treat to carry around something this fancy in my bag. 


It’s worth spending money on eye cream, but the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream (£24.09 direct at Innisfree’s site) is said to be one of the best eye creams out there, with the benefit of also being quite reasonably priced. Unfortunately it’s so hyped it’s out of stock almost everywhere – but when did that stop me getting my hands on something? Literally never.

The idea of having snail mucus on your face might be a little strange at first – but it has a ton of applications, so the Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream (£12.99 at Amazon) is also on my list to try.

The Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick (£18.32 at eBay) came to my attention in this video by Joan Kim – where she reviews a whole bunch of eye creams with the help of her mum. I really like the idea of an eye product in stick form – and this sounds like it would also be a good product for any other patches on your body that need some extra TLC.

Grand Total – £399.28

So – anyone fancy donating £400 to the Metababycow Better Skin Foundation to buy the entire list? No? ….Dammit.

Thanks for reading!
Leave me a comment below and tell me what’s on your skincare wishlist – I’d love to hear what you’re lusting after.












9 thoughts on “My Ultimate (but actually affordable) Skincare Wishlist

  1. Sal UmmBaby says:

    So many great choices…Of the ones I haven’t tried here, most are on my wish list too. The Heimish balm is incredible. I definitely will be ordering the Cos RX cleanser too once I’ve used a few more in my stash. Those pimple patches actually work and you can have a slightly lower total if you purchase from ebay as I got mine for £3 or so 😉 xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty


  2. stashy says:

    I want to try the Cosrx Good Morning Gel Cleanser too. And I haven’t tried the he Pixi Glow Tonic yet… I need to in order to understand if the hype is justified. I’ve read some conflicting reviews.
    I just picked up the CosRX pimple patches – I’m hoping they will help with the monthly breakouts!
    I’ve had the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm – bought it due to all the hype – and I didn’t love it. It felt very waxy to my lips and didn’t hydrate them – just sat on top. I’m might the lone voice though…
    Great list of affordable products – I’m sick and tired of all the overpriced selection at Sephora lately. Some contain such common ingredients it’s laughable what they’re charging for them, and other include ingredients that have neither the science to prove they work or are just plain marketing spin!


    • metababycow says:

      I read that the glycolic acid content in the Glow Tonic isn’t very high compared to other brands.. I did really love it while I was using it last time but I can’t testify whether it worked wonders on my skin. I’m the most fickle person ever when it comes to skincare routines, I usually never use the same combination of products twice 😂 I might give the Nuxe lip balm a miss then! I really dislike waxy lip balms, gross. Totally agree with you – skincare should be affordable and transparent, not a load of marketing mumbo jumbo! And don’t get me started on ‘makes your skin FEEL more hydrated’ that shit really gets on my nerves 😂


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