Some Good Affordable Skincare

I know I know. I don’t talk about drugstore skincare much. I really want my skin to love them, so my wallet is happier, but my skin is a snob when it comes to skincare. However, there are exceptions. I always find ways to keep my skin hydrated, and Hada Labo’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence has been doing its job. It comes in a surprisingly sturdy glass bottle, and the commonly used pipette. The essence is a thicker liquid, and I use one pump of it on my face and neck. It goes on slightly tacky initially, but it absorbs rather quickly. I use it after cleanser and toner, before serum and moisturizer. I don’t notice a dramatic difference in my skin because I always use something to keep my hydration level up, but it also means the hydrating essence is working. It only costs about RM59.90 if I’m not mistaken, so it’s definitely more affordable than, let’s say, an Estee Lauder one, which might cost 5 or 6 times more.






Another surprise for me is Oxy cleansers. The kind PR office has been sending me tubes of this over the past couple of years but I never talk about them. Truth be told, I find them a little harsh on my super bratty skin, but my husband is more than happy to take them from me. According to him, Oxy face wash lathers well and gets his face clean and comfortable. FYI, he has combination oily skin. I do notice though, he has less blackheads on his nose after using them. He has tried others from Hada Labo too, and he says he doesn’t like it as much because “water gets inside the tube”. Go figure. LOL!

I also want to mention the Sunplay sunscreens, and this one is the SPF60 that I bought from the supermarket. It is a yellow bottle, and I’ve ransacked my room but can’t seem to find it. I must have misplaced it when I brought it with me to the water theme park. The whole family used this on the face and body, and we were in the VERY HOT SUN for a long time, getting our bodies wet playing slides and other water games. I made sure we reapply, and guess what? It was lightweight, not sticky, not slippery after we got wet and did the job to protect us. If you’re looking for a cheaper sunscreen, I highly recommend Sunplay.

Is your skin a snob? Do you use drugstore skincare? What’s your fave? Hit me!



xoxo Lily



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  • I love my Aveeno products which are drugstore! And Neutrogena too. Those brands I trust. And I also use their sunscreen as well, so drugstore there too. Oh, and Vichy and Avene are drugstore here too haha! I guess I use a lot of drugstore products!

    • Lily

      Vichy pulled out, Aveeno is not available, Neutrogena does not carry most of the stuff you get, and I have yet to really try Avene. We get quite a lot of Japanese brands though, and they aren’t bad 🙂

  • Here I like mainly Caudalie, Nuxe and Lierac skincare from the pharmacy (or what they call drugstore overseas). Other than that, yes I’m a skincare snob…

    • Lily

      Caudalie and Nuxe are quite overpriced here 🙁 I think Sephora carries them, and their prices are quite high! Otherwise, there are a few things I want to try from Caudalie!

      • Fortunately they are fairly priced here because, well, Spain is next to France…

        • Lily

          Bucket list – places I want to visit!

  • My skin is very fussy too. Very high maintenance and very easily upset… *rolls eyes at skin*

    That said, if there’s a HG bargain to be found I’m there!

    • Lily

      Same here. *rolls eyes*

  • Bellyhead

    I LOVE my Sunplay! I use the 50+ version and it is light and so effective. Even my kids who run when I try to apply it on them don’t mind it. Also my AM skincare routine is made up of Mandom Barrier Repair stuff, all drugstore. It’s only my PM routine goes into the luxury end with Amore Pacific in the Time Response range.

    • Lily

      Sunplay is awesome!! Cheap too 🙂 I have yet to try anything from Amore Pacific. Actually, I also really like Antipodes, and while it’s not a pharmacy / drugstore brand, it is quite affordable 🙂

  • Haha, your drugstore brands are so different from ours 🙂 I just did a drugstore skincare post, too! GREAT MINDS, LILY, GREAT MINDS.

    • Lily

      I was just reading your post halfway then I saw your comment coming in! Great minds indeed 🙂