Retinol – On a budget

To get me out of the flat for a bit, my mum took me on a small charity shop trip. Which soon turned into a beauty trip when I noticed my mum looking at the ingredients in many of the anti-aging creams on sale.

She went on to enlighten me that she had recently watched a programme on the BBC about beauty products and whether they actually help our skin or not. The programme went on to state that the best thing to use for anti-aging is a small amount of Retinol, 0.1% to start with and then you can increase.

After looking on a lot of the ingredients listed we found the cheaper anti-aging products had no retinol in. The higher end products had Retinyl Palmitate in which we found confusing as we were none the wiser as to whether this was the same as Retinol.

Upon perusing several internet sites, I found the difference to be that Retinol is another name for Vitamin A and Retinyl Palmitate is Retinol mixed with palmitic acid. As Retinol has been known to be rather abrasive on the skin, mixing it with this acid (I think) reduces its effectiveness (ie. 0.2% Retinol is not the same as 0.2% Retinyl Palmitate). Please visit for a much better description!

After this, I set myself the challenge of finding anti-aging creams, reasonably priced which contain Retinol. Here is what I found:

  1. Face Theory Regenerating Moisturiser M4 £13.99

Contains 0.6% Retinol, has got great 5 star reviews and free delivery.

  1. THE ORDINARY Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion 30ml £8

Contains 2% Retinoid (not sure if this is the same as retinol the ingredients just say ‘Retinol’) with free delivery

Mixed reviews

  1. La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] Anti-Ageing Concentrate Intense 30ml £19.66

Contains 0.3% pure retinol

This doesn’t seem to have as great reviews as the Face Theory moisturiser but still pretty high.

  1. Anew Reversalist Infinite Effects Night Treatment Cream RRP £28 (on offer £20)

For some reason at time of writing I could not get the direct link to work, but visit and look though anti-aging creams

I couldn’t really do a list without including Avon 😊

Contains 0.1% retinol

This is the lowest retinol concentration, but it does have good reviews and is a good start if you have sensitive skin, and then work your way up to 0.5%.

(I am donating 25% of the profits I make through Avon to Mind and The Samaritans)


The above 4 are by no means an exhaustive list. These were ones available in the UK (I found a lot from America!) at a reasonable price that I found. Some retinol creams go into the £100s. If you have any more recommendations I would love to see them!


Avon Gel Shine Nail Varnish

To be honest with you I am not one who usually wears nail varnish. I always usually find that no matter which brand I use it lasts about a day and then starts chipping and looking awful.

However, I tried Avon’s Gel Shine Nail Varnish to attend my Grandma’s 80th birthday and was surprisingly impressed with it. I painted my fingernails on the Friday, and thinking I may need to top them up the next day I took the varnish with me. I did not need to top it up!

I am also by no means the neatest of people when it comes to putting on nail varnish as you can probably tell from the picture! But the varnish was easy to ‘edit’ if needed, and I got some lovely comments at my Grandma’s party.

Recently I have found that putting on nail varnish and make up does make me feel better, it gives me more confidence and almost in a way feels like I am putting a mask on and I can be someone else for a while!

The colour I chose was a lovely light blue called ‘Perriwinkle’, I am also going to try ‘So Jelly’ which is a purple shade, but Avon have plenty more shades.


I did also use the base coat and top coat to help protect my nails and further elongate their wear. At the time of writing this they are only £3.50 in price, a bargain!

25% of my profits are going to Mind and Samaritans.


Avon Intro

To try and help with my depression and anxiety I have been looking for a job to do from home for a while. Avon seemed like the ideal thing for me as I use their products and I can be in charge of what I do and when – from home.

It has by no means been easy though, I have had issues with people already doing streets I have been allocated and it is hard to get people interested. I personally thought it would be easier as I would love to have an Avon lady!

As Mind and the Samaritans have both helped me in some way with my depression I am donating 25% of my profits to them. Avon often have great deals and just as good products as leading brands but at a fraction of the price – as I am off work at the moment this helps me!

If you have a couple of minutes please take look around my shop