‘I’m all about the drugstore beauty products. They’re affordable and get the job done’ – Tamara Tunie
One of the things I love so much about going on holiday to America is hitting up the local CVS or Walgreens and stocking up on all the beauty products I love that you either can’t get over here, or are more expensive (Almay make up or anything from Sally Henson are prime examples). However, we’ve kind of ‘done’ America over recent times and I haven’t been back there for a while to load up.
I’d discovered Tesco’s Along Came Betty range much like I discover most beauty or hair products I buy – they were being sold off super cheap. I rummaged around in the beauty bargain bin at my local store and found a lush make eye shadow trio (which are perfect colours for blonde hair) and the holy grail of eye bag cream ‘Forget Your Lines Filler’ – honestly, this stuff is better than Protect and Perfect and you can literally watch your wrinkles disappear as you apply it. But as I only have the one tube I only use it on very special occasions.
I was such a convert to this new discovery I purchased more from the range, and everything I’ve tried is wonderful. They’ve clearly taken a nod from Soap & Glory in their 50’s style packaging and quirky names like ‘You Mist Me’ body fragrance or ‘Butterly Devine’ body butter. However in my honest opinion the Along Came Betty range was far superior in quality (some of the smells of Soap & Glory are way overpowering and quite sickly) and most importantly for a cheapskate like me, was more than half price. I was overjoyed to have finally found an accessible beauty range that gets the job done, doesn’t break the bank, and is such pretty packaging you don’t feel you have to hide away when you have people over (like my Tesco value bubble bath!).Of course me finding something I like is like the Pavlov’s dog of the beauty industry and you can guarantee, much like saying the word barbeque to make it rain, that once I like something it will be discontinued. Well, that’s not strictly true, the range is still available but they seem to have scrapped doing anything make up or skincare related and are focusing solely on bathing, which is a pain, but their skincare stuff was really, really good! In my local Tesco there is still a dedicated shelf, albeit getting smaller every time I visit, but online, where I would often order stuff to be delivered to store that was out of stock in the shop, currently only have 5 products available (and two of them are body butters which are virtually identical).
old haul vs new haul
So I fired off a Tweet to @tesco to ask what the reasoning behind discontinuing such a great brand and, fair play to their customer services they responded almost instantly:
I'm so sorry your preferred products are not available. Please DM us your full name & address so we can log your comments.
— Tesco (@Tesco) June 20, 2016
So it seems no one seems to know (or be able to admit) what’s happened to the brand, even an honest ‘it didn’t sell all that well so we reduced what was on offer’ would suffice. Anyway, a few of the older stuff is still available on eBay however without new fresh stock taking its place that will soon be all gone too. It’s handy for you to know though, if there’s ever a product you don’t want to see on the shelves anymore, just introduce me to it and I guarantee it will be gone within a month!