Having worked in the beauty industry for my entire career I’ve marketed a lot of gumph, but also a lot of fantastic products. It’s so hard to know what to trust, what to buy and what to not waste your pennies on. Through my blog I aim to give top tips and review products I truly love, as well as giving you the low-down on ones I didn’t. Here are my top ten beauty product must-haves that should be on every girl’s bathroom shelf.
1. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
I have naturally curly (meaning bird’s nest frizzy) hair so I invest a lot of time, effort and money into attempting to make it super sleek and reminiscent of a shampoo advert. This rarely happens, but one of the products I haven’t been able to live without for the past five years is hairdresser’s friend Super Skinny Serum. This comes in a pretty huge bottle so lasts for around 6mths (fabulous value for money) and is super light, so it’s perfect for those with fine hair or who’re scared of product abuse.
2. Redken Anti Snap
This is a recent discovery of mine. Due to the aforementioned frizzy hair I straighten my hair at least once a day. This means my hairdresser kills me when I pluck up the courage to go and get a battering. On my last visit she recommended I start using this to help strengthen my hair and protect it from heat damage – all you have to do is blob in a few drops like a leave-in treatment, or for added oomph put ten drops in your hair and sleep on it overnight. It’s made my hair super shiny and soft already, with much less baby hair where I’ve snapped it all off!
3. Batiste Dry Shampoo
I don’t really need to explain this one. Since Batiste exploded onto the scene as a festival essential, it’s made the transition into our daily beauty regime. Never before have so many girls been refreshing their hair between washes! They’re continually launching new fragrances, my favourite being ‘Blush’ because it smells all ladylike!
4. Bourjois Express eye make-up remover
A make-up artist told me many moons ago that dual-phase make-up removers were the way to go. Since this golden nugget I’ve never looked back; there are no more panda eyes for me! I used to use Chanel’s eye make-up remover, but when Bourjois launched their very own last year I switched for the cheaper option which doesn’t scrape on quality. No other eye make-up remover gets every last scrape of mascara off.
5. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer
I’m very fussy when it comes to concealer. It has to be just thick enough to cover my bags, not too greasy so it doesn’t slide off my face by lunchtime and the perfect shade to match with my pale complexion. Only a few brands have ever come close (including the most expensive and premium,) but the one I keep going back to again and again is Maybelline. Even when I worked at a cosmetics company I still used to go back to this. It’s light, airy, covers dark circles and lasts all day. Plus it’s always on offer!
6. Black eyeliner (various brands)
Every girl needs a stash of black eyeliners, preferably khols or with smudgy formulas so they can double up as a smokey eye pencil. My favourites include Bourjois, Rimmel and No7. Make sure you keep your pencils sharp, but not ridiculously pointy, so you can create a sharp line across your lid.
7. L’Occitane hand cream
Because of the amount of typing I do (and the fact that I’m a little OCD and wash my hands about 20 times a day) I always have a hand cream with me. The best I’ve ever found is by L’Occitane, comes in a giant metal tube and is super creamy. The formula is rich and thick, meaning it’s full of goodness and shea butter, which absorbs super quickly into your hands. Although this is pretty pricey it’s well worth it and lasts for ages – a little goes a long, long way.
8. Revlon nail polish
It’s always tempting to buy varnish from cheapo brands that are offering two polishes for under a fiver, but when it comes to nails you definitely get what you pay for. Revlon are my favourite nail brand as they not only have some amazing colours, but they’re always super on-trend, the polishes are delightful to apply and the colour lasts longer than anything else I’ve tried. It’s worth paying a little more for a big treat.
9. Radox Muscle Soak Herbal Salts
If you read my blog then you’ll know that Tuesday nights are bath nights. It’s the one day of the week I take to unwind, put on a face mask and hair treatment and soak it up in a nice warm bath. Radox herbal salts are a great alternative if you don’t like bubble bath (I hate when it gets in my hair) and really soothes your muscles, leaving you chillaxed and ready for the week ahead. The aroma invigorates your senses and even leaves your bathroom smelling delish.
10. Dove Summer Glow tinted moisturiser
As a pale ‘English Rose’ type I rely on fake tan in the summer months to stop me literally blending into the background. Although I love other brands for a more noticeable, all over tan, Dove Summer Glow is great for a subtle and natural result that you can build up over a few days. It’s super moisturising and the colour is perfect for us pale ladies; it doesn’t even smell so there’s no excuse not to grab a bottle!
So there are my top ten beauty buys. What are your must-haves?