I am lucky enough that in my job in the beauty industry I get to try a whole bunch of beauty products, some good, some not-so-good and some that work so amazingly that I will always repurchase them.
Some are old discoveries that I have never managed to beat and some are fairly recent, so without further ado, here are the beauty products that I will always repurchase:
Batiste Dry Shampoo (Blush):
No other dry shampoo works on my hair as well as Batiste Blush. Not only is it great at freshening up greasy roots but as it is a white powder, I like it for brightening up and whitening the look of my blonde hair, especially when the roots start to peek through! At only around £3 a can, it is such a bargain too.
My hair is fine and forever knotty so I need a good brush to tackle the tangles without damaging the hair or hurting my head. When I was a teenager I used to use an afro-comb (!) but ever since Tangle Teezer launched I haven’t been able to use anything else. It just combs through knots so effortlessly – another bargain buy at around only £10.
Redken All Soft Heavy Cream:
I have used the Redken All Soft Heavy Cream for years and however many conditioners I try, I always come back to this one. Though it is designed to be used as an intense conditioner 1-2 times a week, I use it every time I wash my hair (an expensive habit!) as it is the only one that makes it feel soft, conditioned and easy to comb through. I have the everyday Redken All Soft Conditioner but sadly for my bank account, it just doesn’t have quite the same effect…
Kerastase Ciment Thermique:
Another hero product that I have used for years, Kerastase Ciment Thermique is a leave-in heat protection treatment that not only protects hair but also makes it feel stronger AND super soft! When I first bought it as a 16 year old I was told that one use lasts for 5 washes. The packaging has changed since then so as I don’t know whether the formula has changed too, I now use a cherry-sized amount after each wash. I still only need to buy about 2 bottles a year, so it is an investment that I would recommend!
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo/Effaclar Serum:
A saviour for anyone who suffers with blemishes, including those with sensitive skin, Effaclar Duo is a treatment cream that you apply over any spots. I find the best way to use this is to apply a generous dollop over the blemish and leave until it has sunk in, which seems to really shrink the size and soreness of the blemish overnight. La Roche-Posay have also just launched a new one with a tint of coverage in it too, to help conceal the redness of the spot.
*Effaclar Serum is a stronger version that is available in the US rather than in the UK but if you do manage to get your hands on some, I love this too!
Joan Collins Night Cream:
This might be a surprise but it is still the best night cream that I have ever tried! I love this as my skin feels so much softer, plumper and calmer in the mornings and it also really reduces any redness I have from my annoying blemish-prone chin! Not the easiest to get hold of (usually just available from the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty website and QVC) but both me (and my nan) are hooked.
Vita Liberata Body Blur:
An amazing tinted cream that leaves a gorgeous bronze glow on skin whilst also hydrating and blurring – like a bronzing BB cream for the body!
I love brushes and blenders to apply my makeup and the Beauty Blender really is a fab tool. I find that it helps to give me fuller coverage with my foundation and more longevity, probably because I am pushing the product more into the skin compared to swirling it across like I would with a brush or fingers. Bouncing the sponge on the skin also helps to blend products, ensuring there are no harsh lines between contours, blush and highlight.
L’oreal Paris Sculpt False Lash Tightline Mascara:
I used to spend a fortune on mascaras, thinking only the premium ones would work best. I usually wore L’ancome Hypnose or Benefit Roller Lash and liked both but when I got this L’oreal Paris mascara for my birthday, I was so impressed! It coats each lash with lovely dark mascara and keeps them separated, defined and looking long and luscious, with no clumping, stickiness or smudging. The only thing I would say is that when I take it off at night, I usually get a few strings of mascara goop in my eye that I have to fish out with a cotton bud. Otherwise, a brilliant mascara at under £10.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue:
This moisturiser/BB cream/CC cream hybrid is just the best for those days where you want to look like you are wearing no makeup. It feels cooling on the skin and leaves a burst of hydration as well as dewy, fresh coverage – 2 seconds and you can be out of the door looking a whole lot more awake than you probably feel! Full review here.
Estee Double Wear Foundation:
There is a reason that this foundation remains one of the bestsellers in the UK. Providing medium-full, matte coverage, this pigmented foundation covers a whole host of skin woes and stays put all day. I usually save this foundation for bad skin days or long days wear I can’t afford my makeup to budge as it works so brilliantly and this is why I will always have a bottle on my makeup shelf.
What are your favourite essential beauty buys? Comment below!