Hey everyone, me again! Just wanted to start this post by saying thanks so much for all the messages of love and support I received after the post I did on Sunday (which you can read here if you haven’t already!) Those more personal posts where I express my true opinions on topics which can be very divisive are the ones I get most nervous about sharing, but now I know I shouldn’t be scared as so many of you are feeling exactly the same way I am! And to hear that I have inspired a few of you really made my day 🙂
Anyway, today I am writing about some far less controversial and am instead going to be sharing my 5 beauty essentials, basically products that I don’t think I could cope without and I’d love to see if you agree…
1) Good brushes and a make up sponge
I apologise now, some of the essentials are technically more than one item but I am lumping them all in together otherwise this list would be very VERY long! For me, perfect application of makeup means having good tools to do so. They say that a bad workman (or woman) always blames their tools, so my theory is, if you invest in good tools you are more likely to invest more time to ensuring you get perfect results.
My favourites are actually pretty varied! 2 few years ago I bought a set of Real Techniques brushes which have been some of the best brushes I have ever owned. They are standing the test of time so well, and are washed regularly, although I probably do need to invest in more although they are pretty expensive!
On the complete other end of the spectrum, Wilkinsons also do an amazing range of very affordable make up brushes. Some don’t last as long (their foundation brushes for example don’t last past a few washes) but are so cheap that you don’t really mind replacing them. Some however last forever, such as their blusher brush which I adore as it gives perfect application of blusher, bronzer and highlighter 🙂
As well as brushes, I now use a Beauty Blender or make up sponge religiously, as it gets rid of any streaks and brush marks and gives an airbrushed and flawless look to foundation. I was lucky enough to be sent a Nanshy Blending Sponge a while ago (read the post here) and have been hooked ever since! It doesn’t wash as well or as easily as brushes it turns out, but has lasted a fair while, although I probably do need to purchase another one.
2) Tangle Teezer & back comb brush
For any of you who are huge Becca Rose fans (like me!) you will know that she carries a comb with her everywhere she goes. I am very similar, but instead of a comb I will almost always have a back comb brush (I probably own at least 4) I have relatively thin hair, so backcoming is essential for the voluminous locks that I love but as well as that I also really like how they help tame flyaways so well
Despite having pretty thin hair, it seems to get ridiculously tangled, especially the longer it gets, so another must-have is my Tangle Teezer. I don’t know what I used to do without one of these, but it is by far my favourite thing that I own. I wash my hair several times a week (the least I possibly can) and always wash it in the evening to let it dry naturally overnight and the Tangle Teezer is perfect to brush through any knots straight after it is washed, and then again to de frizz my morning lion mane with ease 🙂
If you don’t own one of these already, firstly where have you been the last few years (?!) and secondly get one! They aren’t the cheapest for what they are, but they stand the test of time and are priceless in the long run!
I know this seems properly random, but I can explain! I love this stuff for multiple reasons. As I’m sure you already know as I have mentioned it before and will probably mention again in future posts, I have fairly troublesome skin. It is prone to outbreaks, especially when I change the amount of water I drink or the change of seasons, and like everyone having spots makes me super self conscious. However, a year or so ago I started to use Sudocrem on my face in the evenings before bed on any areas of trouble on my face and found that this stuff was like miracle cream! Overnight it would reduce swelling, redness and dry skin and make it so easy to apply make up to cover it or get rid of the spot all together. Eventhough it doesn’t stop me getting them (if anyone has any recommendations for that let me know!!) it definitely does help when they develop and really stops them in their tracks.
But that isn’t all that it is good for! I love sunbathing and taking part in loads of different sports and activities and find that Sudocrem on dry skin or cuts and abrasions helps them clear up really quickly and look better and more moisturised almost immediately! Plus a giant pot of Sudocrem is so cheap and it lasts for years so invest in some now and give it a go!
4) Good make up remover!
Anyone who is a fan of makeup really should also be a fan of skin and skincare as the two go together like strawberries and cream! I love makeup and I have had to teach myself to love the art of skin and looking after it. After all it is really important and if you treat it right you certainly notice a difference.
As someone who wears makeup all day almost every day (although I am trying to give my skin at least a half day off wherever I can) one thing I enjoy almost as much as putting it on, is actually taking it all off at the end of the day. I have written about my skincare routine before (which you can read here) and I still stand by everything I said in that post. Every evening I take my makeup off with a face wipe and then use my Garnier cleanser, micellar water and toner to finish off, followed by Lacura Face Serum from Aldi (and then Sudocrem if needed!)
I made the mistake of not taking any of these products with me on holiday and boy did I notice the difference! The first thing I did when I got home was properly cleanse my face and it was amazing, so please please if you take nothing else away from this post please look after your skin and give yourself an extra 10 minutes before bed to always remove your makeup thoroughly and to cleanse your face!
5) A good lengthening and defining mascara
And last but certainly not least is the need for a good mascara! I remember being told when I was younger that if you put nothing else on focus on your eyes and your lips and you’ll look as if you’ve made loads of effort and I have to say I agree.
I am getting better at not wearing loads of makeup all the time and recently have been just wearing foundation, lipgloss and mascara which I think is partially helped by the fact that I have found an amazing one at last! (plus my eyelashes have grown back after a lash extension disaster – needless to say I will definitely be doing my own extensions from now on)
It is the L’oreal False Lash Superstar which has a primer similar to the ELF one followed by a fibrous mascara to help thicken and lengthen lashes. It’s pretty pricey for a mascara but lasts ages and works wonders, so I would definitely recommend!
So that is my complete list of beauty essentials! What do you think? Am I missing something or is there a product you couldn’t live without? Let me know in the comments as I love trying new stuff 🙂
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Lots of love, Leanne xx