Thursday, 12 October 2017

Long-Standing Beauty Staples

When your beauty collection gets as unnecessarily large as mine, you've got to switch things up fairly frequently if you want to get a reasonable amount of use out of everything. There are products that I gravitate towards most in every category, but this post is dedicated to the ones that haven't been rotated out of my everyday routine at all in a very long time. They're my must-haves. The ones I'm yet to find a match or rival for. The workhorses that keep my face in presentable condition. You get the idea.

Lush Tea Tree Water (£4.95)
I'm thankful that this is so cheap, because I repurchase it a hell of a lot. It's a simple (but very effective) tea-tree-infused face mist that helps to keep spots at bay, as well as tackling existing breakouts. I use it straight after washing my face, both morning and evening, as you would typically use a toner. I completely rely on this to keep my number of blemishes to a minimum, so if Lush ever discontinues it, I'll be in serious trouble.

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (£33)
I don't want to sound dramatic, but this facial oil was a life-changing discovery for me. I've always had extremely oily skin. As a teen, I'd put on my makeup in the morning, which included several pounds of mattifying powder, and my t-zone would be slick with grease again within an hour. Not just a bit shiny - I'm talking looking-like-I-dipped-my-face-in-a-chip-pan levels of grease. When I heard that facial oils are great for regulating sebum production, I was sceptical, but it's the best skincare advise I ever took. Incorporating this one into my daily routine reduced my oil levels so much, I can now get through pretty much all of my 9-5 work day without becoming overly oily. I never get as greasy as I used to, and not having to constantly touch up my makeup is liberating.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm (£9.50)
This lip balm is in a league of its own. It's more intensely nourishing and softening than any other lip balm I've ever tried, by about a million miles. A single application easily sees my lips through the whole day. It's very thick and looks matte on the lips - an unusual texture when you're used to more slippery formulas - and it smells like lemon cake, which makes it a joy to use. If you're yet to try it out, buy it right now, and prepare to forget what it feels like to have chapped lips.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (£15)
For the life of me, I cannot use a brow pencil without the result being a horribly drawn-on effect. I find a pomade (used with a fine winged liner brush) much more user-friendly, and this has been my pomade of choice for years. It's pigmented, its consistency is just the right combination of creamy and waxy, and its wear-time is seemingly endless. Applying it with a heavy hand will result in unsettlingly bold brows, but use light brush strokes and the effect can be wonderfully natural.

Benefit Gimme Brow (£20)
As I'm writing this, I realise that this is already my third time mentioning Gimme Brow. Please forgive me for inadvertently ramming this product down your throats. As mentioned before, this is my lazy brow product. The one I use in place of filling in my brows when I get up late or just can't be bothered to make the effort. Or, on occasion, if I'm feeling like a particularly bold brow day, I'll brush it on over the pomade for a bit of added texture. It's just such a handy product, and I'm yet to come across another that does quite the same job.

L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim (£6.99)
I love how winged liner looks. I do not love the application process. I'm rubbish at it, even after years of regular practice. It took me a good portion of those years to find one that I can use with relative (very much relative) ease, and this is it. The nib is very fine and precise, and just the right amount of flexible - perfect for creating a sharp wing. The product itself is just the kind of deep, inky black you want your liquid liner to be, and lasts all day on my lids. I have zero complaints and haven't even bothered to try out alternatives in a very long time.

What are your irreplaceable beauty staples?
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